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Cherokee Nation Film Office hosting short film contest

OklaHomies 2: Still At Home graphic courtesy of Cherokee Nation Film Office.

The Cherokee Nation Film Office is hosting its second annual short film contest as a way to embrace the film industry over spring break.

OklaHomies 2: Still at Home will have cash prizes for winners in the following four categories:

  • Short Film
  • Short Short Film
  • Indigenous Short Film
  • Student Short Film for kindergarten through 12th grade

Each category offers a first place and fan favorite award voted on by the public.

All films must be family-friendly and shot and edited only using smartphones.

“We launched this contest last year as a way to help battle the stress and anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and were blown away by the response and engagement we saw from the public,” said Jennifer Loren, director of CNFO. “This is such a fun project and a great way for the film office to support our mission and show people in our state that this artform is within reach, no matter who you are or what level of education you have.”

Last year, the contest received 75 submissions from a wide range of genres, including horror, action, comedy, and inspirational pieces. The videos had nearly 40,000 views and earned 3,000 fan votes altogether.

“There are obviously guidelines for the films, but creatively speaking there’s no limitation. We just hope to spark an interest and empower individuals, families and friends to get creative and showcase the stories they want to tell,” Loren said. “Whether you’re a fifth grader on spring break or an aspiring filmmaker, this contest is for everyone.”

This year's entries must include at least one of the following shots:

  • Video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Skype
  • Distance learning
  • A mask
  • Social/physical distancing

Bonus points will be awarded for films with an '80s theme.

The winning films will be featured on the big screen during the CNFO Drive-In Movie Nights at the 2021 Cherokee National Holiday and will receive a $300 Visa gift card and personalized trophy.

The film office will be offering tutorials on its website and social media to help guide participants.

For more information about the contest, including additional rules and regulations, click here.

Submissions will be accepted March 12-26 and winners will be announced April 2.