DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -Duncan is preparing to host the 10th annual Trail Dance Film Festival, there's something for everyone.
Festival goers will get to choose from 133 films submitted from around the globe during the two-day event. It introduces up and coming film makers from near and far, as well as those who live right here in Oklahoma. Organizers say their mission is to foster creativity and originality in Oklahoma's film industry.
While a lot of work goes into putting together a film festival, the selection process is just as demanding. Over the past six months, judges have spent close to ten thousand hours combined watching and studying submitted films from artists hoping theirs will make the cut.
Starting Friday, Jan. 29, thousands of people will be in Duncan for the Trail Dance Film Festival. Founder and director Anthony Foreman says it's an opportunity anyone can enjoy. He says so much work goes in to each film entered, and for those that make the cut, it's the validation they need to hopefully make it big one day.
"As a kid, [I] made stop motion films and growing up I always wanted to be a famous director like Ron Howard. While that's not my life path, I think I definitely had the opportunity to meet those people who are on their way and in some little way help them on their way," Foreman said.
Foreman says it's in festivals like this one that new film makers really get their footing.
"You know, being where we are, it's kind of away from the hustle and bustle. It makes it more intimate and you get to definitely form closer bonds with the film makers and the audience at a festival like this," Foreman said.
When it comes to critiquing a film, judges are looking at acting and directing ability, color, lighting and picture. A film must score 100 points to make be in the festival.
Foreman says 133 films, with varying topics that span from an aspiring musician to government conspiracies, will be featured at this year's film festival. Foreman says out of the 133 films, 20 will be given the Golden Drover award, an award given to the films the judges feel show good acting, directing, color and have stories the local crowd can relate to.
He says each one of these stories alone give film goers a unique opportunity.
"I love sharing the stories that people bring to us. These come from all over the world and there's so many of them, you may never see them again," Foreman said.
Another coveted award up for grabs is the Festival Director's award. Foreman says it is given to a film director whose work may not have won any awards, but that he feels is worthy of recognition.
The Palace Theatre will host 12 of the films Friday starting at 4:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Other films will be shown at the Simmons Center and Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. If you want tickets to the film festival, check out their website at traildancefilmfestival.com. You can also go to the Simmons Center for tickets.
You can learn more about the available films here.