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Community Focus: Oklahoma Latino film festival preps for free workshop

Local Film Festival opens call for entries and free student workshop. (Oklahoma Cine Latino)

Calling all film makers. A growing Oklahoma film festival is taking your submissions.

The Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival is gearing up for its fifth year, and they are opening their call for entries. It's an opportunity for film makers, but also for Oklahoma high school students. The Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival is the first Latino focused festival in the state.

“There is so much talent in our state. and I believe if we have the festival, you know, as a door way for them to have their voices heard, it could lead them to something bigger, something better in the future, “says Rogelio Almedia, festival co-founder.

Last year brought in international submissions. Now, film makers have until February to decide if they are up to the challenge. Another part of the festival is youth outreach. There is a free six-week course in which Oklahoma high school students will create a film from scratch, and it will be a part of the festival. The students will need to be able to attend all classes held on Saturdays.

“A lot of the students that come in may be interested in acting then they find love for being behind the camera, “says Miriam Ortega, Interim Director of the Historic Capitol Hill District.

Historic Capitol Hill is working together with Oklahoma Cine Latino. You can enroll for the free youth film workshop or get more information on the festival here.

Submitting film makers and students wanting to be a part of the free workshop do not need to be Latino to participate. There does need to be a Latino portion to the submission for filmmakers. That can look like Latino members who are part of the crew and actors, or even a Latino theme to the film.

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