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Film Institute Announces New Scholarship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2004

CONTACT:
Rick Allen Lippert
405.682.7847
ofi@okccc.edu

Film Institute Announces New Scholarship Program


The Oklahoma Film Institute, in conjunction with StudentFilms.com, announces a nationwide short script competition to introduce the Institute to a national audience. The winner will receive an Institute scholarship valued at $1500.

"We at the Institute are constantly amazed and inspired by what student filmmakers come up with," said OFI director Rick Allen Lippert. "If we can give one aspiring filmmaker a head-start toward a successful movie career, our investment in the scholarship prize will be well-spent."

Scripts should be no more than 20 pages in length and must be submitted through StudentFilms.com. The deadline is Wednesday, June 30. Further details are posted on the StudentFilms.com website. The winner of the OFI scholarship will be announced July 5.

Institute instructors, all of them working professionals in the film industry, will judge the submitted scripts. One winner will receive a scholarship to all three weeks of the workshop program. Each workshop week is devoted to a different phase of moviemaking: Pre-Production, Production, or Post-Production. The Institute runs on weekdays, July 12 through July 30.

"The entire program is extremely valuable to anyone entering the business of cinema," said Professor Fritz Kiersch, director of the Film & Video Production program at Oklahoma City Community College and executive director of OFI. "Participants learn hands-on from Academy Award-nominated and -winning professionals how to plan, shoot and edit a movie. Being guided by these important artists from start to finish gives participants an understanding of exactly how all the different tasks and decisions affect the final product."

Kiersch, who directed Children of the Corn, will be among the instructors at the Institute. He plans to take part in a special live online chat this Sunday, June 20, on the StudentFilms.com website.

"I'm thrilled at this chance to hear from student filmmakers," Kiersch said. "And I'm hoping to read some fantastic scripts."

For more information about the 2004 Oklahoma Film Institute, call 405-682-7847 or visit www.okccc.edu/ofi. For more information about the short script competition, visit www.StudentFilms.com.
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