Wallowa County residents who would like to make their own films are invited to gather at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Lear’s Pub and Grill to sign up their teams for the Ruby Peak Film Festival.

At that meeting teams will be assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a film genre. Then 48 hours later – about 7 p.m. Saturday – the teams must submit a finished three-to-eight minute film.  No special equipment is needed. Teams may use a phone, a video camera or anything else that works.

The finished films will be shown on the big screen of the OK Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m. There will be free admission for the whole community to come watch the masterpieces. Prizes will be awarded to everyone involved.

Last year we had eight teams finish, and this year we’re hoping to see it grow,” said Deb Schenk, director of the festival. She said the majority of the teams were students last year, and the expectation is to see more of a mix of student and adult, and even family teams with a mix of generations. Blue Marble Arts of Joseph is the sponsor of the event.

Judges for the film festival are Mark Lacey, Gwen Trice and Sharon Wilson. Matt Kurtz will serve as emcee at the public showing Sunday.

 The Ruby Peak Film Festival’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote young and young at heart filmmakers. Through its festival and competition, the festival encourages directors, artists, actors and cinematographers to get out there and make movies.

The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers – emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the teams, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on “doing” instead of “talking.”

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