ENMU accepting High Plains Film Festival entries

ENMU Seeks Entries for New Film Festival

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is accepting short film entries through March 21 for the first High Plains Film Festival.

A judging panel of award-winning actors, directors and screenwriters will award six $500 prizes. Winning entries will be screened May 4 in Portales, at a location to be announced.

Filmmakers may enter animated, dramatic and documentary/experimental works that are no longer than 10 minutes. The contest includes a pre-college division for students through 12th grade and a college-plus division for all others. Entries must not have won awards previously in a juried competition.  

Judges include actress Joan Leslie, who appeared with Humphrey Bogart in “High Sierra,” with James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and with Gary Cooper in “Sergeant York.”

Another panelist is screenwriter Diana Ossana, who collaborated with Larry McMurtry on “Brokeback Mountain,” which won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay in 2005.

Jack Sholder, an Emmy and Grand Prix award-winning editor and director, leads the Motion Picture and Television Program at Western Carolina University.

The film festival celebrates ENMU’s Digital Cinema Arts program, established in 2006, and New Mexico’s growing film industry, said Michael Sitton, dean of ENMU’s College of Fine Arts.

For entry forms and additional information, check the festival Web site at www.enmu.edu/filmfest or call 575.562.2373. 

Entries must be received by March 21. Entry fees are $20 in the pre-college division and $30 for the college-plus division. Submit four DVD copies of each entry, playable on a standard DVD player, to High Plains Film Festival, College of Fine Arts, ENMU Station 16, Music Building, Room 113, 1500 S. Avenue K, Portales, NM, 88130.