Monument Valley Film Festival seeks submissions

The Second Annual Monument Valley Film Festival is making a call for entries to all Native American filmmakers for this year's 2008 festival. This year's festival will be held July 4-6 on the Navajo Nation in Kayenta. Like the previous year, the festival will be focusing on original films directed, produced or written by Native Americans.

The festival was started last year by Shonie and Andee De La Rosa of Sheephead Films. More than 500 people and filmmakers attended the film festival last year to watch over 40 Native American films from all over North America. This year's festival will once again be held in conjunction with the Fourth of July Celebration in Kayenta, which is one of the biggest rodeos and powwows held on the Navajo Nation.

With the Fourth of July Celebration happening and the thousands of tourists passing through Kayenta on their way to Monument Valley and the Four Corners area attractions, organizers expect attendance to be quite high.

All Native filmmakers are encouraged to submit their original works to this year's film festival. First time and youth filmmakers are strongly encouraged to submit their works. All entries will be considered for screening after review. There is not an entry fee and admission to the film festival will be free to the public.

Submission guidelines are simple. All entries must be written, produced or directed by a Native American. Subject matter in films submitted must be tasteful. Remember, the festival is free to the public. This includes children. Films promoting drugs, alcohol, gangs, sex, etc. will not be considered for public screening. Explicit language or violence in a film does not exclude it from possible selection for the festival. Use common sense when submitting a film(s). All submissions must be on DVD or MiniDV. Prior to submitting a DVD, make sure it works by testing it on different DVD players. Please fill out all submission forms completely and clearly for each film submitted.

The official Monument Valley Film Festival Web site is available for more information and to download this year's submission forms for the film festival. Deadline for submissions is June 6. For more information, visit www.monumentvalleyfilmfest.com.

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