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Films sought for Monument Valley Film, Blues and Arts Festival
Free event set for Sept. 21-23 in Kayenta

MONUMENT VALLEY, Ariz.-The Monument Valley Film, Blues and Arts Festival is the first and only Native American festival of its kind to be held on the Navajo Nation. The goal of the film festival is to bring Native made films to the people of the Navajo Nation who otherwise would not have the opportunity or means to see these films. It is also an opportunity for emerging and seasoned film makers to present their work to a primarily all Native audience.

The Monument Valley Film, Blues and Arts Festival is a free event held every year in Kayenta, Ariz., the heart of the Navajo Nation. The event began as a simple small film festival financed and organized by local film makers Shonie and Andee De La Rosa of Sheephead Films.

Over the years the event has grown considerably larger in popularity. The addition of the Blues Festival and Artists Market for the last two years has added even more diverse Native talent for the public to enjoy and appreciate during the three day free event in Kayenta, Arizona.

The film festival will be held at the Kayenta Unified School District Student Activity Center on Sept. 22-23. The film festival is currently accepting film submissions for this year's film festival. To submit a film, please visit our web site to download an entry form and mail in your film(s). There is no cost to submit a film(s).

The blues festival will be held Sept. 21 in Kayenta, Ariz. The blues festival is currently seeking blues artists to perform at this year's blues festival. If you or your blues band is interested in the possibility of performing at the blues festival, please contact Shonie De La Rosa at (928) 429-0671.

The Monument Valley Film, Blues and Arts Festival is financed, sponsored and organized by a number of local businesses, individuals, and organizations throughout the Navajo Nation. Without their support, this event would not be possible. To become a sponsor, please do not hesitate to contact us.

With that said, please come out and enjoy three great days of Native talent and creativity in beautiful Kayenta, Ariz.

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