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Ninth annual Red Carpet Film Festival set for May 5

Moore Norman Technology Center’s Digital Video Production and Graphic Design classes will host the ninth annual Red Carpet Film Festival at 7 p.m. May 5 at the Sooner Theatre in Norman. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by cash or check at MNTC’s Franklin Road Campus inside the IT Building, or call 364-5763, ext. 4120 for more information.

The Red Carpet Film Festival was first created to provide a way for students to experience deeper learning while working on extensive, industry-level projects in a collaborative environment. Students from both programs are empowered to create complex projects that they see through from concept to distribution.

The seven student-produced short films to be showcased are: “Souvenirs,” “Watch Your Step,” “Sledge,” “Still Here,” “The End Result,” “After the Final Hour” and “The Time Before.” There will also be several mini short films produced by first-year students.

Students in both DVP and Graphic Design complete a capstone course during their second year of instruction. DVP students write, shoot, direct and edit short films while Graphic Design students work as an advertising agency producing movie posters, DVD boxes, invitations and other print support materials for the event.

MNTC DVP instructors Amy Smith and Joe Magrini said their students developed, wrote and pitched their short film ideas to a panel of local film professionals in October. Creative Director of deadCenter Film Festival Lance McDaniel was one of the judges.

McDaniel said, “Getting a job is not just about core skills, it's also about presenting yourself professionally and knowing how to interact with adults. The Red Carpet Film Festival is perfect training ground for the students to learn the skills to help them get the jobs that will best utilize their experience.”

During the remainder of the fall semester they cast and shot their films. This semester the students completed post-production editing and color correcting on their projects.

Smith said, “Our students follow the production process in real way. With the Red Carpet Film Festival, we create a capstone experience for our students that goes beyond any normal classroom assignment.”

MNTC Graphic Design Instructor Trisha Marlow said her students pitched their movie poster designs to a panel of local graphic designers at an open house event in February. The judges provided critiques and feedback for students while also selecting the posters that were then presented to the student directors in DVP.

Marlow said, “The intent of this capstone project is to help students set goals and monitor their progress in maintaining them, to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills.”

Students from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma provided original scores and sound design for the movies. Chris Freihofer, CSA, with Freihofer Casting worked with DVP students and held a casting call to find local talent for the movies.

Magrini said, “This annual festival helps students visualize and experience their future lives as graphic designers and filmmakers.”

For more information about the Red Carpet Film Festival, visit their website at or search #RedFilmFest on Twitter to see trailers for the movies.

To learn more about MNTC’s Digital Video Production or Graphic Design classes or to enroll visit or call 405-364-5763.


Anna Aguilar, M.A., APR
Media & Creative Coordinator
Moore Norman Technology Center
W: 405-364-5763, ext. 7575
M: 405-249-9008

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