WHAT:        CNFO and deadCenter Film to announce Best Indigenous Short Film winner

WHEN:        Sunday, June 13
                   1 p.m.

WHERE:      517 S. Hudson Avenue
                   Oklahoma City, OK

WHO:          Cherokee Nation Film Office Director Jennifer Loren
                   deadCenter Film Executive Director Alyx Picard Davis
                   deadCenter Film Director of Festival and Operations Miranda Patton
                   deadCenter Film Director of Programming Sara Thompson

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Film Office and deadCenter Film, the state’s largest film festival, have partnered to recognize Indigenous filmmakers with the festival’s inaugural award for Best Indigenous Short Film.

This year’s honoree will be recognized and awarded a $1,000 cash prize, provided by the generosity of the Cherokee Nation, on Sunday during the festival’s annual award show.

Films nominated for the inaugural Best Indigenous Short Film award include Hopi and Mexican American Boise B. Esquerra’s “BLACKWATER,” Cherokee Nation citizen Jeremy Charles’ “Inage'i (In The Woods)” and “Totsu (Redbird),” Choctaw Nation citizen Colleen Thurston’s “Sardis,” Mikey Hevr’s “The Writer’s Room” directed by Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma citizen Cary Cody and Absentee Shawnee Tribe citizen Orrin Ponkilla, as well as Ipai Kumeyaay and Payómkawichum Fox Maxy’s “San Diego.”  

The 21st annual festival, including panels, discussions and 180 films, will run June 10-20 and feature a specific block dedicated to Indigenous films, including those nominated for Best Indigenous Short Film, scheduled to go live on the virtual platform on Monday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10.

For more information about deadCenter Film Festival, visit deadcenterfilm.org. Press passes are available upon request.