FLY FlyerThrillers, comedies, dramas, and sci-fi films made in France, Switzerland, Canada, across the United States and Oklahoma will take the spotlight Downtown Enid at the 2nd Annual FLY Film Festival, August 7-9. Independent films will be shown on Friday and Saturday, with the Award Ceremony on Sunday. It’s aligned with First Friday, with music and shopping around the square.

The FLY Film Festival celebrates the art of filmmaking and inspires creativity by providing learning opportunities and showcasing Films Like Yours in Downtown Enid, Oklahoma. The festival begins Friday, August 7th, at noon with a kick-off lunch at Five80 Coffeehouse. Soon after lunch, the movies begin at Gaslight Theatre and the Enid Symphony Center!

Aspiring actors will get a chance to work with one of Oklahoma’s most experienced on-camera actors in the region. Darryl Cox has appeared in over 60 feature film and network television productions and brings real-world, present-day knowledge to an Acting Workshop during this year’s FLY.

A social aspect has been added to this year’s festival, with the screening of ReMoved, Part 1 & 2, and A Place at the Table. ReMoved, sponsored by Adoption Services of Oklahoma, follows the emotional journey of a nine-year-old girl who is taken from her abusive birth home and placed in the foster care system. It serves to bring awareness, encourage and be useful in foster parent training. A Place at the Table, provided by Loaves & Fishes, is a documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.

Young filmmakers are also being recognized this year. Ten local youth attended FLY’s first Summer Film Camp in July, where they created their first film, The Good, The Bad and The Buggy, which will be screened at the festival. Two films by Prairie View Elementary 4th graders will also be shown, Save the Plastic Bottles and Mad! Mad!, which earned the students a trip to New York City this year.

Hitchcock lovers will be thrilled to watch 16 Hitchcock Inspired short films, thanks to a partnership with TentSquare, a social network for talent discovery based in New York. The winner of the challenge, Aya Ghosn, will be a special guest of the festival this year.

The winner of last year’s Lord of the FLY award, The Posthuman Project, a family-friendly sci-fi superhero movie by Oklahoma filmmaker, Kyle Roberts, will be shown at Gaslight Theatre on Friday. Kyle will be our special guest on Friday!

Attendees will be mesmerized by the Steampunk special effects make-up demonstrations by Nate Bright and Jenna Green on Saturday. Their special effects model, Sheri Wise, will wear a Steampunk gown custom made by Shannon Wynona.

Christopher Sneed and Kelly Tompkins of Main Street Enid, plus a host of volunteers and valued sponsors bring this weekend of films to our community, which draws filmmakers and attendees from across Oklahoma and beyond. Major sponsors include Park Avenue Thrift, Visit Enid and Comfort Inn, plus sponsors not mentioned above, Rick’s Pharmacy, Southard House Bed & Breakfast Inn, Maple Place Bed & Breakfast and Continental Management.

Passes, film synopses, acting workshop registration and schedule of films can be seen at www.FlyFilmFestival.org.