- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

ENID, Okla. (AP) - Ladies and gentlemen, start your cameras.

For the first time, an independent film festival will open in Enid. This summer, local organizers have plans for the Films Like Yours, or FLY Film Festival.

While many details have not been announced, the festival will start Aug. 1 and continue through Aug. 3.

Main Street Enid Director Kelly Tompkins said it’s no accident the festival occurs simultaneously with First Friday.

“Bringing that many people in from out of town, we want to see downtown at its best, which is usually First Friday,” Tompkins told The Enid News and Eagle (http://bit.ly/1hKVnmL). “We want them to remember Enid as being a cool place to go for the weekend.”

Tompkins said about 90 percent of film festival attendees wind up being from out of town.

Festival organizers will accept submissions of feature-length or short films. There also are judging categories for films made in Oklahoma, best screenplay and best performances by man, woman and child.

There also will be a winner for best Vine. Vine is the video publishing platform for a smartphone that records and loops six seconds of material.

“We’re hoping more people in the community want to do a fun little Vine to submit,” Tompkins said.

Each category will have first-, second- and third-place winners.

The film festival is the brainchild of Enid’s Christopher Sneed, who is active in arts and video production.

“He’s been wanting to do this a long time, so he brought the idea to me to see if Main Street would like to be a part of it,” Tompkins said.

They then went to Retro Theater Events, and it turned into a partnership.

“Because our success feeds off each other, it seemed like the perfect partnership to come together and create this experience for downtown,” she said.

Sneed was unavailable for comment Monday, but issued a press release.

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