BisonBison Film Festival: The Best of Fest

BisonBison Film Festival Announces “The Best of Fest” film screening at the Living Arts of Tulsa

The BisonBison Film Festival: A Student Competition is presenting “The Best of the Fest” Friday, January 12, 2018 starting at 7:00PM, with doors open at 6:00PM. Hosted by the Living Arts of Tulsa gallery, “The Best of the Fest” will screen some of the winning films from the festival’s past four years. Tickets are $10.00 for non-members and free to members. The Living Arts of Tulsa gallery is located at 307 E. Brady St., Tulsa, OK 74120, 918-585-1234.

Several past winners and BBFF alumni will be in attendance at the screening with a Q&A afterward: Bunee Tomlinson with his 2014 Award of Excellence film “Hana” and Chris “Oz” McIntosh with his 2016 Award of Excellence film “Movie Magic.” Local Tulsan filmmaker, Lisandro Boccaccio will be there with his 2017 BBFF entry “If Only.” The 2017 Awards of Excellence films will also be shown. They are: “Starch” from Nathan Manning, University of Missouri-Kansas City; “Voice of the Razorbacks” by Cassie Schirm, University of Arkansas; and “Sketches” from Savannah Rodgers, University of Kansas. All the short films (under 40 minutes) are a beautiful example of the talent in the BisonBison Film Festival region

A student only film festival, BBFF is open to filmmakers enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and technical schools in the six states of the Mid-America arts region: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. As a short film platform, all films submitted must be 40 minutes or less in length including titles and credits. The work must have been created within the past two years, and the filmmaker must have been an enrolled student at the time. This year’s festival submission period will end on February 2, 2018.

A jury panel of film/performance professionals will the determine the three $1,000 “Award of Excellence.” All the films will show at the historic Poncan Theatre in Ponca City, OK, Friday and Saturday, March 30 - 31, 2018, with the awards presentation Saturday evening. Additionally, free workshops to help enhance the filmmaking process will be held on the Saturday of the festival.

Instructions for submission and more information about the festival can be found at or by contacting the Festival Outreach Coordinator, Geoffrey Smith, at or 405-210-3953. The mission of the BisonBison Film Festival is to recognize and showcase the work of student filmmakers enrolled in academic programs in the Mid-America region.