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Sunday, January 22, 2012

OpenLens Festival - This Week!

The 2012 OpenLens Festival celebrates the spirit of Oregon’s independent filmmaking community on Saturday, January 28th. This eighth annual event has become known for its outstanding juried short films of 15-minutes or less.

The one-day festival includes an informative and entertaining afternoon:

1:00 PM Seminar: How to watch a movie like a film critic: with film reviewer Doug Hennessy. Location: UO Baker Center Auditorium at 325 E. 10th Street in Eugene. Admission: Free. First come first seated.

4:00 PM Meet and Greet The Filmmaker: an opportunity to meet this year's filmmakers in an informal and relaxing setting at Davis’ Restaurant & Bar, 94 W. Broadway. Eugene. Free. No Host Bar available.

7:30 PM OpenLens Festival Screening, Awards, and Receptio:. Location: UO Baker Center Auditorium at 325 E. 10th Street in Eugene. Admission: $8 includes reception with refreshments following the festival program and awards. Click2See a synopsis of the Jury selected films to be screened.

The 2012 festival competition includes the awarding of Jury Best Of Show ($500), Jury Honorable Mention ($250), and Audience Choice Award ($100). This year a new screen writing competition has been added and is sponsored by Eugene based Rubicon Film Productions Ltd. A special $250 best screenplay prize for a short narrative film will be awarded.

The OpenLens festival is hosted by DIVA (The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts) with support in part by a grant from the Lane Arts Council.

A full festival schedule including description of this year’s film selections is online: :

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