Though they're now sweltering through July's triple digits, organizers of the Eastern Oregon Film Festival have their focus on next February's deep freeze, launching the submission process for what will be the fifth annual showcase.
"We want to polish the edges," said Chris Jennings, EOFF founder and executive director. "Our goal is always to keep it intimate."
The festival takes place Thursday, Feb. 20-Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, and centers on La Grande, Ore.'s Granada Theatre, which features three screens.
"We're looking to reach out to Eastern Oregon University to possibly hold a pre-opening night there and lure that student population to our main, downtown venue," said Jennings. "2014 will be an interesting turning point for us."
Perhaps the biggest turn is the festival's new online submission process at eofilmfest.com, with rolling deadline fees ranging from $15 Saturday, July 20, to $45 Wednesday, Nov. 20.
"We really see those quality, independent films that you might not see in Boise or Portland [Ore.] right away," said Jennings. "We've had a lot of U.S. and West Coast premieres."
Last year, the festival culled 27 screenings--including 12 features--from more than 60 entries.