ENID, Okla. — The fifth annual FLY Film Festival is ready to roll, starting Thursday and running through Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to meeting all the new people that come into town with their movies, and I think we’re going to have a good audience this year,” said Christopher Sneed, festival director. “We’ve always had a good audience, but I think we might be looking at a spike (this year).”
There is a slew of events and programs scheduled for the three-day festival, beginning with a kickoff party 7 p.m. Thursday at Costello’s, 610 S. Cleveland. The kickoff party is a free “peek” at the FLY Film Festival, and attendees can learn about the movies being shown Friday and Saturday.
Other special events include networking in DaVinci’s Coffeehouse and Gelateria, 2315 W. Willow at 7:30 a.m. Friday, and an after-party 10:30 p.m. Friday at Napoli’s, located at 225 S. Grand.
Friday’s festival activities begin at 1 p.m. with the 2017 winning feature film “The Red Pill,” to be shown in the Joan L. Allen Hall Symphony Hall, with other 2017 winning films being screened in the symphony ballroom theatre at the same time.
At 2 p.m. “The Stain,” “The Saturn Mission” and “Moments,” will be shown in the symphony ballroom theatre. “Ojala” and “A Whole World for a Little World” will be shown at 3 p.m. in the same room.
Beginning at 4 p.m., “Blows With the Wind” and “The Boo” will screen in the symphony hall while “An Unexpected Valentine,” “Shanghai, I love you” and “Karma” will be shown in the symphony ballroom theatre.
“Balance,” “Limit,” and “Net Worth” will all be shown starting 5 p.m. in the symphony ballroom theatre, with “Tied” and “Pinky Gurung” to be shown in the same room at 6 p.m. “LA Fadeaway” and “Texoma,” will also be shown at 6 p.m., but in Joan L. Allen Hall.
The only film to be shown starting at 7 p.m. Friday is “The Hollow Earth,” which will be screened in the symphony ballroom theatre. “Mumpsimus,” “Perfect Profile” and “Repercussion” all are scheduled to be shown in the aforementioned room starting at 8 p.m., while “The Harvesters,” is scheduled for Joan L. Allen Hall.
Films will conclude Friday with “The Last Doll Lady” and “Failure,” both to be shown in the symphony ballroom theatre.
The festival is set to continue Saturday at 10 a.m., with screenplay readings of “Reflections on a Murder,” “P.I.,” “Thank You, Amelia Earhart” and “On Blackest Day, In Brightest Night,” all in the fifth-floor gallery.
At noon Saturday, Nate Bright will hold a special effects makeup demonstration in the lobby. “My Ranger” will be shown in symphony hall at 1 p.m., while “The Hollow Earth” will be screened the same time in the symphony ballroom theatre.
“An Unexpected Valentine,” “Perfect Profile” and “A Whole World For a Little World” will be shown beginning 2 p.m. in the symphony ballroom theatre, followed by “The Last Doll Lady” and “Net Worth” in the same room beginning at 3 p.m., with “Up To Snuff” to be shown the same time in the other room.
At 4 p.m., “Karma,” “Failure” and “Those Who Can Die” will all be shown in the symphony ballroom theatre, with “Repercussion” and “Massacre at Bluff’s Ridge” to be screened 4:30 p.m. in the symphony hall.
“Pinky Gurung,” “Shanghai, I Love You” and “LA Fadeaway” are all scheduled beginning 5 p.m. in the symphony ballroom theatre to be followed by “Tied” and “Pink Gurung” again at 6 p.m.
In Joan L. Allen Symphony Hall at 6 p.m., “Scott & Crowley: A Comic Book Adventure,” will be shown.
“Moments,” “The Highway,” “The Stain,” “Kissy Cousins Monster Babies and Morphing Elvis,” “Those Who Can Die” and “The Highway” are all set to be shown beginning at 7 p.m. through 10 p.m. in the symphony ballroom theatre. “Balance” and “You People” will run at 8 p.m. in the symphony hall.
Finally, the festival will conclude with the awards ceremony at 10:30 p.m. in the symphony ballroom theatre. Enid native Benjamin Glaze, who was on “American Idol” Season 16, will be performing at the award ceremony after all the films have ended.
Sneed said the festival is good for Enid, and draws attention to the city.
“Enid is in such a growth period, and we’re bringing people to town who would otherwise not come. Every year, we’ve had people who didn’t know anything about Enid who have come and really enjoyed themselves. They enjoyed being in Enid,” Sneed said.
He said to expect good movies.
“These movies are judged and chosen for potential entertainment value,” Sneed said. “People have a stereotype, or have an idea of what kind of movies they think are played at a film festival and they can find some of the movies from past festivals on Netflix or Amazon ... (the) movies are better than what people think they will be.”