Announcing Juror for 2023 Festival!
DARRYL COX is a professional SAG/AFTRA actor whose career spans the spectrum of major film and television productions. Among his credits are over 90 principal roles in film (including ARLINGTON ROAD, ROBOCOP, BOTTLE ROCKET, MINARI, and A PERFECT WORLD) and TV (including FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, PRISON BREAK, L.A. LAW, RESERVATION DOGS, and NYPD BLUE). He taught On-Camera Acting at Adam Roarke’s Film Actor’s Lab in Dallas and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, later at Oklahoma City University and the University of Central Oklahoma, and for 25 years at the University of Oklahoma. A former officer in the U.S. Navy, he served onboard the destroyer U.S.S. Forrest Sherman, including a deployment to the Persian Gulf in 1980. In 1977 he graduated with a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, and currently resides in Norman, Oklahoma.
Announcing Costuming for Film Workshop Presenter!
GINA BRYANT-NUGEN is a director, producer, production and costume designer from Wichita, KS. She has always loved fashion and learned to sew at age 7. You could often find her in the costume shop in high school and she worked in the costume shop at Southwestern College where she designed costumes, props, hair and makeup for various shows. She designed and built props for 10.10 Post 9.11, an original play by Adam Sharp, which was featured at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre festival. She went on to earn a BFA in Studio Art at Wichita State University with her senior project consisting of wearable art influenced by historical fashion. Eventually she made the transition to film.
Currently Gina is a co-producer and director at Danger Caution Films, a production company she founded with her partner Roy Nugen. She has been production and costume designer for dozens of short films which have been featured in festivals across the country, winning numerous awards.
As of September 1, BisonBison Film Festival is accepting submissions to the 2023 festival! Submissions may be made through FilmFreeway.
The Bison Bison Film Festival is open to filmmakers enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and trade schools in mid-America (Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Texas).
All works must be 40 minutes or less in length, including titles and credits. Any film exceeding this limit will not be considered. No works in progress. Incomplete entries are ineligible.
The work must have been created within the past two years, and the filmmaker must have been an enrolled student at the time. While you are allowed to submit multiple films, only one film submission per filmmaker will be accepted to be shown at the festival.
The earlybird submission deadline is Saturday, December 10, 2022. The final submission deadline is Friday, February 3, 2023. Selections will be made and filmmakers notified by February 18, 2023.
The 8th annual BisonBison Film Festival will be held at the Burford Theatre in Arkansas City, KS on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2023. Submissions will be accepted beginning on Thursday, September 21, 2022. The earlybird deadline for submissions at a cost of just $25 will be Saturday, December 10, 2022. The final submission deadline at a cost of $40 will be Friday, February 3, 2023. Filmmakers will be notified of their selection status between Wednesday, February 15 and Saturday, February 18, 2023.
The 2022 BisonBison Film Festival: A Student Competition (BBFF) is proud to announce the two workshop presenters: Nathan Oesterle and Chad Sanborn. BBFF will be held in Arkansas City, KS at the Historic Burford Theatre, 118 S. Summit. The dates are Friday through Sunday, April 1-3, 2022. The Festival is open to filmmakers enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and technical schools in the Mid-America Arts Region: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. The mission of the BisonBison Film Festival is to recognize, promote and showcase the work of emerging filmmakers. All the workshops at BBFF are free and open to the public and held will be held on Sat. April 2, time to be announced later.
Nathan Oesterle recently moved to the area from NYC where he worked professionally as a fight director and actor from 2011-2021. Starting with stage combat in 2005, he trained extensively with Art Of Combat with their Michigan and New York Branches until 2016. He then went on to study with Neutral Chaos from The Society of American Fight Directors. In 2016, along with Patrick Harman, he created a combat company called Stone & Steel Combat with the goal to create compelling violence that keeps actors and crew safe at all times. He has designed violence for numerous films, musicals, plays, operas, and live shows. In addition to working on projects, he has taught classes for combatants, assisted film makers in understanding how to shoot fights, and trained individuals for fights in film roles. His workshop is:
FILMING THE VIOLENCE - Create the action you want, while staying safe.
This workshop is designed for filmmakers wanting to learn how to effectively film violence. We will be covering how to cover your angles so that both your crew and actors stay out of the ER. Special attention will be paid to close-up physical combat.
Chad Sanborn is a crime novelist, screenwriter, story consultant and writing coach. He's worked with countless authors to help them pen their memoirs, novels, short stories, leadership guides, self-improvement books, cultural commentaries, and more. He is a graduate of Arkansas City High School (class of '85) and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University. His personal projects have won multiple crime fiction, journalism, business writing and interactive storytelling awards. Also a professional cheesemonger, Chad lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Kansas City. His workshop is:
HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE A GOOD IDEA - Before writing a single word of your story (And if not, how to fix it)
Using tools and exercises drawn from a range of storytelling and screenwriting books Chad walks through early story creation steps including: How to develop your story concept; Finding your theme/unifying idea; Tools for fleshing out and testing your story idea; Using your theme/unifying idea to fix your story.
In addition to the above, the jurors will also present an Open Panel Discussion at BBFF, on Saturday, April 2. All college level or technical school students with a current valid ID can receive one (1) Free All Access Pass to the Festival by calling the Burford Theatre at (620) 442-5896.
The BisonBison Film Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to nurturing the film artists of the future and was started in 2013 with the first Festival in 2014. For more information, visit BisonBisonFilmFestival.org or BisonBison Film Festival on Facebook.
The 2022 BisonBison Film Festival: A Student Competition (BBFF) is proud to announce the three jurors: Anna Dewell, Jeffrey Mundinger, and Shane Seley. BBFF will be held in Arkansas City, KS at the Historic Burford Theatre, 118 S. Summit. The dates are Friday through Sunday, April 1-3, 2022. The Festival is open to filmmakers enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and technical schools in the Mid-America Arts Region: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. The mission of the BisonBison Film Festival is to recognize, promote and showcase the work of emerging filmmakers. The three jurors will decide which entries receive the three Awards of Excellence of $1,000 each. The Awards will be presented at the end of the film viewings. All three jurors are professionals in the film industry and will bring their expertise and knowledge to the judging process.
Anna Dewell is a Marketing and Communication Specialist with over twenty years of experience in art, graphic design, film, communications, and digital media. Her experience in producing ads for all media comes from her years as a freelance communication consultant, headed the communications for Music City Texas in Linden TX, and her current position as Communications Specialist for Aramark. Anna is an Ark City native with an M.F.A. in Radio, Television, & Film, with a documentary film concentration, from the University of North Texas. Before moving to Texas, Anna obtained her B.A. at Southwestern College and an A.A. at Cowley County Community College.
Jeffrey Mundinger is a filmmaker and media creative based out of Kansas City, Missouri specializing in cinematography and producing. By embracing the medium of film and video Jeff hopes to shed a little light on the uncertainties of what it means to be human, while connecting cultures through imagery. Jeff has been the cinematographer or producer for over eight short films in the past few years, as well as commercial productions for Visit KC and Rondevu Pictures. He currently works as the in house cinematographer for the Strange Music record label and freelance outside of that. Jeff is a 2018 BBFF Award of Excellence winner with his film “Kostym.”
Shane Seley transformed a life-long passion for history and storytelling into a film career that has spanned thirty years and included work for some of the most recognizable companies and institutions in the world. After nearly a decade working as a producer/director, in 1999 he became an entrepreneur when he co-founded Wide Awake Films in Kansas City. Twenty years, and 5 Emmys later, the company he helped create is one of the nation’s leading producers of non-fiction and educational films for streaming, broadcast, museums and non-profits. NatGeo, the History Channel, the BBC George Washington’s Mount Vernon and PBS have all commissioned projects with Wide Awake Films. As a longtime resident and business leader of the Greater Kansas City area, a diehard KU Jayhawk, proud husband and parent, he has remained devoted to his community and region, providing employment to scores of filmmakers, freelancers, historians and actors, and building a production entity that has continued Kansas City’s proud, century-long heritage as a breeding ground for creative and technical innovation.
In addition to the juror duty, Anna, Jeffrey and Shane will present an Open Panel Discussion at BBFF, on Saturday, April 2. All discussions and workshops presented by BBFF are free and open to the public. All college level or technical school students with a current valid ID can receive one (1) Free All Access Pass to the Festival by calling the Burford Theatre at (620) 442-5895.
BisonBison Film Festival finds a new home at the historic Burford Theatre in Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City's Burford Theatre is the new home of the BisonBison Film Festival, and they are working hard in preparation of the annual BisonBison Film Festival to be held April 1-3, 2022.
The story of the Burford begins when J.R. Burford and stockholders decided that Arkansas City needed a theatre of beauty and character. The Burford was designed by the Boller Brothers who chose a Spanish Renaissance theme to develop the interior decor of the theatre. They wisely chose to build a second building to house retail businesses and offices to support the expenses of running the theatre. The Burford Theatre was opened on September 15, 1924 at 6:00pm featuring the silent movie, "The Perfect Flapper," starring Coleen Moore. Over 2,000 people attended the opening that evening in the 1,200 seat theatre.
In the early years, the theatre staff went above & beyond when it comes to special effects. They even placed a caged crocodile in the lobby during showings of a swamp movie! While the Burford has always been home to more than just movies, cinema is a mainstay of the heart of its history. Over the years through changes of management and ownership, the beautiful design elements that originally adorned the building were slowly covered up and done away with, culminating in the buliding being divided into a three screen movie theater. In early 2004, B & B Theaters donated the Buford Theatre building to the Arkansas City Area Arts Council, and a dream for restoring the historic architectural centerpiece of downtown Arkansas City was formed.
It took thirteen years of hard work, but on September 29, 2016 at 2:00pm, the Burford Theatre was dedicated and the doors were opened once again. A new generation now gets to enjoy this magical place through all kinds of special events from concerts to theatrical productions to private parties and of course, movies! In the spirit of carrying on the tradition in the restored 1924 version of the theatre, the Burford Theatre Arts Board of Directors couldn't be more thrilled to be hosting the BisonBison Film Festival for the first time in April 2022.
BisonBison Film Festival is accepting submissions now for the 2022 festival! Be sure to get your submission in by December 17 for the Earlybird Deadline, or by February 4 for the regular submission deadline. Submissions can be made here.
2020 Festival Schedule
Film Viewing - Friday April 3, 7:00pm - Carolyn Renfro Event Center, 445 Fairview, Ponca City
She and Others
Poolside - by Halle Frieden, Tulsa Community College. Rated PG, 8 minutes
Missing - by Jasmine Jones, Southeast Missouri State University. Rated PG, 11 minutes
My Sappho - by Mahryn Rose, University of Missouri: Kansas City. Rated PG, 6.5 minutes
The Sum of 3 - by Sara Dulin, Johnson County Community College. Rated G, 6 minutes
Wildflower - by Emily Harris, University of Missouri: Kansas City. Rated PG, 8 minutes
The Offer - by Shelby Hagerdon, Wayne State University. Rated PG-13, 16.5 minutes
15 min intermission
It’s A Crime Not to Laugh
The Big Kid - by Josh Eliot, Oklahoma City University. Rated PG-13, 8 minutes
The Alibi - by Jared Thomas, Southeast Missouri State University. Rated PG-13, 10.5 minutes
Like A Phoenix
Black Wall-Street: From Tragedy to Triumph - by Modupe Airehrour, Rogers State University. Rated G, 17 minutes
The Dark Side of Love
Here Be Lions - by Shane White, University of Arkansas. Rated R, 9 minutes
Lovesick - by Katherine Lundahl, Wayne State University. Rated R, 11 minutes
Free Workshops - Saturday April 4, 10:00am - Carolyn Renfro Event Center, 445 Fairview, Ponca City
10:00am “I Wanna Be a Producer . . . Wait, What Does A Producer Do?”
11:00am “Kids, Critters and Contracts”
1:00 pm “What do Jurors Want” An Open Panel Discussion with Ricki Maslar, Christopher Sneed and Al Mertens
Film Viewing - Saturday April 4, 7:00pm - Carolyn Renfro Event Center, 445 Fairview, Ponca City
Bridges - by Josh Combs, Butler County Community College. Rated PG-13, 13 minutes
Drowning - by Zachary Klink, Tulsa Technology Center. Rated PG, 3 minutes
Omarr - by Russell Gummelt, Missouri Western State University. Rated PG-13, 17 minutes
The Prisoner - by Blaise Webster, Friends University. Rated R, 20 minutes
15 min intermission
Motivation Monday - by Kevin Nail, University of Texas: Arlington. Rated PG-13, 6 minutes
SimianScope: The Making of King Kung Fu - by Nathan Light, Wichita State University. Rated PG, 28 minutes
10 Min intermission
Presentation of Awards of Excellence