OKLAHOMA CITY – The Cherokee Nation Film Office and deadCenter Film, the state’s largest film festival, have partnered to recognize Indigenous filmmakers with the festival’s inaugural award for Best Indigenous Short Film. 

This year’s honoree will be recognized and awarded a $1,000 cash prize, provided by the Cherokee Nation, at 1 p.m. this Sunday during the festival’s annual award show.

The festival is at 517 S. Hudson Ave.

Films nominated for the award are Hopi and Mexican American Boise B. Esquerra’s “BLACKWATER,” Cherokee Nation citizen Jeremy Charles’ “Inage’i (In The Woods)” and “Totsu (Redbird),” Choctaw Nation citizen Colleen Thurston’s “Sardis,” Mikey Hevr’s “The Writer’s Room” directed by Kiowa citizen Cary Cody and Absentee Shawnee citizen Orrin Ponkilla ,as well as Ipai Kumeyaay and Payómkawichum Fox Maxy’s “San Diego.”  

The 21st annual festival, including panels, discussions and 180 films, will run until June 20 and feature a specific block dedicated to Indigenous films, including those nominated for Best Indigenous Short Film, scheduled to go live on the virtual platform at 10 a.m. on June 14. Tickets are $10.

For information about deadCenter Film Festival, visit deadcenterfilm.org. Press passes are available upon request.