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Festival celebrates independent films

The third annual Zaki Student Film Festival for the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking (ZGIIF) is Saturday and Sunday in Sedona.

The festival is the outcome of a year an intensive hands- on Digital Filmmaking Certificate program where students are mentored by professional filmmakers and utilize the most technologically advanced equipment available.

At the end of the year, each student completes a short film thesis and a feature screenplay. They can use the short film as a means to demonstrate their skills as a filmmaker for financial backing to produce their feature script.

The Zaki Gordon Institute is in the Yavapai College–Sedona Center for Arts and Technology, 4215 Arts Village Drive, Sedona.

Admission is $2 for unlimited viewing

Proceeds go toward supporting new students in the program.

Screening times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, followed by an awards ceremony from 6 to 7:30.

Awards, including an audience choice award for favorite short film, are the result of all the filmmakers' votes.

Saturday night at 8 p.m., join the filmmakers for an informal gathering at the Old Market Place's Martini Bar.

For more information, visit www.zaki.yc.edu, or call 649- 4265.

The festival will be repeated in Flagstaff's Orpheum Theatre on June 6 and 7.

For times and ticket information, call (928) 556-1580, or check www.orpheumpresents.com.