The Second Annual Okotoks Film Festival will feature three films that were developed, produced and edited by Foothills residents.

Festival Director, Katie Fournell, says she created the festival as a way to expand the local film community.

"I decided to create the film festival to be an outlet for, and to grow the film community in Okotoks," said Fournell.

The festival will feature "Ice Blue," a thriller film produced by a local resident that was filmed partly on Elizabeth Street and has seven nominations at the Alberta Film Awards.

Another feature film will be "Manson: The Final Words." It's a documentary featuring interviews with the late Charles Manson and his family members that was edited by an Okotoks resident.

Fournell says they're happy to see local talent submitting to the festival in only their second year.

"The editor of this film is from Okotoks. We are only in our second year, and now we're able to attach celebrity names to it, which is unbelievable." she said.

The third featured film will be "Thousand Yard Stare," and was filmed almost entirely in Drumheller by Albertans.

"It is a World War II film that is made by a bunch of film makers from Alberta, and is shot in Drumheller almost entirely." said Fournell.

The festival will feature over 60 films from 160 countries and will include children's themes as well as award winners


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