Lake Dallas High School juniors, Marie-Louise Nkashama (second from right) and Polly O'Hair (third from left), were presented with a $250 production grant  at the 14th annual Women in Film Dallas "Chick Flicks Festival" last Oct. 22. The grant funds an original short film the girls produced in the summer. Pictured from left is: Russ Ansley, Lake Dallas High audio-visual sponsor; Cris Buxton, Lake Dallas High dean of instruction;  O'Hair; Kristi Strickland, Lake Dallas High principal; Mollie Avelino, Lake Dallas High associate principal; Nkashama; Dona Lumsden, Lake Dallas High assistant principal.

Lake Dallas High School juniors, Marie-Louise Nkashama (second from right) and Polly O'Hair (third from left), were presented with a $250 production grant at the 14th annual Women in Film Dallas "Chick Flicks Festival" last Oct. 22. The grant funds an original short film the girls produced in the summer. Pictured from left is: Russ Ansley, Lake Dallas High audio-visual sponsor; Cris Buxton, Lake Dallas High dean of instruction; O'Hair; Kristi Strickland, Lake Dallas High principal; Mollie Avelino, Lake Dallas High associate principal; Nkashama; Dona Lumsden, Lake Dallas High assistant principal.

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The 15th annual Chick Flicks Film Festival has opened submissions for short films.

A feature film will be added this year to the lineup that traditionally only has shorts. This year's festival is scheduled for Oct. 19. The early deadline for submissions is July 21; regular is Aug. 15; and the late deadline is Aug. 31.

The festival was started to highlight and showcase women filmmakers.

Submitted films should be "directed by a woman and-or have women in at least two key (above the line) crew positions." Films should be less than 25 minutes. Prizes include cash awards and prize packages.

Funds raised from screenings and events will help Women in Film's grants and scholarship programs. Learn more about the organization at WIFD.org. Dallas Videofest is also a partner in the festival.

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