The work of 21 talented writers, all but two from Arkansas, was reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges led by film critic Philip Martin of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The participants were recognized and the winners announced at an Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 27, the festival's opening event.
Tanner Smith, a sophomore at Manila High School, was one of the entrants in the first annual screenwriting competition. His script, "The Adventurers" was the only entry by a teenager in the event.
Tanner was invited, along with other writers and Ozark Foothills FilmFest members, to a pre-awards ceremony reception at Bradley Manor at Lyon College in Batesville. Following the reception, Tanner and his family attended the Awards Ceremony, also held at Lyon College. Eleven of the 21 writers who entered the competition were on hand and were introduced and allowed to speak briefly about their screenplays.
Tanner said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Bob Pest, Ozark Foothills FilmFest founder and President, talked to him about the possibility of filming scenes from his script at the TTauri Film Festival, the youth division of Ozark Foothills FilmFest at this summer's annual movie camp.
Tanner is the son of Richard and Mary Smith of Manila.