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May-June-July 2016

OCCC Alum Named Finalist at Cannes Film Festival

Filmmaker and OCCC alum Iancu “Bunee” Tomlinson was named as one of 23 film finalist for the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes International Film Festival in France.

Tomlinson, whose film, “Bunee: The Boy from Constanta,” was selected from thousands of entries around the world, said that the news came as a pleasant surprise.

“I’ve been making films since I was a teenager and I always dreamed of making it to Cannes one day,” says Tomlinson. “I’m just overjoyed that this day has finally arrived.”

The 23-year-old filmmaker from Edmond first began work on the film as an assignment during his time as an OCCC student. The assignment was to create an autobiographical film short, and for Romanian-born Tomlinson, this project evoked many different emotions for him.

“My film is about my life and it begins with my days as an orphan in Romania and goes on to chronicle my growing up in Oklahoma,” continues Tomlinson. “Although my life began with many struggles, the film ends where I am today - which is a great place. This is what makes getting this nod from the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival so special to me.”

Tomlinson is currently pursuing his BFA degree in film at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in New Mexico. A Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarship recipient, he is scheduled to graduate in May 2017.

The American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival took place May 17-18, 2016. “Bunee: The Boy from Constanta” competed for the Student Documentary Award in five different categories at the festival. Tomlinson and the film’s editor, Brady Foster, traveled to France to represent the film.

OCCC showcased the film at the OCCC FVP Student Showcase April 22 along with other student films in the college’s Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater.

OCCC’s film and video production program offers three degree options for those aspiring to make it in the film business. OCCC also provides hands-on filmmaking classes in one of the best-equipped filmmaking facility in the region, complete with a 6,000-square-foot sound stage and cutting-edge cameras, equipment and filmmakers as mentors.

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