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The Donna Reed Foundation is Proud To Partner with the 712 Film Festival

Join Us May 4th!

Join us at the Donna Reed Theatre in Denison, Iowa.

Doors open at 12:30 pm.  Films begin at 1 pm.

Stay for the free family fun outside at Hot Summer Nights in Uptown Denison.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Robin Blakely  / 660-973-2723

For Immediate Release

Donna Reed Theatre to Host 712 Film Festival on May 4, 2024 

Denison, Iowa - The 712 Film Festival Committee and the Donna Reed Foundation will present this year’s 712 Film Festival on May 4, 2024, at 1 pm at the Donna Reed Theatre in Denison, Iowa. Doors will open at 12:30 pm and films will begin at 1 pm.
A reception for filmmakers will follow.


“The opportunity to present films in a historic theater in western Iowa will enhance the experience of the viewers as well as provide an attractive venue for student and professional filmmakers to showcase their films,” shared 712 Film Festival Committee Member, Greg Sextro. “This festival showcases some of the wonderful filmmaking talent who reside in Iowa.”

Mary Owen, daughter of Donna Reed and the treasurer of the Donna Reed Foundation, said, " The Donna Reed Foundation is thrilled to be hosting the 712 Film Festival. We look forward to supporting and energizing the innovative, creative, and professional work of all film makers."


Featured films will be from student and professional filmmakers with a connection to Iowa. Local high school students from IKM-Manning, Coon Rapids-Bayard, LeMars, Cherokee Washington, Denison, Storm Lake, and Ridge View High School will have films included in the festival. Films from The University of Iowa and Grinnell College students will also be included.


The organizers of the 712 Film Festival are Greg Sextro, an actor and writer; Ryan Runyan, a local filmmaker and IKM-Manning High School band instructor and film advisor; Grace Sextro, a film producer and professional editor; and Chuck Hughes, a screenwriter.


To stay up to date on this year’s festival, follow “The 712 Film Festival” on Facebook.  


More Info

Pictured: 712 Film Festival Committee Members from the 2023 event: Chuck Hughes, Greg Sextro, Grace Sextro, and Ryan Runyan.

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  • Films must be 20 minutes or less

  • Films must be original work

  • EXTENDED Submission deadline
    APRIL 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM CENTRAL

  • For more info contact: 

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