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Great Basin film festival

From left: Great Basin Film Festival organizer Russ Minter with Food Truck Battle contestants Pedro Romero, Tony Cortes, and Andrea and Ryan Oeschger

ELKO — Saturday evening was the conclusion of the 11th annual Great Basin College Film Festival.

Though this event has been happening around the community for 11 years, this year was special. On Feb. 11 at the Duncan-Little Creek Gallery there was a showing of the 2016 Oscar nominated live action short films. This was the first year that the film festival devoted a night purely to the short films.

The rest of the film festival played out with four movies over a span of two weekends, a short film before each movie and free appetizers provided by Pizza Barn, The Merrie Chef, and Blue Moon.

Each film also had a sponsor that helped reduce the cost of playing the films. The sponsors this year were; Relax in Style, Matties, Nevins Family Medicine, Stephen D. Glaser, DDS, and the GBC Arts and Letters Department.

The other big difference in this year’s Film Festival was the very first Battle of the Food Trucks, which took place right outside the theater. The three food trucks — Guerrilla Craft Eats run by Andrea and Ryan Oeschger, Las Brisas run by Pedro Romero, and Tony’s Tacos run by Tony Cortes — lined up outside and offered their best sample appetizers to the film attendees.

The attendees were then asked to vote for their favorite food truck appetizer and the winner was declared before the movie started. The vote was close, but Guerrilla Craft Eats was the truck that drove away with the plaque and title of Food Truck Battle champion.

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Russ Minter, chair of the film committee, hopes to continue the tradition of the Food Truck Battle next year.

The committee also hopes to try and get more Independent films to play during the festival. All of the films picked must meet two requirements: someone in the committee must have seen the film and the film could not have been played anywhere else locally.

As Minter said, “We are not here to compete with the local theater. We are just trying to bring in new and unique films to the community.”

The committee is also hoping to have a brand new high definition projector for next year’s festival.

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