The 13th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest takes place April 2-6, 2014 at multiple venues in Batesville. This year’s festival will include a day-long screenwriting workshop, “Breaking Into Screenwriting: Indie Film vs. Hollywood,” to be conducted by director/script writer Coop Cooper.


Cooper holds a BFA in Cinema from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Hollywood. He has collaborated on numerous screenwriting projects in both the commercial and indie film spheres, including working with Academy Award-winning director Seth Winston on a Civil War-themed screenwriting project. The highly versatile Mr. Cooper, who currently resides in his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi, is a screenwriter and screenwriting instructor, filmmaker, and film critic whose reviews appear on his website,


As a graduate of the American Film Institute in Hollywood with a Masters in Screenwriting, Cooper learned the ins-and-outs of writing for the Hollywood establishment. As an independent filmmaker, he learned how unwritten Hollywood rules and techniques can benefit writers and creators of independent film. In this day-long session, he will break down the differences between writing for each film market and how learning from one can benefit the other.


The workshop will be held in the Maxfield Room on the ground floor of Edwards Commons on the campus of Lyon College in Batesville from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a one hour lunch/networking break. Tuition is $40 for participants who submitted an entry to the 2014 Ozark Foothills FilmFest Screenwriting Competition and $50 for others. Enrollment is limited to twenty. To enroll, mail a check or money order by March 1 to: Ozark Foothills FilmFest, 195 Peel Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550.


Call 870-251-1189 or email for more information.


Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization dedicated to excellence and accessibility in the media arts. The organization presents the annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest and the annual T Tauri Movie Camp, which offers video production workshops for kids and teens.


The 2014 Ozark Foothills FilmFest is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Independence County Recreation Fund, and numerous businesses and organizations. A complete sponsor listing can be found at