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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, August 26, 2016

Ojai Film Festival

August 15, 2016 – Ojai, California … Ojai artist Shahastra will provide the cover art of the 2016 Ojai Film Festival program guide. The cover features Shahastra’s beautiful landscape Three Guardians, a pastel that depicts three palm trees set against a backdrop of majestic mountains and lush lemon groves.

According to Ojai Film Festival executive director Maryse Gartner, Shahastra’s aesthetic is perfect for conveying the natural beauty of the Ojai Valley. “We wanted a Film Festival cover that would illustrate Ojai’s small-town charm and spectacular landscapes. With her use of vibrant color and light, Shahastra is the perfect choice to provide the cover for the festival’s 2016 program guide.”

Shahastra has a long and distinguished career as a multimedia artist, teacher, and illustrator and is a member of Ojai Studio Artists, a foundation dedicated to promoting art awareness. In the 1980s, Shahastra founded an alternative school in the Ojai Valley and currently teaches art publicly and privately. As an artist, Shahastra designs handmade sterling jewelry, paints, and sculpts in a variety of media. Shahastra illustrated the Magical Rainbow series of children’s books, contributed to the experiential Ojai art installation “The Walk,” and published a fifty-card reflection deck entitled “Meeting the Self.”

The Ojai Film Festival has received 407 film submissions and 67 screenplays for the 2016 competition. Featuring a range of quality films from around the world, the Festival will be held November 3 -13 in Ojai, a small city in Southern California about 80 miles north of Los Angeles. The Film Festival has a reputation for screening quality works, including documentaries, features, animations, narrative shorts and student films.  More information on the Festival’s notable achievements, film submissions process, key leadership, and history is provided on its website www.ojaifilmfestival.com.

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