DANVILLE — The third annual Indiana Short Film Festival is this weekend, Oct. 11-13 (Friday through Sunday). at the Royal Theater in Danville.
This is the only Midwest film festival that features short films ranging from two to 40 minutes with each showing about 90 minutes in length.
The nine showings are spread out throughout the weekend, and each showing has a variety of genres including comedy, drama, documentary, etc.
On Friday, the showings are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday times are noon, 3, 6, and 8 p.m., and Sunday’s are 1, 3 and 6 p.m.
This year’s entries include 64 films representing countries from all over the world including Australia, England, Iran, Spain, and local filmmakers from here in Indiana.
“I was floored with how many entries we received and how many good quality films we have,” said Chairman Loren Malloy. “We even had to turn some filmmakers away because we didn’t have enough time.”
Many filmmakers will be at their screening, will take part in a question and answer after their showing, and will be at the VIP Filmmaker Meet and Greet from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
Though there are filmmakers coming from all over the world, there are some that will be coming locally including a documentary about Muncie entitled “Stories and Legends.”
“They do this because they want to make their own films and this gives them the opportunity to express their voice,” Malloy said. “For many, this is the only way to see the filmmakers’ films. This is like their North American showing.”
The Indiana Short Film Festival notifies film schools in Indiana and has met local Indiana filmmakers, but almost all promotion is from word of mouth.
“We are looking forward to an increase of people coming this year,” Malloy said. “The past attendance hasn’t been too great because of different factors, but we hope this year will change.”
None of the films are rated but organizers say the later showings on Friday and Saturday night (Series B and F) may contain content that is not suitable for younger viewers. You can find a list of the films and available synopsis of each film on the website.
There will be judging by the audience in a one to five star rating. Audience members at each showing will be given a ballot and are asked to take a moment to fill out their ballot at the end of each screening to be collected by the Film Festival volunteers. The winning filmmaker will be presented with an award.
People who have worked in film studies before judge the Grand Jury Award, which will be presented for the film that receives the highest composite score from the committee based on its artistic and technical merits. This is the only selection to receive a cash award. The films will be judged according to cinematic audience appeal, cinematography, audio, music and sound effects, editing, story and directing. Student films are not eligible for this award.
If you think you want to go to the VIP Meet and Greet, and may want to see more than one showing that weekend, a weekend pass is available for $30 per person. If not, each showing is $5 per person. Tickets are available online or at the Royal Theater door the day of if there are some available.
Movies have been shown at the Royal Theater since 1927, and this will be the second year the Indiana Short Film Festival will be held there.
For information about the festival, visit the website at http://www.inshortfilmfest.com/index.htm, go to the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/INShortFilmFest, or call 745-2604.