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.”