This year’s film festival features 32 short films from around the world that take on social, political, and cultural issues. Screenings run April 20-23 at the Minor Theater in Arcata.
In addition to categories that include Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental, the festival features a spotlight series called “Growing Together.” The series encourages post-pandemic coming together as a community, as well as appreciating the messages of unity, togetherness, and harmony with humanity and nature.
The festival will also feature a workshop and talk with guest judges experimental filmmaker Alima Lee, documentarian Autie Carlisle, and animator Steven Vander Meer.
“It’s a unique experience and a really good way to see a lot of new perspectives you don’t really see, especially from Hollywood,” says Film student and festival co-director Richard Schild.
An underlying theme of the festival is diverse voices, says Ralph Valle, Film student and the festival’s other co-director.
“We are privileged to be able to share work by independent filmmakers from parts of the world that don’t necessarily have a media outlet or the freedom to share their stories,” Valle says. “Many of the films selected this year are self-financed, are from women filmmakers, or are from countries where telling their stories is forbidden.”
The experience of planning and conducting a film festival has been hard work, but rewarding, Schild and Valle say.
“It’s a great opportunity for anybody--volunteers, the filmmakers, and the audience,” Valle says. “And it has made us better filmmakers.”
Screenings run April 20-23 at the Minor Theater in Arcata (1001 H St.). General admission tickets are $12 and are FREE for Cal Poly Humboldt students.
A full program schedule with more info on each of the programs, this year’s guest judges, and
special events is available on the festival website.
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