Independent Film Festival
for third annual film festival
sought for growing,
popular September event
(August 2007) In its third year, Kentuckys
very own Bluegrass Independent Film Festival is in full swing, according
to festival director, Tamara Lee Fulkerson. We have received nearly
180 films from filmmakers from all parts of the United States and throughout
the world, Fulkerson said. We are so excited with the response
and quality of the films submitted by repeat filmmakers this year.
The festival is an official program of the Arts Association
of Oldham County and will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7-9,
with all films showing at Great Escape Oldham 8 Theatre off I-71 at
Exit 22 in La Grange.
The festival gives the public, along with a panel of community pre-screening
judges, a chance to see and vote on the films that have passed the pre-screening
$8,750 in cash awards plus trophies will be awarded to the top-ranked
film in each of 13 categories: Best Feature Film, Best Family Film,
Best Documentary, Best Regional Full Length, Best Regional Short, Best
Regional Student, Best Short Film, Best Animation, Best Comedy, Best
Student Full Length, Best Student Short, Best Foreign Full Length, and
Best Foreign Short Film.
The festival has proven to be a great gauge of public opinion.Binta
and the Great Idea, directed by Javier Fesser, received an Academy
Award nomination in the Short Film category (aired February 2007) after
winning the Directors Choice award in the Foreign Film category
at the 2006 Bluegrass Independent Film Festival.
Miramax Films secured all North American rights to Our Very Own,
directed by Cameron Watson after being awarded Best Feature Film at
the festival in 2005. Since winning the Best Feature Award at last years
festival (2006), The Trouble with Dee Dee, directed by Michael
Meiners, has become known as the darling of the film festival
circuit. The film has accumulated 27 nominations and received 13 major
film festival awards. It is currently seeking distribution.
Opening ceremonies begin Friday at 6 p.m. at Great Escape Oldham 8 Theater
on Hwy. 53 in La Grange with opening remarks and introductions of special
guests. Film screenings will follow.
Film screenings will continue on Saturday and Sunday at Oldham 8 Theater
beginning at 11 a.m. There will be panel discussions on filmmaking that
will be open to the public throughout the day. At 10 p.m. Saturday,
A Night With Makers Mark will be held at Waldeck Mansion
on Hwy. 22 in Crestwood. The party is a special reception for VIPs and
filmmakers and is not part of the Saturday or event pass. The public
is invited to attend but must purchase a separate advance ticket for
$25, also available online. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend
the party. The festival will conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the
Oldham 8 Theater with the awards presentations.
Cost to attend the festival for a day pass is $10 on Friday and Sunday,
and $15 on Saturday, whether purchased in advance or at the door. A
weekend pass is $25. A pass allows a ticket holder to attend films being
viewed, subject to seating availability, and to attend a Friday night
BIFF Kick-Off Party at Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood. All
tickets may be purchased online at www.bluegrassfilmfest.com using PayPal
or can be purchased at the door based on availability.
For more information about the festival
and passes, visit the festival website at: www.bluegrassfilmfest.com.
For additional questions or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Buckler
at ALLinONE Direct Marketing at (502) 243-9353 or call the Arts Association
of Oldham County at (502) 222-3822.
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