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Bluegrass Independent Film Festival

Oldham County gears
for third annual film festival

Sponsors sought for growing,
popular September event

Staff Report

(August 2007) – In its third year, Kentucky’s 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.”

Tamara Fulkerson

Tamara Fulkerson

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 selection process.
$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 Director’s 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 year’s 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 Maker’s 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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