The eighth annual West Chester Film Festival, which will feature short films submitted by independent film makers from around the world, is set to take place this weekend. The festival kicks off tonight at Side Bar in West Chester, and it continues through Sunday evening with a closing awards party at The Note.
The screenings are broken up into two-hour blocks that contain a range of film lengths and genres. The screening locations are split between the Chester County Historical Society and the Knights of Columbus. Submitted films can be up to 30 minutes in length and they will be juried by a panel of professionals in the industry. Winners will be chosen according to content, innovation and technical execution.
Organizers expect about 3,000 people for the event who will be able to choose which of the more than 70 films offered. The festival will also hold three workshops that are free for the public. This years featured workshops include ; Documentary Filmmaking from Start to Finish presented by Sixx King, A Short and Funny History of Film presented by Marc Lapadula and Film Acting, Stage Acting and Auditions! What’s it all about? presented by Therese Walden-Murphy. Throughout the weekend, attendees are encouraged to stop by Fennario for a chance to chat with the filmmakers.
Tickets will be available at the doors of all venues and online at the festival’s website. Prices are $8 per 2-hour block of films, $6 for seniors and students and $5 for members of the West Chester Film Festival. A festival for all of the film blocks can be purchased for $50.