The fourth annual Flagler Film festival is this weekend at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Kathie Barry never thought about film festivals, not until four years ago when she attended one with her son, filmmaker Kevin James Barry.
“I was inspired by the filmmakers we met,” Kathie Barry said.
After attending another film festival, produced by a couple in Oklahoma, Barry started thinking about starting one in Flagler County.
“Filmmakers appreciate these festivals,” Barry said. “Not everyone can go to Cannes, and this makes it accessible to them.”
This year the festival features 60 films, and includes shorts and full-length films, as well as two free films to raise money for a local charity.
The two free films are “Waves in Winter” and “Finless,” and their screening will benefit the Tommy Tant Memorial.
Participating filmmakers are local Flagler filmmakers, and filmmakers from around the world. Some are first-time filmmakers; some are students; while some are multi-award winning film makers.
Those wanting a sneak peak can go to Flaglerfilmfestival.com to see trailers of some of the longer films.
Barry said she enjoys watching the filmmakers who attend the festival, interact with each other, and watching friendships being formed.
“I see them on Facebook, and I know they met at my festival, and that’s very rewarding,” she said.
Some of the films being screened include:
"Borrowed Time," by Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats, is a dramatic animation and was recently named in the top 10 list of finalists for the 89th Academy Awards. This is not a first collaboration for this team. They worked together on “Wall-E,” “Toy Story 3,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Rio,” and “Cars 2.”
"Nathan East: For the Record" is a feature film directed by Emmy Award winner Chris Gero. The story is about talented and prolific bass player Nathan East and features interviews with
“Filmmakers appreciate these festivals. Not everyone can go to Cannes, and this makes it accessible to them.” KATHIE BARRY, founder of Flagler Film Festival
Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Ray Parker, Jr., and Vince Gill.
Australian, James Francis Khehtie directed "The Telegram Man," a drama screened at more than 150 film festivals. Regarded as a film of artistic, cultural and historical significance by the OSCARS® | Academy Awards® Film Archive, the movie is part of its permanent collection at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood. The archive collects, preserves and provides access to moving images that represent significant contributions to the art and science of motion pictures.
Several of the films being shown at the Flagler Film Festival have been screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner in France.
The weekend event will end with an awards ceremony and a champagne reception on Sunday night after the films.
“Most of these independent films were made with little or no money,” Barry said. “They have put some amazing things together. They are well thought out and produced, and they deserve to have an audience.”