The 3rd-annual Flagler Film Festival, will be featuring almost 50 films produced from all around the world.
The Flagler Film Festival received a record breaking 150 film submissions from over a dozen different countries across the world. Of those submitted, almost 50 films will be featured in blocks separated by the following categories: comedy, drama, horror, documentary and anything goes.
“We feel that every film we are screening is deserving of an audience,” said Director Kathie Barry. “We hope that everyone will find these selections educational, inspirational, evocative, or simply entertaining.”
Many noteworthy films will be shown in support of local or international causes. Returning local filmmaker, Mike Ciancuilli, has produced "Wave of the Winter," to raise funds for the local Tommy Tant Memorial. Whereas producer Ruth Hellerman has returned with a sequel to her last year’s production “Water.” This year’s film, “Nature,” is a synopsis about the importance of treating Earth’s natural resources with care.
“We have several films which deal with racial issues in the past and present day,” said Barry.
The film preview "All Black Towns: An Endangered People's History" will be shown, produced by Kari Barber. The preview is of a documentary that is still in the making.
“The festival provides the community a unique opportunity to experience independent films, and an insight into the industry from time spent with the actors and directors.” Kathie Barry, cofounder Flagler Film Festival
Student film "Time Simply Passes” by Ty Flowers is based on a criminal case in Florida. The film explores the trial and imprisonment of an African American man who was wrongly convicted of murder.
“A lot of hard work and talent go into the making of independent films and the selections we have this year are truly worthy of a large audience,” said Barry. “Having their films featured at a festival is a great accomplishment for those involved in its production. It is equivalent to an artist’s work being displayed in a gallery, or an author’s book getting published.”
The large variety of films are sure to intrigue and entertain every audience member. The festival will take place from January 15-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd. Call 597-0260, or visit flaglerfilmfestival.com for details and ticket sales.