Film lovers will unite for the 17th year in a row at the West Chester Film Festival, coming to the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center from Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30. With filmmakers from 17 countries around the world, the weekend is set to include showings of over 50 short films, parties, workshops and more.
“This year, the Fest is celebrating community,” says sponsorship coordinator Victoria Rose. “From our hometown to the communities we create online, from collaboration to facing challenges with the help of our friends, we know that we are all stronger when we come together.”
All films run for 30 minutes or less, and guests can enjoy selections of a variety of genres, from dramas and documentaries to animations and comedies. Films tackle a range of topics, like social issues, workplace hilarities, environmental concerns, relationships, parenthood, self acceptance, war and adventure. Though filmmakers come from across the globe, local representation will still be strong.
“We are thrilled to have some superb local films this year, which tell some really big international stories and highlight what makes West Chester so special,” says the Fest’s president Carol Quigley.
Events throughout the weekend include an Opening Night Party, the Filmmakers Meet and Greet and the Closing Night Chester Awards Party, where top films will be honored with the coveted “Chester” award. The goal of the weekend is to shine a light on independent filmmaking and share diverse, up-and-coming voices. From short, two-minute clips to 30-minute productions, there’s truly something for each of the festival’s expected 3,000 attendees.
Those interested can purchase tickets to the West Chester Film Festival at westchesterfilmfestival.com.
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