This week marks the fifth annual Finger Lakes Film Festival, founded by Geneva13 Press. The competitive festival allows local amateur filmmakers of all ages to show and receive feedback on their original short films. In a departure from recent years, this year’s festival and awards ceremony is one night only: Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Cracker Factory (35 Lehigh Street).
“This year, we have been more selective in the judging process,” says Kevin Dunn, associate professor of political science, who took part in spearheading the creation of the Film Festival, along with several local business owners. “There are some quality films this year, including submissions from the HWS community.”
The one-night festival features 10 short films of 20 minutes or less in five categories: narrative fiction, experimental, animation, music video and documentary. In addition to the five genre categories, there are also awards in the three age categories- K-12, college and general.
“We want people to see what types of creativity is abounding in the community and, hopefully, to inspire them to be creative as well,” says Dunn.
Tickets are $5 for general admission, and the event is open to the public.