Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Film Festival Is Here; Foundation Hosts Show

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Film Festival Is Here; Foundation Hosts Show

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Byline: Chuck Hall

Hooray! The annual Amelia Island Film Festival is coming. This is kind of a big deal for me, as I do enjoy a good film. We are blessed to have such an event here, and I encourage you to participate this year; I know I will be attending as many of the showings as possible.

The AIFF Web site tells the story better than I do: www.amelia islandfilm

Please let me preface this section by saying kudos to the AIFF team. This year they have made some great changes that will surely help the event's success. Besides changing the locations and the format of each screening, they are also charging per viewing, which will likely make it more affordable. In the past, some found that it was difficult to attend more than a couple of the screenings due to time constraints, and this method of payment should help people save money. Great!

The festival begins with a welcome party for filmmakers at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Second Street in Fernandina Beach. Also Thursday there will be three hours of filmmaker meet -and-greet receptions at six locations: Cafe Karibo, Espana Restaurant, Addison on Amelia Island, Pablo's Mexican Grill, Intercoastal Wine Co. and Indigo Alley.

Who knows? One might be a budding Hollywood superstar. The President's Choice Screening at the Hampton Inn and Suites is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Friday explodes into action with three downtown Fernandina Beach locations (food included with cash bar at certain locations): City Hall, Indigo Alley and Intercoastal Wine Co. Viewings are priced from $10. From 9 a.m. to noon, the Amelia Island Art Association will host two films by Deanna Morse followed by a reception at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

There will be three viewing locations Saturday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Intercoastal Wine Co., Indigo Alley and Hampton Inn and Suites. Also that day, the Bean School of Dance on Third Street will host readings 1-4 p.m. by authors Annette McCollough Myers, Yvonne Zaleski, John C. Oberheu, Roger Moore and Ron Kurtz as well as a sea turtle presentation by artist Sandra Baker-Hinton. …

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