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First Ever Short Film Festival Makes Charlottesville Its Home March

The INDIE short FILM FESTIVAL is set to take place in Charlottesville, Virginia from March 22-24, 2024. This festival is an expansion of the Indie short Film Series, which was launched in 2019 and gained national popularity. The festival aims to provide a platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their work and share their stories.

The festival will feature over 100 short film screenings, a screenwriting competition, table reads, panel discussions, a brunch award event, and a launch party with live performances. The programming team includes top-notch filmmakers, including Emmy award-winning documentarians, acclaimed producers and actors, and celebrated filmmakers. The goal is to continue showcasing high-quality short films, many of which have been screened at prestigious festivals such as Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, and Tribeca.

Charlottesville was chosen as the location for the festival due to its beautiful landscape and its existing film community. The city is home to the Virginia Film Festival and the Indie Short Film Series, and has been the residence of notable figures such as Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek, author John Grisham, and musician Dave Matthews. The festival aims to provide a supportive environment for independent filmmakers to connect with a live audience and share their creative journeys through moderated panel discussions.

In addition to the film screenings, the festival will also host a screenwriting competition. The competition is open to all genres and seeks writing that captivates audiences within a limited time frame. Cash prizes and filmmaking equipment will be awarded to the top three screenwriters, and the winning scripts will be featured in table reads performed by local actors. While attendance is not mandatory for cash prizes, screenwriters must be present to receive a table read.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale in mid-January, with all-access packages, launch party tickets, and Sunday Brunch Award tickets available. Individual screening blocks will be available for purchase in mid-February. To stay updated on festival news and announcements, interested individuals can sign up on the festival’s website.

The festival schedule includes screening blocks with Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and table reads of the top three screenplays. The festival will take place at various venues in Charlottesville, including the Violet Crown Theater, Common House, Vinegar Hill Theatre, and The Vault.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to celebrate independent filmmaking and discover new talent at the INDIE short FILM FESTIVAL in Charlottesville, Virginia. INDIE short FILM FESTIVAL 

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