Tallahassee Film Festival Kicks Off Third Year!

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

TALLAHASSEE, FL – After playing hundreds of films to thousands of visitors in its first two years, the Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF) will return April 8-11, 2010, to Florida’s Capital City. This year’s festival is themed See You in the Dark and will feature pre-selected films, workshops and lectures for film enthusiasts throughout the weekend.

TFF not only celebrates the talent of industry professionals, but also offers students and emerging filmmakers a creative outlet and excellent networking opportunities. These up-and-coming filmmakers come from all over the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and Afghanistan.

“Since 2008, the Tallahassee Film Festival has enhanced the Capital City’s reputation as a cultural hub,” said Carolyn Smith, Chairman of the 2010 Tallahassee Film Festival. “We’re attracting people from all over the world who are interested in our festival because we’ve chosen high-quality, cutting-edge films and world-class talent.”

In 2009, Bohemibot, one of the festival’s featured shorts, won a 2009 Student Academy Award. Next Floor, the first screening at last year's opening night, won Best Short Film in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Last year's festival also featured the world premiere of the short Chimera, which introduced the “time dust” effect, invented by Academy Award-winning effects master, Stuart Robertson.

The festival’s goal is to continue building the reputation of Tallahassee as a major player in the film industry while boosting the local economy. According to a “Soul of the Community” study by the Knight Creative Communities Institute, social offerings like entertainment venues are the number one reason Tallahassee residents love their city.

Film festivals are a proven way to stimulate local economies by attracting visitors who consume accommodations, food and transportation. In 2009, the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah supported almost 2,000 jobs and funneled an estimated $92 million to the state with nearly $4 million in tax revenue, according to Sundance spokesperson Amy McGee.

“The Tallahassee Film Festival has the potential to foster incredible growth in arts and entertainment and will continue to attract emerging and world-renowned filmmakers to this area,” Smith added. “We are extremely grateful for the community’s support over the past two years and are excited that the 2010 festival will be our best year yet.”

To learn more about the 2010 Tallahassee Film Festival, visit: tallahasseefilmfestival.com.

You can also preview films and learn how to enter the wildly popular 48-hour Film Contest, which has been a staple of the festival since its inception. Contestants are assigned a theme, a prop and a line of dialogue required in their submissions, along with a $100 budget and a mere 48 hours to create, shoot, edit and submit their entries. The Tallahassee Democrat then posts all entries online where viewers can vote for their favorite and help decide the winner. The winning entries will have their films played during the festival and receive a cash award and trophy.

So keep your eyes open. The Festival plans to capture local attention prior to the event by staging movie scenes around town at surprise times and locations. “See you in the dark!”

About the Tallahassee Film Festival
The Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF) is an annual, independent film festival in Tallahassee, FL, founded in 2008. In a short time, TFF has attracted thousands of visitors to the Big Bend region, including professionals, student filmmakers and film buffs of all ages. TFF offers visitors independent and award-winning film screenings from around the world, plus opportunities such as workshops, lectures and networking opportunities with film industry professionals. The 2010 festival takes place April 8 – 11 and this year’s theme is See you in the dark!


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