39th Annual Athens International Film and Video Festival

Join the southeast Ohio Community for seven days of national and international feature films, guest artists and special events.

39th Annual Athens International Film and Video Festival will begin Friday, April 13, 2012 at The Athena Cinema. The film festival will be ongoing until April 19th.

The Athens International Film and Video Festival was founded in 1974, and since then has presented independent films from around the world. The Festival is sponsored by the Athens Center for Film and Video, a project of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.

Each year, a Prescreening Committee comprised of artists, students, and community activists watch all the films and videos entered in the competition.
After all entries have been watched, the prescreeners evaluate all entries to determine films to include in public screenings.

Cash prizes are awarded by guest jurors, in four categories: documentary, experimental, narrative, and animation. Festival Jurors will be announced just prior to the Festival. Awards will be announced on the final day of the Festival.

Competition films are then programmed around various themes that emerge from the films selected; our intention is to group films into shows that reflect a common thematic thread.

The mission of the Athens Center for Film and Video is to develop, encourage, sponsor and otherwise support the appreciation, production, and growth of independent, community and alternative media arts in southeast Ohio and the surrounding region. “We believe that collective experience of moving pictures, in a public space, enhances and strengthens our community while simultaneously celebrating and supporting media artists engaged with contemporary issues and committed to expanding the possibilities of this art form.”
The Athens International Film and Video Festival showcases contemporary international films, sponsors a competition for independent media artists, and invites guest filmmakers to screen and discuss their work.

For a complete list of films and show times visit: http://www.ohio.edu/orgs/athensfest/

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