April has been insane! We are ramping up for a great festival weekend in September and it’s so amazing to have the level of community support we are receiving from the Old Town Winchester merchants! So many merchants are offering their spaces as a screening venue, so many restaurants have asked to participate, and everyone I talk to is excited to join us as we foster the indie spirit! We thank you all and we’re doing our best to include everyone we can in smart, dynamic ways. Thank you so much Old Town Winchester for your part in making festival weekend an amazing experience for our locals and for our visitors.
Venue contracts are rolling out, too! Most of the great spaces we used last year are back again and we’ve added several new venues in Old Town as well. Welcome to Remember Yourself Massage and to New Lifestyles. Both in the heart of Old Town and both with amazing spaces that we’re so excited to include for your cinematic experience!
Our screening panel met this month and watched the first submissions. I think they are going to have some very tough decisions to make as we progress! The projects coming in cover all genres, categories, and duration. I don’t envy the job ahead of them at all. I know they are up for the task and I predict amazing programming for SkIFF 2014.
This week the festival staff is road tripping to Columbia, S.C. for Indie Grits! We’ll spend the weekend taking in films, meeting filmmakers (some of whom be participating in SkIFF), and just taking in the experience of a top notch festival. I can’t wait! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep abreast of our shenanigans this weekend! Let’s see if we can trend #SkIFF and #fostertheindiespirit!
Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing all the venues, sponsors, events, and other surprises very, very soon! As a matter of fact, if you have one of our souvenir buttons I’d check the back of it for a promo code and look for another blog post in the very (very, very) near future regarding passes!
Thank you all!