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Grand Rapids Film Festival raises curtain this week

April 7, 2014
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The Grand Rapids Film Festival screens films by aspiring and professional filmmakers at downtown venues. Photo via fb.com

The “when” and “where” to watch 32 hours of independent films in Grand Rapids has been answered.

The 5th annual Grand Rapids Film Festival, April 9-13, takes place all over the city, according to organizers, and will offer something for just about everyone.

“We’re pleased to have a diverse roster of venues, each uniquely Grand Rapids and each as diverse as the films we will be screening,” said Jen Shaneberger, GRFF executive director. “This year we’re really going to work with local high schools, but it’s open to general audiences as well.”

Forty-six films are being screened at this year’s festival, including nine international films, three Grand Rapids-made films, and many more from across the country.

Educational films, documentaries and activities like Production Workshop, a 72-hour dash to create a four-minute short film, will be hosted at Kendall College of Art and Design’s Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, 17 Pearl St. NW. Shaneberger said there will be a scriptwriting workshop at that location on April 10, a storyboarding workshop on April 11, a live filming workshop on April 12, and an editing workshop on April 13. Filmswill be screened there April 12-13.

Family-friendly films also will be shown April 12-13 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW.

“Edgy” films will be featured April 10 at the Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. These films will follow a “Fashion for Film” fashion showcase, a new event at this year’s festival, also held at Pyramid Scheme.

The event’s awards ceremony is scheduled for the evening of April 11 at Eve Lounge, on the fourth floor of The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Although the festival features eight categories of film — feature, documentary, animation, student short, student documentary, student music video, short narrative and documentary short — winners will only be named in the film categories of best feature, short narrative, documentary, student short and best in show, Shaneberger said.

This year, 122 films were submitted to the festival, she said, which is fewer than last year. Shaneberger attributed the decrease in admissions to a shorter submission timeframe.

For more information, visit www.grfilmfestival.com.

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