Opening Night Festivities
Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of Opening Night festivities! Your night begins with an exclusive screening of "Pushing Dead" A dark comedy starring James Roday, Danny Glover, Robin Weigert, Khandi Alexender, and Tom Riley. The filmmakers will then join us in a lively Q&A! Next, you're invited to our Opening Night Filmmaker Reception, located right next to the theater, for an evening of mixing and mingling, light appetizers, fabulous drinks and a complimentary glass of champagne! 


Pushing Dead

Director:  Tom E. Brown

 Synopsis:  When a struggling writer, HIV-positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much. In this new era of sort-of universal care, can he take on a helpless bureaucracy or come up with $3000 a month to buy his meds on his own? A comedy.


Masterclass with Gary Chason
Directing 101

12:00 p.m. -  2:00 p.m.

From getting his start on Last Picture Show until now,  Gary has worked with some of the biggest names industry. Come to learn. Stay for the stories! Includes Gary's "Directing 101" workbook.



Filmmaker & Screenwriter Panel:
Saturday, September 9th at 10:00 a.m.

An intimate look into the world of writing and shooting independent films.


Awards Ceremony & Party
Saturday, September 9th at 8:00 p.m.

And the winner is....

Join us for a Black Tie affair as we celebrate the best of the fest! You'll start by posing for pictures on our red carpet, then you'll head into the theater and root for your favorite films! Afterwards, you'll join us for our gala where you'll be treated to delicious food an impressive hosted bar, great music and so much more! Priority Seating will be given to guests that attended our screening of "Father and the Bear" happening right before the ceremony. 


Table Readings
Sunday, September 10th 2:00 p.m.

We've brought some of the regions' Best Directors and Actors together to bring the words of our screenplay finalists to life.


Awards Ceremony for Screenplay & Audience Choice Winners
Sunday, September 10th 4:00 p.m.

Winners of our Screenplay Competition will be announced, along with our Best of the Fest Audience Awards!  Tickets to this event are free. Seating will be available on a First Come, First Served Basis.