(10/11/12) - The ninth annual Flint Film Festival is ready to shine the spotlight on more than 40 movies at the Riverfront Banquet Center, many that have earned critical acclaim at festivals around the world.
"We've got all these independent films, we have filmmakers, directors, actors and actresses coming in," said Sara Minard, Flint Film Festival committee member.
In honor of World Zombie day Saturday, the festival will screen the classic Night of the Living Dead, and then premier a new horror flick, Mimesis. Two visitors will win walk on roles in the sequel.
"A lot of people are looking for their next best project or the person they want to put in their project, so come down, get inspired and watch some good movies," said Eric Thomas, Flint Film Festival director.
Awards will be handed out in a variety of categories. One of the most buzzworthy films is the "The Girl with Blue Eyes."
"She's a girl assassin. She goes back and meets the people who trained her. That's how it is in the old days with all the butt-kicking," Thomas said.
Several films have strong Michigan connections
"'Olivia's Cross' was shot in the Upper Peninsula. It's a girl and her father on a hiking trip and she's having an inner-struggle and pushing her dad to the limit," Thomas said.
Also on the schedule is "A Family Dinner," a short by New York filmmaker Peter Davenport. Davenport is the great grandson of Flint's CS Mott.
"It's great because the Greater Flint Arts Council Parade of Festivals program is generously funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and it's how we sponsor and get this event going every year," Thomas said.
Organizers are already planning ahead for next year's festival, which will mark it's tenth anniversary. They promise to make it bigger and better than ever.
"We'll get more grants and we'll bring in some more big name actors and we'll have a whole festival. Maybe we'll have a week of it," Thomas said.
For a schedule of events at the Flint Festival, click HERE.
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