Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival opens Oct. 11

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldOctober 9, 2013 

"Star Trek Continues: Pilot-Pilgrim of Eternity" will screen at 3:27 p.m. Oct. 20 at the ACT Theatre in Richland. The movie is being shown as part of the Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival.


The Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival opens Oct. 11 and continues the following weekend at various Tri-City locations.

Cost for the series of short films is $20, or $5 per viewing. Tickets are available at the door or at Adventures Underground in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.

The documentary The Golden Age of Science Fiction is the first to be shown, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Academy of Children's Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland.

The film is rated PG-13 and is told in a discussion format where John W. Campbell Jr. talks about how science fiction is interpreted in today's society.

Nat Saenz, one of the festival's organizers, said the film festival's focus is to spotlight independent films with limited budgets but unlimited imagination.

"I love watching independent films, especially short films. The creativity of telling a story in under 20 minutes is amazing," Saenz said. "Most of the films being shown are screened at many film festivals from around the globe, and most are only seen in a film festival setting."

Seating is limited, so he recommends coming early to get a good seat.

The film festival, which continues Oct. 12 and 18-20, will feature 101 short films during the two weekend run.

There also will be filmmaking workshops starting at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the ACT studio, which will address movie makeup and sound effects. Workshops cost $5 each at the door.

And just to keep the event even more fun, there will be a Zombie Walk at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the John Dam Plaza, across from the Federal Building in Richland. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume. There is no fee to participate.

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