This year's Tri-City Independent Fan Film Festival will have an international flavor.
Films to be shown are from England, France, Italy, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and the United States.
And to get you ready for Halloween, the festival will feature spooky short films from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15. There also will be a costume masquerade contest that night with judging to take place at 8:30 p.m.
Then from 2 to 10 p.m. Oct. 16 there will be everything from Lord of the Rings to James Bond type short films. Admission is $5 each day, or $8 for a two-day pass. Tickets at the door.
The festival will be at Battelle Auditorium, located on the main Battelle campus in north Richland. Take George Washington Way north and turn left onto Battelle Boulevard.
"The creation of the festival is for the promotion of independent and fan films, especially in the science fiction, fantasy, horror and comic genres," said Nat Saenz, a festival organizer. "Friday it'll be the best in horror shorts and Saturday will showcase the best in sci-fi and fantasy indie short films."
The films to be shown were made by film students and indie film makers who want to be noticed by Hollywood, Saenz said.
"In other words, the festival looks good on their resumes," he added. "What is unique about our film festival is that you cannot rent or buy these films, or go to the local theater to watch them.
"It's just a great opportunity to watch new filmmakers tell their stories in under 30 minutes. Some of these filmmakers are coming from as far away as Los Angeles."
Another benefit of the festival is that it supports filmmaking education, he said.
The festival started in 2000 as the Columbia Basin Video Festival but changed its name to Tri-City Independent Fan Film Festival when it joined forces with the RadCon fan film festival in 2008.
There will be 33 sci-fi films shown and 14 horror films that are anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes long. Go to www.tcif3.com for the full schedule.
Judging the films will be Tri-City area film buffs Mike Grief, a Tri-Tech Skills Center video production instructor; John Hickey, an software technician, Nick Wagoner with Charter Cable, and radio personality Greg Martin.
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