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The Columbus International Film + Video Festival is November 16-20
Interview by Chris Alexis
Many of us love going to the movies. But with the surge of sequels, reboots and predictable stories now playing at local multiplexes, it can be hard to find something fresh. If you're looking for an original cinematic experience, check out the Columbus International Film + Video Festival (CIFVF), running from November 16-20.
We spoke with Susan Halpern, Executive Director of the CIFVF, for insight into the longest-running film festival in the United States.
CYP CLUB: Why should people check out this film festival?
Susan Halpern: We show work that you can't see anywhere else in Columbus. The CIFVF screens independent, off beat and sometimes controversial works that are entertaining, educational and moving. The CIFVF also throws some of the best parties around.
CYP CLUB: What's it like putting this event together?
SH: Crazy! This year, there is so much going on and so many filmmakers flying in from all over. We also have a ton of new food sponsors for our big Awards Night, "Movies + Mead, Animation And More 4 Adults." The name says it all! Check it out!
CYP CLUB: What gets you really excited about film?
SH: Film is such a great way to talk to people; it bridges all differences in culture and can speak to everyone. I love that we get to show such great movies at the festival and I’m always so honored that so many filmmakers come to the festival from all over.
CYP CLUB: Tell us about the filmmaking community in Central Ohio.
SH: The Columbus Film Council (which is the non profit organization that produces the CIFVF) is the administrative partner for the Greater Columbus Arts Council's 2011 Individual Artists Fellowship in Media and I was just amazed at the quality of the submissions. The quality of the work of what I saw is easily competitive with the international work that wins top awards on the festival circuit. It makes me really proud to be part of a community that creates such fantastic work. The other thing that is so fabulous about the filmmaking community in Columbus is that it is so accessible compared to other cities. The whole "Midwestern nice" thing makes what can be a very cut throat business a friendly and mentoring place here in Columbus. We are very fortunate that way.
CYP CLUB: Anything else you want to add?
SH: Come see our films and meet the filmmakers!
For more information on the festival, visit www.ColumbusFilmCouncil.org.