Wednesday, May 31, 2006

First Glance Film Festival

Starting tomorrow is the First Glance Film Festival showing independent films Thursday through Sunday at the Painted Bride Arts Center. The festival is in its 9th year and began right here in Philly.

FirstGlance Film festivals began in 1996 in the basement of a small theater in Center City Philadelphia.We started as a small theatre company in Philadelphia that wanted to help fellow filmmakers get their projects shown in a public venue for others to enjoy. It’s mission was a one time weekend to show projects that might otherwise not be seen by moviegoers in the Philadelphia area. With a rented video projector and a bunch of large screen TV’s, we had a successful weekend showing about 20 projects to about 150 people. After the event we received multiple calls and emails from filmmakers and attendees. The FirstGlance Film Festival was born. FirstGlance decided to move forward and make its festival an annual event. With filmmaker interest, our sister festival opened in Burbank California in 2000 to a similar audience in a 35 seat screening room and has also become a growing annual event.

Check the schedule here. Tickets range from $10 to $15 for multiple screenings or $50 for an all access pass.

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