By Jesse Wood
The inaugural Boone Film Festival takes place at the Harvest House on Saturday, April 9.
Tickets for the Boone Film Festival are available at Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Footsloggers in advance for $5 minimum donation.
Wonderland Woods Production, the Boone-based film productions company that is managing the film festival, said that the scorecards from the judges are starting to roll in on the 31 submissions and the excitement for the festival is certainly brewing.
On Friday, April 8 – the day before the screening – a pre-party meet-and-greet will take place at Footsloggers with Dean Lyon, a pioneer in the visual effects industry and visual effects supervisor of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Patrick Wilkinson, a “jack of all trades” in the industry from acting and filmmaking to building sets.
Th April 8 event starts at 5 p.m. with live music by Bandam and Appalachian Mountain Brewery serving its already-classic brews.
The main event takes place on Saturday, April 9, at the Harvest House, where Wilkinson will serve as the emcee/host. At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, the “red-carpet” is rolled out and the community is encouraged to dress up and pose for the flashing cameras. Brooks Forsyth will perform live music prior to the film showcase, which starts at 6:30 p .m.
An awards ceremony will follow. At the event, Appalachian Mountain Brewery beer, Appalachian Cookie Company cookies and popcorn will be available for purchase. All proceeds go toward Mountain Alliance.
Then the after party moves to Appalachian Mountain Brewery.
The tagline for the festival is “Celebrating the Stories of Appalachia,” and film submissions have come from places as far as New York, Kentucky and Georgia.
The festival features three film categories to be judged: Appalachian Culture, Appalachian Adventure and Appalachian Environment. The following awards, prizes and award sponsors are as follows:
- Best In Show: Appalachian Region Film, $1,000 cash prize *Officially sponsored by Tsuga*
- Best Culture Film: $500 cash prize *Officially sponsored by MPrints*
- Best Adventure Film: $500 cash prize *Officially sponsored by Center 45*
- Best Environment Film: $500 cash prize *Officially sponsored by ASU Environmental Sciences Dept*
- Best Youth Film Submission (17 and Under): $250 cash prize PLUS a scholarship prize to work with professional Wonderland Woods Productions on skills development *Officially sponsored by Wonderland Woods*