Sept. 20--LIMA -- For the casual moviegoer, the term "film festival" may bring with it images of celebrities and critics hobnobbing in France or New York, watching obscure films and critiquing them over champagne and caviar. However, according to Len Archibald, the executive director of Lima's Northwest Ohio Film Festival, this event holds a much broader appeal.
"Everyone likes to go to the movies," he said. "These ones just don't have $100 million dollar budgets."
For the filmmakers whose works will be showcased this weekend at the festival, their story is one that anyone can relate to.
"The filmmakers had a story to tell, they didn't have a lot of money to do it, but they decided to live out their dream regardless," Archibald said. "In that respect, I think it's something that a lot of people can understand and relate to, especially when they get to speak to the filmmakers themselves."
Starting today, this festival promises to have something for everyone, featuring comedies, dramas and documentaries that will both entertain and enlighten any audience. Also, Archibald and the other organizers are pleased with how much content for this festival come from right here in Ohio.
There are a lot of filmmakers from Ohio," Archibald said. "Probably about a quarter of the movies we're showing this year are Ohio-based. That's something we're really proud of."
That being said, participants will also be able to enjoy films submitted from all over the world. Archibald noted that there were 207 submissions for the festival, and a 12-member panel had to pare it down to just over 40.
"The judges have done a bang-up job," he said.
Whether viewers attend the festival for one film or for the entire weekend, Archibald promises a wonderful cinematic experience.
"I really believe this is going to be our best festival yet," he said.
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