After a year of planning and preparations, the excitement for the event is beginning to peak just in time for the
Its flagship site will be the
"It's going to be an amazing event because of the response of the filmmaking community," said
The buzz has been building for films such as "Brothers of the Black List," examining the controversy and litigation that ensued after the
The film, directed by
Another production expected to get attention will be "To Be Forever Wild," directed and produced by
Also on hand for the event will be Academy Award-winning filmmaker
Scheduled to be a presenter at the festival's Saturday evening awards ceremony, Williams won an Oscar in 2010 for directing and producing the documentary, "Music by Prudence." His film, "God Loves Uganda" premiered last year at the
The awards ceremony will also be addressed in a video presentation from actor
A series of panel discussions featuring screenwriters and other industry professionals will augment the film program.
Approximately 60 of the filmmakers whose works were accepted for the smorgasbord of 18 categories have signaled they will attend the event.
"I'm hearing that the local bed and breakfast places are getting booked," Vecchione said.
She said she also senses that scores of local residents are eager to be in the audience to take in independent productions from filmmakers ranging from novices to seasoned veterans of the craft.
"A lot of the people who are going to come have never been exposed to independent films," said Vecchione, a
While the bulk of the activity will be on the
Those planning on attending the festival can get a discount if they purchase tickets early from the the event's web site: www.catskillmountainsfilmfestival.org. Advance day passes are
Vecchione said several committees of volunteers from local towns and villages have been working diligently in recent days to put the finishing touches on schedules and other preparations. Among them is
"The emphasis on young filmmakers is a real spark of genius," Lenihan said. "We've been very fortunate to have such an extraordinary collaboration of very highly dedicated volunteers working together to put on what promises to be a stupendous program."
The lead sponsors of the event are
"New filmmakers really need a place where they can get together and find out what each other is working on," said Vecchione. "This is going to facilitate connections for filmmakers who don't have giant budgets, and that's why I think it's going to be a really big success."
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