MADISON — A new film festival in Madison, presented by the Madison-Danville Jaycees, will have entries from filmmakers with a significant connection to West Virginia.
The organziers feel it is important to honor those close to home.
“We have such great talent here and it makes sense to showcase it with this new festival,” said Terry Bartley, chair of the festival.
The festival will be held on Aug. 8 and 9 at the Coal Heritage Arts Center, located at 343 Main Street in downtown Madison.
“The Coal River Film Festival separates itself fro other local film fests by offering awards, not just for the best film, but also for individual elements of filmmaking,” Bartley said. “Filmmaking is so much more that just the overall quality of a film. It makes sense to give awards to outstanding performances across all the very different aspects of film.”
Categories include Best Film, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Music and Best Production Design.
“These categories may be expanded into multiple categories, if there are enough submissions for s specific element, like Best Costuming and Best Make-up instead of Best Production Design,” Bartley explained.
In addition to these awards, the Coal River Film Festival wil be featuring a 72 hour film contest.
“Local filmmakers will remember that FestivALL featured a similar contest in 2012, but it has been absent the past two years,” Bartley said. “This is a competition in which filmmakers receive prompts for a short film. The Coal River Film Festival is very excited to bring this back to the Mountain State.”
Additional information about the film festival can be found at the Madison-Danville Jaycees website at http://mdjaycesswv.webs.com/coal-river-film-festival and at the Coal River Film Festival’s Facebook page.
For 25 years, the Madison-Danville Jaycees have served the citizens of Boone County through a variety of projects, including its signature Haunted Trail.
“We strive to provide safe opportunities for members to gain leadership experience, increase their professinal network and grow as individuals,” said Bartley. “And do so while adhering to the missio of the U.S. Junior Chamber. We are committed to training a new generation of leaders and hope to be able to continue our efforts in the coming years.”
(Fred Pace is the Editor for the Coal Valley News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-369-1165, or on Twitter @fcpace62)