Monday, July 17, 2006

Downtown film fest

As reported in previous Loaded Guns, the three-day Pensacola Bay International Film Festival has been moved from the spring to the fall, with an official kick-off bash on Friday, Nov. 3.

What are some of the changes?

“The vast majority of the festival is moving to downtown Pensacola,”says Tom Roush, the festival's artistic director. “And it’s going to be in venues that are all within walking distance of each other.”

Think Gallery Night but with film screens.

We have a number of historic structures in downtown we’ve made agreements with to use their spaces and we’re going to turn them into screening rooms,” Roush continues, adding that both the Pensacola Museum of Art and the Pensacola Cultural Center have signed on as PBIFF venues.

The festival’s artistic director says he may screen the larger, big-budget films at a local theater, however he quips, “what we’re not prepared to do is to have the entire event be driven by where the theaters are located, which we can’t control.”

Check out the PBIFF’s new website, www.pensacolafilmfestival.com, for updates.

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