Principles Chris Hamel (President, Gateway Film Center) and John Daugherty (CCO, Vital Film Works) announced the return of the Film Festival of Columbus (FFOCOL) to Columbus Documentary Week audiences at Gateway Film Center today. Following its success last fall, FFOCOL continues to strive to create an experience that will bring a new and diverse cultural event to the area. The festival aims to bring people together, showcasing seasoned and rising filmmakers and extraordinary work from around the world. Gateway Film Center will host FFOCOL September 21-29, 2013.
“I continue to be impressed by the rising quality and abundance of independent film,” said Chris Hamel. “This of course makes programming the festival both challenging and highly satisfying. I’m very pleased that we are able to bring such a diverse selection of films to Columbus again this fall.”
"We at Vital are really excited to team up again with the Gateway Film Center for our second year of FFOCOL,” said John Daugherty. “Joining with Independents' Day this year for opening night will provide a kick-start to a full week of independent films and festivities that you won't find anywhere else in Columbus. There will be more parties, more screenings, and more workshops this year. It's shaping up to be an exciting week!”
FFOCOL will kick off on September 21 as part of the sixth annual Independents’ Day, which celebrates and develops independent culture, commerce, and creativity. Independents’ Day features live music on multiple stages, artists, street performers, food trucks, beer tents, and more. This year, FFOCOL will also be providing a film component to the celebration.
“Independents’ Day is very excited to host the opening night of the Film Festival this year,” said Wolf Starr, Director of Development and Public Affairs for Independents’ Day. “In our continued mission to support art of all kinds, FFOCOL provides us an outlet to share more independent media with our neighbors and festival attendees.”
The Gateway Film Center is Ohio’s first dedicated film house featuring indie and foreign films in addition to all the big releases. Convenient parking is available year-round in the South Campus Gateway parking garage, accessible from both 9th and 11th avenues. Inside, the Martini Shot Bistro offers 20 draft beers and cocktails, fresh-baked pizza and gourmet coffee.
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