The ninth annual Gig Harbor Film Festival returns this year with a new lineup of films designed to draw new viewers to the festival.
The 43 films chosen this year — up from last year’s count of 28 films — are edgier and less traditional for the festival, said Dennis Minor, the festival’s new director of submissions.
“We’re looking for films that expand the vision of the outside world,” Minor said of this year’s films. “(We’re) trying to push the envelope a little bit (and) show a wider range of films.”
We’re looking for films that expand the vision of the outside world. (We’re) trying to push the envelope a little bit (and) show a wider range of films.
Dennis Minor, director of submissions
This year’s festival lineup includes more short subject films, with four to five longer feature films, with the short films grouped into “blocks” of other films in a similar category.
The festival opens Oct. 20 with a feature documentary titled “Harry Benson: Shoot First” following the life of the photographer who captured the Beatles during their first U.S. tour.
Along with a new film direction this year is a change in festival leadership following the retirement of Marty Thacker, former executive director and founder of the festival.
Jenny Wellman took over as executive director in May and has been working hard to implement some changes in the festival.
We’re trying to keep things going throughout the year and not just be a once a year film festival. (Gig Harbor’s)s a big draw for filmmakers to come here and submit their films to us here..we’re trying to build on that.
Jenny Wellman, executive director
“We’re trying to keep things going throughout the year and not just be a once-a-year film festival,” Wellman said. “(Gig Harbor’s) a big draw for filmmakers to come here and submit their films to us here. We’re trying to build on that.”
While choosing this year’s lineup of films, Minor focused on bringing a wider worldview and broader scope of story to the festival.
“The idea of a film festival is showcasing independent films, showcasing good storytelling (and) pushing the boundaries a little bit,” he said. “It’s an event that’s in Gig Harbor, but it’s about bringing the world to Gig Harbor.”
Gig Harbor Film Festival
The Gig Harbor Film Festival runs Oct. 20 to 23 at the Galaxy Theatre in Uptown Gig Harbor.
For more information and tickets, visit gigharborfilmfestival.org or stop by the festival office next door to the Galaxy Theatre in Uptown Gig Harbor.