The third festival opens on Thursday, March 27, and runs through Sunday, March 30. In two short years, the event has grown well beyond founders Frank and Patrice Galterio’s wildest expectations.
The Galterios began with a dream: to have a venue where filmmakers, especially young people just starting out, could show their films. The festival’s mission statement says, “The Kent Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and education of artists with an independent vision. The festival’s mission is to create a platform for filmmakers to reach the best possible audience for their work.”
The first festival ran two days and showed a total of the 35 films at the Kent Community House during the last weekend in March 2006. The festival offered workshops by Emmy award-winning screenwriter Bing Bingham and award-winning director Rick Levine. Last year the festival expanded to four days, added more workshops, including one with award-winning cinematographer Julio Macat and one with actress Elizabeth Perkins [Mr. Macat’s wife and daughter of Jim and Judy Perkins of Kent].
This year there are more than 35 feature length films as well numerous shorts and documentaries. More workshops are planned, including another featuring Mr. Macat.
Below some pictures I found of Elizabeth from last year at Kent Film Festival 2007.