Flagler Film Festival draws more than 130 entries
“We try to get as many in as we can and this year we got such good ones, it’s painful to say no,” Kathie Barry said of the abundance of quality films submitted. “I had two really excellent horror genre feature films and we went back and forth and ended up going with the local one. That’s our first priority — to help the local filmmakers.”
The 2015 Official Selections (which can be seen by visiting flaglerfilmfestival.com) list boasts titles from around the globe.
Barry was most proud of landing a submission by actor Tim Guinee, who is making his directorial debut with the short film “One Armed Man.” The film’s executive producer was the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman and was written by two-time Academy Award winner Horton Foote.
“I just about jumped out of my skin when I saw that,” she said of seeing Hoffman’s name on the credit list.
International entries include selections from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Belgium and South Africa.
“We started it yesterday; we put up our first trailer. It’s called ‘The Debt,’ about a Middle East combat veteran and what she goes through when she gets home,” said Barry.
Trailers can be seen by visiting the Flagler Film Festival Facebook page.Last year’s “Mama Needs a Ride” filmmaker, Matt Florio, this year offers “Sexcut,” which is “not what you think,” guarantees Barry, along with “That’s Not Funny” from Palm Coast filmmaker Mike Celestino, touching on the taboos of comedy, show the diverse crowd being attracted by the Flagler Film Festival.
“Our first year, I didn’t know how things were going to go so this year we want to do more for the filmmakers,” she said. “Anything to do with the arts, people need that in their lives. The indie movies are really changing how we watch films now.”
If You Go
WHAT: Flagler Film Festival
WHEN: Jan. 9-11, 2015
WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd, Palm Coast
COST: $25/Full Festival Weekend; $5/per block. At the Door, $30/Full Festival Weekend; $6/per block.
“One Armed Man,” directed by actor Tim Guinee and executive producer Philip Seymour Hoffman.
“Into the Night” by Boston University student Kate Li is one of the entries in the 2015 Flagler Film Festival.
Photo provided “A Strange Man” by Turkish filmmaker Gozde Yetiskin is one of the selections for the 2015 Flagler Film Festival.