OHIO | Legendary Columbus film festival partners with Gateway Film Center for its 68th year

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Gateway Film Center

Local, national and international filmmakers will share their stories at this year’s Columbus International Film and Animation Festival, April 17-18, at Gateway Film Center. Holding the title of the longest continuously running film festival in North America, the Columbus International Film and Animation festival will include feature-length films and shorts, as well as documentaries, experimental films, music videos and a category devoted exclusively to Ohio feature films.

In addition to screenings of films you won’t see anywhere else, this year’s festival will also feature workshops, Q&As with filmmakers from around the globe and panel discussions with industry media and representation professionals. The Film Council of Greater Columbus, who hosts the festival each year, is excited to partner with Gateway Film Center, the home for independent cinema in Columbus, to host year’s event.

This year’s festival will be helmed by Cristyn Steward, who was named Executive Director this fall. Steward created the Columbus Black International Film Festival in 2017 to address the lack of representation for black independent film in other local festivals. A filmmaker herself, Steward brings a wealth of knowledge, as well as a first-person understanding, to this historic event.

“This historic festival has taken place for nearly 70 years. As we look to the festival’s future, we intend to enrich and energize the filmmaking community, our city and filmmakers around the globe,” said Steward.

Throughout its rich and diverse history, the festival has honored notable directors, including none other than Steven Spielberg, who won the festival’s first Governor’s Award in 1986. Other notable winners include films from National Geographic, HBO, The National Film Board of Canada and PBS. This year’s winners will be chosen from more than 300 submissions.

Tickets for this year’s festival will be available via Gateway Film Center’s website. Attendees may purchase tickets for individual programming blocks or all-access passes for all screenings throughout the weekend. Tickets are not yet available for sale but will go on sale soon. For more information about the festival, visit columbusfilm.org to sign up for their email list.

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