We intend to establish a
new mainstay on the world festival circuit, he claims, that
is custom- tailored to supporting the micro-cinema makers that are on
the fringes now . . . [who] will create the next waves to come.
The organizers plans are ambitious, with a focus on building a reputation
as the most maker-friendly festival in the world.
In the span of one weekend, the
picturesque small town in the Appalachian foothills of north Georgia,
site of the first American gold rush, screened 162 films from 18 countries,
including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Canada, the Czech
Republic, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal,
Russia, U.K. and the U.S.A.
Why Dahlonega? The Festivals
Executive Director Barry Norman, in an interview with local newspaper
The Dahlonega Nugget, described how when he visited the North Georgia
town last year it reminded him of a Portugese village he had experienced:
At the festival in Portugal, there was a community feeling. In town,
everything was within walking distance and everyone, including the people
who lived there, was truly friendly. The historic town square and
the community-owned Holly Theatre in Dahlonega have the same spirit.
For a retrospective of the First Annual
Dahlonega International Film Festival and a glimpse of things to come, explore
the festivals webpage: www.d-i-f-f. To learn about other exciting events,
visit the Chamber of Commerce webpage: www.dahlonega.org, or call 706.864.3711.
Dahlonega's Holly Theatre, principal venue of the film festival, may look like an average small-town movie house, but it has a story of its own to tell. Several years ago local residents formed a not-for-profit group to purchase the crumbling theatre and rescue it from decay. It is now a very active home to live theatre, music and film, a focus of community pride and many local activities. It is still community-owned and run.
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