Gwinnett Center to host first film festival

DULUTH -- No need to leave the state for your fresh indie flick fix because next summer, Gwinnett is getting its own film festival.

On July 27 and 28, the Gwinnett Center is hosting its first International Film Festival featuring creations made by local, independent filmmakers.

"Our goal is to give Gwinnett filmmakers the ability to network with industry professionals in an atmosphere that is accommodating to the novice filmmaker," said Selina Branstetter, Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center manager.

The festival is open to filmmakers of any age. The movies for the festival can be submitted now through May 10 (early entries) and June 14 (final deadline). Those interested should visit www.withoutabox.com to upload their flick.

During the festival, there will be three screening rooms, classes and panel discussions for two days. Awards are presented July 28 to the most innovative and artistic filmmakers in several categories, plus an additional honor for a local student-made film.

One-day or weekend passes go on sale April 12 and ticket prices range from $25 to $65.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettcenter.com/intlfilmfest.