By Jazmine Heggins, Collegiate Staff
The Grand Rapids Film Festival is returning to Wealthy Street Theatre today through Saturday. Over the course of the three-day event, more than 20 films will be screened, along with more entertainment for people of all ages.
GRFF is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and they have been holding these festivals in Grand Rapids since 2009.
The festival begins at 7 p.m. today with storytelling by filmmakers at Noto’s Old World Dining, 6600 28th St. Se. GRFF is partnered with PechaKuchaGR, where 12 filmmakers share their story about how film has transformed their lives. There will be live speakers at this event including Virginia Azenburger, Shane Hagedorn, Sloan Inns, Michael Mccalum, Lucas Miles, Bret Miller, Julian Newman, Tom Norton, John Otterbacher, John Harper Philbin, Kathleen Sindorf and Ella Swift.
On Friday, the return on Fashion and Music for film will be in collaboration with Kendall College of Art and Design department of fashion, AB Apparel, and Division 16. F&M is has a $10 cover. The event will show three music videos and then will be followed up with KCAD’s student fashion videos. A dance party will follow the event with a live DJ. The final event will be held from 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wealthy Street Theatre. Twenty eight films will be screened and they are $6 per block.
“104 films submitted, 28 were selected,” said the president and CEO of GRFF Jen Shaneberger. “This weekend aims to bring the film community of Grand Rapids together through networking opportunities and celebrating film.”
According to the GRFF film FestivalThere were two specific themes in film selection this year: quality entertainment and transformative. To qualify as “quality entertainment,” a filmmaker needed to have a captivating story that connects viewers to emotions and ideas that may not be found in their everyday lives. To be considered “transformative,” the film needed to be challenging and address social issues, injustice, discord and polarizing voices have the power to challenge viewers by creating awareness and offering solutions and call to change. The film festival is $5 in advance, $7 at the door, and $3 for students and seniors. On Friday, April 7. For more information about the GRFF visit their website.