Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Don't Miss This!, Eureka Springs Festivals, Events, Things to Do, Upcoming Events

The Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival, formerly called the Eureka Springs Winter Film Festival, will be held on January 23rd through the 25th in the City Auditorium.  Celebrating the art of filmmaking, aspiring filmmakers can submit films in eight categories to then be judged and awarded by an elite panel of judges.  Submitted films should be inspiring and aim to entertain.  Categories include documentary, cause-related documentary, art film, drama and comedy.  Shorts and feature length films are also welcome.  The deadline for submissions is December 31st and the fee is $25.00.  The goal of this film festival is to promote independent filmmakers’ work and encourage filmmakers who might be just starting out.

This year’s talented panel of judges has international experience in film. They are also multi-media, film and digital video instructors.  Jill Noonan-Slane brings her experience as both an actress and owner of her own production company to the panel.  She is joined by husband Rod Slane who is a composer, film producer and director.  He has produced original music for feature films and television.  He has also written and performed music for television commercials.  Christopher Lewis’s background ranges from a newscaster to the host of PM Magazine.  He has been in the film and television industry since the age of 16.  Christopher’s wife, Linda Lewis joins the panel bringing her experience in radio marketing and promotions and television and film production.  Linda and husband Christopher also own their own production company, The Entertainment Group.  Doug Wynn brings his experience as an educational instructor to the judging panel.  He has created curriculum for film, photography and web programs at the Art Institute of Charleston.  Doug is also the Creative Director for Flying Cardboard and currently holds the title “Head of School” at Clear Springs School in Eureka Springs.

Spectators can view the screenings in a few different ways.  There is a three day pass for $25.00.  This includes all screenings, panel discussions and awards.  To view the screenings from one day only, a ticket is $10.00 and will include any panel discussions on the same day.  For admission to the awards event only, tickets are $5.00 and do not include any screenings.  Special awards this year will include the Young Filmmakers Award and Innovative Women in Film Award.  Each category will have three finalists.  For a detailed schedule of events, click here.

Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs is offering some great winter specials just in time for your weekend away to the Winter Film Festival.  You can save money on your stay just by checking the weather forecast.  If it snows during your stay, you will receive 10% off for every inch of new snow received during your visit, up to 40%.  If it doesn’t snow but the temperature is colder than the normal high of 40 degrees, you will receive a discount of 1% for every degree the high is below the average, with a maximum 40% discount.  Doesn’t get any better than that!  It’s a great reason to book your stay in one of the five guest rooms available.  With cold temperatures in January in the forecast, personal fireplaces are standard in every room and perfect for snuggling up on those chilly January evenings.  Get your reservation in the books and start planning your winter retreat!

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