If theres one thing that Terrell Sandefur would like people to know about the Macon Film Festival, its that its a film festival for filmmakers.
This years festival -- the ninth overall -- will reflect that attitude in a couple of different ways, said Sandefur, the festivals president.
Were known as a filmmakers film festival, he said. Out of past festivals, there have been a lot of collaborations.
Sandefur said Scott Seeke, who was a writer on the movie Get Low and a festival guest a couple of years ago, met two other filmmakers that year. Together, theyve collaborated on the short film Boxes, which is scheduled to play at this years festival.
Theyre coming back together with this film, he said. Thats absolutely something we want to create are these collaborations.
By doing so, Sandefur said the hope is that many of these filmmakers will return to Macon to shoot their movies. Proceeds from the festival fund the Macon Film Commission, which has helped bring productions such as 42 and Need for Speed to film here.
As part of this years event, Sandefur said the festival is hosting a daily mixer at various sites downtown exclusively for filmmakers to share ideas and information over free food and drinks.
The festival also will hold workshops once again that are free to the public where would-be filmmakers can learn about various aspects of the craft.
Sandefur said he thinks the festival has grown over the years in quality submissions as well as in the quantity of submissions. There continues to be international submissions as well, ranging from a Dutch movie about women boxers to an Icelandic movie about horses.
The quality (of movies submitted) is so much higher than it was five years ago, he said.
The support for filmmaking extends to the film festival now sponsoring the Reel Macon Film Festival, which started a few years ago as a rival event, created by filmmakers whose work didnt get selected for the Macon Film Festival. Sandefur said the new partnership is a good way to allow local filmmakers to show their work.
We want to support filmmaking, he said. Theres only so many hours we can show films.
The festival also will feature a diverse group of special screenings, with the faith-based movie Brothers Keeper being presented Friday night at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Sandefur said its the first time a faith-based film has been shown at a special screening, but he thinks it will open the festival up to a new group of patrons.
Saturdays special screening will be the movie Birdy, which won the grand jury prize at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, with star Matthew Modine in attendance. Modine also will take part in an Art Matters symposium Saturday at the 567 Center for Renewal with Los Angeles-based film critic Karina Longworth.
The festival will close Sunday with a special screening of the Oscar-nominated movie Nebraska. After the movie, the Capitol will host a live viewing of the Academy Awards.
For more information on the Macon Film Festival, visit www.maconfilmfestival.com or go to the festivals headquarters at 567 Cherry St. For more information on the Reel Macon Film Festival, visit www.facebook.com/reelmaconfilmfest or call 478-737-3806.
Macon Film Festival Special Screenings
When: Brothers Keeper, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; Birdy, 7:30 p.m. March 1; Nebraska, 6:30 p.m. March 2
Where: Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St.
Cost: $25 daily festival pass
Reel Macon Film Festival
When: Noon-9:30 p.m. Feb. 28; noon-10:30 p.m. March 1; 1-7 p.m. March 2
Where: Shadows Interactive Dinner Theatre, 438 Second St.
Cost: $7 daily entry; $20 for festival pass
Information: 478-737-3806; www.facebook.com/reelmaconfilmfest