By Esther Ro/Garden Grove Journal
Indie Fest USA is returning to Garden Grove this fall, bringing together independent filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from across the nation and around the world to laugh, scream and weep together.
From Thursday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Oct. 27, over 70 films of all genres will be screened at The Globe Gastro Pub, 7 Seas, The Colony of Performing Arts, the Festival Amphitheatre and Azteca Mexican Restaurant on Historic Main Street where attendees can enjoy a meal or drinks along with the feature.
There will also be a giant outdoor screen at Village Green Park and live entertainment by local and regional artists throughout the weekend.
“The festival is open to the entire community, anyone who enjoys film, the music and the arts,” said Don Taylor, CEO of Indie Fest USA. “The entertainment and movies are family friendly, and [the event] showcases independent films people normally wouldn’t be able to see.”
This year, each day will revolve around a specific theme and offer unique activities, performances, foods and free related film screenings.
Thursday highlights Hispanic and Latino culture in a “Fiesta de las Peliculas,” or Fiesta of the Films. Friday’s theme is American classics, from films to cars to rock music. Asian cultures will be featured on Saturday with films hailing from Korea, China, Taiwan and more.
The festival will close on Sunday with an awards show and a Halloween party.
Two celebrities will be present at the event to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Additionally, daily seminars and workshops are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about filmmaking. Topics will include cinematography, video editing and filmmakers’ software.
Now in its seventh year, Indie Fest has been mentioned at Cannes and Sundance Festivals and is continuing to grow.
“We hope to keep going each year and bring more and more films to the public,” said Taylor. “We’re still building our venues in Garden Grove, and we’re pretty happy with Main Street. The support we’ve gotten from the city has been outstanding, and they’ve helped us out with our growth.”
The fall festival is the grand finale of a three-part competition that began in April. Filmmakers competed in separate qualifying rounds in the spring and summer to secure a spot for a chance to win prizes totaling over $250,000, which include a theatrical premier special screening at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood and an HD camera package.
Tickets start at $5 for a single screening and may be purchased online at www.indiefestusa.com.