2018 Fairhope Film Festival Celebrates Six Years with Award-Winning Films

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The Fairhope Film Festival returns November 8-11 to downtown Fairhope, Alabama, with a slate of award-winning films and fun activities.

Now in its sixth year, the Fairhope Film Festival features “the best of the best” in cinema arts. All of the selected films have been winners or finalists at national or international film festivals in the past year. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to see narrative features, foreign films, documentaries and short films that will not be screened at the local multiplex.

Here is just a sampling of the world-class films lined up for this year’s festival.

The Divine Order is a heartwarming Swedish film that explores the emergence of women’s lib in Switzerland in 1971.

The Guilty, a tense thriller from Denmark, tells the story of an emergency dispatcher who gets a call from a kidnapped woman.

Thunder Road has become an indie favorite. After his short film won at Sundance in 2017, filmmaker Jim Cummings adapted his story of an awkward but good-hearted police officer into a feature and went on to win top prize at this year’s SXSW film fest.

Science Fair is a documentary that recounts the adventure of nine students competing in the world’s premier science fair.

Rodents of Unusual Size should hit close to home for Gulf Coast residents. This documentary by a New Orleans filmmaker tells of Louisiana fisherman who face-off against 20-pound swamp rats.

Three sections of Short Films will be shown, including segments devoted to American shorts, animated shorts, and short films made by Alabama filmmakers. A film festival like this one is a unique opportunity to interact with other film fans and, in many cases, filmmakers themselves. There are two filmmaker panels planned, where artists will discuss their craft. And, many films feature Q&A sessions with the filmmaker after the screening. In addition, this year’s honoree is actor Ed Marinaro, who will hosts a presentation Saturday evening. True film fans will also want to catch the conversation with the acclaimed editor and director Barry A Brown.
This year’s festival features a Cuban theme, with three films that tout Cuban influence.

Chief among those is A Tuba to Cuba, a documentary by New Orleans filmmaker T.G. Herrington that chronicles a visit by the famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba. A Tuba to Cuba will be shown as the Opening Night film on Thursday evening at the open-air Halstead Amphitheater on the campus on Coastal Alabama Community College. 

The Fairhope Film Festival takes place over four days at venues throughout downtown Fairhope, a quaint, artsy community on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. All venues are within walking distance of each other, as well as local hotels, restaurants, and shops. Festival tickets are sold in 6-pack pack passes, as well as individual tickets. For a complete schedule of film screenings or to purchase tickets, visit fairhopefilmfestival.org

For more information, contact:
Chad Kirtland​​​​​​​
Marketing Director, Fairhope Film Festival


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