Geneva Film Festival features 40 movies

"Rabbit and Deer" is one of the films featured at the Geneva Film Festival. | Submitted

The 7th annual Geneva Film Festival will feature 40 films submitted from filmmakers around the world.

The festival takes place March 6-8 at Shodeen’s Dodson Place in downtown Geneva near the train station. Finalists were selected from more than 100 film submissions, said festival coordinator Nancy Hanna.

Included in the screenings showcase feature and short documentaries, feature-length and short narrative films and student films. There will also be a filmmakers’ roundtable discussion and wrap party.

The mission of the Geneva Film Festival is to celebrate the art of filmmaking by setting the stage for independent filmmakers to showcase their talent to the world, Hanna said.

“It’s really to embrace the love of filmmaking and support filmmakers,” she said.

She judged the full-length documentaries, which includes one called “The Joe Show,” about controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and his “ringmaster’s approach to modern media, politics and law enforcement.” It features Larry King, Steven Seagal, Hugh Downs, Ted Nugent, Dan Ariely and Noam Chomsky.

There will be a student night March 6 with half-price tickets and a free T-shirt, and a filmmakers’ round table March 8 that is open to the public.

“It’s a chance for the panel of filmmakers that come to the festival to talk about how they made their films and how they financed them, and what the journey has been like,” she said.

The public is also welcome to the “It’s a Wrap” party at Wildwood Restaurant on March 8.

The film festival comes at a perfect time of year, and is designed with the idea of luring film buffs to downtown Geneva as well.

“I think with the time of year, in March and with the rough winter we’ve had, is going to be terrific to get some people (down) town,” she said. “It’s a matter of community, and I think downtowns are a celebration and encouragement for the community to connect with one another and do life together. So the festival is just a great reason and something a little different. People get together and go in groups and meet up with their friends and discover all kinds of restaurants and bars around Geneva.”

The community-centered festival affords fest-goers the chance to rub elbows filmmakers.

“What’s really fun about the Geneva Film Festival is that it’s small enough that you’re hanging out with the filmmakers,” she said. “Some of them have million-plus budgets, and some of them have financed the whole thing themselves. So you have this variety of people who passionate about filmmaking. And that’s really cool.”

A complete list of films, descriptions and their show times can be found at Tickets may be purchased there as well.

Geneva Film Festival

♦ March 6-8

♦ Shodeen’s Dodson Place, corner of 2nd and Fulton Avenue in Geneva

♦ Tickets, $5-$15