New film festival hopes to spotlight local talent

Friday, December 16, 2011 - 4:02pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The finishing touches are being put together for a new local film festival.

It's called third street film fest, and it will happen on Friday, Dec. 30.

Organized on a shoe string budget, the event hopes to call attention to local filmmakers and talent.

The concept has been in the works for the works for the past year, but only in recent weeks has it seen a surge in interest.

"The final three weeks I got 30 films and every time I checked the mailbox, it's be full,” James Hebert, Executive Director of the Third Street Film Festival, said when asked if he was surprised by the number of submissions. “So it took me and everybody else who was screening the films a long time, because it was like 15 hours of films. Then you have to grade them and everything. So I was very surprised."

The screenings will happen at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts. The location, Hebert says, is perfect given the number of projects that continue to select downtown and the Third Street area to film their location shoots.

In addition to the event, Scene Magazine is hosting the official after party. That will be held on New Years Eve, and anyone who buys a ticket to the festival will get a spot on that guest list.

Tickets to the Third Street Film Festival are $25. For more information about the event, click here.

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