St. Augustine Hosts Its 12th Annual St. Augustine Film Festival January 20-23 – 104.5 WOKV

St. Augustine – The 12th Annual St. Augustine Film Festival will take place Jan. 20-23 at three St. Augustine venues; the Lewis Auditorium and Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College; the Alcazar Room in St. Augustine City Hall – the Lightner Museum – and the Lincolnville Museum in Lincolnville.

More than 50 independent and international films from 23 different countries will be screened from Friday morning. The event will also host a harbor cruise on Tuesday, January 18; dinner at the Lightner on Thursday, January 20; and a party at the Colonial Quarter on Saturday, January 22.

Organized by Gregory von Hausch, the CEO of the Fort. Lauderdale International Film Festival screenings will include dramas, comedies and documentaries, “created by talented independent filmmakers from around the world”.

“The Saint Augustine Film Festival has a reputation for showing films that you won’t find anywhere else in North Florida,” he said. “These are films that show at Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance, the New York Film Festival that come from Europe, Asia, the Far East, South America and Africa.”

von Hausch describes the extensive film collection as eclectic, so every movie lover will leave happy.

“We know our audience is large and diverse,” he said. “They really appreciate foreign movies because they’re really not a place for those in St. Johns County and very few in Northeast Florida.”

Participating is as “easy as going to the cinema”.

“If you’ve never been to a film festival, but have been to the cinema, you know everything you need to know,” von Hausch continued. “You can buy your tickets at the door. Or if you’re a real movie buff, you can buy a pass online.

von Hausch added that with “everything that’s happened over the past two years”, he’s sprinkled this year’s festival with a higher percentage of comedies. And following last year’s virtual festival, he’s delighted to celebrate and attend the festival parties in person, although there are virtual options for “those who aren’t quite ready to join us in anybody”.

In-person events begin Tuesday, January 18.

“We are thrilled to be back in person to screen films in beautiful downtown St. Augustine,” von Hausch said. “We have so many great things happening with the Nights of Lights backdrop.”

He says the festival draws people of all ages to St. Augustine from all over the country.

“A good 15 to 20 percent come from out of state,” van Hausch said. “Another 15% will drive in from outside St. Johns County and whether they’re coming for a show that night or getting a B&B and staying all weekend.”

von Hausch concluded by stating that the festival’s mission is to “provide a rich cultural experience for audiences that showcases the skills of independent and foreign filmmakers and offers new perspectives on different cultures, the common ties that bind us together, and the emotional art of storytelling”. .”

The movie guide includes a trailer, schedule and runtime and can be found at staugfilmfest.com

All-access passes are $150 and include admission to all movies at all locations; access to all virtual screenings; and admission to all events.

To volunteer, contact Leslie Lacika at leslacika1@gmail.com An orientation session will be held prior to the festival, where volunteers who commit at least two to four hours will receive an official festival team t-shirt. festival and free tickets to see movies play at the Lewis Auditorium.

For more details, visit staugfilmfest.com

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