On Thursday, August 31, 6:30-7:30 PM at the Sara Hightower library in Rome, GA, residents will have a chance to test the waters of a film festival experience. Volunteers from the Rome International Film Festival, RIFF, will host a free workshop for anyone curious about our local film festival experience.
The workshop, “RIFF 101- An introduction to our local international film festival,” is being offered to encourage local residents to attend the 4-day film festival, now in its 14th year in Rome.
“RIFF has earned a great reputation among our state’s film festival circuit,” says Executive Director Cameron McAllister. “It offers a great value, and we’d like to encourage people who haven’t heard of the festival—or who may feel intimidated—to attend this workshop, or attend RIFF for one film, for a day, or even the whole festival.” The festival features films from local and national filmmakers, as well as films from around the world. This year, the festival will take place November 9-12 in downtown Rome, with films being shown at the DeSoto Theatre and the City Auditorium.
Ruth Demeter and Alan Guyatt, RIFF board members, are offering this introductory workshop “because so many people in Rome haven’t yet experienced our amazing local film festival,” said Guyatt.
“The film festival was one of the reasons we chose to move to Rome,” said Demeter. When she and Alan Guyatt, her husband of 27 years, were considering relocating to Rome from Ontario, Canada, she saw a poster for the film festival, “and I said, if it’s got an international film festival, how bad could it be?”
The couple are ardent movie fans, and hope that others will catch film festival fever. “If you’ve ever binge-watched a TV series, or if you quote lines from your favorite films, you should really come to the workshop and find out what you’ve been missing! We still talk about some of the surprising films we encountered over the 12 years we’ve been attending.”
During the one hour workshop, Demeter and Guyatt will share some of their tips for enjoying a film festival, and answer questions from participants. They will also screen a short international animated film, and clips from two Georgia-made films, to give participants a sampling of what they can expect from the fall festival.
This workshop is free and open to the public. All are welcomed to attend. A second workshop will be held October 10 for anyone not able to attend this month.