By Missy Schrott | [email protected]
The annual Alexandria Film Festival will bring more than 50 film screenings to Alexandria between Nov. 9 and 12.
All screenings on Friday, Nov. 10, are free and will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Beatley Central Library at 5005 Duke St.
Films on Saturday and Sunday will be shown at AMC Hoffman Theater 22. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite.com for $12, or at the door for $15. Filmgoers are also able to purchase a $50 “all fest pass” for the whole weekend in advance or at the door.
Of the 50 films at this year’s festival, 20 are premieres. The festival will also feature two new programs this year: the AFF Family Showcase and two AFF “Salute to Service Members” Showcases.
The Family Showcase will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and will include a showing of six family-friendly films that are made for, by or about a younger audience.
The “Salute to Service Members” Showcases with take place on both Saturday and Sunday in honor of Veterans Day weekend. All veterans and active service members can attend film screenings for free with one guest. On Saturday, the veteran showcase will feature “The Two Sides Project” by Anthony Istrico and “Forgive Don’t Forget” by Brad Bennett. On Sunday, the showcase film is “The Weight of Honor” by Stephanie Seldin Howard.
Here are some of the festival’s other highlights:
- Dylan Fox, a local high school student, will present the film, “Save Your Future” at the Saturday Family S
- The world premiere of the film “Her Tango” will feature a question and answer session with director Jason Mullis, and a live tango demonstration by the film’s star Dan Istrate.
- One of the festival’s fan favorites, the Late Night Showcase, will return with noir films selected to cater to mature audiences.
- An Autism Awareness Showcase on Sunday will feature three takes on coping and support strategies for families impacted by autism.