That is sometimes surprising for folks, although we aren’t sure why. As a competitive film festival, we open submissions to filmmakers from across the world because we know there is excellent film being made in many places outside the U.S., and we want our audiences to have the opportunity to see it. According to our mission statement, we also want to do what we can to promote independent filmmaking wherever it is being made.
We have been fortunate over the years to screen some notable, memorable, highly acclaimed international film. One of our favorites was the Spanish-directed, UNICEF-produced short, “Binta and the Great Idea,” which garnered an Oscar nomination.
This year we are adding to our international library with six very excellent films (seven if we are counting Canada). There are student narrative films from the UK and Thailand, a professional narrative from Poland, a student documentary from the UK, and vanguard films from Israel, Germany, and Canada. We are very pleased that at least one of these international films will have its filmmaker on hand to represent it; Afarin Eghbal is traveling from the UK to introduce her film, “Abuelas (Grandmothers)” to Lindsey Festival audiences.
Film is one of those artistic mediums that knows no boundaries, and we are happy to do our small part in bringing the world together through film. We hope our audiences enjoy their trip around the world at the Lindsey Festival this year!