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Get the popcorn, Forest City Film Fest returns for 2nd year

Londoners line up ahead of a screening at the 2016 Forest City Film Fest.
Londoners line up ahead of a screening at the 2016 Forest City Film Fest. Forest City Film Fest

It’s a London movie buff’s dream. The Forest City Film Festival returns Thursday for a second year and it will be almost twice the size as last year’s edition.

The festival will feature 46 films, up from 28 last year. This year’s list includes features, documentaries, short films and over a half dozen animated films.

Dorothy Downs, the executive director of the festival, told AM980 they want to champion the industry in the London region.

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“We’ve got a very robust weekend of industry sessions, from panels of musicians on how to score a film, how to use special effects on a budget, how to work with actors,” she said.

Thursday’s screening is sold out, but tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are still available.

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The movies can be seen at the Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas Street and Imagine Cinemas at the Citi Centre at Wellington and King in downtown London.

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Downs says every film seen at the festival will have a connection to the London region in some way.

“All 46 films have a regional connection. Someone on the key creative team for the film has spent a portion of their life in southwestern Ontario,” she said.

The opening night film, The Truth is in the Stars, starring William Shatner, is directed and produced by Stratford native Craig Thompson.

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Shatner was recently in the Forest City for London Comic Con but won’t attend Thursday’s screening.

The inaugural Forest City Film Festival was held in London last November. The 2016 edition featured a screening of Room from Londoner and screenwriter, Emma Donoghue.

The film festival runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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