Fayetteville Film Festival set for Sept. 6-10 in Fayetteville

Ladies and gents, it’s time for a movie party.

The Fayetteville Film Festival, formerly known as the Offshoot Film Festival, gets underway today (Tuesday, Sept. 6) with several screenings and events planned around the downtown square through the weekend.

This year, 55 films will be screened at the event, the most in the festival’s history. The festival also includes panel discussions with the visiting filmmakers, workshops with industry professionals, and more.

The festival kicks off at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History (1 East Center Street) with a screening of Roger Gastman’s documentary film Wall Writers. Documentaries will be screened at the Pryor Center, and all other films will be shown at the main festival location, The University of Arkansas Global Campus Theatre (2 East Center Street).

Official selections for this year’s festival include Ridge Runners, a feature film, shot in and around Jonesboro, Arkansas, that takes on the challenging subject of sex trafficking; Roman Bickerstaff: The Rise and Fall of an RA, lighthearted mockumentary, filmed on the University of Central Arkansas campus; ADDicted, a feature by Dan Jenski about the pressures of college live and Adderall addiction; The Wedding Party, a comedy about a heartbroken groomsman that finds himself tasked with running his best friend’s wedding reception, Your Local News, a comedy filmed in and around Northwest Arkansas, about a young reporter’s first adventure in the TV News industry; Wall Writers, a film about graffiti in its innocence; The Hollywood Shorties, documenting the birth of organized sports in the American dwarf community; The First Boys of Spring, local filmmaker Larry Foley’s documentary about the years Major League Baseball held spring training in Hot Springs; and Passfire: A Film About Firework Culture Across the Globe.

In addition to the films, a Red Carpet Street Party is planned on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-10 p.m on Center Street between the Pryor Center and the Global Campus. The event features local craft beers by Damgoode Pies and Fossil Cove, pizza by Damgoode Pies, and music by The Silvershakers. It’s free to attend, and the proceeds from beer sales benefit the festival.

The full schedule of events for the Fayetteville Film Festival is available on their website, and full descriptions of this year’s films are here.

Full weekend passes, which include priority seating at all films, workshops, and VIP parties, are $40. Single tickets to screenings are also available, and range from free to around $5 per screening.

To purchase, visit fayettevillefilmfest.org.