Calling All Film Fanatics & Arts Lovers!

September 22, 2017

October holds the promise of not just autumnal festivities and cooler weather, but also a number of enriching cultural arts events in the greater Fayetteville area. One of the more recent festivals to debut here was the Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF), in 2016. This year, we're anticipating the three-day fest will once again draw film fanatics and arts lovers to downtown for a beautiful celebration of the art of film-making. For festival first-timers, we're sharing our "Top 7 Reasons" to add IMFF to your fall plans (October 13-15). Consider this to be your personal invitation to delve into Fayetteville's thriving arts scene, one movie at a time.

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  1. Walkable Fest - Every venue hosting events and screenings is within walking distance of one another in Fayetteville's historic downtown, known as Cool Spring Downtown District. Park your car for free at the Franklin Street Parking Deck. Then grab your tickets from The Rainbow Room, attend the special events at SkyView on Hay, and screen the films at one of four host sites—Arts Council, CAMEO Art House Theatre, Hay Street United Methodist Church and SkyView (see Google map below).
  2. Opening Film - IMFF's Opening Night Film is HONDROS—a feature-length documentary about the life of Chris Hondros, considered to be one of the most important conflict photographers of his generation. Hondros' story leads right back to Fayetteville, where he graduated from high school and worked as a newspaper reporter. At the peak of his career, Hondros was killed in combat in Libya, but his award-winning photographs and achievements are now immortalized in this remarkable film.
  3. Good Eats - At Friday's Opening Night Reception, hosted by SkyView, film-goers will be treated to a variety of hors d'oeuvres and sweets from some of the best downtown eateries: Caruso Confections, Reyhan Turkish Kebaps, Sherefe', The Sweet Palette and The Wing Company. At Sunday's Awards BBQ Banquet, also at SkyView, Mission BBQ will be serving folks a delicious spread of grilled meats and hearty sides.
  4. 45 Films in 12 Hours - Saturday's Film Day schedule includes 45 films from filmmakers who hail from North Carolina and around the world. Choose from documentary features and shorts, student films, animation and narrative features and shorts. Then prepare for a total cinematic immersion.
  5. Downtown Experience - Three days offer plenty of opportunities to experience everything Cool Spring Downtown District has to offer its visitors. After events or in between screenings, pop into a boutique or art gallery, enjoy a tasty bite to eat on a restaurant patio, stroll through a museum or grab a craft beer from a brewery.
  6. Encore Showing - If you miss the screening of one of the award recipients, you will have a second chance at Sunday's Encore Film Showing. Take in all the award-winning films, as well as one last viewing of HONDROS, to close out this incredible weekend.
  7. VIP Pass - Purchase this $100 ticket and you won't have to miss a single minute of the three-day fest. The VIP Pass grants you admission to all events and gives you the chance to pick and choose from the long list of films to be screened. Take it from us, VIP is the way to go at IMFF.

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Are you planning a trip to Fayetteville for IMFF? Check out the discounted hotel rates available through their Partner Hotels. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau also offers visitors several resources to make their stay a memorable and enjoyable one—to include a county-wide Calendar of Events and a list of area Restaurants and Shopping.

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