Looking for something to do this weekend? Would you like to see award-winning independent films for free without even leaving campus? The American Conservation Film Festival will be running this weekend from Oct. 31–Nov. 3 at locations on the Shepherd University campus and around Shepherdstown.
This is the eleventh season for the American Conservation Film Festival. The Festival was “started by a group of volunteers who shared both a devotion to film arts and a commitment to conservation. They also shared a belief that attitudes about the environment are shaped by experiences in it and that people and their cultures are an essential part of Earth’s biosphere,” according to the festival website.
The film festival will feature screenings of movies, which feature themes or plots concerning environmental or natural topics. Over 100 independent films are submitted to the festival each year and many submissions are from professional filmmakers.
Students are able to see any individual movie at any time or may wish to view the films in their scheduled blocks. There are 19 scheduled blocks featuring varied combinations of movies. All movies are shown at either Reynolds Hall, Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, the Shepherdstown Opera House or the National Conservation Training Center.
Any films shown on a campus location are free for Shepherd University students with a valid Rambler card. A full festival pass is $36 for students and individual block tickets are $8 for students.
There are also other events, including an opening night party at the Shepherdstown Opera House, a discussion with filmmakers at the Domestic Restaurant and a closing night wrap party at the Blue Moon Café for festival participants.
Don’t miss your chance to see independent films at a professional film festival this weekend! For more information about the films, festival, locations or tickets, please visit www.conservationfilm.org.