on September 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM, updated September 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM
FAIRHOPE, Alabama – Organizers of the new Fairhope Film Festival are just a week away from announcing the lineup of their inaugural event.
The festival will take place Nov. 7-, with a slate of 40 films being shown in four venues. Planners say they hope to attract thousands of patrons, including locals and visitors, generating an economic impact upwards of $1 million. It is supported in part by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Alabama Tourism Department and the Alabama Film Office, among other sponsors.
“The outpouring of support has been tremendous,” said the festival’s executive director, Mary Riser, in a recent festival news release. “It is clear that our local, regional and state communities recognize the value of the Festival, not only for what it adds to the arts and cultural community, but also for its positive economic impact.”
While organizers have not yet given any glimpses of their lineup, they have said that their goal is to focus on films that have won awards at other American and international film festivals, showcasing “the best of the best.” They have indicated that the roster will include features and shorts, documentaries and foreign films.
The festival schedule will be announced Thursday, Sept. 26; tickets will go on sale the same day at the festival website, www.fairhopefilmfestival.org. The only tickets currently available are being offered by the nearby Grand Hotel Marriott, as part of room packages starting at $234 per night.