Call for entries for the first-ever Inside the Loop film festival

Sharonville, OH (July 5, 2017) – The Inside the Loop Film Festival today announced a Call for Entries for its inaugural edition scheduled for this October 6-8 at the Sharonville Cultural Center in Sharonville, Ohio.

Led by Executive Directors Lana Reed and Nancy Pushkar, the Inside the Loop Film Festival will be highly curated with a focus on independent film and individual filmmaking vision with an emphasis on highlighting and promoting the work of filmmakers and films that hail from the state of Ohio. Inside the There will also be a host of activities for the festival focused on the craft and artistry of independent filmmaking, including moderated Q&As with filmmakers, panel discussions, networking events, and a red carpet gala.

Read said, “While a number of films have been shot and produced in the Sharonville and Cincinnati area, as well as elsewhere in Ohio, independent films and filmmakers have not received the respect and attention we have long felt is due them for their talents, their vision, and entrepreneurial spirit. We saw a need to create a home for the work of those filmmakers, placed alongside the best of truly independent filmmaking that our programming staff has discovered via submissions or that they have seen at the top festivals around the country.

Pushkar added, “The Sharonville community has demonstrated a great appreciation for film and the arts and the Sharonville Cultural Center has been described a wonderful jewel box of a theater, newly retrofitted with state-of-the-art sound and projection. It’s a perfect location to host an event like this and bring local Ohio film fans together with the artists that make those films. We look forward to being a matchmaker of sorts between talented filmmakers from around the country and the very enthusiastic film fans of Sharonville and Cincinnati.”

Sponsored by ArtsWave, the Greater Cincinnati region’s local arts agency and the nation’s first and largest community campaign for the arts, the Inside the Loop Film Festival has also quickly received strong support from top business and industry leaders in the Cincinnati/Sharonville community with an eye toward not simply celebrating film, but also working to encourage more film production and spur additional interest for outside film interests and production companies to look to the area as an attractive location to shoot their films – thus benefitting local businesses and economy.

Justina Walford (Women Texas Film Festival) has been brought on to supervise programming alongside Read and Pushkar, and John Wildman (Dallas International Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, and many more) has also joined the team as a consultant and publicist.

As local filmmakers themselves, Read and Pushkar have also already begun building a grassroots network of local filmmaking talent through their “Local 10” screening series of short films and works-in-progress at the Sharonville Cultural Center as they work to strengthen the support and ties within that community.

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