Small Town, Big Screen: The Asheville Cinema Festival 2011

Last November I had a wonderful time travelling around some of the US states and as I’d heard good things about Asheville, North Carolina, it came in handy that there was a film festival on during my visit. It was the first time the Asheville Cinema Festival (3-6 November 2011) was being held after the Asheville Film Festival ceased to exist two years earlier. It is never a small feat to revive or start a new festival from scratch. It was all the more impressive what the organisers managed to pull off.
ImageMy weekend in Asheville couldn’t have been more fun and interesting. I stayed with a lovely local couchsurfer and spent my days taking tickets at screenings, counting audience award ballots, handing out flyers and attending various events. One of my festival favourites was the inspiring filmmaking workshops that were on offer. From screenwriting to editing we learned a whole lot from industry experts, such as Blair Daily and Joseph C. Stinson. Another one was the inaugural awards ceremony where everyone got together for a few drinks to celebrate the best of the fest.

If you’re looking at spending a weekend in Asheville and love films I can highly recommend volunteering with the ACF, you’ll be guranteed a warm welcome, fantastic movies and a great atmosphere. Hope to be back myself sometime soon!


One response to “Small Town, Big Screen: The Asheville Cinema Festival 2011

  1. I’m so glad you loved ACF 2011 as we absolutely loved having you be a part of it! I remember dropping you off downtown on the final night of the festival and thinking how great it was to have so many cool, unique and interesting people come together to share their love of film. Your couch-surfing journey across states to take part of the festival truly was one of the big highlights for me. It was meeting people like you that made all the stress and sleepless nights of working completely worth it.

    Hopefully you will be coming back this year. I have some great things planned that are going to make this year’s fest so much better and will set us apart from other festivals around the country. Stay in touch with me. I said you will always have a spot at ACF and I meant it!

    Wyman Tannehill
    Executive Director
    Asheville Cinema Festival

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