November 7-10, 2013
The Asheville Cinema Festival (replacing, but not related to the former Asheville Film Festival) presents 40 films with a mix of feature-length movies and shorts. Downtown Asheville viewing venues will be Asheville Community Theatre and the Masonic Temple theater. Opening and closing night events are at the Biltmore Grande cinema at Biltmore Park in south Asheville.
There will be 20 filmmakers and subjects of the films that will do a Q&A with the audience after their film plays. The Opening Night Film, Silver Linings Playbook, will kick off the Festival, and will be screened at the Regal Biltmore Grande in Biltmore Park. This will be the North Carolina premier of the film that jumped into the Oscar race after taking top honors at the Toronto International Film Festival, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker. A VIP Opening Reception in the ballroom of the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park Hotel will follow the screening.
The two biggest days (Friday and Saturday) of the Festival occur solely in Downtown Asheville. From morning to night there will film screenings, discussion panels with industry professionals, classic film characters walking around, and perhaps a special event that no one will want to miss. On Saturday night they have the Awards Ceremony and After Party. On Sunday, return to the Regal Biltmore Grande in Biltmore Park for the Best of the Fest day. A few of the award winning films will be screened throughout the day.
Filmmakers from around the world have been submitting their films since January. Submissions closed in August. Screening all genres of films including feature films, documentaries, animated films, foreign films, student, and short films. Films were submitted from filmmakers around the world. Tickets and the full schedule will be released in early October.
See the full schedule of movies at ashevillecinemafestival.com.
The Asheville Cinema Society (ACS) was formed with the aim to inspire, enhance awareness of, and support new and seasoned independent filmmakers. The carefully selected motion pictures include not yet released films or films that would not otherwise be shown in the Asheville area. Special guests of each film such as the director, producer, or actors are at the screening to provide insight into the making of the film. They answer questions immediately after the screening as well as talk with ACS Members at a reception following. Film Screenings occur on two Tuesdays per month at the Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium in Biltmore Park.