Film buffs better get the popcorn out because the sixth annual Skyline Indie Film Fest is making its way back to the area starting today.

The film festival offers indie and foreign films from around the world and it gives attendees a chance to meet the filmmakers behind those films. Festival Director Brian Patrick said that Skyline offers attendees and filmmakers a different experience than most film festivals.

“Skyline is a particularly unique film-going experience,” Patrick said “The films are new and undistributed, the only two requirements to submit to our festival. Not curating the submissions gives our festival a true reading on what is bubbling up and setting the tone for the future of the art and ultimately the industry.”

The festival will host nearly 60 films over the weekend, with 30 films having their Virginia premieres and three films having their world premieres during the festival.  The screenings will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse and at the Dharma Studio, the Espresso Bar and Cafe, the Bright Box Theater and the Handley Regional Library in Old Town Winchester. 

“We use small, intimate venues throughout Old Town to truly make the community a part of the heart of Skyline,” Patrick said. “Most of our sponsors are businesses and/or residents in Old Town. As we grow, we’ll have to use venues beyond the historic district and our friends at the Alamo Drafthouse are a venue this year as a prime example. But Skyline is an Old Town festival and we’ll always be centered here.”

Patrick has a personal connection to Old Town Winchester that made him want to hold a large portion of the festival there.

“My wife, Christine, and I bought the Winchester Book Gallery back in 2011,” Patrick said. “As we became more involved in Old Town and started spending more time and making friends along the mall, I felt like a film festival would be a great addition to the events down here. I’ve always loved film and there’s such a strong art culture in the area that I felt like an independent film fest would be a great fit. Seven years and six festivals later, we’re still going strong and growing.”

The event will begin at 5 p.m. today with a kickoff toast and reception at the Winchester Book Gallery. Film showings will begin at 7 p.m. at the Dharma Studio. Showings will resume at 5 p.m. Friday and will run until 9:30 p.m., and then will start up again from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday.  Sunday’s showings will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 2 p.m.

Other events during the festival include a free writing seminar, receptions and mixers, and a festival lounge.

If You Go

Tickets: Festival pass to everything at the festival: $75.  Day passes for Friday and Saturday: $30 a pass. Individual tickets for screenings can be purchased online or at the door for $10 a ticket.

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