The Alamo Drafthouse and the Winchester Film Club will host its 11th Lost Weekend Film Festival Thursday through March 24. 

The festival will feature 37 feature films, a film block of animated shorts, and question and answer sessions with filmmakers.

“We’re super excited for the festival,” said Andy Gyurisin, head of the Winchester Film Club and the programming and promotions manager for the Alamo Drafthouse. “The response for the festival has been fantastic. We’re excited to have people come experience these films.”

Films shown during the festival have never been screened in Winchester before. Question and answer sessions will take place after select films, including those by star, screenwriter, and director Emilio Estevez (The Public); director A.T. White (Starfish); and Presley Barker and Wayne Henderson (Fiddlin’).

The festival will also feature games, a pop-up shop, book signings, food tastings and a silent auction with proceeds of the auction going to Winchester Rescue Mission.

Gyurisin said the weekend passes for the festival sold out very quickly early on.

“The first batch of passes sold out in 23 minutes,” he said. “There was such a demand that we opened up a second screen for screenings.”

Gyurisin said that people who purchased “B-Side” passes have the opportunity to upgrade their passes to weekend passes by getting a refund for their “B-Side” passes.

He said that tickets for individual screenings of some films have been discussed and to keep an eye on the Alamo Drafthouse website in the coming week.

Film screenings will be held from 7 p.m. Thursday to 12:30 a.m. the next day, and on March 22 they will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. March 23.  They will start up again at 8 a.m. March 23 and run through 1:30 a.m March 24. Screenings on March 24 will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 11 p.m.

Weekend passes can still be purchased for $35. For more information on what films will be appearing at the festival, the festival schedule, or to purchase weekend passes, visit https://drafthouse.com/show/lost-weekend-xi-film-festival.

Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com