The 10th Annual Macon Film Festival underway

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The 10th Annual Macon Film Festival started Thursday. It features movies with stars, including Burt Reynolds and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

"This is more than just a four-day film festival," says the director of the event, Terrell Sandefur.

This year’s film festival started with a few short films. Movie-goers also got a chance to talk with producers, directors, and other film industry insiders. The festival features three screening locations: the Douglass Theatre, the 567 Center for Renewal, and the Cox Capitol Theatre.

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"We bring a lot of people into downtown. They’re spending money, they’re eating, they’re drinking, they’re staying at hotels," explained Sandefur, who says the festival makes a major economic impact in Macon.

According to him, the film festival is traditionally held in February, but they moved it to the summer to attract more people.

"The ultimate goal for this festival and our Macon Film Commission is to bring these filmmakers into town and let them see what we have to offer as a city for future filming."



Filmmaker Asaf Eppestin was among many filmmakers presenting their films. Eppestin’s film is entitled "Schnitzel" at the festival. He described it as a sci-fi short.

"The theme of the film is the awkwardness of youth, being a teenager and not being comfortable with who you are," says Eppestin.

Georgia ‘s own Damien Sneed helped create the score for the movie "Everyone Has a Place."

"For me it was surreal because not only did I handle the film’s score and worked with Dennis Shawl and Marlon Johnson, but I was actually in the film and I’m behind the camera as well," Sneed explained.

Thousands of people attend this annual event which contributes millions of dollars to the local economy. Even more people are expected to come out this year because actor Burt Reynolds is in town to promote his new film, "Hamlet and Hutch."
 
The Macon Film Festival ends on Sunday. Admission prices range from $10 to $175.

Showings start Friday at 10 a.m. "Student Serious" and "Narrative Shorts" will play at the Cox Capitol Theatre. The "Music Documentary" and "L-G-B-T Narrative Shorts" at the Douglass Theatre. "Documentary Shorts" will be screened at the 567 Center for Renewal.