Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival Returns for the 21st Year
Posted: Nov 4, 2018 8:07 PM
By Mallory Metzner
(LEWES, Del.) - Over 11 days, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival brings out thousands of people to line up at three different venues and view a variety of American and international films.
Sue Early is the Executive Director of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society. She says it takes a year to plan all of this. "We have about 24 features, 12 docs, and 2 shorts programs."
Board President, Terry Kistler adds, "There's comedies, documentaries, short films, pretty much anything for anybody."
Eager film buffs purchase tickets in advance causing some of the films to sell out a few days before their showing, but people can still line up to see them in hopes of purchasing 'rush tickets' because seats can become available 10 minutes before the show.
Early explains what makes this festival so unique. "It's a great opportunity for people to see films they wouldn't normally be able to see in their communities."
That's what's been bringing Sue Baker and Jim Gaskill back for the last 13 years.
"They just keep coming up with new ideas and new and fresh movies," says Gaskill.
Baker says she loves the documentaries but Gaskill says there hasn't been a genre they haven't tried.
It's the audience who decides which films will be awarded. Early explains, "They give us a ballot after every film with a ranking of how they felt it was and they're tabulated and we come up with award winners for features best debut features, best doc."
Kistler says that during its 21 years, the festival has boosted the local economy during the shoulder season."It really brings a lot of people to the area for the film festival so they're going to restaurants and staying at hotels."
"Most of the films can be previewed online at https://www.rehobothfilm.com/ and the films themselves are shown at three different venues. The Cinema Art Theater, The Cape Henlopen High School, and the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware.
The festival runs through Sunday, November 11th. The film schedule can be found at the box office and online at https://www.rehobothfilm.com/