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First Bedford Film Fest set for July 6-7

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    The first Bedford Film Festival will be held here Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.
    Sponsored by Willoughby Entertainment, Ltd. (A Los Angeles, CA and Dublin, Ireland film production company) and co-sponsored by The Virginia Film Office and Destination Bedford, the premise of the festival is that local and international filmmakers will submit their films through FilmFreeway (www.filmfreeway.com) or the website (www.bedfordfilmfest.org) for a fee. The festival is a competition in which they choose the best shorts, features and documentaries to be screened at the Bedford Film Festival.
    You may also choose to pay to be screened without entering the competition.
    The selected films are shown to the local public; tickets are sold via the website.
    Concessions are also sold at the festival.
    The event also raises funds for local charities including: Lynchburg Lupus Support Group run by Tracy Davis; and the Bower Center for the Arts.
    Three events happen during the festival:
    1. The film screenings - This year being held at the Bower Center for the Arts, on Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in both the Sara Braaten Gallery (Features and Documentaries) and the Terrace Gallery (Shorts). Local Native John Goshorn will be special screening his film ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’  currently available at Amazon, iTunes, and other venues.
    2. Q&A - This will happen at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The panels include Growing Up Hollywood with Jeremy Miller and Julie McCullough (both from Growing Pains). Jeremy will be promoting his new book with Brandon Phillips, MD. A panel will also be held on Creative Filmmaking with John Goshorn (local filmmaker now living in Georgia). Women in Film will be  presented with Sue Vicory and Kira Bursky. Tickets are available at the website only - no tickets sold at the door
    3. Red-Carpet Event and Award Dinner - Small acknowledgment dinner with tickets being sold to the public, in advance, as no tickets can be sold at the door. Anyone with a ticket can walk the red carpet and have photos taken in front of the steps and repeat as well as with any filmmakers. This event is Sunday, July 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Peaks of Otter Lodge.