The LAVA Center’s second annual film festival kicks off Thursday, showcasing Massachusetts filmmaking talent throughout the weekend.
The festival will start Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at The LAVA Center, located at 324 Main St., with a filmmakers reception, where attendees can meet the folks who created the films being shown through Sunday. Last year’s inaugural film festival was held entirely online, making this one the first to be held in person.
“This is the second annual but in reel, r-e-e-l, life,” LAVA Center Manager Vanessa Query said in May.
Films, created by both professional and amateur filmmakers, will be screened Friday night, Saturday afternoon and evening, followed by Sunday afternoon showings. The festival will close with an awards ceremony on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found at bit.ly/3Be8nzH.
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Additionally, The LAVA Center will host a filmmaking panel on Sunday at 4 p.m., where local directors will discuss the film industry in western Massachusetts while sharing their tips and inspiration with the audience.
“We want to highlight regional and local filmmaking,” Wally Marzano-Lesnevich, a screenwriter, actor and director collaborating with Query to organize the festival, said in May. “Each year it grows into a little community of people who are supporting each other’s films.”