CHAMPAIGN — The New Art Film Festival to take place during the Boneyard Arts Festival in mid-April is accepting submissions through March 8 of movies made in Champaign-Urbana and the region.
The fourth annual festival will take place April 12 at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign. As in years past, the festival will showcase shorts, features and presentations, all made in C-U and nearby cities.
"The New Art Film Festival took a step forward in 2012 by staging a historical talk about the late film sound pioneer, University of Illinois research Professor Joseph Tykociner, thanks to Zak Boerger of the UI Library Media Preservation," Jason Pankoke, the festival program director, said in a news release. "It strengthened a program already bustling with quality work created by local filmmakers."
Pankoke said he hopes the festival will give local film and arts lovers a larger understanding of the value of "our indigenous filmography." He has covered the local film scene for years, mainly through his blog, micro-film-magazine.com/cublog/.
More information about how to submit works for the New Art Film Festival is available at facebook.com/newartfilmfestival. The final schedule will be announced about three weeks before the Boneyard Arts Festival, which takes place April 11-14.