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This event supports programs that promote greater opportunities in the creative industries for artists and filmmakers of all ages and all abilities including individuals with special needs. World Arts Film Festival headquarters is based in Jacksonville, Florida. Home to a growing arts community with a rich, film history and a vibrant, cultural future.
Update: Due to Hurricane Irma in Florida the 5th annual fest originally slated for November 2-4th, 2017 has moved to May 23-25th 2018. New details will be posted here.
For Festival Credentials and Media Requests, please contact us. World Arts Film Festival, An Extraordinary Event For Everyone.
To schedule interviews with festival guests, appearances, or to receive our updates, please contact Festival Founder, Karen Sadler.
The Black Ghiandola a film by Anthony Conti, will screen on Opening Night, May 3rd!
Press Release for Opening Night presentation of The Black Ghiandola
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures) and Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy)
Starring: Anthony Conti, JK Simmons, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Richard Chamberlain, Johnny Depp, John Grady, Jade Pettyjohn, Chad L. Coleman, Keith Allan, Pritesh Shah and Penelope Ann Miller.
Go here for more trailers and clips, including NBC Nightly News coverage of this project which will be a special screening presentation at the festival on Opening Night, Wednesday, May 3rd.
Go here for a Behind-The-Scenes look at THE BLACK GHIANDOLA
Due to a hurricane, the 4th Annual World Arts Film Festival was postponed last October. New dates are May 3, 4 & 5, 2017! Here is an excerpt from WJCT’s documentary about the World Arts Film Festival.
We are grateful to the WJCT production team – Stephen Jones, Sam Farmer and Shannon LeDuke. Short excerpt from the full length program:
Students from St. Augustine School for the Deaf and Blind are joined by Douglas Anderson School of the Arts High School Cinematic Arts film students. For more information on this project, please contact the festival office.
Browse 2015 Festival:
The Wound and the Gift by Director Linda Hoaglund, a special presentation on Saturday October 17th, The Conference Center At The Main Library 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Documentary about the animal rescue movements around the world.
Annual festival features an impressive roster of international films
Unique Visual Voices On Film
One of A Kind Film Education For All Ages
5/7/2014 festival schedule overview
5/7/2014 festival selections guide
FIRST COAST MAGAZINE – May 12, 2014
“It’s about all of these different artists and points of view coming together through creativity”
Cover Story – FOLIO WEEKLY – May 7, 2014
Karen Sadler’s World Arts Film Festival wants to rekindle Jacksonville’s love affair with the movies — and help kids with special needs along the way
2014 LIST MENTIONS:
AUDNEWS.COM Article: Five Avant-Garde Film Festivals
SECOND ANNUAL WORLD ARTS FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 DATES
MAY 15 – MAY 17 AT THE MAIN LIBRARY CONFERENCE CENTER,
PB&J HOSTS FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY ON MARCH 22ND AT THE VOLSTEAD
A NIGHT FOR FILM LOVERS
Read more at FOLIO Weekly.com
World Arts Film Festival to launch at MOCA
2013 Read more at Jacksonville.com:
‘World Arts Film Fest’ begins Thursday at MOCA
2013 Read more at Daily Record: