10th annual film festival will be ‘biggest yet’

The Snake Alley Festival of Film kicked off in 2012 at the newly reopened Capitol Theater.

A decade later, this year’s festival will feature over 130 award-winning shorts and 10 short film finalists.

Organizers said the 10e Annual SNAFF is the largest to date.

“We get hundreds of submissions from all over the world,” said festival director Tadd Good. “Every year we get more and more as our reputation grows.”

Films range from one to 35 minutes in a number of genres, including animation, drama, comedy, fantasy, horror, documentary, and music videos.

SNAFF started as a weekend event, then expanded to three days.

It is now a four-day festival, with this year running from Thursday July 21 to Sunday July 24.

Good said it’s because submissions increased, organizers wanted to give more filmmakers the chance to show their work in front of an audience.

He explained that many short films are posted on YouTube or Vimeo and shared with friends and family, but they are not always better received.

“With a film festival, you can perform it in front of a live audience, you can see your film on the big screen, you can do the Q&A, so people can ask questions and hear about the process,” Alright said.

New to SNAFF this year is a block of family movies suitable for all ages.

Some of those movies are even made by kids, Good said.

One of the highlights of this year is that filmmaker Scott Beck will be there for a career discussion and Q&A.

Beck, who grew up in Bettendorf, co-wrote and produced the film “A Quiet Place” for Paramount Pictures.

Bon dit Beck is a good source of inspiration not only for young filmmakers, but for filmmakers in this field.

“He didn’t come from a movie background,” Good said. “He went to school at the University of Iowa, and now he’s at the top, so I think he’s a great example of what our film festival is all about.”

Tickets for the festival are available per film block, per day or full access. The full program of performances is online at www.snakealleyfestivaloffilm.com

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