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Fort Smith team plans for second film festival – Times Record

Fort Smith team plans for second film festival – Times Record

The Fort Smith crew is gearing up for a second film festival, spurred on by the success of the first that debuted last summer. 
The Fort Smith International Film Festival will take place Aug. 26 and 27 at TempleLive. 
“And the nice thing about TempleLive, it’s kind of an all-in-one, theater-going experience,” said Brandon Chase Goldsmith, executive director. 
Where the festival took place in four locations across downtown Fort Smith last August, as of now, Goldsmith plans for the festival to premiere exclusively at TempleLive. 
Goldsmith will begin accepting film submissions Feb. 4 and will stop accepting submissions in June. 
“What I can expect is we will get lots of really great creative works coming in,” Goldsmith said. 
Last year, the festival received 396 submissions from 43 countries. 
This year, the festival will revolve around the theme, “Borderlands,” playing off of Fort Smith’s history as a border town. 
“You can think of borders in all kinds of different ways,” Goldsmith said. He later added, “One of the beautiful things is film tends to happen within those borders.” 
Categories that people can submit their work to include films by and about people of color, indigenous filmmakers, music videos, animation, high school and college work, short films, feature-length films and documentaries.  
“You don’t know what the festivals going to bring until you get to comb through the submissions and get to see what you have,” Goldsmith said. 
Goldsmith said he hopes that more high school and collegiate filmmakers submit their work. 
TGE Inc. executives spoke at the festival last year and announced their plans to build a studio. They have since bought land in Chaffee Crossing, and the studio is in the works. This year, TGE will be a sponsor, Goldsmith said. 
“TGE is honored to participate in Fort Smith’s Second Film Festival!  Our team was inspired last year by the artists, the area, and the people that make up the creative space in Fort Smith,” CEO Giovanni Jackson said in a statement. “This year, we are honored to do our part to lend to that creativity and we hope to have some really exciting things to share about the festival and the creative economy within the region.” 
Last August Goldsmith said more than 400 people attended the festival in person with at least 200 people more attending online. 
Alex Gladden is a University of Arkansas graduate. She previously reported for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and The Jonesboro Sun before joining the Times Record. She can be contacted at agladden@swtimes.com.  



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