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Westmont brings back second annual Frozen Film Festival

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 11:28 a.m. CST

WESTMONT – Movie buffs and aspiring Ebert’s and Roeper’s are invited to Westmont’s second annual Frozen Film Festival on Saturday.

The afternoon movie marathon begins at 1 p.m., and admission is free for everyone.

The 2014 Frozen Film Festival will consist of 11 movies falling in one of three categories: animation, comedy or drama. Along with the new entries, the festival will also feature the winning titles from last year’s event, according to Westmont Park District Assistant Superintendent of Recreation Steve Golembiewski.

The festival not only gives filmmakers the opportunity to show off their creativity, but also provides residents with the opportunity to critique each film, he said.

“It’s a very creative and unique festival,” Golembiewski said, adding that of this year’s movies, eight are submitted by returning filmmakers.

After viewing the short films – each lasting about 30 minutes – the festival will close with a 90-minute feature film, according to Golembiewski. He said it will be a good way for the filmmakers to relive their past.

“Every filmmaker started out doing small [projects],” Golembiewski said. 

During the event – hosted by the Westmont Park District and Progressive Village Performance Network – films will be critiqued by four PVPN judges and voted on by audience members.

Golembiewski said winners of the Frozen Film Festival are then automatically entered in the Illinois Film Festival.

Movie-goers planning to attend the festival can enjoy popcorn, hot dogs, candy, drinks and an array of films. Some of the animation titles include:

‘The Battle’

Presented by MEB Production, “The Battle” is one minute of nonstop action which transports the viewer from the theater to an animated war zone.

‘Save your Pennies’

Most people see a penny and say, “It’s just another penny, I can’t buy anything with that. But Dave doesn’t just see a penny, he sees potential. Bolad Studios presents, “Save your Pennies.”

‘Snow Mo’

If you have ever been in a snowball fight, you know how intense it can get. New Color Entertainment captures the winter war that everyone has experienced in their newest film, “Snow Mo.”

‘Where’s Sara?’

When Gordon’s ex-wife suddenly dies, he is endowed the responsibility of caring for his 9-year-old daughter, Sara. However, one day he wakes up to find that she is not there.

Like any good father, Gordon goes out looking for her, but what he finds is not the same daughter he once knew.

‘Gambeast vs. Moondragon’

Influenced by the film maker’s love for Godzilla movies, “Gambeast vs. Moodragon” was created with the help of Ed Mewmann during a class at Zephyr studios.

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