Local Fringe Film Festival comes with cash prizes

Entries are due next week for the Fringe Film Festival presented by the Utah State University Caine College of the Arts and the Logan Arthouse and Cinema. All entries must fit the theme, “Twitterpated: a Spring Love Comedy.” The festival is scheduled for 7 p.m., April 15. The winning entry will earn $2000. It is the epitome of a “short” film festival. “Yes it is,” said Logan Arthouse co-owner Jonathan Ribera. “It’s a film with a four-minute time limit. It’s a really easy time format for new film makers to get in and test the waters a little bit.” Ribera said there are enough local filmmakers to support this event. “There have been more and more every year they have done this. With the easy accessibility to film making equipment, editing equipment is so much more affordable, those who have always wanted to do this are now finding it easier to get their voice out.” He said the evening will be more than come in, buy some popcorn and watch some films. “There will be a panel of judges, the film makers will be on hand with the stories that motivated their films. We want to make it a little like Sundance, where it is an event, rather than just going to the movies.” The Fringe Festival joins a growing list of events filling up dates at the Logan Arthouse and Cinema, which opened in July 2010. “We’ve finally gotten our legs under us, more events are starting to come through,” said Ribera. He said this weekend there are three straight nights featuring singers from a concert series in Austin, Texas, plus open mic night is a regular feature every Wednesday. There are two improv groups: The Antics perform Friday nights at 10:30 and another group, Logan Out Loud, will begin Saturday night performances at 7:00. The Café is open 6 p.m.-midnight, Wednesday through Saturday. Ribera said the Arthouse will have even more to offer following extended talks with the Salt Lake Film Center. “We will now be getting some films coming our direction so we can be happy about the cinema part of our operation.” Ribera said in addition to the $2000 first prize award for the Fringe Film Festival there will be other cash prizes and merchandise from local business supporting the festival. All entries, plus a $50 entry fee, are due Tuesday, April 1, at the Chase Fine Arts Center Manager’s office on the USU campus.

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