Organizers for the Logan Film Festival say it’s no longer about competition

The <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/loganfilmfestival/info/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&amp;tab=overview” target=”_blank”>Logan Film Festival</a> is preparing for its fifth event on Oct. 8-9 but this year’s attendees are in for something new.

It will be run in conjunction with a new event, <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/theblockfestival” target=”_blank”>The Block film &amp; art festival</a>.

Mason Johnson, producer for both events, said they’re taking advantage of the four theaters in the same block and are adding components that will make it different from other festivals.

“If you’re not going to come to our festival for film,” Johnson said. “You might come to it for education or you might come to it for the independent theater portion of it or you might just come downtown as a general public citizen and want to experience the music stage and these art installations and the gallery walk and the food trucks that might be located in our festival.”

He said they’re doing away with the competition aspect of the Logan Film Festival.

“This isn’t pitting winners against losers,” Johnson said. “This is about just coming to appreciate what the art is and what artists have done.”

He said they hope the people who come to observe this year will be submitting their own art next year. Johnson said that Mayor Peterson of Logan has been influential and supportive.

“We brought him in our vision document to take a look at what we’re trying to achieve in downtown Logan,” Johnson said. “He has been nothing but supportive by giving us leads to people within his city offices and then also spoke highly in favor of us when we were applying for our RAPZ application.”

Johnson said the Logan Pride Festival is scheduled for the same day and organizers are talking.

“They already have a venue located near Café’ Ibis for the Pride Festival,” Johnson said. “And since their only a five hour festival, we’re almost thinking that what we could do is just push each other’s attendees to one another’s events.

He said the festival’s attendance has grown each year and they are hopeful that the trend will continue.

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