The Cat Fly Film Festival is back

Cat Fly is back | Artwork by Holden Mesk

Cat Fly Film Fest is back for its 5th annual festival next month (Aug.26-29). This Asheville-based, nonprofit film festival highlights + supports up-and-coming indie filmmakers. Keep reading for a breakdown of this year’s events.

What’s new:

This year’s event is 4 days longbreaking the usual weekend-only format of the past — and will include 25+ short films, 1 feature film, and a number of other events including social mixers and multimedia collaborations. 

You won’t just be watching Asheville shorts this year either. According to Senior Programmer Rome Widenhouse, “we’ve taken the initiative to broaden the scope of our festival this year by screening films from all over the Southeast.”

There will also be a BYOFbring your own film — event, which is like an open mic where filmmakers can bring a thumb drive + screen their work at the festival. 

Where to attend:

🎬 Fleetwoods Chapel
🎬 The Orange Peel
🎬 Grail Moviehouse
🎬 Asheville School of Film
🎬 A surprise venue TBA 

Check out that crowd | Image via Cat Fly Team

The schedule:

Thursday | Bring Your Own Film Night. ProTip: BYOF is on a first come, first serve basis + your short has to run 7 minutes or less

Friday | Features 2 workshops + a screening. Black tie attire is encouraged.

Saturday | A low-budget monster special effects class, a rooftop pool party, and a screening showcasing music videos, horror, experimental, and genre-bending content, followed by a late night dance party.  

Sunday | A Feature Spotlight screening of “Give and Take,” directed by Emmy nominated WCU professor Andrew Shear and shot in Asheville with a local cast + crew.

You can check out details + view the entire schedule here. VIP pre-sale tickets are available here. Day passes are not yet available, but will be soon.

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