Oct 17, 2014 5:43 PM
PORTSMOUTH - The New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth started Thursday with New Hampshire Day. That first day featured films with ties to the Granite State.
Friday through Sunday the event expands to celebrate the art of independent filmmaking from across the globe. They are expecting 10,000 people to attend this year.
Festival attendee Linda Handschy said, "I've gone to some of the short films, the segments, the animated films and some of the independent feature films. It's just an incredible showcase for New Hampshire."
It's the largest lineup yet in the festival's 14 year history with about 130 films being screened. There are also industry panels, workshops, and Q&A sessions with some film directors, producers and cast members.
The festival's executive director Nicole Gregg said, "That's what makes this experience so much more than just going to a movie any other night, or renting something on Netflix, or being at home and watching a film. It's the interaction you get with the filmmakers or the crew."
On Sunday there's a screening the film E-team, about human rights abuses. Some of the video in the film was shot in 2011 in Libya by journalist James Foley. Foley is the New Hampshire native held captive and then beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS.
The film won a special award at the Sundance Film Festival. That award will be presented to Foley's family on Sunday.
Gregg said, "We have invited the Foley family to come and accept that award and give them a chance to talk further about the Foley fund. It's a celebration of his work and, you know, why he did what he did."
Tickets for all screenings and events can be purchased at the festival or online at nhfilmfestival.com. Tickets start at $15.
For the kids, on Sunday morning there's a free screening for families on "The Book of Life" at the Music Hall.
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