Annual film festival screens at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Film aficionados and novices gathered Sunday at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for the screening of the 14th annual Gadabout Film Festival, according to the theater’s website. The festival is an internationally touring short film program based in Bloomington with a selection of well-paced films diverse in genre and content, according to the Gadabout’s website.

The festival has screened films in 45 states, 15 different countries and 100 cities during the past 14 years. The theater’s website says the festival has grown and built connections globally while continuing to create engaging and entertaining film programs to share with new audiences.

While the making of films and the way people watch them has changed since the festival began, producers Eric Ayotte and Charlie Jones said on the festival’s website the essence of the festival has stayed the same.

“We have gone from receiving VHS submissions in the mail to transferring digital files from filmmakers online that live thousands of miles away,” festival founder Ayotte said. “From a time when YouTube didn’t exist to a world where people can watch anything they want at the click of a button.”

The festival screening was followed by a screening of submissions to the Gadabout’s next Instant Gratification Movie Challenge, a themed monthly movie-making challenge. It is not a contest, but a “Call-To-Create,” according to the Buskirk-Chumley’s website.

Filmmaking is now more exciting than ever before because it has become more accessible, Ayotte said on the website. “We want to show that filmmaking can be fun, and amazing content can come out of low-to-no budgets,” Ayotte said.

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