The 1st Annual Victory International Film Festival is coming to Downtown Evansville from September 12-14. This three-day walking festival aims to celebrate film and the community of Evansville. Screening 120 films from 30 countries there will also be over 40 filmmakers with titles in competition attending the event. Attendees will be treated to red carpet events, panels and workshops from industry experts, special screenings, premieres, and films from around the corner to around the world. Filmmakers are in competition for one of our 19 awards and honors including our Audience Award which will be decided at the festival by attendees!
Our Oﬃcial Selections include full length features, shorts, comedies, dramas, sci-fi, horror, documentaries, animation (3D, Traditional, Stop Motion), student, inspirational – essentially every genre of film to fit all tastes. These films have screened at festivals around the world including Sundance, Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, SXSW, Cannes, and many more. Our sponsors include Indiana State University, Stella Artois, the City of Evansville, Dunn Hospitality Group, the Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville, and is also supported by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission with the Southwest Indiana Arts Council as our Regional Partner.
Detailed information about the festival and the full schedule can be found at www.victoryiﬀ.com/festival-info. Tickets are $15 for the Opening Night Celebration, $10 for Friday or Saturday, or $25 for a three-day pass and are available at victoryiﬀ.com/tickets. We invite you to follow us on social media at facebook.com/victoryiﬀ for the latest news and updates on the festival. For questions please email us at victoryiﬀ@gmail.com or message us on Facebook. We hope to see you at the Victory on September 12!
Our festival begins with an Opening Night Celebration at the Victory Theatre. The Red Carpet begins at 6pm and guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion. Walk the carpet and get your photo taken in front of our festival backdrop, then enjoy a cocktail, beverage, or concessions before the show. The main event will begin at 7pm in the Victory’s historic 1900 seat theater. Festival Director Matthew Ulm and guests will give a short presentation on the festival and what is in store over the next two days. This will be followed by screenings of seven of the festivals best short films that cover a wide range of genres to give the audience a taste of the selections being shown at this unique community event. An After Party will follow at Myriad Brewing Company (101 SE First Street) where you can relax, enjoy one of Evansville’s best micro-breweries, and speak with a filmmaker or two!
Our Registration and Headquarters at Encounter Church (317 Main Street) will open at 11am on Friday the 13th. Guests can pick up or purchase their passes at this location, which also serves as one of our screening rooms. The Films will roll at Noon at three of our four locations: Encounter Church, Innovation Pointe (318 Main Street), and Central Library (200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). The screening room at Old National Public Theatre (2 Main Street) will come online at 5pm. At 6pm Teresa D. Lee will moderate a two hour workshop on screenwriting with guests Taylor Gates (Writer of “Make Yourself at Home”) and Mary McGloin (Writer of “Tech Bettys”). At 7pm there will be a special screening of the feature film “The Silent Natural” at our Encounter Church location. This film is a period sports drama about William “Dummy” Hoy, one of the first deaf Major League Baseball Players. This film was shot in Kentucky and the screening will be followed by a Q&A with producers David Risotto and Steve Sandy, and actors Miles Barbee (Lead Actor – “Dummy Hoy”) and Marshall R. Teague (Supporting Actor – “Dooley.”)(Previous work includes Road House, Armageddon).
On Saturday Headquarters will open at 9am in preparation for screenings that begin at all of our locations at 10am. Panels and Workshops will begin at 11am and will run through 5p and include:
- Working with Film Commissions – 11am – Moderated by Marx Pyle, Guest Jon Musgrave of the Southern Illinois Film Commission
- Producing & Directing – Noon – Moderated by Ted Haycraft, Guests are David Risotto (The Silent Natural), Kyle Saylors (Against the Wall), Chip Rossetti (Saving Faith), Kathleen Davison (Tech Bettys), Demetrius Witherspoon (Submerge: Echo 51)
- Composing – 1pm – Workshop conducted by Virgil Franklin of Vincennes University with 20+ years of experience composing for video and film.
- The Business of Acting – Workshop conducted by Atlanta-based filmmaker and Actor Jim Dougherty (House of Cards, Killing Reagan, Chicago P.D.)
- Going SAG-AFTRA on a Budget – Join Chicago based SAG-AFTRA representative Sanaa Sayyed as she covers the basics of low-budget, student, and short project contracts filmmakers can sign at SAG-AFTRA as well as an overview of the union itself. There are a lot of things that you have heard about SAG-AFTRA over the years, some true, some not- so-true – come find out for yourself. Bring your questions.
- Women In Film – Moderated by Chelsea Casanova, Guests are Cindy Maples (98.6%), Kathleen Davison (Tech Bettys), Jenna Ruiz (SINGH), Taylor Gates (Make Yourself at Home).
On Saturday at 2pm we will have a special block of films titled “Inspiration Through Adversity.” Each of the three documentaries shown during this block feature subjects that had to triumph over extreme mental, physical, and emotional setbacks to survive or succeed turbulent times in their lives. The first title in the block is “Against the Wall,” an inspirational short about the life of Kevin Foster, who became the only person allowed by the Chinese government to ride a bicycle atop the length of the Great Wall, despite being told by doctors he would never walk or talk again after being electrocuted as a child. Second will be “Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story,” which follows the life of a courageous young woman debilitated by ALS that sees beauty and humor in life…and keeps moving forward. These two films will be followed by a Q&A block with “Against the Wall” Director Kyle Saylors and “Grateful” Director Paul Nethercott. The last film in this block is titled “Victory Swim” which tells the story of Susan Scarlett and Adam Ellenstein. Susan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and embarked on a journey to fight this progressive, debilitating disease through a focus on exercise, wellness, and mental toughness. Her nephew, Adam Ellenstein, undertook a 65-mile lake swim in the frigid waters of Lake Okanagan to raise funds, awareness, and to honor and uplift his aunt. The film tracks Adam and his crew as he trains for the grueling 65-mile (105-kilometer) record-setting event, and Susan as she prepares to swim a part of the lake with him. Through his eﬀorts, Susan discovers an inner capacity to face her own tests—the pain and fear, and the day-to-day reality of living with a degenerative disease. A Q&A session will follow “Victory Swim” with Susan Scarlett and Kathy McMurray of the Parkinson’s Awareness Support Association of the Tri-State.
Screenings on Saturday will cease at all locations at 6pm, but the day does not end there. All guests of the festival are invited to attend our Awards Ceremony at Encounter Church at 7pm. See who wins one of our nineteen awards, including the Audience Award which is decided by YOU! An After Party will follow at The Rooftop (112 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.).