FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- The Offshoot Film Fest begins Tuesday (Sept. 6) under a new name.
In its eighth year the Offshoot Film Fest became the Fayetteville Film Fest.
Executive Director Dan Robinson said he expects it to be the biggest festival thus far with more filmmakers, more distributor and more films. Over the course of five days, there will be 55 screenings of films ranging from student films to documentaries to independent films made by Arkansans.
Robinson believes a local film festival is important to the area for a number of reasons.
"The film industry is changing and it's moving toward independent content," he said. "So it's really important for local producers of independent content to understand the people who are around them."
And more visitors also means more money is going into the local community.
"It definitely feeds the economy as we bring in people to work on the films, as the films are highlighted at events in the community," Robinson said.
He also believes the festival has helped grow the local film industry over the last seven years and expects the industry to keep growing in the future.
"Every year there are more resources," Robinson said. "There's more filmmakers, more people. We're very excited this year about the announcement of Rockhill Studios, which is going to be Fayetteville's first sound stage, so there are going to be more resources here for filmmakers than we've ever had before.
The films will be screened at the Global Campus and the Pryor Center, which are both on the Fayetteville Square.
Tuesday's screening will focus on documentaries, Wednesday will focus on student films, Thursday will focus on college-level films and Friday and Saturday will focus on independent filmmakers from Arkansas.
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