Highland Square Film Festival to feature shorts from Akron-area filmmakers on Saturday

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AKRON, Ohio — For the second year in a row, movies produced by Akron-area filmmakers will be shown Saturday at the Highland Square Film Festival.

The film festival will be at the Highland Theatre at 826 West Market Street in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood. Tickets cost $5 and are available online and at the door.

The event is set to start at 1 p.m. with a keynote address from Josh Gippin, an Akron filmmaker and owner of Joshua Tree Productions, about his experience living and working in the area.

The films will start around 2 p.m., and include about 20 short films – no longer than five minutes. Submissions were open to Akron-area artists of all ages and skill levels.

Gippin is one of five judges who will be adjudicating the short films, along with writer, actor and director Tyron Hoisten; poet and journalist Noor Hindi; Mary Mullane, director and founder of the Akron Film Collective; and Brittany Dobish, artistic director of Akron’s Nightlight Cinema. Audience members can also vote for the Audience Choice Award.

Attendees can stay for the award ceremony. The first-place winner will receive $2,500 and second-place will receive $1,500. The winner of the Audience Choice Award will receive $500.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Highland Square Neighborhood Association, which also hosts PorchRokr Music and Art Festival every summer.

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