The first moving picture, which depicted a horse running at full gallop, was quickly enhanced by the first special effects, which showed a horse exploding next to a 3-D spaceship. Enjoy advances in film with today's Groupon: for $35, you get an all-screening pass (a $75 value) to the Amelia Island Film Festival, running from February 24 to February 27 in Fernandina Beach.
Now in its third year, the Amelia Island Film Festival showcases cutting-edge cinematographic creations at several venues in the Fernandina Beach area.
Opening Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m., the festival plays dozens of short and feature films throughout the course of four days, including Miracle in the Rain, Shame in the Time of Cholera, and 2011 Academy Award–nominated short God of Love. The 2007 film Whatever Lola Wants, which tells the story of a New York postal worker who journeys to Egypt to take belly-dancing lessons, will be accompanied by a live belly-dancing troupe doing rolls, shimmies, and imitations of British government officials.
Notable names in attendance include actor David Keith, best known for his role in An Officer and a Gentleman, who will be on hand to introduce his new film Beneath the Blue at 7 p.m. February 26, mingling with attendees later at a 10 p.m. after-party ($30; not included in this Groupon).
Engage writer Kent Moran in a debate on pens versus pencils at the wrap and Oscar party at Sheffield's at the Palace at 7 p.m. February 27 ($40; not included in this Groupon). After spending days absorbing cinematic inspiration, adrenaline-filled adventurers can submit their own works for consideration for next year’s festival, wowing judges with shaky footage of themselves crab-walking along the beach.
The Florida Times-Union featured the 2010 Amelia Island Film Festival:
- The infant fest garnered submissions from across the globe with an array of genres ranging from comedy to drama to horror. Most of the films were shorts - under a half-hour. Whether short or long, each film was chosen for the impact of its message. – Michelle Eggers, Florida Times-Union
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