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2013 Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival Kicks Off

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KENNEWICK, WA. -  The 6th Annual Tri-Cities Fantastic Film Festival opens Oct. 11.

More than 100 local and foreign films will be spotlighted at this year's festival.

The festival kicked off Thursday night at the Roxy Wine Bar in downtown Kennewick.

Local producers, directors, actors and movie lovers showed up to view the first three short films and  feature length movie to air at this year's film fest.

In order to make it into the festival, filmmakers have to submit their work and then an official selection process is completed.

NBC Right Now met local director David Kania whose short film, "The Screamwriter" is just one of the many to be spotlighted.

"I like to see audience reactions. See what they react to and the different parts. So, it's good if you can be there while they're showing it to see what comes across and what doesn't," said Kania.

Nat Saenz, on of the festival's organizers, said "the short film format is an excellent way to tell a story in under 20 minutes.  I always like to tell people, if you don't like this story come back 20 minutes later and it will be a brand new story to tell."

The film festival kicks off its official opening Friday at the ACT Theatre in Richland.

A one day pass costs $5 and an all festival pass is $20. 

The festival will go through the next two weekends, Oct. 10-12 & 18-20th.

Filmmaking workshops will also be available, where you can learn about movie makeup and sound effects.