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Film Festival Attracts International Film Makers

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 ELLENSBURG, WA.- The Ellensburg community gathered this weekend for their tenth annual film festival where they hosted local and international filmmakers, from as far away as Argentina.

This year's festival had it all, from short local films to feature films from as far as Los Angeles, Argentina, Mexico, and even Switzerland.

     We spoke with one film maker from Los Angeles who told us this small town film festival has more appeal than a lot of the big city ones.

“I've been to a lot of festivals for a lot of films and it's one of the few places where you can come and feel like you're part of a community, as opposed to just a festival that shows films,” independent film maker Jed Rigby told KNDO.

     Jed Rigby says he fell in love with the small town and was excited to see all of the passion from local filmmakers in the area.

     Organizers say they had over one hundred people come out to support the local short films that aired on Saturday.

“It was very moving to see how the community came out to support their friends and colleagues and the people who had been involved in making these movies,” festival coordinator Ralla Vickers told us.

     The event even had a celebrity appearance this year; Craig T. Nelson from NBC's hit show Parenthood came into town to judge the festival.

     Local filmmakers got advice and critique from the star.

     Festival coordinator Ralla Vickers says she can't wait for next year, and she's had people coming up to her all weekend raving about the festival.

     The film festival did wrap up this afternoon, but organizers told us that local filmmakers are already excited for future festivals to come.

 They promise the event next year will be bigger with even more celebrity appearances.

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