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Film Festival of Columbus Returns for 8th Year

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Festival of Columbus Returns for 8th Year

The Film Festival of Columbus (FFOCOL) returns for its eighth year of celebrating film and filmmakers. Running Wednesday, September 11 through Saturday, September 14 at Gateway Film Center—with a stopover Friday afternoon for the Greater Columbus Film Commission Industry Summit at the Wexner Center for the Arts—the festival boasts exciting premieres, adorable dogs, international shorts, […]

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Hoot Kid Film Series Celebrates 100th Event

Hope Madden Hope Madden Hoot Kid Film Series Celebrates 100th Event

Gateway Film Center’s youth program is not so young anymore. Celebrating its 100th event, Hoot — a monthly family film series — is throwing a party. “Hoot is a fun, affordable and exciting way for kids to discover new things in the world,” says Chris Hamel, president and programmer for Gateway. “I think I will […]

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Horror 101 Comes to Gateway Film Center

Hope Madden Hope Madden Horror 101 Comes to Gateway Film Center

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and you know what that means: horror movies. No, you say? Well, Gateway Film Center aims to change your tune. Thursday, February 14 kicks off their new program Horror 101 with a big Valentine’s party and the tortured romance of Candyman (1992). According to Gateway’s president and programmer Chris Hamel, […]

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Gateway Film Center Offers Federal Employees Free Movies

Hope Madden Hope Madden Gateway Film Center Offers  Federal Employees Free Movies

More than 800,000 federal workers face their second pay period without wages. It’s hard not to feel a bit helpless in the face of that kind of financial suffering, but Gateway Film Center’s president Chris Hamel decided there was at least one small way his theater could help. Beginning Jan. 21 and extending until the […]

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Nightmares Film Festival Returns to GFC

Hope Madden Hope Madden Nightmares Film Festival Returns to GFC

“NFF is what all film festivals should be.” So says Jason Hignite, Film Festival Director for HorrorHound, of Columbus’s own Nightmares Film Festival. “It nurtures and encourages filmmakers,” Hignite continues. “It supports the independent film making scene. It promotes ‘Better Horror.’ To top it all off, it’s in a gorgeous venue.” Gateway Film Center hosts […]

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Revamped Show Us Your Shorts Returns to Gateway

Hope Madden Hope Madden Revamped Show Us Your Shorts Returns to Gateway

Gateway Film Center wants to make it easier for local filmmakers to excel. To accomplish this goal, they’ve retooled their Show Us Your Shorts program, providing an opportunity for filmmakers to screen their films for an audience, network with other creatives, and receive funds toward their next project. The expansion of the old local shorts […]

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Gateway Film Center Commits to World Cinema

Hope Madden Hope Madden Gateway Film Center Commits to World Cinema

Summer’s not even officially here and already it’s easy to feel a little comic-book-and-superheroed out. Says Chris Hamel, President and Programmer for the Gateway Film Center, “Even at the film center, sometimes summer can feel a little overwhelming with blockbusters and franchises.” The antidote? A rich and varied program of international films. Hamel and GFC […]

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