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Dunedin International Film Festival begins this weekend

Posted at 2:19 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 17:55:27-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Pinellas County’s largest film festival kicks off this weekend!

The Dunedin International Film Festival will feature over 300 films from 69 different countries.

Nestled in local downtown pubs, breweries and other venues, DIFF is about to launch a new type of festival that is bringing film people from all over the world to the beauty of Dunedin and all of Pinellas county.

“We have an incredible buy-in with the downtown merchants, city government, local actors and film makers. Our goal is to be a catalyst to grow the film industry right here in Pinellas County,” said Carl Zimmermann, festival programmer.

The festival kicks off Friday at 5:30 p.m. with an official City Hall welcome, followed by a musical escort by a Scottish pipe band. Musical activities begin at both Caledonia Brewing and Soggy Bottom with the opening night feature film, award-winning, Virgin Blacktop beginning at 9 p.m.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday there are special events and workshops including an exclusive Walking Dead Panel Discussion lead by Walking Dead’s own Director of Photography, Stephen F. Campbell, panels on women in film, acting, screenplay writing, film versus digital, wearable fashion, and even Bonsai trees.

DIFF runs from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday with a separate red carpet Gala/awards celebration at the Fenway Hotel on Sunday evening.

Daily tickets cost $25. Click here for schedule information.