The third annual Kite Film Fest takes place Saturday, Nov. 10, at Club LA in Destin. Submissions are currently open for the short film event.
“We are so excited to be back for the third year,” says co-founder (and Beachcomber contributor) Nikki Hedrick. “The community outpouring of support has been incredible. Last year we screened 24 short films, mainly from the region.”
Nikki and mother Heather Hedrick—with support from Rock Destin and Club LA—launched Kite Film Fest in 2016. “Our goal is to create an event that supports our local film community—an opportunity to see their hard work and passion (projected) on the big screen,” says Heather.
Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 1. Kite Film Fest prides itself on simple, inclusive rules that can be viewed at KiteFilmFest.com.
“We want Kite Film Fest to be a celebration,” says Nikki. “It is why the submission process is free. We want to minimize roadblocks for participation for our local film community and the indie film community at large.”
The film festival is named in honor of Heather and Nikki’s family surname, specifically Heather’s parents Gilbert and Ellon Kite.
“We are so grateful to be able to have this opportunity to put the spotlight on the quality of production in our region,” says Nikki. “Although the films are mostly rooted in our region, international submissions and filmmakers from all over the south have attended (in) past years. (The festival) is an opportunity to support the little guys, local guys, and network with some new faces.”
Further inquiries can be emailed to KiteFilmFest@gmail.com.