Free events at Freep Film Festival are geared for filmmaking community

In addition to screening dozens of documentaries at this year’s festival, Freep Film Festival is looking to help some great movies get made.

The ninth annual festival is hosting a variety of free events geared toward the local filmmaking community at this year’s event, scheduled for April 27-May 1. The gatherings are designed to share knowledge about documentary filmmaking and provide networking opportunities for up-and-coming moviemakers.

Expert guests and filmmakers from around the country will be on hand for the proceedings.

These three events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested for all the events. Book at

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Meet the Programmers

Ever wonder what it takes to get a movie into a film festival?

This networking event is sure to give you some insight – and the chance to hobnob with folks who build festival lineups for a living.

These four festival programmers will talk a little bit about what they do, and then informally chat with attendees with the goal of pulling back the curtain on a process that is sometimes cloaked in mystery.

The event is free. Light snacks will be served, and drinks will be available for purchase.

Scheduled to attend:

Thomas Powers: The documentary programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival, Powers is also the founding artistic director at DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the US He also cohosts the Pure Nonfiction podcast.

Leslie Raymond: Raymond is the executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest film festival in Michigan and one of the most revered experimental film fests in the world. She is also a board member of the Film Festival Alliance.

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