The Geneva Business Improvement District (BID) has announced the first-ever Downtown Winter Arts & Film Festival February 5-12.
The Finger Lakes Times quotes BID Executive Director Michael Mills as saying February is typically a slow time for downtown businesses. The film festival will be held at the Smith Opera House February 11 at 7 p.m. Mills says the organizers received 97 submissions, from everyone from student film makers to experienced professionals. Rebecca Burditt, assistant professor of media and society at HWS, helped put the festival together and will serve as a judge. Judges will review the submissions, and the top two in multiple categories will be shown on the big screen at the Smith.
There will be a downtown art walk on February 9. A number of venues will host music and there will be beverages available from Lake Drum Brewing.
You can pick up a restaurant passport at participating eateries during the festival. Have it stamped by at least three participating restaurants and turn it in at the BID office at 1 Franklin Square to be eligible for prize drawings.
On February 12, there will be a lantern parade. Mills says it’s patterned after one held in Atlanta each year. You can purchase a pre-made lantern or make one at a January 30 workshop at the Dove Gallery on Exchange St.