It’s been six years since the last Jacksonville Film Festival. The event was poorly managed and lacked opportunities for attendees to interact with the filmmakers, according to current JFF Film Program Director, Tim Driscoll. Dormant since then, JJF made a comeback in August when it presented the library-packed premiere of “I Am Going to Kill Someone this Friday,” an independent feature that was filmed and casted in Jacksonville.
Two years ago the JFF was being handled by a different board. No events were being held. No screenings. And much of the sponsorship has dried up as a result. Niki Logoreci, who has volunteered with the JFF in the past needed to find the right people who share the same passion for film. Luckily after teaming up with Driscoll, the pair is bringing JFF back from the dead.
Both Logoreci and Driscoll contacted the original company behind JFF last year and the transition of power–Logoreci and Driscoll became the new President and Program Director of JFF, respectively–has been fairly smooth.
Driscoll–who spent a year and a half in Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts and graduated with a BSA worked for ABC Primetime for two years as an associate editor and producer–led a the team that won Jacksonville’s 48-Hour Film project in 2012 with their short film “Nora.” He later wrote and directed, “The Lengths” which won the Best Art House Feature award and the Indie Spirit Award during the 2014 New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania. He’s been working with Food Network on their social media division as a contractor for the last three years.
“There is a thriving film community in Jacksonville,” says Driscoll. He hosts an event every Monday called JAX-Film Bar Mondays where filmmakers, animators, actors and filmgoers are invited to hang out at local bars. Using his experience with Indie films and as a contractor, he hopes to bring JFF back to celebrate indie films both in and outside of Jacksonville.
“We don’t want to focus on ourselves we want to have outside films to see what they have to offer,” says Driscoll.
“Jacksonville needs a film festival, a place to screen stuff, and focus on bringing movies to the city,” says Driscoll. He wants JFF to be a journey for viewers when viewing submissions that would fit in with the mood of JFF and blends together with other films. He’s very excited about the new films that have been submitted as some have been premiered at Toronto Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival.
The film festival will take place at the Main Public Library. There, films can be watched on a big screen with solid image quality. Driscoll says that while the venue may not be huge, it’s big enough to for Jacksonville Film Festival, as it stands now.
The Event will be open Friday Sept. 14 at 6:15 p.m. with a red carpet event and will start with the documentary block, “Heart Your Docs” featuring three short documentaries. Afterwards the JFF will screen the world premiere of Demetrius Wren’s feature film “Rehabilitation of the Hill” where Mr. Wren will attend for a Q&A afterwards. On Saturday Sept. 15 the red carpet event will start at 3 p.m. and will open with the feature presentation of Vilan Trub’s “The Dirty Kind.” Afterwards the “Home and Abroad” drama and comedy block and “Utterly Macabre” horror blocks will be screened.
Tickets and program information will be posted on their website at jacksonvillefilmfestival.com