Athena Cinema

The Athena Cinema, seen here in this 2017 file photo, plays host to the annual Athens International Film and Video Festival.

Note: This story appears in the Tuesday, April 2 newspaper on Page A1.

Film buffs, gear up! The 2019 Athens International Film and Video Festival is approaching.

This marks the 46th year of the festival, and will be marked by a week of short film screenings, feature films, special events and after-parties.

The weeklong festival runs April 8-14, kicking off with an opening day next Monday that includes “The Future is Experimental,” a program of female experimental filmmakers,” starting at 7:15 p.m.

On Tuesday at 7 p.m., the festiavl will host a tribute to award-winning artist and Ohio University alumna Jo Andres, who died earlier in 2019. Andres was an award-winning filmmaker, choreographer and artist, and participated in the New York City performance scene of the 1980s.

Overall, the festival will present more than 250 films this year from 58 countries. About 2,300 film submissions were received by festival organizers, and guest jurors will award cash prizes in four categories: documentary, experimental, narrative and animation. Winners are announced at the end of the week, and 12 feature-length films are being presented as “contemporary spotlights” throughout the week.

The festival will also host several visiting filmmakers, including Lynn Sachs; Jodi Wille, an Ohio University alumna; Laura Harrison, who won the 2018 AIFVF first prize in animation; and Chris Sullivan.

A full listing of events and times is available on, as is ticket information. All showings will take place at the Athena Cinema in Athens.

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