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Now in its 18th year, the Everett Film Festival was started by six enterprising women. Originally known as the Everett Women’s Film Festival, the festival was created to highlight the work of women in film production. For years, the film festival has featured animated shorts, documentaries and feature films written, directed and produced by women, or films that have, at the center, a strong female role. Past films that have met with success include Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill directed by Judy Irving and Fruits of Our Labors (documentary) and Your Sister’s Sister (narrative), both directed by indie sensation Lynn Shelton.

This year’s event takes place at the Everett Performing Arts Center (Village Theater) on Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21. A single adult ticket costs $50, and includes the events and films for both days. Seniors, students and military receive half-price tickets.

On Friday, a catered opening gala will take place followed by a couple of animated shorts, a documentary and a feature film to round out the evening. One of the new elements this year is that the Saturday event starts later in the day and a happy hour “Taste of Everett” will be available, where fourteen local restaurants will provide refreshments for attendees. This year, the festival will be concluded with a film short called Sweet Dreams.

The Everett Film Festival recently won the Everett Mayor’s Award for an Organization That has Made a Difference in the Arts. Each year, many movies are screened to find choices that will interest and captivate attendees. They work to find films that aren’t found at your local multiplex, and when possible, films done by locals. Every year they try to have one selection that encompasses the festival’s socially conscious position. As a non-profit, the event itself is staffed and run by a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers.

The festival organizers are always excited to find new volunteers who are passionate about film, and festival-goers who will celebrate the organization’s mission, and of course, take part and enjoy some wonderful world-class entertainment.

Visit everettfilmfest.org to stay updated, or to get your tickets now.

"Each year, many movies are screened to find choices that will interest and captivate attendees. They work to find films that aren’t found at your local multiplex, and when possible, films done by locals."