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Geneva Downtown Winter Arts & Film Festival

Friday, February 11 at 7PM
Smith Opera House
Geneva BID
Geneva Downtown Film Festival February 11th, 7:00pm at The Smith (admission is free).
Vaccination status will be checked at the door; masks must be worn while inside the venue. Wine and beer and other concessions items will be available for sale.
Almost 100 filmmakers from around the world submitted content. Below are the winners. The Geneva Downtown Film Festival invited filmmakers to submit their short works in any genre, including but not limited to animation, documentary, live action narrative, and video essay. Judges selected the best films and runners up from each category, and these will be screened at The Smith. The 4 categories are: High School, College, General, and 5-minute Micro Films (open to all levels).

Category: High School

Alexander Eberhage, Galacta Raider (US, 13:15)* honorable mention

Esabella Strickland, A Conversation with E (Canada, 5:03), **Grand Prize Winner

Category: College, Live Action

Bruno Teixeira, Two Cartoonists (Portugal, 10:26) *honorable mention

Elias ZX, REBIRTH.jpeg (US, 15:00) *honorable mention // EXPLICIT CONTENT

Ruijie Tong, Scar (China, 18:57) **Grand Prize Winner

Category: College, Animation

Gus Kearns, Bart’s Revenge (UK, 1:00) *honorable mention

Gus Kearns, St. George and the Dragon (UK, 2:49) *honorable mention

Mahmoud Darwish, Unseen (Germany, 1:57) *honorable mention

Erica Negrini, The Ultimate Makeover (US, 2:17) *honorable mention

Débora Mendes, Cellfie (Portugal, 3:10) **Grand Prize Winner

Débora Mendes, Sea Shepherd (Portugal, 4:50) **Grand Prize Winner

Débora Mendes, Rising in a Spiral (Portugal, 2:43) **Grand Prize Winner

Category: General

Roman Sinitsyn, I am Eighty Years Old (Russia, 15:00) *honorable mention

Mahmut Tas, Cracked (Turkey, 5:00) *honorable mention

Hosein Torkjoosh, Naji (Iran, 17:52) **Grand Prize Winner

The Geneva Downtown Film Festival supports the fresh ideas of film and video artists who have a story to tell and the passion to tell it. It celebrates innovation, diverse voices, and the exploration of film as an expressive medium. It believes in cultivating a community of filmmakers and film lovers of all levels of experience, and welcomes work from makers at any stage of their careers: students to experienced filmmakers; emerging artists to established professionals.

Join the GBID and community partners for a winter arts festival February 5th through 12th. Embracing winter, the festival will offer a series of activities throughout the week to celebrate the season and the burgeoning local arts scene. The festival is anchored by two exciting events, the Geneva Downtown Film Festival, and the Winter Lantern Parade.

Geneva Downtown Winter Lantern Parade

The parade is a chance for the community to come together and celebrate each other, while driving creativity and arts with local schools, community groups, and other partners.
Truly all-inclusive events are rare in our community, so we envisioned creating something where everyone is invited to participate, whether that’s purchasing a pre-made lantern, wrapping themselves in lights, collaborating on a lighted balloon like Mardi Gras, or banging a drum. Like all parades, spectators are encouraged to line-up along Exchange Street and take in the sights and sounds of this festive new event. Participants can begin lining up at Genesee Park as early as 5:30pm, before stepping off for the march at 6:30pm. The Dove Gallery will host a lantern making workshop January 30th.
Art Walk
The Art Walk returns February 9th from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Multiple venues will host art, music, and beverages (including beer from Lake Drum Brewing Company). More than 70 people visited Art Walk exhibits at Left Bank and Dove Gallery during Jingle in Geneva Week this past holiday season.
Restaurant Passport Contest
The GBID is hosting a Restaurant Passport contest to entice people to dine out at local establishments from the 5th through 12th.
Participation is simple and free: get the passport stamped after meals at three participating restaurants; turn in the passport (at the GBID 1 Franklin Square lobby drop box, direct message on GBID Facebook, or email a photo of the passport to by Monday, February 14th (9:00am); and submitted passports are entered into a random drawing of downtown goodies: gift baskets; gift cards; or Geneva downtown t-shirts and stickers.
Passports are available at 1 Franklin Square vestibule, participating restaurants, and the GBID website starting January 24th.  Participating restaurants and bars will be listed on the GBID website, so check back often.