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Fifth Annual ITSA Film Festival This Weekend

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This weekend, film makers, directors, producers, sound technicians and actors will be gathering in a number of locations throughout downtown Sonora, CA.

Christina Wilkinson,  co-founder of the ITSA Film Festival, was Thursday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

The fifth annual ITSA Film Festival begins this Friday at the historic Opera Hall starting at 5:00 pm. Doors open at 4:30 pm. There will be films through 10 pm. Film makers will be on hand for brief Q&A sessions.

On Saturday, more films will be shown throughout the day beginning at 11 am. Various workshops and panel speakers will be on hand. 2nd Saturday Arts Night will also be taking place in downtown Sonora and Wilkinson is inviting participants to stop by the Opera Hall.

Finally on Sunday, more films shorts will be shown and the Festival concludes with an Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening.

The ITSA Film Festival has the backing of the Tuolumne County Film Commission and several local sponsors. According to Wilkinson, this is a perfect time of year for Sonora to play host to numerous people who can make an economic difference perhaps by eventually scouting locations throughout Sonora.

“It’s purposefully held at the very beginning of November, just before the snow and the Holiday season,” said Wilkinson. “We used to have the Wild West Film Fest here and the ITSA Film Festival will help bring film makers and tourists come back to the area. The Festival promotes what the area has to offer, brings in large names and showcases our creative and artistic students at Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy.”

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The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am.

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