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Explore world of cinematic storytelling at New Hope Film Fest

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By BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@thereporteronline.com

The fifth annual New Hope Film Festival opens July 25 and runs through Aug. 3, featuring 103 films from 16 countries.
Festival sponsor LaCroix Sparkling Water will offer free samples of their mocktails at the refreshment stand while supplies last.
Where’s this happening?
Most screenings will take place at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Ave., New Hope (Stockton and Bridge Street), with additional events Aug. 2 at the Stephen J. Buck Memorial Theater at New Hope-Solebury High School, 182 W. Bridge St.
Why a film festival in New Hope?

A scene from "Recursion" which  will be presented Saturday August 2nd at The New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue in New Hope, PA. It is part of the Sci-Fi Entertainment Show. Submitted photo

A scene from “Recursion” which will be presented Saturday August 2nd at The New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue
in New Hope, PA. It is part of the Sci-Fi Entertainment Show. Submitted photo


The festival’s website describes its purpose to “discover and nurture independent filmmakers, many of whom are seeking world and U.S. debuts and remain overlooked and/or underappreciated by other forums.”
Sometimes the stuff at film festivals is kind of “out there.” Can I get a description of individual movies and just pick the ones I’d be interested in seeing?
Yes. Browse the program guide at www.newhopefilmfestival.com, take a look at trailers on the festival blog (there’s a link from the home page), then create your own custom schedule on the worksheet on program guide page 53. Preview for some of the films can be seen in the news section of the website. An event called “Film Festival Appreciation 101,” set for 6 p.m. July 25 at the New Hope Arts Center, also sounds helpful.
There are three types of festival passes, which you can learn more about at www.newhopefilmfestival.com/tickets.
What are ticket prices per individual show?
At the door, they’re $12, $10 for students and seniors 65+, $6 for matinees.
Are these films rated?
No. There are a few that are recommended for ages 18 and older. Refer to the program guide.
Does the festival have awards, like Sundance?
The festival has Audience Choice Awards, where you can vote and comment. There’s an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at the New Hope Arts Center.

"Monsura is Waiting" will be presented on Friday July 25th at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue in New Hope.

“Monsura is Waiting” will be presented on Friday July 25th at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue in New Hope.

Can I contact the festival?
Call (800) 838-3006, email inquiries@newhopefilmfestival.com, interact on the New Hope Film Festival Facebook page or on Twitter @newhopefilmfest.
Follow Brian Bingaman on Twitter @brianbingaman.

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