DUNEDIN – The inaugural Dunedin International Film Festival is scheduled for Jan. 12-13 at seven locations all around the city.

“This festival supports the city of Dunedin on its epic journey to becoming the #1 arts and cultural city in the state of Florida,” a press release said.

There has been discussion on a state level to develop the surrounding cities of Dunedin from Tarpon to Largo along the Pinellas bike trail as the Cultural Corridor of Florida. The Dunedin International Film Festival is a testament to goal, the release said.

The film festival and the city of Dunedin welcome filmmakers from every walk of life with over 42 categories ranging from horror to drag culture, sustainability and Bonsai.

D.I.F.F. is a platform for international filmmakers to share their original content with the Florida filmmakers’ community. This platform is intended to develop the film community in Florida and bring awareness to the growing arts and cultural corridor of Dunedin. This film festival and the city welcome filmmakers from every  walk of life with over 42 categories ranging from Horror to Drag Culture, Sustainability and Bonsai, the release said.

The horror category will be screened at Soggy Bottom Brewery on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. under that canopy of darkness. There also will be a midnight screening of the thriller category. Get all the horror details at The Soggy Bottom Brewery recently signed a 100-year contract with the film festival.

One of the special film categories is Bonsai, dedicated to films that are about the boutique art form of Bonsai and its timeless dedication to the protection and good treatment of plants. The screenings for this category will be at a private lumber warehouse. 

The film festival will host a “Tiny Trees” event showcasing potted trees that are over 100 years old. 

The Blur Night Club, one of the longest living drag bars in the state, will be hosting the LGBTQ nation/Drag Culture/Mindfulness categories. Each local business in Dunedin has been an inspiration for a short-film category. We hope you get a chance to visit all seven.

2019 official selections will be shown at the various locations around Dunedin on Saturday and Sunday, with the awards ceremony and a grand gala capping it off Sunday evening at Woodwright Brewing. Space for the closing night gala will be limited.

There will be a very special “Walking Dead” discussion panel led by the series’ director of photography, Stephen Campbell.  

Tickets are on sale now. The tickets are available at https://www.dunedininternationalfilmfestival.com/tickets/

Passes can be picked up at the film festival’s box office in front of the Dunedin History Museum Jan. 11-13, 8 am to 10 p.m.

There are also opportunities to volunteer and to sponsor.