Derby City Film Festival Begins Friday

The fourth annual Derby City Film Festival begins Friday at the Clifton Center.

Fifty-six films from 16 countries will be screened at the three-day event, and awards will be presented in seven categories, including best feature, short, documentary and acting.

Co-founder Kristofer Rommel says there will also be panel discussions and workshops on everything from how to choreograph a fight scene to special effects makeup.

“This year the producers of Below Zero, they also run the Great American pitch fest out in L.A. They’re going to come in and do a pitch workshop for screenwriters and filmmakers who want to pitch their ideas to Hollywood,” he said.

Below Zero is one of the festival’s feature film entries. A lifetime achievement award will also be presented to veteran actor Lance Henrickson, who has a role in another entry, It’s in the Blood.

Another film festival is underway this week in Louisville. The 14th annual Jewish Film Festival continues through February 25.