Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (Formerly known as The
Washougal International Film Festival)
In 2008 the Washougal
International Film Festival was founded in Washougal, WA by Breven
Angaelica Warren. With the intention of encouraging artists of all
experience levels and focal points, The Washougal International Film
Festival celebrates independent films. Through public screenings,
and panel discussions, the event cultivates interaction between the
community and the artists. In 2010, this festival has grown to
extend past the Washougal Area, and so is now called the Columbia
Gorge International Film Festival.
Artists are expected to portray a relevant topic through their film.
This topic however doesn’t seem to limit the authors. As the Award
for Best Western reveals, current issues are often the same as
historic issues. Through a wide array of styles and settings,
filmmakers present their work at the Washougal International Film
Festival, working to produce the best in creativity, ingenuity,
plot, details, and emotional appeal. And they do work hard. In
addition to the recognition, with $20,000 of distributed to the
winners during each annual event, The Columbia Gorge International
Film Festival does a tremendous amount to help encourage these
Beginning her film work as a child, Warren has grown into a strong
woman with experience and purpose. Equipped with a Bachelors of Art
in Literature and Art History and a Bachelors of Science in
Anthropology and Biology, Warren has a perfectly blended skillset to
understand people and portray that in art. Both on the stage and off
the stage, Warren has developed her craft. Her diligent work is
invested in her belief of the power in the tool that is filmmaking.
Her hometown of Washougal, WA both encouraged and inspired her in
her work. And as thanks, Warren worked to bring the magic of the
independent films to them in the form of this film festival. She
watches all of the hundreds of movies that will be screened
beforehand to ensure that what is shown is polished and presentable.
The 6th Annual Columbia Gorge International Film Festival will be in
August again this year. Filmmakers and film lovers from across the
globe will come together at this film festival which celebrates the
local. From their first exposure, a local artist prepares beautiful
posters for this event every year. To Vancouver, WA, local venues
and vendors are used throughout the event. Visitors from far and
near will see how celebrated this area is, truly honoring Warren’s
intentions to honor her home community.
The film festival, free to all, stays true to its intention of
celebrating the local artist as it invites local food vendors,
farmers markets, and uses local bakeries to cater the Awards
Ceremony. From Wednesday to Saturday, hundreds of films will play in
multiple rooms, totaling 14 hours of rolling film a day. Afterwards,
the Awards Ceremony will honor the exceptional. In a grand finale,
the winners of the film festival will be shown all day Sunday, so
that any who missed out on a film awarded as one of the best at the
festival can remedy that mistake.
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