Second annual Lanett City Film Festival on Sept. 7, 8

Published 7:00 pm Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Second Annual Lanett City Film Festival will take place on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. 

According to a press release, the festival offers a creative platform for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged, providing a valuable resource for amateur and professionals artists as they move toward reaching their full potential in this field.

Films have been submitted to the festival from all over the world. The select films that will be presented during the festival include narrative shorts, brilliant documentaries, stunning student films, and heart-warming features. Trailers are available on the festival website,, so that guests can make informed viewing choices.

Each audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite films. Award categories include the Best Feature Film, the Best Short Film, and the Top Honor Award from the City of Lanett. “Feature Films” are classified as films 50 minutes or more in length. “Short Films” are classified as films with a total run-time between 3 and 45 minutes. Documentaries average 60 minutes in length.

In addition to the variety of selected films being shown, guests will also have the opportunity to meet some of the directors, actors, and producers of the films. Panel discussions will provide exciting and informative insights into issues in contemporary filmmaking, as well as providing opportunities for filmmakers to interact with audience members.

The Lanett Film Festival plans to welcome back director Enrique “Rico” Diaz, last year’s winner of best short. Diaz was also a producer on Dekalb Elementary which was an Oscar nominated short film. Also in attendance will be stunt actor, Tony McFarr ,who is known as Chris Pratt’s stunt double on “Jurassic World,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” though his list of credits includes numerous projects such as “Captain America: Civil War,” “Hunger Games,” “Walking Dead” and more. Also attending will be Louise Ashby; actress, model and author of the book: The Magic of the Mask. She is known to all Australians as the vegemite baby, but is known to us in the US for her work on Ask Harriet, Facade, and Party of Five. Additionally, she is a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Facing Forward Foundation, which provides free or low-cost surgeries for disfigured children. Other guests of the Lanett Film Festival include Josh Tippey, Louise Ashby, D. Brook Pruitt, Brent Lambert-Zaffino, Brian White, Sarah Chesire, Patrick Albright and more to be announced.

Screenings will be centered in Lanett, Alabama, located between Atlanta and Montgomery on I-85. The New Horizon Community Theatre, in neighboring downtown West Point, will serve as the main screening venue. Other venues also include Lanett City Hall and the Jane K Farrar Event Center. Local merchants will provide additional opportunities for shopping, amazing food selections, and sightseeing throughout downtown Lanett and West Point.

Tickets are available by day or as a full-weekend pass. Tickets for Friday viewings are $5 and Saturday are $10. A full festival ticket can be purchased for a discounted price of $12, allowing access to events throughout the entire weekend. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to view trailers from the films, visit