27th annual Twin Rivers film festival to open in April in Black Mountain

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Animated features make up one category of the films to be screened at the Twin Rivers Film Festival in Black Mountain.

The 27th annual Twin Rivers International Media and Film Festival premieres April 9 at the Flood Fine Arts Center in Black Mountain.

The festival celebrates "the latest and greatest" in independent films, including categories, such as documentaries, animated film, features and shorts. Sixty films will be screened at the event, representing 18 countries. 

"The festival connects audiences to compelling documentaries, award-winning international releases with tantalizing discussions with visiting filmmakers," said Carlos Steward, founder and director of the Twin Rivers Media Festival. 

According to a statement from Twin Rivers, the meticulous selection process is artist driven, resulting in only a small percentage of films being chosen for screening. 

Seven different styles of animation feature true stories through diverse characters and unique settings. Eighteen short films from various countries, including France, Brazil, Iran, China, Spain, Malaysia and the U.S. will be shown at the festival, many for the first time.

Documentaries and short dramas will be shown at the festival, representing 18 different countries.

The festival screenings will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, starting with the animation category. The short drama category will follow at 3 p.m., ending with the documentary category at 6 p.m.

All of the screenings are free and open to the public. The Flood Fine Arts Center is located at 850 Blue Ridge Rd. Call 828-273-3332 for more information.

Ezra Maille covers the town of Black Mountain, Montreat and the Swannanoa Valley. Reach him at 828-230-3324 or emaille@blackmountainnews.com. Please support local journalism with access to more breaking news by subscribing.