Logan is a few days away from becoming home to the second largest independent film festival in Utah. The first Logan Film Festival will run Friday and Saturday, April 20-21. An $8 festival pass gains admission to 16 feature length films and two shorts. Gary Saxton of the Logan Downtown Alliance said the festival was first discussed in August of last year and is now becoming part of Logan’s economic development plan to draw the attention of filmmakers to Cache Valley. “There were some film festivals being produced in the past through USU and it was up in the air whether those would continue. At the same time, we wanted to bring the film industry into Cache Valley. “That led us to the Utah Film Commission through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. We hope to motivate filmmakers to consider Logan and Cache Valley as the home for their next film.” A jury of filmmakers from all over the country, including Utah, selected the lineup of films for the festival. Part of that group’s responsibility in screening the films is to come up with a list of award winners. “We also have, for the public to determine, the People’s Choice Award which will be announced Saturday night, April 21.” Saxton said each filmmaker whose work has been accepted for the festival has been invited to be on hand, although those from Europe and Australia may not be able to attend. The festival HUB is the Dansante Theatre on 100 West in Logan and films will also be screened at Lyric Theatre on Center Street and the Logan Arthouse & Cinema on Main Street. Visit
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