Lights, Camera, Action
November kicks off with two opportunities to enjoy local film festivals in Asheville. The Asheville Cinema Festival runs from Thursday, November 1 through Sunday, November 4. This festival has its opening and closing nights at the Biltmore Grande cinema located at Biltmore Park in southern Asheville. In between, the remaining showings are in downtown Asheville.
The Asheville International Children's Film Festival begins Friday, November 2 and runs through Sunday, November 11 for a 10-day celebration of the best in children's cinema. This festival has showings at various venues in and around Asheville.
Let's take a closer look at what these two film festivals have to offer so you can start making your plans to attend. Here we go!
The Asheville Cinema Festival
We're not sure where else you'd be able to choose from a selection of 40 films that range from movie shorts to full-length films, all in the span of a few short days except for at the Asheville Cinema Festival. Opening night begins with a VIP reception and screening of Silver Linings Playbook featuring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Friday and Saturday are the biggest days of the festival with venues at the Asheville Community Theatre, the Masonic Temple theater, and the back performance room at the Lexington Avenue Brewery. You can find the complete schedule for each day on the Asheville Cinema Festival's website.
Closing night is Best of the Fest Day with screenings of the award-winning films at the festival in categories such as documentary feature, narrative feature, short films, and student films. The evening ends with the showing of the closing night film, Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman. Ticketing information can be found on the festival website.
The Asheville International Children's Film Festival (AICFF)
Slated as the Southeast's largest children's film festival, the Asheville International Children's Film Festival features over 70 films in a variety of genres. During the screenings you'll find a blend of live performances, animation, full-length features, shorts, historical films, and more. There are also hands-on workshops for future filmmakers.
Friday kicks off with a folk funk pajama party for ages 3 and up, a concert, and sneak previews of animated films. Throughout the festival you'll find after-school screenings, "dinner and a movie" at local restaurants, and "best of" film screenings and awards.
You can find the complete schedule lineup at the AICFF website. Ticketing for most of the programs is only $5 per person. See the ticketing page for full details and advance purchasing.
Asheville Accommodation Specials in November
November is a great month to plan to visit Asheville and the surrounding Western North Carolina region. Plan to stay during November 21 through November 25 and Asheville Connections offers you $75 off selected premier vacation properties when you book three or more nights. Book online and just enter the discount code TG2012. The properties will be going quickly, so don't delay.
We hope to see you in and around Asheville in November. Have you attended any of the film festivals? If so, be sure to tell us about it in our comment section. Happy screening!