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MV film festival begins Saturday

The city of Mountain View’s inaugural film festival is scheduled this weekend.

The 2021 Mountain View Film Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, is online only.

This year’s theme is “Race, equity and inclusion,” according to organizers.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a while, and with the pandemic and everyone switching to work-from-home, we’ve noticed a larger audience because you can just watch from home,” said Shonda Ranson, the city’s marketing and public relations manager. “So, we decided that this would be a great atmosphere to launch our film festival because we can get these new, diverse voices to be heard in front of a larger audience that normally wouldn’t participate.”

Awards will be given to a variety of short and feature-length film submissions in any genre. Categories include Best Film, Best Director, Best Male Actor, Best Female Actor, Best Sound, Best Music, Best Editor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Foreign Language Short, honorary mentions, a jury award and audience favorite(s). Winners were notified last week.

Although the festival will be virtual this year, the city plans to make it a hybrid event – in person and online – in coming years, according to Ranson.

Tickets – which include access to the films, audience chat, panel discussions, opening and closing ceremonies, and artists discussions – are $20 for a day pass and $35 for both days.

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