A central Ohio band draws Arts Fest attendees with their performance on the Big Local Stage. Photo by Joe Maiorana.

The Columbus Arts Festival Will Include A Film Fest This Year

The Columbus Arts Festival will welcome Film at the Fest this year.

Produced by Film Columbus and Gateway Film Center, and sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase, Film at the Fest will screen movies throughout the Arts Festival weekend at Genoa Park. Although the full film festival schedule has not been released, organizers have shared some highlights.

“We love every opportunity to partner with the Gateway Film Center to highlight local filmmakers,” says John Daugherty, commissioner of Film Columbus. “And we’re grateful to J.P. Morgan Chase for supporting this mini festival-within-a-festival and helping us show off the city’s amazing work in filmmaking and animation to thousands of Festival guests.”

On Saturday night, attendees can bring the whole family for a screening of the Disney animated feature 101 Dalmations (1961). That year is special to the Columbus Arts Festival, because it’s the year the fest began as Festival of the Arts on the Ohio Statehouse Lawn. There will be an additional family-friendly film on Friday.

Other festival screenings include:

  • Made to Grow, a 2022 documentary produced by the Columbus Fashion Alliance, that explores what happens when you invest in a younger generation of African American fashion designers and teach them about the industry.
  • Sterling Carter’s short-form documentary A Beloved Community: A Healthier Linden. Produced in partnership between Nationwide Children’s, Film Columbus and the Arts Council, it highlights transformational initiatives in the Linden community.
  • A showcase of animated work from Columbus College Art & Design students.
  • Central Ohio-based episodes of WOSU Public Media’s weekly arts and culture series Broad & High.

“With all the incredible Columbus talent in filmmaking and animation, we thought it fitting to showcase it during the Festival,” says Festival Director Sean Kessler. “The family friendly programming will give Festival-goers a chance to sit back, grab dinner from a local food truck and enjoy animated features, documentaries, arts-focused programming and more.”

More details and updated schedules can be found at columbusartsfestival.org/visit/film-at-the-fest.

The Columbus Arts Festival runs from June 10-12 and it’s free to attend. For more info, visit columbusartsfestival.org.

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