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6th Annual Full Bloom Film Festival: September 9-11, 2021

Don't miss the Full Bloom Film Festival in Downtown Statesville, North Carolina, from September 9-11.  This year's 3 day event includes 35 films from 5 countries, not to mention two world premieres!  Stay & Play to earn your passes for FREE!  

2021 FBFF Film Teaser

What is a Film Festival?

We are so glad you asked!  A film festival is an organized, extended presentation of films in one or more screening venues, usually in a single city or region. Films may be of recent date and, depending upon the festival's focus, can include international and domestic releases. Some festivals focus on a specific filmmaker, genre of film or subject matter. Several film festivals focus solely on presenting short films of a defined maximum length.  

The Full Bloom Film Festival (FBFF) is dedicated to bringing quality,  diverse, cinema to Statesville, NC, a multifaceted art-conscious city in  North Carolina.  Just North of Charlotte, there is something for everyone. FBFF will take place this year from September 9th - 11th in and around Historic Downtown Statesville.

The Festival is organized by a committed group of area business  leaders, film enthusiasts and volunteers. The Festival is collaborative  effort supported by:

  • City of Statesville
  • Iredell Arts Council
  • Iredell–Statesville Schools
  • Mitchell Community College
  • Statesville Chamber of Commerce
  • Statesville Recreation and Parks Department

Full Bloom Film Festival

Several filmmakers will walk the red carpet at the 6th Annual Full Bloom Film Festival this year as their films make their world premiere before local audiences.

The films -- Samland and Saving Spiracle – are among 35 films from five countries that will be featured during the Full Bloom Film Festival (FBFF), being held Sept. 9-11 in Downtown Statesville.

“With over 100 film submissions, it was hard to narrow down the selections that would be showcased at this year’s festival.  We have such a vast and exciting array of films and talent that we are so excited to share with you,” said FBFF Chairman Charles Ashe. “In addition, films will be represented with 24 filmmakers, producers, actors and key supporters – including two world premiere films.”  

Curated into 5 Sessions

The films have been curated into five sessions -- Animation, Short Documentary, Short Narrative, Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature. Each session will be shown twice during the festival, allowing more opportunities for viewing films.

“The feedback we’ve gotten in the past is that there were so many great films, and not enough time to see them all,” Ashe said. “With venues throughout downtown this year, we’re able to hold more viewings, so people won’t have to miss out on a great film.”

Four Venues Will Host Film Sessions

Four venues will host film sessions, including Mitchell Community College’s Shearer Hall; Iredell Arts Council’s Old Jail; Iredell Museums and the D’Laney's Annex.

One of the unique features of the festival is the spotlight it shines on Downtown Statesville, said Iredell Arts Council Director John Koppelmeyer. The festival uses local venues to show films, and plans events like a Meet & Greet with filmmakers at 220 Café and after party at Red Buffalo Brewing, both on Sept. 10.  Lake Mountain Coffee will host the box office.

“Our festival has been a well-loved destination by filmmakers in the past not only for our beautiful downtown but for our community that embraces the arts and strives to ensure that makes our festival so successful,” he said. “The filmmakers and the viewers love our town and what it has to offer.”

Thanks To Our Sponsors

The festival is also embraced by community support, with Piedmont Healthcare and Randy Marion Automotive named Producer Sponsors. Director Sponsors include: Anna and Barry Gordon, All American Sound, Charles Ashe and Brandon Sproul, Centralina Realty, Fairfield by Marriott, Homerun Markets, Iredell Health System, Iredell Free News, Jordan Grant Engineering, L. Gordon Iron & Metal, Statesville Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Inn on Front Street, Spokeology, and Connect Iredell.

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