Franklin County International Film Festival 2016 Announced

Mousse film poster. Source: Franklin County Arts Council, Franklinton NC.
Mousse film poster. Source: Franklin County Arts Council, Franklinton NC.

Second Annual Eastern NC Event Includes Feature and Short Films

By Donna Campbell Smith

Once again, Franklin County North Carolina International Film Festival (FCIFF) opens its doors and returns to host screenings and discussions of a wide array of independent international films from around the world with a two-day festival. FCIFF aims to bring high-caliber, international independent cinema to a county well-renowned for its love of culture and the arts.

Pamela Andrejev, events coordinator for Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC), issued this comment, “The FCAC is excited to host the “kick-off” for this year’s FC International Film Festival. We were able to provide subgrant money from the NC Arts Council Subrant Grassroots program for this year and last. We are asking the community to please attend and support the arts in our great county.”

Featuring a wide variety of independent films from local, national, and international filmmakers, the event empowers the work of risk-taking storytellers and remains committed to it’s mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences around the world who do not have opportunity to showcase their talent in the commercial market. Film showings are scheduled for April 2-3, 2016.

The Franklin County NC International Film Festival was founded in 2015 by Gauri Singh with the support of Franklin County Arts Council to give voices to the unheard filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase talents and discover new talents. Gauri Singh is an independent filmmaker and screenplay writer herself with two current full feature film projects under post production: “Welcome to North Carolina!” which will premiere on April 3, 2016 at Norris Theater, Louisburg College and “Yadvi,” a historical film based on a real life story of an Indian Princess set to be released this year.

The 2016 edition of FCIFF promises a robust slate of films from the new up-and-coming independent filmmakers. The organizers are impressed by the quality of submissions which are a fantastic mix of shorts, features, and documentaries from six countries. The rich compilation of work is sure to please the most diverse and demanding of audiences.

The festival will open with a Red Carpet/Reception/Screening of a sample of the films on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 11am until 5:30pm at the Franklin County Arts Council headquarters, located on 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC. There will be additional screenings on Sunday, April 3, 2016 11am until 7:30pm at the Norris Theater on the Louisburg College campus in Louisburg NC.

Full feature films being shown are: Oblivion Season. The Descendants, Flying Again, Three, the Movie, Nothing is Truer than Truth, and स्वागतम् (Welcome) To North Carolina. The festival’s short films being shown are A Beautiful Silence, Mousse, India Calling, Women Rule in Times Square, Margaret, and Spring to the Past.

For the schedule and film descriptions visit the website

For more information on the Franklin County Arts Council, visit

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Donna Campbell Smith, an author based in Franklinton NC, worked in the horse industry for over thirty years as an instructor, trainer, breeder, and writer. She has an AAS Degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College and is a certified riding instructor. Smith has written four non-fiction books on equine management: The Book of Donkeys, (The Lyons Press 2016) The Book of Miniature Horses (The Lyons Press 2005), The Book of Draft Horses (The Lyons Press 2007), and The Book of Mules (The Lyons Press 2009). All her books are available at or ask for them at a bookstore near you. Donna is a member of Franklin County Arts Council. Visit her website at