Magnolia Film Festival kicks off Thursday

Staff Writer

The 21st annual Magnolia Film Festival, themed "21 and Legal" will kick off Thursday at Hollywood Premier Cinemas, located at 101 Hollywood Blvd.

The festival will take place from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday.

Magnolia Film Festival Director Angella Baker said the festival is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the Hollywood Premier Cinemas box office for $10 for adults and $5 for students or a MAG festival pass for $15 for students or $30 for adults. Adults can also purchase a VIP pass for $40 that gives them access to the VIP and the after party with snacks and refreshments.

"We are screening 29 films from filmmakers from all over the country, including one Canadian one," Baker said. "We have everything from horror to drama and five foreign films. It's a really good mixture of things and there will be something there for everyone."

Baker said the Starkville Area Arts Council previously hosted the festival which, began in 1997, but now the Magnolia Film Festival is its own organization run by a volunteer committee.

"We recently gained our 501c3 status and we are 21 years old, which is why we have the '21 and Legal' theme," Baker said. "We're officially branching out on our own."

Along with the movie showings, two red carpet events will take place from 6 p.m. until 6:35 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and a Women in Film panel will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express Conference room featuring Windy Keeling and Patricia Chica. Both are free and open to the public.