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CAPA Announces New Film Festival Coming in 2020

CAPA Announces New Film Festival Coming in 2020

CAPA, in partnership with the Drexel Theatre and Gateway Film Center and additional support from community partner Film Columbus, will launch a new, annual film festival in 2020 called Cinema Columbus. Celebrating new and diverse cinematic works from around the world, the inaugural Cinema Columbus 2020 will be held May 7-17, and offer screenings at the Drexel Theatre, Gateway Film Center, and select CAPA venues. An exciting lineup of special events will be held throughout the festival, including red-carpet events, filmmaker talks, educational opportunities, and more.

"We are proud to be a part of bolstering the local film industry and serving as a platform for filmmakers to launch their careers or premiere new works," stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. "Cinema Columbus is a fantastic, collaborative opportunity for the city's many film industry resources to come together and showcase Columbus as an international destination for the best up-and-coming films and filmmakers."

Cinema Columbus 2020 is now accepting entries in the following categories:

Narrative Feature - A narrative, animated, or experimental film 41 minutes or more in length.

Documentary Feature - A documentary film 41 minutes or more in length.

Narrative Short - A narrative, animated, or experimental film 40 minutes or less in length.

Documentary Short - A documentary film 40 minutes or less in length.

Filmmakers can enter their films and pay the entry fee through Entry fees are as follows:

Early submission: Now - January 24 - $35

Regular submission: January 25 - February 22 - $45

Late submission: February 23 - March 22 - $55

Films with 50% or more footage shot in Ohio are eligible to apply for a local waiver of the entry fee. Requests for a local waiver can be emailed to and must be received on or before January 24, 2020. Entrants will be notified of waiver approval or denial on or before February 1, 2020. Films that are approved for a local waiver must also submit an entry through

Submissions will be judged by a local panel of film experts, and films selected to participate in Cinema Columbus 2020 will be notified on or before March 30, 2020.

Selected films, a full schedule of events, and details on how to purchase tickets will be announced in April 2020. Additional venues may be added.

For a complete list of rules and submission requirements, visit

Photos: First look at Gallery Players INTIMATE APPAREL Photo
The time is 1905, the place the Lower East Side. Sewing beautiful lingerie gives Esther, an African American seamstress, an intimate look at the love lives of her diverse clientele, but she yearns for a romance of her own. She finds herself in an epistolary courtship with a mysterious Caribbean man, though her heart secretly belongs to the Orthodox Jewish fabric merchant with whom she can never share a touch. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Awardee Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined), this moving portrait of love, resilience, and the triumph of the human spirit has become one of the most beloved plays of our time. By Lynn Nottage, Directed by Julie Whitney Scott Cast: Esther - Latifat Sulaimon, George - El-Ryck Kendrick, Mayme - Brooklyn Smith, Mr. Marks - Jacob Erney, Mrs. Dickson - Cathy Bean, Mrs. Van Buren - Ella Palardi, Piano Player - Kelton D Waller. Performances run Feb. 4 - 12, 2023. Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit to get specific showtimes and purchase tickets.

Photos: First Look At Imagine Productions 35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION Photo
A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates a unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre... This intricately woven collection of stories told through song reimagines what the modern American musical can be.

Photos: First Look at Rise Up Art Alliances SWEENEY TODD. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Photo
An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun! This special School Edition has been masterfully adapted, working directly with Mr. Sondheim to retain the dark wit and grand scope of the original work, with a few lyric and key changes to facilitate high school productions. At the show's core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour-de-force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice, Mrs. Lovett. Sweeney Todd School Edition is sure to be the highlight of any theatre season. Performances are Feb. 3 - 5, 2023, at Lancaster Masonic Lodge, 224 South High Street, Lancaster, OH 43130. Purchase tickets:

Photos: First Look at Melissa Kelleys HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE? A MUSICAL CABARET Photo
On January 27th, Vital Shift, LLC. presented Melissa Kelley's How Do We Get There from Here at Columbus Dance Theatre. Melissa Kelley explores who we are, who we want to be, and how we get there from here through an evening of song and story. Check out photos from the evening here! For more information about the show or to book a performance at your venue, contact Melissa at

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