“A Night to Remember”-The Julien Dubuque Film Festival Gala

DUBUQUE, IA – The Julien Dubuque Film Festival (JDIFF) is a premiere annual event in the city of Dubuque. Independent filmmakers from all over the world send in content to be judged and viewed by the community. Before the main event can begin, however, the Film Festival Board must find ways to raise money to fund it.

The organizers of the Film Festival kicked off the event on by hosting a “Star Struck” fundraiser gala on Saturday, February 25. The gala was held at Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, and paid homage to the Oscars held on February 26 by including many different objects to interest film enthusiasts.

Different movie props, such as horror movie masks and articles from movies, could be seen up close at the event. In addition, the Film Festival board had acquired a night’s access to a real Emmy Award Statuette, which was on prominent display. Two Hollywood veterans-comedian/voice actor Dana Snyder and filmmaker Zak Knutson-were also in attendance in support of the festival, and gave short speeches to the crowd.

Guests in attendance could show their support for the festival in a variety of ways. By paying their entrance fee, having specialty drinks, and bidding on Silent and Live Auction items, they contributed funds to the JDIFF. There were a variety of items up for auction, including a collection of rare books by Robert Byrne, and having the chance to support a film or films in the festival itself. Guests could view previews for these movies before they decided to support them, and before they would be shown anywhere else.

Suzanne Wright, a Volunteer Coordinator for the JDIFF Board, expressed her enthusiasm for this approach to supporting the festival. She said, “That’s [the Gala] an indication of what the festival itself is going to be like this year. We’ve got some beautiful films this year that people are going to be excited about…”

The Dubuque Festival Board hopes that this will raise awareness of, and support for, the festival. Everyone is invited to attend the festival itself, which is in its seventh year and will occur from April 20 to 23. You can learn more about the Festival by visiting the JDIFF Facebook page.

The news story can be seen on the LCTV News YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/u8twyg9XMaY

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