March 9, 2013 5:23:40 PM
The 16th annual Magnolia Film Festival held in Starkville Feb. 21-23 at Hollywood Premier Cinema drew fans of independent films to see 15 entries ranging from comedies to documentaries.
Four awards were presented at the conclusion of the festival. The People's Choice Award, which was determined by the audience, went to the Mississippi film "One Night in March," directed by Robbie Coblentz of Starkville.
Best Comedy went to a film from Spain titled "Curvas," directed by David Galán Galindo. Best Drama went to "This is Vanity," a United Kingdom film directed by Oliver Goodrum.
The Best of Show Award was won by an entry from France titled "Time 2 Split." Fabrice Bracq directed.
In thanking filmmakers and festival sponsors including Small Pond Graphics, Copy Cow, Backstage Music, Broadcast Media Group, Hollywood Premier and the Starkville Area Arts Council, Festival Chair Laura Dixon said, "We had a great festival this year; we had some great films."
The festival founded in 1997 by Ron Tibbett was the state's first film festival and now attracts filmmakers from around the world. After the final screening of the event, the audience was able to see a special viewing of Tibbett's film, "Swept Off My Feet."
The Magnolia Independent Film Festival is presented by the Starkville Area Arts Council.
For more information about the film fest, visit magnoliafilmfest.com or contact Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.