From loyal reader Ralph Roberts, commenting on one of my earlier posts:
Actually, the Asheville Film Festival is scheduled to start Nov. 6 this year. … judging from my own experience and that of other entrants posting on Withoutabox, notifications on entries have not even been sent out.
I am informed on the MountainX forums (MountainX did the website and publicity for the festival last year) that Asheville on Tap was doing the publicity this year (obviously somewhat poorly) and the currenthttp://ashevillefilmfest.com site would not be updated.
So… that’s what I know.
Wow…sad. So they really have no ambition for this to become anything more than a largely overlooked event where Asheville’s nouveau riche are given the opportunity to kiss the asses of a few C-list celebrities?
This event had such opportunity and great buzz (both in Asheville and beyond) the first year or two. There have been some good films there, and I’m sure some fantastic filmmakers continue to try to get their movies into the festival. Yet due to poor planning and even poorer publicity, here we are three weeks out and the common question appears to be "Asheville still have a film festival?"