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Film festival hopes to improve economy in Sikeston


Sikeston is welcoming a new film festival in hopes to draw business in town.

Are you itching to get started in the filming world? Well this may be your chance. 

Executive Director of Historic Downtown Sikeston Lynn Lancaster feels this new film festival will cause a buzz in the community and also bring more people into Sikeston.

Colby Williams, a worker at Parengo Coffee in Sikeston, launched the idea to have the Tributary Film Festival in Downtown Sikeston. Williams says this would benefit not only Sikeston businesses, but also help people get started in the film world here locally. 

Williams says that people from Sikeston and the surrounding area are invited to grab a camera, actors, their film crew and go around Sikeston and shoot a movie. Williams says local businesses would be a great place to shoot at and would also help the businesses as well.

Lancaster said this festival can bring in a lot of people who would shop at Sikeston businesses, eat at restaurants, and stay at hotels which would bring a boost to Sikeston's economy. Lancaster says during the showing of the films at the main event we could see tons of people here and also in the months leading up to the event from here on.

Williams says film festivals are very popular in the nation now and especially on the coasts. This is a chance for people here in Missouri to get their chance to write a script and shoot their movie and see their finished product on the screen. Williams says it doesn't matter the length of the film. They are planning to feature a bunch of short films, however, the movie can be a full feature length as well.

The festival is planned for July 10-11. For film entries and more information people can or check out the Tributary Film Festival Facebook page.


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