Three decades after creating the largest international film festival in the Nation’s Capitol, FilmFest DC founder Tony Gittens stopped by the BIG show to reflect on the journey and to promote this year’s festival, beginning next week.
Gittens spoke about the advancements and evolution in film from when the festival was birthed and hosted at UDC. He was also excited about a slate of films that should appeal to festival goers this year. Of particular note was the Cine Cubano, highlighting films from the beautiful island of Cuba. All told, FilmFest DC will screen 75 films from 35 countries, which will showcase a rich and diverse palette of stories from around the globe.
He also spoke of several prominent films, including the controversial Nina Simone film, Nina, the Niger homage to Purple Rain, Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It, as well as the opening and closing night films, the Australia drama, The Dressmaker and My Internship in Canada.
Listen to the interview, below: