Film fanatics filled the seats at the Victory Theatre in Downtown Evansville as the first night of the Victory International Film Festival kicked off.
After delaying the festival last year due to COVID, spectators and filmmakers like Paul Nethercott, were excited for the night.
"I'm just really thrilled to be here at victory international film festival and get to share the 3 stories that I was part of making," said Nethercott.
12 short films were shown during Thursday's opening night, including films with ties to Evansville.
"We also have 4 films that have local connections, film makers that have moved away but heard about our festival and sent it in," said Patrick Higgs, the film festival Director. "so we're happy to get to show that not only here at the festival but at the victory."
74 short films will be shown throughout Friday and Saturday, featuring films in every genre, allowing the audience to grow a personal connection to them.
"Films are stories and stories change lives, stories can help us heal, they can help us grieve, they can help us process things that are difficult to process," said Nethercott.
3,500 dollars in prize money will be given away to the best rated films at the end of the festival. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Friends of Victory Campaign.
In it's second year, organizers look forward to continuing the festivities for years to come.
"There's a lot of talent that we would like to show and the more years we have it, the more film makers will say hey, this is a great film festival come to Evansville." said Higgs.
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