Two days of films from around the world are set to screen in Laramie during the 307 Film Festival.
Now in its second year, the festival has 98 films on its schedule, including 29 that were made in Wyoming, set in Wyoming or made by a Wyomingite.
“We’re really pleased to have 29 of the 98 films having some connection with Wyoming, which is the biggest reason we have the festival — to encourage filmmakers in Wyoming and for people to come to Wyoming to make films,” said festival organizer Nid Collins.
Collins is organizing the festival together with Jacob Edwards and Cheyenne native Rudi Womack, a filmmaker who now lives in California.
Films are set to screen from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, followed by an awards ceremony. The festival will take place at Studio City UW, 2433 Grand Ave. Tickets are $26.50 per day or $41.50 for a VIP that allows access for both days.
The 307 Film Festival is offering audience and jury awards in 13 categories. Jury awards are accompanied by cash prizes, including $500 prizes for Best of the Fest and Best Wyoming Film.
“All of those awards were sponsored by local businesses here in Laramie,” Collins said.
During last year’s inaugural event, films were shown in one day. Collins said the number of submissions increased to 250 this year.
“We were so sad to have to reject some really, really great films,” he said. “The quality of these films is incredible.”
Films have been organized in categories for screenings, which will occur in blocks of about two hours each. Categories include romances, films about music, war films, experimental films, documentaries, action films, thrillers, comedies, dramas, Westerns and more.
Studio City concessions will be for sale, along with beverages from O’Dwyer’s Public House.
The 307 Film Festival has partnered with Wyoming PBS, which plans to broadcast selected short films on public television.
Collins said he hopes the festival will continue to grow, along with an awareness of film opportunities in Wyoming. He hopes to someday develop a network of filmmakers in the state that can encourage students to try film-making for themselves.
“We want to encourage filmmaking in Wyoming and encourage filmmakers to come to Wyoming,” he said.