New film festival to premiere in downtown Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. The Queen City of the Ozarks is not exactly Hollywood. But, a new festival aims to put the city on the map when it comes to moviemaking.

"We went out into the community and downtown and said- hey guys, we want to do a film festival and found out that everyone else did too. So we decided let's get together and make this happen," said Jonna Volz, Co-Chair of the "Rated SGF" Film Festival.

Rated SGF is slated for March 31st a the historic Fox Theater downtown. Organizers say, for this first year, it will be more about screening and celebrating.

Volz explained, "It is called Rated SGF because we want to focus on Springfield. We want to cultivate this film loving community with films- national films and international as well as local."

Bethany Bell of Downtown Springfield Association said, "I think that Springfield should be pleasantly surprised how cool this event will be. She added, "We haven't selected the films yet, so we cant tell you what those are. But, whatever you are imagining I would challenge you to think bigger because they are going to be fantastic films that we are bringing in."

Organizers say the sky is the limit. They expect this to be big for downtown and beyond.

Bell said," Of course with all of the tourist attractions now that we see with wonders of wildlife, it is only going to keep growing all of these types of event and attractions we have the better. "

Rated SGF is still accepting entries in the way of short films, features films, and music videos.

For more details about the event, check out Rated SGF Film Festival