Annual film festival presents films for audiences, presents city for directors

There are two presentations and two audiences each year during the Film Festival of Columbus. And John Daugherty wears two hats.

The seventh annual festival, co-founded by Daugherty, executive director of the Columbus Film Commission, and Chris Hamel, Gateway Film Center president, features a slate of films by established and emerging directors, and boasts several films awarded at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Having directors in for Q&A events prior to screenings also provides Daugherty an opportunity to showcase the city as a filmmaking destination.

“We're always looking to connect with directors that would be a great fit for Columbus,” Daugherty said.

Film fans will be floored at this year's lineup, which includes full-length features, shorts, documentaries and animation. Daugherty said the festival was extended a day due to the number of quality submissions.

“The cross-section of film types and genres is by design,” he said. “It's always important to provide great films and to go out of our way to get films that haven't been seen as much but should be.”