Entering its fourth year, the Film Festival of Columbus (FFOCOL, pronounced "focal") returns to the Gateway Film Center this week with a slate that should delight indie fans - and save them a trip to Toronto or Sundance.

Entering its fourth year, the Film Festival of Columbus (FFOCOL, pronounced "focal") returns to the Gateway Film Center this week with a slate that should delight indie fans - and save them a trip to Toronto or Sundance.

The fest opener is a pre-theatrical release showing of Daniel Barber's "The Keeping Room" (7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13) - which, coincidentally, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The thriller revolves around three Southern women defending their home in the waning days of the Civil War and stars the fantastic Brit Marling ("Sound of my Voice," "The East").

Another buzzworthy highlight you can see before its release is "Blind" (4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15), a Norwegian import about a woman who retreats to life in her home after losing her sight, only to find her thoughts spinning out of control.

Another part of FFOCAL's vision is fostering home-grown films, such as "By Demons Be Driven" (7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15), a mob thriller from director Jonathan Kimble that was shot entirely in and around Columbus. (Stick around after the screening for an after-party with the filmmakers).

After a week full of films and shorts, the festival comes to a close with a very special screening of Jared Hess' "Napoleon Dynamite" which will be attended by Shondrella Avery, the actress who plays LaFawnduh in the cult comedy.

For the full slate of the featured films and ticket links, visit filmfestivalofcolumbus.com.