Film festival set for next month

WILTON – The Fall Foliage Film Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 16, with a gala premiere night the previous day at 5:30 p.m.; both are at The Town Hall Theater.

This is the first year for a fall festival after 10 years of holding it in May with the street fair.

Friday night’s formal affair will feature wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres, live music by local pianist Gene Brochu, film festival awards to be presented by Carolyn Choate of TV13 and a feature film.

JerriAnne Boggis of Milford, chairwoman of the festival, said this year’s Best-in-Show entry will be shown, if it is appropriate, otherwise a winner from another film festival will be shown.

Attendees parking near the police station will be driven to the theater in an antique car.

Judges for this year’s entries include Wilton artist Equa Joy; High Mowing School film teacher Cedar “Dick” Oliver; New York film producer Charter Weeks, who is returning for a second year; Don Ganz, producer of last year’s best drama; Wilton artist Andy Hoar, and Boggis.

Tickets for the Friday gala are $25 per person, available at Putnam’s on Main Street or at the Toadstool Bookstore. Festival tickets are $10, good all day.

Last year, Boggis said 19 films were shown of varying lengths, and she expects as good a selection this year.

For more information, call 654-6564.