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Equus Film Festival gallops into Camden this week
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Attention indie film lovers and equine enthusiasts: the Equus Film Festival WINNIE Winners are coming to Camden.

Billed as the world’s premier showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts, in which the horse is put center stage, the festival was created by Illinois horse breeder Lisa Diersen to highlight and award the diverse and creative efforts of those who artistically pay homage to the horse, noted Camden Tourism/Economic Development Director Suzi Sale.

This is the first event of its type to be held in Camden, she said.

"Think Sundance Film Festival – but with films all about horses," Sale said. "We’re very excited to have the Equus Film Festival WINNIE Winners coming to Camden."

The festival is expected to draw film and horse lovers from around the country along with film makers, documentarians and equestrian-focused artisans, she said.

The selection of Camden as a tour site comes after much behind the scenes collaboration between the city and Camden-headquartered The Marley Project, the 501-c-3 headed by Bruce Anderson and Julianne Neal of Nature’s View, Inc. Nature’s View is a local company that provides equine training and equine assisted learning and management leadership.

Events start Wednesday with EFF Camden Arts and Film Day, during which local schools will get to focus on folm, arts and media literacy. Sean Driscoll Story Ship Performance will present a program starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Kershaw County Fine Arts Center, followed by a film maker/student meet and greet at 1 p.m.

More than 50 films, including 32 WINNIE winners, will be shown Friday and Saturday at the Little Theater in Camden. Screenings of the films will run from noon until 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday. People will also have a chance to meet the filmmakers and artists throughout both days at 1029 Broad Street.

In addition, events such as the Li’l Herc Kids Fest, to be held Saturday at the Town Green and the Gallery Gallop Reception, to be held at 5 p.m. at the Rutledge Street Gallery at 508 Rutledge Street will also be a fun and interesting part of the festival.

Tickets can be purchased Friday and Saturday at 1029 Broad Street, located between Ellie’s Attic and Roxie Hart or online at EFFCamden.eventbrite.com. Single film, all day, and all weekend ticket prices are available. For more information call 420-7882 or visit http://www.classicallycarolina.com or visit the Facebook page at Facebook/EFFCamden.