Local film festival features international award-winners

September 29, 2017



Local, national and international filmmakers have been sending hundreds of films to the seventh annual Highway 61 Film Festival, and now festival-goers will get to watch the very best in Pine City from Thursday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 8. 


Tickets for day and evening sessions are just $5 (or $20 for an all-access weekend pass), while late-night shows at Pizza Pub in Pine City are always free. 


“Different Realities” 

Thursday, Oct. 5 • 7 p.m. • Pine Center for the Arts (265 5th St. SE)

Visit Pine Center for the Arts for an evening show by international filmmakers and their very different visions of the world we live in, featuring the first-place short documentary  “Officially Limited” and the first-place short French drama “The Interview.”


“The Space Betweeen Us”

 Friday, Oct. 7 • 5:30 p.m. • Pine Technical and Community College (900 4th St. SE) 

Get ready to laugh, think and be moved as award-winning films from Spain, Germany and the United States fill the screen at PTCC. Featuring comedy hits “The Earpiece” and “Inhumanwich!”


“Bloody Good Fun” 

Friday, Oct. 7 • 9 p.m. • Pizza Pub (500 3rd Ave SE) 

Things will get a little wild at this free show, as a crazy mix of action, horror, drama and comedy films take over the screen – and stay until the end to see the first-place drama feature “Short Distance” from Great Britain. 


“Finding Family” (family friendly show) 

Saturday, Oct. 8 • 12 p.m. Noon • North West Company Fur Post (12551 Voyageur Lane)

Parents and kids alike will marvel at these fun, kid-friendly films from as close as the Twin Cities, and as far as China, Australia and Russia.


“Exploring Minnesota” 

Saturday, Oct. 8 • 5:30 p.m. • Pine Technical and Community College 

The North Star State shines bright with the amazing creativity of filmmakers from around Minnesota on display at PTCC, with award-winning comedies, dramas and documentaries.


“Blood on the Tracks” 

Saturday, Oct. 8 • 9 p.m. • Pizza Pub 

Another crazy group of inspired horror, comedy and dramatic short films from Minnesota and the world will raise laughter and sear eyeballs at  Pizza Pub. Featuring “Vilsen,” the horror hit from Sweden, and “Conscience,” made in northern Pine County. 


“Telling Stories” 

Sunday, Oct. 9 • 5:30 p.m. • Pine Technical and Community College 

Come see thoughtful films from Minnesota, Hong Kong, Germany and Spain,  headlined by “Jeff’s World,” the story of the adventures of rock climbers in the Boundary Waters. 


Visit highway61filmfestival.org for the full 2017 film schedule and much more –and see the full calendar of shows below.


The all-volunteer festival is sponsored by the Pine City Pioneer, Pine Center for the Arts, Pine Technical and Community College, North West Company Fur Post and Pizza Pub.

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