Chippewa Valley Film Festival is unique attraction for the region


This weekend, the Chippewa Valley region is bringing international flair and region-specific themes to the area by hosting a film festival. The festival will feature 18 short films – all taking place in 20 minutes or less.

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The festival, which begins at 7 p.m., is broken into two different programs. The first program features short films made in the region, mostly in Wisconsin or Minnesota.

UW-Stout films featured

Three of the regional films are by UW-Stout students, and one is by Kevin Pontuti, director of UW-Stout’s entertainment design program.

“The Good, the Bad and the Goofy” is a two-minute animation by UW-Stout student Mariah Kestila.

“Three friends flock together to pull off the greatest birdseed heist this side of the Mississippi,” Kestila said in a UW-Stout news release about the film festival. “But what will happen when temptation becomes too strong and the bonds of their friendship are tested?”

The film began as a class assignment “that focused on creating colorful characters and putting them in a world that makes sense. I took inspiration from the old West and fused it with some fine feathered friends to make this animation come to life,” she said in the release.

“Cor,” a three-minute experimental drama about a lost woman who also is trying to find her way out of a bad relationship, is by Greg Borman, Mara Jones and Tyler Klimek.

Read more about the films on the Leader-Telegram