The Hilliard Arts Council will present its first film festival at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St.

"(We) are excited to offer (our) first film festival," said executive director Robin Brenneman.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at hilliardarts-council.org.

The film festival originated with Sarah Barr, 22, a 2013 Davidson High School graduate and Columbus State Community College student who has performed for the arts council.

The council intended to purchase a projector but did so sooner for festival, Barr said.

The festival solicited entries from filmmakers throughout central Ohio, but only from those 18 and over, Barr said, because high school filmmakers have the opportunity to create and exhibit at schools.

More than a dozen entries were received.

Films were required to be at least three minutes but no more than 15 minutes in length.

Many are five minutes or less and all entries are expected to be screened in less than two hours, Barr said.

Several of the entries are from filmmakers like Barr, who have entered Columbus' "48 Hour Film Project" in which filmmakers in a city receive a genre and complete a film with characters, props and dialogue within 48 hours, she said.

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