Over fifteen years ago, a handful of film fans from Rehoboth Beach tossed around the idea of showing independent films in local restaurants. This tiny group of five’s first move: advertise a meeting for fellow film buffs – just to see how much interest was really out there.
Cut to the next scene: About 30 people turned out for that first meeting. During the meeting, they watched a film about small-town residents with a big dream, and by the end of the evening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society was born.
The following year, in November 1998, the Society screened its first Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, a three-day event. In the following years, the Film Festival became a much-anticipated event for locals and visitors alike, and the Rehoboth Beach Film Society established itself as a major cultural resource for the Delaware beaches and surrounding towns.
The Film Festival showcases approximately 100 of the best American and international films including features, documentaries, and shorts. All films are shown at one location, the Movies at Midway, north of Rehoboth Beach. During the Festival, the Big Tent situated behind the movie theater is the event’s nerve center – that’s where tickets, refreshments and all kinds of cool souvenirs are available.
The audience at the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival does a lot more than sit and eat popcorn – they get to pick their favorite films in several categories. Winners are announced at the Festival’s Closing Party.
This year’s Festival is set for Nov. 4-12. For more information, call 302-645-9095 or go to www.rehobothfilm.com.