The Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne will serve as the hosting venue for this year’s Hobnobben Film Festival, running Friday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 25.
Hobnobben has been the largest fundraiser for Cinema Center in previous years, with the goal to raise at least $20,000 this year.
Get details and tickets at cinemacenter.org/hobnobben-2020. Daily passes are $30 and 3-day passes are $50. The VIP All-Access Pass, with admission to all films and panels and special seating, is $150.
Individual movies are $10 each and student options are available as well ($5 for individual movies and a 3-day pass for $18) by visiting the box office.
Pricing does not include any applicable fees. Tickets also can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, fwembassytheatre.org and at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy (260-424-5665) at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne.
During the three days, Hobnobben will feature 65 films (shorts, features and documentaries) as well as seven panel discussions on stage.
In its announcement, the Embassy said, “In the midst of a challenging year with gathering and spacing limitations due to the pandemic, Cinema Center and Embassy Theatre teams decided a collaboration was exactly what was needed to responsibly bring this thrilling and thought-provoking annual festival to the community.
“The Embassy has space, a luxury that Cinema Center does not have during a year where rigid social distancing is required.”
The daily schedules, with age suggestions, are as follows:
Friday, Oct. 23
Hoosier Short Stories, 11:45 a.m-1:15 p.m. Junior high+
“A Cambodian Winter,” 1:30-3:45 p.m. College+
“Snag in the Plan” and “Sockeye Salmon,” 4-6 p.m. Junior high+
Awards Ceremony, 6:15-6:45 p.m. High school+
Opening night film, “Ms. Diagnosed,” 7-9:30 p.m. High school+
“Blood, Screams, Death ... and a Call Center,” 9:45-11:30 p.m. College+
Saturday, Oct. 24
“Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera,” 10 a.m.-noon. Junior high+
“Big Stories, Tiny Humans,” 12:15-1:15 p.m. High school+
“The One and Only Jewish Miss America,” 1:30-3 p.m. High school+
“Relationships Through Bars,” 3:15-6 p.m. College+
“Dark & Twisty & Pretty Fun,” 6:15-7:45 p.m. High school+
“Let’s Forget About the World Being on Actual Fire and Watch Some Murderous Puppets, Clowns and Rainbows,” 8-9:30 p.m. College+
“Ninja Badass,” 9:45-11:30 p.m. College+
Sunday, Oct. 25
“Tough Topics: Family Edition,” 10-11:45 a.m. College+
“Filmmaking Imaginarium,” noon-1:15 p.m., College+
“Weddings+Family=Drama,” 1:30-2:45 p.m. High school+
“(Not An) American Dream,” 3-5:15 p.m. High school+
“Making It Work...Together,” 5:30-6:45 p.m. High School+
“Angie: Lost Girls,” 7-9:30 p.m. College+
The Embassy stresses the importance of reducing the spread of COVID-19 at such events. Many best practice standards have been put into place including limited capacity with 530 socially-distanced seats, assigned seating, face coverings on all staff and vendors, one-way traffic patterns, rigorous cleaning and sanitizing throughout the weekend and paperless and touchless interactions whenever possible. Also, the Embassy requires all patrons to wear a mask unless they are eating or drinking, even when seated in the auditorium. Guests should expect timed entry. Individuals 65 years of age and older or those in high-risk categories are encouraged to not attend the event.
Cinema Center operates a local art house theater at 437 E. Berry St. in Fort Wayne. The theater has been closed during the pandemic. See previews of selected Hobnobben films at cinemacenter.org. A collection of short films, curated by the Cinema Center staff, is also available for viewing online.
The 2020 event is the fifth Hobnobben Film Festival. Hobnobben attracts films from around the world, including from the Hoosier State.
Activities at the Embassy are made possible in part by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne and the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the State of Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In announcing the film festival, the Embassy said, “ ... this partnership seemed natural as the Embassy Theatre started as a popular movie palace in 1928 and still features film as a part of its annual programming strategy. With extra space comes an expanded Friday program as well.
“The 2020 festival is no different from those in the past. It aims to showcase an amazing array of storytellers and stories. What is unique this year is that Hobnobben is chaired by three female leaders and film enthusiasts: Alix Watson, Christi Hille and Amanda Hille. A strategic viewing experience is also taken into account at Hobnobben.”
“Unlike many film festivals, Hobnobben groups films together by theme and story to give our viewers a better experience,” Hille said. “In creating film blocks in this way, we’re also able to pair different types of works together — student work, advanced filmmakers, unscripted, and scripted films can all be in the same block. It really opens up attendees to taking in different art forms they might not have been exposed to previously.”