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 Harry M. Warner Film Festival Named 'Premier' Event in State 

 

SPOTLIGHT

1/31/2006

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

 HARRY M. WARNER FILM FESTIVAL NAMED ONE OF 32 ‘PREMIER’ EVENTS IN STATE

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Tourism and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts have designated the Harry M. Warner Film Festival a “premier” event within the state.

     The event, initiated last year in connection with New Castle’s renovation and reopening of the Warner Theater, will be held April 19-21, showcasing innovative short films from among national and international entries. The institute is housed at Slippery Rock University.

     Leywood Sloan, director of the arts council, calls the festival a “stellar event in the constellation of outstanding festivals in Pennsylvania.” The state hosts some 1,800 festival annually with 32 receiving the “premier” designation.

     Representatives from the two state agencies along with representatives of premier-designated festivals met in Philadelphia to discuss advertising and promotion of events to both national and international tourists. Each premier festival receives funding to assist with local advertising.

     The festival is named for the world-famous Harry M. Warner, a brother/partner in the Warner Brothers film studios. The brothers opened their first Warner Theater in New Castle in 1907.

     Details on this year’s festival, including screening venues, special events and workshop calendars may be obtained by calling 724-738-2030 or visiting the Internet at: www.visitPA.com

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