Seventh Annual Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown Opens with Film "Butterfly Kisses"

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The Seventh annual Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown has a stellar line up of events for opening night, which will be held at The Historic Maryland Theatre beginning at 7:00pm.

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Hovey said, "It is our first time launching the festival with a locally produced feature so it is certainly exciting to have such high quality coming from an independent filmmaker in our area."

Seventh Annual Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown, Opens with Film "Butterfly Kisses."

The Seventh annual Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown has a stellar line up of events for opening night, which will be held at The Historic Maryland Theatre beginning at 7:00pm. MDIFF-H Executive Director, Tracie Hovey said, "Butterfly Kisses is not only a locally produced feature but it is fun to watch from beginning to end. It is our first time launching the festival with a locally produced feature so it is certainly exciting to have such high quality coming from an independent filmmaker in our area. Each year we raise the bar higher when it comes to the film festival. We have more than 100 filmmakers from around the world coming to our community to screen their films. We are excited about all of films and activities surrounding this year's festival and looking forward to an exceptional event."

This year's celebrity guest appearances include Joe Carnahan, Kerry Cahill, Shelly Strong, Amir Arison, Ann Mahoney, and moreā€¦ opening night films, and a ceremony for the winners of the prestigious Mendez and Nora Roberts Foundation awards are part of the opening night festivities.

Tickets for the VIP Party/Opening Night films include light food, music and cash bar, tickets are $30 and can be purchased on our website, a full listing of the festivals selected films are available at: http://www.marylandiff.com.

The opening night featured film:
Butterfly Kisses (2017) / U.S.A (Local Maryland director and writer: Erik Kristopher Myers) - A filmmaker discovers a box of video tapes depicting two students' disturbing film project featuring a local horror legend, The Peeping Tom. As he sets out to prove this story is real and release it as a work of his own, he loses himself and the film crew following him into his project. Butterfly Kisses is nominated for the Best Feature award.

For more information about the festival, and to purchase tickets for the April 27-29 event, see: http://www.marylandiff.com. The Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown partners with several local organizations, businesses, and individuals, and major sponsors include the City of Hagerstown, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Washington County Government (Office of Grant Management), the Nora Roberts Foundation, Washington County Arts Council, SNM Global, Horizon Goodwill, Ovation PR & Advertising, Gideon Properties, RBC Wealth Management, Homewood Suites by HILTON, WDVM Television, Jay Frantz, and the Maryland Film Office.

Media Contact:
Tracie Hovey, Festival Director (p) 916-712-2781 (e) Tracie@ovationpr.net
Anna Compton, PR Strategist (p) 301-992-7876 (e) Anna@ovationpr.net

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