CT Film Fest Survival Guide!


The Connecticut Film Festival starts Tuesday at 7 p.m. at The Palace Theater on Main Street.

Organizers have scheduled about 100 screenings between Tuesday and Sunday, plus film-related workshops at various venues.

If you plan to take everything in, the following info may come in handy.

Where do I buy tickets?

Log onto www.ctfilmfest.com or stop by CityCenter Danbury at 186 Main St.

Call CityCenter at (203) 792-1711.

Speaking of screenings, where the heck are they?

All Nations Baptist Church, 234 Main St., (203) 790-1778.

Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St., (203) 797-4505.

Heirloom Arts Theater (formerly the Empress Ballroom), 155 Main St., Suite 103. Lost? Go to www.myspace.com/heirloomartstheatre for specific directions on how to get there. It’s next to the Palace, at the end of the alley between the two buildings.

The Palace Theater, Main Street, next to the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Western Connecticut State University Student Center Theater, 181 White St. Student center information center phone number is (203) 837-8210. The general phone number is (203) 837-8200. Click here for a map of the campus.

Western Connecticut State University, Ives Concert Hall, 181 White St.

How much is this going to run me?

Depends on your age and the time of day. Most movies are $8 a pop, $7 before 6 p.m. and $7 for students and senior citizens.

There are also a bunch of different price packages available. Log onto http://casebook.com/ctffSITE/tickets.php for those options.

Where can I get a schedule of movies?

The News-Times published a program Sunday. Programs should also be available at the venues or at CityCenter.

Information is also available at http://www.NewsTimes.com and http://www.ctfilmfest.com

What should I see?

“The Flyboys,” “Tropa de Elite,” “Monster Camp” and “Americanizing Shelly” are getting some pre-festival buzz. More reviews are available at The News-Times Web site, and we’ll sprinkle in reviews in print throughout the festival.

Where do I park?

In addition to on-street, metered parking along Main Street, the city has two parking garages within walking distance of the downtown screening venues. Questions? Call the Danbury Parking Authority at (203) 748-6423.

The new Charles A. Bardo Parking Garage is at 10 Library Place. It has 386 spaces. If heading south on Main Street, Library Place is the first right after passing Elm and White streets.

The Terence E. McNally Patriot Garage is at 21 Delay St., next to Ives Street and the Danbury Arena. There are 550 spaces.

The rate at both garages is 75 cents per hour. However, the city charges a $3 flat rate from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.

At WestConn, on-street parking is available around campus. Visitors can also use the free parking garages on Fifth Avenue and White Street.

What are these workshops I keep hearing about?

Want to learn about the technical and business side of filmmaking? The festival is playing host to 16 workshops, ranging from “working with the CT state tax credit” to “directing actors.”

See http://www.NewsTimes.com or http://www.ctfilmfest.com for the complete list.

The workshops will be held at the Danbury Women’s Center at 2 West St., Danbury Public Library at 170 Main St. and at St. James Episcopal Church at 25 West St.

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