The Twister Alley Film Festival kicks off this week and it's been a busy process for festival directors TJ Treece and Josh Hope.

To make the area's first-ever film festival a success, Treece and Hope have been working closely with the Woodward Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB).

"We've gotten a lot of help from Chris (Crompton), Debbie (Hickman) and Jennifer (Newton) with the CVB in organizing the event," Treece said. "It's been a busy week and we've been steadily getting busier."

While the organization of the festival began around September with securing sponsorships and making film selections, final preparations have ramped up since the beginning of April.

"We've been going through and checking all of our equipment and testing it at the theatre, making sure everything's going to work well and just fine-tuning everything," Treece added. "We're also getting schedules together as far as flights for the actors coming in, scheduling their pickups at the airport and then shuttling them to Woodward."

Treece said the plan is to make the film festival an annual event in Woodward.

"I think once the word gets out there and people start to realize what's going on and what it really is, we'll have a good turnout for years to come," he said. "There's going to be a variety of movies pretty much for every genre and there'll be a little bit of something for everybody; we can't wait to see how it goes."

Those who purchase film festival passes will get the first opportunity to interact with actors and filmmakers during a barbecue on Thursday at Centennial Park at 7 p.m. The program on Friday starts at 1 p.m. and on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Woodward Arts Theatre.

"All the actors will be there and the public can talk with them and take pictures if they want and just have a good time," Treece said.

Tickets for the film festival are available at the Woodward Main Street office, Woodward Arts Theatre and Woodward News. For more information visit www.twisteralleyfilmfestival.com

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