The Fifth Annual Mount Shasta International Film Festival, scheduled for Oct. 10, 11, 12 at Coming Attractions Theater in Mount Shasta and College of the Siskiyous in Weed, is gearing up for another season of specially selected films from the United States and around the world.
This year, the festival faces a financial hurdle as a Ford Family Foundation grant that provided $20,000 last year will not be available.
“The festival is having difficult financial times,” said founder and director Jeffrey Winters. “The Ford Foundation has decided to take a one year halitus from funding the arts. The festival needs help. Businesses are hurting and aren’t taking out ads in our program book like last year.”
Winters pointed out that festival attendees from outside the area eat at restaurants, stay at motels and shop with local merchants.
“It’s a good off season event that boosts our local economy. We poll the audiences and we know the festival brings in visitors,” Winters said. “We’re shooting for more this year with radio and television ads. Jim Cross of Cross Petroleum has generously agreed to advertise the festival at all his gas stations from Yreka to Corning.”
Among the options open to those interested in supporting the festival are the following:

• Volunteering in a variety of roles. Training is provided; • Advertising in the program book; • Donating with a tax write off as the festival is a non-profit organization; and • Grant writing with an emphasis on contacting foundations.

“As a Friend of the Festival donor, you receive acknowledgement in the program book and the newspaper,” Winters said. “Volunteers range in age from teens to over 70 years old.”
Winters said the festival provides free tickets to the films at COS and events for hospice, low income families, and seniors.
“This year, we’re adding veterans and their families,” Winters said.
The festival will be showing the film “Finding Nemo” as its next Film Under the Stars fundraiser feature July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Resort. The family film will be shown on an outdoor screen at the driving range. A costume contest and face painting will be included, along with a juggler. Tickets are $8 for adults or $5 for children 12 and under.
“It’s a great community family event,” said Winters. “Bring a blanket, sit out on the grass and enjoy a fun movie. Low income families will be given free admission codes before the event.”
Winters has announced that this year’s selection of festival films will have more upbeat themes and more directors will be attending.
“We want the festival to continue as a signature Mount Shasta art event,” he said. “It brings enjoyment to people and infuses the local economy.”
For more information, visit the website shastafilmfest.com or call 530-926-4537.