It’s about the big local picture: Winterfilm XI competition and celebration

Entries for 2024 in the local moviemaking contest Winterfilm will be screened on April 20 at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine. After the screening, prizes will be presented in several categories, including an audience choice award.

The competition drew 17 entries this year. Each film is limited to 10 minutes and must include an assigned theme and prop. This year's theme is "parallels," and the required prop is a compass. In the past, each film must be written, cast, shot and edited within a month. This year, founder Kent Meloy allowed one full month for writing a script, and a second for production.

The theater offers full bar service. All ages are welcome. Note: Some films contain profanity, violence, and adult themes.

A shot from 2023 Winterfilm winner, Spencer + Penny., about the inner life of two pencils.

This year marks the 11th edition of Winterfilm. More than two dozen teams entered last year's 10th anniversary contest.

Watch highlights from the 2023 screening and awards presentation here.  

  • What: Winterfilm XI screening and awards
  • Where: The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main Street, OTR
  • When: April 20, 2024. Doors open at 6 pm, showtime is 7 pm.
  • Tickets: $15, available online now
  • Parking: For nearby parking locations information
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Margaret A. McGurk is a freelance writer, editor and media consultant. She was film critic for The Cincinnati Enquirer from 1995 to 2005.