Fresh Coast Film Festival kicks off with free night

MARQUETTE — The 4th annual Fresh Coast Film Festival is officially underway.

Film makers and lovers alike gathered at the Marquette Commons for the first night of the festival, which was free for all who attended.

“We really want to do something for the community. It’s really important,” said Bugsy Sailor, co-founder of the film festival. “If someone’s new to a film festival, they can put their toes in the water and see what the content is about. This is the most energy of the whole weekend. We just love being outside and meet the filmmakers and community members, and we have a ton of fun.”

Live music accompanied attendees, who were able to choose from a wide variety of local food trucks and food vendors, before enjoying 5 films that were screened.

The film festival makes the first night free to the public every year, as a show of appreciation for the community.

This year, over 120 films are being screened, with more than 50 filmmakers in attendance throughout the weekend.

This weekend features more than just film screenings, however.

The festival also includes keynote speakers, live music, nature tours, and more.

For a list of events this weekend, including a list of films and where to buy tickets, visit their website here.