The ninth annual Heritage Film Festival is set for April 17 to 19 at the South Bowie Library in Bowie, Md.

The festival will showcase independent films with an independent spirit from local, national, international, novice and experienced filmmakers.

The three-day event offers three distinctive programs and is free to the public, although organizers asked that guests bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry.

This year’s theme is “Looking to the Future/Honoring the Past.”

The opening ceremony on April 17 will consist of screenings/videos that are “funny, nostalgic and imaginative.” Afterward, Dwight Swanson of the Center for Home Movies and other filmmakers will hold a question and answer session with the audience.

The new featured program “Viral Video Viewing: Our Best Picks from the Web” will take place on April 18. Matthew White, CEO of OVOW Productions and other filmmakers will join the audience for a question and answer segment.

The final day of the festival will feature the return of the popular “Student Film Program,” featuring short films by K-12 and university students from Prince George’s County and across the nation, with an award going to the most promising student filmmakers.


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer