The father-son team that is heading up the Edmonds International Film Festival Oct. 20-24 visited their presenting sponsor — the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce — at the group’s networking breakfast Wednesday morning and shared some vital statistics about the economic benefit such as festival can have on Edmonds.
Edmonds Festival Director Trevor Greenfield told the group that each festival goer is expected to spend an average of $150 per day on direct services such as lodging, restaurants and shopping. “Many of you here are in the service industry, so you will see an indirect benefit when those businesses come to you to spend their money – so it gets circulated,” Greenfield said. “That money just keeps circulating, sales taxes go back to the city, and there’s a direct economic impact.”
The first-year goal for the Edmonds festival, with an inaugural three days of films at the Edmonds Theater, will be 500 local attendees and 500 outside the area. But the plan for the next few years is to add days (making it a 7- to 10-day festival ) and venues (the Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Wade James Theatre), and with that will come higher attendance and more financial benefit to businesses and the city.
Business talk aside, the festival aims to be a signature event for Edmonds. For starters, there will be a gala kick-off party the evening of Oct. 20. Three evenings of films and three days of workshops. A book signing by radio and television personality Manny Pacheco, author of “Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.” An awards brunch. And oh, yes — let’s not forget the red carpet that will be rolled out for celebrities.
Sponsorships, the lifeblood of the festival, are being sold and businesses are encouraged to participate, Greenfield said. The festival needs many volunteers who will assist in all aspects of planning and operations. Most important, tell your friends, family and co-workers. Tweet it on Twitter, post it on Facebook and spread the word.
The father part of the father-son team, Fred Greenfield, is director of sponsorship, and anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can call him at 310-938-1466. To volunteer, fill out the contact form on the film festival website.