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Local Film Festival Features Diverse Array of Films

Highway 61 Film Festival

Local, national, and international filmmakers are headed to the big screen.

Pine City’s Highway 61 Film Festival is now accepting submissions for this year’s festival.

The festival, in it’s 7th year, hosts 40 minute or less films by local, national, and international filmmakers.

The winner for best feature film receives $100, with other categories earning 50.

The 7th annual Pine City Highway 61 Film Festival is October 5th through the 9th.

You can find tickets and screening locations here:

"Tickets for day and evening sessions are just $5 (or $20 for an all-access weekend pass), while late-night shows at Pizza Pub in Pine City are always free.

“Different Realities”

Thursday, Oct. 5 • 7 p.m. • Pine Center for the Arts (265 5th St. SE)

Visit Pine Center for the Arts for an evening show by international filmmakers and their very different visions of the world we live in, featuring the first-place short documentary “Officially Limited” and the first-place short French drama “The Interview.”

“The Space Betweeen Us”

Friday, Oct. 7 • 5:30 p.m. • Pine Technical and Community College (900 4th St. SE)

Get ready to laugh, think and be moved as award-winning films from Spain, Germany and the United States fill the screen at PTCC. Featuring comedy hits “The Earpiece” and “Inhumanwich!”

“Bloody Good Fun”

Friday, Oct. 7 • 9 p.m. • Pizza Pub (500 3rd Ave SE)

Things will get a little wild at this free show, as a crazy mix of action, horror, drama and comedy films take over the screen – and stay until the end to see the first-place drama feature “Short Distance” from Great Britain.

“Finding Family” (family friendly show)

Saturday, Oct. 8 • 12 p.m. Noon • North West Company Fur Post (12551 Voyageur Lane)

Parents and kids alike will marvel at these fun, kid-friendly films from as close as the Twin Cities, and as far as China, Australia and Russia.

“Exploring Minnesota”

Saturday, Oct. 8 • 5:30 p.m. • Pine Technical and Community College

The North Star State shines bright with the amazing creativity of filmmakers from around Minnesota on display at PTCC, with award-winning comedies, dramas and documentaries.

“Blood on the Tracks”

Saturday, Oct. 8 • 9 p.m. • Pizza Pub

Another crazy group of inspired horror, comedy and dramatic short films from Minnesota and the world will raise laughter and sear eyeballs at Pizza Pub. Featuring “Vilsen,” the horror hit from Sweden.

“Telling Stories”

Sunday, Oct. 9 • 5:30 p.m. • Pine Technical and Community College

Oktoberfest in Mora

An annual Oktoberfest celebration is happening in Mora.

Zion Lutheran Church will be putting on their Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 7th from 4:30-6:30.

There will be a large and wide assortment of food and drinks available.

German music and a craft fair will be present also.

Proceeds will benefit Kick Cancer to the Curb and Wigs for the Cure.

Pine Area Lions Fun Run

This Saturday the Pine Area Lions are hosting a fun run.

The run is to benefit the summer recreational program in Pine City, and to keep it free for all youth.

The 5k fall fun run is this Saturday and runners are expected to be in costume as well.

Adults and kids alike are both welcome and signup is available here.

Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch Opens

Fall is in full swing and the Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch in Pine City opens this Saturday.

Hours will be 11-6 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday.

The fall fun fest held at the same location will take place October 7th and 8th with a variety of attractions including a corn maze, corn pit, and more.

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