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Get to know us


Our mission is to provide a fun and engaging experience that celebrates film and the community of Evansville.

Our opening gala will be held at the historic Victory Theatre, a 1900 seat facility built in 1921 in the heart of the city, on Thursday evening. On Friday and Saturday attendees will view films from around the world while experiencing our revitalized downtown district. Venues include the Old National Public Theatre, Innovation Pointe, Central Library, and Encounter Church.

We are showcasing films that might not otherwise have an opportunity to screen in the Evansville, Indiana market from around the world. We will educate and entertain filmmakers and students by presenting workshops, screenings, and other opportunities to meet and network with others in the industry and to bring an audience to those films.

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to restoring the original marquee that hung on the Victory at the corner of NW 6th Street & Main. We are proud that our festival will help to add a highly visible piece of history back to this historic theater! Learn more about the Victory Theatre at its official website.

Historic Victory Theatre
The Victory Theatre with its original sign.
Victory sign mockup
A digital rendering of the Victory with the restored marquee.
Meet the Festival Organizers
Patrick Higgs
Patrick Higgs
Festival Director

Patrick Higgs is a professional actor, working in TV, film and commercials. He has been involved in entertainment, theater, TV and film for over 40 years. He was the Artistic Director for The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival, and judges for several other festivals.

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Roger McGary
Finance Director

After a long career as a Teacher, Chemical Engineer, Oil Trader, and Software Developer, Roger returned to his hometown of Evansville where he has been an active supporter of the arts. Roger developed a strong interest in film festivals while living in Seattle and later joined the board of the Alhambra Theatre Film Festival, which was held in Evansville from 2015-2017.

Josh Weiland
Josh Weiland
Technical Director

Programmer by day, Josh enjoys working on freelance video and photography projects through his company Digital Dynamo Productions. He serves as the Evansville Hub Leader of the Indiana Filmmakers Network, and co-founder & leader of the Vanderburgh County 4-H Tech Club.

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Matthew Ulm
Director Emeritus

Matthew Ulm is the COO and Lead Producer of FortySixTenStudios, Inc, a Nashville based media agency. He is also an independent filmmaker with over twenty feature films and shorts to his credit. Matt currently serves as the District 11 Public Relations Manager for Toastmasters, International. View Matt’s IMDB profile…