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Canton Film Fest plans, schedule announced

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 4, 2014

Guests include Brannon Braga. The official word:, in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2014 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton on October 2, 3 and 4, 2014. During this three-day film forward event, the public will get the chance to screen the short films of independent directors from Canton, North East Ohio and all across the country.


Tickets start at just $5 per block. An All Festival Pass is $40 and includes admission to all movie events and the VIP Reception on Saturday afternoon at Basil Asian Bistro.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Palace Box Office at 330.454.8172 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.  


The official 2014 Canton Film Festival schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 2

6:30 pm                            Doors open

7:30 pm                             Collecting Sgt. Dan

9:30 pm                             Q&A with filmmaker Matt Patron


Friday, October 3

3:00 pm                             Doors Open      

3:30 pm                             Afternoon Chat with Erin Brown, California based Filmmaker

5:30 pm                             Alex Sheen, founder of Because I said I would.

6:30 pm                             Elec Simon Anti-Bully Rally with Drum Circle Performance

7:30 pm                             First Friday Family Movie "Bully"


Saturday, October 4

11:30 am                           Doors Open

12:00 pm                           Category Submission Films

02:00 pm                           Contract Redemption

02:30 pm                           Q & A with crew of Contract Redemption

04:30 pm - 06:30 pm    Category Submission Films

04:30 pm - 06:30 pm    Meet & Greet Brannon Braga and Bruno Gunn at Basil Asian Bistro

06:30 pm - 07:30 pm    Brannon Braga Q & A

07:30 pm                           "After", featuring Bruno Gunn

09:15 pm                           Q & A with Bruno Gunn

10:00 pm                           Category Winner Announcement


2014 Submission Categories are: Mobile Movie, Documentary, Short Fiction, SciFi/Superhero,      Green/Environmental, Horror, Music Video and Experimental. Submissions are accepted at and can be submitted up until 11:59pm on September 19, 2014


Besides the films entered into the festival, 2014 Canton Film Fest also features several special guests.

Thursday, October 2, will feature the film Collecting Sgt. Dan and Q&A with Director Matt Patron.  Collecting Sgt. Dan is about Sgt. Daniel James Patron, USMC EOD technician. Sgt. Patron was killed in action on August 6, 2011 while disarming an IED. The film was created so that brother and filmmaker, Matt Patron, could share the memory of Sgt. Dan with his young children. Half of ticket sales for the evening with go to benefit Solid Rock Therapeutic Riding Center.  The center rescue horses and use them to help heal disabled children and veterans.  They have a rescue horse there named after Sgt. Dan. 


Friday, October 3, will feature our new Up-and-Coming Filmmaker Series featuring Erin Brown.  Erin will discuss how her career has blossomed since graduating from Malone College to now directing music videos, commercials, and films.  Friday evening will begin with Alex Sheen, founder of Because I Said I Would, followed by an anti-bully rally lead by Canton's own Elec Simon, and the film Bully.  This showing is part of the Canton Palace Theatre's First Friday Family Movie Series.


Saturday, October 4, Canton Film Fest 2014 will showcase all of our submitted films.  We will be featuring the film crew that is producing the short film Contract Redemption in Northeast Ohio.  Brannon Braga, McKinley and Kent State University-Stark Campus graduate will be present to discuss his work from being a Hollywood writer to becoming an executive producer of shows like Star Trek and Salem.  Bruno Gunn, born in Canton, Ohio, known for his work on Guiding Light, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and Bad Teacher (2011) will also be at the event to discuss his acting career and also feature his independent movie After.


This Film Forward event is a chance for up-and-coming filmmakers to showcase their work. After the entries of each category are screened, there will be an awards ceremony honoring the top-rated films in that respective category, as determined by a panel of judges. Winners will receive prizes for their submissions. Directors who wish to enter their work should visit for submission guidelines and forms


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