By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Movie lovers are encouraged to choose their favorite film at a series of "sneak-peek" screenings this year.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, Brevard County filmmakers Ray and Migdalia Etheridge are presenting a one-hour-long screening of several short films, all submitted by indie filmmakers from all over the world.
The audience will vote for their favorite films to help judges make programming decisions for the "15-Minutes of Fame" film festival in August.
"We are looking for people, who like to watch indie films," Mr. Etheridge said. "If you like movies, you (will) like to be able to participate and vote for your favorite movie."
The screening will be the first of a series of "sneak-peek" screenings, scheduled until July.
The filmmakers said that more than 40 films will be shown during the screenings, some short and some full-length, and will include dramas, documentaries, comedies, animations, music videos and foreign films.
Mrs. Etheridge said that, so far, the filmmakers have not received any films from Brevard County residents to screen.
"Some films are from Florida filmmakers, as well from all over the U.S. and around the world," she said. "We hope to show some films from Brevard filmmakers, but we haven't received any yet."
Since 2009, the "15 Minutes of Fame" film festival has had 10 film festivals.
This year's festival will take place at the International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach on Aug. 30-31.
The husband-and-wife filmmakers began producing movies together as a hobby in 2005, with most of their films shot in and around their home.
Nearly all of their films have been showcased in film festivals around the U.S.
There will be six "Sneak Peeks" held this year before the festival at the Knowledge Exchange in Palm Bay.
The dates for the screenings are: Feb. 15 from 4-5 p.m.; March 15 from 2-3 p.m.; April 12 from 2-3 p.m.; May 17 from 2-3 p.m.; June 14 from 2-3 p.m.; and July 12 from 2-3 p.m.
The next "Sneak Peak" will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Knowledge Exchange, located at 5151 Babcock St., in Palm Bay.
Admission is free, and there is a capacity for 50 people.
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