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Legacy Theatre Announces the 2024 Legacy Theatre Independent Film Festival 

Early Bird Submissions accepted January 8 – June 10, 2024 

Festival Dates September 23-25 in Branford, CT 

BRANFORD, CT January 8, 2024 – Submissions for the Legacy Theatre Independent Film Festival are now open! The three-day screening festival will run September 23-25 at the Legacy Theatre in Branford, which was one of the first silent picture houses in New England and was once home to Orson Welles and his Mercury Players.

This year, the Legacy Theatre Independent Film Festival is excited to partner with the James Blackstone Memorial Library, offering more opportunities for student and novice filmmakers in and around the community, including equipment rentals and workshops.

Film submissions are accepted now through July 8, and those selected for the festival will be notified by August 30. The film festival runs mornings to evenings September 23-25, with a jam-packed schedule of screenings, networking events, and panels, and the award ceremony will take place the final evening of the festival, September 25th. Past esteemed judges and speakers have included 6-time Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Karyl Evans, acclaimed celebrity teacher and author on the craft, Matt Newton, and others. The 2022 Overall Legacy Theatre Film Festival winner, Christopher Rucinski, has gone on to receive critical acclaim internationally for his submitted film, Northern Shade.

“The Legacy Film Festival is a spectacular venue. The attending filmmakers delivered some highly talented people and films to the festival. (I) highly recommend this festival for new and seasoned filmmakers and attendees looking to view some creative film content.” - 2022 Legacy Film Festival participant

The 2024 Legacy Theatre Independent Film Festival Award categories include Short Drama Award, Short Comedy Award, Short Documentary Award, Feature-length Drama Award, Feature-length Comedy Award, and Feature-length Documentary Award. Additional award categories include Best Young Filmmaker Award, Best Actor Overall Award, Best Actress Overall Award, CT Filmmaker Award, National Filmmaker Award, International Filmmaker Award, and Overall Legacy Theatre Film Festival Winner. Day passes will be available for purchase to attend the festival events. To submit a film for consideration for the festival, visit

The Legacy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic theatre, which has undergone a state-of-the-art 5-million-dollar renovation and opened to produce live theatre in its inaugural year as Legacy Theatre in 2021. The theatre is now in its fourth season. To learn more about the Legacy Theatre, please visit

For more information on upcoming productions, classes, community events, and sponsorship and partner opportunities, please email 


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