In only its second year, the Fairhope Film Festival has a tough row to hoe. Their inaugural event was so overwhelmingly successful and impressive, they’re going to be hard pressed to match it.

On schedule for Nov. 6 – 9, the four days boast 44 feature films and 20 short films in four venues. The settings range from the intimate to state-of-the-art auditoriums, employing Fairhope Library Gidden’s Theater, Faulkner Community College’s Centennial Hall, the University of South Alabama Baldwin County Performance Center, the Eastern Shore Arts Center and Lyons Share Gallery.

There will also be moderated panel discussions with filmmakers and industry insiders, a red carpet awards ceremony and parties. Past attendees have included S. Epatha Merkerson, Talia Shire and Paul Sorvino.

Organizers say only finalists from national and international festivals were selected. They rightfully boast of the array of “independent and foreign features, documentaries and shorts – many never shown in mainstream theaters.”

New events this year include a Sunday Vanguard feature, two Midnight Madness screenings at the Fairhope Brewery and an outdoor screening at the Eastern Shore Art Center.

Single tickets are $10. $55 six-packs are available.

For more information, call Chad Kirkland at 336-541-2019 or go to