Twin Cities Film Fest kicks off season with gala

Twin Cities Film Fest will kick off its eighth season with the Festival Preview Gala honoring “A Year of Spectacular Women” Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd. in Golden Valley.

Deirdre Haj, executive director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; Melodie Bahan, executive director of the Minnesota Film & TV Board; and Christine Walker, film producer and CEO of Provincetown Film Society, will be recognized as three Minnesota women who are on the forefront of independent cinema.

The film fest will also present Walker with its North Star Award for Excellence at the fundraising gala, and attendees will have the first look at the schedule, ahead of its opening night Wednesday, Oct. 18, in St. Louis Park.

Tickets for the gala are available at twincitiesfilmfest.org. Pre-sale tickets for this year’s festival will be available to members the day after the gala, Friday, Sept. 8. Limited memberships for 2017 also remain available on the festival’s website.