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Indiana filmmakers get together for Oscar's celebration

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Sunday night was Oscar Night in Hollywood, but in Evansville, production groups from all over the tri-state came together in hopes of expanding the Indiana Film Network.

Oscar Night is like the Super Bowl from film enthusiasts.

On Sunday night, a little over 100 of them came together in the IFN's first ever Oscars celebration.

About a month ago, Patrick Higgs decided local filmmakers should host a small event to celebrate the Oscar's while also celebrating the Evansville IFN's one year anniversary.

"So, we started searching for our venue to have it and we approached Showplace, because of the restaurant," says Higgs. "And we thought we were going to have a little bity tiny thing here in the restaurant."

That small gathering turned into an all-night event that concluded with a showing of the Oscar's on the big screen.

"They jumped onboard," says Higgs. "And we're in the great big screen, having a nice pre-party here tonight."

"This is our business," says Mick Stieler, Chief Operating Officer of Showplace Cinema East. "You know? Movies are our business. So you know, tonight's the night honoring, you know, the best movies of the year. So, you know, it goes hand it hand."

Those who came out tonight got a chance to advertise their respective production brands.

Stieler says this event is a good outlet for local filmmakers and if the event gains further popularity in the future, local film critic Ted Haycraft says it could prove even more valuable for these companies.

"The IFN wants to expand, get new members to help join up," says Haycraft. "They have a Facebook page, they have a website page. It was a little loose this year. We're gonna finesse it a little bit. And hopefully, it'll get a little better at emceeing, if they have me back."

To learn more about the IFN, you can visit their Facebook page or their website,

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