Cinema Center’s 2021 Hobnobben Film Festival starts Friday



Photo courtesy of the Embassy Theater

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – The 2021 Hobnobben Film Festival kicks off at the Cinema Center at the Embassy Theater on Friday.

This Friday – Sunday, the festival will present a diverse lineup of cinematographic art. Some specific legends for this year’s festival include:

  • Feature films Sic
  • 101 short films
  • 31 novice filmmakers’ films
  • 26% of movies have a local or Indiana connection
  • Almost 40% of films are directed by female directors
  • Five round tables broadcast live throughout the festival
  • Films from 20 countries; 19 featured languages
  • FREE film open to the public: Greyland (Saturday: 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.) – This is a pre-screening of a work in progress.

“These independent films have not been rated. Many tackle complex and adult issues. People concerned about age-appropriate content are encouraged to review the schedule and description of the films, all available online, before purchasing tickets, ”the theater said.

The opening night will allow guests to meet filmmakers, pose for selfies and enjoy aperitifs. The theater said a cash bar and Hobnobben merchandise will also be available.

During the reception there will be several live performances:

  • Fort Wayne Dance Collective
    • Title: Together We Rise
      • This play is a vision of what the world could be like, if we all sought to support and defend each other in times of adversity. We may have disparate dreams, but the only way to truly be successful is to stand up against hatred, bigotry, inequality, and injustice.
    • Music: “Wildfire” and “Wildfire- Alternate” by SYML
    • Choreographer: Taylor Morris
    • Dancers: Allison Brandgard, Yaro Carpenter, Rachel Jones, Taylor Morris, Bri Spellman
  • Fort Wayne Dance Collective
    • Title: Textured Consonance
      • Each dancer in this piece represents a layer of music. Although they perform individual movement phrases, similar to a song using different instruments, they come together to create a harmonious composition.
    • Music: “Echoes” by 2WEI
    • Choreographer: Bekka Ferguson
    • Dancers: Hannah Bond, Corinne Hobbs, Rachel Jones, Mandie Kolkman
  • The Burlesque Show of DisDress Dolls (45 min)
    • A burlesque troupe from South Bend, Indiana (and the subject of one of the films, Welcome to the Dollhouse), these amazing women challenge society’s expectations for female power, femininity and beauty (with Veda DeVille, Poppy Lane, Robin Rapscallion, River Thong and more).

The theater said the awards ceremony will take place in the auditorium ahead of the feature film Natyam on Friday night.

Tickets can be purchased at, and at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy at 260-424-5665 located at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. Prices do not include acceptable charges:

  • Day passes are $ 25 each.
  • A three-day pass costs $ 45.
  • An all access VIP pass can be purchased for $ 100. This can be found when you select the 3 day pass option online.
  • Individual movies cost $ 10 each
  • Student options are also available ($ 5 for individual films and a 3-day pass for $ 22.50) by visiting the box office.

Read more about Hobnobben and details on daily schedules here.


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