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Hobnobben Film Festival adapts to COVID-19, gives filmmakers a chance to show their work

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - The Hobnobben Film Festival welcomes filmmakers from Fort Wayne and across the world, but this year's event wasn't a guarantee because of the impact of COVID-19.

Michael Doerge and Adam Wasserman drove hundreds of miles to Fort Wayne to see their film on the big screen. 

"I wrote the film, it’s a drama sort of thriller,” Writer and director Doerge said. “We shot it, and then COVID happened.” 

It’s called "You've Already Gone” and they created it for their senior thesis project at Kent State.  

They say they were lucky enough to shoot the film right before the pandemic hit, but they never dreamed it would make it into a festival. 

"We’re pretty excited this is my first festival,” Wasserman said. "We were very happy that our film got chosen and proud that we were able to accomplish a short film within this year.' 

Co-chair of the Hobnobben Film Festival Amanda Hille, says it’s an opportunity for people to experience something new. 

“It’s been really great to showcase local talent with national talent and international talent,” Hille said. "Having something that is from all over, but can also be a part of Fort Wayne, and the Fort Wayne experience.” 

They are requiring everyone to reserve seats in advance, wear a face mask, and practice social distancing.  

“It’s so exciting to finally be able to put this festival on and see people come together through the community and through the art of film and storytelling,” Hille said. 

For the full schedule on the Hobnobben Film Festival and how to watch from home, click here.  

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