Around the World in a Single Theater

Eau Claire World Film Festival returns for second year

Abby Norton

Mount Liptak will screen as part of the Eau Claire World Film Festival.
Mount Liptak will screen as part of the Eau Claire World Film Festival.

The Eau Claire World Film Festival is back for its second year and is once again vowing to take viewers “Around the World in a Weekend.” Taking place on Oct. 19 and 20 at Micon Downtown Cinema, 315 S. Barstow St., this year’s festival will feature shorts such as Ice Dwellers, where you’ll head to the polar region to watch its inhabitants (penguins!) navigate their world. Moviegoers can even enjoy a trip through time with Vienna, a period piece that depicts the lives of an Austrian couple who are separated after a bombing. Not ready to return home yet? Head to Australia with Protection, a feature-length film that fuses animation with live action to tell an evocative tale of childhood. The fest begins at 7pm on Friday, Oct. 19, with the the feature-length music documentary Bill Evans: Time Remembered, followed by several shorts. On Saturday, Oct. 20, screenings start at 11am and run all day, featuring a range of features and shorts, including Mount Liptak, the true story of a 15-year-old Eau Claire boy who lied about his age to enlist in the Navy during World War II, and Marieke, a profile of Thorp cheesemaker Marieke Penterman. Grab a friend and a popcorn big enough to share and make it an evening (or a weekend) at the 2018 Eau Claire World Film Festival. Passes, a full schedule, and trailers can be found on An all-short pass can be purchased for $12, an all-festival pass for $20, and a single feature pass for $8. 

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