4th Annual Tahoe Film Festival closes 3rd night

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (KOLO) - Many go to Tahoe for the beauty of the lake, but for the past 3 days, beauty could also be found indoors with the screening of 27 films during the 4th Annual Tahoe Film Festival.

“It’s getting bigger, but we are not trying to make it big, we are not trying to make a Sundance Film Festival; this is a boutique festival, with great films and film makers come and enjoy themselves,” says Executive Director Robert Roussel.

This year, 8 films focused on the environment. “The most important thing is the quality, it's not about glamour, Tahoe isn't about glamour,” he says. He also says the plan is to add Reno to the list of screening locations in the years to come.

The rush of movie goers has also carried over to local business.

“We are seeing more people in the restaurant because of the film festival and people are coming to our area because of it,” says Inclined Burgers and Brews owner Mitch Penning.

For viewers the festival goes beyond just witnessing moving pictures. For them, the in-theatre experience is also part of the show.

“Sitting at home in your living room you don't get the energy of people around you,” says first-time attendee Leah Kaufman.

All the proceeds for the festival go to the Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships.