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Public Invited to Virtual Brainstorming Meeting on Possible Ames Film Festival

Ames Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an exploratory meeting for film enthusiasts interested in holding an Ames-based film festival. This meeting was originally scheduled for March 2020 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rescheduled meeting will be held virtually on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, and participants may join by following this link:

For phone participants, the number is 312.626.6799 and the meeting ID is 930 7724 7074. Participants who do not wish to speak can also view the meeting on Facebook through the Ames City Auditorium and Durham Bandshell page.

“Anyone with an interest in films or film making is encouraged to participate,” said Craig Kaufman, Auditorium, Bandshell, and Community Center manager. “This group will brainstorm ideas and generate a list of individuals interested in exploring what an Ames-based festival could look like.”

The idea of an Ames film festival has been discussed for years, but the concept never developed into an event, said Kaufman. “There’s a lot of potential and excitement around this topic. I’d love to see interested people get involved to get something going,” he said.

Community members who are unable to attend the meeting but interested in being involved should email Kaufman at

The Ames City Auditorium is part of the Parks and Recreation Department, which manages 38 parks and offers approximately 180 athletic, aquatic, instructional and wellness programs.  Indoor programs are offered year-round at Community Center, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, and Municipal Pool.  For more information, go to the Parks and Recreation homepage at or call the Community Center at 515.239.5350.

Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer,, 515.239.5204
Craig Kaufman, Auditorium, Bandshell, and Community Center Manager,, 515.239.5365

Submitted by City of Ames 

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