Elmore Leonard arts and film festival to be held

The “Elmore Leonard Literary Arts and Film Festival,” will be launched by The Community House Nov. 10-13.

The multifaceted event will include a competition for screenwriters and filmmakers as well as a separate teen short story contest for students, ages 13-18 years. A screening of the pilot episode of Leonard’s hit TV series Justified on the FX Network, along with screenings of the finalists from the Short Film Competition, will be highlighted throughout the week of Nov. 10-13. The festivities will conclude on Nov. 13 with a benefit gala honoring the writer for his contributions to the arts and to the state of Michigan.

“When our steering committee conceptualized the idea of hosting a festival, we unanimously agreed that there was no better way to do so than by honoring Elmore Leonard, a Birmingham legend who has contributed significantly to the arts and to the state of Michigan,” said Shelley Roberts, president and CEO of The Community House.

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