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Julien Dubuque Intl. Film Festival brings thousands to Key City

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - When you bring an international film festival into town, a theater or two just won't do. Especially for a festival that will show 90 films and welcome thousands into Iowa's Key City.

That's why businesses along Dubuque's Main Street are pulling double duty this week, serving also as movie theaters.

Platinum Insurance is one of those venues.

"You wouldn't ever think that 'insurance' and 'film fest' go together," Amanda Lawson with Platinum Insurance said. "Platinum believes in being a part of the community, and that's a big part of our culture and giving back, so we try to get involved whenever we can."

Eronel, an art and music bar in downtown Dubuque, is also serving as a host for the film festival.

"We get a great crowd in," Erin Hedley, a bartender at Eronel, said. "It's always different than our usual different weekend crowd, which we always enjoy. It's always really nice to see a community bond together."

And for Susan Gorrell, executive director of the Julien Dubuque Film Festival, that sense of community is huge to the success of the weekend.

"You know, it's really nice," Gorrell said. "I found this year, the community, down Main Street and actually everywhere are really excited about it and putting up posters. Some of them are doing little special things themselves, or special discounts."

In all, nine venues will host films this weekend. They'll show them through Sunday, but Saturday night will be the official awards ceremony, where more than $30,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Thursday's events are free. For tickets to other events, you can visit the box office in the lobby of the Hotel Julien, or get them online at  http://julienfilmfest.com/.
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