The Independent Film Channel Free Film Fest will make a three-day stop at San Francisco’s Union Square as part of a nationwide tour, festival organizers have announced.

Independent films will be screened in an outdoor mini-entertainment complex from Aug. 14 through Aug. 16. Movies will be projected on a 40-by-20 inflatable air screen built specifically for the tour, according to organizers.

Pre-festival activities will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday and films will start at dusk each night of the festival.

Featured films include “Raising Arizona,” “The Princess Bride” and “Napoleon Dynamite.”

In addition to providing movie-goers with the opportunity to see films for free, the event will present local filmmakers with a chance to have their short films showcased in the Independent Film Channel’s Media Lab Lounge, an on-site venue for local filmmakers who submitted shorts online, or through Comcast’s on-demand programming.

The festival will also include an on-site collection of new and used DVDs, which will be donated to San Francisco General Hospital’s pediatric unit. Festival organizers are encouraging attendees to bring a DVD that would appeal to toddlers and teenagers.

San Francisco is the sixth stop of the 10-city tour that began in Philadelphia on July 10.

Bay City News

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