READING, Pa. — Lights, camera, action — back in person.
"I'm really excited to get back to some in-person events," said Tracy Schott, cofounder of the ReadingFilmFEST. "The film festival... we are taking all the precautions to make sure it's a safe event.
After a year of streaming online, theater seats will once again be filled with film fans and filmmakers.
"It's not the same as being in a theater and being able to share it with other people," Schott said, "so I'm really happy that we're back in the theater."
The seventh festival is also taking things outside, partnering with the newly formed Reading Artists Collective and looking to encourage more creativity and unique voices.
"We have a total of 30 vendors and 10 performers, so they're going to be set up on our right and our left," said Mike Gutierrez, the collective's project manager, "and we're gonna have the performance taking part over there on the stage."
"It's about just the energy and the excitement for artists to be able to get back out into the community and to be a part of the community," said Brad Waples, also with the Reading Artists Collective.
This festival will serve as a potential launch pad for many artists, including the winner of this year's screenplay writing contest, with a table read involving local actors.
"There were some really great scripts this year, but that one was the top one that everybody seemed to enjoy," said Cammie Harris, the festival's executive director, "and he's a native of Reading, so it's really exciting to have him here."