Art is all-inclusive, and now so is Ely’s annual film festival. Starting this year, the event will now be known as the Ely Film, Art and Music Festival.

The schedule is also expanding with events and screenings running from March 11-17. The festivities include a red-carpet, black-tie gala at the Central Theatre on Friday. New this year, the weekend will also feature the “Soul of Nevada” art contest, live music and special tours of the Nevada Northern Railway Museum, the site of several movies filmed in White Pine County.

“We’re very excited about the bigger event which will lead to more support for local businesses and aspiring artists of all ages,” says Shadrach Robertson, chairman of Ely Film, Art and Music Festival. “We’re bringing in working film industry professionals, like the directors of two of our feature films. We’ll be interviewing them and producing videos that will live on our website and teach kids the fundamental arts of filmmaking.”

Festival-goers will have a lot of opportunities to see films that have captured Ely and White Pine County through the last 100 years. Over the course of seven days, the festival will screen 16 Nevada films, 12 of which are Ely-made major motion pictures — one dates back to 1920! But this year is about a lot more than just the films.

“There’s a lot of opportunities for different experiences,” says Robertson. “If there’s one film playing that you don’t want to see, then you can go to the museum. You can go to the art gallery or the railway. We’re really trying to make it as all-inclusive as we can.”

“Soul of Nevada” Art Contest: What does the Soul of Nevada mean to you? Artists are welcome to submit their entries in the medium of their choice, from digital and graphic arts to photography, sculpture, paint or even pencil. The pieces will be on display from March 11-13 at the Ely Art Bank. Featured prizes will include Best in Show, Mayor’s Selection, and Audience Favorite. The deadline for submissions is March 4.

For more information, click here: www.elyfilmfestival.com/art-contest-ely-film-festival

Short Film Contest: Time travel is the theme for this year’s short film contest. All submissions must be under five minutes in length and appropriate for all ages. There are some other fun requirements, including an identifiable landmark from the area where the film was made, a key for a prop, a line of dialogue or song in another language, and the film must include the line: “I didn’t see that coming.” Awards and cash prizes will be handed out through a Judge’s Award, Nevada’s First Lady’s Choice, and the coveted Audience Award for best picture.

For full contest details, click here: www.elyfilmfestival.com/short-film-contest-ely-film-festiva

For the full festival schedule and to book tickets, visit: www.elyfilmfestival.com.