WOODRUFF — The first ever Northwoods Film Festival will be held Aug. 16 and 17 at the Lakeland Cinema 6 in Woodruff.

Over the course of two days, the non-for-profit festival, which will be an annual event, will bring groundbreaking and dynamic programming that aims to create conversation and appreciation for film in Northern Wisconsin.

The festival aims to attract audiences from the local community of varying ages, backgrounds and a mix of local residents and seasonal guests. The lineup will be announced in the coming months.

“We are thrilled to channel our passion for the arts and cinema into creating the first-ever annual Northwoods Film Festival,” said Bess Donoghue, executive director of Northwoods Film Festival, in a news release.” Film has a special, unique role in communities and we are so excited to introduce local audiences to independent titles that might not normally play in the Northern Wisconsin region.”

Local audiences and organizations are encouraged to participate in the festival to help create an event that is for the community, and can be sustained for additional years to come. Additional information on how to support the festival, including sponsorship opportunities, can be found on the festival’s website.

Further announcements, including the festival lineup and ticket sales dates, will also be posted on the festival’s website, as well as its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages later this spring.