LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – More than 1,000 people attended the 2016 Louisville International Festival of Film.
"My goal is to make Louisville the Cannes on the Ohio," Conrad Bachmann, the founder of the festival, said.
Bachmann is a Louisville native and a Los Angeles transplant. He started the festival nine years ago as a way to give back to his hometown through art.
"I want people, when they hear 'Kentucky,' I want them to think film production," Conrad said. "They don't always have to think of the Kentucky Derby."
More than 350 films were submitted to the festival. One-hundred and forty-two were featured. The films represented 35 different countries.
"Good story films, great documentaries, great animation," Conrad said.
Many of the films have ties to Louisville. For example, Cassius Ali, Circle of Poison and Nicholas Gray's The Paper Store.
"The Paper Store is a satirical revenge story set in academia," Gray said. "It's about a professional term paper writer."
Gray now lives in New York City, but his goal has always been to come back to his roots with his work.
"I think that's half the reason why people go to their high school reunions, is to come back and show people sort of what you've done," Gray said. "This is a special way to get to do that, to show people what I've been working on for past few years."