About Us

Mission and Vision

At Hard Acre Film Festival, our mission is to champion independent filmmakers and provide a platform for emerging talent to showcase their work. We are committed to promoting diverse, thought-provoking, and innovative cinema that challenges conventional storytelling.

Our vision is to foster a strong independent film community and create an inclusive space for meaningful conversations through the powerful medium of film. We aim to inspire, entertain, and engage our audience by curating a selection of exceptional works that push boundaries, evoke emotions, and spark dialogue.


Hard Acre Film Festival was founded in 2009 by Connie McClure, a passionate filmmaker and advocate for unconventional storytelling. Fueled by the desire to bring unique voices to the forefront, Connie established the festival as a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work. Over the years, the festival has grown steadily, gaining recognition for its commitment to diversity, artistic integrity, and community building.

Founder – Connie McClure

Connie McClure, a visionary filmmaker and experienced industry professional, hails from a solid background in both independent and commercial film production. Alongside her role as the founder of Hard Acre Film Festival, Connie has directed and produced critically acclaimed films, earning numerous awards for her unique storytelling approach.

Driven by her belief in the power of cinema to create social impact, Connie has dedicated her career to supporting independent filmmakers. Her passion for nurturing emerging talent and her relentless pursuit of innovative narratives have propelled Hard Acre Film Festival’s growth and established it as a prominent event in the industry.

Website – Objectives and Audience

The creation of our website is a testament to our commitment to expand our reach and provide a seamless online experience for both filmmakers and film enthusiasts. With the aim of elevating the festival’s digital presence, our website fulfills several key objectives:

  • Curation and Promotion: Our website serves as a virtual platform to share information about the film festival, its selected works, and the filmmakers behind them. It allows us to reach a wider global audience and promote the artistry we passionately embrace.

  • Engagement and Community-Building: By providing a space for film enthusiasts to explore the festival’s lineup, read engaging content, and connect with other like-minded individuals, we foster a sense of community and dialogue around the films we showcase.

Our target audience comprises film professionals, aspiring filmmakers, passionate moviegoers, and anyone interested in discovering exceptional independent cinema. We aim to connect, inspire, and ignite artistic conversations among our online audience.

Unique Value

What sets Hard Acre Film Festival apart is our dedicated team of experienced and highly skilled editors, curators, and collaborators working behind the scenes of our website. With a deep knowledge of the industry and an eye for quality, our team curates a selection of films that represent the pinnacle of independent cinema.

Moreover, our website serves as a hub for resources, insights, and articles that provide educational value for aspiring filmmakers and cinephiles alike. The unique combination of esteemed industry professionals and a commitment to fostering dialogue differentiates the Hard Acre Film Festival’s website from other platforms.

Join us as we celebrate the art of storytelling and embrace the vibrancy of independent filmmaking.

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