This year the EQUUS Film Festival (now the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest) will be in the heart of horse country at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky in the Wrigley Media Group Theaters December 5 – 8 2019. Here's everything equine authors need to know!
This year’s EQUUS Film & Arts Fest will host equine authors and American and International equine artists in their Pop-Up Gallery located in the International Museum Of The Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Literary works and beautiful artwork will be on display and for sale at the Fest. Visitors will be able to meet their favorite artist, filmmakers and authors, as well as having them sign their works, creating a total personalized experience for the guest. More than 30 equestrian filmmakers will be in attendance, too!
EQUUS Film Fest: Important Dates & Times
When: December 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2019
Where: Kentucky Horse Park Lexington, KY
Thursday: Opening VIP event 6 pm – 10 pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: EQUUS Pop-Up Gallery, Literary Corral & Panels 9 am – 5 pm
Friday: Film Screenings - 2 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: Film Screenings 12 pm - 10 pm
Sunday: Film Screenings 12 pm – 6pm
Sunday: WINNIE Awards Ceremony 7 pm – 9 pm
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About the Literary Corral
As part of the Literary Corral, participating authors will have opportunities to brainstorm with each other as well as filmmakers, meet-and-greet with readers, sell their books, and conduct book signings in the Pop-Up Gallery at the 2019 EQUUS Film Festival. In addition, select authors are invited to join in on Literary Discussion Panels during the event.
There will be three Author Hour panels each day (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at 11 am in the Lower Level of the Pop-Up Gallery in the International Museum of the Horse. Panel topics have been determined and emails have been sent out to participating authors. Click the button below, to review the panel topics, times, and locations!
Authors are invited to attend the VIP event on Thursday evening from 6 pm to 10 pm. It is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with festival attendees. I would recommend planning to come!
Author Table Set Up Information
Artists and authors will meet attendees at the Pop-Up Gallery in the International Museum Of The Horse.
What to Wear to the Festival
The whole event is pretty cowgirl casual. Jeans and boots mostly. Some people do get a little more snazzy for the VIP evening and the WINNIE Awards ceremony. For example, I was wearing a nice collared shirt, suit jacket, dark jeans, and my red cowgirl boots to the awards ceremony. A dress would do, too. It’s certainly not black tie. Really it’s all about what makes you feel good and comfortable. Below is a little video of what I wore to my first WINNIE Awards.
How Many Books to Bring to the Event
It is always difficult to know how many books to bring to an event. I tend to bring at least 25 copies of each book to events. I may bring more to the EQUUS Film Festival this year because we will be in the middle of horse country! I can't guarantee that you'll sell all the books that you decide to bring, but I think it's always better to have more than not enough!
Video: The 2019 Literary Corral Entries
Here's to HORSE BOOKS! This year the EQUUS Film Festival will broaden its Literary Corral and focus on expanding the reach of the literary entries with a bright spotlight on equine authors as part of the event. Get to know this year's equine authors in the video below courtesy of the EQUUS Film Festival.
The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest is available on-demand. It will also be on HORSE NETWORK. Gary Holt with Equestrian Legacy Radio and Wayne Williams from Speaking Of Horses will be conducting interviews on site for their shows. Horse Illustrated magazine will have a representative there, too.
You never know who will conduct interviews! The EQUUS Film Festival has press come in from out of the country as well as several podcast interview opportunities.
Calling all American Horse Publications Members! There will be an AHP Gathering at this year's EQUUS Film Festival on Saturday, December 7th from noon to 2 pm. Meet us in the Pop-Up Gallery/Literary Corral in the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.
An AHP Regional Gathering is an informal meet up of current AHP members, their staff, and prospective members including equine-related publishers, media professionals, and businesses. Future equine media and journalists are especially encouraged!
Podcast: Listen to My Interview with Lisa Diersen
Check out my Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast featuring interviews with equine authors who love all things horses and writing about them. In this episode, you'll meet EQUUS Film Festival Founder Lisa Diersen.
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Special Events during the EQUUS Film Festival
World renown equine artist and author John Hockensmith will host a reception for EQUUS filmmakers, artists, authors and guests at his gallery, Hockensmith’s Fine Art Editions Gallery, 146 East Main Street in Georgetown Kentucky on Friday evening 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
WRIGLEY Media Group will be hosting an Open House for fest VIP’s on Saturday afternoon. The tour will highlight their state of the art studio and filmmaking center in the heart of Lexington. Located at 804 Newtown Circle, Lexington.
Horse & Barrel Tours will host a fun evening of Bourbon and wine tastings on Saturday evening from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm for festival VIP’s at their new Visitor’s Center in Lexington. Owner Abe Owen and local Lexington artist Monica Pipia will be on hand to introduce guests to a wonderful selection of the best Bourbon that Kentucky has to offer, and EQUUS Film shorts will be screening. Located at 1091 E New Circle Road, Lexington, KY.
EQUUS Film & Arts Fest welcomes Sonny Garguilo and his Spaghetti Cowboys to Lexington, they will be adding some “East Coast” Western flavor to the event. Their love of horses and pasta shine through in “Spaghetti Cowboys” a new series premiering at the Fest. The show will be joining the EQUUS Film Channel in December.
Mustangs will also be galloping into Lexington! Sue Anne Wells with her students and Mustangs from the Mustang Leadership Partners in Chattanooga, Tennessee will show visitors how Mustang horses are used in the school program and how they change the lives of the young women who work with them.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation will be on hand to take you on a virtual journey into the great western outdoors, to walk with a beautiful herd of Mustang horses, Matt Manroe will guide you with 3-D headsets in the Visitors Center just outside of the Theaters. It’s a wonderful and amazing adventure.
Visit the Southern Lights Holiday Festival. Twenty-six years ago, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presented the first ever driving tour of holiday lights, aimed at attracting the local community. Today Southern Lights has evolved to attract over 120,000 visitors each year from across Kentucky and surrounding states and is regularly chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Make sure to visit the Holiday Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park's Visitor Center while you are at the EQUUS Film Festival. Find great gifts from local vendors. Attractions & Restaurant Open from Nov 29- Dec 23 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM, Mon-Thurs & until 11:00 p.m. on Fri, Sat, & Sun
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Want to see what it's like to attend EFF?
I made a little tribute video from my first spur jingling journey at the event. I invite you to go behind the scenes of the EQUUS Film Festival with me. My cowboy helped me shoot footage as I attended the four day equestrian extravaganza! We filmed it all - beginning with the VIP Gala and culminating at the equine equivalent of the Oscars called the WINNIE Awards. Happy Viewing!
About Equine Author Carly Kade
Carly Kade is an award-winning equestrian author and the host of the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle! She writes fiction about horses, horse shows, Western pleasure and a handsome cowboy or two. Her books are for people just like her — crazy about reading, horses, and cute cowboys.
Carly received her first EQUUS Film Festival WINNIE Award in 2016 in the Best Western Fiction category for In the Reins, the first book in her series, and was the 2018 WINNIE Award recipient in the Best Equine Romance category for her sequel, Cowboy Away.
About the In the Reins Book Series
Deeply romantic and suspenseful, the In the Reins horse book series captures the struggle between letting life move forward and shying away from taking the reins. Passionate, captivating, and full of equine epiphanies, this equestrian romance trilogy is sure to touch your inner cowgirl whether you love horses or not. Available NOW in Audiobook, Paperback & eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes & Kobo.
Carly Kade writes for anyone who loves horses, handsome cowboys and a great romance. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle!
Books by Carly Kade