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COOS BAY — The Oregon Coast Film Festival returns to the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay on Oct. 7 and 8.

The film festival celebrates its fifth year showcasing artists and images of Oregon and the Oregon Coast. The film festival also includes student films from Oregon film schools.

"It's very exciting going into a fifth year," said founder Dave Wilhite of Bandon. "It has been an experiment of sorts organizing the programs to suit the artists, the interests and technology. There are a lot of people out there, inspired with all styles of cameras and we try to enable them all. It's about Oregon, the locals and the region. Bringing them all together at the Egyptian Theatre is like icing on the cake."

The interest in promoting the region has inspired the film festival to donate all proceeds from the 2017 festival to fire and hurricane relief.

"I don't think you can share such great images of Oregon, as we do in the festival, and not feel a sense of responsibility to return and invest in the community of people," Wilhite said.

The Saturday program includes the feature film "Under an Arctic Sky" (39 min.) by West Coast filmmaker Chris Burkard, followed by a variety of short films and short documentaries.

A photo exhibition, student films and short documentaries will be screened on Sunday.

Show times for this year's film festival events are Saturday 6-9 p.m., and Sunday 2-4 p.m.

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Tickets will be available at the Egyptian Theatre 30 minutes prior to show time. General admission to the film festival is $10; two-day festival passes are $15.

Advance tickets are available via the website,

All proceeds benefit fire and hurricane recovery efforts.