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Waterfront Film Festival Chosen by Oscar Night® America To Celebrate 2010 Academy Awards
July 7, 2009

Riding on the success of the critically acclaimed 2009 Waterfront Film Festival, the organization’s founders are proud to announce that they have been selected again to host this year’s official Oscar Night® America party on Oscar Night, Sunday, March 7, 2010, the only officially sanctioned event being held in West Michigan.

After the success of last year’s inaugural Oscar event, this year’s Oscar Night® America promises to bring a taste of Hollywood to West Michigan. “We’re thrilled and honored to have been selected to host Oscar Night® America for a second year. This event is a fun and exciting way for the community to come together in support of the Waterfront Film Festival and feel like a member of the A-list on Hollywood’s biggest night,” said Dana DePree Minter, WFF co-founder and WFF-ONA co-chair.

Since its inception in 1994, the Oscar Night® America program has generated nearly $24 million in funding for a wide variety of charitable organizations with all money earned staying in the local community. Official Oscar Night parties last year raised more than $3.3 million for local charities in 51 cities.

Planning for the event, to benefit the Waterfront Film Festival, is already underway. To keep up to date on Oscar Night® America and all other film festival events, please join the Waterfront Film Festival email list at

About the Waterfront Film Festival

Now in its 12th year, the Waterfront Film Festival celebrates independent film and filmmakers in a non-competitive environment. Located in Saugatuck, Michigan, WFF is one of the leading destination film festivals in the Midwest, regularly hosting Midwest premieres of Academy Award- winning and nominated documentaries. It has been recognized as one of the top five film festivals in the world. WFF, a 100% volunteer run non-profit organization is committed to education and features seminars designed to encourage the next generation of actors, writers and directors. For more information on the 2010 festival, which is scheduled for June 10-13, visit