The work of local filmmakers was featured Friday night during a VIP party at the First City Film Festival.

Friday’s event featured a reception, screenings of local films, an awards ceremony and a party at the Riverfront Community Center.

“I am so pleased. The feedback about the festival has been amazing,” said Tisha Swart-Entwistle, coordinator of the film festival. “Everyone is having a good time.”

The event featured live entertainment after the screenings as local group Penny Black Band performed.

Approximately 60 people attended the opening night of the film festival Thursday night. Four Leavenworth High School students were honored for their short films.

“Last night was amazing,” Swart-Entwistle said. “The support for the kids was phenomenal.”

The film festival gets back under way Saturday morning in downtown Leavenworth.

More than one dozen blocks of short films will be shown beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge, 423 Delaware St.

The genres of the films include drama, comedy, documentary, animation and science fiction.

There also will be two free panel discussions with filmmakers on Saturday. The panel discussions will begin at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge.

Seven more films will be screened beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Lodge.

Individual film block tickets are $6 per person.