Grant to Waterfront Fest will create new film center

The popular, annual Waterfront Film Festival of Holland will skip this summer’s event and return in 2017 after having transformed into a year-round Gene Siskel-like film center in Holland.

Nonprofit Waterfront, co-founded in 1999 by filmmaker Hopwood DePree, and his sister Dori DePree of Tic Tock Studios, received a $25,350 capital improvement grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The grant will provide matching dollars for Waterfront to establish permanent headquarters and a year-round foundation for supporting cinematic endeavors.

“It will be a place for artists and community members to meet, network, educate, and create, with a specific emphasis on film, new media and technology,” said Dori DePree, and serve as a screening venue for independent films.

“The new venue and headquarters will completed by late summer and the Grand Opening held in fall, when new opportunities for filmmakers and film-lovers in the future will be announced,” DePree added.

“We aim to focus on enhancing community spirit through the magic of movies.”