- A still from Maria by Callas.
The 19th annual FilmColumbia Festival kicks off with an homage to festival honoree, noted actor and Columbia County resident Brian Cox, with screenings and a gala to toast the artist. From October 20-28, FilmColumbia moviegoers will be among the first to view over 45 features, shorts and documentaries, including international entries to the Academy Awards and prize-winning films from Cannes, Venice, Sundance, and Toronto film festivals. FilmColumbia also showcases top-notch films with local ties and filmmaker events. The lineup for FilmColumbia 2018 includes Shoplifters, this year's Palme d'Or winner at Cannes; Widows, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis; and Cold War, with director Pawel Pawlikowski winning Best Director at Cannes. Films screen at two venues in Chatham and the Morris Memorial.