The 14th annual WV Filmmakers Festival kicks off this coming Friday at the Elk Theater in Sutton in Braxton County. Dozens of films from around the globe will be screened over 3 days including a dozen or so from West Virginia’s filmmakers many of whom will be in attendance. Caitlin Renee Campbell is this year’s festival director. She’s an actress, producer and independent filmmaker herself. The festivities include a workshop on production insurance and permits and the announcement of the WV Filmmaker of the Year award. Campbell says this year’s festival is dedicated in the memory of Bob Gates, who Campbell calls “the father of filmmaking in West Virginia.” Gates died in February at age 69.