SAUGATUCK, MI (WHTC) - Could one of the Lakeshore's staples be looking for greener pastures?
Officials of the Waterfront Film Festival announced on Tuesday that the annual June event in Saugatuck could be moving in 2013 after spending the first 14 years there. In a statement on their website, they said that the "Waterfront Film Festival is opening up the possibility to other cities in West Michigan to host a future Festival ... to expand the nationally recognized non-profit 501(c)3 Waterfront Film Festival to encompass more communities in West Michigan...each year or two, the Festival could take place in a different waterfront community in West Michigan...(it would) economically and artistically benefit the entire region as well as showcase all that West Michigan has to offer."
There was no word as why the Festival wanted to open the hosting process, and no word of any disenchantment with Saugatuck municipal officials over hosting the event. Communities wishing to host the Festival for 2013 don't have much time to decide; a September 14th deadline for filing applications was listed on the website (http://www.waterfrontfilm.org/documents/2012_WFFHostCityApplication.pdf),