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About yes cinema

YES Cinema, located in the heart of downtown Columbus, Indiana, is an elegant and welcoming independent theater that specializes in classic, foreign, independent and second-run films and hosting live events.

YES Cinema is fully owned by Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center (LCNFC), a United Way-affiliated non-profit that works with Columbus residents to improve their lives through advocacy, human services, people empowerment and collaboration. All proceeds from YESFest go to support LCNFC in its mission.

“Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.”

Martin Scorsese

The Columbus, Indiana YES Film Festival celebrates the creativity and diversity of independent film, bringing to the screen the best documentaries, narrative features and short films, with competitions in all three categories.

Columbus, Indiana is an internationally famous small town nestled among the cornfields in the heart of the heartland. Ranked 6th in the nation for architecture, Columbus was once coined as “Athens of the Prairie” and featured on “CBS News Sunday Morning.” Columbus is known for scores of buildings by world-famous architects including I.M. Pei, Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen, Harry Weese, and art and sculpture by artists such as Henry Moore. This unique town is a perfect location for bringing great stories to life on the screen.

Last year, an Indie film took Columbus, Indiana, and Sundance by storm. The smart and emotional movie, COLUMBUS, won critical acclaim and awards. And, was even listed as one of the top ten movies to watch in 2017 by over 20 critics.

YESfest films will screen at the YES Cinema in downtown Columbus, an elegant and welcoming independent theater that shows blockbuster, classic, foreign and independent films, and hosts live events.

Cinema truly is the universal language and our mission at YESfest is to promote a lively and passionate dialogue between filmmakers and film lovers. Whether you’re in the audience, behind the scenes or in front of the camera, we look forward to seeing you at YES!