Mayor Sly James will be on hand this evening to help launch the 2013 edition of the Kansas City FilmFest at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at 14th & Main in Downtown Kansas City. More than 100 films will be shown at the Film Fest, which opens today and runs through Sunday.

Mayor James will speak at 6:15 p.m. today, just prior to the 6:30 p.m. screening of the local film, We Are Superman.

Of all the films in the FilmFest, about two-thirds of them are participating in competition.  But, in addition to the  competition, FilmFest organizers scoured the globe to find other great films that have not yet made it to Kansas City.

The competition is the oldest part of the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, the nonprofit organization that presents FilmFest each year. In 1996, Jubilee founder Fred Andrews learned that Kansas City had an active and growing filmmaking community but there were few venues for filmmakers to show their work. As a result, Andrews launched the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee which held its first festival in 1997.

For ticket information and more information, visit the FilmFest online.