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A free, annual film festival in Forsyth County is changing venues this year.

The Northside Hospital-Forsyth Film Fest is scheduled for Aug. 7 and 8 at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

“Kung Fu Panda” plays Aug. 7 and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movies begin at 9 p.m.

Both films will be shown on a 70-foot, inflatable screen under the night sky.

The event, previously held at Central Park, is in its fourth year.

Southern Outdoor Cinemas puts on the show, and company owner Paul Murray said he’ll be setting up the business’ biggest screen for the occasion.

Murray described the screen as “wider than a tractor trailer and taller than most buildings.”

Families can enjoy refreshments at the festival, as well as face painting, inflatables, vendors and concessions.

While admission is free, some activities require a donation. Funds benefit research for mitochondrial disease.

Murray said the event has previously drawn anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 people to watch movies.

He said it’s a “nice family atmosphere.” Residents are encouraged to bring a blanket for watching the movies.

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