Kelly Rocheleau, AUBURN – Less than an hour before one of her films was going to be shown at the Cayuga Film Festival, director Marianne Natoli said she had been holding back tears over the thought that her documentary was going to be shown in front of an audience.

“It makes me so emotional, because I put so much into it and I really loved the process,” she said.

Natoli was one of several filmmakers whose projects were screened at the festival, which was held at the Auburn Public Theater Saturday. This first festival, from the theater and Cayuga Community College, showcased 19 short narrative and documentary films from filmmakers either going to school — including high school — in New York state or living in the state.

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