A new source of continued funding for the International Film Society has been set up at Missouri Southern State University.

The Harrison and June Kash International Film Society endowment was recently established through the Missouri Southern Foundation.

Harrison Kash, director of the film society, said that the endowment will help fund guest lectures by film scholars to accompany screenings.

“That’s something we’ve always lacked – bringing speakers here,” he said. “But we also want the endowment to honor the people who have contributed so much all these years by volunteering their time. There were dozens and dozens of people, and my wife was one of them.”

The Film Society was founded in 1962 by Kash, Alma Doan, Arthur Boles and Philip Jones as an activity of the Ozark Artists Guild. It has been supported by a combination of ticket sales, contributions, and funding provided by the Missouri Arts Council and the MSSU Institute of International Studies.

More than 450 foreign films have been screened for audiences since its inception. The 53rd annual International Film Festival will kick off this fall with a selection of films from Turkey.

“As always, we want everyone to share with us the opportunity to enjoy significant international films by creative directors,” said Kash.