Bilingual films are the latest addition to the annual “Short Shorts (210) Film Festival,” due to the involvement of the Los Angeles-based Tela Sofa, a non-profit organization that promotes Latino films.
In its sixth year, the San Antonio independent film festival will begin with a matinee called “Long Shorts” to be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the historic Josephine Theater, 339 W. Josephine, San Antonio. The “Long Short” program will include films that are 15-30 minutes long. The “Short Shorts” program will then follow from 7-9 p.m. at the same location. “Short Shorts” are films that are up to 15 minutes long.
“Thanks to (Tela Sofa), we have a sampling of movies from Los Angeles, Argentina and Spain along with films made here in San Antonio,” said “Short Shorts” founder and organizer John Lambert.
Lambert, 38, who is a local actor and filmmaker, started “Short Shorts” to target people who “don’t dig the film festival scene.”
“I want them to get excited about the locals,” he said. “This is also an event the specifically reaches across creative disciplines and peer cliques to get them collaborating. Working with Spanish Speaking talent excites me as well.”
Thirteen judges, made up of local filmmakers and actors, will cast their vote for the “Critic’s Pick” title, and the “Undisputed Heavyweight Film Champion of the Universe,” which resembles a wrestling belt, will be given to the film who wins the audience ballot.
Admission is $10, or “Roll of the Dice Price” for brave February theatergoers wearing short shorts.
Additionally, all proceeds will benefit Patient Family Services at the Cancer Treatment Research Center. Local photographer Lauri Jones will share her cancer patient photography series during the event as well. Local award-winning filmmaker Cedric Thomas Smith debuts his cancer-themed short “Nana’s Bunch” during the matinee.
Singer and Entertainer Geraldine Ortega and Milne Studio founder Brad Milne will co-host the “Short Shorts” screenings. Model and actress Charissa Jarrett will host “Long Shorts.” Filmmaker Taylor James Johnson and actress Jamye Cox will work the “Shaggy Carpet” interview circuit.
Gilbert Carrizales and the Noise Revival Music Orchestra will provide music.