5th Annual Brookfield Film Festival

The 2013 Brookfield Film Festival has announced the lineup of films to be shown at its “shorts”-themed program, “Shorts and to the Point,” April 5th-7th. The short film collection will be showcased in 4 screenings: 8:00p.m. on Friday, April 5th, 2:00p.m. and 8:00p.m. on Saturday, April 6th, and 3p.m. on Sunday, April 7th.

The program will consist of a carefully selected arrangement of some of the most notable short films of the year, including both live-action and animated short productions from around the world. All of the films have been nominated for or received awards at other leading film festivals and competitions such as the Academy Awards® and the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

The line-up of films includes*:

Animated Films

“Paperman” (2012), by John Kahrs and created by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The short blends traditional animation and computer animation. It won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards.

“Abiogenesis” (2011), by Richard Mans. In this breathtaking science fiction spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, which has profound implications for an entire galaxy. The film was commended by the Academy Award panel and won the Special Jury Prize at the Show Me Shorts Film Festival.

“Dripped” (2011), by Leo Verrier. Fascinated by art, Jack skims museums all day long. He steals paintings, which he hides at his home so he can eat them! Masterpieces are his food, and when he eats he is then plunged into a state of ecstasy. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and was a winner at the Cleveland International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and the Warsaw International Film Festival.

“Maggie Simpson’s The Longest Daycare” (2012). Maggie Simpson spends the day in the Ayn Rand School for Tots. The film was nominated for an Academy Award this year.

“John and Karen” (2007), by Matthew Walker. A festival favorite, this short film about John, a polar bear, going to see Karen, a penguin, in order to apologize for things said the night before. The film a won the Special Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival.

Live-Action Films

“Curfew” (2012), by Shawn Christensen. At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his 9-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours. The film won the 2013 Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film and it won the Best Short Narrative Award at the Woodstock Film Festival.

“The Piano Tuner” (2010), by Olivier Treiner. Adrien, is a young pianist prodigy who collapsed psychologically, having failed in a renowned competition, and now works as a piano tuner. As a remedy to this life, he invents a blind person’s mask to penetrate into the intimacy of his customers, but he sees things he should not see. The film won the Prix du Public et Prix du Jury jeune Clermont-Ferrand Festival and the befilm festival in New York.

“Lost Paradise” (2009), by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun. The film, a present-day Adam and Eve story, won 20 international awards, among them Best of Fest at the St. Louis International Film Festival.

“Heart New York” (2012), by Matthew Damato and Vincent Lin. A jaded bartender takes a lost tourist on an unforgettable adventure in the city that never sleeps. The awards it received include NBC Universal Short Cuts, MNET Short Notice, DisOrient Film Festival, and Houston Worldfest.

“Interpretation” (2010), by Lin Oeding. A romantic couple’s brief encounter with a few philosophical thugs unfolds in an unusual way. After this night, no one will be the same; everyone will learn something new. The film won numerous awards, including awards from the Hollywood Prestigious Film Festival and both the Chicago and Boston short film festivals.

The 2013 Brookfield Film Festival will be held at Edmond Town Hall in the Alexandria Room, located at 45 Main Street in Newtown. The program is not rated and is intended for mature audiences (under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult).

Admission is a suggested donation of $15 which includes a complimentary glass of wine. Festival attendees will enjoy a wine bar, hors d’ ouvres, and live music. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Reservations can be made by email to ann.amorossi@gmail.com.  For more information, visit The Brookfield Arts Commission website at brookfieldartscommission.org.

*Specific film selections in the program may be subject to change.


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