Brookfield Film Festival To Be Screened In Newtown This Year

A still from the movie Curfew, winner of the 2013 Academy Awards for Best Live-Action Short Film and one of the films being featured in this year’s Brookfield Film Festival. The three-day festival is moving to a new location this year: Edmond Town Hall's Alexandria Room... in Newtown.

The fifth annual Brookfield Film Festival, "Shorts And To The Point," will be held in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown, this year. The 2½-hour program can be attended at four different screenings on Friday, April 5, at 8 pm; Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 8 pm; and Sunday, April 7, at 3 pm.

The film festival, which has previously been held at the Brookfield Theater of the Arts, features ten short films, which have all garnered acclaim and awards at prestigious industry competitions, including the Academy Awards, the Boston Short Film Festival, the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, and the Warsaw International Film Festival, among others.

The program is comprised of both live action and animated short films, which range in run time from four minutes to 19 minutes according to Mary Daniel, chairman of sponsoring organization Brookfield Arts Commission. Ms Daniel said each screening session will feature a 30-minute intermission.

Live music is scheduled to play before the screening and during intermission, which will also include hors d'oeuvres and wine.

The films being shown include Curfew, winner of the 2013 Academy Awards for Best Live-Action Short Film; Paperman, winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film; and Lost Paradise, winner of 20 international awards, including Best of the Fest at the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Ms Daniel said the non-competitive festival, while relatively small and simple in scale, provides a cultural experience, which is usually reserved for larger urban settings.

“The objective was to bring the genre of film art to our local communities. Without this type of festival, unless you go into the city, you can’t enjoy short films,” said Ms Daniel.

Ms Daniel hopes the event will spur the audience to develop a personal attraction to short films and festivals, and not just provide entertainment.

“Hopefully we’re not only exposing people to film art but cultivating an interest. I think people would go onto more sophisticated film festivals where there are multiple blocks,” she said.

Ms Daniel said she looks forward to the collective reactions of the audience and the wide array of emotions she hopes will be experienced.

“You hear them laugh, you hear them sigh, you hear them wince. The reactions are wonderful,” she said.

Admission to event is a suggested donation of $15 per person, which includes a complimentary glass of wine. The content is unrated; anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Further information about the film festival, including information about making reservations, can be found on the Brookfield Theater Arts website, brookfieldartscommission.org.


Shorts And To The Point: This Year's Line-Up

Provided by Brookfield Arts Commission, this year’s line-up of "Shorts and To The Point" includes the following selections:

Animated Films 

Paperman (2012), by John Kahrs, created by Walt Disney Animation Studios: The short blends traditional animation and computer animation. The short 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. Commended by the Academy Award panel and Winner of 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 then he is plunged into a state of ecstasy.  Nominated for an Academy Award and 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.  Nominated for an Academy Award, 2013.

John and Karen (2007), by Matthew Walker: A festival favorite, this short film is about John, a polar bear, going to see Karen, a penguin, in order to apologize for things said the night before. Winner of 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 nine-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.  Winner of the 2013 Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film, Winner of the Best Short Narrative Award, Woodstock Film Festival.

The Piano Tuner (2010), by Olivier Treiner: Adrien, is a young pianist prodigy. He collapsed psychologically having failed in a renowned competition and henceforth works as a piano tuner. As 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. Winner of 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: A present-day Adam and Eve story, Lost Paradise 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. Awards include NBC Universal Short Cuts, MNET Short Notice, DisOrient Film Festival, 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. Recipient of numerous awards including Hollywood Prestigious Film Festival and both the Chicago and Boston Short Film Festivals.

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