The 19th Annual Utah Short Film and Video Festival wraps up its nearly monthlong run with a pair of "best-of" programs over the next two weekends.
This year's festival, which began Sept. 11, featured screenings for more than 150 short film and video works, produced by both local and national filmmakers.One of the festival's regular programs will be shown on Friday, Sept. 25, and some of the award winners will be announced during a special program to be screened Saturday, Sept. 26. A program featuring all the award winners will be screened Friday, Oct. 2.
Originally intended as an outlet for University of Utah film students to showcase their works, the festival has grown in scope and become a nationally recognized event, according to festival co-founder Kent Maxwell.
Entries come in a variety of formats, and festival organizers have vowed not to edit or prejudge the works before they are shown. The only stipulation is that they be 30 minutes or less in length.
"We do not pre-select what can be seen; rather, we show all the works submitted to us," Maxwell said. "You may not like eveything that you see, but each program should include many pieces that will interest, fascinate or provoke you."
Works submitted to the festival are competing for cash prizes and awards, including honors for Best of Division (film, video, Super-8 and Young Media Artist), Best of Category (narrative, documentary and experimental) in both film and video divisions, as well as Best of Show, Best Utah Video and the Mort Rosenfeld Award for Best Utah Film.
All screenings will be held in the Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Showtime for this weekend's program is 8 p.m., and the full "best-of" screening next week will begin at 7 p.m.
Admission is $6 per night, $5 for students. Festival entries are not rated but may contain some R-rated material.
For more information on the festival or for program information, contact the Utah Film and Video Center at 534-1158.