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HOT SPRINGS -- The 13th annual Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film festival is set for Saturday, and will showcase "something for everybody" in three screening blocks of films around the world, festival curator Jen Gerber said.

"I know with the result of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival we have a lot of film lovers in the area, so certainly I feel like that same crowd would love it," Gerber said. "But honestly, if you're just even kind of curious, what's great about shorts is they're all short. So if you don't love one film, you might love the next.

"There's a lot of variety in our program, so there really is something for everybody."

The festival is presented by Low Key Arts and Superior Bathhouse Brewery. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the first screening is at 3:30 p.m. in the Malco Theatre, 817 Central Ave. There will be an after-party at 10 p.m. at Superior.

"Each screening is $10, but for $20 you can get the full festival pass and see everything," Gerber said. "That's probably the best value of the festival because you can see all three blocks and go to the party."

The festival will include three screening blocks: International, North American and Arkansas.

Gerber said the Arkansas block, which entails films made by Arkansans or in Arkansas, is usually the most popular, but she said all of the films being featured are important.

"I think what's great about seeing the first two blocks is it gives our local filmmakers a perspective of the kinds of films that are being made around the world within the year," she said. "Then for the Arkansas community, it's really great to celebrate the work of our area filmmakers and support their efforts.

"All of these films are made for an audience, and it's really hard to find an audience. This is one of the opportunities within the state to showcase Arkansas filmmakers."

Gerber said in the five years she has curated the festival it has been sold out every year.

That being said, she noted it's an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it kind of thing."

"The format we've had we feel like works, but what's cool is every film is new, we haven't seen before," Gerber said. "We're always excited to showcase the Inception to Projection films too. The class from Low Key Arts that took the film class this summer, their films will also be showcased at Arkansas Shorts as well, so it's a great time for those students to get to see their films on the big screen and really celebrate with each other."

She said the festival tends to be a "highly anticipated" event, and this year a few more accommodations for the crowd have been added such as the serving of SQZBX Pizza by the slice at the screening, concessions and the after-party at Superior.

More information and ticket purchasing is available at Arkansas Shorts -- A Night of Short Film's Facebook Page.

State Desk on 12/31/2019

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