BROOKFIELD, Conn. — If you wanted to see a short film in Brookfield a few years ago, you were out of luck.
“You’d have to go into the city or you would have to wait for a film festival,” Brookfield Arts Commission Chairman Mary Daniel told the Daily Voice. So the Brookfield Arts Commission started the film festival, which is now in its eighth year.
The festival offers a wide range of live action and animated short films, including “Grounded,” “Bis Gleich,” “The Loneliest Spotlight Animation” and “Figs for Italo.” Films range in genre but all are relatable.
“Each of our films offers either a point of perspective or there’s a thread of emotion that resonates with all of us,” Daniel said.
The festival is set to take place at the Brookfield Senior Center on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Admission is a suggested donation of $15, which includes a complimentary glass of wine.
Daniel said arts commission members scoured film festivals across the country to look for short films to include in the Brookfield festival.
While feature films typically run more than 80 minutes, short films run under an hour. Daniel said the short films shown at the festival run 12 minutes on average.
The films are also unrated, so attendees under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult, Daniel said.
The focus on the evening is on film, but the event also includes music, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
The festival is produced by Brookfield Arts Commission volunteers and the Friends of the Arts of Brookfield, Inc. in cooperation with the Brookfield Senior Center.
Those thinking of attending the festival should call ahead of time. “We do have a very strong following,” Daniel said.
To make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-977-3327.
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