Winter Shorts Film Festival

Somerset Community College Theatre’s Winter Shorts Film Festival, now in its fifth year, will present a weekend of short films from Kentucky, across the United States and around the world on Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 2013. The festival, which will take place in SCC’s Stoner Little Theatre, is free of charge. Stoner Little Theatre is located on the Somerset Campus of SCC, 808 Monticello Street, Somerset.

The festival will kick off Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of short films of Kentucky interest. Films will include short dramas, comedies and documentaries. Local filmmakers Zach Bales, Brandon McCane and Jim Stout have their films screened on Friday night. There will also be an entry from the Appalachian Media Institute entitled Embracing Culture: Appalachian Art.

On Saturday morning at 11 a.m., a slate of extraordinary foreign films will be presented. The Winter Shorts Film Festival will present entertaining films from France, Spain, Finland and Iraq. These entries will include films that incorporate animation with live action.

Screenings continue on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with entries by emerging teen filmmakers. Films from Wayne County High School’s video class will make up the bulk of the early afternoon selections. These include films by Nicholas Kidd and Vachiravitch Sirinimitwong. Among the entries will be fascinating explorations into the art of claymation.

On Saturday afternoon at 3:15 p.m., the festival will feature domestic films from Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee.   This session will offer a variety of unique comedies and experimental works.

Saturday evening’s sessions will offer a variety of all the entries.  Films by Iridescent Pictures, the Appalachian Media Institute and Wayne County High School students will be presented. There will also be foreign entries, including the American debut of the Spanish thriller, Starting From Zero. The festival will conclude with an awards ceremony honoring outstanding independent films.

The 2013 Winter Shorts Film Festival will also include filmmaking workshops and forums with the attending filmmakers. All of the activities of this event are free of charge and open to the public.

For further information concerning the Winter Shorts Film festival, contact Steve Cleberg at You may receive regular updates from the Winter Shorts Film Festival Facebook page. Updates regarding Somerset Community College Theatre & Film may also be obtained by “liking” SCC Theatre and Film page on Facebook.