Short, small and special: That’s been the nature of the 15 Short Film Festival since it started in 2006. The ninth annual event returns Sunday at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., and screenings begin at 7 p.m.
Why “short”? Because all the films are supposed to be roughly 15 minutes or shorter, and because festival founders Ryan Walker, Antonio Diaz and Keith Whatley showed 15 films at their first outing. This year, the judges have selected 23 films out of more than 700 submissions – and they come from 15 countries.
Why small? Because the fest has stayed in the homey music club from day one, always at a low price, though awareness of it grows every year. Tickets are $7 in advance at www.ticketfly.com, $10 at the door if any are left.
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Why special? Well, consider the track record: In 2012, “Curfew” showed here before winning the Academy Award for best live-action short. Last year, the Finnish comedy “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” screened at 15 Short before getting an Oscar nomination in the same category.
To keep up with the festival, check out facebook.com/15shortfilmfestival.