Stay in shorts for one more night

The rash of local movie festivals over the last four weeks may have left your eyes twitching and mind reeling, if you're a fan of alternative film. Pull yourself together, because Sunday brings the most unique: the second (and so far annual) 15 Short Festival.

It's at 6:30 p.m. at Evening Muse, at North Davidson and East 36th streets. Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the door (www.15shortfilmfestival.com or 704-376.3737), and the informal atmosphere lets you drop in and out casually. But if last year's selections were an indicator, you won't want to drop out.

Artistic director Antonio Diaz vows that the program will be a little shorter and tighter this year. Derrick Hines will sing during a brief intermission, and awards will be given, but the focus will be on the films themselves.

And rightly so. We'll see Oscar nominee “Salim Baba,” about a 55-year-old Indian man who makes a living using a hand-cranked projector to screen discarded film scraps for kids.

The flavor will be international – the fest got submissions from 15 countries – and the vibe will be eclectic, from “A Rat Short” (an animated piece about a rodent) to “Dennis,” a drama about a champion bodybuilder on his first date. I look forward to “B for Beekeeper,” a short by N.C. School Of The Arts students, and “Yellow Sticky Notes,” in which the story is told entirely with … yellow sticky notes. This fest, like the medium itself, has no stylistic boundaries – just a 15- minute limit on entries.