It’s amazing what can happen in just a few minutes. A short film can be many different things – a surreal dream, a chance meeting, a poignant exchange, a hilarious mishap, a visual poem or a moment that changes the course of a character’s life forever. Short films are exciting because you’re immediately invited into a new world, and a short film festival allows you to experience many new worlds over the course of just a few hours. This weekend the Lancaster International Short Film Festival comes to theaters near you. Very near, if you live in downtown Lancaster.
Now in its eighth year, the Lancaster International Short Film Fest (formerly known as the Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival), runs from November 12-14 in various locations in downtown Lancaster including the Ware Center, the Elk’s Lodge and Zoetropolis Art House. The aim of the juried film festival is to make Lancaster an annual destination for short filmmakers and enthusiasts.
This year’s festival includes home grown entries from Lancaster as well as entries from across the US, Canada, Spain, Poland, India, Iran, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and more. The films range in running time from three minutes to 33 minutes and are organized into five categories Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama and Horror. Prizes are awarded for Best in Each Category, Best Home Grown, Best Actor and a $1,000 Grand Prize. See the full list of official selections here.
The three-day event begins on Thursday, November 12 with two screenings of international short films at the Ware Center (42 N. Prince St.) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Click here for a full schedule of films and to purchase tickets.
The second day of the festival – Friday, November 13 – features screenings at the Elk’s Lodge (219 N. Duke St.) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (more info and tickets here) and continues with a reprise of the Horror selections (this time probably without drooling zombies in the audience) at Zoetropolis (315 W. James St.) at 11:30 p.m. Why not spend Friday the 13th watching some scary movies? See the full list of movies and purchase tickets here. Check out the trailer for the psychological gangster thriller A Way Out.
Saturday, November 14 – the final day of the festival features another two sets of short films at Zoetropolis at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by an award ceremony at 9 p.m. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
At the LISFF, you get a chance to experience a wide-range of films from across the globe, giving you a perspective of where we are in the world of film today and the kinds of subjects people want to engage with. Maybe you’ll find the work of an up-and-coming filmmaker whose work you’ll follow for years. You never know. Many well-known filmmakers, directors and actors began in the world of short films. Maybe you’ll even meet some of the people behind the films. Q&A sessions and after-parties are a regular feature of the festival
Check out the Lancaster International Short Film Festival’s website for up-to-date information about special events like Q&A sessions with actors, filmmakers and producers and after-parties.