The 10th annual Taos Shortz Film Festival will be the final edition, according to executive director-founder Anna Cosentine.
It will be a “Fare-Thee-Well celebration of our journey to serve the community with outstanding global short films, networking and a multitude of opportunities to access the cinematic arts in our great state of New Mexico,” an email announcement states.
The 2017 event is planning to screen more than 100 juried global short films from more than 22 countries. Films are woven into two-hour programs (10 to 12 short films in each), which include the genres: Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Animation and “Out of the Ordinary.”
This “art” of programming is unique to our festival, Cosentine states, and takes the audience on a journey through time, cultures and belief systems.
Voted “One of the 50 top U.S. festivals worthy the entry fee” by Movie Maker Magazine two years in a row, Cosentin said “we will continue, for our final year, [our] reputation as an innovative, cutting edge festival.”
She continues in the email, “Taos has long been recognized as having a robust, funky art community which is now drawing even more international attention by bringing a variety of outstanding global films through the Taos Shortz Film Festival Our films comprise of cutting edge provocative themes that create responses and awareness to our community that can change social views and consciousness. Short films are a response to our environment, the issues, happiness and circumstances we feel. Unlike features, the time they take to create emotes a type of spontaneity and thus more accessible. It’s all about bringing our community in touch with what’s going on in the global indie shorts world. Our final year continues to serve our community in this way.”
Highlights of this year’s festival include:
• A Native American Showcase (April 1 at noon) will feature films by and about tribes from Mohawk, Navajo, Muscogee, Chicksaw and Blackfoot regions.
• The T&A Round-Up (March 31 at 11 a.m.) will feature a select few favorite films from festival founders, Anna Cosentine and Duprelon Tizdale.
• The Taos Shortz Retrospective (April 2 at 2 p.m.)This is a look through our decade long archive of thought-provoking and inspiring cinema from around the globe.
• Awards Ceremony and Screening the Award Winning Short Films (April 2 at 6:22 p.m.)
Prizes will be awarded in several categories--Best Dramatic Fiction, Best Comedy Fiction, Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best OOTO (Out of the Ordinary) Directors Choice, People's Choice. Following the Awards Ceremony will be a screening of all the award winning short films.
Special events include a March 30, 10 p.m. Opening Nite Pint at Eske’s Brew Pub; a March 31, 10 p.m. Fare-Thee-Well After Party at Taos Mesa Brewing with the band, Wagogo; a, April 1, 10 p.m. After Party at the Alley Cantina; and an April 2, 4:20 p.m. Aerocus Mixer at Salon X.
Screenings will take place at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $5-15, or by Hmmm Pass for $97. For more, visit taosshortz.com.