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Extremely Shorts Film Festival 2017
May 19- 20, 2017

Guest Jurors:
M.M. Serra of Film-Maker’s Cooperative
Marian Luntz of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Aurora’s annual Extremely Shorts Film Festival is an open-call, juried collection of adventurous, new short films (3 minutes or less) of all kinds and from around the world. Over the past two decades, the festival has been a fun and funky Houston event, showcasing a wide-ranging collage of new films from local, national, and international artists. The short format encourages a quick pace and a diversity of approaches and tones in the programs. Now in its 20th year, we’re happy to have the involvement of guest jurors M.M. Serra of Film-Maker’s Cooperative and Marian Luntz of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, who have selected films for the main and youth programs from more than 400 submissions from 37 countries! As always, the festival winners are chosen by you, the audience, at screenings on Friday and Saturday. This year, we’re also holding a special closing night celebration, including encore screenings of this year’s Audience Award Winners and a survey of films from 20 years of Extremely Shorts! (A ticket to that event includes a pass for admission to all other festival screenings, too!)

$10 / Free for Aurora members
Guest juror M.M. Serra, Executive Director of the legendary New York Film-Maker’s Cooperative, has selected over 20 mini-masterpieces from submissions for this year’s eclectic festival program. Audiences will vote for cash awards to be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place favorites.

$10 / Free for Aurora members and kids under 14
Guest juror Marian Luntz, Film Curator at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, has selected short films by young filmmakers (under 17) from around the globe. Audience members will choose the award-winners from this program of bold creative visions from young artists.

20-Year Survey and Awards Reception
$50 / $25 for Aurora members
(Includes admission to all festival screenings)
Join us for this very special closing night program and fundraiser celebrating 20 years of Aurora’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival! There will be drinks and hors d'oeuvres, the announcement of this year’s Audience Choice Award winners, and a special survey screening of work selected from 20 years of festival programs. Your ticket to this event also includes entry to any of the festival screenings.

The festival was a great success, thanks to particiapting filmmakers, guest jurors M.M. Serra and Marian Luntz, and fantastic audiences! We're happy now to announce the Audience Choice Awards. In the main program, Thinker by Carolyn Sorter (US) is the 1st prize winner, with 2nd a tie between Penaber by Ramazan Kilic (Turkey) and Remember Everything, To Not Forget Anyone by Paolo Caspani (Italy). The Audience Choice Winners for the "Extremely Young" program are Soccer Shoes by Saeed Arabtaheri (Iran) first, For Isabelle by Tilly Hobkirk (Australia) second, and The Party by Sam Winspear-Schillings and Matthew Robertson-Cachia (Australia) third. 


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