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Best Film Series for Local Filmmakers

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Film festival competitions risk being clubby, self-congratulatory functions, but the IMAGE FILM & VIDEO CENTER cheerfully tramples on moviemakers' feelings with its new Short Lived! A Shorts Slam. The screenings take inspiration from "The Gong Show" by featuring three judges -- egged on by the audience -- who either let the competing shorts run in their entirety or cut offending films off with a gong, and honor the entries with awards for both best and worst efforts.

75 Bennett St. Suite N-1. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.

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