From Switch Man by Hsun-Chun Chuang
“I think that short films often contain an originality, a creative freedom, an energy and an invention that is inspiring and entertaining,” Kenneth Branagh once said. “I think they are, as Shakespeare put it, a good deed in a naughty world.”Naughty or not, our world is richer for short films. Specifically, Sanford has become a bigger cultural contributor to Central Florida since the Love Your Shorts Film Festival was launched in 2011. The four-day event returns to the historic Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center Feb. 11-14 with 62 short movies (under 30 minutes) from 17 countries. The event begins with a free “education day” featuring filmmaker workshops and movies from University of Central Florida students. The first of nine film blocks kicks off the festival proper at 7 p.m. Friday. While that block offers various genres, the next seven blocks cover one genre or theme each. They are E for Everyone, Documentary, Animation, Comedy and Sci-Fi/Horror on Saturday and Drama and Florida Flavor on Sunday. The event concludes with the Best of the Fest block, containing the top films from the previous blocks, as voted by attendees.
9:30 a.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11-14 | Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 203 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford | 407-321-8111 | loveyourshorts.com