Put on by the same people who produce the Akron Film Festival, Revenge of the Freakishly Short Animation Festival returns for the second year to the Akron Art Museum (1 S. High, Akron, 330.376.9185, akronartmuseum.org) for screenings at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 29, and 2 p.m. Saturday, October 31. One of the highlights is the premiere of Seeds of the Damned, a film by Akron-based director and animator Cory Sheldon. Sheldon made the entire short — which he calls a "piteous look at botanical apartheid" — on his home computer. The festival features 15 movies from the U.S. and Europe, but the total running time is only 70 minutes. "Last year was our first year to put together a Halloween program," says co-executive director Rob Lucas. "We were really inspired by its success. It's a unique program, especially for the Akron area. They're all original films by real filmmakers. It's a short program, which is kind of cool. It's not three hours of difficult-to-swallow shorts. It's a really fun program." For more information and to check out a trailer for the festival, go to akronfilm.com.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers director Andrew Swensen will be in town on Monday, November 2, to promote the upcoming Three Rivers Film Festival, taking place in Pittsburgh November 6-21. He'll introduce the 7 p.m. films at the Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd.) and then head down the street to Jimmy O'Neill's Tavern (2193 Lee Rd.) to meet informally with film buffs. The Three Rivers Film Festival program includes more than 50 films and a series of parties and post-screening discussions. Go to 3rff.com for information.
The Summit County Progressive Democrats are hosting a special showing of Rethink Afghanistan, a documentary about current U.S. involvement in that country. The screening takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 29, at the Akron-Summit County Public Library (60 S. High St., 330.643.9000, akronlibrary.org) and will be followed by a Q&A session with Afghan vets. The screening is free, but reservations are required. Go to bravenewtheaters.com for more information.
The 2380 Project Film Festival doesn't take place until mid-February, but organizers are currently looking for submissions, and there's no fee if you get your film to them before November 30. Contact the festival's director, Ben Sliwa at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.