Ojai Short Film Fest keeping it short and awesome Dec. 13, 14 and 15

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The second annual Ojai Short Film Fest — presented by Carl Zeiss of Zeiss Camera Lenses — will be Dec. 13 to 15.
The cost is $15 for entrance to one all-day screening and $35 for a three-day pass. 
The three-day film fest will take place at the following venues:
— Dec. 13: Screenings from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ojai Retreat & Inn, 160 Besant Road, Ojai.
— Dec. 14 and 15: Desktop viewing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, at the Ojai Retreat & Inn.
— Dec. 14 and 15: Screenings from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sane Living Center, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai.
— Dec. 15: Awards ceremony starting at 7:30 p.m., at Ojai Harvest, 307 E. Ojai Ave.
The film fest is co-founded by producers and filmmakers Sunil Sadarangani of Los Angeles and Aman Segal of Ojai, both originally from India. 
When they say short, they mean short. Each film in the festival is from three minutes to 20 minutes long and they will be screened in blocks, so people will be able to watch six to eight films in the space of an hour to an hour and a half. 
“The festival will showcase some of the finest short-form content from local communities and around the world, using the medium of cinema to foster and empower independent artists into the mainstream,” Sadarangani said. “It will feature fiction narrative and documentary short films, and series episodes from the United States, India, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, United Kingdom, Sierra Leone, Portugal, and Italy to films starring Oscar® winners and nominees Marisa Tomei, Minnie Driver, Katie Holmes, Terry Rossio, and Ross Kauffman; and with spotlight on films from South Asia featuring celebrated Bollywood artists such as Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Divya Dutta, and Guneet Monga.
Sadarangani, who is also the director of programming, said he is excited about the line-up this year. “This being only our second year, we received a record 200-plus submissions!” Sadarangani said. “My programming team and I had a challenging time to narrow it down to 39 in-competition films that we had to allocate into various categories. We decided to break the norm of the usual genres to categorize our final selections and came up with six words that reflect a part of our human evolution: values, power, identity, choice, self and perception."
This year, the festival has also introduced a new “out-of-competition” selection. Sadarangani explained: "We couldn't fit and harmonize all the wonderful films we received into our in-competition selections, so we also introduced this section and will showcase these films at our ‘Desktop Viewing’ console on two iMacs at the Ojai Inn & Retreat. This way, people will get to see a wider selection of content this year. We will also have all the in-competition selections as well on the desktops, in case people miss any screenings at our main screening venue."
Co-founder Segal said: "Short films are a way for filmmakers to get in front of as many eyeballs as they can. Behind the scenes at Ojai Short Film Fest, we are looking for the next strategies, platforms or technologies that will make it possible for filmmakers to monetize their work now and into the future."
All in-competition films are eligible for the Audience Choice Awards — first, second and third place. The Ojai Short Film Fest is also introducing a special award category: The 'Awha'y Icon Awards, which will be given annually to icons of the entertainment industry from the United States and around the world. This year, The 'Awha'y Writer Icon Award will be given to Academy Award® nominee screenwriter Terry Rossio who wrote "Laboratory Conditions," one of the films in-competition this year, starring Marisa Tomei and Minnie Driver. He will be at the Dec. 15 awards ceremony  to receive the award.  He has written all five “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Aladdin,” the Oscar®-winning “Shrek,” “Deja Vu,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Mask of Zorro,” and the upcoming “Godzilla vs Kong.” 
The Ojai Short Film Festival named the award “Awha'y”  (pronounced a-ha-ee), which means "moon" in Chumash, said to be the original name given to Ojai by the Chumash.
“We felt the need to recognize, honor and respect the native inhabitants and the sacred land of Ojai,” Sadarangani said.
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