There are a lot of film festival out there — Venice, Cannes, Sundance, etc. If you can’t afford the jet-set lifestyle it takes to walk all those red carpets, you’re in luck. There are two film festivals this fall in Southwest Florida that won’t break the bank.
The 2013 Rush Library Film Series kicks off at Edison State College on Friday, Sept. 20, with “When You Feel Love,” which was shown at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
“Our region has a strong love for theater and the arts, and Edison State College wants to create additional opportunities for students — and anyone with a passion for the arts — to participate in more than classroom experiences,” said Jane Bigelow, faculty librarian and adjunct history professor at Edison State College.
The film follows a young man who comes to understand what it really means to be in love after realizing his previous mistakes. It was directed by Edison State College Fine Arts Adjunct Professor Steve Chase and features music composed by Chris Ludvigsen, Rush Library Circulation Services Assistant. Edison State College alumni Jed Krause and Willie Filkowski star in this short film, which was featured in the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival. Light refreshments will be served before the screening and a Q-and-A with the director and composer will follow the 25-minute film.
The second film, “Persepolis,” Oct. 4, is about Marji, an audacious and outspoken Iranian girl who grows up in Iran and Austria during the Islamic Revolution.
If you go
RUSH LIBRARY FILM SERIES
■ “When You Feel Love,” 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Screening includes food, drinks, Q&A with director and composer
■ “Persepolis,” 7 p.m. Oct. 4
■ “The Singularity is Near,” 7 p.m. Nov. 18
Something else: Faculty Librarian and U.S. History Professor Jane Bigelow leads a discussion after each screening
MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
When: 1 and 6 p.m. Sept. 27-29
Cost: $16, adults; $13.25, seniors; $10.50 children
The final film in the 2013 Rush Library Film Series, “The Singularity is Near,” Nov. 18, is based on Ray Kurzweil’s New York Times best-selling book, “The Singularity is Near: when Humans Transcend Biology.” The film is part documentary, part science fiction, and explores transhumanism and the evolving union of human and machine.
All films are at 7 p.m.
Also mark your calendar for the Manhattan Short Film Festival, which is being screened in theaters in more than 300 cities. It will be at Silverspot Cinema 1 and 6 p.m. Sept. 27-29.
After viewing the 10 finalists, the audience is asked to vote for the winning film. Votes are tallied by each host venue and sent to the festival’s New York City headquarters, where the winner will be announced Oct. 6.
The short films include:
■ “Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything”: Directed by Selma Vilhunen. Finland. A comedy about a chaotic morning in a family with kids and a mother determined to take care of everything herself.
■ “I Am A Big Ball Of Sadness”: Directed by Ken Urban. U.S. At a swanky, rooftop party in New York City, three guests try to get past their cocktail smiles.
■ “Irish Folk Furniture”: Directed by Tony Donoghue. Ireland. An animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland.
■ “Black Metal”: Directed by Kat Candler. U.S. The lead singer of a Black Metal band confronts the effect of his violent lyrics.
■ “Friday”: Directed by Seb Edwards. England. A young man plots revenge after losing his mother in a terrorist bombing in London.
■ “No Comment”: Directed by Alexandra Naoum. France. A girl has two unexpected encounters with men in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.
■ “Faces From Places”: Directed by Bastien Dubois. France. Portraits of Moscow, Pakistan, and Quebec as seen through the eyes of a traveling illustrator with a flair for adventure.
■ “Kizmet Diner”: Directed by Mark Nunnely. England. A singing waitress in a diner finds the song that opens the heart of a disinterested customer.
■ “Pale Of Settlement”: Directed by Jacob Sillman. U.S. Based on true events, the film tells the story of a Jewish boy, Moische, who must escape forced conscription into the Russian Army during the Crimean War.
■ “#30”: Directed by Timothy Wilde. Australia. A talented young actress auditions for the role of Hamlet and not even Shakespeare could anticipate the result.
Mark your calendar
Here's a quick look at upcoming film festivals and ongoing film series in Southwest Florida
■ “The Met: Live in HD” live screenings of the Metropolitan Opera season, beginning Oct. 5. See a schedule for Met Live in HD and find out how to buy tickets
■ The Black Maria Film Festival, Nov. 1-2, www.edisonfordwinterestates.
■ Fifth Annual Naples International Film Festival, Nov. 7-10. naplesfilmfest.com
■ Fort Myers Film Festival, March 19-23. fortmyersfilmfestival.com
■ Collier County Public Library fall film series. Showings are free, but registration is required. See website for details.
■ Center for the Arts Bonita Springs' Films for Film Lovers. This Monday nights series features foreign and independent films. See Film for Film Lovers site for full details.
■ Renaissance Academy offers film discussions throughout the fall, see www.fgcu.edu/academy