Film Shorts Fest Continues This Week at NoHo Laemmle

Some of the film shorts in the past 16 years have been nominated for Oscars.

Robert Arentz greeted the audience at the Family Animation program on Sunday at the  and said, “Unfortunately, this is one of the few more family-oriented parts of this festival.”

But it was fun, and he offered free tickets to children from local schools and a percentage of the ticket sales to go to area schools as a fundraiser.

The 16th Annual Los Angeles Shorts Fest continues through Thursday, culminating in an awards ceremony.

Local filmmaker and actor Fred Ochs debuts his short film “Scars” on Monday at 3:15 p.m. in a section called INTERVENTION which has stories dealing with dark secrets, family issues and personal problems.

“Scars” (screened by Studio City Patch) is a gripping, dark story about two damaged strangers who find in each other a family that they thought they would never be able to have. Ochs wrote, directed and starred in the film that was shot locally, and he said he is honored to have his movie screening at the festival.

Sunday’s FAMILY ANIMATION section included “The Gruffalo’s Child” with voices from Robbie Coltrane and Helena Bonham Carter, a new Pink Panther short called “A Very Pink Christmas” and “The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete,” a Western with gun-slinging pies.

Elizabeth McMahill, a writer and producer of “Poisonberry Pete” said the project was a college school project in Sarasota, Fla.

“I have not done this kind of animation before, and I am interested in acting, but I am super shy, and this was a way to explore acting through animation,” McMahill said. All of the three students involved in the project have landed animation-related jobs, including one as an intern at Disney.

Click here for the full schedule of what’s left this week at the LA Shorts Fest.


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