Short Short Story Film Festival celebrates brevity in its 10th year, November 26th in Providence
The Short Short Story Film Festival highlights some of the world’s best “short-short” independent films, all of which tell a story in under six minutes. The festival is produced right here in Rhode Island, and the 10th edition screens at AS220 in Providence at the main stage on Saturday, November 26th.
The 10th edition of the festival will present screenings throughout the day along with a small catered reception at 5:30pm with refreshments, a limited edition poster reveal, and music by DJ Madame B and special guests.
Co-organizer and creative director Toni Pennacchia explains, “This year’s programs feature both live action and animated films. While it might seem unusual to mix the styles, the festival is about the story and not the medium to tell it. It’s a small festival of small films, but it’s still world-class quality.”
She adds, “We present a wide variety of themes and moods in the same time of a typical feature-length film. The success of these stories is that they are driven more by depth than length. We focus both on succinctness and genuine storytelling – our films aren’t just concept pieces.” She maintains that in spite of their brevity, the films have classic story elements like buildup of conflict and resolution, though some things may be more implied than stated. The bite-sized films are carefully woven using her craft of decades of experience as a radio music DJ in Southern New England.
The Heartstrings program, which screens at 2:00 pm and again at 6:30 pm, explores films of a more sentimental nature –comic, romantic, or tragic. The Headtrip program, screening at 4:00 pm and 8:30 pm, presents weirder and more off-center films, from black comedies to thrillers to head-scratchers.
The festival includes audience voting for their favorite films in each program, with DJ Madame B and special guests mixing soundscapes between and after screenings.
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