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One of those big-name films will be "The Pearce Sisters" from director Luis Cook. It was the winner of a BAFTA award for Best Animated Short (a BAFTA is the British equivalent of an Oscar), and will be showing during a Saturday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. slate of movies for older viewers in Malta Avenue School. All other slates of films will feature family-friendly programming.

All of the films will be shorts; some are as brief as three minutes, with a few stretching past the 20-minute mark. The schedule includes a number of world premieres and works from younger artists.

There will be a slate of experimental films showing in the Strolling Village Artisans building on Washington Street.

Also on tap for the weekend are two parties. The premiere party at Manna's will be "a big, fun, dance-clubby night party," according to Coady. There will also be after-parties on Friday and Saturday at sunset CafE and the 51 Front Street Wine Bar, respectively.

Attendees will have a chance to interact with the judges on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. at a panel discussion at the Brookside Museum.

"They'll be going through their experience of what it takes to get a film off the ground," said DeFabio. "I think they'll get into the differences between a high budget and low budget film, and what you can accomplish with a smaller budget."

For show times and more information on all films and events, check www.bspafilm.com.""

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