ALBANY -- Locally made films of the "short and really short" variety and free coupled with free popcorn will be the attractions at the third annual Albany FilmFest, which will screen entries from noon to 7 p.m. March 2 at the Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave.

"It's a really fun, family day," said Naomi Lucks, one of the organizers. "It's $5 to get in, come and go as you please, kids are $1. People have a really good time. It's very small-towny. It's a fun little festival. It doesn't take itself seriously."

And the free popcorn, she added, is a trademark of the festival.

This year's lineup includes some 45 short films, an hour focused on children and an interview with Chilean musician and filmmaker Quinque Cruz by fellow filmmaker Rick Tejada-Flores.

Awards will be announced at 4 p.m.

Among the entries this year:

  • "Let's Pollute" is a satire from GeeFwee Boedoe decrying pollution waste and consumerism.

  • "Galileo's Grave" is an offbeat romance about a man who listens to satellites every night as they orbit the earth and a woman who records ghostly voices in a graveyard.

  • "The Nightlight Zone" looks at a boy and his iPhone taking a trip to the nightlight zone.

  • "Make it a Great Day" about a batch of newborn chicks and one that heads out for a very different fate than the other hatchlings.

    Boedoe will host part of the children's hour from noon to 1 p.m. that will include several animated shorts and even films made by children.


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    Boedoe, a longtime Pixar animator who worked on the Emeryville studio's hit features "Monsters, Inc." and "The Incredibles," has been on the judging panel all three years. He will also be showing his film, "Bought Some Cheese," which he worked on with his young daughter.

    Cruz is a musician who was imprisoned and tortured in Chile by the Pinochet regime. He went on to win awards for his work on the PBS documentary "Archaeology of Music." He will discuss filmmaking with Tejada-Flores, himself an award-winning East Bay filmmaker and one of the judges of the festival. Each will show a short film that they made.

    Kicking off the festival weekend is a gala gathering from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 1 at the Community Center that will include the chance to meet and mingle with filmmakers and judges while enjoying food and wine from local restaurants.

    Tickets for the gala will be available at the door for $25.

    A raffle will be held on Saturday and tickets will be for sale both days.

    For more details on the weekend's events go to www.albanyfilmfest.org.