Short Shorts—The Southwest Film Center at UNM is looking for a few good shorts. The First Annual SWFC Short Film Festival is a chance for aspiring young filmmakers to show off their talents. Organizers are looking for films/videos in four categories: Narrative, Music Video, Experimental and Documentary. Films should be no longer than 20 minutes and must be accompanied by a $20 admission fee. Deadline for submission is Thursday, April 15. Winners will be showcased in a series of public screenings beginning Thursday, April 29, and awards will be handed out on Saturday, May 1. For complete info, including a submission form, log on to swfc.unm.edu/filmfestival.html.
Cartoon Confab—To help celebrate the opening of the Japanese animated film Tokyo Godfathers, Madstone Theaters will be hosting a special discussion this Friday, April 9, following the 7 p.m. debut screening. Cartoonist, illustrator and frequent Alibi cover art contributor Ted Slampyak will be on hand to relate the film's creative process and story line to his own online creation Jazz Age Comics. Like the film, Slampyak's work mixes nostalgic whimsy with historical realism. You can log on to www.jazzagecomics.com to learn more about Slampyak's weekly Web-based comic strip, or on to www.madstonetheaters.com for find out more info on this special screening.