Photo courtesy of the Paramount Theatre/24fps International Short Film Festival

The Historic Paramount Theatre will allow audiences a rare glimpse into the minds of talented, independent filmmakers at the 24fps International Short Film Festival, Friday and Saturday.

From a field of projects submitted to the theatre (528 this year), 30 have been named Official Selections and will be screened for the public this weekend. Selected projects have representation from the United States, France, Canada, Norway, Italy, Brazil, Poland, Romania and the UK, and include narrative, animated and experimental genres.

An official and professional jury will award cash prizes to the top films of the festival. This year’s professional jury panel consists of five industry professionals from across the United States. “This juried competition and public exhibition is one of the most unique in the nation, showcasing award-winning films from high-profile festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Los Angeles,” stated Barry Smoot, festival director.

The films will be presented over the course of three unique programs as a part of the 24fps 2010 Jury Exhibitions. Program A, which includes 10 films from around the world (20 minutes or less) is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. A family-friendly, Matinee Program (10 films) screens Saturday at 2 p.m. Program B (10 films) concludes the festival that same evening at 7 p.m. Awards will follow. General admission tickets are $8. A festival pass, which allows the holder access to all three programs, is available for $15. For more information, visit or call 325-676-9620.