More Edmonds Film Festival events announced: new shorts, Loft social

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Just added to the Edmonds Film Festival: 'Binta Y La Gran"

As opening night draws near — just three days to go — the Edmonds International Film Festival has announced the screening of more films and events.

On Thursday, the Loft Cafe and Social Lounge will host the official preshow mixer, open to the public, starting at 5:30 p.m. This social event will be followed by the screening of Federico Fellini’s masterpiece, La Strada, plus two newly announced short films:

– “Binta Y La Gran Idea” (Binta and the Great Idea), a comedic tale of one simple man’s inspired desire to change the world, one person at a time, and a realistic glimpse into a culture in which women have little to no rights, and education is optional. “Binta Y La Gran Idea” has won over 70 awards, and was nominated for Best Live Action Short at the 2006 Academy Awards.

– “The Wonder Hospital,” an animated look at the illusion of beauty, told through symbolism and amazing 3D, CGI and hand puppetry. Winner of Best Animation Awards at Seattle International Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival.

On Friday, the festival has added the short “Coffee Break,” a glimpse into the Ethopian daily revered tradition of brewing coffee from scratch with no machines.

And Saturday will feature a film by Festival Director Trevor Greenfield, “Don’t Call Me a wo

"The Wonder Hospital" will be screened Thursday night.

Doctor,” described as “what happens when two young men set out looking for love in Seattle… in all the wrong places.”

The Edmonds International Film Festival presented by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce runs Oct. 20-24. For a complete list of movies and events and to purchase tickets, visit edmondsfilmfestival.com.

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