Cool Short Films At The Crest

by Chris Narloch

Fans of short films will have a field day this week at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre as that historic movie palace presents a multitude of award-winning mini-movies that are nominated either for the Oscar or for France’s equivalent of the Oscars.

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts

Every year at Oscar time, the Crest screens the nominated short films in all three categories: animation, live action, and documentary.
With the Academy Awards airing this coming Sunday, Feb. 26, the week before is the perfect time to check out the nominees on the big screen before the big show.

Beginning today, Monday, Feb. 20 through this Friday, Feb. 24, the Crest will feature a film festival each night – except for Tuesday evening -- allowing you to view all the short film nominees plus some other highly acclaimed shorts.

Both the animation and the live action programs will be shown the first day, Feb. 20, and then the festival picks up again on Wednesday with the first part of a two-night documentary program.

Due to their length, the documentary shorts are split in to two programs, and the second part screens on Thursday night, Feb. 23.

Things wrap up on Friday evening, Feb. 24 with an encore of the animation program, which is traditionally the most popular of the short film categories.

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10th Annual Mini French Film Festival

Not to be outdone, Sacramento’s French Film Festival (SFFF) presents its 10th Annual Winter Short Film Screening, a presentation of the short films, both live action and animation, nominated for the 2017 Cesar Awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars).

After the films are shown on the big screen at the Crest, the audience will be invited to vote for the “Sacramento Cesar Awards” while enjoying coffee and pastries provided by the Festival’s official sponsor, Coffee Works.

The Crest bar will also be open all evening, serving wine and pastis or champagne cocktails for only $5. (All bar proceeds benefit the SFFF.)

Additionally, Empress Tavern, the amazing restaurant beneath the Crest, will be serving a very special prix fixe, 3-course French dinner at 5 p.m. this Saturday. (The deadline to make dinner reservations is Monday, Feb. 20.)

The 41st Cesar Ceremony will have been held the day before (Friday, Feb. 24), and the Cesar winners will be announced at the end of the evening, along with results of the Sacramento voting.

Will Sacramento agree with the French Academy Awards on the winners? Find out on Feb. 25th.

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