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6:29 AM Wed, Sept. 26th

ZGI Shorts Films Festival screens in Sedona this weekend

From brainy documentaries tackling real-world issues to whimsical narratives with zombies tackling each other for brains, the 12th annual Zaki Gordon Institute Film Festival offers films to whet a range of palates.

The event returns to the Yavapai College's Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking this weekend in Sedona.

Festivities take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday with the Career & Gear Fair, which includes demonstrations and information courtesy of equipment manufacturers, production companies and TV stations. That costs is $5 and includes a raffle ticket.

Screenings run from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Films include shorts from the winners of the 2012 High School Film Competition, current ZGI students, alumni and previous award winners. One day of screenings costs $8; both days of screenings cost $15 if you pay upfront.

Special events include the Screenwriting Awards & Director's Pick feature at 5:30 p.m. Saturday - the latter of which is dedicated to Marion Herrman - a screening of the alumni feature "Bullied to Silence," and a question-and-answer session with Tami Pivnick and Susan Broude at 10 a.m. Sunday.

A $30 weekend pass covers all events and includes free popcorn and two raffle tickets, which otherwise cost $5 or five for $20. Raffle prizes include Harkins packages, gold passes and accommodations for the Sedona International Film Festival, and more.

The festival culminates in an awards ceremony and raffle drawing at 5 p.m. Sunday. A 6:30 p.m. barbecue party featuring music by Nate Metro closes events.

All events are on the ZGI campus, 4215 Arts Village Drive, in Sedona. Buy tickets at the box office or call Rue at 928-649-4257. Visit zgi-yc.com/film-festival to read more about the event.