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Pop some popcorn and grab those Milk Duds: The Love Your Shorts Film Festival is returning this weekend to showcase student film talent from Feb.11-14.

The event, located in Sanford, includes free film making workshops and an variety of student films as part of Education Day, the first day of the festival sponsored by UCF's College of Arts and Humanities.

“This kind of connection between the university, artists and citizens is what UCF’s College of Arts and Humanities is all about,” said Lisa Mills, associate professor of film for the college’s School of Visual Arts & Design. “The day will feature one-of-a-kind workshops where anyone can learn the filmmaking process.”

On Feb. 11, three workshops will be available for both veteran and beginning filmmakers.The day's events are as followed:

  • At 9:30 a.m.: Mills leads a “Finding the Talent You Want: How to Cast your Independent Film” workshop at the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 E. 1st St.
  • At 10:30 a.m.: Mills leads a “Directing Your Talent: How to Work with Cast Members on Your Independent Film” workshop at the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Lukas Hassel, a New York actor, director and writer, leads a workshop at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center., 201 S. Magnolia Ave. 
  • From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.:  A selection of shorts from the UCF Film Shorts Film Festival is shown at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center 

The rest of the festival will showcase 61 different short films from 17 countries around the world. The films will be seperated into different blocks by categories such as animation, documentary, comedy, drama and Florida flavor. Two UCF student films will be featured in the Florida Flavor block.

Each block of films is $8 a person, and it is $55 for a weekend pass. The films will be shown at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.

For a film schedule and ticket information, visit the festival website's ticket page.

All the Education Day workshops are free, but if you are planning to attend the workshop you are asked to register at the festivals website, LoveYourShorts.com.

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Christopher Davis is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @ChristopherDTV or email him at ChristopherD@CentralFloridaFuture.com

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