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“This reads like the list of horses at the Hollywood Park Racetrack,” my friend said, flipping though my copy of the LA Shorts Fest program. He had a point -- Free Lunch, Hove (The Wind), Schrodinger's Cat -- these film short titles could easily inspire the naming of a racehorse. And after sitting in on the screenings of at least 100 of the shorts so far, I can say attending is as much fun as a day at the races and just as unpredictable.

The 13th Annual Los Angeles Short Film Festival opened this past Thursday with a red carpet event attended by a number of stars with projects in the festival, including Scarlett Johansson, Courteney Cox, Demi Moore, Kirsten Smith and Patrick Warburton. The festival will wrap up on Friday, July 31st, with an awards ceremony at 5pm. Officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences and the largest short film festival in the world, The LA Shorts Fest has presented 33 films that have received Oscar nominations, with 11 of those taking home statues.