On Feb. 20, Pittsburghers can see Oscar-nominated animated shorts, attend a free dessert and drinks reception and get a sneak preview of the 32nd Cleveland International Film Festival.
Screening starts at 7:45 p.m. at the Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave. ($7 admission applies) and dessert and drinks will be served at nearby Legume, 1113 S. Braddock Ave., starting at 9:30 p.m.
At that event, patrons can win a pair of festival passes and an overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cleveland. Festival program guides also will be available, and you can look for them at Dollar Bank branches after Feb. 20.
If you plan to attend the post-movie event, festival organizers ask that you send an e-mail with the subject line “RSVP Pittsburgh” to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cleveland festival, showcasing 290 films from 60 countries, will be March 6-16 at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland. It will open with “Then She Found Me,” a romantic comedy based on the Elinor Lipman novel and directed by Helen Hunt.
(Photo: Bette in “Then She Found Me”)
Tickets for the opening night gala are $125 per person ($100 if you belong to the Cleveland Film Society). They include the film at 7 p.m. and a 9 p.m. party with Lipman.
For information on the festival, go to www.clevelandfilm.org. Tickets go on sale to members of the film society Feb. 18 and to the general public Feb. 25.