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CineBistro hosts Vail Film Festival Animated Shorts event Saturday, Feb. 20

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What: Animated Shorts Nominations, part of the Vail Film Festival’s Winter Screening Series.

When: Noon Saturday, Feb. 20.

Where: CineBistro, 141 E. Meadow Drive, No. 104, Solaris building, Vail.

Cost: $10.

More information: The series continues with “Barista” on Saturday, March 19, and “Youth” on Saturday, March 26. Both films will show at noon. To learn more, visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.com. To view the trailers for the films, visit http://www.shorts.tv/theoscarshorts.

VAIL — The Vail Film Festival presents the first of its Winter Screening Series, the 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts, on Saturday, Feb. 20, just eight days before the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28.

This year's program spans a wide range of countries, including the United States, Chile, Russia and the United Kingdom. The Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts screening will take place Saturday at noon at CineBistro in Vail. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at http://www.vailfilmfestival.com.

Compelling stories

"We're excited to bring these rich, compelling short stories to Vail," said Megen Musegades, Vail Film Festival associate director. "Critics have been hailing this year as one of the strongest in recent years. The Vail audience will have the opportunity to watch the shorts before they announce the winner on Feb. 28, perfect for a little friendly Academy Awards competition."

The films include "Bear Story," "We Can't Live Without Cosmos," "Sanjay's Super Team," "World of Tomorrow" and "Prologue," all of which range from 6 to 17 minutes long.

Four additional highly commended films will also be shown, including "If I was God," "The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse," "The Loneliest Spotlight" and "Catch It." All of the films have an approximate PG rating, except for "Prologue," which is not suitable for kids. "Prologue" will screen last, and a warning on screen will alert parents in the audience before it shows, in case any families who are in the audience want to leave slightly early.

The Winter Screening Series will continue on Saturday, March 19, with "Barista," a documentary that follows five top baristas as they push the limits of coffee perfection to win the National Barista Championship. The series comes to a close on Saturday, March 26, with "Youth," an Italian comedy drama film that follows Fred (Michael Caine), a retired composer and conductor who vacations at a Swiss spa with his longtime friend Mick (Harvey Keitel). As Mick crafts what may be his final screenplay, Fred is given the opportunity to perform for the queen.

The 13th annual Vail Film Festival, which takes place April 7 to 10, will showcase more than 50 films from around the world, including narrative features, documentaries, short films, student films, environmental films and a family film showcase. For festival passes, film-screening tickets or more information, visit http://www.vailfilm festival.com.