The Gong Shorts

When: Mon., Oct. 19, 7-10 p.m. 2015

Everyone gets a chance to be a critic during the sixth annual, one-night-only film festival created by event producer and local filmmaker Kimberly Suta. The rules of the fest are pretty simple: watch a few minutes of a San Antonio filmmaker’s short film and then vote on whether or not the movie should continue to play or if it should get gonged out of the competition with a swift swing of a mallet. There will be 20 shorts screened (or stopped), none of which went through the traditional weeding-out process most film festivals follow before creating a lineup. It might sound like a cutthroat way to end a film, but Suta says she appreciates audiences being respectful and coming out for some “lighthearted fun.” Plus, with a Q&A at the end of the evening, moviegoers and directors get a chance to share their viewpoints with each other. “It gives [filmmakers] an opportunity to get immediate feedback,” Suta told the Current. “I think the audience enjoys interacting directly with them, too.” Despite the Alamo Drafthouse hosting the event for the last five years, the festival’s new home for No. 6 is at the Alamo Street Eat Bar where the event will take place outdoors. “The weather should be perfect, so I’m looking forward to a change in venue,” Suta said. Local actor/comedian and Current contributor Jade Esteban Estrada returns to emcee the show.

Price: $10