Sorry, Ren Faire folks, this “Knight” has nothing to do with your Medieval Times laminate. This tournament—sans jousting—will pit short films against each other and give the audience a chance to vote for their favorite shortie flick in various categories. The weekend-long event at The Coffee Depot in downtown Riverside will include films such as Mike Bernstein’s Royalty Free, representing Chapman University, and Kristopher Hidalgo’s Give Me Life, representing Cal State Long Beach. But the plum date for us local yokels will certainly be Sunday’s lineup, since the competition is stocked with IE filmmakers. Film slingers from Alta Loma (Devino Tricoche’s Little Red, White & Blue), Chino (Edgar Muniz’s Scenes From a Fling) and River-city (Blake Shimshock’s Bathroom Valet and Paul Hendry’s Rebourne Identity) will all be represented here. In keeping with the medieval motif, the categories are named The Thespian’s Tournament (Drama), The Knight of the Realm’s Tournament (IE films), The Dragon’s Tournament (Horror), The Damsels Tournament (Women in Film) and—of course—The Court Jesters’s Tournament (Comedy). So, leave the Dungeon Masters Guide at home, make sure you catch the filmmakers’ Q&A and keep in mind that your vote will make short attention span history.
Knight of Shorts Film Festival at The Coffee Depot, 3204 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 222-2263; www.knightofshorts.com. Sat-Sun, Nov. 21-22, doors open 6:30PM Sat; 12:30PM Sun. $10.