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The Humboldt International Film Festival, the world's oldest student-run film festival, returns to the Minor Theater (reopening for this event) April 20-23 with screenings nightly at 7 p.m. ($5 each night). Humboldt State University students invited independent filmmakers from around the world and whittled 225 submitted shorts from more than 25 countries down to 37 finalists, including Mourn, an experimental film by local filmmaker Camile Carpenter.

Audiences and judges, including Humboldt State University alums George Nelson and Michelle Cartier, and Emmy-winning director Howard L. Ritter, will see animation, experimental, documentary and narrative entries.

On Wednesday, April 20 it's Animation and Experimental movies, featuring Switch Man by Hsun-Chun Chuang, in which a city is under siege by the Evil Dr. Mantis, and a pair of movies by Xstine Cook about an orange monster named Lily.

Thursday, April 21 gets real with Documentary night. No need to wonder what Andrew Sobey's We Are Fucked: An Environmental Film is about, but A Drag Queen for Kids by Byron Karabatsos and Last Tear by Christopher H.K. Lee have us curious. Come back on Friday, April 22 for narrative shorts including Javi Navarro's I've Just Had a Dream and Total Awesome Viking Power by Morten Forland. Come on, you have to see that last one. Finally, wind it up with Best of the Fest, a playback of the winners on Saturday, April 23.

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