The 2008 Columbus International Film and Video Festival will be held Nov. 14-16 at the Canzani Center on the campus of the Columbus College of Art and Design, located in downtown Columbus at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Gay Street.

The 2008 Columbus International Film and Video Festival will be held Nov. 14-16 at the Canzani Center on the campus of the Columbus College of Art and Design, located in downtown Columbus at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Gay Street.

The film festival showcases the work of filmmakers from all over the world.

"Our Friday night film, which is the 14th, is a big feature picture out of Ireland called 'Strength in Honour,' which stars Michael Madsen and Richard Chamberlain," said Susan Halpern, the festival's executive director. "It's sort of a 'Million Dollar Baby' meets 'Snatch.' It's a really lovely picture, it's beautiful. It has a really beautiful score, it's all Irish music."

"Strength and Honour" director Michael Madsen will introduce the film and participate in a question-and-answer session afterward.

The festival will present several screenings in satellite locations throughout the community. One of those screenings is "The Challenge of Change: In the Melting of the Alps," a documentary about climate change which screens on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. at Germania, 543 S. Front St., in German Village.

The festival will once again present children's cartoons from around the world on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Canzani Center. Featured animated films include "Red and Blue" by Tyler Ayres of Westerville.

Ayres, who made "Red and Blue" as his thesis as part of a master's program at Ohio State University, used the digital design programs Maya and After Effects to create the four-minute film about a red balloon and a blue balloon.

"It's a story that mainly focuses on the blue balloon. It's told through a rhyming narrator, very Dr. Seuss. Each day the characters have a race. Each day the blue balloon loses over and over again and the red balloon picks on him. It deals with bullying and self-esteem," Ayres said.

"The blue balloon decides not to race again. He flies away. As he flies away, he gets frustrated with what happened and ends up doing a back flip. Earlier in the animation, you learn he can't really fly in a straight line and that's why he keeps losing. He figures out this is his way to fly."

A new aspect of the festival this year is a selection of animated films for adults on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.

"We're primarily known for documentaries and features, but we're covering a lot more animation this year," Halpern said.

Several innovative animated films will also be screened during the student showcase on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Canzani Center.

One of the student filmmakers featured is Beth Albright, who used 3D animation to put a new spin on the Goldilocks fable with her film "Goldilocks Redirected."

"My goal for making this film was to spend time exploring the visual look of the film," said Albright, who will graduate with a master's degree in December from Ohio State University's art and design program and begin an internship at famed animation studio Pixar in January.

"I wanted to use a story that was an existing story that people were familiar with because I didn't want to spend a lot of time introducing characters or setting up a storyline."

Another student filmmaker, Rasean Johnson, wrote and directed a live-action film called "The Price of Pride." The story centers on a man who has fallen on hard times and starts telling a friend about his plans for the future.

"It was a final project for my class," said Johnson, who is majoring in theater and minoring in video arts at Ohio State. "I wanted to tell a story about someone who didn't have anything."

Johnson not only wrote, directed and edited "The Price of Pride," he also acted in the seven-minute film.

"I really enjoy being on both sides of the camera," said Johnson, who is a member of an Ohio State student filmmaking group called Reel Buckeye.

For a complete schedule of films to be screened during the Columbus International Film Festival, visit www.chrisawards.org.

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The film "The Challenge of Change: In the Melting of the Alps" screens on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Germania, 543 S. Front St., in German Village.