2010 marks the twelfth year of the 24fps International Short Film Festival. The unique, curated exhibition and competition began as a small-scale, localized publicity stunt in 1999, geared toward creating buzz about the Paramount Theatre’s annual film series, and encouraging a younger generation to become invested in the future of the landmark facility.

Initially named WESTfest, the event quickly expanded regionally, then statewide, then nationally. In 2002, the scope of the festival was broadened to include international artists. In 2006, after several years of quickly making its mark on the short film competition scene, it was renamed 24fps. From 2006 to the present the fest has expanded tremendously.

Now beginning its twelfth year, 24fps is an internationally recognized event, attracting submissions from over 20 countries, and showcasing independent and student artists from every discipline of filmmaking. In 2009, the festival selection committee received over 480 submissions, including films showcased at the Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Siggraph, Venice, Tribeca, USA, and LA Shorts festivals.

The exhibition venue, the landmark Paramount Theatre, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its elegant, atmospheric interior is the perfect setting for film screenings. Spanish and Moorish architecture dramatically highlighted with deco detailing and hand-blown lighting fixtures combine to create the illusion of sitting in an open-air courtyard, complete with twinkling stars and passing clouds overhead.

The 24fps competition is open to any independent and student filmmaker worldwide. Submissions for the 2010 curated exhibition and competition will be accepted until Monday, October 4th. To be eligible for Official Selection, the film must be 20 minutes or less in running time and completed after January 1, 2007. Entry forms, rules, and guidelines can be found on the Entries page.