Festival here to present short film finalists

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Five short films will have their Pittsburgh premieres at the second annual Robinson International Short Film Competition at 7:30 p.m. May 8 at the SouthSide Works Cinema.

One filmmaker will receive the first prize of $10,000 and two honorable mentions also will be awarded along with $3,000 each; the names of the winners will be revealed that night.

The event, honoring the memory of Sanford N. Robinson Sr., is being presented by JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum.

Judy Robinson and her children, Heather and David, screen entries and help to select the winners, with the aid of a panel of judges.

Submissions had to contain an essence of Jewishness in theme, history or culture.

The five finalists emerged from 29 entries ranging from five to 40 minutes each.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs. Tickets: JFilmPgh.org or call 412-992-5203.

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