Film notes: 3 films compete in Film Factory finals

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Tickets remain for the final chapter of the Steeltown Film Factory competition that will crown a winner on Saturday and award up to $30,000.

Pittsburgh actors will read the scripts for three short films still in contention from an initial field of 200: “Franksgiving” by Stephen Knezovich, “Rainy Days” by Julie Jigour and “The Beat Goes On” by Randy Kovitz.

The winner, chosen by a panel of industry judges, will receive up to $30,000 to make the short film, a premiere of the work at the Three Rivers Film Festival in November and a trip to Hollywood.

The event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Point Park University’s GRW Theater in the University Center. General admission, $15, with student ticket, $5.

Go to to order tickets, read the scripts or, starting on Saturday, vote for the best script as part of a Community Showcase.

Special  ’TFIOS’ June 5

If you’re counting down the days to “The Fault in Our Stars,” 20th Century Fox will hold the special event “The Night Before Our Stars” June 5 at 8:30 p.m.

Fans can be among the first to see the movie and be part of a live simulcast Q&A with actors Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff along with author John Green, director Josh Boone and producer Wyck Godfrey.

Also promised is a “very special surprise” for attendees, who will receive a commemorative charm bracelet and poster that night.

Tickets, $25, are on sale now. See for participating theaters, including Cinemark, AMC, Regal, Landmark and Cineplex.

“TFIOS” was shot in Pittsburgh, which portrays Indianapolis and Amsterdam.

Pine film freebies

Pine Community Center will show three free movies this summer in Pine Community Park: “Despicable Me 2,” June 18; “Monsters University,” July 9; and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” Aug. 13.

They’ll start at dusk and in the event of rain, the movie will be shown one week later. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair; you can buy refreshments at the concession stand. 

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