August Wilson Center
October 25 
— 29
Various times

Last month, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts announced that its long-running Three Rivers Film Festival will move from November to spring 2018. This fall, cinephiles can get their motion picture fix at the inaugural Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival.

The region’s first festival of its kind, Pittsburgh Shorts will pack a ton of programming into five days. Showcasing emerging filmmakers and top contemporary shorts (40 minutes or less) from 20 countries, the unique festival will focus its lens on promoting the intersection of “art, tech, cultural tolerance and diversity.”

Celebrating the art of independent filmmaking, the festival will feature 90 films presented in blocks of 7-10 titles, including narratives, documentaries and animation. Augmenting the on-screen lineup will be talks with visiting filmmakers, a virtual reality exhibit, family-friendly shorts, and a Halloween happening.

Presented by Film Pittsburgh, the series gets rolling with an opening night bash October 25. Dubbed “Love & Laughter” — which we could all use a heavy dose of — the event will feature eight “feel-good films,” including “Love in the Age of Like” and “Spice Sisters,” and an after-party catered by Big Burrito.

On October 28, don’t miss the festival’s Halloween costume party showcasing suspense, thriller and horror films like “Watch Out,” “Grandma’s House” and “Pet Monkey.”

View a schedule and buy tickets.