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The 2nd Annual Machinima Interactive Film Festival took off this past weekend at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park. This free and all-ages event displayed short films and film trailers of independent film enthusiasts from around the world. Hundreds of film hopefuls have submitted their work to hoping to make the finals, with 40 videos making it to the final voting round. Although all of these original films fit into many different categories, most of the films revolved around geek culture – video games, comics, sci-fi, etc. To see all of this year’s entrants into the film festival, click here for the YouTube playlist, which includes some videos not shown at the actual festival.

An opening night reception took place Friday night, complete with complimentary food and drinks from local food trucks plus Lucky Buddha Beer. This reception would see the bulk of the entire weekend’s attendees, filling up the entire venue to capacity. Attendees also did not shy away from posting tons of pictures of drinking the free beer, showing the packed crowd of the reception night. I did not attend the reception, but attending the following day revealed that not many more people went back to the venue following the Friday night reception. Still, this meant that I could watch the various films peacefully without much exterior noise or distractions.

By clicking on the YouTube playlist linked above, you can watch all of the film submissions at your leisure. I watched a handful while at the festival, and I personally enjoyed these videos, in no particular order:

Of particular note, I truly enjoyed Controller. This Japanese film trailer depicts a girl who has absolute control over everything in the world via her mind, her struggle to want to live a normal life with her boyfriend, and the corporation who wants to seize her for their own malicious plans. If this film ever gets westernized, I can foresee a large anticipation for such a movie.

Interested in the results of the voting? Like Machinima on Facebook for the latest in their film festival, and to hear about the results first-hand when they report it. Make sure you save this weekend on your schedule for next year too, when returns for their third year of film submissions.

A Colossal Party for Two Mid-Size Champions
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 20
Beachwood BBQ, Long Beach

Catch some amazing rare beers at Beachwood Brewing this Wednesday night. Expect to see some rare beers from Beachwood Brewing as well as Firestone Walker.

2nd Annual Machinima Interactive Film Festival
November 22-24
Iam8bit, Los Angeles

Watch tons of independently-made video game short films at this film festival this weekend. The website does not mention anything else, such as entry fees, parking, age limits, times, etc.

Run or Dye – Orange County
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 23
Orange County Great Park, Irvine

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Orange County Great Park in Irvine. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50 per person in a team, or $55 for an individual, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

28th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 23
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
10:00 am, November 23-24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Taking place the weekend after Halloween, expect to see tie-ins with Halloween, as this expo will feature a Horror theme. Saturday costs $25, while Sunday costs $20. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

Zebrahead, Versus The World, Nations Afire, Sederra, and Safe Haven
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 23
House of Blues, Anaheim

Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale and $20 at the door. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

D.I., Battalion of Saints, Naked Aggression, Stop Breathing, Somali Pirates, Glue Gun in Ventura
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 23
Ventura Theater, Ventura

Get punked up this Saturday in Ventura, as D.I. headlines a show with lots of other great local punk rock bands. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale and $17 at the door.

Graffiti Run – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 24
Fairplex, Pomona

Love color runs? The Graffiti Run takes place this Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Runners should wear white worn to absorb the most color during the run. These types of runs emphasize color and having fun as opposed to actually racing to compete, so a participant’s age or physical status does not matter. The first race starts at 9am, and heats of 500 runners take off every 20 minutes afterwards. Registration costs $55, and $60 the day of.

23rd Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 24
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.