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Lefont, Landmark offer Atlantans chance to view Oscar-nominated shorts; Jewish Film Festival drew 31,000

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Atlantans can view Oscar-nominated shorts

Been catching up on your best picture contenders in preparation for Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony?

Lefont Sandy Springs also will offer the chance to screen all five nominees in the best documentary short category at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday. 5920 Roswell Road, Atlanta. $15. 404-255-0140, www.lefonttheaters.com.

Meanwhile, Landmark’s Midtown Art continues its daily run of separate programs of Oscar-nominated animation and live action short films. 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. $10.50; $8 ages 62 and up and under 12. 404-879-0160, www.landmarktheatres.com. www.shorts.tv/theoscarshorts. HOWARD POUSNER

Jewish festival prevails over winter weather

Two winter storms during its 23-day run couldn’t derail the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which attracted 31,000 amid snow and ice that required 18 screenings (including opening night at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre) to be hastily rescheduled.

“Our team worked incredibly hard to make sure the show still went on and ultimately we were able to reschedule every screening,” AJFF executive director Kenny Blank said in a statement about the event that concluded Feb. 20. “Our audience stuck with us and turned out in nearly record numbers, making the success of this year’s festival one of our proudest moments.”

Atlanta’s largest film festival drew a record of nearly 32,000 in 2013, causing organizers to add extra capacity this year by extending the event by a day, adding a seventh screening venue and and via other moves that likely would have paid even greater dividends in better weather.

The festival also announced the 2014 Audience Award winners: best narrative was “The Third Half,” Macedonia’s official entry for Oscar best foreign language film consideration; best documentary, “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love”; and best short film, “The Funeral,” a darkly humorous British coming-of-age tale. Check for an announcement of encores at www.ajff.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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