About 50 filmmakers are scheduled to attend. Festival passes are $40, and individual tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. For more information, go to www.aviff.com. Films will shown from Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Australia, as well as the United States. Three features and a documentary will be premiered. They include “Sounds of Sand” from Belgium and France about an East African family that leaves a dried-up village on a treacherous journey into the desert in search of water and hospitable terrain. It will debut at 8 p.m. Saturday. “Forfeit,” a U.S. feature, will be screened at 3:45 p.m. Saturday and is a heist flick that explores the human traits of greed, obsession and revenge. Sherry Stringfield of “ER” and Wayne Knight of “Seinfeld” are in the cast. “Dog Days Dream” from Japan, a droll black comedy about a young, poverty-stricken couple trying to cope with a long hot summer with no air conditioning, will screen at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A documentary – “Blasted!!! The Gonzo Patriots of Hunter S. Thompson” – will be screened at 5 p.m. Sunday. The film is about an Aspen newspaper essay contest for private artillery owners to describe why they should be the ones to fulfill the Gonzo journalist’s last wish to have his ashes fired from a cannon. A series of short films will open the festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Movie shorts shot in the Antelope Valley or created by Antelope Valley filmmakers will open the Saturday program at 11 a.m., followed by another program of shorts at 1 p.m. A Saturday night shorts program will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a program of midnight shorts starting at 11:59 p.m. Sunday will feature more shorts at 11:30 a.m. and closing-night shorts at 8 p.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world will be showcased this weekend at the 11th annual Antelope Valley Independent Film Festival. Seventy-seven films will be shown, including three Oscar nominees and official selections of the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. “It’s actually a record for the festival – by nearly a dozen,” said Mike Traina, festival founder and director. “We are running quite a few shorts. We have increased the number of local submissions, so we have a program of local films and local filmmakers.” There will be filmmaker discussions after the screenings. The films will be shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Cinemark Movies 12, 44790 Valley Central Way, Lancaster.