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In the back of their minds when Kay Foster, Mike Mathew and Kim and Don Olsen purchased the Babcock Theatre in 2008 was bringing movies back to the historic theater.

Kim Olsen said working as an usher at the Babcock Theatre was her first job. And she's still trying to keep feet off the seats and popcorn off the floor.

With the purchase of new projection equipment, put in place just days before the Magic City Shorts Film Festival on Saturday, the Babcock is once again the movie palace of Billings.

The Magic City Shorts Film Festival is being presented by the Babcock Theatre and The Billings Gazette.

The daylong event will feature screenings of the 18 short films submitted in the contest, which drew entries from five states. The early screening runs from noon to 2 p.m. and features 11 films.

The premiere event is 7 to 10 p.m. It features the top 8 films, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, hosted by Rocky Mountain College adjunct professor Dave Shumway and Jaci Webb, arts and entertainment reporter for The Billings Gazette.

Billings and Los Angeles comedian Lukas Seeley will serve as emcee. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The four prize winning films will be announced that night. They include a $750 prize for the Geno Foster Best of Show, and three $250 prizes for Best Student Entry, Best Open Entry, and People's Choice Award.

A screening schedule and bios of filmmakers follows:



Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.