Thirty-one independent films from the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, France, Denmark and Sweden will be screened at the tenth edition of the Malibu International Film Festival in Santa Monica and Malibu Thursday through Saturday, August 6th through 8th.

Documentaries, short films, animated short films and feature films are part of the festival line-up at the Ocean Avenue Screening Room in Santa Monica and the Malibu Cinemas.

The festival opens with the screening of Mark Jacobs’ “Jesse’s Story” at 8 p.m. August 6th at the Malibu Cinemas, 3822 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. Tickets are $15, or $20 with opening night party admission. The film tells of Jesse Billauer, who became a quadriplegic following a surfing accident at 17 and continues to surf big waves despite his disability.

Films shown during Centerpiece Night August 7th will be screened at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. at the Ocean Avenue Screening Room, 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. The centerpiece film is Michael Oblowitz’s “Sea of Darkness” and is scheduled at 8 p.m. The film follows a group of “ragtag” surfers as they coast from high tide to high risk led by a man shrouded in mystery of near-mythical proportions.

Film screenings are scheduled 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 8th at Ocean Avenue Screening Room. The closing night film is Phillip Guzman’s “2:22,” scheduled at 6 p.m. The film follows a tight crew of four thieves who decide to take down a boutique hotel in the dead of winter when things go horribly wrong, with unsuspecting hotel guests unwittingly playing a part in this tangled web. Rooted in reality, the film draws its style from the classic French film “Rififi,” with the story telling of “Dog Day Afternoon.”

An awards presentation and reception will follow the screenings at 8 p.m.

For full event schedule and film descriptions, or to purchase tickets, www.malibufilmfestival.com/.

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