This week, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival unspools its annual program of several dozen short and feature films not previously seen locally on a big screen. After it's done, expect to see more from the nation's oldest film fest year-round.

This week, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival unspools its annual program of several dozen short and feature films not previously seen locally on a big screen. After it's done, expect to see more from the nation's oldest film fest year-round.

On the shorts side, Thursday's program presents a compilation of award-winning student films. Kid-friendly international animated shorts will screen early Saturday.

Saturday evening, "Animation 4 Adults" features the Ohio premiere of Bill Plympton's "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger" and will be followed by the first CIFVF awards party to be open to the public, offering free food and Brothers Drake mead.

For features, on Friday there's the Oscar-nominated "Which Way Home," an eye-opening, heartbreaking view of illegal immigration by kids. The fest closes Sunday with "Percy Schmeiser: David Versus Monsanto," which examines the legal battles between genetically modified seed producers and independent farmers who find that the wind has brought unwanted seed to their land.

Following the fest, CIFVF will not only continue its monthly free screening program, it will expand a new program that offers workshops for filmmakers on topics such as screenwriting and website creation. Details will be shared on the fest's website and Facebook page.