The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film will have a free public screening of the finalists for this year�s 9th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Juried Festival competition on Tuesday February 17th at 6:00 pm in the Rabb Lecture Hall of the Boston Public Library. While the Best Film is decided upon by Chlotrudis membership, members of the public in attendance will be able to cast their vote for the Audience Award.

Winners of both awards will be announced in March during the Chlotrudis Awards ceremony. Past winners of the Chlotrudis Short Film Trudy Award have gone on to greater acclaim at such festivals as Sundance, the Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFB), Tribeca, and South By Southwest (SXSW). Among last year�s group, 3 were accepted at the Palm Springs Film Festival�s prestigious ShortFest (DIVA, BRINGEBAER & THE TRUTH ABOUT FACES).

The eight finalists for the 2009 Trudy were selected from over 100 submissions from 15 countries. ENTROPY AND ME (left), by Car Nazzal , is a story of a chaotic, messy, cluttered room and the artist who lives inside of it. From Germany, GAINING GROUND (LAND GEWINNEN) by Marc Brummund depicts the struggle of an illegal immigrant and his family. LUCKY NUMBERS by UK�s Garrick Hamm is a story of hope and despair and lots of swearing, for a numbers nut. MIND THE GAP by Kristal Williams-Rowley follows 16-year old Sara Sullivan as she grapples with her father�s inadvertent involvement in a classmate�s suicide.

PARALLEL ADELE (right) by Adele Pham is a documentary about the lives of half-Vietnamese people (hapa), including the two filmmakers, both named Adele. SPACE by Mike Wilson tells the story of a girl and a boy � separated by stars, they attempt to rekindle their old romance, VICTORIA by Charles Sommer is a documentary about a disheveled piano and the people who play her. Rounding out the list, WELL-FOUNDED CONCERNS by Timothy Cawley follows the story of Nathan Weller, an unapologetic germaphobe and hermit, until a worldwide plague changes everything.