The Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary by turning its annual fest into more of a party. “This year we thought we’d try something different, a little less formal, so people can drink and mingle while the films are showing,” says Scott Rudolph, co-founder of the festival. The opening event, titled Chicago Night, will showcase twelve area filmmakers and will be hosted at Gold Coast pub The Original Mother’s. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and socialize with the shorts’ creators. The following ten programs, comprised of more than a hundred films, will include “Kid’s Shorts!” “‘Right On’ Shorts” and the event’s most popular, “‘Growing Up Sucks’ Shorts.” These programs and more will be hosted at Columbia College’s Film Row Cinema Friday night through Sunday afternoon. The festival closes with a reel of the festival’s most popular shorts at Mahoney’s Pub and Grill in West Town. For more info, visit projectchicago.com.