"When a commercial happens, I come out on stage and we do trivia contests," said Tim Neeley, director of the Children's Film Fest, which will take place May 18-20. "We give away DVDs, gift certificates, so much stuff."
Fancy dress is optional, added Neeley, although one woman is dressing as the Queen of England in honor of the film "The Queen."
"We have to have these fundraisers to keep these festivals going," said Neeley, also director of the California Independent Film Festival. "The film festival itself doesn't generate much money."
Call 558-2797 this weekend to buy tickets for Oscar Night, which is sponsored by AT&T. The Contra Costa Jewish Film Festival is taking place Feb. 24-March 3; visit www.jfed.org.