Nevada City is home to some of California's most passionate folk musicians, but it's also home to the eclectic Nevada City Film Festival, which takes place this weekend from Thursday, Aug. 14 to Sunday, Aug. 17.

The festival is heavily weighted toward national and international short films, which will be screened in groups of about an hour, with full-length films spattered throughout, as well as Q&A's, panels and workshops with filmmakers, writers and editors. Some of the guests include representatives from Current TV, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and Rights Workshop.

Particularly of interest to The Bay Bridged is a panel discussion on music in film, with Brian Reitzell, composer and producer of ambient and electronic music for films such as Stranger than Fiction and Lost in Translation.

An expected 1500 people will attend the festival, including many film fans from the Bay Area and LA. And of course, the event will feature many parties and events with local musicians performing, including the opening night after party with The Moore Brothers from Altadena.

Judges for the festival are from Rolling Stone, The San Francisco Chronicle and McSweeney's.

Tickets are $10 for opening night and $9 per program, or you can buy a full festival pass for $70.  Check out the Nevada City Film Festival website for more details.