VERO BEACH  ― The Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival isn’t letting a little pandemic stop the show. The four-year old festival has replaced the 2020 event with online film screenings, while planning to welcome fans back into the theaters in 2021.

On July 25 at 7 p.m., the VBWFF hosts “The Best of Asbury Shorts USA,” a screening of award-winning short films. Producer Doug LeClaire of Asbury Shorts USA will host a live conversation with viewers following the films.

The virtual screening will play on your smart TV or the digital device of your choice. Enjoy brilliant film shorts from the comfort of your couch.

Asbury Shorts has presented a non-competitive touring showcase of the world's most entertaining short films for 40 years. Their screenings at the Vero Beach Museum of Art over the past six years have usually sold out.

This first-ever virtual screening will run approximately two hours and include Oscar nominees, film festival winners, and international honorees. There will be animation, comedy, drama, documentary, and experimental films.

Highlights include "The Tailor," winner of Best Short Film at The Hills Film Festival in Connecticut; and "Pickle," a documentary that examines the complicated relationships people have with their pets.

Chef Ashley Allison has created a dinner for two to go with the films. Dinner may be ordered when you purchase film tickets and picked up at COLAB Vero in downtown Vero Beach on Saturday after 5 p.m.

Wine pairings are available for purchase from Varietals & More. Call (772) 217-2780 to reserve your selections, including Macon-Uchizy White Burgundy and a Chalk Hill Russian River Chardonnay for $21.99. Curbside pick-up is available.

Tickets are $20 for the film screenings, or $40 including Chef Ashley Allison's dinner for two. Visit https://virtualtheater.eventive.org/welcome to purchase tickets and dinner.

For more information about the Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival including their plans for 2021, visit https://vbwff.com/.

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