Fortnite to Host Virtual Film Festival

Short Nite will show players 12 short films in-game.
Short Nite will show players 12 short films in-game. / Photo courtesy of Epic Games

Fortnite will host a virtual film festival in its Party Royale mode this weekend, showing 12 animated short films over the course of half an hour.

Short Nite, as the event is known, will start screening Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. ET. It will then repeat every half hour for the next 24 hours, giving Fortnite players plenty of time to check it out for themselves.

Among the films is "Bench," a short long-listed for a BAFTA and winner of the Los Angeles Animation Festival's top honors.

A new emote, Jumbo Popcorn, will be made available for the event. Players can add it to their collections Feb. 19, the day before the festival kicks off.

Fortnite continues to push its Party Royale mode in exciting directions; Short Nite builds on the in-game screenings of Christopher Nolan films in late 2020, which in turn built on the game's ever-growing line of in-game concerts.