PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

The third annual American Documentary Film Festival will get underway tonight with a gala and two film screenings.

The 5:30 p.m. gala at Camelot Theatres precedes the screenings, starting at 7 p.m., of  ``Gloria Victoria,'' a finalist in this year's Academy Awards Animated Short category, and ``I Live to Sing.''

``Sing'' director Julie Cohen and cast members will answer questions, and the cast will perform, according to festival spokesman Michael Green.

``Gloria Victoria'' is an anti-war animated short by animator Theodor Ushev, set to a symphony by composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

``I Live to Sing'' follows three of the University of Cape Town opera school's top students through a year in the program and personal challenges after the end of apartheid in South Africa. The students, who are from the city's black townships, perform in the city's Opera Hall and then New York's Glimmerglass Festival.

The American Documentary Film Festival is organized by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and runs through Monday at Camelot, Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert campus and the Galen Theatre at Rancho Mirage High School.

Tickets to tonight's events are $50, a pass to all screenings is $199, a pass for six films is $50, and a single-screening ticket is $10.

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