DARIEN — Hoping to inspire and invite young local actors and filmmakers into the fold, the Manhattan Film Institute held a screening and talk at the Darien Arts Center Sunday, March 12.

Renowned actor Joey Pantoliano, who teaches at the MFI summer workshops, attended for a Q&A. The star of many major motion pictures, including “The Matrix,” “Memento” and “The Fugitive,” also fielded questions about his career.

“I always had this secret desire that I wanted to be an actor,” he said, recounting his first stage performance in high school.

The MFI screened eight short films from students, including 18-year-old Darien resident Nicholas Barasch.

Amy Allen, DAC executive director, said the MFI workshop is “an opportunity for teenagers and adults to work with professional directors and actors to forward their careers.”