Stay tuned, as we pull this year’s fest together!
We’re currently contacting filmmakers and finalizing our lineup for 2017. Whatever the outcome, we know you’ll love the results and are eager to see you APRIL 20-22, 2017, at George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre for our 59th Annual short film fest.
While you wait, take a peek at what we offered last year:
Thursday April 14, 2016 8pm
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Paper Wrap Fire
New York, NY 13 min (Drama)
A Chinese teenager is left waiting in a community center while his single mother goes to work. A sequence of events unfolds and leads him to an unexpected discovery.
Nate Mancini, Johnny Sikma and Craig Peterson Rochester, NY 24 min (Drama)
As James grows older, he forgets his childlike ability to dream. But just as he’s settled into a comfortable life, he meets Peter, a 10-year-old photographer who challenges his understanding of success.
If These Walls Could Talk
Rochester, NY 23 min (Drama)
A Center for Youth Film based on actual events celebrating the determination, talent, resiliency and creativity of young men facing homelessness.
Friday April 15, 2016 8pm
The Nike Chariot Earring
Concord, MA 14 min (Documentary)
A half-century ago a priceless treasure was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This is the remarkable story of its recovery and the woman who found it.
Germany 26 min (Drama)
Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him.
Where Leaves Fall
Alicia Albares Martínez
Spain 18 min (Drama)
When life comes to its end, the real fight begins.
Saturday April 16, 2016 4pm
Malibu, CA 6 min (Animation)
There is more than meets the eye, in this random encounter on a park bench.
Turkey 30 min (Drama)
They say there used to be a spiritual ship that could only be moved by belief and tears. A ship only visible to the ones who belong to it, is about to take off.
Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball
Drew and Matthew Taylor
Canada 17 min (Documentary)
Ron Taylor was a Major League pitcher for 11 years, helping his team win two world championships. After a USO Tour to Vietnam, he returned to school post-baseball career to become a physician.
Cloth Paper Dreams
Austin, TX 11 min (Narrative)
At the confluence of the three holiest rivers in India during the world’s largest spiritual pilgrimage, three men converge and bring along what connects them to something greater than themselves.
Saturday April 16, 2015 8pm
59 Days of Independence: With the Children of Galloya
Njogu Touray, Ian Massry, and Lawrence Williams
The Gambia 7 min (Documentary)
An artist makes 59 kites to celebrate the independence days of 59 countries that gained freedom from British colonization.
Germany 19 min (Drama)
October 1944. When a 60-year old Jewish woman is being deported by an elderly village policeman, fate seems to throw obstacles in the way of their journey to the train she must take.
Australia 3 min (Animation)
From the summit of the rock god mountain, through the iconic pop culture milestones of the 70s, there have been two constants: time and Chip Monck. But time waits for no rock god.
Canada 23 min (Drama)
Deciding that the rewards of fraud could outweigh the eventual costs, Zachary runs a Ponzi scheme, in spite of the knowledge that he will eventually face the consequences.
It Had Wings
Ellen Hemphill and Jim Haverkamp
Chapel Hill, NC 10 min (Drama)
An old widow, alone at home, sees something heavenly and wounded fall into her backyard. Kindness becomes what might save us yet.
2016 Honorable Mentions & Certificates of Merit
These films may not have been screened at the fest, but they certainly held their own. Shorts which earn an “Honoroable Mention” made it into Final Judging and meet high standards of excellence in filmmaking, acting, screenwriting, set design and more.
Films issued a “Certificate of Merit” did not move on to Final Judging, but they showed strengths of their own and were recognized for demonstrating mastery over one to three key aspects of filmmaking. Examples: a unique storyline, great editing, set design, etc.
ABLUTION (WUZU) by Parisa Barani
A NEW YOU by Dane Hansen
A PORTRAIT OF ABUSE by Nick Chianese
A SKELETON NAMED OLIVER by Clara Diez
ELEVEN by Ken Fox
PICKUP by Laila Al-Beiti
POOR GEORGE by Jim Harris
SPIRITUS by Matthew Spaull
THE LETTER by Yifan Xiao
THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT by Alex Merkin
THE SPELL by Ferdinand Jay Smith
THE VISIT by Shane Andries
UNSPOKEN by George Zaverdas
VENOM THERAPY by Steven Murashige
Certificates of Merit
ALEXA TO EXA by Exa Zim and Christian Marsh
AU REVOIR by Alonzo O’Leary
COLD WINTER’S NIGHT by Gabe Figueroa
FIRE RIPPLES by Mark Roeder
FRUIT OF THE GARDEN by John Capone
LOVE IS BLIND by Sabine Crossen
MASQUERADE-A STORY OF THE OLD SOUTH by Andrew Hawkins
MERCURY by Melis Balci and Ege Okal
MISFITS by Johno Faherty
POETRY: VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKI’S “YOU!” by Alexey Karpov
RIVER by Stephanie Maxwell
SPLIT END by Edward Shieh
TENZIN by Justin Curtis
TEST by Jay Lifton
THE FALL by Chenyu Chen
THE RATU RIVER EXPEDITION by Isaac Kerlow
THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD AND BONES by Chris Ekstein
THREE LIVES by UCO Media
WHISPERING GALLERY by Timothy Covell
WHAT REMAINS by Michael Faller
WOMAN OUTSIDE by Shelly Lauman