3 Days. Dozens of Films. 1,000s of Film Lovers.
Note: Viewer discretion is advised. Films may contain adult themes, content or language. Those likely best suited to ages 18+ have been marked MA for Mature Audience.
Thursday May 9, 2019 8PM
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Sweden 15 min (Documentary)
Installed in the busy streets of Stockholm, a device meant to keep cars away so buses can pass freely meets mixed results and opinions.
Kyrgyz Republic 29 min (Drama)
Two teens earn a living the hard way—selling coal they extract from a nearby mine. Despite rough conditions, they dream of a better life. MA
Friday May 10, 2019 8PM
USA 4 min (Documentary)
A filmmaker reflects on Super 8 films from her childhood (shot by her grandfather) to shed light on what remained unseen.
Him & Her
Germany 8 min (Animated Drama)
What if a magical tree house could somehow illustrate our fantasies and desires? And give us reason to reflect on our personal foibles?
L’Homme et le Poisson
Canada 4 min (Animation)
Set against the backdrop of a vast frozen tundra, a grizzled fisherman gets his comeuppance—from an eerily familiar fish.
Spain 15 min (Drama)
Two women come face-to-face in a Las Vegas hotel room. While Elsa was hired for the job, Mrs. Taylor explains the family secret which brought them both here.
Saturday May 11, 2019 4PM
The Third Part
(La tercera parte)
Alicia Albares, Paco Cavero
Spain 16 min (Dramatic Comedy)
Sergio is dying from marrow cancer. His doctor and the rest of the medical team work to make his last dream come true.
Canada 9 min (Drama)
Overwhelmed by the trials and tribulations of being a teen in high school, Arielle takes refuge in a dangerous habit—which doesn’t go unnoticed. MA
Martin Hill: Camera Man
USA 30 min (Documentary)
A curator with a passion for iconic Hollywood film cameras, Martin Hill spent 40+ years collecting cast-off film equipment from motion picture studios.
Welcome to the Ball
Adam Vincent Wright
USA 5 min (Drama)
An effervescent child learns sign language in hopes of striking up a new and enduring friendship with a neighbor.
Man of the Land
UK 11 min (Drama)
After a visit from his son and granddaughter (in which the son urges him to give up the farm), vascular dementia sets in for a proud land owner.
Saturday May 11, 2019 8PM
Özgür Cem Aksoy
Turkey 11 min (Dramatic Comedy)
At a Turkish funeral, a man fumbles to explain his own loss. When the Hodia leading the proceedings intervenes, a complicated but comic discussion unfolds.
Alone in New York
Sweden 2 min (Narrative)
A disillusioned businesswoman considers what her life might be like if she was the only inhabitant of New York City.
Australia 29 min (Drama)
Set in 1965, a Sicilian widow fights for her life when members of the local Calabrian mafia try to seize control of her murdered husband’s produce business. MA
Raúl Koler & Emiliano Sette
Argentina 15 min (Sci Fi/Animation)
Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil (devoid of emotion and fulfilling their own destiny) test humanity in a struggle that casts their targets as winners and losers. MA
All My Guardian Angels
Spain 15 min (Drama)
A sports bag is abandoned on Christmas Day. Its contents undertake a journey of survival as it’s handed off by nocturnal beings: its unsuspecting guardian angels.
India 21 min (Drama)A young boy and his grandfather share a special bond. When they’re separated, the boy struggles to understand what’s going on around him. Produced by Tej Sisodia.
2019 Honorable Mentions & Certificates of Merit
These films may not have screened at the fest, but they certainly held their own. Shorts which earn an “Honorable Mention” have 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 or compelling storyline, strong editing, exceptional set design, etc.
AD LIB-IMPROVISATION by Joon-seok Heo
BOMBORA by Augie Meleo
A BOY’S FEAR by Samson Ali
EDI ORCA by Andrew Gladstone
ENCORE by Sonny Steckel
A FAREWELL by Yifei He
MITINA LYUBOV by Svetlana Filippova
MOTH by Alexey Frenkel
NIGHTMARE OF GAZA by Farah Nabulsi
NO ONE KNOWS by Tao Zhang
THE PARKER by Brian O’Neill
THE PUPPET MASTER by Cal Brunker
SALIX CAPREA by Valeriu Andriuta
SPACE COWBOY by David Gunson
TOMISLAV’S DIARY by Vinko Laotovic
Certificates of Merit
BENNIFER by Ryan McGlade
CLEAN ICE by March Mercanti
FIRST DISCO by Helen O’Reilly
GOOMBA’S by David Williams/Aisha Noox
HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS by Jeanette Buck
HELEN by Ji Hyun Kim
THE HEROIN PROBLEM by Beth Cefalu
IN THE WIND by Nakorn Chaisri
IT’S A MESS by Frank Prinzi
JUDGEMENT by Matthew Plourde
JUNIPER by George Martens
KITCHEN SINK CLASSIC by Lauren Shein
LET MERCY COME by Andrew Serban
THE MACKEREL by Insoo Moon
MANIA by Ryan G. Kelly
MS JACKSON by Nate Bellavia
NORMAL by Joshua Little
OBSCURER by Kiera Faber
OLOWE AND I by Christina Ruloff
PAPERCOP by Steve Figueiredo & Sean Patrick Kelly
PERFECTLY NATURAL by Victor Alonso-Berbel
PLAY by Vangelis Liberopoulos
POSITIVE ACTION by Alasdair McWilliams
REMEMBRANCE OF PAST DREAMS by Daisy Chen
ROAD TO HER by Jee-hoon Cho
ROOTS GROW TOGETHER by Hart Ginsburg
RUNNING FOR LIFE by Minghua Shi & Minghui Shi
THE STORY OF BIN by Tian Guan
THE UNCLOUDED REALM by Ilana Meeker & Elena Najjab
WELCOME FRESHMAN by Bradley Bethel
YES BUT NO by Maria Dioni