Film Programs

Shorts

116 Cameras
USA 2017 16 min.

Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank, embarks on an ambitious new project: to preserve her story in the form of a hologram that will interact with the generations to come.

Afternoon Clouds
India 2016 13 min.

Malti is a Nepali maid who lives with her employer, 60-year-old widow Kaki. One afternoon at the house, where a flower blossoms on the balcony, she unexpectedly meets a boy from her hometown.

Animal
Iran 2017 15 min.

A man who wants to cross the border disguises himself as a ram.

Balloonfest
USA 2016 6 min.

Cleveland, Ohio, attempts to overcome its nickname—The Mistake by the Lake—by launching a bunch of balloons.

Big Surf
USA 2017 7 min.

March 12, 1928: the sound a horse makes as it's drowning.

The Birdie
Russia 2015 3 min.

Teaming up makes everything easier for a birdie and a hippo.

The Burden
Sweden 2017 14 min.

This musical with apocalyptic undertones is divided into four episodes, which take place in a supermarket, an extended-stay hotel, a call center and a hamburger restaurant.

Catherine
Belgium 2016 11 min.

A tragicomedy about a sweet little girl who grows up to be a crazy old cat lady.

A Chick Flick
USA 2016 15 min.

A young woman is forced to reconnect with her hippie mother in order to euthanize their beloved pet chicken.

Chocolate Spokes
USA 2017 5 min.

Gregory Crichlow left his architecture job in 2011 to start a bicycle shop in Five Points, a traditionally African-American and Latino neighborhood in Denver. Servicing residents’ bikes keeps the doors open, but hand-building steel frames is what inspires him.

Chowder
USA 2017 12 min.

Before opening his new restaurant, a desperate chef seeks constructive feedback from his friends.

Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf
USA 2017 10 min.

In a surrealist take on a 1950s commercial, a bored housewife attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a delicious meatloaf for dinner.

Commodity City
USA 2017 10 min.

This observational documentary explores the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesaler complex in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China.

Crocodile
Germany 2016 4 min.

What should be a relaxing evening on the couch becomes a nuisance for one peckish croc.

CUBS
Iceland 2016 19 min.

A single father wants to fulfill his young daughter's wish to throw a slumber party for her friends, but it turns out to be more of a challenge than he thought.

The Day Before
USA 2017 15 min.

In this outlandish romantic tragicomedy, the losses are literal when a pre-wedding hunting trip in the Colorado mountains spins out of control. Now the happy couple must struggle to make everything right again.

Death by Script
USA 2017 8 min.

A Hollywood scriptreader comes across a screenplay that may or may not cause the horrific death of anyone who passes on it.

Diving Monkeys
USA 2017 4 min.

Decaying 16mm footage of monkeys in a zoo provides a poetic meditation on our relationship to caged animals—at once voyeuristic and compassionate.

Do No Harm
New Zealand 2017 15 min.

Save the patient. Nothing else.

Dogtor
USA 2016 3 min.

This short is a reflection on friendships and personal journeys. Also, dogs!

A Drowning Man
Denmark 2017 15 min.

Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city. Surrounded by predators, he is forced to make compromises just to live his life in exile one day longer.

The Dundee Project
USA 2016 17 min.

Mark Borchardt—the director of Coven and the subject of American Movie (DFF23)—steps behind the camera once again for this documentary about an annual UFO festival in rural Wisconsin, which he experiences as equal parts sky-watching and heavy drinking with eccentric locals.

Edge of Alchemy
USA 2017 19 min.

Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from the silent era and cast into a surreal epic that upends the Frankenstein myth. Composed of over 6,000 collages, with music and sound design by Lech Jankowski, Edge of Alchemy examines the female psyche.

Einstein-Rosen
Spain 2016 9 min.

Summer, 1982. Teo claims he has found the fabled Einstein-Rosen Bridge through space and time. His brother Óscar doesn’t believe him—at least not yet.

Fed to Fire
USA 2017 5 min.

This visually stimulating profile of Colorado sculptor Jordan Wilbanks explores his relationship to the medium and material of metal sculpture.

Final Four
USA 2016 20 min.

An assassin with a near-perfect NCAA basketball-playoffs bracket deals with the burdens of her job and the distractions of being a sports fanatic.

Fish Story
United Kingdom 2017 13 min.

A search for the truth behind a fishy tale.

Fry Day
USA 2016 16 min.

An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of Ted Bundy's execution in 1989.

A Gentle Night
China 2017 15 min.

In a nameless Chinese city, a mother whose daughter is missing refuses to go gently into that good night.

Great Choice
USA 2017 8 min.

A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.

Heads Together
Netherlands 2016 21 min.

Three friends must walk a day in each other’s shoes—and legs, and torsos.

A Hole
Mexico 2016 5 min.

A little girl longs for a playmate in the garden. When, oh, when will her efforts finally take root?

Homeland
Belgium 2016 14 min.

An ironic caricature of life in the quiet Flemish suburbs, which reflects the current European zeitgeist.

I'm in Here
USA 2017 12 min.

When a man finds a family of strangers in his house who claim to have bought the place, he agrees to let them stay until they can get to the bottom of the mix-up. They never leave.

An Imagined Conversation: Kanye West & Stephen Hawking
Canada 2017 8 min.

Over a picnic at the beach, Stephen Hawking and Kanye West discuss quantum mechanics, private insecurities and Drake.

In a Nutshell
Switzerland 2017 6 min.

An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell—from a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse.

The Incident
Lebanon 2017 22 min.

At a bus stop near Beirut, a veiled Muslim woman and a migrant Syrian worker get in a scuffle and are arrested. They must argue their innocence in the face of the only witnesses: a bus full of women on their way to the mosque, each with her own version of the truth.

Konigiri Kun: Shopping
Japan 2015 5 min.

Konigiri Kun, a curious rice ball with a shopping fetish, goes to the market and sees temptation all around in this hilarious nod to overconsumption.

Latched
Canada 2017 17 min.

An obsessive choreographer on a creative retreat with her toddler awakens a fairy corpse with disturbing intentions.

Little Manifesto Against Solemn Cinema
Argentina 2017 14 min.

A trivial story about two people who meet at a party and spend the night together, told in the most pretentious, most poetic and, above all, most solemn of ways.

Little Mouse
Hungary 2016 7 min.

Eleven-year-old “Little Mouse” is a naturally gifted swimmer who earned a spot at the Bucharest Youth Championship. Will she have what it takes to out-lap the big kids?

Little Potato
USA 2017 14 min.

Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, a woman and her young gay son find escape in pirated American movies.

Mailman
USA 2017 5 min.

A suicidal citizen refuses the aid of a nosy mailman. But the mailman doesn't want to help him—he wants to help him do it.

Manivald
Estonia 2017 13 min.

Overeducated and unemployed, a 33-year-old fox, Manivald, spends his days learning piano while his overbearing mother makes his coffee and does his laundry. When the washing machine breaks down, Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it—and them.

Mordechai
United Kingdom 2017 14 min.

Daniel, an ultra-orthodox Jew in northeast England, discovers that to become the person you always wanted to be, you might have to become someone else first.

Mr. Night Has a Day Off
Lithuania 2016 2 min.

Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don’t like something, you change it.

Mrs. Drake
USA 2017 15 min.

Laura is a single mother struggling to maintain her own equilibrium while raising her frequently difficult son Jack. When Jack comes home from school one day with a story of his teacher, Mrs. Drake, locking him in a closet, Laura is thrown into a spiral of confusion and guilt.

Mutt
USA 2017 13 min.

A family's plan to stage an intervention unravels.

Neemkomok
USA 2017 20 min.

In 1810, Isadora, an Indigenous Californian, faces a battle for survival after being emancipated from the abusive Los Angeles mission where she was raised.

New Neighbors
USA 2017 10 min.

How far will a mother go to protect her children?

Nino & Felix
Italy 2015 8 min.

Thrown together by circumstance, Nino and Felix must learn to find common ground in fantastical fashion.

Notes From the Notebook of...
1971 48 min.

Experimental filmmaker Robert Beavers's masterpiece turns inward to reveal its own structure as it reflects on the practice of making art in general. Inspired by the notebooks of da Vinci, it's a unique self-portrait of the artist at work.

Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can't Fix
USA 2017 9 min.

A compilation of found footage deconstructs how horror films position the bathtub as a place of naked vulnerability for women.

Oh, Ophelia
USA 2016 4 min.

In his dreams, Hamlet is visited by the ghosts of the dead in this beautiful piece of hand-painted and digital animation.

Outdoor Cinema
Russia 2014 3 min.

The best cinema reflects what is right in front of us, as with this homage to all that captures our eye.

The Outsider
USA 2017 18 min.

As the black sheep in her own family, a young woman hopes meeting her boyfriend’s family will fill her need to belong. Then she learns about his 100-plus relatives and their confusing cultural traditions.

Paul Is Here
Belgium 2016 24 min.

Paul is here. Like a step backward, like a ghost knocking at the door, Paul is here, and his annoying presence will disrupt Jeanne's everyday life—and maybe help her grow up.

Pet Friendly
USA 2017 15 min.

A couple's relationship is tested when their cat goes missing on a cross-country move.

Pitcher of Colored Light
USA 2007 24 min.

“I have filmed my mother’s house and her garden. The shadows play an essential part in the mixture of loneliness and peace that exists here … The sense of place is never separate from the moment.”—Robert Beavers

The Pits
USA 2016 3 min.

It’s not easy being green—but it all works out in this charming quest for a perfect match.

The Pocket Man
France 2016 7 min.

Good things come in all sizes and packages—especially the pocket man, whose kindness abounds.

Poles Apart
United Kingdom 2017 12 min.

In a harsh Arctic landscape, a hungry polar bear has to decide if a naive Canadian grizzly bear is food or friend.

The Pool
USA 2017 9 min.

On the day before it’s shut down to make way for a fancy new aquatic center, a shabby community pool reflects on its life while going through the five stages of grief.

Retouch
Iran 2017 20 min.

Maryam's husband lifts weights at home. When a weight falls on his throat and nearly kills him, Maryam makes a decision.

Riceballs
Australia 2015 10 min.

A father and son work their way past loss to strengthen cultural bonds in the unlikeliest of places: the lunchbox.

Roadside Attraction
USA 2017 10 min.

Palm Beach International Airport's newest snowbird has become one of the fastest-growing roadside attractions in the United States.

Roger
Spain 2016 7 min.

Roger is used to being the leading man in a stop-motion series. But when his good luck runs out on set, he must learn how to claw his way back to the top.

The Romantic Method
USA 2017 5 min.

After a breakup, a young woman decides to take the emotional stress out of dating and find her soulmate using nothing but science, logic and The Romantic Method.

Scaffold
Canada 2017 15 min.

Recent immigrants to Canada break the routine of their construction job by observing the neighbors from a unique, precarious and ephemeral vantage point.

Searching for Wives
Singapore 2016 12 min.

Male migrant workers in Singapore send photos back home to South India in hopes of finding suitable and willing marriage partners.

See You Yesterday
USA 2017 16 min.

Two teenage prodigies in Brooklyn build makeshift time machines to save the brother of one from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

The Shuttle
USA 2017 16 min.

When an infertile nail-salon owner suspects her husband of sleeping with one of her employees, she decides to confront them in her own way.

Skin in the Game
USA 2017 5 min.

A way of working from many pieces marked by light, by pressure. An editing process that is nonlinear, sculpted. Outtakes from previous films and found footage that have been sliced, painted, turned into a glass-mounted collage, re-scanned, animated and edited from analog to digital.

Sog
Sog
2017 10 min.

After a flood, the fish are stuck in trees, in danger of drying out. They scream sharply, disturbing the inhabitants of a nearby cave.

Spider Web
Russia 2016 4 min.

It’s a spider’s dilemma to get caught in a bind, but working together means weaving new webs of strength.

Spring Jam
New Zealand 2016 6 min.

Lone Stag is lacking in the antlers department. How will he get any birds to help him make music for the spring jam?

Stone Soup
France 2015 7 min.

Times are tough in one little town: first no food, now no electricity. But eventually, the transformative power of community will nourish all, in more ways than one.

The Suitcase
USA 2017 21 min.

The ordinary life of a Boston-bred baggage handler is turned upside down when he steals a suitcase that contains terrorist plans.

Supot
Philippines 2016 13 min.

After refusing a ritual intended to usher him into manhood, Rene-boy tries various methods to erase the mark of cowardice.

The Tesla World Light
Canada 2017 8 min.

New York, 1905: visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. Inspired by real events, this electrifying short is a spectacular burst of image and sound that draws as much from the tradition of avant-garde cinema as it does from animated documentary.

Tête à Tête
United Kingdom 2017 8 min.

A young woman uses technology as an easy respite from a tense family gathering. But as her gaze shifts from the screen, she discovers a deeper kind of connection.

Tiger
Germany 2016 4 min.

A happy but hungry little tiger devises clever means to fill his belly and satisfy his cravings.

Tough
United Kingdom 2016 5 min.

Some things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British-born daughter speak as adults for the first time.

Unseen
USA 2017 6 min.

Forced into a situation beyond his control, Truman must let go of his convictions and open his eyes to the truth.

Victor & Isolina
USA 2017 5 min.

Living apart, 80-somethings Victor and Isolina answer questions about their complex and arduous lifelong relationship, posed from behind the lens of their documentary-filmmaking grandson.

Water Path for a Fish
Spain 2016 8 min.

Oscar rescues a goldfish from the claws of hungry cats, but has trouble caring for it due to a drought. Then the faucets turn on—and the challenge truly begins.

Welcome to My Life
USA 2015 9 min.

T-Kesh is your average Monster-American teenager, enduring the challenges of high school.

Where Mothbloods Bloom
USA 17 min.

Stranded after breaking up with her addict boyfriend, Autumn reaches out to Zane, a truck driver who’s eating alone.

While I Was Gone
USA 2017 15 min.

Suspicious that his brother is stealing from him, Lucas goes on a crosstown search to confront the problem.

Whiskey Fist
USA 2016 11 min.

A branding intern loses the life he once had after an encounter with a mysterious blonde and her whiskey bottle. Magical realism ensues.

Wicked Girl
France 2017 8 min.

S. is an eight-year-old Turkish girl with a vivid imagination and a love of nature and animals. From her hospital bed, she looks back on happy times spent in her grandparents' village. But some dark and terrifying memories also emerge.

Wild Horses
United Kingdom 2017 26 min.

Joan’s efforts at teenage rebellion are frustrated by both her illness and her mother—until increasingly vivid dreams and an overzealous tutor inspire her to realize her independence.

Winter's Watch
USA 2016 14 min.

The caretaker of a remote New England hotel braves the cold, dark months of winter by embracing the solitude and finding inspiration—and life—in a barren season.

World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts
USA 2017 23 min.

The highly anticipated follow-up to Don Hertzfeldt's World of Tomorrow finds Emily Prime swept inside the brain of an incomplete back-up clone of her future self, who's on a mission to reboot her broken mind.

Written/Unwritten
Romania 2016 20 min.

Lacking proper identification, a 50-year-old man risks being separated by the authorities from his underage daughter, who has just had a baby.

You Look Scary
USA 2016 4 min.

Though we amplify our fears, they’re often not so bad at all.

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