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.
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.
A man who wants to cross the border disguises himself as a ram.
Cleveland, Ohio, attempts to overcome its nickname—The Mistake by the Lake—by launching a bunch of balloons.
March 12, 1928: the sound a horse makes as it's drowning.
Teaming up makes everything easier for a birdie and a hippo.
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.
A tragicomedy about a sweet little girl who grows up to be a crazy old cat lady.
A young woman is forced to reconnect with her hippie mother in order to euthanize their beloved pet chicken.
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.
Before opening his new restaurant, a desperate chef seeks constructive feedback from his friends.
In a surrealist take on a 1950s commercial, a bored housewife attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a delicious meatloaf for dinner.
This observational documentary explores the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesaler complex in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China.
What should be a relaxing evening on the couch becomes a nuisance for one peckish croc.
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.
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.
A Hollywood scriptreader comes across a screenplay that may or may not cause the horrific death of anyone who passes on it.
Decaying 16mm footage of monkeys in a zoo provides a poetic meditation on our relationship to caged animals—at once voyeuristic and compassionate.
Save the patient. Nothing else.
This short is a reflection on friendships and personal journeys. Also, dogs!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This visually stimulating profile of Colorado sculptor Jordan Wilbanks explores his relationship to the medium and material of metal sculpture.
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.
A search for the truth behind a fishy tale.
An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of Ted Bundy's execution in 1989.
In a nameless Chinese city, a mother whose daughter is missing refuses to go gently into that good night.
A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.
Three friends must walk a day in each other’s shoes—and legs, and torsos.
A little girl longs for a playmate in the garden. When, oh, when will her efforts finally take root?
An ironic caricature of life in the quiet Flemish suburbs, which reflects the current European zeitgeist.
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.
Over a picnic at the beach, Stephen Hawking and Kanye West discuss quantum mechanics, private insecurities and Drake.
An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell—from a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse.
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, a curious rice ball with a shopping fetish, goes to the market and sees temptation all around in this hilarious nod to overconsumption.
An obsessive choreographer on a creative retreat with her toddler awakens a fairy corpse with disturbing intentions.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don’t like something, you change it.
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.
A family's plan to stage an intervention unravels.
In 1810, Isadora, an Indigenous Californian, faces a battle for survival after being emancipated from the abusive Los Angeles mission where she was raised.
How far will a mother go to protect her children?
Thrown together by circumstance, Nino and Felix must learn to find common ground in fantastical fashion.
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.
A compilation of found footage deconstructs how horror films position the bathtub as a place of naked vulnerability for women.
In his dreams, Hamlet is visited by the ghosts of the dead in this beautiful piece of hand-painted and digital animation.
The best cinema reflects what is right in front of us, as with this homage to all that captures our eye.
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. 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.
A couple's relationship is tested when their cat goes missing on a cross-country move.
“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
It’s not easy being green—but it all works out in this charming quest for a perfect match.
Good things come in all sizes and packages—especially the pocket man, whose kindness abounds.
In a harsh Arctic landscape, a hungry polar bear has to decide if a naive Canadian grizzly bear is food or friend.
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.
Maryam's husband lifts weights at home. When a weight falls on his throat and nearly kills him, Maryam makes a decision.
A father and son work their way past loss to strengthen cultural bonds in the unlikeliest of places: the lunchbox.
Palm Beach International Airport's newest snowbird has become one of the fastest-growing roadside attractions in the United States.
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.
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.
Recent immigrants to Canada break the routine of their construction job by observing the neighbors from a unique, precarious and ephemeral vantage point.
Male migrant workers in Singapore send photos back home to South India in hopes of finding suitable and willing marriage partners.
Two teenage prodigies in Brooklyn build makeshift time machines to save the brother of one from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.
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.
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.
After a flood, the fish are stuck in trees, in danger of drying out. They scream sharply, disturbing the inhabitants of a nearby cave.
It’s a spider’s dilemma to get caught in a bind, but working together means weaving new webs of strength.
Lone Stag is lacking in the antlers department. How will he get any birds to help him make music for the spring jam?
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 ordinary life of a Boston-bred baggage handler is turned upside down when he steals a suitcase that contains terrorist plans.
After refusing a ritual intended to usher him into manhood, Rene-boy tries various methods to erase the mark of cowardice.
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.
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.
A happy but hungry little tiger devises clever means to fill his belly and satisfy his cravings.
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.
Forced into a situation beyond his control, Truman must let go of his convictions and open his eyes to the truth.
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.
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.
T-Kesh is your average Monster-American teenager, enduring the challenges of high school.
Stranded after breaking up with her addict boyfriend, Autumn reaches out to Zane, a truck driver who’s eating alone.
Suspicious that his brother is stealing from him, Lucas goes on a crosstown search to confront the problem.
A branding intern loses the life he once had after an encounter with a mysterious blonde and her whiskey bottle. Magical realism ensues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lacking proper identification, a 50-year-old man risks being separated by the authorities from his underage daughter, who has just had a baby.
Though we amplify our fears, they’re often not so bad at all.