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WELCOME TO NFFTY 2015!

NFFTY 2015 features an unprecedented 248 films from 25 countries and 30 states. We are welcoming in the next generation of filmmakers from places such as Germany, Australia, China, Iran, South Africa and more. This year’s festival includes some notable additions. In the last year NFFTY has sought opportunities to address gender inequity in film with the launch of a multi-year initiative. This year, we’re thrilled that Cornish College of the Arts joins us in presenting the Closing Night Screening Event – Femme Finale – to support these efforts. This event features an incredible selection of strong female artists who have crafted stories in animation, documentary, music video and narrative fiction. Additionally, we continue to provide educational opportunities for all of our filmmakers, most notably through the launch of our first Works in Progress session with Relativity School.

Beyond the festival, NFFTY seeks opportunities to foster emerging filmmakers and showcase their stories – both through off-season events and production opportunities. As we evolve and grow, we have built a production company that connects brands with NFFTY talent to produce original content – from national TV commercials to original web series. And we’re thrilled with recent accolades for this work, most notably our Gold American Advertising Award (ADDY) for the NFFTY documentary – A Supporting Role. This documentary featured the work of three NFFTY alums – Alex Bohs, Joel McCarthy and Caleb Slain. We’re thrilled with how far we’ve come – from a oneday festival nine years ago to a world-class festival that showcases the best emerging filmmakers. We look forward to continuing to grow with you! Thanks for coming to NFFTY 2015! Enjoy the show! 5

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P.12 MASTERCLASS: THE JOURNEY FROM I D E A T O S T O RY 11:30AM FRIDAY APRIL 24 SIFF UPTOWN 1 Join us as Danish screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg leads us on the intricate process from an idea to a story. Often we see films where the idea was strong and original, but the whole script never completed the intentions. In this workshop we will explore how to find the right path for an idea so it can develop into characters, plot and themes. You’ll also learn how to stay on that path throughout the writing process with the goal of turning ideas into scenes and sequences, and finally a whole script. PRESENTED BY S C A N D E S I G N F O U N D AT I O N

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These three excellent documentary films give voice to the voiceless and illuminate the hidden subjects that we need to hear about. Come see the lives of others through an unfiltered lens and enhance your knowledge of the world we live in

With a camera in hand and a message in mind, these brave filmmakers have approached issues of individuality, self-expression, and acceptance with the full power of cinema behind them. This inspiring screening explores the struggles and triumphs that we all encounter when establishing our own identities in today’s world. Come with an open mind, leave with a full heart!

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5:45PM BEER TASTING 6:30PM FRIDAY APRIL 24 SIFF UPTOWN 1 Clap along if you feel like Happy Hour is the truth. Clap along if you feel like NFFTY is what you ought to do! Cheers to the weekend. Tasting starts at 5:45pm. Films start at 6:30pm. Tasting included with Film Ticket and ID. Screening may not be suitable for all ages.

12:30PM SATURDAY APRIL 25 SIFF UPTOWN 2 Be kind. Be awesome. Be kind AND awesome by supporting NFFTY and coming to this amazing screening! The true power of cinema lies in how it affects your feelings and this incredible lineup of films will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.

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P.65 FEMME FINALE 6:30PM SUNDAY APRIL 26 SIFF UPTOWN 1 Celebrate the finest female-directed films of NFFTY 2015 with our grand finale. The emerging presence of female directors isn’t diversifying the film landscape, it’s normalizing it! Join us in supporting the movement and stay after the screening for the official Awards Show! PRESENTED BY


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2:30PM FRIDAY APRIL 24 SIFF UPTOWN 2 PRESENTED BY RELATIVITY SCHOOL Join us for the inaugural NFFTY Works In Progress Event! Presented in partnership with Relativity School, we will be screening unfinished films from filmmakers 24 and under. The event will feature a panel of industry professionals providing constructive feedback to the selected filmmakers. This great opportunity to present unfinished works in an intimate, collaborative environment is open to all filmmakers; both those with without a film screening in the regular festival lineup. 12

We will kick off the event with a presentation by Relativity School in which they will screen a portion of an upcoming Relativity-produced feature film and dissect the creative process. The audience is encouraged and will be called upon to participate in the screening and engage in the creative discussion.

11:30AM FRIDAY APRIL 24 SIFF UPTOWN 1 PRESENTED BY SCAN DESIGN FOUNDATION Join us as Danish screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg leads us on the intricate process from an idea to a story. Often we see films where the idea was strong and original, but the whole script never completed the intentions. In this workshop we will explore how to find the right path for an idea so it can develop into characters, plot and themes. You’ll also learn how to stay on that path throughout the writing process with the goal of turning ideas into scenes and sequences, and finally a whole script. Rasmus Heisterberg is a Danish screenwriter who graduated from the National Danish Filmschool in 1999. He has since written screenplays for 14 produced feature films making him one of the most prolific writers in Denmark. Among his work is the original version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the costume drama A Royal Affair, which was Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013.

PANEL HOST AND MODERATOR: WARREN ETHEREDGE Warren Etheredge is our NFFTY 2015 Panel Host and Moderator. Warren is well-known in the film community as the host of KCTS 9’s Reel NW and the Emmy®-nominated program The High Bar and has conducted over 3,000 interviews in his professional career. Warren is a producer, educator, author, playwright and one of the founding faculty members of TheFilmSchool and The Red Badge Project.


4PM FRIDAY APRIL 24 SIFF UPTOWN 1 In order to know what TO do, sometimes you first need to learn what NOT to do. Here to help you navigate the unpredictable waters of filmmaking is a diverse panel of filmmakers with experience in both the indie and Hollywood realm. Join us for a lively discussion on the Do’s, Don’ts, and everything in-between as we dive into common misconceptions that young filmmakers are trained to believe are truths about the industry.

PANELISTS Lacey Leavitt is a Seattle-based writer/producer. She produced Megan Griffiths’ The Off Hours and Todd Rohal’s The Catechism Cataclysm, both of which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Recently, she produced The Automatic Hate, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. She co-produced Colin Trevorrow’s breakout Sundance hit Safety Not Guaranteed, Megan Griffiths’ feature Lucky Them, Lynn Shelton’s Laggies and Touchy Feely. She also co-directed and produced Blood on the Flat Track. Jen McGowan received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in acting and she studied directing in the MFA program at USC. Her thesis film “Confessions of a Late Bloomer,” screened at over 60 festivals worldwide and was distributed by Shorts International. McGowan co-wrote and directed the award-winning commercial “Couch Therapy” for client Viesso and the short film “Touch,” which has screened at 75 festivals, won 23 awards and was distributed by PBS, NBC Universal and Canal Plus. Her first feature, Kelly & Cal, premiered at SXSW, where McGowan won the Gamechanger Award. Since 1973, Eugene Mazzola has been a producer, production manager, and assistant director of feature films and TV commercials. Mazzola owned and operated The Cine Companies for nine years while he worked as a Production Manager on features such as Little Buddha, Twin Peaks, and Class of 1999. His most recent feature credits include Heaven Sent, The Veil, and The Details. He has also worked as the EP of Summerhouse Films and the EP of Director’s Studio, Inc. Mr. Mazzola is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, and Screen Actors Guild.

BUI LDI NG A HOUSE: DRAMA, DI ALOGUE, AND DI RECTI NG 3:30PM SATURDAY APRIL 25 SIFF UPTOWN 1 James Foley reflects on his incredible, long and successful directing career. From Twin Peaks to Glengarry Glenn Ross to the hit Netflix series House of Cards, Foley’s work exemplifies the riveting power of drama in television and film. His projects are prolific meditations on harnessing individualized performances amongst a cast of powerhouse actors such as Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino and Alec Baldwin. Join us for an intimate discussion with James Foley led by Warren Etheredge. James Foley is the director of Confidence, At Close Range, Who’s That Girl?, After Dark, My Sweet, Glengarry Glenn Ross as well as Fear, Twin Peaks, and most recently House of Cards. He has worked with the best and brightest actors – from Gene Hackman and Al Pacino to Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey, Ed Burns, Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Aiden Quinn, Madonna, and countless others. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, New York, he started his career journey intending to be a clinical psychologist, but after taking a summer course in filmmaking at NYU on a whim, he knew that’s where he wanted to concentrate his heart and mind, and never looked back.

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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS COMPETE FOR CASH TO SUPPORT THEIR FILM PROGRAMS! S AT U R D AY A P R I L 2 5 1:30PM SIFF UPTOWN 1 5 1 1 Q U E E N A N N E AV E N O R T H

Make a 3-minute movie in two days! Come and watch these short films and cast your vote to help determine the winner!

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Arrive in style and walk the red carpet at Seattle’s iconic CINERAMA THEATER to kick off NFFTY 2015! Enjoy an outstanding lineup of short films made by some of the best young directors from around the world. After the screening, jump on our free shuttle bus and head to MOHAI on the shores of Lake Union for an unforgettable after party. Mingle with Hollywood industry, Seattle’s finest, and the young filmmakers of NFFTY 2015. After party is an all-ages event with hors d’oeuvres and a cash-only bar.


Henry Chaisson Age 22 | California A contract killer gets more than he bargained for after a pit-stop at the convenience store.

TWO AND A QUARTER MINUTES Joshua Ovalle Age 15 | California What goes through one’s mind in the two-anda-quarter minutes it takes on average for a person to drown?

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Varun Nair, Kartik Gupta, Bhanu Khandelwal, Eshana Multani Ages 21, 20, 22, 21 | India

Charles Frank, Andrew Hutcheson, Ginny Kramer, David Brickel Ages 20, 24, 24, 23 | Alabama

The film shows the story of Inspector Lobo and his encounter with the malicious ‘Magarwasi’ tribe.

The lives of an athlete-turned-caregiver and a recently wheelchair-bound carpenter are woven together in a story about emotional captivity, struggle, and creative escape.

COPY THAT Kingsley Hoskins, Barbara McCormick Thomas, Ed Vijayavargiya Ages 23, 22 | United Kingdom A photocopier with slightly special powers transforms the lives of two young office workers.

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12:30PM FRIDAY APRIL 24 SIFF UPTOWN 2 After a long and hectic week, it’s time to get eclectic! Kick back and relax with this diverse offering of shorts; from comedic to dramatic and everything in between, it’s time to launch the weekend of NFFTY 2015!


HEALING BRUSH

RED CARD

BIRTHDAY BOY

Kris Yim, Hunter Furnish, Adam Buchsbaum, Wendel Smith Ages 21, 21, 20, 22 | New York

Ayman Abdelhameed, AbdelRahman Allam, Mohamed Kotb, Ahmed Saber Ages 24, 21, 21, 26 | Egypt

Josef Lorenzo, Ryan Cullinane Ages 19, 20 | Florida

Professional photo retoucher Miles falls in love with his own subject, but as his obsession grows, his sanity wanes.

In Egypt during a time of change, a graffiti artist watches a video and reacts to it in his own way.

FRAGILE DREAMS

TOYS

TWO NOCTURNES

Kevin Molina-Ortiz, Justin Hubert, Lestter Segura, Skylar Wilcots Ages 20, 20, 20 | Missouri

Teddy Nissen Age 13 | California

Ien Chi, Jason Grinde, Steven Soles Ages 23, 23, 23 | Michigan

A boy has become too old for his childhood toys and he’s decided that it’s time to give them away. The toys don’t agree.

A weak old man is about to carry out physician-assisted suicide with his only grandson by his side, when an innocent mistake by the nurse turns the whole deal into a disastrous fiasco.

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SOPHIA

Sofie, an orphaned little girl who solemnly recollects the fond memories of her mother, is dragged into a nightmare spawned by the loneliness, betrayal and grief that she continues to feel.

PALM OF LENTILS Alaa Hedek Age 20 | Lebanon A woman struggles to raise her reckless daughter. An old man’s wife suffers from Alzheimer’s. A man hides the loss of his job from his wife. An ideal mother has a son in a gang. All these people are neighbors in a single building, and all are struggling to live in the current Lebanese society.

Laura Hilliard Age 19 | New York A boy creates an imaginary friend in stiflingly perfect suburbia. Based on the poem, written and performed in the piece, by Antosh Wojcik.

Lukas Dong Age 17 | New York Growing up on tour with her parents and seeing them perform on stages across Sweden, Sophia Hogman was inspired early on to pursue a life filled with music. Today she uses her talent on over six instruments to make her dreams a reality.

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The story of 8-year-old Jeremy Finkle, who is having the worst birthday of his life, because he’s killed all of his friends. Jeremy learns that hating everyone isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, when he tries to make new friends out of cookies.


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1:3 0 PM FR I DAY A PR I L 2 4 S I FF U P TOW N 1 It’s a hard knock life...for everyone! But this relatable, heart-wrenching screening will help put the years of your youth in perspective. From young to old and everything in between, these films help answer the question of “what does it all mean?!” Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages


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ELI OVER DARKNESS

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Emilie K. Beck, Jon-André Hakvåg, Anniken Aalbu Ages 22, 22, 21 | Norway

James Bachelor, Jessica Herman, Alan Bachelor Ages 21, 21, 20 | California

Maxwell Geoffrey Age 17 | New York

A short, heart-breaking story about a breakup between two people that wanted to be together, but just didn´t make it. They were two puzzle pieces that were not supposed to fit together.

Eli, a teen in the punk scene, struggles with depression and loss, learns to accept mortality and embrace life with the help of family and friends.

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BLACKBIRD VACUUM

Sean Drummond, Chelsea Bo, Austin Klinger Ages 21, 22, 22 | California

Daniel Wahlen Age 22 | Tennessee

Ethan Seneker Age 18 | Washington

At a pivotal moment in their relationship, a long-term couple is forced to make sacrifices to stay afloat.

A young girl’s life is thrown upside down when she is molested by her favorite teacher. Through the support of her best friend, she finds the strength to tell her mother.

A boy and girl question the morality of their affair.

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Jared Passante, Anna Rich, Joe Balewski, Graham Carroll Ages 22, 21, 24, 24 | Pennsylvania

Oliver Levi Malouf Age 16 | Australia

Elsie fights to keep the one she loves afloat, all the while facing a demon of her own.

Matthew has always felt guilty for the death of his younger brother. One day he is pushed over the edge, and only a certain kind of magic can bring him back.

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A love story told in a unique way.


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Have you ever thought, “I wish I could go back in time?� Well now you can, Marty McFly! Jump in the NFFTY Delorean and take a trip down memory lane as these films explore stories of the past. See Elvis before the fame and go underground with a miner digging trenches during WWII.


BLACKROOT

Matthew Law, Rob Smith, Matthew Thompson, Ryan Zemke Ages 21, 23, 19, 22 | Washington

Ben Kadie, Jack Flynn Ages 19, 20 | Washington

A pair of unlikely friends who bond during a harrowing battle in World War II learn about the power of friendship when they return home to a divided America.

Set in 1967. RT is a young member of the Tulalip Tribes. When her grandma dies, RT leaves home and sets off into the wilderness on a poorly planned spiritual mission, which is interrupted by the appearance of four white teenagers on a road trip.

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Adem Suljic Age 22 | Illinois

Alex J. Campbell, James Lewis, Lucy Shepherd, Ryan Cook Ages 20, 20, 21, 20 | United Kingdom

In a tale of survival, compassion, and loss, a young boy in war-torn Bosnia is forced to fend for his life by evading his captors.

N O BOD Y William Bryan Age 23 | Illinois A biographical story of Elvis Presley in high school in 1953 Memphis, featuring his tender relationship with his loving mother, his devoted teacher, and the senior year talent show that changed everything.

A loving husband and veteran miner becomes entombed under the battlefields of WWI. Setting off on a journey of salvation where the lines between reality and fantasy blur, he questions what is real, what is not and whether it even matters.

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BUSTER WAS A MAN Adam McArthur Age 18 | Washington Buster is a simple man who lives a very simple life. But when he misplaces his notebook, he is forced to think outside the box.

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PRODUCTION VALUE Tommy Tang Age 19 | Washington A small community of zero-budget filmmakers make shorts to rival productions from bigger crews.

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WHEN PERRI MET ALY Hana Wuerker Age 21 | California

Clap along if you feel like Happy Hour is the truth. Clap along if you feel like NFFTY is what you ought to do! Cheers to the weekend. Tasting starts at 6:00pm. Films start at 6:30pm. Tasting included with Film Ticket and ID. Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages

The story of how two women met, told by two women who don’t really remember the story.


Kris Theorin, Kurtis Theorin Ages 17, 21 | Pennsylvania

FOR THE SAKE OF HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

DINER OFF THE HIGHWAY

Justin Kroma Age 20 | Washington

Drew Conley, Megan Fleming, Austin Blankenau, Connor Huggett Ages 19, 21, 20, 21 | Nebraska

An old man’s way of life is uprooted when he receives a new TV and is forced to decide between prolonging his life and enjoying the life he has left.

A lone server at a run-down diner deals with some unexpected late-night customers who try to give him some friendly advice about pursuing the girl of his dreams.

KERS

ARE WE ANIMALS?

Alexia Salingaros Age 15 | Texas

Jyoti Khatavkar, Arnov Chaudhury, Yves Marie Beaufrand, Karthikeyan Ages 23, 23, 22 | India

SUNDAY DINNER WITH THE MORGANS

Sometimes communicating with the opposite sex can be as alien as communicating with well...an alien.

A tale of a hidden passion. Braving the general public’s critical eye, a young female graffiti artist reveals her talents and takes us through the struggles she faces in her art form.

SKIPPING STONE Cole Jackson, Tommy Lee Ages 20, 20 | Canada Scout Scoutington, the youngest in a family of scouts, has no badges of his own. He arrives at Camp Jiffy one summer where he competes to win the most badges to make his family proud.

Humans are in danger! Join the mole on her mission to save the humans from extinction.

Alex Forbes, Jack Pollington, Allan Armstrong Ages 20, 20, 23 | United Kingdom Four intertwining vignettes peering behind the closed doors of the Morgan family. Underneath their perfect veneer, the Morgans each engage in their own dark and twisted acts of moral depravity, each concealing their vices from the family.

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7:30PM FRIDAY APRIL 24 SIFF UPTOWN 2 Do you ever feel like life is a movie? These eight filmmakers do, and they beautifully encapsulate life through the lens of a camera. If life is cinema, then come take a look at the lives we live through these stunning frames. Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages


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JINJU

Henry Chaisson, Travis Bogosian Ages 22, 23 | Rhode Island

Jon Sams, Margie Cooper, Ines Corina Michelena, Taylor Kidd Ages 21, 21, 21, 21 | Florida

Crystal Jin Kim, Rachel Kim, Shae Wang Ages 21, 20, 18 | Georgia

A discouraged photographer has lost the attention of his only friend to a new admirer. Now he finds himself struggling to control his unraveling reality.

A Korean-American mother goes through a day of dealing with her daughter’s sulking until it escalates to the breaking of something deeply precious.

TELL ME WHAT YOU FEEL

PLAYGROUNDS

SOULMATE

Paolo Strippoli Age 21 | Italy

Jill Somers, Taylor Kidd, Sam Goodwin Ages 20, 20, 19 | Georgia

After the funeral of a young man, Pietro and Adriano, two gravediggers, inquire about the boy’s death. In a small town in the South of Italy, rumors spread about the tragic death of Claudio, which provides insight on the issues of our times.

A young boy from a loving family struggles to understand why a young girl from the wrong side of the tracks does not return his affections.

Kenrick D’cunha, Himanshu Thakur, Siddharth Grover Ages 21, 24, 22 | India

DAYTONA

OVER THE MOUNTAIN, BY THE SEA

Travis Bogosian Age 23 | California A retired army colonel grapples with mounting paranoia over an old mission.

Alex Herz, Jack Bushell Age 18 | California After becoming increasingly frustrated with his tense relationship with his father, a young boy embarks on a journey to find his deceased mother.

A story about a couple separated by death, that must find a way to be with each other again.

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A resourceful young girl prepares dinner for a friend.


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8:30PM FRIDAY APRIL 24 SIFF UPTOWN 1 Are you ready for Friday Night Lights...Camera, Action? This Friday Night you’ll be feeling alright if you invest your time in seeing some of the best films NFFTY has to offer. Highlights include a creature-filled music video, a vengeful mother, and a fish! Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages


EVERY OTHER DAY

LOVEPSYCH

Morgana McKenzie Age 15 | Canada

Michael Rodrigues Age 21| South Africa

Willem van den Heever Age 20 | South Africa

In a timeless world of fairy tales, villains and victims are visited by a vengeful fairy who offers to shift the balance of power.

The tale of 17-year-old Timothy Johnson, who arrives at school on this particular day with a six shooter pistol to take control of a life where all his expectations are continually reversed.

A quirky, but melancholic drama about two office lovers (Marceline and Frances) and the uncontrollable lust to kill. Will love conquer all, or will vices prevail?

FINAL REFLECTION

LITTLE RED

TWO FOR TEA

Charles Copsey, Lewis Spearing, Lloyd Cook, Conor Chalk, Billy Rowlinson Ages 19, 18, 18, 20, 20 | England

Wynter Rhys, Ethan Seneker Ages 15, 18 | Washington

Ben Joyner, Emily Seifert, Tucker MacDonald Ages 21, 22, 21 | North Carolina

A dark interpretation of the original Charles Perrault fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood.”

A quiet afternoon takes an unexpected turn when the law shows up on a grandmother’s doorstep, threatening to tear her family apart.

THE ANNIVERSARY

FLORENCE AND THE FISH

THE LAST TEN

Henry Chaisson Age 22 | California

Kristina Mileska Age 20 | Canada

Two troubled parents quarrel on the eve of an important anniversary.

A coming-of-age story about a young girl who has found a unique way of coping with the drowning of her friend.

Hatem Tag, Amr Ashraf, Shaimaa Farouk, Yamen Zakira Ages 24, 24, 24, 19 | Egypt

As the Nazis deport some 300,000 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942, a member of the Jewish Police’s luck takes a turn for the worse after forming a rapport with a young Nazi officer.

The story of a family in Gaza/Palestine and their last moments in their childhood home.

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WE ALL GO THE SAME


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9:30PM FRIDAY APRIL 24 SIFF UPTOWN 2 These films take drama to new heights as they create compelling characters that navigate the gripping paths through the darker side of life. Life isn’t all roses and puppies, and these films poignantly put the more difficult aspects of existence into perspective. Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages


BENIGHTED

BYSTANDER EFFECT

Peter Edlund, Megan Leonard, Rachel Klein Ages 24, 23, 23| Washington

Tanne Sommer Age 21 | Denmark

Matthias Neumayer Age 24 | Austria

A classic revenge tale begins in a schoolyard and ends at the heart of the modern frontier.

A young girl has to face her fears and break free from her mother’s rules, when she falls in love with a guy, who has very different views on life and death.

A man is on the lookout for a victim. Within a couple of minutes, he chooses a young woman. He hunts, stabs and rapes her. As he dwells on his vicious crime, the neighbors become a dormant audience as they stand by and watch the rapist’s captivating show.

THE DINER

SUNDAY MORNING

FORBEARANCE

Michael Lubin Age 24 | California

Gabriel Weiss Age 22 | Ohio

A diner patron finds himself trapped - the line between reality and what is not draws thinner as he tries to retain his sanity.

Dawn breaks, and Pastor Hartley is on foot in pursuit of Mary Jean -- with whom he had lessthan-righteous dealings the night before. His intent is to track her down and avoid the risk of any word spreading about their questionable encounter.

Scott Craig, Andrew Coleman, Charlotte Dart, Dan Crocker Ages 21, 21, 21, 21| United Kingdom

I WANTED HELP Liza Unger Age 20 | Minnesota Through an eye-opening testimony, a man expresses how being a sex offender has impacted his life before, during, and after incarceration. Trauma/Trigger Warning: Content contains references to child molestation, sexual abuse, and suicide.

A female assassin who exclusively targets male predators comes across someone from her past.

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THE NEW WEST


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A man walks into the restroom at a bar... what happens next? Find out at the most hilarious, belly ache-inducing, fart joke-featuring screening of the festival. Because, where else would you see a zombie apocalypse musical? Nowhere! Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages


Lorenzo Rossi, Jose Cañas, Nero Huang, Sam Bergamini Ages 18, 18, 20, 20 | Massachusetts Jacob’s grandmother dies right as his date is heading over. In order to ensure that the evening goes smoothly, he must hide the body before she arrives, forcing him to reevaluate his own identity through a series of darkly comedic events.

THE TERRIBLE TINKLE TROUBLES OF TIMOTHY TIDWELL Jason Grinde Age 23 | Michigan Timothy Tidwell gets stuck in a very long line and has a very hard decision to make.

RUSTY FISH Chelsea Bo, Sean Drummond, Lauren Lane Ages 22, 21, 21 | California A disconnected young man must find a date to his family’s yearly picnic to avoid working the kissing booth again.

JUST ANOTHER TUESDAY

ROTTEN LOVE

IT’S ALL ORGANIC

Jordan Fountain, Derek Davidson, Connor Huggett Ages 21, 22, 22 | Nebraska

Matt LaCorte, Myles Holliday, Liana Spano, Teza Belmond Ages 17, 18, 17, 19 | California

Jared Piller, Ernie Houk Ages 21, 21 | California

Ben and Clark don’t know each other, but they affect each other’s lives in ways they can’t imagine.

In this campy zombie musical, one hopeless romantic is forced to learn if love is really worth dying for.

ANCHOVIES Annabelle Attanasio Age 21 | New York In the grossest bathroom of all time, Micah is forced to confront his three greatest fears: confined spaces, germs, but most of all, women.

Michael, a college freshman home from his first semester, comes out to his parents... as a vegan. After he is kicked out because of his new found identity, he finds the world to be cruel until he meets a group of like-minded individuals.

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DATE NIGHT


F IS FOR FREEDOM

DAL SEGNO

Theo Taplitz Age 11 | California

Danielle Kampf, Austin Harris Ages 18, 18 | New York

Tortured by an evil, stalker bad grade and his diabolical little brother, Freddy will do anything to escape to freedom.

A sad girl is reinvigorated when a motivational speaker gives her a magical cane.

HOW TO HAUNT: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

BE A LITTLE BOULDER

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Kaitlin Suggs Age 22 | North Carolina Meet Bo, a ghost who is about to attempt his first Haunting. If he follows the steps outlined in “How to Haunt: A Beginner’s Guide” the whole thing will be a piece of cake. But, leave it to Bo to discover a distinctly unconventional method for Haunting.

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Fun for the whole family! Skip the Saturday morning cartoons and explore the magical world of all-ages cinema. Inspire your kids with these films made by talented young filmmakers from near and far. Spoiler alert: these films are awesome!

FISH OUT OF WATER Amalie Vedelsby, Eva Wikke, Olga Holbek, Malte Brænder Ages 18, 16, 15, 16 | Denmark It’s always hard to move and change schools, especially for 11-year-old Lukas, who is equally uncomfortable with the thought of losing his friends and with getting to know new friends. The only thing he can really rely on is his best friend, the goldfish Sophus.

Tendering Primary School Ages 8 - 10 | United Kingdom A little stone called Clint, living in prehistoric times, is picked on by other sticks and rocks. However, everyone has a purpose in their life, even sticks and stones.

LOVE AND THE ART OF FRISBEE FLIGHT Alex Brisker, Alexander Le Bas, Kendall Wilmot Ages 17, 18, 19 | California A young boy and girl become friends over a quest to find the boy’s frisbee, crossing lengthy public park landscapes and facing big bad bullies, overcoming fears and finding love along the way.


THE NOTE

JUST LIKE YOU

SESSION ONE

BACKWARDS

Dexter Gardner Age 13 | California

Ashton Tu California

A boy sends his crush love letters from a tree.

Jake Froman doesn’t let cerebral palsy discourage him from pursuing his dreams and accomplishments. His unwavering, positive attitude is an inspiration to all.

Isabella Cuevas Pierson, Sofia Cuevas Pierson, Lola Cuevas Pierson, John Albert Ages 17, 13, 10, 12 | Washington

Patrick Fritz, Katie Waldron, Kristie Ko Ages 20, 21, 20 | California

THE PEARL WHALE

CEREAL KILLER

ONOMATOPOEIA

Shantal Freedman, Andrew Freedman Age 19 | California

Theo Taplitz Age 11 | California

Alec Brown Age 20 | New Mexico

No matter what people say, breakfast isn’t always good for you.

A boy stumbles into a parallel dimension where every sound he hears is dubbed over with a human voice.

THE BUS STOP

EL DOGGO

Michael Ghadban, Tyler Colvin, Tyler Graham Ages 13, 14, 13 | California

Barry J. Briggs Age 17 | Washington

A grandfather tells his granddaughter a fanciful fishing story but her mother disapproves of him filling her daughter’s head with tall tales.

THE GAME OF FRIENDSHIP Adam McArthur Ages 18 | Washington When Joe, a deadbeat loser, is unable to live life as anything but a game, it is up to James to pull him back to reality, and save their friendship.

A boy unwittingly teaches a girl a real-life lesson in not knowing what you have until it’s gone.

The great El Doggo leads a sweet, peaceful life until an intimidatingly mysterious “light” sparks unfathomable curiosity and frustration.

A backwards-walking man goes on a quest for love to find the ultimate, lasting companionship.

BIG AIR - “BARKING DOG” Emerson Stern, Reid Moulis, Stephen Gentry, Liam Harr Ages 14, 15, 16, 14 | Virginia With some cardboard and duct tape, two boys start a band from scratch in this music video for Big Air’s “Barking Dog.”

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Robert and Janet have some serious issues to hash out...


PR ES E NTE D BY K I N D H E A LTH Y S N AC K S

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Be kind. Be awesome. Be kind AND awesome by supporting NFFTY and coming to this amazing screening! The true power of cinema lies in how it affects your feelings and this incredible lineup of films will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.


Tom Masterman, Steph Boyko Ages 20, 19 | Canada While LARP enthusiasts and lonely best friends Robyn and Joe are out in the woods for a friendly adventure, Joe is taken by a real Goblin horde. Robyn must fight to save him by becoming the hero she has always pretended to be.

GOLDFISH Bogui Adjorlolo, Isaac Pauls Ages 17, 17 | Washington A young man tries to console his friend about the death of his beloved goldfish.

SPAM: STUDENT PROTECTION AGENCY MILLIKAN Zoe Calamar, Dexter Gardner Ages 12, 12 | California Alina just wants to stay out of trouble when she is accidentally inducted into a secret antibullying agency at her school.

POMEGRANATE IS THE FRUIT OF PARADISE Teymour Ghaderi Age 21 | Iran A village with a small population lacks an established school. A boy and a girl are the only children of the village. The girl’s family does not allow their children to go to school. The boy goes to school in another village and tries to teach her.

KNOWING HOW TO FALL

DAZZLING SHADOW

Jason Grinde Age 23 | Michigan

Dojun Yoo, Kinyung Lee, Huicheol Lee Ages 24, 23, 24 | South Korea

Howard Wilson is a Paralympic Judoka, whose Glaucoma led him to Judo. With Judo he has learned to look at life’s challenges differently.

Encounters of a woman working in a restaurant, a man eating garbage in the street, an old diabetic patient, and a boy suffering from cancer. The light of hope dazzles the shadow of despair.

FIGHTERS MOVE FORWARD Jake Lee Arizona In 2007, Pete Chavez started the Chavez Boxing Foundation, a non-profit that keeps inner-city kids off the streets through boxing. This story follows Pete and two of his follows Pete and two of his “kids”, and explores the struggles of those affected by the non-profit, as well as the numerous obstacles faced by the foundation itself.

TO INFINITY Emily Yue Age 16 | Connecticut Two teens face the unknown.

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ROBYN HOOD


SLEEPWALKERS Jason Merrin, Rachel Liu, Aaron Senser, Alex Liberatore Ages 23, 22, 23, 24 | New York Ben is a Sleepwalker - a secret, alternate personality that takes over once his “waking” self goes to sleep. Ben lives every night free of responsibility or consequence until he meets Allison - the “waking” waitress at an all-night diner - and is forced to reevaluate what is most important to him.

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2:30PM SATURDAY APRIL 25 SIFF UPTOWN 2

Take time out of your film-packed weekend to catch the only featurelength film in this year’s festival. Skip the cineplex, the future of independent film is right here!


Max Cho, Noah Bennett Ages 17, 17 | California

4:30PM SATURDAY APRIL 25 SIFF UPTOWN 2

See humanity through a clearer lens as these global stories are brought to life on the big screen. These powerful films tackle pivotal themes by diving deep into the ocean of non-fiction storytelling to bring you the tales beneath the surface.

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH Dominique Carino, Angelo Re, Kyle Rawlinson Ages 21, 21, 21 | Pennsylvania

MODERN YELLOW Asuka Rachel Lin Age 16 | California A hip, fast-paced documentary about Asians living in a modern American society and the racial prejudices they must face.

How do you convince someone to kill their neighbor? This chilling question was addressed in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, in which one million people were slaughtered, mostly by people they knew, in a period of 100 days.

David Helfer is the fourth generation in a family of jewelers. His family meticulously crafts handmade jewelry at their shop in Pittsburgh while dealing with family dynamics both in and out of the workplace.

FRED

KEEPING FOCUS

STREAM DREAM

Sarit Sandler, Maddison Hobbing, Rainey Zimmerman, Madeline Masarik Ages 17, 17, 17, 17 | Florida

Becca Freimuth Age 21 | Washington

Reshma Ailmchandani, Li Zhuoda, Tan Si Hui Ages 23, 23, 22 | Singapore

After experiencing antisemitism and hate as a young child, Manfred “Fred” Hecht escaped Nazi Germany at the age of 11. When he came to America he discovered his love of painting. Through this intimate documentary, Fred shares the trials and tribulations of his life.

THE MATCHMAKER Claire M. Andreae Age 20 | Germany Christian runs a dog shelter in Germany, and takes great care to find the perfect match between his dogs and their new German families.

The story of three Pacific Northwest photographers who still use film as a medium for their photography in a digital world.

TRASH, MANUFACTURED Chris Jones Age 24 | California Marine scientist Dr. Marcus Eriksen uses artwork to raise awareness about the detrimental impacts of plastics on aquatic ecosystems.

Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, comes under the spotlight. It is acting against music piracy by getting users to subscribe to their service. But has it really been a force for good? And are they paying artists enough?

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CUT THE TALL TREES: THE KILLING POWER O F WORDS


ANNABELL LEE

PIP THE CUP

Martina Anic, Marijana Barisic, Petra Karaula Croatia

Adam McArthur Age 18 | Washington

Many years ago, in a kingdom by the sea, a maiden lived by the name of Annabell Lee.

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Color your world with an array of animated films crafted by wonderfully creative artists from around the globe. Explore forms of animation you didn’t know existed and celebrate the illustrious talents of young filmmakers harnessing the power of the pen (or pencil, or paintbrush... you get the point!)

Pip, a Styrofoam cup, deals with the struggles of having an infinite life, with finite friendships.

OPERATION RELOCATION

5 GREEN AND ENDANGERED FROGS

Reed McFeely Age 12 | Washington

Hannah Marschell Age 13 | Washington

Two blobs save Planet Thrae from certain destruction.

In this animated parody of the children’s nursery song “5 Green and Speckled Frogs,” the frogs are killed off one-by-one due to environmental causes.

THE LETTER G

CHECKMATE

Adam McArthur Age 18 | Washington

Nell Hensey, Moira Curran Ages 16, 17 | Ireland

During the performance of the children’s tune “The Alphabet Song” one letter is seemingly unable to get the routine right.

Pawn has always been bullied for being “the little guy.” But now it’s time to overcome the other chess pieces, led by the King!


TEDDY

THE SIGHT OF STARS

RUN

Margaret Orr Age 22 | Indiana

Devon Manney Age 20 | Minnesota

Taylor Mobley Age 22 | Texas

Iver Jensen, Jacob Jensen Ages 17, 15 | Norway

A sleeping child is easy prey for the monster under the bed. Fortunately, her best friend is close at hand to save her.

Based on the latter end of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh’s tragic life, an inquiry into how artists like Van Gogh can create such incredible and beautiful works in the face of overwhelming sadness.

A young boy struggles to escape the monster corrupting his world.

NIGHT OF SHADOWS

GREEN WITH ENVY

THE MOONLIGHT

Alec C. Castillo, Danny Perez Ages 17, 18 | United States

Georgina Cahill Age 16 | Connecticut

THE FLOATAWAY BRIDE

On one night every 88 years, Shadows are free from their bodies.

Two doppelgangers attempt to outdo each other in a battle of jealously.

CURT LOWENS: A LIFE OF CHANGES

DRIP

TO DO:

Kyle Jensen, Asa Buehler Washington

Cody Stoltz, Bailey Volchok Ages 15, 16 | Oregon

When a boy gets turned into an ice cream cone, his friends must do whatever it takes to save him.

A boy is bullied online by his peers and after almost giving up on life, a sticky note animation shows him what he can do in life.

A man is suddenly sent 700 years ahead in time. Terrified by what he saw, he decides to take the Earth’s destiny in his own hands and change the future.

Justin Binder, August Blum, Robert Carlson, Levi Glaser, George Khabbaz, Kayla Mossanen, Tammy Shine Ages 16, 16, 14, 17, 17, 17, 16 California Students in the Righteous Conversations Digital Storytelling Workshop worked collaboratively to bring to the screen Holocaust survivor Curt Lowens’ story of escape and resistance during World War II.

Sonal Jadhav Age 23 | India A bride realizes she’s got cold feet and floats away from her forced marriage to liberate herself, metaphorically.

Nehal Halim Age 22 | Egypt The story of a couple’s separation and a man who is prisoner to his own feelings.

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THE JOLLY ADVENTURES OF THE M EN WHO TRAVE LLED IN TIME


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If NFFTY was a human being, these films would be the beating heart; the core providing energy to the rest of the cinematic lifeform. From a hilarious poisonous milk epidemic to an intense first-person story of abuse, the stories contained in these eight wonderful films deserve to be the center of attention. Following the screening, come join us at the NFFTY Party Pad, Blackrapid, 517 Aloha Street, for our Centerpiece Party! Admission granted with festival pass, day pass, or screening ticket to Centerpiece. Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages.


Gabrielle Locre, Benoit Berthe, Armelle Renac, Caroline Le Duff, Vivien Risser, Agathe Pillot Ages 20, 22, 23, 21, 25, 21 | France

CRUMBS

ABSENT

Alejandra Castro, Lia Gotz, Chance Roberts, Omar Hilario, Pricsila Torres Ages 19, 18, 19, 23 | Arizona

Wes Chew Age 23 | Canada The degradation of a man’s mind makes him fall in and out of a state of limbo, affecting his relationship with his fiancé.

In 1900, a couple presents what they claim are inventions from the year 2000 to the director of a cabaret. But the show isn’t working properly and things don’t exactly go as planned...

A boy reads a poem about a hard-working blue ant: a parallel of his mother applying for a job.

A PORTRAIT OF ABUSE

QUINTESSENCE

DEMONS IN DISGUISE

Nick Chianese Age 21 | New York

Lucas Bugbee, Leilani Ingold, Brandon Bernier, Derrick Beiter Ages 17, 16, 18, 17 | California

Kira Bursky Age 18 | North Carolina

Alexander Chianese, a 24-year-old artist from New Jersey, shows how his artwork and his family have helped him overcome his traumatic past.

A boy imagines the true sounds of nature.

STRAY BOYS

MILKMAN

Kristen Harding Age 21| New York

Garrett Kennell Age 21 | Pennsylvania

The leader of a group of street kids fights to protect a sick younger brother, all while keeping up a dangerous facade.

A cheery neighborhood milkman tries to save his untarnished career after he delivers a bad batch of milk.

A teenage girl decides to seek revenge against her “demon” mother.

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1900-2000


FREIGHT TRAIN

ANIMA

Alex Wu Age 20 | Australia

Kyle Sinagra, Noah Wilson, Tim Gravely, Jake Jaime Ages 18, 18, 18, 19 | California

A flowing trail of time and memory that reflects on the fleeting, ineffable moments in our lives.

A look into the details and consequences of a car accident.

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MAKES SENSE

IMMUNE

Matthew Thompson Age 20 | California

Charles Dillon Ward Age 22 | Kentucky

A visual poem about a deaf girl that falls in love with a blind boy.

In the future, a young man finds solace in a special camera that projects live memories as all of his loved ones die from a mysterious virus.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes a thousand pictures can only be described by one word: beauty. These poetic compositions blend cinematic imagery and existential prose to create stunning stories examining what it means to live, love, and be human. Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages

BELOW THE SURFACE Neema Sadeghi, Rona Ahdout Ages 17, 17 | California A girl reflects on the precious moments she had with her sister before a tragic mistake was made in order to release her guilt and reach absolution.

FEELING TO DIVE AND OTHER STORIES Ivana Noa Age 11 | Belgium Moments from the life of a girl.


Mohammed Alsalman Age 24 | Saudi Arabia A person’s mind wakes up in the fog of confusion between decisions and affiliations, between obedience and disobedience.

FINGERS CUTTING GLASS Evan Britz Age 21 | Canada Two sisters in a storm.

FILAMENT

GIRL

Nathaniel Regier Age 20 | Texas

Andrea Sand Gustavson, Torfinn Rønning Sanderud, Petter Onstad Løkke, Salle Hilowle, Maria Grazia Di Meo Ages 24, 24 | Norway

A poetic visualization of the balance of strength and beauty.

Kit works as a dancer in a vibrant nightclub, but she has no real connection to the audience, or any man in her life. She finds herself on a journey into a new world that arouses feelings she never knew she had.

WALLS

NEVERLAND

DEPARTURE

SIDE TRAILS

Gabrielle Giacomo, Mary Grace Henry Ages 17, 18 | New York

Max Retik, Hailey Burns Ages 17, 17 | New Jersey

Mohamed Selim Age 24 | Egypt

Rainier Rubin, Josh Kalejaye Ages 20, 20 | North Carolina

A teenage girl browses a shoebox of old photographs, trying to understand the strong feelings of nostalgia she experiences.

A young doctor who healed wounded revolutionaries at Tahrir Square in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 departs from his home, saying farewell to everything that is dear to him.

An exploration and critique of the idea that as individuals in a modern capitalist society, we must base our lives around work.

A journey into the human mind that portrays the human tendency to shut others out when grieving. It demonstrates these mental barricades as physical boundaries, showing that each instance of ill will is almost a “brick” in the “wall” of detachment.

GIRL WHO READS Isabella Tan, Zach Lowry, Peter Zachwieja, Alexandra Keosayan Ages 20, 20, 20, 20 | Malaysia Because a life in purgatory is better than a minute in hell. A poetic insight into the world where expectations from fiction meets reality.

NOW I COME AS YOUR SON - KAYNA WAWAIKI JAMUNI Nico Page Age 17 | Chile A vision of the people, landscapes, and customs of Bolivia through the eyes of a Chilean-American highschool student, in dialogue with a tour guide, an anthropologist, and other location recordings in the native Quechuan language.

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TANTAMOUNT

PRIMORDIA

Jesse Scimeca Age 19| Georgia

Casey Drogin Age 21 | New York

After attempting to cross the US/Mexico border in search of a better life, Armando (Edwin Perez) awakens in an unknown room, his body broken and a Lucha Libre mask sewn into his neck. His only chance for survival is to last in a wrestling match against the terrifying villain GIGANTE!

A russian woman wakes up in an abandoned room, with no recollection of how she got there. Tantamount: to be equivalent in value, significance, or effect.

A dark exploration of the food cycle contimuum: an ancient predator hunts a pregnant woman at the bottom of the ocean.

REFLECTION

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SHATTERED MEMORIES

Alex Emerson, Andrew Lin, James Wolfe Ages 15, 15, 15 | Massachusetts

Ben Tan, Luka Joncich, Jacob “Kuba” Bojsza, Reese Dheming Ages 18, 18, 18, 18 | California

Nick Merola Age 22 | New York

Gigi Saul Guerrero, Raynor Shima, Luke Bramley Age 24 | Canada

A high-school student hears a knock in his room. But instead of coming from the window, it comes from the mirror.

A symbolic film about a young teen who undergoes peer pressure.

A father struggles emotionally and physically to find the remaining humanity in his young son, who is possessed by a demonic spirit. He must make life-or-death decisions when he realizes the severity of his son’s supernatural condition.

WORST CASE

REWIND

MARA

Ashton Herrild Age 18 | Washington

Margaux Moores-Tanvier, Simon Wang, Daichi Hirabayashi Ages 22, 23, 20 | California

Yi Zhong Ages 21 | New York

A boy wakes up alone in the woods without knowing how he got there. He befriends a woman and her daughter, realizing they all share the same last memory.

To take down the most dangerous assassin, a detective puts his sanity and morality on the line.

Mara, haunted by her past and her own mind, has secluded herself in a forest cabin. Until one day, she runs into a teenage runaway..

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EL GIGANTE


LOVE IN LEO’S WORLD Matthew Thompson Age 20 | California

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11A M SU N DAY A PR I L 26 S I FF U P TOW N 2 Why so serious? Take a load off and laugh yourself silly at this family-friendly mixed bag of uplifting, hilarious treats. Give your doctor the heads up, because this screening will leave you in need of stitches!

1-0 Saman Hosseinpuor Age 22 | Iran

Leo, a hopeless romantic just wants a little old-fashioned courting in his life.

A boy is watching a soccer game on TV and gets so excited he forgets he’s in the middle of a haircut. Oops!

FATHER OF CURIOSITY

THE UNHAPPY CAMPER

Alessio Summerfield Age 23 | Alabama

Henry Herrington Age 14 | Washington

A bored and dangerously curious young girl, Cass, meets Perdido, an old drifter who scavenges sentimental items from unknowing victims for a mysterious purpose.

Sam takes his younger brother Noah on a camping trip, but all Noah wants to do is go home.

THE DIRECTOR

THEO & RUBY: A CAT AND HAMSTER TALE

Denis Berberovic Age 18 | Oregon A young filmmaker aspires to tell epic, meaningful stories, discovering them in the simplest of places.

Maximilian Muench Age 12 | California A new family kitten realizes he shares the home with Ruby, a hamster. Many obstacles prevent him from getting a closer look, but his persistence pays off in the end.


BLIND AMBITIONS

GOING HOME

A SLICE OF LIFE

Ryan Town, Colette Mendoza, Louis Gerny, Noah Hosaka Ages 17, 15, 14, 14 | California

Noah Maxey, Kelsie Cummings, Jordan Shelwood Ages 16, 17, 16 | Texas

Phillip G. Carroll Jr. Age 22 | Pennsylvania

Dick Lavelle is about to sit his Media Studies exam, only to discover his pen is not in his pencil case. Could the glamorous Evelyn give Dick the answers he’s looking for, or is he merely a pawn in a much bigger game?

A mime doubts his career goals when he wants to communicate with a girl who cannot see him, metaphorically representing the human struggle to succeed in both career and in love.

A young boy bonds with his bus driver while he is feeling neglected at his house.

IT HIT UPON THE ROOF

TANGLES

SINCERELY THE VICTIMS

Linton Village College Ages 12 - 16 | United Kingdom

Teymour Ghaderi Age 19 | Iran

Stella Gutierrez, Miguel Rivera, Hugo Castillo Ages 15, 13, 16 | California

Avery Looser Age 13 | Texas

A house in a village, where only an old woman and a child live, the rain falls and starts dripping from the ceiling. The child tries to do something about the leak.

Stella Gutierrez opens up about her struggle with OCD in this autobiographical short. She shares how she seeks support from sufferers of trichotillomania and dermatillomania, how talking honestly is difficult in a society that stigmatizes mental illness, and how she manages in her day-to-day life.

Through the viewpoint of a victim, a bully is overcome by strength and determination.

LEMONADE STANDOFF

THE HISTORY LESSON

MOIRA MARIELLA

Saunder Boyle, Ryan Beard, Sam Crowell, Karson Monger Age 16, 16, 17, 15 | Virginia

Gymraeg Plasmawr Comprehensive School Ages 14 - 18 | United Kingdom

Things quickly turn sour when a brother and sister launch competing lemonade stands right next to each other.

Set in the year 2099, this mockumentary shows how teenagers will be home schooled. A teenage boy is plugged into a helmet where school lessons are beamed directly into his brain.

Krystal Alexander, Darya Virden Ages 22, 22 | Washington A young girl always dreamed she would find a friend, she just wasn’t expecting to find one in such an unusual place.

On the night of his wife Amy’s birthday, Todd’s relationship comes to its inevitable conclusion. The table is set. The cake is baked. And now we wait... for one last slice.

INDECISIONS Hope Alexander Age 17 | Oregon Pursuing that one dream girl can have its twists and turns. Better watch out.

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING PEN


BEST EFFORTS Hadley Hillel Age 19 | Washington A depressed college student finds a wooden top that allows him to temporarily stop time. However, his attempts to use the new-found power soon go horribly awry.

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OUT OF PRINT Daniel Schiff, Brian Cunningham, Cristina Vazquez de Mercado, Christopher Schaap Ages 19, 21, 20, 22 | Washington A look inside a local bookstore that breaks open the lives of books and their struggle against technology.

12 PM SU N DAY A PR I L 26 S I FF U P TOW N 1 The Northwest is home to exhaustingly passive-agressive behavior, extreme amounts of coffee consumption, and most importantly - extremely talented young filmmakers! Come see the finest The Upper Left, USA has to offer and get a taste for life in NFFTY’s neck of the woods!

CRITICAL MASS Chris Bunker, Zack Gaston Ages 20, 20 | Washington Hanford: the most radioactive area in the Western Hemisphere lies a mere 200 miles from Seattle. This is an in-depth view of the United State’s nuclear waste capital and asks whether Hanford’s waste situation has hit “critical mass.”


FISH BOWL

STOLEN

Sam Tilford, Austin Williams, Israel Medrano, Garrett Swenson Ages 17, 23 | Washington

Peter Zachwieja Washington

Leo Pfeifer, Coleman Andersen Ages 16, 17 | Washington

The unique friend of a young, increasingly reclusive man urges him to interact with his neighbor.

After a devastating loss, a man prepares to take action. What will he sacrifice to get revenge? What will he keep if he doesn’t?

CRUISE

SERENADE

CAVE

Noah Davenport Age 16 | Washington

Kendra Ann Sherrill Age 20 | Washington

Two friends find a running car parked on the side of the road.

A short dealing with the complexities and heartache of love, affecting both young and old, while also exploring the struggles of being true to yourself.

Abbey Sacks, Johnathon Van Houdt, Jonah Kozlowski, Tucker Grindstaff Ages 17, 22, 23 | Washington

TYPO

AIR PRESSURE

Emma Craft, Owen Craft Ages 17, 19 | Washington

Leo Pfeifer, Coleman Andersen Ages 16, 16 | Washington

When spelling and grammar become unbearable, only one hero can save the day.

Long after a disastrous experience at the Balloon Animal World Championships, an old man struggles to regain his youthful confidence and overcome a lifetime haunted by guilt and failure.

The extraordinary life of Kirk Reiten, a man born with cerebral palsy, who worked at Boeing for 30 years while also starting his own foundation.

A disenchanted high schooler and her babysitter journey to a sacred spot to escape the “therapeutic” manipulations of her mother.

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BEATING THE ODDS


Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages

INSIDE OUT

Jo Roy, Pietro Torrisi Ages 22 | Canada

Audrey Thomas, Evie Bellew, Francesca Rosati Ages 17, 18, 18 | Washington

The repulsive nature of dance as told through dance.

A woman acclimates to her changing surroundings throughout a day. The simplest alteration in her environment forces her to bury her true self down even further so she can adapt to the expectations of others. Only when alone can she feel at home in her own skin.

GUILT

DENTON’S PULLOUT COUCH

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I HATE DANCING

Niall Shukla Age 21 | United Kingdom A candy-colored, kaleidoscopic, nightmare in which Orson is plagued by memories of the woman he murdered. As his sanity begins to dissolve, he realizes that the only way to end his suffering is to take one more life – his own.

Ryan Ohm, Nicholas Wilson, Haley Gelb, Stephen Matejka Ages 22, 22, 22, 21 | Illinois At his wit’s end trying to find love, something he’s never experienced, 17-year-old Denton invites an escort to his college apartment on a mysteriously stormy night.

1PM SU N DAY A PR I L 26 S I FF U P TOW N 2 According to Wikipedia, an experiment is an orderly procedure carried out with the goal of verifying, refuting, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis. Example: This screening is full of the most inventive, unorthodox methods of filmmaking ever seen! Refute at your own risk.

ALPHABET TOWN

A SILENT STRUGGLE

Ben Frauman, Darian Manzoori, Nicholas Engeln Ages 16, 16, 17 | California

Alex Yakacki Age 21 | Pennsylvania

A dive into the twine of a hideous mind.

An exploration of the lives and minds of four individuals battling various mental illnesses. Through their raw insight, it becomes clear just how difficult it is to function on a daily basis when your brain is constantly fighting itself.


DISTANT FLICKER

TWO BY TWO

Naomi Bensen Age 19 | California

Denis Berberovic Age 18 | Oregon

Ruby Drake Age 17 | California

A young woman is in the immediate aftermath of a bike collision. She begins to experience inexplicable visions and in her search for answers, she finds herself becoming less and less sure of what is real.

An urban Sci-fi fever dream, laden with neo-noir themes and dark imagery. It closely follows the story of a young man as he attempts to make sense of an extraordinary event.

Four screens, four stories! An old lady burns her popcorn, a lonely girl tries to flirt with the guy next door (who only has eyes for his super), meanwhile, a husband cheats on his wife and is caught red-handed.

FALSE ALLEGORY

CONNIE

MASK

Greg Doble Age 24 | Canada

Abbey Sacks Age 17 | Washington

Katie Speare Age 15 | California

An abstract audio/visual landscape brought to life by pairing the animation of Greg Doble with the music of Woulg.

An experimental film based on the short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates.

A video art piece that explores society’s pressure on women to alter their appearances.

SLIPPER BALLET

THE EMOTIONAL DIMENSIONS OF THE JAMES RIVER

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A SEVENTH POSSIBILITY

Mimi (Asia) Reed Age 16 | Washington I am a ballet dancer. When I was a little girl I wondered, “What do my piles of ballet slippers do when I am away?”

Michelle Marquez Age 15 | Virginia Musically and visually designed based on a neuroscience research project, this experimental short explores the deeply rooted biological connection that the human brain forms with complex images, sounds, and music.


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2PM SUNDAY APRIL 26 SIFF UPTOWN 1

These three excellent documentary films give voice to the voiceless and illuminate the hidden subjects that we need to hear about. Come see the lives of others through an unfiltered lens and enhance your knowledge of the world we live in!


DESTINY Grace Chew, Hui Huang Tang Ages 22, 23 | Singapore

UNTIL THE SOUTHERN BORDER IS SECU RE Mauricio Casillas, Carolina Mรกrquez, Cammeron Neely Ages 20, 20, 20 | Arizona A documentary that focuses on the many different groups of people that dedicate their lives to working on the U.S./Mexico border in Arizona. We hear from a border recon individual, a border humanitarian, and a Border Patrol officer.

RETURN WITH HONOR PR ES E NTE D I N PA RTN E R S H I P W ITH H UM A N ITI ES WA S H I N GTO N Discussion Facilitated by Zaki Barak Hamid Program Director, Humanities Washington.

Madi Palmer, Ryann Beeler, Lauren Finlinson Ages 17, 17, 16 | Utah The story of missionaries whose service was cut short due to mental illness and the stigmas that follow them after returning home.

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Three Vietnamese women reveal their fears and aspirations about marrying a Singaporean man, and what their lives are like in their hometowns.


I AM A GOD Caleb Slain Age 23 | Japan A boy wakes up in a labyrinth.

THE HILL AND THE WOOD “SHADOW SHOW” Nicholas Keen, Caroline Cox, Becca Meaney, Rico Vigliotti Ages 16, 16, 15, 19 | Virginia A man finds himself returning to the memories of his youth in this nostalgic music video for The Hill and the Woods’ “Shadow Show.”

ROLLED UP SLEEVES 60

Robin Lodge, Juliana Chahayed, AJ Lodge Ages 17, 17, 17 | California

3 PM SU N DAY A PR I L 26 S I FF U P TOW N 2

Turn the volume up to 100 for this mixtape of music-centric pieces. Get your hands ready to clap, your feet ready to tap, and your lyrics ready to rap! Just kidding, we’ll leave the rapping to the professionals. Please don’t rap during the screening.

NEVER TAKE ME AWAY Tanne Sommer Age 21 | Denmark

A music video that portrays the downfall of a couple’s relationship. This is an original song performed by Juliana and Andrea Chahayed, and written by Avery Kentis and AJ Lodge.

A group of teenage boys are seriously whipped by their girlfriends.

WILD PARTY “WHEN I GET OLDER”

DEAF HAVANA “MILDRED (LOST A FRIEND)”

Tim Hendrix Age 22 | California A bunch of kindergartners look into their own futures and discover that they grow up to be a lame indie band.

Frederick Lloyd Age 22 | United Kingdom Two childhood friends are separated when one leaves for responsibility and adulthood, and the other stays behind. Growing up leaves a rift between them that is much greater than first perceived...


CREME DE DEVRE “RANDOM EXCESS MAMMARIES”

SHATTERPROOF “COOKIE CUTTER LIFE”

Henry Nowikow, Paul Woodford, Danny Vose Ages 24, 21, 22 | United Kingdom

Hudson Bloom, Branson Hoog, Austin Henckel Ages 20, 20, 20| Colorado

A lively, one-shot music video set in outer space for Creme De Chevre’s Daft Punk mashup titled “Random Excess Mammaries.”

A man fights his way out of an ordinary life.

THE RAVEN - COMES ALIVE

NIC HANSON “OPEN THEIR EYES”

PARACHUTE

Kayla Briët Age 17 | California

Michael Ayjian, Stephen Skeel Ages 20, 19 | New York

In this original musical rendition of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, a young girl battles with the darkest secrets of her subconscious.

This video encourages us to put aside prejudice and respect everyone, since we are all humans.

PHIL BEAUDREAU “WON’T GET AWAY”

IN A MIRROR DIMLY

HIGH TIDES

Iver Jensen, Robin Jensen Ages 17, 18 | Norway

Anissa Amalia, Rachel Connelly, Josh Vredevoogd Ages 20, 19, 18 | Washington

Janey Feingold, Mandi Brooksbank, Powell Robinson Ages 22, 22, 22 | California USC’s So Cal VoCal’s take flight in this Acapella cover video.

Cheok Wai Lei Age 24 | China An alien meets another alien on Earth.

A girl struggles with self-harming and mental disorders. Is there hope at the end of the tunnel?

Mark Breedlove, Courtney Ross Ages 19, 19 | Florida “Parachute” presented by The Vinyl Kicks.

A music video for ATSEA, with an open-ended narrative showcasing a college girl’s feelings of isolation and disconnect.

SHAMAN’S HARVEST “DANGEROUS” Kyle Cogan Age 24 | Illinois While working for an abusive drug lord, a young woman realizes her true inner power.

WHO WOULD LET YOU DROWN Danielle Payne Age 20| Australia Sydney Indie band, “The Khanz” produce eerie smooth vocals that combine with powerful images to bring to life universal symptoms of betrayal and isolation.

VALENTINO KHAN “MAKE SOME NOISE” Tim Hendrix Age 22 | California A short visual poem about the sacred bond between man and beast.

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THE WIRE


GO TO THE BALL WITH ME, JENNY Cole Borgstadt, Emily Field, Joseph Porter Ages 18, 18, 18 | Arizona A quirky sixteen-year-old boy makes this video for a cute girl in his Language Arts class to ask her to Winter Ball.

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THE MAGIC MOMENT Christopher Helkey Age 21 | California A paper engineer from Dortmund, Germany, creates magical, moving, three-dimensional objects from only paper.

4 PM SU N DAY A PR I L 26 S I FF U P TOW N 1 ALEXANDRIA’S MIRACLE Scared of uniformity? Can’t pick a favorite genre? Then this screening is for you. Buckle your seatbelts, because this roller coaster screening is full of excitement. You might just leave as one big glass case of emotion.

Mohamed Khalifa, Youssef ElAkkari Ages 19, 21 | Egypt An inspirational documentary about a handicapped individual that not only managed to fit into society, but also managed to make his living doing a job no one, in their wildest dreams, would think a handicapped person could do.


CODA

LIVING: AND HOW TO

Shan Jin Age 24 | China

Mark Breedlove Age 19 | Florida

Zach Madden Age 20 | California

Changes run faster than plans…

A forgotten daughter struggles to reconnect with her mother through a piano piece.

A tour group goes through the lives of two people who prefer the peculiar over the popular.

LADY LONELY

THE ROUTINE

LONE HUNTER

Janey Feingold Age 22 | California

Emilie K. Beck, Marita Smith, Jon-André Hakvåg, Peder Egge Ages 23, 23, 23, 23 | Norway

Noah Abe, Kody Zenger Ages 23, 22 | Oklahoma

The loneliest girl in the world meets a stranger who may just inspire her to change her ways.

Alma is old, with a life based on the same routines. All of the sudden the days don’t carry that much joy and spontaneity anymore. She feels like the world spins too fast…

THIS IS NEW YORK: GARY

TICKETED

Benjamin Ades Age 15 | New York

Shantal Freedman, Andrew Freedman Age 20 | California

A short portrait on the life of a New York City cab driver.

Jackie, a small-town beat cop, longs for a life of action and excitement. When an old man, a stolen lotto ticket, and a group of thieves finally provide the opportunity, she questions just what it is she wants.

A hunter pursues an unknown entity through a snow-ridden forest.

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THE RIGHT THING


OUT AG AIN

BOY

Greg Chu, Tai Payne, Emma McKittrick Ages 16, 16, 15 | Washington

Lucas Helth Postma, Mikkel Nordfang Philipsen, Freja Maegaard, Olivia Karoline Fløe Lyng Ages 15, 16, 18, 16 | Denmark

A 16-year-old boy named Sam attempts to come out to his crush Jordan. After his failure, he discovers an ability to travel through time and fix his mistakes until he can get the “perfect” coming out.

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Miles Dupuis Carey, Mida Chu, Kathryn McCarthy, Leah Yrastorza-Daghman Ages 18, 18, 17, 17 | Michigan When Rowan loses his friends in the woods the night of their last camping trip before college, he is plunged into a fantastical world where he must face his hopes, fears, and sexuality, as he is pushed ever closer to the border of the unknown.

Emilie, born a female, wishes to be a boy. Sadly, her mother doesn’t wish for the same thing. Emilie attempts to convince the world that she’s trapped in the wrong body.

A KISS FROM YOUR LIPS Allison Tate Age 22 | California A one-take swing dance film with a twist.

5PM SUNDAY APRIL 26 SIFF UPTOWN 2 With a camera in hand and a message in mind, these brave filmmakers have approached issues of individuality, self-expression, and acceptance with the full power of cinema behind them. This inspiring screening explores the struggles and triumphs that we all encounter when establishing our own identities in today’s world. Come with an open mind, leave with a full heart! Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages

WE’RE OKAY

CLIPPED WINGS

Kira Bursky, Miles Carey, Elena Jacob, Gintare Zukauskaite Ages 18, 18, 18, 17 | North Carolina

Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy, Leo Pfeifer Ages 16, 16, 16 | Washington

Delilah has decided to kill herself on her 18th birthday, but her friend Lena surprises her with a birthday party. We see how Delilah is truly feeling in her stop-motion animated, circus-world mind.

On the journey to Eagle Scout, discrimination gets in the way. These are the stories of those most affected by the Boy Scout’s ban on gay members.


PRESENTED BY CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

TH E PROV ID E R

FROST

Leah Galant, Maya Cueva, Peter Quandt Ages 22, 21, 22| New York

Jo Roy Age 23 | Canada

6:30PM SUNDAY APRIL 26 SIFF UPTOWN 1

Celebrate the finest female-directed films of NFFTY 2015 with our grand finale. The emerging presence of female directors isn’t diversifying the film landscape, it’s normalizing it! Join us in supporting the movement and stay after the screening for the official Awards Show! Following the screening, come join us at the NFFTY Party Pad, Blackrapid, 517 Aloha Street, for our Closing Night Party! Admission granted with festival pass, day pass, or screening ticket to Femme Finale. Screening May Not Be Suitable For All Ages

Set in the Mojave Desert, a group of contemporary dancers illustrate the human journey.

COL L IS ION

SAD LONELY GIRL

Lael Rogers, Lars Berg Andersen, Tracy Nystrom, James Cashman Ages 22, 20 | Washington

Laura Holliday Age 21 | California

A 17-year-old car crash survivor struggles to separate fantasy from reality as she confronts demons from her past.

A sad, lonely girl contemplates her sad lonely life, slipping farther away from her grip on reality.

ELOISE, LITTLE DREAMER

HOW DO YOU LIKE MY HAIR?

Myriam Obin, Vincent L Pratte, Emily Laliberté Age 24 | Canada

Emilie Blichfeldt Age 21| Norway

During a festival, a little girl follows her sister in the city without her permission. At first she is amazed by the ambiance, but the more she gets lost into the crowd, the more she sees strange things happening around her.

What is beauty? In our current times the ideal is literally slim. In this personal documentary a girl is determined to learn to accept herself as she is, with hairy legs and a liking for men with big noses.

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A documentary following an abortion doctor, Shannon Carr, who travels hundreds of miles to provide safe procedures in the restrictive state of Texas.


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