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Juried privately in select cities

Cameron McHarg (Jury Co-Chair, independent actor, writer, and director, Los Angeles) Lauren Wolkstein (Jury Co-Chair, independent writer and director, New York City) Alexander Jamin (Director/Cinematographer, Paris and London) Bradley Garlock (Production Designer, Marfa, TX and Dallas, TX) ) Dustin Reed (Artist Management, Music Producer, New York, City) Ran Barker (Retired producer--Warner Bros, Burbank, CA) Gadi Elkon (Entertainment critic, writer, and blogger, Dallas, Texas) Robert Leeper (Robert Leeper Media, University of Texas, Dallas, Texas) Dean Nolen (Actor, theatre acting/directing chair, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX) Bhavesh Patel (Freelance producer/editor, Austin, TX) Barry Smoot (24fps Festival Director, Paramount Theatre Artistic Director) LOCAL PANEL

Juried privately in the Paramount Theatre





Nil Santana (Jury Chair, professor of Art and Design, Abilene Christian University) Martha Kiel (Visual artist, Hardin Simmons University) Casey Huff (Arts advocate) Lori Sims (Freelance artist, musician, arts advocate) Richard Transki (Costume designer) Randy Davis (Arts advocate) Sara McKnight (Paramount Theatre) Kyle Dickson (Associate professor of English, Abilene Christian University) Grayson Allred (Paramount Theatre) John Mark Lapham (Musician, composer) Cara Hines (Independent visual artist) Stace Gaddy, (Cisco College) Blake Sims, (Independent musician, arts advocate) Ronalyn Sutphen, (Paramount Theatre Board of Directors) This project is supported by a grant from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and the City of Abilene.



Friday, November 3, 2017 7:00 pm “Your questions are false if you already know the answers.” —Jose Saramago

Fish Story


A search for the truth behind a fishy tale.

All his life, Jonas has longed to be part of the underwater world, like a fish in the sea.

Director: Charlie Lyne Documentary United Kingdom

(Jonas and the Sea) Director: Marlies van der Wel Animation Netherlands

Cold Storage

Dadyaa (The Woodpeckers of Rotha)

Director: Thomas Freundlich Narrative/Dance Finland

Directors: Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet Narrative Nepal, France

A lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice.

Two villagers find themselves faced with a dilemma when a friend leaves without warning.

State of Emergency

The Bald Future

Director: Tarek Roehlinger Narrative Germany

Director: Paul Cabon Animation France

Two Parisian soldiers guarding an official building find an abandoned bag on the street.

Being a bald man sucks. Knowing you’ll become one is worse.

Across My Land

Director: Fiona Godivier Narrative USA/France Father and son minutemen patrol the American/ Mexican border near their home in Arizona.

Lucia Before and After

Hopptornet (Ten Meter Tower)

After traveling hundreds of miles, a woman must wait 24 hours before she can get an abortion.

A series of diverse individuals are dared to jump from a 10-meter high diving tower.

The 11 films that make up the First Night Program are presented under the title


Blind Vaysha


Four stories intersect when an irreversible event alters humanity forever.

A girl is born with one eye that can see the past and one eye that can see the future.

Director: Anu Valia Narrative USA

Director: Flurin Giger Narrative/Experimental Switzerland

About This Program—BROKEN TONGUE

Directors: Axel Danielson, Maximilien Aertryck Documentary Sweden

Director: Theodore Ushev Animation Canada

“Broken Tongue,” and represent artists from 11 different nations. I wanted to curate a program that explored the idea of legacy and just how powerful the past can be. We all know that to truly be able to navigate the complicated and challenging paths our lives often take, it is essential that we continually take stock of not just what has sustained us, but also what has challenged us. To me, legacy is not just the formal history we leave on this earth as a record of our humanity. It is also the story of how that history influenced both the good and the bad choices we made. We are all people who speak, at times, in broken tongues. In one moment we are the harsh voices of our mistakes. In the next we are the shouts of our revelations and victories. And more often than we want to admit, we are the false voices of our own insecurities. Thisbout program This endsProgram— with Fiona Godivier’s revelatory film “Across My Land,” and with an act of violence so innocent that it is astonishing. It is a bold reminder of a difficult lesson—that our history is being written every second of our lives. Every moment is precious. The path only becomes clear when we speak honestly and compassionately and fully aware of our humanity. —Barry Smoot. Festival Director



 Saturday, November 4, 2017 2:00 pm “It’s kind of selfish to say you’re only going to fight for a victory that you will live to see.” —Ta-Neshi Coates


Director: Lino Escalera Narrative Spain A woman gets a call from her drug dealer who has decided on a change of career.

The Silence


Directors: Farnoosh Samadi, Ali Asgari Narrative Italy/France

Director: Tom Teller Narrative USA

During a hospital visit, a Kurdish refugee remains silent when asked to translate her mother’s diagnosis.

An unforeseen accident in space forces a son to confront his fears in order to save his mother.


Waiting for Hassana

On a routine morning, a woman on a crowded subway is sexually assaulted in plain sight.

In 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls, sparking global outrage.

Nighthawk Director: Špela Čadež Animation Slovenia/Croatia When police try to remove a badger from the road they find that he is drunk and not dead.

Director: Charlotte Wells Narrative USA

Director: Ifunanya Maduka Documentary Nigeria

About This Program—NUMBERED DAYS The 10 films that make up the Matinee Program are presented under the title

What Comes From a Swamp

Lunch Time


DeKalb Elementary

Director: Tyler Macri Narrative/Experimental USA A young man cares for something he has kept hidden in his closet since childhood.

Director: Maria Balduzzi Narrative United Kingdom A mysterious encounter in the forest challenges the relationships in a young man’s life.

Director: Alireza Ghasemi Narrative Iran A young girl deals with the harsh bureaucracy of having to identify the body of her mother.

Director: Reed Van Dyk Narrative USA Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Numbered Days,” and represent artists from 9 different nations. We are living in a time of unrest and chaos. This is not something that is unprecedented, but the global scope of the societal dysfunction we are experiencing is unique in a modern age. Currently, there are 65.3 million people, or one person in 113, physically displaced from their homes either by conflict or persecution. In 2017 alone, hate crimes have increased 20 percent in major US cities, and this percentage continues to rise. This program is about cause and effect. It is about generational influence. It is about standing up to fear and having the courage and the humanity to choose new beginnings. I was also overwhelmed by the number of films submitted to us this year that dealt with this global conflict from the perspective of its effect on young people. We are all born into innocence. Prejudice, intolerance, hate, and greed are all learned behaviors. What drives us apart and what instills in us the capacity for these destructive feelings is simple—it is fear. The Program concludes with Ifunanya Maduka’s beautiful documentary portrait of a young woman who chose to endure. The film details a 2014 incident in Nigeria during which 276 school girls were kidnapped by the terrorist organization Boko Haram. To tell this story, young filmmaker Maduka chose to explore the idea of hope, not defeat. We cannot let fear close our eyes. The only way for us to effect change is to understand with each numbered day we fail to speak out against what is wrong with the world, we are part of the problem. —Barry Smoot, Festival Director


 Saturday, November 4, 2017 7:00 pm “Our ancestors move along with us, in underground rivers and springs too deep for chaos to reach.” —Wally Lamb

Forever Now


On the night a couple is breaking up, they decide to do MDMA together one last time.

A young man prepares for a difficult interview in the middle of the noise and confusion of Tokyo, Japan.

Director: Kristian Håskjold Narrative Denmark

Director: Kei Chikaura Narrative Japan


The Mess He Made

A Chameleon tries to flirt on a subway station platform.

A man spends 15 minutes waiting for the results of a rapid HIV test.

Mare Nostrum

Little Potato

On a Mediterranean shore, A Syrian father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk.

Wes Hurley's autobiographical tale of growing up gay in Soviet Union Russia.

Directors: Marc Briones, Alan Carabantes Animation Spain

Directors: Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf Narrative Syria/France

Director: Matthew Puccini Narrative USA

Directors: Wes Hurley, Nathan M. Miller Documentary USA

Robot & Scarecrow

Director: Kibwe Tavares Narrative United Kingdom

Alfred J Hemlock

Wednesday With Goddard

When Emily’s abusive boyfriend abandons her, the only way home is through a dark alleyway.

A man’s quest for spiritual enlightenment leads to romance and despair.

Director: Edward Lyons Narrative Australia

Director: Nicolas Menard Animation United Kingdom

A love story between a robot and a scarecrow who meet and fall for each other at a summer music festival.

About This Program—RESTORATION The 11 films that make up the Closing Night Program are from 10 different nations

Still Life (Trilogy)

A Drowning Man

This darkly comic trilogy tackles key issues in American cultural conversation.

A young refugee struggles to survive in a city that is foreign to him.

Director: Jim Cummings Narrative United States of America

Director: Mahdi Fleifel Narrative Denmark/United Kingdom/Greece

and are presented under the title, “Restoration.” I believe that there are barbarians in our midst who will stop at nothing to cleanse the world of anyone who does not meet the expectations of their beliefs and what they perceive as the “purity” of their convictions. Millions of people are currently at their mercy. I also know that the world is populated by a much larger majority of people who still believe in the absolute power of the human heart and soul—those who believe that we are perfect and imperfect at the same time, and that understanding our differences is the only way we will ever survive. This program is about small moments of humanity. It is about the strength it takes to live as a person who chooses to survive and to embrace the better angels of our nature. —Barry Smoot, Festival Director




2016 Best Director— Maïmouna Doucouré—“Maman(s)

Maria Balduzzi

Lino Escalera Marc Briones, Alan Carabantes Mahdi Fleifel





Charlotte Wells Laps

Anu Valia Lucia Before and After

Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi

Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung

The Silence

Dadyaa (The Woodpeckers of Rotha)

The Mess He Made

Tyler Macri

What Comes From a Swamp

Marlies van der Wel Jonas and the Sea

Spela Cadez Nighthawk

SYRIA/FRANCE Charlie Lyne Fish Story

Kibwe Tavares

Robot & Scarecrow

Nicolas Menard Wednesday With Goddard

Axel Danielson, Maximilien Aertryck Hopptornet (Ten Meter Tower)


Matthew Puccini

Still Life (Trilogy)


Jim Cummings


Wes Hurley, Nathan M. Miller Little Potato

Anas Khalaf, Rana Kazkaz Mare Nostrum


Tom Teller


DeKalb Elementary


Reed Van Dyk

A Drowning Man




The 24fps International Short Film Festival extends congratulations to the 35 directors of this years’ Official Selection Films for their exceptional work.

Fiona Godivier

Across My Land

Edward Lyons Alfred J Hemlock



Tarek Roehlinger


State of Emergency

Thomas Freundlich

Alireza Ghasemi Lunch Time

Paul Cabon

Cold Storage


Forever Now

Kei Chikaura Signature

The Bald Future


Kristian Haskjold

Blind Vaysha




CANADA Theodore Ushev



The Paramount Theatre Endowment Fund for Excellence

Ifunanya Maduka

Waiting for Hassana

The 2017 Official Selection Directors

Flurin Giger

Robert Erin Leeper Robert Leeper Media

THE roster of directors whose work is featured at this year’s festival features 38 exceptionally gifted artists from over 27 countries. 9 of them are either representing their University educational programs in filmmaking, or are first time filmmakers. Among the full list are Student Academy Award winners and nominees, as well as Jury Prize winners at Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, TIFF, Venice, Berlin, BFI London, and the AFI Fest.

GRACE AFTER DARK The Paramount Theatre continues a collaboration with Abilene’s Grace Museum to present special free programs of short films featuring selections from past festival competitions on the roof of this historic downtown museum. Visit for for more details.

CCA GALLERY TALK-BACK AND EXHIBITIONS immediately following the Opening Night program, the Center for Contemporary Arts, located one block south of the theatre on Cypress Street, will host a reception for all audience members. This “talkback” reception will give viewers the opportunity to discuss the films and to meet members of the jury and attending artists.

THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE Built in 1930 at the beginning of

the Great Depression, Abilene’s landmark Paramount Theatre has a rich history both in the world of cinema, and the lives of the citizens of West Texas. Originally an atmospheric movie palace, designed by David Castle and financed by local entrepreneur H.O. Wooten, the theatre has been the entertainment destination for the region for the past 87 years. Fully restored and renovated in 1987, the theatre was given a new life as a live entertainment venue as well, and is now host to thousands of patrons each year for live concerts, ballet, opera, musical theatre, private events, and much more. The Paramount Film Series, now in its 29th year, screens the best of classic and modern cinema in the opulent atmosphere of this prized facility. The Paramount is a member of the League of Historic American Theatres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the theatre’s diverse programming, or for information about renting the facility for your next event, visit the Paramount Theatre website

24fps 2017 Festival Program  

Full festival program for the 19th edition of the 24fps International Short Film Festival, presented at the landmark Paramount Theatre in Ab...

24fps 2017 Festival Program  

Full festival program for the 19th edition of the 24fps International Short Film Festival, presented at the landmark Paramount Theatre in Ab...