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TABLE OF CONTENTS Box Office Information...............................3 Festival Sponsors........................................4 Chairman Welcome/Board of Directors.....5 Festival Director Welcome.........................6

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS Online: www.psfilmfest.org / By Phone: 760-778-8979 In Person: Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs BOX OFFICE HOURS 6/14-6/19 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 6/20 – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 6/21-6/26 – 1 hour before 1st show until ½ hour after last show PRICES GENERAL ADMISSION $13 6-PACK (exchange for film programs of your choice) available only through 6/19, or while supplies last $69 OPENING NIGHT PROGRAM & PARTY $60 CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS PROGRAM AND PARTY $50 FILMMAKER PARTIES $25 EACH CHAIRMAN’S PASS $500 – Reserved seating at Opening Night Program & Party, Closing Night Awards & Party, and film programs INSIDER’S PASS $200 – General seating at Opening Night Program & Party, Closing Night Awards & Party, film programs VENUE LOCATIONS - Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road WP = World Premiere

Awards........................................................7 VR+ShortFest Online..................................8 Film Programs............................................9 Forum.......................................................29

Festival Staff.............................................30 Film Index.................................................31 Festival Parties.........................................32

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permitted during the film presentation and no late seating. Those arriving late will be seated in between films. • Please complete and return your ballot immediately following each program.

GENERAL INFORMATION 760-778-8979 FESTIVAL ETIQUETTE • Saving space in line or seats in the auditorium for other guests or between shows is not permitted. • No outside food or beverages permitted in auditoriums. • If you need to leave the auditorium for any reason, take your Ticket Stub or Festival Pass with you and pick up a RE-ENTRY pass from the volunteer at the door before you leave. No one will be re-admitted without a Ticket Stub/Festival Pass AND the Re-Entry pass. • No recording equipment is permitted in the theater auditorium. • Please turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices during the film presentation. • For the pleasure of all guests, there is no talking or texting

IP = International Premiere

NAP = North American Premiere

• To expedite theater cleaning and seating please discard your trash and exit promptly after your screening. • All theater auditoriums are cleared between show times. Any personal items discovered during the cleaning process will be kept in the Lost & Found at the Box Office. • Many lines are outside of the theaters. Please dress appropriately for comfort, as it can get very warm during the day, and theaters may get chilly. THE FINE PRINT: All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Ticket holders must be in their seats at least 10 minutes before show time to be guaranteed a seat. All films are unrated, and may contain adult subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised. All films are presented in their original language with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

USP = US Premiere

FILM SCHEDULE OPENING NIGHT | TUESDAY | JUNE 20 | 6:30 PM

THURSDAY | June 22

FRIDAY | June 23

SATURDAY | June 24

SUNDAY | June 25

10 AM Mind Over Matter 10:30 AM Face the Music 11 AM Shorties!

10 AM Talk of the Town 10:30 AM Dysfunctional Families 11 AM On the Road

10 AM Brief Encounters 10:30 AM Life Cycle 11 AM Parables, Fantasies and Fables

10 AM Behind the Curtain 10:30 AM America the Weird 11 AM Departures

1 PM Far From Home 1:30 PM Made for Each Other 2 PM Outsiders & Underdogs

1 PM Crossroads 1:30 PM Home Is Where the Heart Is 2 PM The Kids are Alright

1 PM Extraordinary People 1:30 PM Coupling & Uncoupling 2 PM Cons & Consequences

1 PM Salt in the Air 1:30 PM Same Planet, Different Worlds 2 PM G’day!

1 PM Growing Pains 1:30 PM Boys and Men 2 PM Communication Breakdowns

4 PM Sibling Stories

4 PM And Now for Something Completely Different...

4:30 PM Around the World in 90 Minutes

4:30 PM This American Life 5 PM The Moments that Define Us

4 PM On the Job 4:30 PM Animal Instincts 5 PM It Takes Two

4 PM Identity Crisis 4:30 PM Lexus Short Films 5 PM Futureshock

WEDNESDAY | June 21 10 AM 10 AM Welcome to the Neighborhood 10:30 AM All in the Family 11 AM Elements of Nature 11 AM 12 PM 1 PM 2 PM 3 PM 4 PM 5 PM

5 PM Tech-No-Logic

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CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS CEREMONY

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7 PM C’est la vie!

7 PM Gay!La HERS

7 PM Lost & Found

7 PM Secrets & Lies

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7:30 PM Star Power 8 PM Thrills & Chills

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WELCOME 2017 SHORTFEST CHAIRMAN’S LETTER On behalf of my board of directors, welcome to the wild cinematic journey we call the Palm Springs International ShortFest and Short Film Marketplace. Over the course of seven days, you’ll have an opportunity to view more than 337 short films from over 60 countries in the beautiful Camelot Theatres. But that’s really just a part of what ShortFest is all about. We call ShortFest a $500,000 educational initiative, but it’s even more than that. It’s also a networking opportunity for emerging filmmakers. We had more than 600 directors, writers, actors and young producers at ShortFest last year and people came away from it with jobs. Warner Bros. hired the director of a film called No Evil for an in-house writing job. Most of the talented filmmakers at ShortFest are looking to go on to a career in feature films and a great many of the ShortFest alumni have done so, including Oscar® winner Brie Larson from The Room, Jason Reitman from Juno and Up in the Air, Ava DuVernay from Selma, and Robin Swicord from The Promise. ShortFest has been designated by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as an award-qualifying festival and, in the past 21 years, more than 100 films at ShortFest have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations. ShortFest also is accredited by the International Short Film Conference and designated by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) as an award-qualifying festival. A large number of film industry people, including distributors, online acquisition people and film festival programmers, come to ShortFest just to watch films on monitors in our industry marketplace. This year, we’ll have almost 4,000 films available for viewing in the marketplace, making it the largest such resource in the country. Rod Lurie, who directed such feature films as The Contender, Straw Dogs and The Last Castle, made his directorial debut at the 1998 ShortFest with 4 Second Delay, and it only could be seen in the marketplace. There are many people I need to thank for making this exciting film festival happen, including Lili Rodriguez, our new ShortFest Director, Rhea LewisWoodson, the managing director of our umbrella Palm Springs International Film Society, and Landon Zakheim, who produces the forums where so much of the educational information is passed along from experts in their fields. I also want to thank Rozene and Ric Supple, whose generosity, support and foresight have long benefited our festivals. Other invaluable help comes from our board of directors, the hundreds of volunteers who make this festival function smoothly every year, the Palm Springs City Council, our many sponsors and the many individual donors who help make ShortFest such a premier event. Sincerely,

Harold Matzner

2017 SHORTFEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Harold Matzner VICE CHAIRS David Baron Helene Galen Jack Grundhofer James R. Houston JoAnn McGrath Kevin McGuire John Wessman TREASURER David Baron PARLIAMENTARIAN Ed Monarch SECRETARY Sidney Craig ASSISTANT SECRETARIES Patrick Mundt John Pinkney BOARD OF DIRECTORS Judy Allen Stephen Breimer Jim Bruner Michael Childers Sidney Craig Bob Deville Robert Dickey Jaci Fitzsimonds John Fowler Fritz Frauchiger Marshall Gelfand Gary D. Hall Wendy Hope-Heckmann Jim Hummer Carol Kaplan Terri Ketover Garry Kief Michelle Krans Mary Ann LaBahn Donna MacMillan Peter Mahler Ed Monarch Lee Morcus Patrick Mundt Muriel Myerson John Pinkney Richard Ramhoff David Ready Jan Salta Linda Shirvanian Dominique Shwe Ellen Sneider Judy Vossler EMERITUS Mark Adams Tim Hanlon Cydney Osterman Madeline Redstone Lois Schlecht, in memorium PSFILMFEST.ORG 5


WELCOME 2017 SHORTFEST FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S LETTER If there is one thing I know, it’s that the movies are still good and the world might just be a better place for it. It’s been an honor watching and selecting films for you all. The entire programming team has had an amazing time putting together a program that will hopefully make you think, laugh, cry, scream, feel. Maybe even all in the same block! Thank you to the entire ShortFest family of amazing staff and volunteers. Thank you to Harold Matzner and the Board of Directors. And thank YOU for loving movies and supporting short films and the people who make them. Here’s the program. Hope you love it as much as we do!

Lili Rodriguez

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AWARDS + JURY 2017 SHORTFEST FILMMAKER AWARDS BEST OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD $5,000 courtesy of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Crystal award. The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration. GRAND JURY AWARD $2,000 and Crystal award PANAVISION BEST NORTH AMERICAN SHORT Camera Package valued at $60,000, courtesy of Panavision and Crystal award 2017 NON-STUDENT COMPETITION AWARDS BEST ANIMATION $2,000 and Crystal award. The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration. BEST DOCUMENTARY The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration. $2,000 and Crystal award 2017 STUDENT COMPETITION AWARDS FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD $2,000 and Crystal award BEST STUDENT ANIMATION $500 and Crystal award BEST STUDENT LIVE ACTION OVER 15 MIN. $500 and Crystal award

BEST LIVE ACTION OVER 15 MIN. $2,000 and Crystal award. The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

BEST STUDENT LIVE ACTION UNDER 15 MIN. $500 and Crystal award

BEST LIVE ACTION 15 MIN AND UNDER $2,000 and Crystal award. The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy

ALEXIS AWARD for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker Final Cut Pro X, courtesy of Apple Computer, and Crystal award

BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD $500 and Crystal award

2017 AUDIENCE AWARDS BEST LIVE ACTION - Crystal award BEST ANIMATION - Crystal award BEST DOCUMENTARY - Crystal award ShortFest On-line Audience Award - Crystal award 17 categories totaling $103,000 in value with $19,000 in cash prizes 2017 JURY David Ansen Film Critic | Lead Programmer (PSIFF) Lindsey Bahr Film Writer | Associated Press Kate Bosworth Actress | Producer Ian Durkin Senior Curator | Vimeo Sam Lansky Hollywood Editor | TIME Heidi Zwicker Programmer | Sundance Film Festival

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VR + SHORTFEST ONLINE SHORTFEST ONLINE ShortFest goes digital for the seventh year with a special selection of films to brighten up your web-based world. Watch from the comfort of your home or office and vote for your favorite!

The Good Mother (page 12)

The ShortFest Online Film Festival Award winner will announced at the Closing Night Awards Show. To view the films, follow the ShortFest link at psfilmfest.org

Lost Face (page 24)

Gotta Groove Records (page 14) It’s a Date (page 19)

Our New President (page 28)

VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE In partnership with the University of California Riverside, ShortFest is excited to host its second annual Virtual Reality Experience. FREE to the public and open to everyone, guests will be immersed in five thrilling experiences, from games to documentary and animated films. Experience the immense potential virtual reality has firsthand. VR SPOTLIGHT FILM: WOMEN ON THE MOVE (USA, 7 min., Shannon Carroll)

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IN A NUTSHELL

OPENING NIGHT TUESDAY, JUNE 20 6:30PM (85 MIN.) To kick it off, we want to put you in a good mood. Enjoy this grouping of fun, feel-good films. Edmund the Magnificent

UK, 13 min., Ben Ockrent, WP When news breaks that the county pig fete is being revived, the once-legendary Farmer decides to take one final chance and invest his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet.

In a Nutshell

Switzerland, 6 min., Fabio Friedli From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse; an attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.

I’M IN HERE fall pregnant with their 70th child.

Spice Sisters

Australia, 15 min., Sheila Jayadev Two women, bored and restless with their lives, decide to submit to being contestants for a reality cooking show.

Super Sex

USA, 8 min., Matthew Modine What kind of birthday present to you give the dad (Ed Asner) who has everything? His kids (Kevin Nealon and Elizabeth Perkins) decide on an unconventional gift.

The Tables

USA, 15 min., Jon Bunning A pair of outdoor Ping-Pong tables in the heart of New York City bring together an unlikely group of people, from the homeless to investment bankers to gangbangers.

Park (Parque)

Spain, 10 min., Mateo Garlo Luis is excited about the romantic date he is about to have, but a peculiar kid crosses his path while waiting for his girlfriend.

Punchline

Switzerland​, 8 min., Christophe M. Saber Two apprentice killers do their best to act as professionals, but they struggle to compose the perfect punchline before pulling the trigger.

The Record–World’s Largest Family

Australia, 10 min., Cate Stewart, USP Pim and Frank Belami strive to maintain their world-record title by attempting to

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 10:00AM (96 MIN.) Hello and welcome to a neighborhood of friendly Satanists, haunted ovens, swimming lessons and stopped time. This grouping combines the sweet and sour, comedies and dramas and has a little bit for everyone. Won’t you be our neighbor?

Cla’am

UK, 17 min., Nathaniel Martello White A Londoner who sees a vast conspiracy behind the sudden gentrification of his neighborhood may not be as paranoid as he appears.

The End of Time

USA/Cuba, 5 min., Milcho Manchevski One moment on a regular, unassuming Tuesday when time has stopped and the universe has been sucked into a single grain of rice.

Fucking Bunnies

Finland, 17 min., Teemu Niukkanen Raimo’s comfy middle-class bubble is burst when a Satan-worshipping sex cult moves in next door.

Home Swim Home (Le Grand Bain)

France, 16 min., Valérie Leroy Mia, a recently divorced swimming champion, finds new meaning in life when she discovers many of her neighbors have no idea how to swim.

I’m in Here

USA, 12 min., Willy Berliner A man finds a family of strangers in his house who claim to have bought the place.

Pauline

UK, 6 min., Fred Rowson Fred Rowson explores the relationship between Pauline, an elderly spinster, and the ghost that inhabits her oven.

Proxy

USA, 14 min., Eric Schuman

Russ lives and works at a motel with his parents. When a seemingly sick girl and her mother check in, he tries to befriend the girl.

Rosie, Oh

USA, 9 min., Andy Koeger A one-shot short film follows an unsupervised little girl as she wanders into her neighbor’s house looking for her lost dog.

ALL IN THE FAMILY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 10:30AM (96 MIN.) Whether they are the source of your greatest joy or greatest pain, you can’t escape your family. As Beautiful Inside

USA, 9 min., Will Mayo A close-knit Tennessee family contemplates the character and legacy of a grandfather– through the furniture he made for them.

The Greater Good (Zum Wohle Aller)

Austria, 21 min., Franziska Zaiser, IP At a crossroads in both his personal and professional lives, Thomas reluctantly attends his 25th birthday lunch at his family’s home.

Little Bullets (Küçük Kurşunlar)

Turkey, 12 min., Alphan Eşeli Forced to flee Syria for the border town of Southeast Anatolia, a mother and daughter struggle to accept their newly won safety. PSFILMFEST.ORG 9


PROGRAMS ing the unique stones down to make them conform to each other.

formed from a sleepy tourist destination to an outpost for Syrian refugees.

Land of the Wind (Tierra del Viento)

Facing the Wall

Nature: All Rights Reserved

The Fourth Kingdom (El Cuarto Reino)

A Whisper under the Earth (Susurro bajo la tierra)

La Ramona

UK/Argentina, 18 min., Laura Belinky, Theo Ribeiro, WP Further south than most ever dare to venture, there is a land of endless distances and wonder named Patagonia. Netherlands, 22 min., Sebastian Mulder, USP As nature recedes from view in urban environments, a series of simulacra are primed to take its place.

DIAMENTEURS My Mom and the Girl

USA, 20 min., Susie Singer Carter Dinner with friends takes a dark turn and leads a retired jazz singer (Valerie Harper) with Alzheimer’s, and her caregiver (Liz Torres), to a proverbial crossroads on the streets of East Los Angeles.

Revital is an Alien

Israel, 19 min., Gan De Lange Gabriela finds a baby alien in the forest and names her Revital. Growing up, though, is hard, especially when you come from another world.

While I Was Gone

USA, 15 min., Daniel Pfeffer Suspicious that his brother is stealing from him, Lucas goes on a search through town to confront the problem.

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ELEMENTS OF NATURE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 11:00AM (75 MIN.) Fire, water, air and earth, this group of documentaries, narratives and animation explores the interplay between humans and the natural world. And the Moon Stands Still

Belarus/Germany, 10 min., Yulia Ruditskaya The presence of the moon affects all under its glow.

Diamenteurs

France, 11 min., Chloé Mazlo A jeweler tells his children the myth of diamonds’ origins and the process of break-

Venezuela, 14 min., Lilia Alcala, IP A young woman who harvests flowers with her grandmother hears a whisper from the subsoil that leads her to a splendid garden, and a vision.

FAR FROM HOME WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 1:00PM (95 MIN.) Poignant films for a world defined by the movement of people, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes through desperation or coercion, across borders. Eyes of Exodus

USA/Greece, 28 min., Alexandra Liveris The most isolated Greek island is trans-

Israel, 26 min., Alamork Marsha Davidian A young girl, newly arrived in Israel from Ethiopia with her mother and younger sister, finds it hard to cope with her new reality.

USA/Spain, 14 min., Àlex Lora-Cercós, Adán Aliaga A redemption center in New York serves as sanctuary for a group of immigrants and misfits. USA, 27 min., Antonio De Jesus Sanchez Ramona, 16-year-old Mexican girl, will have to face reality after her father sells her to a Coyote (human smuggler).

MADE FOR EACH OTHER WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 1:30PM (88 MIN.) We are all searching for love, and relationships can be just as difficult to maintain as they are to form. Chebet

Kenya/USA, 12 min., Tony Koros A pregnant woman in the Kenyan highlands decides to take drastic action when she finds her husband passed out in front of their house yet again.


PROGRAMS Close Ties

Poland, 18 min., Zofia Kowalewska Barbara and Zdzislaw will soon celebrate their 45th anniversary. But Zdzislaw spent eight of those years living with another woman.

Meltemi

Greece/UK, 18 min., Zeta Spyraki, WP A 70-year-old widow devotes a day to herself to meet with an old friend in an act of love and quiet rebellion.

Rekindled

USA, 13 min., Erin Brown Thomas After a string of failed relationships, successful career woman Kate uses a magical Groupon to rekindle romance with her high school boyfriend.

Searching for Wives

Singapore, 12 min., Zuki Juno Tobgye Male migrant workers from South India living in Singapore send photos back home in the hope of finding suitable and willing marriage partners.

A Woman’s Right to Shoes

New Zealand, 15 min., Robyn Grace, WP When Alice is unexpectedly left by her husband, she devises an unusual and slightly unhinged way to mend her broken heart.

OUTSIDERS & UNDERDOGS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 2:00PM (88 MIN.)

You’ll root for this collection of films about extraordinary outcasts. And so we put goldfish in the pool.

Japan, 28 min., Makoto Nagahisa One summer day, 400 goldfish were found in the swimming pool of a secondary school, released by four 15-year-old girls.

Bartleby

SIBLING STORIES WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 4:00PM (87 MIN.) With life’s myriad challenges, the bond that exists between siblings can at times comfort in ways no others can... or exacerbate the conflict even further.

USA, 12 min., Laura Naylor, Kristen Kee In a stop-motion reimagining of an American classic, a Wall Street firm begins to fall apart when a new employee refuses to work, simply saying he “prefers not to.”

All Exchanges Final

Doug

Centaur (Centauro)

USA, 4 min., WATTS Christmas time can be hard, especially if you’re a short, ugly and sad tree and the last one left on the lot.

Evil Deeds (Zle uczynki)

Poland, 24 min., Piotr Domalewski, NAP Rowdy 10-year-old Max’s antics at the hospital where his mother works draw him to a bedridden man who deploys Max as his proxy to resolve the loose ends of his life.

Written Unwritten

Romania, 20 min., Adrian Silisteanu, NAP Because of ID issues, Pardică, a 50-year old Roma, risks the authorities separating him from underage daughter who has just given birth.

You Focus On The Shot

USA, 29 min., Annabel Oakes Hours before her sister is taken off life support, new mother Dom is offered an unexpected opportunity to make a trade.

between sisters Ida and Emily boil over, witnessed by Ida’s young daughters.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 90 MINUTES WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 4:30PM (93 MIN.) Visit the world without leaving your seat! Featuring stories from Cuba, India, Saudi Arabia and others. The Bliss of Being No One

Argentina, 14 min., Nicolás Suárez A western of sorts, set among the palm trees and digital antennas of the Argentine lowlands, about a young man returning home.

Saudi Arabia, 26 min., Bader AlHomoud, NAP A man who has just lost his family goes out on a drive and has an unexpected encounter with an old, one-eyed man.

Dust

Commodity City

Canada, 14 min., J. Adam Brown, WP When Isaac begins his transition from male to female, Logan must deal with the atypical grief of “losing” his older brother.

Einstein-Rosen

Spain, 9 min., Olga Osorio Summer of 1982. Teo claims he has found a wormhole. His brother Óscar does not believe him... at least not for now.

Sisters (Søstre)

Denmark, 21 min., Toni Kamula, NAP While attending to the details of their father’s estate, long-suppressed tensions

China/USA, 11 min., Jessica Kingdon The Yiwu Markets in China is the largest wholesale consumer market in the world, where every commodity imaginable is for sale.

Grandfather (Aaba)

India, 22 min., Amar Kaushik In a remote village in northeast India, an orphan girl watches as her grandfather waits for death by gathering his personal possessions and digging his own grave.

Green Screen Gringo

Netherlands/Brazil, 16 min., Douwe Dijkstra, NAP

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PROGRAMS Behind a green screen, a foreigner finds his way in an enchanting, yet turbulent, Brazil.

House for Sale

Colombia/Cuba/France, 14 min., Emanuel Giraldo Betancur With the ban on buying and selling houses lifted after more than 50 years, Cubans are developing sales techniques to get the best deals on their properties.

Scrap

USA, 5 min., Chris Filippone In the shadow of the global metal trade, a metal scrapper hunts the streets of Oakland searching for his day’s keep.

TECH-NO-LOGIC WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 5:00PM (87 MIN.) An eclectic mix of real and imagined stories about the unexpected ways technology is changing our lives. Connection

Cuba, 16 min., Zoe Garcia For the first time ever, WiFi has been installed in parks in Havana, giving Cubans a taste of the Internet.

Fixed!

Canada, 14 min., Cat Mills At Repair Café Toronto, a group of volunteers fix an eclectic mix of broken household items to help reduce landfill waste.

Happy Birthday

New Zealand, 6 min., Eddy Fifield, WP A trio of flatmates inadvertently kickstarts the apocalypse by abusing a new Facebook feature.

Icarus

USA, 20 min., Tom Teller When a Mars colony’s communications satellite is damaged, Emilia Riley embarks on a seemingly harmless repair excursion.

The Less Fortunate (De andra barnen)

Sweden, 12 min., Jonatan Etzler, WP A 10-year-old girl discovers that her privileged life may have something to do with the reason she doesn’t have any siblings.

Lovestreams

USA, 10 min., Sean Buckelew Hearts connect at 56 kbps as two strangers fall in love in the year 2002. We’ve got all night and we can be whomever we want to be.

Michael Peterson

USA, 9 min., Kristin Dehnert, WP A wannabe stand-up comic’s dreams are dashed when he realizes the texting praise he’s been receiving from a friend is nothing but meaningless LOLs.

C’EST LA VIE! WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 7:00PM (102 MIN.)

Our annual collection of French language favorites leans toward the fantastical, balancing a healthy dose of reality with more than a little magic.

Like Wolves (Comme des Loups)

Switzerland, 20 min., Aude Sublet, NAP Julie, a young scout leader, is evaluated by Hugo, an older, high ranking scout, as she leads the Wolf patrol in wilderness camping in the mountains.

The Republic of Enchanters

France, 14 min., Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh Loosely organized around France’s motto: a group of mothers claims equality, an immigrant finds freedom, and children join the brotherhood of the neighborhood kids.

The Screenwriter (Le Scénariste)

Belgium, 27 min., François Paquay Paquay, IP To finish his script, Jonas is ordered by his producer to work with a talented Parisian scriptwriter, whose arrival at his home effects his life in unimaginable ways.

The Sugaring Off (La partie)

Canada, 15 min., Alexandre Isabelle, USP Bernard has turned his back on the family’s maple trees to care for his beloved Line. Until their son organizes a spirited sugaring-off party.

White Spirit (Du blanc à l’Âme)

France, 26 min., Aude Thuries, WP Among the pantheon of colors that de-

termine human interactions, White is depressed, jealous of Red, Green and Pink. The Blues brothers remind him of his talents.

THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 7:30PM (97 MIN.) A deep dedication to family is the common theme running through this otherwise varied group of stories ranging from poignant to humorous to heartbreaking. Chapéu de Bico

Brazil, 18 min., Ricardo Saraiva, WP Carvalho, a bus driver in the outskirts of São Paulo, must find a night shift replacement in order to spend Christmas at home with his family and young grandson.

Edith+Eddie

USA, 29 min., Laura Checkoway Ninety-something Edith and Eddie are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds, whose unusual and idyllic love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear them apart.

The Good Mother (La Madre Buena)

Mexico/UK, 6 min., Sarah Clift A Mexican mother, with her only child’s birthday looming, embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find her son’s dream piñata.

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PROGRAMS How Far She Went

USA, 13 min., Ugla Hauksdottir When Mary’s granddaughter’s entangles her in a confrontation with a pair of local thugs, she is forced to make a harrowing choice.

Kin

UK, 15 min., Helena Middleton, NAP When a young man’s application for custody of his younger brother is rejected, he is forced to come to terms with difficult truths about what’s best for his family.

See You Yesterday

USA, 15 min., Stefon Bristol Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. and Sebastian, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

Kuru

USA, 17 min., Jonathan Cuartas A man yearns to escape the familial obligation of murdering strangers to feed his crippled, cannibalistic brother.

Manivald

Croatia/Estonia/Canada, 13 min., Chintis Lundgren, NAP Manivald is still living at home with his mother. The day before his 33rd birthday, a hot young wolf comes to fix their washing machine and a love triangle develops.

No Drowning (Noyade Interdite)

France, 17 min., Mélanie Laleu In a world where everything is coin-operated and human interaction minimal, a stripper mermaid and a diver cross paths.

FREAKS, GEEKS & CREEPS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 8:00PM (90 MIN.)

Paco

Whether you’ve ever felt like an outcast or not, you’ll be cheering these films about outsiders and lovable losers. Eccentrics, weirdos, nerds and dweebs, we celebrate you!

USA, 8 min., Eric Maira A date night turns ugly when a persistent boyfriend offers to buy his girlfriend a monkey.

Carvery

UK, 14 min., Kieron Quirke, WP Jack and Kelly run a carvery on a lonely main road. No one is coming to eat. Jack is worried. Kelly is bored. Until a miracle, in a way, arrives.

USA, 12 min., Catalina Jordan Alvarez A catcaller is beloved by his neighbors.

Pet Monkey

Slurpee

Canada, 9 min., Charles Grenier, USP A boy struggling with a newly discovered fetish meets a hooker reminiscing about her past as an aspiring judoka.

MIND OVER MATTER THURSDAY, JUNE 22 10:00AM (88 MIN.) From surreal to silly to serious, these films ask you to set your sanity aside and explore the labyrinth of the human psyche. Control

USA, 14 min., Kimmy Gatewood, WP A depressed woman contemplates ending her life, if she can just get everything in order first.

Impossible Figures and other Stories II (Figury niemozliwe i inne historie II)

Poland, 15 min., Marta Pajek A woman trips and falls while rushing around the house. Upon getting up, she discovers her home is built upon paradoxes, patterns and illusions.

The Lost Dreams of Naoki Hayakawa

Railment

Japan, 10 min., Shunsaku Hayashi In a delirium of color, line and movement, a nondescript figure endures a harrowing train ride through a lonely urban landscape.

Through the supermarket in five easy pieces

Finland, 9 min., Anna Maria JoakimsdottirHutri, IP In this whimsical piece of choreography, a family runs the gauntlet in one of the world’s most challenging environments: the grocery store.

FACE THE MUSIC THURSDAY, JUNE 22 10:30AM (80 MIN.) Musicians, real and written, mix with fans and families in this cinematic playlist of fictional tales and documentaries.

Norway, 25 min., Ane Hjort Guttu, Daisuke Kosugi, NAP Art director Naoki Hayakawa works 16 hours daily in a creative, neo-totalitarian advertisement company where the divide between his dreams and reality are beginning to be erased.

All of Me

Monsieur Hernst

Germany/Jordan/Palestine, 11 min., Ahmad Saleh Driven from their home by a war, two young brothers search for scrap metal in order to build their own musical instrument.

France, 15 min., Vincent Capello, NAP Mr. Hernst has forgotten everything, even his own identity. His doctor tries to recover the memory of the event that made him forget.

UK, 14 min., Daphne Schmon Viv, a talented gender-queer musician faces late-stage leukemia that threatens the life she’s built. Her best hope is a bone marrow transplant from her estranged family.

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PROGRAMS Gotta Groove Records

USA, 15 min., Nick Cavalier This behind-the-scenes exploration of a vinyl record pressing plant in Cleveland, is a story of grit, manufacturing and the pursuit of passion.

Mixtape Marauders

USA, 17 min., Peter Edlund, WP Two young burnouts, Patrick and Cheech, live in a world of mindless day jobs, petty drug deals and wildly unconventional music tastes.

Pearl

USA/UK, 6 min., Patrick Osborne A lyrical road trip through the lives of an aspiring musician and his young daughter.

The Privates

USA, 13 min., Dylan Allen In this sci-fi, rock-and-roll comedy, a garage band’s incendiary power could be deadly, but it may also be exactly the spark needed to get them noticed.

Richard Twice

USA, 10 min., Matthew Salton Singer-songwriter Richard Atkins, of the early ’70’s California psychedelic folk duo “Richard Twice,” was on his way to stardom when he walked away from it all.

Unheard

USA, 5 min., Erin Kokdil, WP Amid the depths of despair, a grieving mother finds her voice to challenge the forces of injustice and inspire hope.

SHORTIES! THURSDAY, JUNE 22 11:00AM (78 MIN.) Films for kids and the young at heart, this mix of family-friendly fare features a variety of animated and live action tales. All films with dialogue are in English, though you will encounter an accent or two. Coin Operated

USA, 5 min., Nicholas Arioli Seventy years pass in the life of one naïve explorer.

DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver

Canada, 12 min., Kjell Boersma, IP Kit, the eager beaver, embarks on an odyssey through four seasons in a Canadian forest where she learns about compassion, failure, survival and community.

Dolby Presents: Escape

USA, 5 min., Brandon Oldenburg, Limbert Fabian After crash landing on a desolate planet, a lone explorer must use innovation and persistence to find her home.

Everybody Else Is Taken

New Zealand, 14 min., Jessica Grace Smith Meet Mika, a girl who refuses to let her gender define her place in one of the harshest environments on Earth–the playground.

The Lost Letter

Ireland, 9 min., Kealan O’Rourke A young boy prepares his neighborhood for Christmas until he confronts the one lady who doesn’t want the holiday to come at all.

Penelope in the Treehouse

USA, 13 min., Jonathan Langager When a new stepfather moves in, Penelope escapes to a treehouse above the clouds.

The Pocket Man (Le Petit Bonhomme de poche)

The Law of Averages

Canada, 14 min., Elizabeth Rose Following the death of her grandmother, a young woman and her mother must deal with their own relationship.

Pregnant Pause

UK, 13 min., Alice Seabright Steph is in a happy, long-term relationship. At her age, Steph’s mum had given birth to two children, and David Bowie had released five albums. Why does an unplanned pregnancy terrify her?

France/Switzerland/Georgia, 7 min., Ana Chubinidze A tiny man lives alone in an old suitcase, trying to keep his home in order amid the hustle and bustle of a busy sidewalk.

See ya (Sjáimst)

Scrap Dolls

Towards the Sun (Hacia el Sol)

USA, 13 min., Aude Cuenod On Detroit’s east side, an 11-year-old boy, grieving over the loss of his best friend, encounters an artist who makes art out of abandoned objects.

Iceland/USA, 12 min., Brúsi Ólason It is Águst’s last day in his hometown before leaving to start a football career in England. UK/USA, 20 min., Monica Santis, WP After she is placed in a shelter by the U.S. border patrol, Esmeralda embarks on a healing journey to recover her voice and own sense of power.

Veil of Silence (Un Grand Silence)

CROSSROADS THURSDAY, JUNE 22 1:00PM (89 MIN.) The characters in this program stand at a juncture, where their lives will never be the same.

France, 30 min., Julie Gourdain In 1968, Marianne, 19, is placed in a home far from her family and friends where she meets other young girls whose common secret has shaken the foundations of their social standing.

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PROGRAMS HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS THURSDAY, JUNE 22 1:30PM (97 MIN.)

The Wait (La Espera)

For many of us, home is so much more than where we physically reside. It is our heritage, our memories, our loved ones.

New Zealand, 15 min., Zoe McIntosh With the help of an unexpected friend, eight-year-old Jesse tries to help his father to stop looking back and move forward.

USA/Mexico, 19 min., Juan Pablo González Sorrow and the need for secrecy prevail when tragedy strikes an immigrant family.

The World In Your Window

Fish

Canada, 12 min., Heather Young, USP A single mother navigates raising three young children while clinging to her fading relationship with their father.

I made you, I kill you

Romania/France, 14 min., Alexandru Petru Badelita In a remarkable cinematic diary, by turns touching and disturbing, Badelita looks back at his traumatic childhood growing up in rural Romania.

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT THURSDAY, JUNE 22 2:00PM (96 MIN.) They may be young, but by choice or by circumstance, they have been thrust into a world that has little patience for the innocence of childhood. The Boy from H2

Mexico, 12 min., Silvana Lázaro, WP After the colonization of Mars, an elderly man looks back on his memories of Earth and the past he has left behind.

Israel, 21 min., Helen Yanovsky, NAP In a section of Hebron under full military occupation, 12-year-old Muhammad is just one of many children detained nearly every day by members of the Israeli Defence Forces.

Pantheon

Foren

Martian Chronicle (Crónica Marciana)

France, 25 min., Ange-Régis Hounkpatin, WP Son of a Beninese immigrant, cut off from his roots, Solomon is about to donate his deceased father’s Voodoo costume to a museum when a young street-dancer reminds him of the ancestral soul.

India/USA, 10 min., Sushma Khadepaun On a summer afternoon, in a small town, Tanu and her grandma inquire of a world outside the bounds of their home.

I MADE YOU, I KILL YOU Good Luck, Orlo!

Austria/Croatia, 15 min., Sara Kern While his parents are mourning the death of a baby, Orlo experiences a loss of his own.

Half A Man

Croatia/France, 20 min., Kristina Kumric, USP Sisters Mia and Lorena are having a big day–their father is getting released from the camp where he spent the last three months as a prisoner of war.

Promise

USA, 16 min., Tian Xie In a remote Chinese village, a young boy forms a bond with a pig as he waits for his parents to return from the city.

Spinosaurus

UK, 14 min., Tessa Hoffe, WP A young girl cares for her younger brother at home, while she awaits her mother’s return.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT... THURSDAY, JUNE 22 4:00PM (84 MIN.) Back by popular demand, this program offers a little bit of everything... and nothing quite like you’ve seen before.

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PROGRAMS A

Ecuador, 16 min., Joseph Houlberg In a world where “A” is the only letter, a dutiful mailman makes a series of surprising discoveries.

Big Booom

Russia, 4 min., Marat Narimanov The evolution of the planet and all life on it, told in one shot.

The Cure

USA, 20 min., Mike Olenick Dad is dying, Mom can’t sleep, the kids are having their own issues, and cats spy in this sci-fi soap opera.

Death Metal

USA, 5 min., Chris McInroy A metalhead gets a satanic guitar passed down to him that riffs to shreds.

Summer’s Puke is Winter’s Delight (Natsu No Gero Wa Huyu No Sakana) Japan, 3 min., Sawako Kabuki A psychedelic cat endures an out-of-body experience. This one’s a mouthful.

Who’s Who in Mycology

USA/Czech Republic, 16 min., Marie Dvorakova A young trombone player spends an adventurous night trying to open a bottle of wine. An unconscious girl, a crooked bookcase and rapidly growing mold get in his way.

THIS AMERICAN LIFE THURSDAY, JUNE 22 4:30PM (97 MIN.)

USA, 7 min., Robin Comisar A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.

America is black, white, brown, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, atheist, gay, straight, trans, poor, rich and so much more. We are America and these are our stories.

Neck and Neck

Love the Sinner

Great Choice

UK, 5 min., Shaun Clark, Kim Noce, USP Inspired by Shakespeare’s play, this is a dark, surreal take on the relationship among the deceived Othello, the innocent Desdemona and the mendacious Iago.

Summer Camp Island

USA, 9 min., Julia Pott Oscar and Hedgehog are dropped off at summer camp, where aliens exist, horses become unicorns and there are monsters under the bed.

USA, 17 min., Geeta Gandbhir, Jessica Devaney The Evangelical roots of homophobia are explored in the wake of the recent gun massacre in Orlando.

Mother’s Day

USA, 9 min., Elizabeth Lo, R.J. Lozada Every Mother’s Day, a charity buses children from across California to visit their mothers in prison.

New Neighbors

USA, 9 min., E.G. Bailey Determined to keep her family safe, a concerned and practical mother canvasses the neighborhood with her grown sons in tow. A unique approach to the Black Lives Matter dialogue.

Our Barrio

USA, 29 min., Ryan Casselman Gabriela, a young woman on the verge of adulthood, struggles with her identity. An exploration of the Latino American–and human–experience.

Pleasure Ridge Park

USA, 19 min., Ryland McIntyre, WP In small-town, middle America, C.J. makes too much in his job as a dishwasher to live in the subsidized housing he grew up in, and not enough to pay his child support.

Wonderland

USA/Mexico/Taiwan, 14 min., Tiffanie Hsu Stranded in Las Vegas for Christmas, 12-year-old Adeline struggles to keep her mother’s gambling under control, on the promise of a perfect family holiday once her father arrives.

Our lives can be transformed by one single moment. These are the moments that define us. DeKalb Elementary

USA, 20 min., Reed Van Dyk Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

My Daughter Nora

Belgium/France, 16 min., Jasna Krajinovic Samira struggles to bring her daughter Nora, who ran away to Syria to fight in the war against the infidels, back home to Belgium.

The Suitcase

USA, 21 min., Abi Damaris Corbin The ordinary life of a Boston-bred baggage handler is turned upside down when he steals a suitcase that contains terrorist plans.

Victoria Rosana Maite

Chile, 25 min., Iñaki Velásquez, NAP A conservative lesbian lawyer faces a relationship crisis after her daughter is discriminated against in school.

Year of the Bird (Jha Lo)

THE MOMENTS THAT DEFINE US THURSDAY, JUNE 22 5:00PM (97 MIN.)

Nepal, 15 min., Shelnang Gyamjo Tamang, NAP Two monks, one young and one old, face their own guilt and anger during a retreat that changes both forever.

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PROGRAMS GAY!LA HERS THURSDAY, JUNE 22 7:00PM (79 MIN.) This Gay!La collection of shorts for the lesbian orientation features striking performances and moments that will take you back (or make you wish you were there). Apart from Everything

Canada, 19 min., Ben Lewis, USP After a two-year absence and a recent stint in rehab, Fran (Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black) returns to face the emotional fallout of her disappearance.

Blind Sex

France, 32 min., Sarah Santamaria-Mertens At the end of the summer holidays, Louise, a 20-year-old blind girl, has a chance encounter at a nudist campsite that will shake up her regular habits.

I Like Girls

Canada, 8 min., Diane Obomsawin Through endearing anthropomorphic figures, various women recount the awkwardness and joy of their first loves.

Spring

USA, 8 min., Laurel Parmet Amanda struggles to keep something inside as she spends the day taking pictures of her best friend.

Yes but No Thanks (Oui mais non)

Canada, 12 min., Alexa-Jeanne Dubé An exploration of an ambiguous relationship marked with admiration, power games, maternal tenderness and sexual attraction.

GAY!LA HIS THURSDAY, JUNE 22 7:30PM (93 MIN.) This Gay!La presentation explores the many definitions, struggles and pleasures of what it means to be a gay man. Alex and the Handyman

USA, 14 min., Nicholas Colia, WP A precocious nine-year-old boy develops a crush on the 25-year-old handyman working in the mansion where he lives.

Marz

USA, 11 min., Bobby Yan A childhood friendship is put to the test after a fleeting encounter stirs up uncomfortable feelings and emotions that neither are equipped to answer.

I LIKE GIRLS Pria

Indonesia/USA, 21 min., Yudho Aditya A teen living in rural Indonesia struggles between the traditions of his upbringing and his romantic idealization of the freedom of the West.

Sunset

The Mess He Made

USA, 15 min., Gary Jaffe, Katie Ennis, WP In spring 1942, a young duty-bound gay man must decide whether to serve overseas or stay in New York City with his streetwise lover.

Ocean Swells

The Talk: True Stories about the Birds & the Bees

USA, 10 min., Matthew Puccini A man spends 15 minutes waiting for the results of a Rapid HIV Test. Norway, 13 min., Sverre Matias Glenne, NAP Two young men find safety in each other’s friendship, taking shelter from online dating and past relationships.

Canada, 9 min., Alain Delannoy A mix of hand-drawn and computer-generated images, photographs and stop-mo-

tion animation are used to illustrate one of life’s most awkward moments.

AWKWARD... THURSDAY, JUNE 22 8:00PM (91 MIN.) Bad dates, misinterpreted prophecies and alcohol used liberally can all bring about life’s awkward moments, some more disturbing than others. Come laugh and cringe along with our putupon protagonists. The App (SmartPote)

France, 25 min., Thomas Grascoeur, NAP A romantic dinner date is spoiled by the

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PROGRAMS constant presence of the couple’s “helpful” apps.

Frankie Keeps Talking

USA, 7 min., Annabelle Attanasio A young woman goes to drastic lengths to get the attention of her coffee date.

It’s Been Like a Year

USA, 9 min., Cameron Fay A sexually stifled young man grows increasingly distracted during a rendezvous with an attractive young woman.

Just Do You; A Modern Love Story

You’ve Made your Bed, Now Lie in It (Som ein reier så ligg ein)

Norway, 15 min., Alexander Zwart When elderly farmer Knut’s death is foretold by a renowned psychic, the old man goes to extreme lengths to ensure the family farm won’t fall into the hands of his no-good brother.

TALK OF THE TOWN FRIDAY, JUNE 23 10:00AM (93 MIN.)

USA, 10 min., Josh Solomon, Lewis Martin Soucy, WP Like any honest love story set in today’s Los Angeles, this is a tale about the fragile nature of human connection, vodka and attractive people with awesome tattoos.

Word gets around fast in these stories about small communities, where it’s hard to avoid your neighbors and everyone knows your name.

Mind Reading

USA, 10 min., Paul Trillo In one continuous shot, a man has a public meltdown in the middle of a residential culde-sac. A marvel of drone cinematography, carefully staged action and an ensemble cast.

USA, 4 min., Stewart McAlpine, WP An artist and a model fail to connect during a figure-drawing session.

Two Dollars (Deux dollars)

France/Canada, 10 min., Emmanuel Tenenbaum, USP After a week of leave, Sylvie is requested to attend a bizarre meeting.

Whiskey Fist

USA, 11 min., Gillian Wallace Horvat When an intern has an encounter with a mysterious blonde and her whiskey bottle, he loses the life he once had but gains something very special in return.

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Greetings from Kropsdam (In Kropsdam is iedereen gelukkig)

Netherlands, 24 min., Joren Molter, NAP After innocently accepting a complimentary slice of cake, Lammert becomes the scapegoat for his community’s woes.

Polonaise (Polonez)

Poland, 16 min., Agnieszka Elbanowska A small town stages a patriotism contest to mark the anniversary of Polish independence.

The Woodpeckers of Rotha (Dadyaa)

Nepal/France, 16 min., Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet Atimaley and Devi’s village is haunted by memories. When a dear friend leaves the village without saying goodbye, the old couple faces a dilemma.

At the End of the Cul-De-Sac

County Time

Canada, 11 min., Jonathan Bensimon, WP For Donnie, it’s just another night of heavy drinking before driving home. Until a woman with a badge messes up his plans.

Fry Day

USA, 16 min., Laura Moss An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989.

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES FRIDAY, JUNE 23 10:30AM (93 MIN.) While it’s not uncommon for relatives to quarrel, the protagonists of these shorts take family dysfunction to another level. Cube

Greece, 22 min., Alexandros Skouras Although he can solve Rubik’s Cube in less than 15 seconds, Makis isn’t able to solve his family problems.

Golgotha (Golgata)

Finland, 28 min., Ulla Heikkilä It’s the first of May and 10-year-old Inari wants her parents to organize a party without arguing, so she makes a deal with God.

Grand Prix

Hungary, 13 min., Balint Daniel Sos, IP A father learns the difference between price and value the hard way.

Storm Cells

Germany, 30 min., Jakob Schmidt, NAP When Jana brings her new boyfriend Jonas home, she has no inkling that he and her mother are bound by a long-kept secret.

ON THE ROAD FRIDAY, JUNE 23 11:00AM (91 MIN.) In this collection of films people learn about their true self behind the wheel. An Autobiography (En Autobiografi)

Finland, 36 min., Mari Mantela No one knows cars better than Anja, yet management does not treat her with the respect she deserves.

Clutch Control (Hellingproef)

Netherlands, 13 min., Nils Vleugels, NAP A dark comedy about a dwindling love affair, colliding expectations and the importance of the hand brake.


PROGRAMS Five Star Service

USA, 10 min., Chris Parisi Ray is suffering through a typical day as a ride-share driver, committed to doing whatever it takes to get a high rating.

Penny and Paul

USA, 12 min., Brian Rawlins Somewhere in the Mojave desert, a young woman thinks she’s off to a new life with a new beau, but he’s not the man she thinks he is.

Wañuy

Peru, 20 min., Alejandro Roca-Rey A taxi driver’s long, nightshift ride with three mysterious passengers puts him in an extreme situation that makes him think about his attitude towards life.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE FRIDAY, JUNE 23 1:00PM (94 MIN.) A diverse group of stories about inspiring people facing the unique challenges of their lives with purpose and resolve. Fisk, Untitled Portrait

Canada, 19 min., Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla, WP The Canadian artist behind astonishing hyperreal paintings of consumer goods, risks it all for representation by a worldrenowned New York art dealer.

Kayayo

Norway, 32 min., Mari Bakke Riise Elementary-school-age Bamunu works as a kayayo (a living shopping cart) at the markets in Accra thousands of miles from her village.

The Streets are Ours: Two Lives Cross in Karachi USA/Pakistan, 17 min., Michelle Fiordaliso When Fawzia Mirza, an American actress, meets Sabeen Mahmud, a world-renowned Pakistani activist and founder of a progressive café in Karachi, Mirza’s life changes forever.

Umbrella

USA, 16 min., Rhys Ernst The story of four transgender individuals who are fighting for their rights and to be recognized.

Waiting for Hassana

Nigeria, 10 min., Ifunanya Maduka The story of one of the girls who escaped the terrorist group Boko Haram’s abductions of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria in 2014.

COUPLING & UNCOUPLING FRIDAY, JUNE 23 1:30PM (94 MIN.) Sexy, sad and surprising stories of the beginnings and ends of relationships,

from wildly different points of view and filmmaking styles.

rebound fling to France to escape from her past.

Cycles

Us Funny

Canada, 4 min., Joe Cobden After a relationship ends, a man is stuck in loops of memories expressed through playful, tormented and sweet choreography, circling through the madness of lost love.

Forever Now

Denmark, 19 min., Kristian Håskjold Heartbroken and hoping to end their relationship with joy instead of sorrow, a couple decides to “celebrate” their last night together by taking Ecstasy.

Game Night (Spelletjesavond)

Netherlands, 15 min., Jan van Gorkum, NAP A young woman’s competitive nature incurs the wrath of her boyfriend’s equally determined mother, and a family trivia game turns into a steely battle of wills.

Garfield

UK, 13 min., Georgi Banks-Davies, WP Krishna wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. As she pieces together how she got there, she realizes that the reasons may be bigger than just the night before.

USA, 16 min., Julia Bales, Jim Cummings Jim and Julia have a date in LA, intermixed with Jim going to her funeral.

CONS & CONSEQUENCES FRIDAY, JUNE 23 2:00PM (92 MIN.) A collection of films about the cascading and unpredictable consequences of being on the other side of the law. Do No Harm

New Zealand, 12 min., Roseanne Liang Save the patient. Nothing else.

Plea

USA, 20 min., Joseph Oppenheimer A public defender has minutes to save her 16-year-old client from a life sentence for murder by convincing him to take a plea deal.

Punchline

It’s a Date

USA, 7 min., Zachary Zezima Everyone is an alien at first.

Switzerland, 8 min., Christophe M. Saber Two apprentice killers do their best to act as professionals, but they struggle to compose the perfect punchline before pulling the trigger.

(le) Rebound

State of Emergency Motherfucker

France/Germany, 20 min., Laura Beckner A heartbroken young woman follows a

Belgium, 5 min., Sébastien Petretti, USP

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PROGRAMS This surrealistic comedy depicts a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine–normal, tedious.

Sweet Maddie Stone

UK, 24 min., Brady Hood, USP Fifteen-year-old Maddie Stone rules her school yard under the protection of her family name.

The Way I love You (Como yo te amo)

Spain, 23 min., Fernando García-Ruiz Rubio Dani is a petty criminal who falls for the pretty policewoman arresting him.

ON THE JOB FRIDAY, JUNE 23 4:00PM (97 MIN.)

The Entertainer

UK, 15 min., Jonathan Schey, WP Paul Limp used to be a TV star, but now finds himself driving up and down the country in a cheap tuxedo, entertaining at parties.

The Gatekeeper

Myanmar/Germany, 7 min., Thida Swe, NAP In Myanmar, day in and day out, U Thet Naing Oo diligently hand-operates a rail crossing barrier. Zen and the art of railway gate-keeping.

Les Miserables

France, 16 min., Ladj Ly With a gun at his belt and a truncheon in his hand, Pento has just joined the SeineSaint-Denis anti-crime brigade.

Parent Teacher

Films about the unique joy, monotony, fulfillment and misery of work.

USA, 17 min., Jim Cummings, Dustin Hahn Mr. Zahn meets the parents of his students and learns that apples don’t fall far from the tree.

Benny Got Shot

Turnings

USA, 20 min., Malcolm Washington Young autopsy assistant Naomi struggles to see more in the people on her table than just corpses requiring a cause of death until her younger brother doesn’t come home after a night of partying.

Contractor 014352

UK, 14 min., Simon Ryninks, WP Real and imaginary worlds collide when a lonely data entry clerk reaches through his computer screen, in search of a genuine connection.

USA, 9 min., Robert Herzog When Kenny is passed over for a promotion, he makes a choice that harms a coworker and leaves him to suffer with his conscience.

CALL OF CUTENESS Cats, dogs, early man and everything in between! This eclectic lineup explores our complex relationships with the animal kingdom. Call of Cuteness

Germany, 4 min., Brenda Lien Cat videos will never look the same after this disturbing, grotesque and hypnotic depiction of the power and pleasure behind them.

Edmund the Magnificent

ANIMAL INSTINCTS FRIDAY, JUNE 23 4:30PM (102 MIN.)

UK, 13 min., Ben Ockrent, WP When news breaks that the county pig fete is being revived, the once-legendary Farmer decides to take one final chance and invest his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet.

Hypertrain

Switzerland, 4 min., Fela Bellotto, Etienne Kompis On a train trip through spatial and temporal dimensions, a traveler suddenly comes across himself.

Mutt

USA, 13 min., Erin Sanger A family’s plan to stage an intervention unravels.

Next Time (Sara’ per Un’altra Volta)

Italy, 15 min., Adriano Giannini On a cold prehistoric night, a woman wanders too far from her camp... In the menacing woods, she discovers something that could change the fate of humanity.

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PROGRAMS Poles Apart

UK, 12 min., Paloma Baeza, NAP In a harsh Arctic landscape, a hungry and solitary polar bear (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter) has to decide if a naïve Canadian grizzly bear is food or friend.

Tsuki

Colombia, 10 min., Mauricio Leiva-Cock, WP Samuel and Benjamin spend their days playing with their dog Tsuki and their three new bunnies until, during a family lunch, the bunnies disappear.

Ugly

3-Way (Not Calling)

Canada, 12 min., Molly McGlynn Dreading a milestone birthday, a woman tells her partner she wants to have a threesome, but where will they find the third person?

Bad for the Boats

USA, 11 min., Ben Lear, WP When sad-sack Nick Lassey is told he can’t rent a paddle boat alone, an upbeat stranger volunteers to be his partner and the two set off on an awkward boat journey.

The Eleven O’Clock

Germany, 12 min., Nikita Diakur, NAP An experimental animated short about a Native American chief and an ugly cat trying to find peace in an evil neighborhood.

Australia, 13 min., Derin Seale The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As each attempts to treat the other, the session gets out of control.

Wild Skin

I Lost My Mind

Canada, 19 min., Ariane Louis-Seize The quiet life of a solitary young woman is disturbed when she discovers a baby python in her apartment, but it lets her express who she truly is.

IT TAKES TWO FRIDAY, JUNE 23 5:00PM (92 MIN.) Twins, doubles, doppelgangers and odd couples–sometimes having a second opinion makes things more than twice as complicated (and often very funny).

Canada, 15 min., Michael Tobin, WP Aspiring filmmaker Wolfy attends a community workshop and finds himself objectifying the facilitator, Penelope.

Mordechai

UK, 14 min., Benjamin Bee Daniel, an ultra-orthodox Jew in northeast England, discovers that, to become the person you always wanted to be, you have to, on occasion, become someone else first.

Our Own (Eigen)

Netherlands, 27 min., Malu Janssen In our society, where self-fulfillment has become an obligation, identical twin sisters Vera and Josefien embark on a retreat led by a spiritual coach.

LOST & FOUND FRIDAY, JUNE 23 7:00PM (94 MIN.) Seekers and searchers populate this program: hunting for lost items, digging for buried treasure, piecing together families and often finding more than they ever expected to discover. Buried Deep

USA, 10 min., Timothy Naylor A couple tries to find a winning lottery ticket in a blizzard. Treachery ensues.

The Glass Pearl (Glaspärlan)

Finland, 15 min., Tommi Seitajoki, NAP A 12-year-old boy plunders garbage cans in a suburb, searching for something that might lead to a reward.

Home Made (Kemo Ba Bait)

Israel, 13 min., Shira Meishar, USP Rather than close her restaurant to celebrate her birthday at home with her husband, a woman serves an after-hours’ meal to two strangers in need.

Romantik

Poland/France, 21 min., Mateusz Rakowicz Stanislav takes his beloved Zosia on a mysterious and romantic journey to the City of Love to propose, but instead it becomes the most horrible night of his life.

Where You Found Refuge (Là où tu trouvais refuge)

France, 35 min., Guillaume Legrand After Didier finds his daughter living in a cult, he decides to bring her home by force.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS FRIDAY, JUNE 23 7:30PM (98 MIN.) The ambitious nature of the human spirit is on display in this selection of stories grounded in sport, competition (the friendly kind, and the not-sofriendly) and the drive for greatness. Alive

South Korea, 16 min., Sung Hwan Kim A 100-meter sprinter faces challenges around the end of his career and his life.

Asteria

France, 4 min., Alexandre Arpentinier, Mathieu Blanchys, Lola Grand, Tristan Lamarca, Thomas Lemaille, Jean-Charles Lusseau Two astronauts out to conquer an unknown planet have their professionalism put to the test.

The Cage

USA, 15 min., Ricky Staub In a rough Philadelphia neighborhood, a teenage basketball player struggles to resist becoming entangled with violence, anger and death. Features nonprofessional actors from the community.

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PROGRAMS GETTING IT ON FRIDAY, JUNE 23 8:00PM (99 MIN.)

What the Eye doesn’t See

A selection of films about love, sex and everything in between. All Good

USA/Canada, 11 min., Jessica Petelle, WP Leila retreats to her hotel room after spending the evening fulfilling her duties as the maid of honor when Josh arrives at her door...

Library of Love

USA/Russia, 15 min., Geoffrey Feinberg Fearless, 19-year-old Kirill hangs out with his friends on the rooftops of Moscow, where his brazen stunts have earned him the nickname “Russian Spiderman.”

Iron Hands (Tie Shou)

USA/China, 11 min., Johnson Cheng A 12-year old girl tries out for the traditionally all-boys’ Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team. And makes an unlikely connection with the weightlifting gym’s reclusive groundskeeper.

Second to None

Ireland, 7 min., Vincent Gallagher Frederick, has always been runner up to his twin brother. When Herman, older by a minute, becomes the world’s oldest man,

Yes, God, Yes

USA, 11 min., Karen Maine Fifteen-year-old Alice (Natalia Dryer, Stranger Things) has always been a good Catholic. But in the age of VHS and dialup internet, even an innocent chat room game can lead to temptation.

Frederick sees an opportunity to be first.

Australia, 12 min., Miranda Edmonds, Khrob Edmonds, WP Isabelle is looking for love in the library, of all places.

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS SATURDAY, JUNE 24 10:00AM (97 MIN.)

Spice Sisters

Men

Sometimes our most deeply felt experiences are drawn from the most fleeting of relationships.

The Tables

No Dreams No Fucking (Pas de rêve pas de baise)

THE HANGING The Hanging

Switzerland/France, 14 min., Frédéric Mermoud When Alice’s friend suggests they find the perfect pair of shoes for her date with Mathieu, nothing turns out quite as expected.

Australia, 15 min., Sheila Jayadev Two women, bored and restless with their lives, decide to submit to being contestants for a reality cooking show. USA, 15 min., Jon Bunning A pair of outdoor ping-pong tables in the heart of New York City bring together an unlikely group of people, from the homeless to investment bankers to gangbangers.

USA, 20 min., Bill Benz, WP Two sharp-suited dimwits mourn the loss of their jobs with a night of debauchery.

The Art of not Appearing (Kunsten ikke å innfinne seg)

France, 22 min., Sabrina Amara, NAP Cute and sexy Hind must find a way to get Moktar to dream of her.

The Swan

USA, 8 min., Tiffany Paulsen, WP When a first date goes horribly wrong, a woman enlists her sister to help clean up the mess.

vir·tu·al re·al·i·ty noun: virtual reality

Norway/USA, 14 min., Pernille Rivedal Hellevik After years of solitude and obsession, two ghosts cross paths and are forced to question their reasons for haunting.

Dear Renzo

Argentina/ USA, 19 min., Francisco Lezama, Agostina Gálvez Two young Argentines wander the streets of New York City, increasingly lost in a

1. the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.

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PROGRAMS maze of currency exchange, translation problems, religious vocation and nocturnal flirtation.

Park (Parque)

Spain, 10 min., Mateo Garlo Luis is excited about the romantic date he is about to have, but a peculiar kid crosses his path while waiting for his girlfriend.

The Pooka

After the Reunion (Luokkakokouksen jälkeen)

Finland, 14 min., Kirsikka Saari, NAP The morning after their class reunion, 50-year-old Saila wakes up next to her old classmate Esa. To Saila’s surprise, Esa recalls much about her that she herself has already forgotten.

Education (Nauka)

USA, 15 min., Luke Boyce In a desperate attempt to aid a lost soul, a benevolent oversized rabbit must find a way to rekindle a forgotten spark.

Poland, 20 min., Emi Buchwald Elementary school children have to memorize a poem by heart as homework in this charming look at learning for children and adults alike.

Runaway

Expecting

USA, 12 min., Sylvia Saether, WP A seasoned sex worker in Venice Beach befriends a young runaway, each seeing something of themselves in the other.

The Screenwriter (Le Scénariste)

Belgium, 27 min., François Paquay, IP To finish his script, Jonas is ordered by his producer to work with a talented Parisian scriptwriter, whose arrival at his home effects his life in unimaginable ways.

LIFE CYCLE SATURDAY, JUNE 24 10:30AM (79 MIN.) Tales of turning points in the different stages of life, touching on sex, death and Polish poetry.

USA, 8 min., Jennifer Gerber A teenager finds out she is pregnant on the day she is to portray the Virgin Mary in her church Nativity play.

The Head Vanishes (Une tête disparaît)

France/Canada, 9 min., Franck Dion Jacqueline, no longer quite in her right mind, still goes on her annual summer trip. This year, she’s followed by some woman who claims to be her daughter.

In a Nutshell

Switzerland, 6 min., Fabio Friedli From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse; an attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.

Kalb

Austria, 7 min., Franz-Maria Quitt On a small Tyrolean farm, a young boy as-

THE POOKA sists his grandfather in his daily rituals.

Mr. Death

Norway, 15 min., Andreas J. Riiser, NAP An exclusive interview with Death as he goes about his everyday business.

PARABLES, FANTASIES AND FABLES SATURDAY, JUNE 24 11:00AM (95 MIN.)

and wild animations offering deeper meaning to those who seek it. Exchange

China/USA, 14 min., Yuan Yuan A young layabout who’s more interested in gaming than paying his bills on time receives a mysterious magic box that could bring about endless wealth or his untimely demise.

Fruit

Coins mysteriously multiply, garbage is piled to the sky, animals can speak and skeletons walk the streets in this selection of fantastical live action films, haunting documentaries,

Germany, 7 min., Gerhard Funk This dynamic, tri-color animation brings forth a riot of shapes illustrating life cycles and the dialog between two mythological forces – West and East.

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PROGRAMS Hedgehog’s Home

Croatia/Canada, 10 min., Eva Cvijanovic, NAP Though he’s respected by the other animals, Hedgehog’s devotion to his home annoys a quartet of beasts, who decide to confront him. A darkly magical stopmotion tale.

Lost Face

Australia/Canada, 14 min., Sean Meehan Based on a classic story by Jack London set in mid-1800s Alaska, a man makes a deal with a native chief in hopes to save his life.

Picture Wheel

USA/Australia, 13 min., David O’Donnell In an alternate reality where memories are literally worn about one’s head, a jilted lover wrestles with the image of his ex.

Skull + Bone

USA, 6 min., Victoria Rivera The Northside Skull + Bone Gang continues a 200-year African-American Creole tradition of waking you up on Mardi Gras morning with one intention.

Sog

Germany, 10 min., Jonatan Schwenk, NAP After a flood, the fish are stuck in trees, in danger of drying out. They scream sharply, disturbing the inhabitants of a nearby cave.

Submarine

Lebanon/USA, 21 min., Mounia Akl Under the imminent threat of Lebanon’s garbage crisis, Hala is the only one to re-

fuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home.

SALT IN THE AIR SATURDAY, JUNE 24 1:00PM (92 MIN.) From sandy beaches to rugged coastlines, these waterlogged tales follow those who live their lives by the sea, exposed to the elements and dreaming of distant shores. Au revoir Balthazar

Switzerland, 10 min., Rafael Sommerhalder A scarecrow, alone in a field, yearns for the freedom of the sea.

Burning (Celui qui Brûle)

France, 18 min., Slimane Bounia, NAP Three modern Algerians–a suicidal fisherman, a village girl with a secret plan and a cocky cab driver–are brought together by an enormous frozen fish.

Cast Off (Larguer les amarres)

Canada, 19 min., Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers Simon, soon to leave his island home to attend boarding school on the mainland, discovers a little wooden boat along the shore.

Sandy Beach

Greece/USA 12 min., Thanos Papastergiou A woman takes her father for their usual Sunday swim.

Vìré

France, 19 min., Hugo Rousselin, As Isaac, a young Guadeloupean, mourns his lost brother, visions of a mysterious diver bring him to the limits of subconscious.

Winter’s Watch

USA, 14 min., Brian Bolster Ten miles off the coast of New England, a photographer spends a winter in isolation while serving as the caretaker of a vacant hotel.

SAME PLANET, DIFFERENT WORLDS SATURDAY, JUNE 24 1:30PM (98 MIN.)

and full of excesses as a night in the port of Acapulco.

Goddess (Devi )

India/USA, 13 min., Karishma Dube Set in New Delhi, a closeted lesbian risks family and social boundaries as she pursues her household maid, Devi.

Lunch Time

Iran, 15 min., Alireza Ghasemi, NAP A 16-year-old girl deals with the responsibility and harsh bureaucracy of having to identify the body of her mother.

North (Norte)

Spain, 16 min., Javier García Garrido, NAP Ten years after a man’s murder, his widow and his killer, an ETA terrorist, meet face to face.

In the melting pot of the modern world we brush up against real and imagined divides every day. These stories exist along those boundary lines, challenging us to see the humanity on both sides. Across My Land

The Transfer (Die Überstellung)

Germany/Israel, 22 min., Michael Grudsky Three young Israeli soldiers and the Arab prisoner in their custody are forced to confront their prejudices when their transport vehicle breaks down in the Negev Desert.

USA/France, 15 min., Fiona Godivier, WP Arizona, 2016. A father and son arm themselves to prepare for a patrol along the border wall.

G’DAY! SATURDAY, JUNE 24 2:00PM (91 MIN.)

Bea

Australia has long had a great track record as fertile ground for new talent. This selection runs the gamut from comedies through psychological

Mexico, 17 min., Eduardo Lecuona, USP At the age of 19, Bea realizes that the love she deemed infinite is as decadent

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PROGRAMS thrillers and slow-burning dramas–all the way from the Land Down Under.

intolerant Scooter’s friendship be enough to brave this backwater town?

Third World Man Beast

Australia, 20 min., Christopher Sferrazza, IP A woman, long exiled from a small community, is on the verge of rejoining it when her hopes are turned upside down.

Australia, 12 min., Brad Sayers, WP In a world of moral uncertainty, can the actions of one affect the lives of many? Who is this Third World Man?

Trespass

The Record–World’s Largest Family

Australia, 12 min., Mirrah Foulkes A woman walking her dog alone in the bush has a strange encounter.

A Short Film about Kissing

IDENTITY CRISIS SATURDAY, JUNE 24 4:00PM (88 MIN.)

Australia, 10 min., Cate Stewart, USP Pim and Frank Belami strive to maintain their world-record title by attempting to fall pregnant with their 70th child. Australia, 9 min., Jordy Pollock, IP Chloé and Charlie are in love but the two are afraid to kiss, due to dangerous experiences of the past. What’s the worst that could happen?

Smashed

Australia, 13 min., Sean Lahiff, Maxx Corkindale, NAP Fueled by jealousy, Dean, Ray and Paul kidnap golden boy Christian so Dean can gain the attention of Christian’s girlfriend. But the prank soon swerves out of control.

Split Me

Australia, 15 min., Andrew Shanks When 17-year-old aspiring bowler Joey discovers she can’t join the over-40s women’s team, will oddball and lactose-

Through this series of personal reflections and physical transformations, you’ll find that who we are is rarely set in stone. Dem Dem!

Belgium/Senegal, 24 min., Christophe Rolin, Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia While fishing on a beach in Senegal, Matar discovers a plastic bag containing a European passport.

Groundhog Day for a Black Man

USA, 4 min., Cynthia Kao When a black man lives the same day over and over again, he tries to act differently so that he won’t get shot by the police.

A SHORT FILM ABOUT KISSING Martha the Monster

Australia, 15 min., Christopher Weekes, WP In an upside-down world where humans live alongside kids’ TV monsters, Martha, a 20-something furry, is having a major identity crisis, unable to fit in as either monster or human.

My Father’s Room

South Korea, 8 min., Nari Jang An unexpected revelation about her abusive father’s life casts a young woman’s feelings about him into confusion.

Time Out

to meet as their younger selves, to determine their future together.

Ulises

Spain, 17 min., Aitor Gutiérrez The artfully deceptive Ulises checks into a hotel with the aim of impersonating as many different guests as he can.

Varken

UK, 10 min., Rory Bentley, IP A girl in the trough of 21st-century unemployment starts to believe and act on the feeling that deep down she is a pig...

Canada/Italy, 10 min., Navin Ramaswaran, USP While on a trip to Milan, a couple pretends

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PROGRAMS Betelgeuse

Belgium/Ireland/USA, 31 min., Bruno Tracq, IP Maybe this is the end. Supergiant Betelgeuse is about to die and the gamma rays emitted could destroy life on Earth. For astrophysicist Sarah, though, maybe this is the beginning.

The Escape

UK, 16 min., Paul Franklin A mysterious man offers the chance to escape into whatever fantasy you wish in exchange for all that you own.

Noro

ECHOES

LEXUS SHORT FILMS SATURDAY, JUNE 24 4:30PM (101 MIN.) ShortFest is proud to host, for the first time, the Lexus Short Films block, a collaboration between Lexus and the Weinstein Company to support and nurture a new generation of emerging filmmakers.

Game

USA, 15 min., Jeannie Donohoe A new kid shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression after showing extraordinary skill. Will the team discover his secret?

Market Hours

USA, 14 min., Jon Goldman Randall spends his days imagining the vibrant inner lives of various vendors at the multicultural urban market where he works: none more so than Angela, an angel with her own pastry shop.

MESSiAH Beyond Memories

Spain, 10 min., Cristina Molino Sophie believes that forgetting is the only way of moving on with her life, until she realizes that she can’t make memories from a previous life completely disappear.

Echoes

New Zealand, 9 min., Campbell Hooper, Joel Kefali An expectant father, an executive driving home, an astronaut, a young woman going for a late night swim and a singer waiting to go on stage all experience a surreal moment of clarity.

Friday Night

France/USA, 16 min., Alexis Michalik While visiting her daughter in France, Claire is thrown into the midst of a citywide attack in a place where she doesn’t speak the language or know her way around.

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Australia, 17 min., Damian Walshe-Howling In a playful collision of cultures, a hapless Irishman and his Parisian girlfriend get more than they bargained for when they encounter a particularly mischievous stranger in the spectacular Australian wilderness.

The Nation Holds Its Breath

Ireland, 20 min., Kev Cahill On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, a young father-to-be is torn between witnessing the miracle of childbirth or the miracle of reaching the quarter finals of the World Cup.

FUTURESHOCK SATURDAY, JUNE 24 5:00PM (98 MIN.) Tales about the unknown future and its wondrous (and horrifying) possibilities.

UK, 19 min., Duncan Roe Caitlin, in therapy to cope with the loss of her son, is becoming increasingly paranoid. A simple accident leads her to a truth she is unprepared for.

Pantheon Discount (Panthéon Discount)

France, 15 min., Stéphan Castang In 2050, a machine has replaced medicine. The Sherlock, a kind of super scanner, diagnoses and also heals, depending on the patient’s means.

They Charge for the Sun

USA, 17 min., Terence Nance In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young girl unravels the lie that has kept her and her sister in the dark.

SECRETS & LIES SATURDAY, JUNE 24 7:00PM (87 MIN.) Misinterpretations, deliberate distortions and shocking revelations—these films pull back the curtain on the things we keep hidden from ourselves and from each other. The Foster Portfolio

USA, 19 min., Danielle Katvan Based on a Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. short story, a rookie investment counselor discovers his penniless client is hiding a million-dollar inheritance.

Joy Joy Nails

USA, 19 min., Joey Ally Korean Sarah manages a nail salon with an

ever cheerful, K-pop pumping, manicured iron fist. Until Chinese trainee Mia appears to be stealing her son’s affections.

The Peculiar Abilities of Mr Mahler (Die Besonderen Fähigkeiten Des Herrn Mahler)

Germany, 29 min., Paul Philipp, NAP In East Germany, a special investigator said to have paranormal abilities, is assigned the task of looking into the disappearance of a six-year-old boy.

Retouch

Iran, 20 min., Kaveh Mazaheri Maryam’s husband does weightlifting at home. When a weight falls on his throat and puts him near death, Maryam makes a decision.

STAR POWER SATURDAY, JUNE 24 7:30PM (86 MIN.) A-list talent is featured in this group of shorts. The Dark of Night

USA, 10 min., Robin Wright, WP The night turns deadly when a woman seeking refuge from a storm encounters a drifter and a waitress at an isolated diner where nothing is what it seems.

Five by Five

UK, 23 min., Kate Herron, WP In the bustling metropolis of London, a young man’s chance encounter leads him to make a decision that begins a chain reaction of events. Starring Idris Elba.

Perfect Roast Potatoes

USA, 18 min., Nick Frew William comes to Los Angeles to celebrate Christmas only to find his mother has died, but his sister insists they still have Christmas dinner, corpse and all.

Point and Shoot

USA, 6 min., Thomas Leisten Schneider When an attempted burglary turns into an unlikely car-jacking, two aspiring criminals learn an important lesson.

Show Business

USA, 21 min., Clark Duke


PROGRAMS Comedian Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine, Greek) directs, writes and stars as a somewhat successful actor dealing with life in Hollywood.

Super Sex

USA, 8 min., Matthew Modine What kind of birthday present to you give the dad (Ed Asner) who has everything? His kids (Kevin Nealon and Elizabeth Perkins) decide on an unconventional gift.

THRILLS & CHILLS SATURDAY, JUNE 24 8:00PM (82 MIN.) Thrill seekers, rejoice! This collection of genre films will have you gripping your armrests in suspense. Forget the gym, this is how you get the heart racing. Behind

Spain, 15 min., Ángel Gómez Hernández Arianne is a divorced mother obsessed with the idea that her ex-husband might take her baby away from her...

Consent

Australia, 13 min., Clare Sladden, Jasmine Sladden After meeting online, a woman allows a virtual stranger into her home to fulfill an agreement.

Drip Drop

Sweden, 8 min., Jonna Nilsson, NAP This leak will kill you.

Highway

Australia, 10 min., Vanessa Gazy, NAP On a lonely mountain highway, troubled teen hitchhiker Hester Black receives phantom news broadcasts from the near future bearing ominous news.

Nocturne (Nachtstück)

Germany, 5 min., Anne Breymann At night the forest creatures gather to gamble, putting their innermost selves at stake.

Tonight It’s You

USA, 18 min., Dominic Haxton C.J., bored out of his mind one night, uses a hookup app to meet Hunter. Things take a dark turn when Hunter’s father discovers what’s going on.

Wandering Soul

Australia, 13 min., Josh Tanner A Viet Cong soldier stationed in the claustrophobic tunnels of Cu Chi during the Vietnam War finds himself haunted by the ghost of a fallen comrade.

BEHIND THE CURTAIN SUNDAY, JUNE 25 10:00AM (90 MIN.) Performance, either as an artist or in real life, takes center stage in this collection of shorts. The Aria of Babyface Cauliflower Brown USA, 5 min., Tim Grant

An independent professional wrestler philosophizes on the craft, narrative and possible meaning found in what some consider a fake sport.

Birth of a Leader (L’enfance d’un chef)

USA, 4 min., William Papadin A young man moves back home after failing to “make it” in the Los Angeles film scene.

Zoe

France, 15 min., Antoine de Bary Twenty-year-old Vincent may be a successful actor, but he finds himself utterly incapable of living on his own when his parents move.

Borderline

Scotland, 12 min., Lindsay Goodall, IP After weathering a long history of turbulent life events Lynn Shaw, a charismatic dance artist and teacher, creates choreography to explore her Borderline Personality Disorder.

Diagnosis

UK, 17 min., Eva Riley, WP Sally’s secretive evening job forces her to face up to feelings she thought she had under control.

Disco Obu

India, 21 min., Anand Kishore, NAP A journalist captures a day in the life of a former child star, now an anonymous autorickshaw driver.

The Heist

Without Answer (Sans réponse)

USA, 5 min., Luke Harris Two handsome master criminals are trying to pull off a big heist, so they’re putting together the most incredible heist team that has ever heist-teamed before.

USA, 11 min., Thomas R. Wood, WP Zoe, a low-rent assassin, discovers a love for standup comedy. To convince her partner she can pull it off, she must perform like her life depends on it.

AMERICA THE WEIRD SUNDAY, JUNE 25 10:30AM (92 MIN.) Fictional, real and somewhere in-between shorts about this strange country and the memorable people and stories in it. 4 Pounds of Flowers

USA, 15 min., Rob Richert On the eve of their last marijuana harvest of the season, Kayla learns she’s pregnant and is forced to make a decision about her life and relationship with her boyfriend.

American Paradise

USA, 18 min., Joe Talbot A forgotten man in Trump’s America attempts to shift his fate with the perfect crime. Inspired by true events.

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PROGRAMS Cat Killer

USA, 11 min., Wes Jones Convinced his cat is dying, a desperate man finds help from an unlikely friend.

When I’ll be Gone (Quand je serai parti)

Gut Hack

Canada, 16 min., Justin Richard-Dostie, IP Ariane and her brother Simon put their differences aside as they embark on a road trip to their grandmother’s funeral.

I Know You from Somewhere

GROWING PAINS SUNDAY, JUNE 25 1:00PM (86 MIN.)

USA, 13 min., Mario Furloni, Kate Mclean A bio-hacker seeks to cure himself of digestive issues by swapping his microbiome with a donor’s. USA, 15 min., Andrew Fitzgerald A young woman incurs the wrath of the internet after inadvertently becoming a viral sensation.

Our New President

USA, 12 min., Maxim Pozdorovkin, WP Donald Trump has become a beloved cult figure among Russians, as revealed through found footage, fake news and state-controlled political programming.

The Polaroid Job

USA, 8 min., Mike Plante Our family business was photographing you.

DEPARTURES SUNDAY, JUNE 25 11:00AM (86 MIN.) Moving on is difficult, and the protagonists of these shorts find themselves at the end of their respective paths, preparing for the unseen futures that await them. Big Party on the Other Side

USA, 14 min., Jenny Catherall, WP After learning she has less than six months to live, Rosalee plans her burial on Hart Island, a mass grave for New York City’s unclaimed, unidentified and indigent.

Facing Mecca

Switzerland, 27 min., Jan-Eric Mack, WP Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy before he can bury his Muslim wife.

Life as it Is

USA/Singapore, 29 min., Victor Gan Yi Xiang A meditation on family ties, childhood and mourning.

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BOYS AND MEN SUNDAY, JUNE 25 1:30PM (95 MIN.) Crises of masculinity abound in this selection of films, in which gender roles are questioned, relationships tested and sexuality cast into sharp relief. Dare and Truth

Growing up, in whatever phase of life, is hard to do but makes for great films in this collection.

USA, 15 min., Thomas Rivera Montes Gabriel and his friends decide to play Truth or Dare. They don’t expect things to take a serious turn and Gabriel’s secret to be revealed.

The Catch

Guillaume Drifting

Canada, 15 min., Holly Brace-Lavoie, NAP Morgan, a tough young girl, loves fly fishing. She also likes boys. But boys don’t like girls who fish.

Connie

USA, 9 min., Joel Garber Ambivalent about her pregnancy, Connie attempts to withstand the desert, her husband and herself.

Death in a Day

USA, 14 min., Lin Wang Evan, a young Chinese boy, witnesses his mother’s struggle after visiting his comatose father in the hospital, and comes to grips with the impending death.

Mutants

Canada, 17 min., Alexandre Dostie In the summer of 1996, life throws a curve ball in the face of Keven Guénette... and it strikes. Guided by his paraplegic baseball coach, Keven discovers the mutation, sex and love.

Noora

Norway, 20 min., Tommy Naess, WP Noora is raised in a strict Christian sect. When she falls in love with Siv, she upsets her family’s plans to marry her to the much older Johannes.

Penny Sucker

USA, 11 min., Erin Elders, WP After the death of his mother, a young man struggles to connect with his father while revealing an odd addiction.

France, 18 min., Sylvain Dieuaide, NAP After being put on leave from work, Guillaume finds that his replacement is stepping into his shoes in more ways than one.

Late Night Drama (Drame de fin de soirée)

Canada, 8 min., Patrice Laliberté, 1:34 a.m. A snowy suburb. Jérémie parks his modified car in front of a crowded club, ignoring his friends’ usual concerns. Jérémie is looking for someone...

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWNS SUNDAY, JUNE 25 2:00PM (93 MIN.) Despite their best efforts, the characters in these shorts just can’t quite seem to get through to one another. Cecile on the Phone

USA, 11 min., Annabelle Dexter-Jones Cecile wants answers, but, she doesn’t. When her ex-boyfriend returns, she embarks on a series of telephone conversations, which ultimately only distract her from the one conversation she really needs to have.

Gabi

Germany, 30 min., Michael Fetter Nathansky, USP After losing the ability to express herself, Gabi begins to rehearse her everyday interactions.

Lenses

USA, 4 min., Becca Roth, Laura Goehrke Two female camera-store employees express concern and confusion about a man who has the audacity to try to buy a camera.

The Nettle (Kopřiva)

Martien

Seven Minutes

Nako

Czech Republic, 22 min., Piaoyu Xie, NAP After wearing makeup for the first time, Nikola begins a process of self-discovery, just as he leaves to join his girlfriend on summer vacation at her father’s house. Israel, 14 min., Assaf Machnes A young soldier is given the chance to go home for the weekend. If he can get into uniform in seven minutes.

Shy Guys

USA, 8 min., Fredric Lehne Strangers bravely confront and resolve one of the most terrifying and perplexing scourges to ever afflict mankind... while standing at urinals with their willies out.

Switch

UK, 10 min., Aneil Karia, NAP In the blink of an eye, a young father’s life is thrown into turmoil.

Switzerland, 9 min., Maxime Pillonel, NAP Two robbers try to hold up a gas station. They point their guns at the cashier, who despite their yelling, fails to react the way they expect... France, 18 min., Nyima Cartier, WP During a weekend in the countryside, a young couple finds the only way they can communicate is through the air vents of the house.

Red Light (Na Cherveno)

Bulgaria/Croatia, 21 min., Toma Waszarow A bus stops at a village’s only intersection, where the traffic light is stuck on red. The driver refuses to move forward.

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FORUM Panel: The Real Deal About Virtual Reality

Thursday, June 22 | 11:00 am The future is already here. As virtual reality comes into its own as a new frontier for exploring emotion, narrative and character in thrilling new ways, hear from these experts on the latest trends, tech and storytelling applications in VR, and find out how you can get involved in this unique platform for short films.

Roundtable: Composing for Film

Thursday, June 22 | 12:30 pm When you are weary of watching endless cuts of your film, with it’s ability to change the emotional impact, music can make you fall in love with your film all over again... IF you get the right composer. Using multiple examples, composer and professor Peter Neff will teach you how to collaborate with composers to make your vision come to life on screen. FILMMAKERS CREDENTIAL REQUIRED

Panel: Funding, Funding, Funding...

Thursday, June 22 | 2:00 pm How do you build your audience, utilize social media and have a successful crowdfunding campaign? The industry’s leading experts are here to teach you just that. Our panel of experts will walk you through the basics and give you the tools for a rewarding campaign.

Panel: Episodic and the Small Screen

Thursday, June 22 | 3:30 pm We live in a new golden age of television. With more content than ever being produced for the small screen, opportunities abound for both established auteurs and fresh voices. In these uncertain times for film, how can you break into the episodic medium?

Roundtable: Short Film Festival Strategy

Friday, June 23 | 11:00 am So, you have a film and are ready to hit the festival circuit. What festivals do you hit? Do you send a cover letter? Should you put your film online? Come find out from our festival insiders. FILMMAKERS CREDENTIAL REQUIRED

Workshop: How to Pitch Like a Pro

Friday, June 23 | 12:30 pm Do you have an idea you’re ready to pitch? Then you need to know how. Our industry panel will show you the ropes, and share stories on the do’s and don’ts of making your pitch. Perfect training for anyone signed up for Saturday’s speed pitching roundtable. Don’t miss this workshop.

Panel: All About the Docs

Friday, June 23 | 2:00 pm After all these years, Short-form doc filmmaking is still a thriving art form and tool for change and justice. The right length and topic in skilled hands can be just as transformative as a feature length or televised counterpart. Learn the ins and outs of short form doc filmmaking, and how to get your work seen by those who need to see it.

In Conversation With...Kate Bosworth

Friday, June 23 | 3:30 pm Join us in conversation with actress/producer Kate Bosworth and get some insights into navigating a hyphenated career path and making the move from the spotlight to behind the camera with her new production company Make Pictures Productions.

Speed Pitching

Saturday, June 24 | 10:00 am Got a feature script up your sleeve? If you’re ready to venture out into the world, our collection of industry professionals – agents, studio executives, financiers, producers and filmmakers – are ready to meet with you one-on-one. You pitch. They respond. After 10 minutes, it’s musical chairs. FILMMAKERS CREDENTIAL REQUIRED

Panel: Meet the Programmers

Saturday, June 24 | 12:30 pm Navigating the festival circuit can be challenging, but with a cool head and a strategic plan, you can maximize your film’s visibility, make amazing connections and drive your filmmaking career forward. A group of programmers from top US festivals will provide candid insights into the programming process, deciding which festivals are best for your project, and making sure you make the most of your festival experience.

Panel: Meet the Press

Saturday, June 24 | 2:00 pm Who is behind film and festival reviews? Learn from industry pros about how to catch the attention of the top writers and get your films reviewed.

Panel: Short Film Post-Partum

Saturday, June 24 | 3:30 pm So you’ve made a short, or maybe a few, and perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to play the festival circuit. What happens next? And where do you go from here? Learn about the many paths your short can take beyond film festival screenings and how to make the most of your audience and future opportunities from a panel of experienced industry experts here to help keep the dream alive.

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FESTIVAL STAFF EXECUTIVE STAFF Liliana Rodriguez, ShortFest Festival Director Rhea Lewis-Woodson, Managing Director PROGRAMMING Sudeep Sharma, Programmer Laura Henneman, Programmer Linton Melita, Program Coordinator | Programmer Landon Zakheim, Forum Producer Liz Marion, Forum Manager Tess Farrand, Programming Assistant Jessica Butler, Programming Intern Krystin Braverman, Forum Production Coordinator ADMINISTRATION Lauren Tutzauer, Operations Manager Shanna Ensley, Office Coordinator/Receptionist Debbie Ray Scanlon, Volunteer Coordinator Felicia Alford, Accountant Rita Huber-Germscheid, Accounting Assistant DEVELOPMENT Harriet Baron, Director of Development David Lee, Marketing & Publicity Manager Zack Solomon, Membership & Education Manager Heather Bolton, Development Coordinator Jim Zamarron, Marketing Assistant Cynthia Hernandez, Membership & Education Assistant Mark Burkholder, Social Media Coordinator Nadia Ahmad, Marketing Assistant Andrea Gomez, Social Media Intern

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GUEST RELATIONS Monserrat Villalpando, Guest Relations Manager Cara Cirrincione, Special Events Manager Harrison Harvey, Filmmaker Lounge & Activities Coordinator Peter East, Credentials Manager Ed Thayer, Film Market Manager Georgette Haitsuka, Shuttle Coordinator Domenique Wulfekuhle, Hospitality Associate Lizbeth Castillo, Guest Relations Intern Elizabeth Grenier, Special Events Intern Madelon Colasuonno, Special Events Intern FESTIVAL OPERATIONS Jeremy Proctor, Technical Manager Kenneth Klump, Venue Manager Joe Adams, Venue Manager Billy McDonald, Projectionist Tony Kress, Projectionist Kaitlyn Ryan, Production Coordinator Deshun Leary, Box Office Supervisor FILM REVIEW COMMITTEE Luc Agosta Ezra Buzzington Harlan Eyre Fiona Foyston Karyn Gilman Mary Lou Green Margo Handelsman Laura Hein Gerald Hogsett Suzanne Hogsett Sadi Kuperman Donna Lawton

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FILM INDEX A......................................................16 3-Way (Not Calling).........................21 4 Pounds Of Flowers.......................27 Across My Land...............................24 After The Reunion...........................23 Alex And The Handyman................17 Alive................................................21 All Exchanges Final.........................11 All Good..........................................22 All Of Me.........................................13 American Paradise..........................27 And So We Put Goldfish In The Pool.11 And The Moon Stands Still.............10 Apart From Everything...................17 The App...........................................17 The Aria Of Babyface CauliflowerBrown.........................27 The Art Of Not Appearing..............22 As Beautiful Inside............................9 Asteria.............................................21 At The End Of The Cul-De-Sac.......18 Au Revoir Balthazar.........................24 An Autobiography..........................18 Ayny................................................13 Bad For The Boats..........................21 Bartleby...........................................11 Bea..................................................24 Beast...............................................25 Behind.............................................27 Benny Got Shot...............................20 Betelgeuse......................................26 Beyond Memories...........................26 Big Booom......................................16 Big Party On The Other Side..........28 Birth Of A Leader............................27 Blind Sex.........................................17 The Bliss Of Being No One.............11 Borderline........................................27 The Boy From H2............................15 Buried Deep....................................21 Burning............................................24 The Cage.........................................21 Call Of Cuteness.............................20 Carvery............................................13 Cast Off...........................................24 The Catch........................................28 Cat Killer..........................................28 Cecile On The Phone......................28 Centaur...........................................11 Chapéu De Bico..............................12 Chebet............................................10 Cla’am...............................................9 Close Ties........................................11 Clutch Control.................................18 Coin Operated................................14 Commodity City..............................11 Connection......................................12 Connie.............................................28 Consent...........................................27 Contractor 014352..........................20 Control............................................13 County Time....................................18 Cube................................................18 The Cure..........................................16 Cycles..............................................19 Dam! The Story Of Kit The Beaver....14 Dare And Truth................................28 The Dark Of Night..........................26 Dear Renzo......................................22

Death In A Day................................28 Death Metal....................................16 Dekalb Elementary..........................16 Dem Dem!.......................................25 Diagnosis.........................................27 Diamenteurs....................................10 Disco Obu.......................................27 Dolby Presents: Escape..................14 Do No Harm....................................19 Doug................................................11 Drip Drop........................................27 Dust.................................................11 Echoes.............................................26 Edith+Eddie....................................12 Edmund The Magnificent............9, 20 Education........................................23 Einstein-Rosen.................................11 The Eleven O’clock.........................21 The End Of Time...............................9 The Entertainer...............................20 The Escape......................................26 Everybody Else Is Taken.................14 Evil Deeds.......................................11 Exchange.........................................23 Expecting........................................23 Eyes Of Exodus...............................10 Facing Mecca..................................28 Facing The Wall...............................10 Fish..................................................15 Fisk, Untitled Portrait......................19 Five By Five.....................................26 Five Star Service..............................19 Fixed!...............................................12 Foren...............................................15 Forever Now...................................19 The Foster Portfolio........................26 The Fourth Kingdom.......................10 Frankie Keeps Talking.....................18 Friday Night....................................26 Fruit.................................................23 Fry Day............................................18 Fucking Bunnies................................9 Gabi.................................................28 Game...............................................26 Game Night.....................................19 Garfield...........................................19 The Gatekeeper..............................20 The Glass Pearl................................21 Goddess..........................................24 Golgotha.........................................18 Good Luck, Orlo!............................15 The Good Mother...........................12 Gotta Groove Records....................14 Grandfather.....................................11 Grand Prix.......................................18 Great Choice...................................16 The Greater Good.............................9 Green Screen Gringo......................11 Greetings From Kropsdam.............18 Groundhog Day For A Black Man...25 Guillaume Drifting...........................28 Gut Hack.........................................28 Half A Man......................................15 The Hanging....................................22 Happy Birthday...............................12 The Head Vanishes..........................23 Hedgehog’s Home..........................24 The Heist.........................................27 Highway..........................................27

Home Made....................................21 Home Swim Home............................9 House For Sale................................12 How Far She Went..........................13 Hypertrain.......................................20 Icarus...............................................12 I Know You From Somewhere.........27 I Like Girls.......................................17 I Lost My Mind................................21 I Made You, I Kill You......................15 I’m In Here.........................................9 Impossible Figures And Other Stories II.......................................13 In A Nutshell.....................................9 Iron Hands.......................................22 It’s A Date.......................................19 It’s Been Like A Year.......................18 Joy Joy Nails...................................26 Just Do You; A Modern Love Story...18 Kalb.................................................23 Kayayo.............................................19 Kin...................................................13 Kuru.................................................13 Land Of The Wind...........................10 La Ramona.......................................10 Late Night Drama...........................28 The Law Of Averages......................14 Lenses.............................................28 (Le) Rebound...................................19 Les Miserables................................20 The Less Fortunate.........................12 Library Of Love...............................22 Life As It Is.......................................28 Like Wolves.....................................12 Little Bullets......................................9 The Lost Dreams Of Naoki Hayakawa.....................................13 Lost Face.........................................24 The Lost Letter................................14 Lovestreams....................................12 Love The Sinner..............................16 Lunch Time......................................24 Manivald..........................................13 Market Hours..................................26 Martha The Monster.......................25 Martian Chronicle............................15 Martien............................................28 Marz................................................17 Meltemi...........................................11 Men.................................................22 The Mess He Made.........................17 Messiah...........................................26 Michael Peterson............................12 Mind Reading..................................18 Mixtape Marauders.........................14 Monsieur Hernst.............................13 Mordechai.......................................21 Mother’s Day...................................16 Mr. Death........................................23 Mutants...........................................28 Mutt.................................................20 My Daughter Nora..........................16 My Father’s Room...........................25 My Mom And The Girl....................10 Nako................................................28 The Nation Holds Its Breath...........26 Nature: All Rights Reserved............10 Neck And Neck...............................16 The Nettle.......................................28

New Neighbors...............................16 Next Time.......................................20 Nocturne.........................................27 No Dreams No Fucking..................22 No Drowning...................................13 Noora..............................................28 Noro................................................26 North...............................................24 Ocean Swells...................................17 Our Barrio.......................................16 Our New President.........................28 Our Own.........................................21 Paco.................................................13 Pantheon.........................................15 Pantheon Discount..........................26 Parent Teacher................................20 Park.............................................9, 23 Pauline...............................................9 Pearl................................................14 The Peculiar Abilities Of Mr. Mahler...26 Penelope In The Treehouse............14 Penny And Paul...............................19 Penny Sucker...................................28 Perfect Roast Potatoes...................26 Pet Monkey.....................................13 Picture Wheel..................................24 Plea..................................................19 Pleasure Ridge Park........................16 The Pocket Man..............................14 Point And Shoot..............................26 The Polaroid Job.............................28 Poles Apart......................................21 Polonaise.........................................18 The Pooka.......................................23 Pregnant Pause...............................14 Pria..................................................17 The Privates.....................................14 Promise...........................................15 Proxy.................................................9 Punchline.....................................9, 19 Railment..........................................13 The Record - World’s Largest Family.......................................9, 25 Red Light.........................................28 Rekindled........................................11 The Republic Of Enchanters...........12 Retouch...........................................26 Revital Is An Alien...........................10 Richard Twice..................................14 Romantik.........................................21 Rosie, Oh...........................................9 Runaway..........................................23 Sandy Beach....................................24 Scrap...............................................12 Scrap Dolls......................................14 The Screenwriter.............................12 Searching For Wives.......................11 Second To None..............................22 See Ya..............................................14 See You Yesterday...........................13 Seven Minutes.................................28 A Short Film About Kissing.............25 Show Business.................................26 Shy Guys..........................................28 Sisters..............................................11 Skull + Bone....................................24 Slurpee............................................13 Smashed..........................................25 Sog..................................................24

Spice Sisters......................................9 Spinosaurus.....................................15 Split Me...........................................25 Spring..............................................17 State Of Emergency Motherfucker.19 Storm Cells......................................18 The Streets Are Ours: Two Lives Cross In Karachi............19 Submarine.......................................24 The Sugaring Off.............................12 The Suitcase....................................16 Summer Camp Island......................16 Summer’s Puke Is Winter’s Delight... 16 Sunset..............................................17 Super Sex....................................9, 27 The Swan.........................................22 Sweet Maddie Stone.......................20 Switch..............................................28 The Tables...................................9, 22 The Talk: True Stories About The Birds & The Bees.............................17 They Charge For The Sun...............26 Third World Man.............................25 Through The Supermarket In Five Easy Pieces...........................13 Time Out.........................................25 Tonight It’s You................................27 Towards The Sun.............................14 The Transfer....................................24 Trespass...........................................25 Tsuki.................................................21 Turnings...........................................20 Two Dollars......................................18 Ugly.................................................21 Ulises...............................................25 Umbrella..........................................19 Unheard...........................................14 Us Funny..........................................19 Varken.............................................25 Veil Of Silence.................................14 Victoria Rosana Maite.....................16 Vìré..................................................24 The Wait..........................................15 Waiting For Hassana.......................19 Wandering Soul...............................27 Wañuy..............................................19 The Way I Love You.........................20 What The Eye Doesn’t See.............22 When I’ll Be Gone...........................28 Where You Found Refuge...............21 While I Was Gone............................10 Whiskey Fist....................................18 A Whisper Under The Earth............10 White Spirit.....................................12 Who’s Who In Mycology.................16 Wild Skin.........................................21 Winter’s Watch................................24 Without Answer..............................27 A Woman’s Right To Shoes.............11 Women On The Move.......................8 Wonderland.....................................16 The Woodpeckers Of Rotha...........18 The World In Your Window.............15 Written Unwritten...........................11 Year Of The Bird..............................16 Yes But No Thanks..........................17 Yes, God, Yes...................................22 You’ve Made Your Bed, Now Lie In It.18 Zoe..................................................27

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VIRTUAL REALITY LOUNGE AT THE RIVIERA THURSDAY 22 – FRIDAY 23 11am - 7pm FREE and open to everyone In partnership with the University of California Riverside, ShortFest is excited to host its second annual Virtual Reality Experience! Come be immersed in five thrilling experiences, from games to documentary and animated films, and experience the immense potential virtual reality has firsthand… TUESDAY 20 OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm Welcome to Palm Springs! We’re kicking it off west-coast style at Lulu California Bistro. Nothing like a California summer night party if you ask us… WEDNESDAY 21 PALM SPRINGS SPEAKS FRENCH 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm Rock the night away at Palm Springs hot spot TRIO for some festival karaoke in honor of French film. Jump on the mic or just eat, drink, and enjoy the show! THURSDAY 22 GAY!LA PARTY AT TOUCAN’S TIKI LOUNGE 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm Our annual celebration of diversity in cinema and life! Join us at the Gay!La and boogie down as your authentic self. Is there such thing as too much fun? This might be it.

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FRIDAY 23 POLAROID EYEWEAR’S BE FREE, LET LOOSE PARTY THE ACE HOTEL & SWIM CLUB 10:00 pm – 12:00 am We wear our sunglasses at night! Kick off the weekend with Polaroid Eyewear at the famed Ace Hotel & Swim Club with live music and libations. SATURDAY 24 LEXUS SHORT FILMS PARTY 10:00 pm – 12:00 am It’s Saturday night and Lexus Short Films is in the house. Come party to a special DJ set by F*ckjazzforaminute (AKA Palm Spring’s own Michael Lerman) at TheBank. SUNDAY 25 CLOSING NIGHT 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm Let’s go out with a bang! Live it up one last time at our closing night poolside party at the Hilton. Swimwear is welcome and encouraged!


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