SF Shorts: The San Francisco International Festival of Short Films is a celebration of the rebellious nature at the heart of all great filmmaking. SF Shorts screens a range of films so wide viewers will have trouble getting their arms, and heads, around it. Mixing genres, subjects, styles and cultures, SF Shorts is about grabbing someone by the eyeballs and making them think, feel and react. We don’t screen empty calories. It’s about what people see every day but now stare at in wonder.
Parents are advised that not all programs are suitable for children under 17.
SIX DIFFERENT PROGRAMS
FILM MIX ONE: Soul Searching
Thursday, Oct. 13, 7pm
A mixed-genre program of short films about being fearless in discovery.
USA WORLD PREMIERE Documentary
dir. Carlos Andres Toro, Ryan Sherwood, Joe Romeiro
A wildlife filmmaker and a passion for the beauty of sharks.
Sumo Road, The Musical (?????????)
Japan SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Musical Dance Comedy
dir. Ken Ochiai
An overweight exchange student with no friends decides to join the sumo team.
Things That Can Kill You
UK WORLD PREMIERE
dir. Joe Marcantonio Documentary
The British artist Death Spray Custom.
Death in Bloom
Australia SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Drama, Comedy
dir. Dael Oates, Robyn Nevin, Ewen Leslie
A door-to-door 'death' salesman struggles to close a deal with a fabulously picky customer.
The 3rd Column
UK, Italy Documentary
dir. Ben Stevenson
A marine scientist and a historian go on a highly personal search to find the long-lost third column of St. Marks Square in Venice.
Australia WORLD PREMIERE Drama
dir. Matthew Jenkin, Annmaree J Bell
To raise a son is to mold a man.
For the Best
UK CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Animation, Experimental
dir. Youyang Yu
A story of an unrequited love.
FILM MIX TWO: Dance with Me
Thursday, Oct. 13, 9pm
A mixed-genre program of short films exploring the push and pull of passion, obsession, and desire.
USA CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Animation, Experimental
dir. Kristen Lauth Shaeffer
Created with hundreds of pencils and hands, 349 is a collaborative animated film that explores the idea that we're all imperceptibly connected.
Brazil U.S. PREMIERE Documentary
dir. Zoe Graham
From cross-dressing raves to subversive urban occupations, Carlos Capslock’s underground parties are a reaction against the extreme social segregation in São Paulo today.
Australia NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Drama
dir. Xinger Xanger, Eliza Ackland, Isabelle Wood
A young misfit finds comfort in colouring the world one animal at a time.
Girl on the Escalator
Brazil SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Drama
dir. Kayhan Lannes Ozmen, Nicole Della Costa
A dirty old man faces the dillema of aging and desire when he encounters an attractive young girl as they go up the escalator of a Shopping Mall.
A Mighty Nice Man
USA SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Drama
dir. Jonathan Dee , Daniella Kahane
Patricia Highsmith's haunting story of a day in a young girl's life when a kind stranger comes to town.
USA SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Animation
dir. Jeff Dorer
An exterminator clearing an abandoned building of feral cats takes his job personally.
Grandma's Day (Dzien Babci)
Poland CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Drama
dir. Milosz Sakowski
Tomek is working a 'grandparent scam'. Everything’s going fine until he meets Judyta.
FILM MIX THREE: Absolutely No Regrets
Friday, Oct. 14, 7pm
A mixed-genre program of short films touching upon strength, resolve, and redemption.
USA CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Documentary
dir. Andrew Franks
Dave Groh, a cab driver who dresses like Elvis, finds himself not only in a battle with the city of Seattle but also the dark side of Elvis.
Lebanon CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Drama
dir. Areej Mahmoud, Rita El Hachem, Charbel Aouad
A catcalling young delivery man messes with the wrong girl.
So I Was Wondering...
USA SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Drama
dir. Richard Arum
A conversation one night at a bar between two friends…
Ukraine, Canada U.S. PREMIERE Drama
dir. Gigi Ben Artzi
Ewa is having a constant nose bleed.
USA SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Animation, Experimental
dir. David Chontos
A pair of performers, bound together and abandoned by time, rise up to sing once more.
Venezuela U.S. PREMIERE Drama
dir. María Gracia Saavedra, Beto Benites, Gerard Uzcátegui
A woman embarks on a journey through the desert in search for her husband who has recently abandoned her.
The Leprechaun's Wife
USA WORLD PREMIERE Documentary
dir. Alexandra Shiva, Bari Pearlman, Toby Shimin
A portrait of an extraordinary woman, wife and mother living on the autism spectrum.
FILM MIX FOUR: Love Thy Neighbor
Friday, Oct 14, 9pm
A mixed-genre program of short films focusing on our impact on others.
USA SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Documentary
dir. Courtney Dixon
Tape recorded sessions. A quirky, aging couple. Barbie Dolls- naked - posed in various displays on a homemade beach in a small town. Why? 'Well, why the hell not?'
The Last Colonizer
USA, Canada, Chile US PREMIERE Documentary
dir. Brent Foster, Preston Kanak, Pawel Dwulit
To be a gaucho means to be honest and kind to all living creatures.
dir. Sean Baker
Sometimes it's good to have cake for no reason at all.
Australia, Greece Drama
dir. Antonis Tsonis
An unemployed youth desperate to help his best friend fight cancer secretly decides to become a criminal.
Greece, USA SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Documentary
dir. Salomon Ligthelm, Khalid Mohtaseb, Jonathan Bregel
A war to keep the peace.
Oh Gallow Lay
USA U.S. PREMIERE Drama, Experimental
dir. Julian Wayser
When the address of Gaddafi’s son’s Los Angeles mansion is made public, it becomes an impromptu home for those who needed it.
FILM MIX FIVE: Heart of Glass
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7pm
A mixed-genre program of short films exploring the emotions of identity. May not be suitable for audience members under 17.
The Modern Age: My Week With Cameron Collier
USA WORLD PREMIERE Drama
dir. Jeremy David White
5 young kids, 1 old car, and a ton of open road.
We Are Not Ourselves
USA Music Video
dir. Dominic Mercurio, featuring Foxtails Brigade
Laura appears to be not-quite herself. She wraps a gift and heads to a dinner party with her sweet-as-pie friend Shannon.
How Was Your Day?
Ireland SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Drama
dir. Damien O'Donnell, Emmaline Dowling
A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child.
USA Animation, Experimental
dir. Melody AiHsuan Shih
Escape the harsh sounds of the urban environment and find solace in a serene inner world through the eyes and ears of a young girl.
Australia SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Drama
dir. Lynne Vincent McCarthy, Nic Hewitt
A lonely man is haunted by a dark desire for a young girl who won't leave him alone.
USA U.S. PREMIERE Drama
dir. Zach Shields, Elizabeth Gross, Stephen Perry
At his darkest moment Craggio meets a young woman who inspires him to share his deepest secret.
FILM MIX SIX: Find Me – Unbind Me
Saturday, Oct. 15, 9pm
A mixed-genre program of short films exploring self discovery and freedom.
(May not be suitable for audience members under 17.)
Israel CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Animation, Music Video
dir. Uri Lotan, Yoav Shtibelman, featuring Jane Bordeaux
In a forgotten old penny arcade, a wooden doll is stuck in place and time.
dir. Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-Lhadj
A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget.
Sweden, USA SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Documentary
dir. David Freid
Sweden's Wild West solution to the Syrian refugee crisis.
USA CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Animation
dir. Steven Vander Meer, featuring The Absynth Quintet
It's no coincidence when it happens this way.
Colombia SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Drama
dir. Camila Saldarriaga
When a Colombian teenager gives into her curiosities, she ignites her journey toward self-discovery.
Australia NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Experimental, Dance
dir. Stevie Cruz-Martin, Daniel Monks
“Come on let your hair down…I want to learn about you…”
People of the Delta
Ethiopia SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE Drama
dir. Joey L., Sean Stiegemeier
In Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley, a young man comes of age in a harsh time.