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.
* Thursday, Sept. 6, 7pm *
FILM MIX ONE: Push Pull
A NARRATIVE GENRE PROGRAM OF FILMS ABOUT ABSENCE AND THE FORCE OF LOVE AND NEED.
SILENT NIGHT Australia North American Premiere Drama
dir. Bec Kingma, Laura Wheelwright, Emily Wheaton
An examination of a young woman forced to explore her own culpability after her best friend is assaulted.
PRORA Switzerland Drama
dir. Stephane Riethauser
German and French teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that confronts their identities and puts their friendship at risk.
TWO HEARTS Ireland World Premiere Drama
dir. Darren Thornton, Colin Thornton, Collette Farrell
Lorna finds herself inextricably drawn back to a life, and love that's forbidden.
BROTHER IN ARMS (Slagbrodre) Norway
North American Premiere Drama
dir. Kristoffer Jørgensen
A man returns to his home after years of absence, and receives a less than cordial welcome from his brother.
* Thursday, Sept. 6, 9pm *
FILM MIX TWO: Life Line - Q&A
A MIXED GENRE PROGRAM EXPLORING LIFE, DEATH, AND THE LINE CONNECTING BOTH.
DYLAN'S ROOM UK SF Premiere Drama
dir. Layke Anderson, Jean-Paul Berthoin, Joanna Scanlan
A mother finds a way back to her lost son.
GREEN LADY UK North American Premiere Documentary
dir. Jordan Baseman
An exploration of the thin line between the living and the spirit world.
GRACE Australia World Premiere Documentary
dir. Tom Meadmore
Tom's denial cracks when he sees himself in the narcissistic behavior of his 90 year old grandpa.
THE LONG WALK BACK USA Documentary
dir. Jonas Klittmark
An exploration of the allure and danger of the railroad through the lens of train crews.
ENDING IN 6 MINUTES Australia World Premiere Documentary
dir. Peter Slee
What are you hiding? What have you left unsaid? With only 6 minutes left, this is your chance.
* Friday, Sept. 7, 7pm *
FILM MIX THREE: Freak Flag Flown - Q&A
A MIXED GENRE PROGRAM ABOUT THE QUIRKY TRUTH OF BEING HUMAN.
I'M COMING OVER
dir. Sam Handel
A borderline neo-Luddite struggles to maintain and share a fragile state of enlightenment.
INSIDE THE MASTER CLASS USA SF Premiere Comedy
dir. Matt Besser, Noam Bleiweiss, Rob Getzschman
The Upright Citizens Brigade's Matt Besser leads a master class in improv comedy.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN PAUL PILOT RECORD UK California Premiere Music Video
dir. Ryan Suffern, Paul Pilot
An ode to DIY recording and a challenge to the assumptions of its simplicity.
COME ON DOWN AND PICK ME UP
USA SF Premiere Documentary
dir. Jon Bougher, Nick Corrao
A man within weeks of dying from terminal liver disease – transforms his home into a neon hallucination.
MATTE - RELEASE THE FREQ Norway
North American Premiere Music Video
dir. Kim Holm
A flurry of majestic deer, categorized and boxed into systems as only humans can do.
BIRTHDAY (SUNNIPAEV) Estonia US Premiere Documentary
dir. Erik Norkroos
Vello's (sur)real 75th birthday!
THE GUESSING GAME USA California Premiere Comedy
dir. Angela Cheng, Sharon Barnes, Kim Spurlock
On his birthday, Emmett asks his fellow retirement home residents to guess his age and is surprised by their answers.
WHY DO WE PUT UP WITH THEM? USA Animation
dir. David Chai
An animated poem about a loved little stinker.
GOOD KARMA $1 USA California Premiere Documentary
dir. Jason Berger and Amy Laslett
An exploration of acclaimed advertising-guru Alex Bogusky's fascination with collecting homeless signs.
* Friday, Sept. 7, 9pm *
FILM MIX FOUR: Generation Why - Q&A
A NARRATIVE GENRE PROGRAM FOCUSING ON THE COMPLEXITY OF FAMILIAR BONDS.
GRANDMA, GRANDMA! Taiwan / USA
World Premiere Documentary
dir. Andrea Ou, Nathan Matthew David
A look at two grandmothers who couldn't be more different. One has given up on life; while the other one tries to make the dead come back to life.
Japan SF Premiere DocuDrama
dir. Kazuhito Nakae, Tomohito Tanaka, Tatsuhiro Ito
After leaving her hometown, years later, she goes back…
THE SONG OF THE RAIN (Jamgyr) Kyrgyzstan / UK North American Premiere Drama
dir. Aygul Bakanova
In a small Kyrgyzstan village, a teenage girl waits for her husband to return, while his grandmother treats her as a servant.
NANI USA Drama
dir. Justin Tipping
Oscar, a teenage graffiti artist, and Isabelle, an elderly nursing home resident, form an unlikely bond.
* Saturday, Sept. 8, 3pm *
FILM MIX FIVE: We Belong - Q&A
A MIXED-GENRE PROGRAM EXPLORING THE BORDERS AND RULES WE PLACE ON OTHERS.
BON VOYAGE Switzerland CA Premiere Animation
dir. Fabio Friedli
Dozens of people climb an old truck for the wild journey trough the desert and the ocean.
NEW BORN (BAGONG SILANG) Philippines, UK, Poland
SF Premiere Documentary
dir. Zena Merton, Giselle Santos, Stefan Werc
Home is a cemetary where space is limited and your city has 20 million people to shelter.
HATCH Austria / USA Drama
dir. Christoph Kuschnig
A newborn's destiny hangs in the balance, as the adults come to terms with what they cannot have.
Rugged Wilderness & Mountain Man No More - Dropping Feathers Norway CA Premiere Music Video
dir. Egil Pedersen
One woman wants to make a change and reveal her true, asymetrical self.
THE COCONUT Canada California Premiere Documentary
dir. Nimisha Mukerji
An intimate family portrait that follows the misadventures of aspiring American folk singer, Shani Banerjee.
PEACE OR VIOLENCE
Belgium SF Premiere Music Video
dir. Raf Reyntjens, Joris Rabijns, Rik Zang, Francois Starr, Eva Van Riet, Jonas Van Herp, Ruben Goots
The V-sign, is it a sign of peace or a sign of violence ?
NARCOCORRIDO USA SF Premiere Drama
dir. Ryan Prows, L. Onye Anyanwu, Benjamin Kitchens
A drug ballad of a gravely-ill border cop's reckless heist of a cartel shipment.
* Saturday, Sept. 8, 5pm *
FILM MIX SIX: Inside Outside
A MIXED-GENRE PROGRAM TOUCHING UPON OTHERNESS, FATE, AND CONNECTING.
MAYBE USA North American Premiere Documentary
dir. Michael Feld
A Pug-Chihuahua with a shining personality but physical challenges, shows the true meaning of family and life.
Spain SF Premiere Animation
dir. Alberto Vazquez, Pedro Rivero
Little Dinky's fate rides on the wings of her friend BirdBoy, an introverted kid that hides in the forest...
MEMORY OF MY FACE (MEMORI DARI WAJAHKU)
Indonesia / USA SF Premiere Dcoumentary
dir. Robert Lemelson
Life with mental illness in Indonesia as seen through the eyes of Bambang Rujito.
WRITTEN IN INK (CO RAZ ZOSTALO ZAPISANE) Poland SF Premiere Drama
dir. Martin Rath
A compelling story of a man trying to get back in touch with his sister after they haven't had any contact for 14 years.
THE LAST TEN England US Premiere Drama
dir. David Higgs
A man arrives home one rainy evening, unaware of the impending disaster that awaits him at the top of a towering stairwell.
USA US Premiere Experimental
dir. Kim Pimmel
A supernova explodes from the darkness, sending shockwaves through the cosmos.
USA CA Premiere Documentary
dir. Jacob LaMendola
Imagine a world where everyone can smell and taste the complexity of life – but you.
* Saturday, Sept 8, 7pm *
FILM MIX SEVEN: Do It Just - Q&A
A MIXED-GENRE PROGRAM ABOUT OUR NEED AND CAPACITY TO DREAM, PURSUE, AND ADAPT.
ROW (REMEN) Argentina US Premiere Drama
dir. Adriana Vior, Marina Pereyra, Pablo Faro
A boy's hero-worshiping becomes a grown man's passion.
THE LAST ICE MERCHANT
USA / Ecuador SF Premiere Documentary
dir. Sandy Patch
For the last 53 years, Baltazar Ushca has harvested glacial ice from the tallest mountain in Ecuador. But the world is changing...
TUNNEL USA North American Premiere Experimental
dir. Brian Emerick
A woman contemplates what is on the other side of the tunnel.
USA California Premiere Drama
dir. Olivia Newman, Ken Murphy
No amount of practice on the mat can prepare Mo for the challenge she faces at her first high school wrestling match.
SAY YES TO ME USA SF Premiere Experimental Documentary
dir. Andrew DeSelm
A former math prodigy reflects on how developing a bizarre math equation in his youth caused him to lose any chance of a normal life.
TECH SERVICE: A MEMOIR BY JOHN VALENTI USA US Premiere Comedy
dir. John Valenti, Chris Rathbun, Tom Atwell
John works at a tech support call center. Please hold.
* Saturday, Sept 8, 9pm *
FILM MIX EIGHT: Nature Nurture
A MIXED-GENRE PROGRAM EXPLORING GENDER, LONELINESS, AND DESIRE.
SOLIPSIST USA Experimental Animation
dir. Andrew Thomas Huang, Laura Merians, David Lyons
A fantasy of otherworldly beings whose minds and bodies converge into one entity, transporting viewers through a dream-like experience.
UK / USA SF Premiere Animation
dir. Ruth Lingford
An animated reflection.
EARLY BIRDS UK / Belgium SF Premiere Drama
dir. Jeroen Bogaert
Mila, a 12-year-old rebellious girl has a secret crush on her 40 year old neighbour and coach.
ANNABELLE USA Drama
dir. Cynthia Mitchell, Robert Arnold
A meditation on the spectral nature of desire.
RITES OF PASSAGE USA / Thailand SF Premiere Documentary
dir. Jeff Roy
In Bangkok, Maya, a 42-year old Indo-Muslim transsexual female, journeys towards fully-realized self-hood.