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2nd Life

USA
Directed By Jake Alexander McAfee
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Madou Dossama a 43 year old immigrant husband and father of two young children attends a job interview that could change his family's life. {more}

The 4th

USA
Directed By Andre Hyland
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Jamie’s afternoon should be easy—he needs to pick up the lighter fluid he left behind at the store and make it back in time for the cookout. But it’s a long way to the store… maybe he can borrow his roommate’s bike? On the way, some road rage guy in a pickup truck heckles him on the side of the road. Oh well, he’ll never see him again. Inside the store, the clerk asks Jamie... {more}

91%

USA
Directed By John Richie
Running Time: 73 Minutes

Gun violence in America has sadly become a common occurrence. According to the Center for American Progress, an average of 33,000 people are killed by guns each year. It’s gotten so bad even kids aren’t spared; the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre had President Obama in tears on national television. After all these tragic events, you would think our government would have been fast at work on a solution. Unfortunately, many elected officials choose... {more}

1944

ESTONIA, FINLAND
Directed By Elmo Nüganen
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Staring death in the face with bombs and bullets flying is an occupational hazard for a soldier. But it helps to know who, or what, you are fighting for. In the summer and fall of 1944, Estonians were caught in the murky middle of fierce fighting between Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia. With World War II raging, men were sliced and diced into confused allegiances. The result: Estonians killing each other. Some wore the uniform... {more}

AAAAAAAAH!

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Steve Oram
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Though the apartments, streets, and humans all appear to exist in present-day London, these characters act like they’re from another time and place. They cook dinner naked, sling bodily waste like Nerf balls, and speak to each other in pained vowels; statements and questions that sound more like “ooh ooh ah ah uh uh?” than anything conceivably resembling a human tongue. Are they advanced iterations of apes? Are they civilized Homo sapiens? Best categorized as... {more}

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

USA
Directed By Matt Ornstein
Running Time: 95 Minutes

“How can you hate me when you don't even know me?” Thus asks Daryl Davis, an accomplished African-American musician with a somewhat unusual collection. As a result of trying to answer that question, there resides in the home of this articulate and charming man an assortment of robes, hoods, patches, and posters from the KKK and other white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. The amazing part is, they were given to him by members who have... {more}

Across the Line

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 9 Minutes

An immersive VR experience that puts the audience on scene as anti-abortion extremists try to intimidate patients who seek sexual and reproductive health care. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

The Adderall Diaries

USA
Directed By Pamela Romanowsky
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Stephen Elliott (James Franco) spun his tortured youth into a wildly successful memoir THE ADDERALL DIARIES. When his publisher (Cynthia Nixon) lands him a lauded contract for a follow-up, pressure mounts as he silently fights the constraints of writer’s block. But an unexpected and very public visit from the father he claimed was dead (a riveting Ed Harris) brings to light accusations that shake the book’s entire foundation. Now faced with both producing work and... {more}

Aden

USA, Taiwan
Directed By Gary H Lee
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A man stays one step ahead of nefarious forces in the race to find a child who may hold the key to mankind's future. {more}

Aftermath

USA
Directed By ZacTitus, Jake Olson
Running Time: 6 Minutes

The Veteran suicide rate in America is staggering. This short film is a mere glimpse at the struggle of an American Veteran of War. {more}

"Ain't Your Girl" - Bixel Boys & Poupon

USA
Directed By Pavel Brenner
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Akron

USA
Directed By Brian O'Donnell, Sasha King
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Benny and Christopher are very much in love. Students at the University of Akron, they meet during a football game and soon these beautiful young men are inseparable. Benny's very accepting family embraces his new lover. And when Christopher invites Benny to his mother's house in Florida for spring break, they set off with both families' blessings. On the eve of departure, Christopher makes a shocking discovery of a past tragic event involving their mothers.... {more}

Alex & Sylvia

USA
Directed By Christian Lachel
Running Time: 9 Minutes

When Sylvia, a successful scientist, must take over her grandmother's small-town bakery she discovers that life sometimes has different plans for you. {more}

Alienation

Germany
Directed By Laura Lehmus
Running Time: 6 Minutes

An animation-short about puberty, based on real life interviews with teenagers. {more}

All About Them

FRANCE
Directed By Jérôme Bonnell
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Charlotte and Micah are in love. They make dinner together, Micah rushes home from his job as a veterinarian to see Charlotte, and the two seem to be edging closer and closer to the prospect of marriage. But Micah is also in love with someone else—a beautiful lawyer by the name of Mélodie. He sneaks off to see her when Charlotte isn’t watching; she spends her day fielding texts from him when she should be... {more}

All It Takes

USA
Directed By Drew Dickler, Jake Hochendoner
Running Time: 17 Minutes

With the ever-growing prescription and use of opiate pain medication, heroine addiction has spread across traditional barriers of class, race, gender, and age and become common in all segments of society. Yet while the path to addiction is distressingly easy, the way out is unimaginably difficult. ALL IT TAKES explores the opiate epidemic in Lorain County from the point of view of addicts and through the efforts of those who work to help these addicts... {more}

Amanda and the Hare

USA
Directed By Emily Mills, Jared Hopkins
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Cleveland-based artist Amanda Louise Spayd creates love-worn, gothic bunny dolls she calls Dust Bunnies; as she works on her newest hare, she shares insight into her artistic process, personal battles, and why she loves to create. {more}

The Anarchists

FRANCE
Directed By Elie Wajeman
Running Time: 101 Minutes

Corporal Jean Albertini, who was orphaned as a child, is chosen to infiltrate a band of anarchists in Paris 1899. He jumps at the chance because, for him, it’s an opportunity to move up the ranks. As he delivers incriminating evidence, his superior, Gaspard, lauds him. But Gaspard needs more to make a move. Jean delves deeper into the shadow world of the anarchists and finds he is developing feelings for, and a connection to,... {more}

"Angle Boogie" - General Elektriks

USA
Directed By Drew Tyndell
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Animation vs. Minecraft

USA
Directed By Alan Becker
Running Time: 16 Minutes

Stick figures on a computer find a Minecraft cube. {more}

Another Kind of Girl

Jordan
Directed By Khaldiya Jibawi
Running Time: 9 Minutes

"17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria." {more}

The Answers

USA
Directed By Michael Goode
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Upon his death a man gets answers to every question he's ever had -- and some he never asked. {more}

Anthropocene

KENYA, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Steve Bradshaw
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Are we living in a new epoch? While many think we are still in the Holocene period of the geologic timescale, a growing number of scientists are now proposing that we are in fact living in the Anthropocene. For those unfamiliar with the lingo of geology, this concept means human activity is the driving force of our Earth’s ecosystems; what we do has altered our landscape and influenced changes within our soil, deep into the... {more}

The Anthropologist

USA
Directed By Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
Running Time: 80 Minutes

THE ANTHROPOLOGIST profiles the lives of renowned anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Susan Crate, through the eyes of their daughters. While Mead’s groundbreaking work shaped the past, Crate’s work is the future. She has dedicated her career to studying the impact climate change has on indigenous people and their communities. The film follows Crate and her teenage daughter, Kathryn, who gains a unique cultural education through their travels. Mead’s daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson ( now in... {more}

April and the Extraordinary World

FRANCE
Directed By Frank Ekinci, Christian Desmares
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Set in an alternate universe where scientists have been disappearing for decades, robbing the world of their 20th century inventions, APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD tells of the fantastical journey of a young girl (voiced by Marion Cotillard) searching for her scientist parents in 1941 France. Decades before she was born, April’s grandfather was the French emperor’s top scientist working on a serum for making super-soldiers. Instead he created a serum allowing animals the ability... {more}

The Ardennes

BELGIUM
Directed By Robin Pront
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Kenneth is fresh out of prison and he’s not one to play games. He’s returned to his family, most notably his brother, Dave, for whom he took the fall. As Kenneth served the majority of a seven-year sentence, Dave walked free… and fell in love with Kenneth’s girlfriend. As you can imagine, having Kenneth back in the house has been a little tense. Prone to fighting at the drop of a hat, Kenneth brings bad... {more}

Aria for a Cow

USA
Directed By Dan Lund
Running Time: 7 Minutes

With music & lyrics by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken, Aria for a Cow is the story of a bovine diva, who demands to be respected for more than just her dairy products. {more}

Arianna

ITALY
Directed By Carlo Lavagna
Running Time: 84 Minutes

“I often wake up at night in the shoes of a woman much older than me,” said film director Carlo Lavagna in a recent interview. His first fiction feature, ARIANNA, is a remarkable incarnation of a meaningful and symbolic dream, a stunning portrait of a bright, beautiful intersex woman and her investigation into her own personal history. Now in her late teens, Arianna returns to her early childhood home in lush, rural Italy. She spends... {more}

The Art of Burning (3D)

USA
Directed By Arnaud Paris
Running Time: 83 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE Every year thousands flock to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man, an experimental arts festival that began in 1986 as a summer solstice bonfire ritual. It’s gained a reputation for its communal hippie culture, promoting a message of radical self-expression, decommodification, and its environmental “leave no trace” policy. As it became more popular, controversy arose; from drug busts to uninhibited sex, its reputation hasn’t always been stellar. But beyond its much discussed debaucheries,... {more}

An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell

USA
Directed By Molly Bernstein
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Chronicling the incredible photography of Rosamond Purcell, AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES: THE WORK OF ROSAMOND PURCELL explores an unconventional side of the medium. Obsessed with things others may find mundane or useless, Purcell scours junkyards, libraries, and the back rooms of museums for things she can bring to life with her camera. She also documents oddities in nature, exploring every inch of the strange artifacts she finds. Her incredible pictures can be at polar... {more}

Atomic Falafel

ISRAEL
Directed By Dror Shaul
Running Time: 95 Minutes

A nuclear showdown between Israel and Iran would not normally score high on the laugh-riot meter. But writer-director Dror Shaul manages to raise the weighty premise to high levels of absurdity in his farcical comedy ATOMIC FALAFEL. Nofar is a sassy Israeli teen who desperately wants to lose her virginity. Her Facebook friend, Sharareh, is an equally sassy Iranian singer-songwriter-rapper. Nofar’s mom, Mimi Azrian, sells falafels from a van she navigates through danger zones and... {more}

The Autumn of Zao

France
Directed By Nikolaus Roche-Kresse
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Zao is a little boy with an incurable disease, in a house beside a lake. A little girl, Cloe, leads through the forest and tells him the legend of the lake monster. Beyond the pain, death and time, The Autumn of ZAO is a hymn to dream, life and childhood. {more}

Ave Maria

Palestine, France, Germany
Directed By Basil Khalil
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A comedy set in a convent of nuns in Palestin {more}

B.

Germany
Directed By Kai Stänicke
Running Time: 15 Minutes

The true story of „B.“: Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart? {more}

Babai

GERMANY, KOSOVO, MACEDONIA, FRANCE
Directed By Visar Morina
Running Time: 104 Minutes

Gezim and his ten-year-old son, Nori, are struggling to make a living in Kosovo in the mid-90s. In their domineering uncle’s home, Gezim and Nori witness the brutality of their uncle towards other family members during his fits of rage. One day Gezim doesn’t return home. He’s fled for a recently united Germany, abandoning Nori to survive on his own. After a few foiled attempts to escape his dead-end future, Nori steals his uncle’s wedding... {more}

The Bad Boy of Bowling

USA
Directed By Bryan Storkel
Running Time: 19 Minutes

THE BAD BOY OF BOWLING is the story of Pete Weber, the self-declared ‘bad boy of bowling’ and the first rock star of the sport. When Pete won the 2012 U.S. Open Tournament, the world saw him go crazy in a video moment that went viral. Was he a loose canon? Or will the audience view this moment differently after learning the story behind it? {more}

The Bad Kids

USA
Directed By Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe
Running Time: 101 Minutes

In the deep of the Mojave Desert, many communities offer very few opportunities for success or escape. The result of the rampant impoverishment in these small towns is higher unemployment, higher cases of drug abuse, and lower graduation rates. THE BAD KIDS is an inspiring documentary about one school, Black Rock Continuation High School, that provides, for many, one last chance at success and opportunity for the future. Principal Vonda Viland is the heroine in... {more}

Beat Around the Bush

Canada
Directed By Brianne Nord-Stewart
Running Time: 13 Minutes

A 75 year old woman with Alzheimer's decides it's time to have her very first orgasm ever. {more}

Beck's Last Summer

GERMANY
Directed By Frieder Wittich
Running Time: 95 Minutes

U.S. PREMIERE Robert Beck is a former musician, now miserably stuck in a teaching job he barely shows up for. Rauli is an outsider student with musical talent so powerful that when Beck hears him, it relights a flame that’s been dead for years. He takes the youngster under his wings, writing songs, setting up gigs, and recording a demo he passes along to his former bandmate, who now works at Universal Records. The problem is,... {more}

A Beginner's Guide to Snuff

USA
Directed By Mitchell Altieri
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Los Angeles is a dreamer’s paradise, where people with visions of stardom flock to follow in the footsteps of matinee idols. But, if you want to make it in a savage town like L.A., you need that killer instinct—and the Winters brothers have just enough gumption necessary to branch out and make their own way. A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SNUFF is the black black black, like the blackest, comedy of black comedies about trying to... {more}

Believeland

USA
Directed By Andy Billman
Running Time: 77 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot. The Decision. José Mesa. And so it goes for Cleveland sports fans. Years of getting so close, followed by years of futility, followed by just dumb luck, followed by stars leaving for greener pastures seems to be the resumé of our hometown teams. So what keeps the fans returning for more? BELIEVELAND, part of the award-winning “30 for 30” ESPN documentary film series, attempts to explain the masochistic... {more}

The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy

USA
Directed By Alexander Jeffery
Running Time: 16 Minutes

At the integration of the job market in 1964 Louisiana, a posting for a janitorial position at a local law firm and the discovery of an old sewing machine ignites a buried passion in old Bellamy… {more}

Best Man Wins

USA
Directed By Stéphane Dumonceau
Running Time: 20 Minutes

When a celebrated New York chef discovers an affair between his super-model wife and his best man-- the owner of France's finest vineyard, he devises a plan to deal with each of them. {more}

Between

USA
Directed By Ward Crockett
Running Time: 19 Minutes

Kerry is working on her latest house restoration when she begins hearing strange sounds from an unfinished space in the basement. {more}

Between Sea and Land

COLOMBIA
Directed By Carlos del Castillo
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Alberto wants to go to the sea. The shanty he shares with his mother, Rosa, which stands in the water of an inlet, lies just over a short strip of land from the Caribbean. But for Alberto it may as well be miles. He suffers from a devastating muscular disease that keeps him mostly bed-ridden and always attached to an oxygen pump. Rosa devotes her life to her son, doing all she can to keep... {more}

Beyond Laughter & Tears: A Journey of Hope

USA
Directed By Doug Blush, Lisa Klein
Running Time: 82 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE PseudoBulbar Affect, or PBA, is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable outbursts of laughter or crying. It occurs in people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or strokes, or who have conditions such as Alzheimer's or Multiple Sclerosis. It is still not widely known or spoken of, yet it afflicts nearly two million Americans. They include: Scott, a charming single parent who has MS and is stricken with sudden bursts of hysterical laughter; Dyanna,... {more}

Bionic Girl

France
Directed By Stephanie Cabdevila
Running Time: 15 Minutes

A scientist has created her own android clone to replace her in the outside world so that it can face it for her {more}

Blight

Ireland
Directed By Brian Deane
Running Time: 15 Minutes

A young priest is sent to battle dark supernatural forces threatening a remote Island community. {more}

Blitz

USA
Directed By Faraday Okoro
Running Time: 9 Minutes

A father and son agree to a 'winner take all' blitz chess game in order to settle a bet. {more}

Blush

ISRAEL
Directed By Michal Vinik
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Naama, a beautiful high school student living outside of Tel Aviv, has a difficult family life. Her father is overbearing with a hair-trigger temper and her mother seems to be obsessing about her older sister, a soldier currently missing. The randomness of her sister’s disappearance clearly weighs on the family. Naama’s life seems lost to her until a new girl at school changes everything. Hershko has everything Naama doesn’t—a slick haircut that makes her undeniably... {more}

Body

POLAND
Directed By Malgorzata Szumowska
Running Time: 90 Minutes

When a suicide victim he finds hanging in the park gets up and walks away, Prosecutor Janusz is unmoved. A widower whose daughter, Olga, became anorexic after her mother's death, Janusz has seen most everything life and death can do to the body. Olga's therapist, Anna, also has experience with the dead. She composes letters for them, channeling their messages through spirit writing. As Olga's illness worsens, Janusz begins noticing signs of a presence in... {more}

Bricks

United Kingdom
Directed By Neville Pierce
Running Time: 10 Minutes

When a stockbroker hires a rough builder to renovate the wine cellar beneath his country home, the two men fall out with violent consequences. A modern retelling of Gothic classic “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. {more}

A Broken One

USA
Directed By Yifu Zhou
Running Time: 6 Minutes

Mills, a widower, fulfills his last wish with the help of a broken creature. {more}

Brother

BELGIUM, IRELAND
Directed By Geoffrey Enthoven
Running Time: 115 Minutes

Mark’s life is about to change. He wakes up one morning to find a videotape in the mail from a wealthy former lover of his deceased brother, Michel. Mark had always lived in the shadow of his brother and still holds a grudge after Michel had an affair with his wife. Mark watches Grace, the wealthy former lover who is unaware of Michel’s death, make a startling confession on the videotape: she has always loved... {more}

Bumblebees

USA
Directed By Jenna Kanell
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating. {more}

Der Bunker

GERMANY
Directed By Nikias Chryssos
Running Time: 85 Minutes

When beginning work on your newest scholarly studies you need silence, solitude, and maybe a lake view. What you don’t need is a bunker in the middle of the German woods where the host family consists of a control-freak father and a mother who insists that the alien overlord living in her leg is preparing their child to be President of the United States (aliens, evidently, have a very loose interpretation of our nation’s laws).... {more}

Bunny the Killer Thing

FINLAND
Directed By Joonas Makkonen
Running Time: 88 Minutes

If you take the campiest of the campy 80s horror films, mix in a little bit of the idea that a production assistant in a lizard costume could pass for Godzilla, throw in some “Suicide Kings,” and top it all off with outtakes from “Porky’s,” you’ll get the first ten minutes of BUNNY THE KILLER THING. After that, you’re really on your own. And, as the characters in this Finnish comedy-horror can attest, on your... {more}

Buried Above Ground

USA
Directed By Ben Selkow
Running Time: 78 Minutes

Soldiers returning from battle, victims of domestic abuse, and survivors of traumatic ordeals all experience different results of what they’ve been through. In the searing documentary, BURIED ABOVE GROUND, we are introduced to three brave people as they try to live with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Luis, a combat veteran; Ashley, a native of New Orleans who survived Katrina; and Erundina, who has endured domestic abuse her entire life and now fights... {more}

The C Word

USA
Directed By Meghan O'Hara
Running Time: 89 Minutes

After being nominated for an Oscar® for producing Michael Moore's “Sicko,” filmmaker Meghan O'Hara was diagnosed with cancer. While conducting cancer research, neuroscientist David Servan-Schreiber was diagnosed with brain cancer. Wait, don't turn the page. This is not a depressing film about decay and death. Quite the opposite. Meghan met David through his research into the lifestyle choices that cause cancer and the tools we all have to prevent it. She began documenting his confrontations... {more}

Café Derby

BELGIUM
Directed By Lenny Van Wesemael
Running Time: 101 Minutes

Georges can sell anything, and he can convince you it’s a damn good investment. Be it “water softeners,” organic foot remedies, experimental laundry detergent, or any other conceivably worthless item, Georges will sell it to you at a 100-franc discount. But his alternative moneymaking schemes often go awry, and his family of five is financially suffering because of the risks he takes. When Georges gets word the Pope is coming to an open field next... {more}

Can You Dig This

USA
Directed By Delila Vallot
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Can planting a seed save someone’s life? When neighborhoods in South Los Angeles began dying, Ron Finley, the “Guerilla Gardener,” began planting seeds in his yard. And thus began one of the most important movements to hit the inner city. Finley’s neighborhood has only four grocery stores within two miles, which are far far far outnumbered by liquor stores and fast food restaurants. With so few options for healthy food, it takes revolutionaries to bring... {more}

Career Girl

USA
Directed By Fortunato Procopio
Running Time: 9 Minutes

On the morning of the most important meeting of her life, a career-driven woman wakes up nine months pregnant. {more}

Carlo

Italy
Directed By Ago Panini
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Carlo is an Animated shot film. Carlo has a secret at home in his closet that no one suspects. In the daytime, Carlo works in an office where he has just fallen in love with Anita, a colleague. In the night time Carlo spends most of his time at home, alone. In his secret closet Carlo has created a miniature floating world where everyone looks like him. But his love to Anita will end up... {more}

Carry On

Austria
Directed By Rafael Haider
Running Time: 24 Minutes

This sublime tale focuses on an elderly couple who tend to what’s left of their once-thriving farm with the help of an aged donkey on its last legs. But when the time comes to face reality, can the farmer do what is called for? {more}

Cart

USA
Directed By Tiffany Ann Laufer
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A young woman's heartbreak softens when the most unlikely godmother lends a helping hand. {more}

The Cask

USA
Directed By Ryan Leeder
Running Time: 14 Minutes

An adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado", set in modern-day California wine country {more}

Catatonic

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 9 Minutes

An immersive VR journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

Cecilia

INDIA
Directed By Pankaj Johar
Running Time: 82 Minutes

The ugly horrors of child trafficking are examined in Pankaj Johar’s enlightening documentary CECILIA. Johar and his wife, Sunaina, live in New Delhi. When their maid, Cecilia, learns her 14-year-old daughter, Mati, has died, the Johars join her in a lengthy legal ordeal. Was Mati murdered? Did she kill herself? Who is responsible? The young girl represents thousands of children taken from poor villages and sent to work in India’s cities. Cecilia’s anguish grows as... {more}

Celestial Camel

RUSSIA
Directed By Yury Feting
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Altynka is a baby camel who, according to young Bayir’s late grandfather, will bring his family good luck because he was born under a camel-shaped cloud. Even with this good omen, times get tough and Bayir’s father has to make the difficult choice of whether or not to sell the camel. A man from the movie industry comes to the country, searching for a camel for his latest film. He offers Bayir’s dad a generous... {more}

Chau, Beyond the LInes

USA
Directed By Courtney Marsh
Running Time: 34 Minutes

During the Vietnam War, the United States dropped 20 million gallons of chemicals onto the dense jungles of Vietnam, in order to rid the Northern Vietnamese Army of their food and cover. More than 40 years later, Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for kids disabled by the chemical Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist. With a rare disability in his arms... {more}

Checkers the Cat

USA
Directed By Katie Cirincione
Running Time: 2 Minutes

A stop-motion animation film about a drawn cat named Checkers who comes to life. {more}

Chemo

POLAND
Directed By Bartek Prokopowicz
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Benek has painted his room black. Not just the walls and floors, but the windows, the bed, and the noose hanging from his ceiling too. He’s finally ready to exit this world. Enter Lena, a reckless, stunning beauty who seems to share his disregard for life. The two fall for each other immediately, and they get married in a lavish ceremony, dancing all night long and collapsing on the floor in each other’s arms. But... {more}

Cheshire, Ohio

USA
Directed By Eve Morgenstern
Running Time: 78 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE For the most part, Cheshire, Ohio is a ghost town. Located 90 miles from Columbus, the town is now owned by American Electric Power (AEP), which operate two coal plants there. In 2001, residents began noticing a strong sulfur smell, accompanied by a bluish fog known as "blue plume." And then they started experiencing headaches, breathing problems, and itchy eyes. Concerned for their well-being, they hired a lawyer. Not long after, the Environmental Protection... {more}

Chevalier

GREECE
Directed By Athina Rachel Tsangari
Running Time: 99 Minutes

The competitive nature of man gets lampooned—nay, harpooned—in Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s third film. A group of friends are left to their own devices on an expensive yacht in the middle of the Aegean Sea, where they decide to participate in the Olympics of machismo to see which of the six is the “best overall.” Taking into account all aspects of their lives—from their fishing prowess, to clothing choices, to sleeping methods—the men compete... {more}

The Chop

United Kingdom
Directed By Lewis Rose
Running Time: 16 Minutes

A comedy about a charismatic Kosher butcher who loses his job, cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, and therefore decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butchers. {more}

Chronic

FRANCE, MEXICO
Directed By Michel Franco
Running Time: 92 Minutes

David is a full-time caregiver who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated to his profession, he develops strong—even intimate—relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work David is ineffectual, awkward, and reserved. It’s clear his devotion to his patients comes at the expense of his personal life. He needs each patient as much as they need him. For years he has carried a burden of guilt and remorse. Now... {more}

Chucks

AUSTRIA
Directed By Sabine Hiebler, Gerhard Ertl
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Still reeling from a lack of closure after her brother’s death, Mae has channeled her pain into rebellion. Her relationship with her mother has soured, and she spends her time with a rowdy group of punks, drinking heavily and tagging the walls of Vienna with graffiti. The fun and games finally come to an end when Mae is arrested and sentenced to community service at the local AIDS clinic. Her life begins to change when... {more}

Citius, Altius, Fortius

Germany
Directed By
Running Time: 3 Minutes

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City of Roses

Ireland
Directed By Andrew Kavanagh
Running Time: 9 Minutes

One Halloween night in the early 1980s a smoldering suitcase was pulled off a bonfire in west Dublin. Inside were dozens of letters that detailed the story of a young Irish immigrant. Now thirty years after that Halloween and more than 60 years after {more}

Claire & the Keys

USA
Directed By John Ludwick
Running Time: 20 Minutes

The animated story of Claire, whose greatest desire is to learn to play music - but this is against her mother's wishes. {more}

Clear Years

BELGIUM
Directed By Frédéric Guillaume
Running Time: 76 Minutes

Director Frédéric Guillaume likes adventure, freedom, and intoxication. So when the love of his life gets pregnant, he is naturally concerned about how a baby will affect his lifestyle. He is constantly filming his experiences as a way to face his fears and as “something to hold onto in troubled times.” Thus his entire life becomes the subject of his lens. CLEAR YEARS follows Guillaume through the ten years of his relationship with his girlfriend,... {more}

Closet Monster

CANADA
Directed By Stephen Dunn
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Connor Jessup of TV’s Falling Skies gives a stirring performance as Oscar Madly in this daring coming-of-age film. As a young boy, Oscar witnesses a horrible homophobic crime that stays with him even to this day. Oscar is also still reeling from the scars of his mother deserting him and his father. Now a teenager planning to leave his hometown for NYC to pursue his dreams as a makeup artist, Oscar must juggle his self-destructive... {more}

Clouds Over Sidra

JORDAN
Directed By
Running Time: 9 Minutes

A VR documentary film that follows a twelve year old girl in the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

collective:unconscious

USA
Directed By Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein
Running Time: 78 Minutes

Have you ever tried and failed to explain one of your dreams to another person? Maybe the retelling isn’t as compelling… maybe the problem was in the way you told the story. The filmmakers in COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS pawn out their dreams to other storytellers. Each filmmaker records one of their dreams and passes it on to another director to realize the writer’s unconscious vision. The results are breathtaking: they include a lyrical black-and-white planet where citizens... {more}

Coming Through the Rye

USA
Directed By James Sadwith
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Having adapted The Catcher in the Rye to a play, Jamie Schwartz (Alex Wolff of the Nat & Alex Wolff band) leaves his swank prep school in search of the book’s reclusive author, J.D. Salinger (Oscar® winner Chris Cooper). Bullied at school and feeling more and more like his hero Holden Caufield, Jamie is searching for answers that can only come from the people we want to be–even if the people we want to be... {more}

"Connecticut" from The Adventures of Jamel: The Time Traveling B-Boy

USA
Directed By Scott J. Ross
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Jamel, a janitor at the Illuminati headquarters in New York, accidentally activates an experimental time travel device. Transported to the antebellum South, he uses his break dancing skills to battle a slave owner and free a slave. Part of The Adventures of Jamel: The Time Traveling B-Boy - an original Web Series that follows a naïvely optimistic B-Boy, who is accidentally catapulted back in time. Check out The Next Webisode Screening Room to see additional Webisodes of... {more}

Contrapelo

Mexico, USA, United Kingdom
Directed By Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer
Running Time: 19 Minutes

CONTRAPELO is the story of a proud Mexican barber who is forced to shave the leader of a drug cartel. {more}

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

USA
Directed By Steven Kochones
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Cowboy hats. Boots. Rhinestones. Johnny Cash’s obsession with black. Dolly Parton’s not-so-subtle dresses. These are just a few of the fashion phases that country music has inspired throughout the years. We often think of music only in terms of its sound, but its visual style can be just as integral to its appeal. This engaging documentary chronicles the history of the genre through the lenses of such notable photographers as Les Leverett, Raeanne Rubenstein, and... {more}

Crayons

USA
Directed By Giovanna Sarquis
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Two year old Jimmy, persists in drawing despite his father's restrictions. {more}

"Crazy Heart" - Scott McFarnon

USA
Directed By Floyd Russ
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Cuddle Party

USA
Directed By Matthew Irving Epstein
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Executive produced by Jill Soloway, the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning creator of TRANSPARENT, and written & directed by Matthew Irving Epstein, CUDDLE PARTY follows Jane and Drew, a couple on the brink of divorce who attend an intimacy workshop to heal their marital issues. Their toxic bond sours the party and leads to an accidental death that ultimately reunites them. {more}

Daddy

USA
Directed By Gerald McCullouch
Running Time: 89 Minutes

“Who's your Daddy?” quips Colin, a studly middle-aged gay man who is diving into both a new TV talk show and a stream of hot, young lovers. Stewart, his lifelong best friend, is a plain, socially awkward loner trying to reboot his career. They've been through everything together, but their friendship is about to be jolted. That jolt arrives in the form of a gorgeous young intern at Colin's station named Tee. Tee is enamored... {more}

Daddy Don't Go

USA
Directed By Emily Abt
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Experience the struggles of four disadvantaged fathers trying to raise children on their own in New York City: Nelson, a former gang member, fighting the stigma of being a stay-at-home dad while his girlfriend is pursuing a medical career; Omar, trying to keep his children in school while dealing with his daughter’s medical needs and being ordered to parenting counseling; Roy, a former convict now living with his parents, striving to build a better childhood... {more}

"Dagner" - Dan Freeman and the Serious

GERMANY
Directed By Michael Fragstein
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Daisy Chain

Australia
Directed By Galvin Scott Davis
Running Time: 6 Minutes

DAISY CHAIN is an animated short film, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet. The story tells the magical tale of a little girl called Buttercup Bree who falls victim to bullies. The darkness that the bullies create consumes the world in a fantastical Tim Burton-like world of despair–until one day, when a little boy named Benjamin Brewster happens upon her and shows her the power of her daisy chains–a power that will bring life... {more}

Day One

USA
Directed By Henry Hughes
Running Time: 25 Minutes

On her first day in Afghanistan, an interpreter for the US Army is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker. Day One was one of this year's five Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. {more}

Death in Bloom

Australia
Directed By Dael Oates
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A dark satire about door-to-door 'death' salesman's struggle to close a routine expiration deal with the wealthy, refined and fabulously picky customer. {more}

Death Loves Life

USA
Directed By Clara Lehmann, Jonathan Lacocque
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Young and beautiful, Life is enthralled with the world around her. Death is enamored by Life's innocence and vivacity, but his attempts to connect with her are fleeting. Despite Death’s awkward and destructive path, Life recovers from each loss with graceful fortitude. In Death’s gloom, a passionate love for Life blossoms. {more}

Deep Time

USA
Directed By Noah Hutton
Running Time: 89 Minutes

A 2014 study found that the city of Williston, ND had the highest average rent in the U.S., besting NYC, L.A., and DC. North Dakota has become the nation’s second-largest oil producer, and with that distinction comes the inevitable boom to its economy. While ND’s oil boom is great for those in the industry, the insightful documentary DEEP TIME asks at what cost. Including interviews with leaders of the indigenous peoples, NASA scientists, and some... {more}

The Deeper They Bury Me: A Call From Herman Wallace

USA, CANADA
Directed By
Running Time: 0 Minutes

An interactive encounter with one of America’s most famous political prisoners—and an indictment of a criminal justice system that confined him to a cement tomb for most of his adult life. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

Demimonde

HUNGARY
Directed By Attila Szász
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Set in 1910s Budapest, DEMIMONDE tells the scandalous story of Elza Magnas, a wealthy prostitute tangled in a messy web of lust. Her incredibly rich boyfriend, Max, keeps their relationship a secret, unaware that when he’s away, she’s sleeping with a much younger poet named Gregely. Her housekeeper, Rozsi, is also quite fond of Elza, and there’s a past between them that creates a thick layer of tension. When Rozsi hires a naive young maid... {more}

Desert Migration

USA
Directed By Daniel F. Cardone
Running Time: 81 Minutes

Meet the Lazarus Men—the gay men who survived the Dark Ages of the AIDS epidemic into the New Era of protease inhibitors and life-extending cocktails. These are the men who never expected to see old or even middle age; men now facing the challenge of not just aging, but aging with HIV. While many seem to have tucked the issue of AIDS away, it is very much present for the Lazarus Men. Once again they... {more}

Do Not Track

CANADA
Directed By
Running Time: 0 Minutes

A personalized documentary series about privacy and the web economy. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

The Documentary - Present and Future


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

All panels are free and open to the public. NO TICKET REQUIRED How has the documentary form emerged as one of the most vital and exciting branches of filmmaking today? Advances in technologies for acquisition, editing, and innovative distribution have changed the face of documentary filmmaking. This panel will explore the expanding repertoire of production formats available to the documentarist. The growing popularity of true-crime documentaries (e.g., "Making a Murderer") will be discussed, as will the introduction... {more}

Doglegs

JAPAN, USA
Directed By Heath Cozens
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Tokyo, 1996—the cameras begin rolling as a small community of disabled individuals bands together to form a boxing league called Doglegs. Headed by Shintaro, an effervescent boxer who has never won a match, Doglegs participants range from nearly full-body paralysis to those living with autism, each and every one fighting together in the same league. The fights range from traditional boxing to mixed martial arts and even WWE-level theatrics as participants are tossed around the... {more}

Dough

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By John Goldschmidt
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Nat is a Jewish baker desperately trying to save his family business. All his customers are moving or dying, and a ruthless developer wants to buy him out. Ayyash is a young Muslim immigrant trying to remove himself and his mother from poverty. He is looking for a cover job—something to legitimize the sudden big money he hopes to make working for a local drug supplier. When Nat's apprentice leaves him, Ayyash gets the position.... {more}

"Down Here" - John Grant

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Lisa Gunning
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Draw Hard

USA
Directed By Jon Nix
Running Time: 20 Minutes

A short documentary about Cleveland artist and legend, John G. {more}

Dreaming of Peggy Lee

United Kingdom
Directed By James Everett
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Two children escape their oppressive care home to sneak into a 1940's jazz club in London {more}

Early October

USA
Directed By Dustin Lee
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A minor league pitcher returns to his small hometown after being cut from his baseball team. {more}

Edit>Undo

Canada
Directed By Daniel Clements
Running Time: 17 Minutes

A random online stranger lures Bill to a dating website in an attempt to be flirtatious. However, Bill finds his girlfriend's profile on the same website. She's searching for other men behind his back. Enraged, he creates his own dating profile and wages a vengeful, internet, cold war on his relationship. {more}

Eggplant

USA
Directed By Yangzi She
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Durian was born with his facial expressions opposite to everyone else's.The film shows a time span of this little boy growing into a young adult, featuring milestones in both his real life and his imaginary world. {more}

Embers

USA, POLAND
Directed By Claire Carré
Running Time: 86 Minutes

In a not-too-distant future, an infection has plagued the human race. Despite their ragged clothes and decrepit surroundings, people look and act the same, except for one thing—they can't form new memories. A man and a woman wake up next to each other, wearing similar pieces of cloth tied around their wrists. They dub each other “Ben” and “Jenny,” try to piece together their relationship, and search for a better place to live. Meanwhile, a... {more}

Emmett: A Tomato's Life

USA
Directed By Andrew Halasz
Running Time: 5 Minutes

The story of a tomato that just wants to be picked... {more}

Enclave

GERMANY, SERBIA
Directed By Goran Radovanovic
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Nenad rides to school in an armored tank, traveling from his Serbian enclave into hostile Albanian territory. He has no friends his age; only his dying grandfather and an elderly priest awaiting a new bell for his church. But even in war-torn Kosovo, not all innocence and magic of childhood can be destroyed. When two Albanian boys hesitantly befriend Nenad, and when Nenad arranges for them to ride in his tank, barriers begin to break... {more}

An Encounter

Spain
Directed By Miguel Berzal De Miguel
Running Time: 23 Minutes

Susana moved from León to Madrid and now she works in a consultancy. During her journeys to work by Metro, she gets to know a stranger {more}

Endorphine

CANADA
Directed By André Turpin
Running Time: 84 Minutes

What if linear time is an illusion? As a young girl, Simone witnesses the jarring murder of her mother in an industrial stairwell. Twenty years later and now in her early thirties, Simone is haunted by the traumatic incident involving her mother. In one dream Simone can control the sun. In another dream, her mother removes one of Simone's fingers, painlessly. Is it her mother she sees in the grainy security videos while at work?... {more}

Enemies Within

France
Directed By Selim Azzazi
Running Time: 27 Minutes

In the 90's, during the algerian civil war, terrorism reaches France. Two men. Two identities. One fight. {more}

Entelechy

USA
Directed By Ariana Delawari
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A haunting experimental, docu-musical about global warming and changing the dream. A woman is guided by a dream therapist onto a shamanic journey through the inner and outer worlds of being. Within the dream state she works to shift her dream to a vision {more}

Equals

USA
Directed By Drake Doremus
Running Time: 101 Minutes

EQUALS takes place in a utopian society where violence and crime have been virtually eradicated—via the genetic elimination of human emotion. People like Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) live calm, uneventful, drone-like lives. The two work alongside each other in a large office, creating informational publications and exchanging the occasional pleasantry. Life is simple, until a rumor starts to circulate: a disease has broken out; one that causes people to manifest emotions. If... {more}

Escape (Die Flucht)

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Die Flucht follows the story of a lonely figurine, traveling on a fixed track, trying to catch a red balloon. When the machine breaks down, the boy comes to life, and attempts to finish the cycle he was originally destined to be on forever. {more}

"Escape" from Eat Our Feelings

USA
Directed By Dylan Marron
Running Time: 12 Minutes

In an effort to escape city life, Sasha and Emma find themselves trying to impress (and feed) the sort-of cult that they've found living in a public park. Part of Eat Our Feelings - an original Web Series that follows Sasha and Emma, two Brooklyn twenty-somethings, stumbling through life one meal at a time. Check out The Next Webisode Screening Room to see additional Webisodes of this Web Series, available to CIFF Members only. To become a... {more}

Eva Nová

SLOVAKIA, CZECH REPUBLIC
Directed By Marko Skop
Running Time: 106 Minutes

Eva Nová fell from grace in the public eye. Once a stunning young starlet, Eva’s alcoholism became tabloid fodder as she spiraled further and further out of control. Now 62 years old and on her third stint in rehab, she’s desperately attempting to reconnect with Dod'o, the estranged son she abandoned in her recklessness. Writer-director Marko Skop’s acclaimed past documentary work keenly emerges in his fiction feature debut, which intimately follows Eva with stark naturalism... {more}

Every Day

USA
Directed By Gabe Spitzer
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Each day, Joy Johnson woke up, laced up her running shoes, and read this verse from Isaiah: “They shall run and not be weary.” After raising four kids, she took up running at 59 and went on to run 25 New York City Marathons, the last in 2013 at age 86. {more}

Every Face Has a Name

SWEDEN
Directed By Magnus Gertten
Running Time: 73 Minutes

In April 1945 thousands of refugees arrived by boat in Malmo, Sweden. These were people of all nationalities, fleeing the concentration camps and other horrors of World War II. Cameras were there that day, filming the bewildered, hopeful, and frightened faces that disembarked to be processed into new lives and freedom. Filmmaker Magnus Gertten was haunted by this footage. He used the passenger lists from that time and set out to find as many of... {more}

Everyone Has a Place

USA
Directed By Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johson
Running Time: 26 Minutes

Everyone Has A Place is a short musical documentary featuring a ground-breaking collaboration of jazz, gospel and vocals. {more}

Everything Will Be OK

Austria, Germany
Directed By Patrick Vollrath
Running Time: 30 Minutes

A divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter, but something isn't right. {more}

Evil Nature

USA
Directed By Darin Beckstead
Running Time: 2 Minutes

A man pitted against a genetically altered pumpkin, must end the human-hungry melon before it ends him. {more}

Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser

USA
Directed By Jack Marchetti
Running Time: 8 Minutes

All the significant moments over the last twenty years in Zack's life parallel the changing landscape of music purchasing technology. {more}

Evolution of Verse

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A photo-realistic 3D VR film that takes the viewer on a journey from beginning to new beginning. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

fabulous wonder.land

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By
Running Time: 0 Minutes

Fall down the rabbit hole into the psychedelic splendor of wonder.land where the Cheshire Cat, hovers above, serenading you to fabulous, an original composition by Damon Albarn from the National Theatre's musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

February

USA, CANADA
Directed By Osgood Perkins
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton) are in different grades at a prestigious prep school for girls, where they are stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. Meanwhile, a haunted young woman, Joan (Emma Roberts), makes a bloody pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward the school. As Joan gets closer, Kat is plagued by increasingly terrifying visions, and Rose can only look on in horror as her younger schoolmate... {more}

The Fencer

FINLAND, ESTONIA, GERMANY
Directed By Klaus Härö
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Endel is on the run. With his past affiliations catching up with him, he eludes the secret police in Leningrad and finds himself in hapless Haapsalu, Estonia. It is the early 1950s and, in the wake of World War II, Estonia is living under the iron fist of Stalin’s Soviet empire, with many of the fathers lost to the war or shipped off to prison camps. Endel finds a job running the sports club at... {more}

Fifty

NIGERIA
Directed By Biyi Bandele
Running Time: 101 Minutes

In the glittering African city of Lagos, four remarkable women are confronting their 50th year. Tola is a mega-controlling reality TV star, who is celebrating her birthday by televising it. Kate is a party planner, who has fanatically turned to Jesus to save a struggling marriage and hide from a potentially serious illness. Maria is a powerful businesswoman, who has just discovered an adulterous affair has left her pregnant. And Elizabeth is a fertility specialist,... {more}

First Girl I Loved

USA
Directed By Kerem Sanga
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Anne has just fallen head over heels for Sasha, a beautiful senior and star softball player. Anne, who works on the school yearbook, uses her position to interview Sasha and get to know her. This relationship comes as a deeply upsetting surprise to her best friend, Cliff. He has always loved Anne and just assumed friendship was a prelude to romance. But it may be a prelude to disaster instead. Feelings are hurt, feelings are... {more}

The First Session

USA
Directed By Ryan Logan
Running Time: 6 Minutes

Two women get relationship help from an unconventional therapist with the healing power of the mango. {more}

The Fits

USA
Directed By Anna Rose Holmer
Running Time: 71 Minutes

Expectations are high and the stakes are even higher for a four-time championship winning dance team on the West End of Cincinnati. Eleven-year-old Toni (Royalty Hightower) is a quiet but hard-edged boxer who joins the squad helmed by haughty upper class captains. In the mix of her new friendships, Toni finds her individuality becoming blurred in a striking juxtaposition of the synchronized dances in which she rigorously immerses herself. When a captain collapses in an... {more}

Five Nights in Maine

USA
Directed By Maris Curran
Running Time: 82 Minutes

The fabulous David Oyelowo (“Selma”) stars in this sorrow-laden drama about a man overwhelmed by grief. His wife, Fiona, is killed in a car accident and his world quickly turns dark. Oyelowo’s Sherwin falls into a deep depression, tries to numb himself with alcohol, and can’t seem to get off the couch. Then an invitation to visit arrives from an unlikely source: Fiona’s ailing mother, Lucinda, who was not on good terms with either her... {more}

Follow

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 77 Minutes

Starving artist, Quinn, wakes up on Christmas morning to find himself in an egregious situation. His memory of the night before is foggy at best. The last thing he can recall is exchanging gifts with his girlfriend, Thana, who was acting incredibly strange. How those events led to the bloody mess he woke up to is a total mystery; the details come to him at a slow drip, with each burst revealing something more unsettling.... {more}

Foodfellas

USA
Directed By Reuben Guberek
Running Time: 13 Minutes

A comedic retelling of "Goodfellas," chronicling the rise and fall of the King of Burgers in a cut-throat fast food industry. {more}

Foos Your Daddy

USA
Directed By Luke Patton
Running Time: 8 Minutes

On the day he's leaving for college, Billy's relationship with his overbearing father is put to the test when they play a heated game of foosball. {more}

For Wanda

USA
Directed By Nathaniel Carter
Running Time: 17 Minutes

In May of 2014 my mother, Wanda Lynn Carter, a brilliant, caring and beautiful soul, took her own life after decades of battling severe depression and substance abuse. To honor her memory and as a way to say goodbye, I took a portion of her ashes and spread them at 7 beautiful locations throughout the world, one place for each year it had been since we'd seen one another. {more}

The Forest Paper

Thailand
Directed By Sipparpad Krongraksa
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A bird wants to build her nest with straw, but gets lost in a world that is made of paper. {more}

Fragile Storm

USA
Directed By Dawn Fields
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A scared young woman goes to extreme measures to escape the clutches of a terrifying older man only to realize the shocking and heartbreaking truth about who she is and why she's really there. {more}

From Afar

VENEZUELA, MEXICO
Directed By Lorenzo Vigas
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Armando roams the streets of Caracas looking for beautiful young men. Emotionally isolated by an abusive father, Armando never touches them, instead paying them to pose for his erotic fulfillment. One day he picks up Elder, a violent and equally isolated gang member. He beats Armando and steals his money and wallet. This sparks an obsessive interest in the boy and the type of life he leads. Armando begins following him, offering him larger sums... {more}

From the Ground Up: Grassroots Against Cancer

USA
Directed By Damien Campbell & Danielle Miller
Running Time: 13 Minutes

The death of 7-year old Maria McNamara inspired the inception of Prayers From Maria, a grassroots organization leading the charge against childhood brain tumors and raising awareness of this tragic disease with a survival rate of less than 1%. {more}

Front Cover

USA
Directed By Ray Yeung
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Ryan is a career-driven fashion stylist whose dream is to get the cover of a prestigious magazine. When the cover is assigned to a rival, Ryan is given a consolation assignment: to re-style Ning, a rising young Asian actor, for his introduction to American audiences. Ryan, who is also Asian but American-raised and openly gay, clashes immediately with the culturally proud and very machismo Ning. The manly and handsome actor makes no effort to hide... {more}

Gala & Godfrey

USA
Directed By Kristin Ellingson
Running Time: 119 Minutes

Love is like an old LP: the hits aren't that good and the B-side is more interesting. Emulating an old vinyl record, this witty and irresistible film is made of short, episodic visual “tracks.” They chart the hurricane-force rise, fall, and chaotic aftermath of the marriage of Godfrey, a cocky Brit who sings lead in a rock band, and Gala, a perky American who wants love and stability. What begins as a fairy-tale romance between... {more}

Gear

USA
Directed By Joseph Ksander, Kevin Adams
Running Time: 8 Minutes

"GEAR combines live-action and VFX to tell the story of Mazzy, a young girl fighting for survival in the back alleys of the city, and her only ally: an old broken down construction robot named Three. The strength of their relationship might be the only thing that can save them." {more}

The Girlfriend Experience

USA
Directed By Mark Kunerth
Running Time: 7 Minutes

When a broken-hearted guy turns to the internet to get over his ex-girlfriend, he gets more than he bargained for. {more}

The Gnomist

USA
Directed By Sharon Liese
Running Time: 21 Minutes

The Gnomist tells the true story of the mysterious appearance of fairy homes on a suburban walking trail and the magic it creates for three women. {more}

God Knows Where I Am

USA
Directed By Todd Wider, Jedd Wider
Running Time: 99 Minutes

In an abandoned farmhouse in New Hampshire, after one of the coldest winters ever, the decomposed body of Linda Bishop was found. Next to her was a journal, in which she chronicled the last months of her life. Linda was well-educated, a wife and mother, and had long battled severe bipolar disorder. GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM is the story of the extraordinary events that lead to her death. Linda's sad and bizarre history is... {more}

Gold Coast

DENMARK, SWEDEN, GHANA
Directed By Daniel Dencik
Running Time: 114 Minutes

When Danish botanist Wulff Joseph Wulff set sail for Africa in 1836, he thought he was on a mission to establish a coffee plantation in what was then Danish Guinea (now Ghana). But soon after arriving, Wulff learned there were sinister forces swirling in the thick forests. Daniel Dencik’s GOLD COAST charts Wulff’s Heart of Darkness-like journey from well-intentioned innocence to disillusioned interloper as he runs afoul of brutal slave traders and corrupt government officials.... {more}

Golden

Germany
Directed By Kai Stänicke
Running Time: 3 Minutes

A tale of being different – and growing up. {more}

Golden Shot

Turkey
Directed By Gökalp Gönen
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan for that. {more}

A Good American

USA, AUSTRIA
Directed By Friedrich Moser
Running Time: 100 Minutes

A GOOD AMERICAN has all the elements of a great action film: dangerous secrets, espionage, corruption, war. But the scary part is that it's not an action film, it's a documentary. In 2001 America was attacked by terrorists. Most of us can recall exactly where we were when the Twin Towers came down on that September morning. But what if there had been a program in place that could have prevented such a tragic disaster?... {more}

Good Luck Soup

USA
Directed By Matthew Hashiguchi
Running Time: 72 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE “I don't want to be Japanese!” filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls yelling at his father. Growing up Japanese-American in a predominantly white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew wondered what made him different, why he stood out. Years later he set out to document his family's experiences of being Japanese in America before, during, and after World War II. GOOD LUCK SOUP explores several generations assimilating into a new culture while preserving their own. Grandmother... {more}

Good Luck Soup Interactive

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 0 Minutes

A transmedia documentary project on the journey of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians before, during, and after World War II. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. Good Luck Soup Interactive is part of a multi-platform project that also includes the feature documentary Good Luck Soup. {more}

Good Ol' Boy

USA
Directed By Frank Lotito
Running Time: 103 Minutes

Having immigrated from India, ten-year-old Smith’s family has super big plans for him: he’s going to pursue the American dream (they named him Smith, so how hard could that be?); he’s going to become a neurosurgeon; and then he’s going to marry the girl of his parents’ dreams, whom he will not meet until their wedding day. But this is America in 1979, so what Smith actually does is: get beat up at school; attach... {more}

A Good Wife

SERBIA
Directed By Mirjana Karanovic
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Milena is indeed a good wife with a good life. Her husband, Vlada, is successful. They have beautiful children, and they live in a desirable neighborhood. That comfort is broken when Milena discovers, at a routine physical, she has a lump on her breast. In denial of this portent, she embarks on an obsessive house-cleaning mission, during which she finds a videotape. On it is old footage in which her husband and his army unit... {more}

Goodbye, Ohio

USA
Directed By Michael Wendt
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Lily is on the verge of moving to New York City but a last meeting with an old flame just might convince her to stay. {more}

Grounded

France
Directed By Alexis Michalik
Running Time: 19 Minutes

Evelyne has to fly to London unexpectedly to go to her mother's funeral. But, as she is about to embark, she can't find her newborn baby' ID... This is the beginning of a long day's struggle, as gruelling as it is absurd, against the unbending rules of administration. Until she comes across Stephanie, a young ground hostess, who's used to obeying orders automatically. Still, at the sight of this powerless young mother confronted by bureaucracy,... {more}

Group B

United Kingdom
Directed By Nick Rowland
Running Time: 26 Minutes

Rally driver Shane Hunter is facing his comeback to Group B competition after a long and troubled absence. {more}

The Guest

USA
Directed By William Silva Reddington
Running Time: 5 Minutes

A young woman home alone realizes there's someone else in her apartment. At least there appears to be... {more}

Happy Hour

USA
Directed By Martin Rodahl
Running Time: 16 Minutes

Ed Hope had to fire fifteen people today. He leaves work to commiserate with his friend, Roger. At the hideaway bar, Ed recalls an almost forgotten incident from his childhood, and in telling it reveals larger ideas of pain and loss that have shaped his entire life. {more}

Heil

GERMANY
Directed By Dietrich Brüggemann
Running Time: 104 Minutes

U.S. PREMIERE The Neo-Nazis in the little town of Prittwitz aren't doing well. Half of their members are spies for competing White Supremacy groups. Some of them can't spell “white power” correctly. Arriving in Prittwitz for a conference on integration and tolerance is Sebastian, an African-German author. Moments after arriving, he is conked on the head by a Nazi and loses all memory, able only to repeat the last thing said to him. The local Neo-Nazis,... {more}

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

USA
Directed By Stephen Cone
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Henry Gamble has a bit of a problem. His father is an Evangelical megachurch preacher, but Henry isn’t likely to follow in his footsteps. It seems like he has feelings for other boys at school, which could put him on a dangerous collision course with his family and their beliefs. Things reach a fever pitch at Henry’s 17th birthday party, as the outdoor pool fills up with chlorine, schoolmates, and mounting tension. Henry’s parents have... {more}

The Here After

SWEDEN, POLAND, FRANCE
Directed By Magnus von Horn
Running Time: 102 Minutes

John did a bad, bad thing. Though it takes a long time to assemble the story, we know it is something evil enough to influence an entire town. Even to make everyone hate him with every fiber of their being. John is still a teenager and fresh out of a two-year stint in prison. Now he has to reintegrate himself with his family, classmates, and hometown. But John can’t even make a trip to the... {more}

Here Come the Videofreex

USA
Directed By Jon Nealon, Jenny Raskin
Running Time: 79 Minutes

In the age of Youtube, where everyone with a smart phone can shoot video, it’s hard to imagine a time where such a concept was rare. It wasn’t until the late 60s that portable recording was available. In 1969, a progressive CBS executive discovered a group of renegade reporters using the medium to document the counterculture. Believing the network should be covering such topics, he hired the ten-person collective, known as Videofreex, to capture the... {more}

Here Is Harold

NORWAY
Directed By Gunnar Vikene
Running Time: 87 Minutes

For 40 years Harold and Marny have had a successful furniture store and marriage in Bergen, Norway. As illness threatens Marny, IKEA opens a store next to Harold's. Within a shockingly brief time, he loses both his wife and his livelihood. Everything he has worked for and loved has been taken, and Harold blames IKEA's founder, Ingvar Kamprad. Driven to desperation, Harold torches his store and sets out for revenge. He plans to kidnap Kamprad.... {more}

The High Sun

CROATIA, SLOVENIA, SERBIA
Directed By Dalibor Matanic
Running Time: 123 Minutes

War never really ends. It leaves its survivors a legacy of hate and prejudice, as well as one of love and hope. This truth is played out on the stage of two warring Balkan villages. Within them, over a span of 30 years, three couples face the hurdles of war and its aftermath. The arc of these tales covers a time of battle and bewildering peace. It begins in 1991, where the fate of Jelena... {more}

The Hole

Peru
Directed By German Tejada, Daniel Martin Rodríguez
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Robert saves enough money to buy the burial site next to the grave of the woman he loves. However, when he claims it, he finds it has been sold to another man, whose burial is the following day. Robert’s jealousy will take him to extreme situations in his attempt to be next to his Yenni until the end of time. {more}

Holy Hell

USA
Directed By Will Allen
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Director Will Allen is in a unique position to make a documentary about cults. Not only was he in one for two decades, he was also their de facto filmmaker, leaving him with an impressive video archive. Fresh out of film school in the mid 80s, and shunned by his family for being gay, Allen found himself in California looking for spiritual guidance. He found it in the Buddhafield, a group led by a mysterious... {more}

Home at Dawn

Peru
Directed By Billy Silva & Guille Isa
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Fredy Guardia is a 75-year-old fisherman and poet. For six decades, he has taken his boat out on the ocean near Lima, Peru, to bring home the daily catch—to Sonia, his wife and partner in one of the city’s best-loved ceviche restaurants. “Home at Dawn” is Guardia’s meditation on a life at sea, the power of memory, and the tragedy of dwindling ocean resources. {more}

Home Care

CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA
Directed By Slávek Horák
Running Time: 92 Minutes

In this world there are givers and takers. Vlasta has spent her entire life at the beckoning of others. Like clockwork, she patiently makes her routine rounds as an in-home care nurse, often walking through the sprawling rural landscapes to make ends meet. When she returns home, she’s met by her dispassionate but loyal husband, Láda, who takes her tenderness for granted. One night, as Vlasta treks home in the rain, an accident leads to... {more}

Hooligan Sparrow

CHINA, USA
Directed By Nanfu Wang
Running Time: 84 Minutes

We sometimes take for granted the strides that have been made for women’s rights in this country. In China, however, things are different. For example, a man who rapes a young girl can get a life sentence; but if he claims to have given her money, the sentence becomes much more lenient. HOOLIGAN SPARROW follows brave Chinese activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow) as she fights to bring proper justice to an elementary school principal... {more}

House of Time

FRANCE
Directed By Jonathan Helpert
Running Time: 86 Minutes

HOUSE OF TIME begins with a group of buddies who have been mysteriously summoned to the remote castle of their zany friend, Robert. There, he tells them about studies he's been conducting on a Nazi time travel program, headed by an SS Quantum Physicist named Hans Kimmler. Robert is certain that by following Kimmler's plans, he has developed a device that will transport them back 70 years to 1944. After an impassioned speech, his friends... {more}

How He Fell in Love

USA
Directed By Marc Meyers
Running Time: 108 Minutes

Travis is a bit of a lost soul. He’s a musician who can’t find inspiration, and his relationships with women aren’t going well. HOW HE FELL IN LOVE begins with him attending the wedding of his ex-girlfriend—a torturous and very unwise decision, to say the least. There, he meets Ellen, a married yoga instructor. When the two share a cab ride home, they engage in friendly conversation and exchange contact information. At the time, the... {more}

How Heavy This Hammer

CANADA
Directed By Kazik Radwanski
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Life is sliding away from Erwin, a married, middle-aged father of two sons who’s content to waste his days in front of a computer game or fall asleep during family outings. A closed book of a man, he’s unwilling to discuss his laisse-faire tendencies when confronted by his patient wife. But while his dimming joie de vivre is the center of HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER, director-screenwriter Kazik Radwanski’s sharp use of close-up angles in this... {more}

How I Didn't Become a Piano Player

United Kingdom
Directed By Tommaso Pitta
Running Time: 18 Minutes

A boy, desperately looking for his vocation, has the breakthrough the day his father brings home an old piano {more}

How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change

USA, AUSTRALIA, CHINA, ECUADOR, ICELAND, PERU, SAMOA, VANUATU, ZAMBIA
Directed By Josh Fox
Running Time: 125 Minutes

Climate change is killing us. It's destroying our soil and ruining our landscape at an incredible pace. As humans, we are responsible for the damage that's being done. Ruled by greed, we've polluted our air and water. And it's only going to get worse. Pretty grim, right? The very thought of it leaves many of us depressed and scared. We feel powerless, which only spurs apathy. Director Josh Fox felt this way, too. Until he... {more}

Hunky Dory

USA
Directed By Michael Curtis Johnson
Running Time: 85 Minutes

“Artists create; they don’t destroy everything they touch.” Or, so Sidney is told by his friend. But Sidney is an artist who wonders if destruction is the only true art. HUNKY DORY follows a week in the life of Sidney, a failed glam-rock star moonlighting as a drag queen, as he is left alone with his 11-year-old son (a splashing Edouard Holdener) after the boy’s mother takes off. Seemingly unfazed by the distance between himself... {more}

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

NEW ZEALAND
Directed By Taika Waititi
Running Time: 101 Minutes

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face... {more}

I Am Sun Mu

USA, SOUTH KOREA, CHINA
Directed By Adam Sjöberg
Running Time: 87 Minutes

I AM SUN MU introduces us to Sun Mu, a North Korean defector who originally escaped the country simply because he was starving, not to rebel against its extreme dictatorship. In fact, Sun Mu was championed by the government for his artistic skills, which they utilized to create propaganda posters. But even for a valued citizen, life in North Korea was rough. Food was scarce, and the constant hunger was crippling. It wasn’t until he... {more}

"I Love You" from This American Life Videos 4 U

USA
Directed By Bianca Giaever
Running Time: 7 Minutes

Maia and her boyfriend have been dating for eight years, but they've never said "I love you." For Valentine's Day, This American Life helped Maia make a video to finally say those words. Part of This American Life Videos 4 U - an original Web Series in which filmmaker Bianca Giaever finds people who have something to say and helps them say it. Check out The Next Webisode Screening Room to see additional Webisodes of this Web... {more}

I Love You, Dad

USA
Directed By Eric Normington
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A phone call between father and son snowballs into something more. {more}

I Promise You Anarchy

MEXICO, GERMANY
Directed By Julio Hernández Cordón
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Miguel, a handsome skater from a middle-class family, and Johnny, a tattooed low-life who lives in an industrial container, are “milkers”—minor Mexico City criminals who sell the blood of volunteers (whom they refer to as cows) on the black market. At the lucrative price of 3,000 pesos per blood bag, they skate around the city tracking down desperate working class citizens willing to donate. Miguel and Johnny also happen to be in love, despite the... {more}

"I'm Not Coming Back" - Husky

GERMANY
Directed By Wayne McCauslin
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

I, Destini

USA
Directed By Nicholas Pilarski, Destini Riley
Running Time: 14 Minutes

I, Destini is an animated documentary that explores the poignant and imaginative illustrations of a youth grappling with the effects of having an incarcerated loved one.Each shot of the film, word written, and frame animated was born from a series of creative workshops between director Nicholas Pilarski and Destini Riley (14 years old). From this collaboration, an autobiographical film was created where Destini explores issues relating to race, class, media, and over policing in her... {more}

Ice and the Sky

FRANCE, ANTARCTICA
Directed By Luc Jacquet
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Claude Lorius discovered his destiny at the age of 23 when he joined an expedition to the world’s southernmost continent in 1955, land essentially untouched by scientific experiment. Lorius would go on to participate in 22 polar expeditions, facing unforgiving conditions and brutal personal challenges in an effort to discover the planet’s secrets held in small bubbles of air deep beneath the surface. Through remarkable archival footage and stunning drone cinematography, Lorius revisits the part... {more}

"If Moms Talked to Each Other the Way They Talk to Their Kids" from The BreakWomb

USA
Directed By Megan Grano
Running Time: 3 Minutes

The funny moms of The BreakWomb look at what would happen if they spoke to each other like they speak to their children. Part of The BreakWomb - an original Web Series that follows moms who do comedy, or comedians who do motherhood. Check out The Next Webisode Screening Room to see additional Webisodes of this Web Series, available to CIFF Members only. To become a CIFF Member, click here. {more}

In Memory

USA
Directed By 72U
Running Time: 12 Minutes

In Memory tells the story of a community's digital journey through the life, death and remembering of PlainWhite Tom, a Chicago street performer who tragically took his life on January 1, 2013. {more}

In Pursuit of Silence

USA
Directed By Patrick Shen
Running Time: 81 Minutes

When avant-garde composer, John Cage, entered a sealed vacuum chamber in Boston, he waited a moment before noticing two sounds: one high and one low. He left the chamber to tell the technician of the malfunction and the technician said, “The higher sound is your nervous system, the lower sound is blood circulating through your veins.” It was then Cage realized that every living entity is connected through sound. Patrick Shen’s IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE... {more}

In Search of Balance

USA, ITALY, SOUTH KOREA
Directed By Adam Pfleghaar
Running Time: 73 Minutes

Seven of the top ten causes of death in the U.S. are due to chronic illness—with cancer and heart disease accounting for half of all deaths. Is it any wonder how it’s gotten so bad when we as a species have moved further and further away from the natural world, replete with nutrients, life-saving organisms, and the very sources of a healthy life? Instead, we sustain ourselves on fast food, meat, and a litany of... {more}

Independent Film Production


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

All panels are free and open to the public. NO TICKET REQUIRED What are the critical procedures in the production of an independent film, be it narrative or documentary? This panel is dedicated to the complex process of production, including the variety of techniques used for the direction of actors/subjects, camera and lighting, production design and art direction, and other production choices. The roles of the director, producer, director of photography, production sound crew, and other key... {more}

Indian Point

USA
Directed By Ivy Meeropol
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Just 25 miles north of New York City is a nuclear power plant called Indian Point Energy Center. It was designed in the 1950s, shortly after President Dwight Eisenhower called for peaceful uses of nuclear power in his “Atoms for Peace” speech. It officially opened in Buchanan, New York in 1962, receiving the world’s first permit for a power plant. The facility has been controversial in recent years, due to its lack of an evacuation... {more}

Indigo Grey: The Passage

USA
Directed By Sean Robinson
Running Time: 6 Minutes

A young boy's discovery of a mysterious gas mask provides a glimpse into an alternate reality. {more}

The Interpreter

USA
Directed By Kevin Kerwin
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A former interpreter and refugee from the Iraqi war settles his family in the U.S. {more}

Invisible

Poland
Directed By Zofia Pregowska
Running Time: 22 Minutes

90-year-old Krystyna, lives in the tiny apartment surrounded by books and writing pads. That’s remarkable in itself since Krystyna is almost blind, but that doesn’t stop this still vital woman from writing passionate and eloquent poetry that celebrates life. She scrawls her poems herself, but this turns out to be an unreliable method because one of her pens doesn’t work, meaning a recent poem is almost illegible. “My poems are vanishing into the void!” she... {more}

It's Better in Italian

USA / Italy
Directed By Jordan Ledy
Running Time: 40 Minutes

Discover the world of the Italian Doppiatori"--the voice over actors that dub English films into Italian" {more}

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

USA
Directed By Sara Fishko
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Once upon a time in New York City, in a dilapidated loft with no heat on 6th Ave., a magical space appeared. It started with a musician and soon became the place to gather, crash, get high, and jam. In 1957 W. Eugene Smith, a nationally acclaimed photojournalist for Life Magazine, moved to the floor below. He became obsessed with the music and the performers, even boring holes in his ceiling to plant microphones to... {more}

Jim Brown's Amer-I-Can Dream

USA
Directed By Aurora Ferlin
Running Time: 92 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE Most people know Jim Brown as the former star fullback for the Cleveland Browns. From 1957 to 1965, he broke records as an MVP, leading the team to a championship win in 1964. In 1971 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are also those who may know him from his acting career, where he landed roles alongside Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, and Keenan Ivory Wayans—who was his co-star in... {more}

Just Keep Going

USA
Directed By Chelsie Corso
Running Time: 6 Minutes

Dee Salukombo and his family fled the Democratic Republic of Congo and were refugees in Uganda before settling in Cleveland in 2004, with the help of a local catholic charity. Dee is a world-class runner and must make one of the hardest decisions in his life, try and qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team or lose his citizenship and run for the Congo. {more}

Kafka's The Burrow

GERMANY
Directed By Jochen Alexander Freydank
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Franz lives in a high security, prison-like apartment complex with his wife and children. Franz senses threats gathering against him, threats that are mounting and that even his manic additional security measures may not deter. What are these dangers amassing about him? Who is behind them? Who has installed these surveillance cameras? And what is this door found behind peeling wallpaper? Franz retreats to the deepest part of his apartment, an area he calls The... {more}

Keeping Balance

Austria
Directed By Bernhard Wenger
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Denise, a 20-year-old girl, visits nearly every day the Viennese 'Prater' amusement park to take some rides with the electronic 'Tagada' carousel because it helps her to get over her difficult past. {more}

Killer Friends

USA
Directed By Zach Noe Towers, Tina Carbone
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Four friends go on a camping trip that one won't be coming back from alive... {more}

"Killing Me Someone" - Jesse Smith and The Holy Ghost

USA
Directed By Rob Montague
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

King Jack

USA
Directed By Felix Thompson
Running Time: 81 Minutes

In the canon of coming-of-age films wherein young men from the forgotten pockets of society must learn to blaze their own trails out of squalor, there is very little room for more members—though many have tried. It may be time for the likes of “The Outsiders,” “Stand By Me,” and “Good Will Hunting” to make room for director Felix Thompson’s triumphant KING JACK. Jack (a pitch-perfect performance by Charlie Plummer) is a 15-year-old left to... {more}

A King's Betrayal

USA
Directed By David A Bornstein
Running Time: 8 Minutes

The Last Day in the Life of a Piñata, Told From The Piñata's perspective. {more}

Kings, Queens & In-Betweens

USA
Directed By Gabrielle C. Burton
Running Time: 88 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE Welcome to the Crown Jewel of Drag in the Midwest: Columbus, Ohio. Who knew? Everybody will after watching this fab documentary, filmed entirely in our “fantastic Gay Snow-Bubble in the middle of Ohio.” Gender is the New Frontier,and here are the pioneers who are defining, redrawing, and crossing those borders. Working within a supportive and nurturing community of artists and activists, this group of men, women, undecideds, and don't-label-me's are putting it all onstage... {more}

Krisha

USA
Directed By Trey Edward Shults
Running Time: 83 Minutes

KRISHA, a pill-popping, booze-swilling hippie, has lived her life as the black sheep. After a decade of battling her inner demons, she returns home for Thanksgiving following years of estrangement. The mysterious arrival brings tension to an otherwise familiar holiday gathering that swells as each layer of the past is slowly unraveled. Soon, family secrets are unearthed, lies are revealed, and trust is broken. “You are heartbreak incarnate, lady; you are a leaver,” her brother-in-law... {more}

La La La at Rock Bottom

JAPAN
Directed By Nobuhiro Yamashita
Running Time: 103 Minutes

Fresh out of prison, Shigeo is minding his own business when a van pulls up and snatches him. A group of strange men beat him senseless and leave him in the street, bloodied and bruised. When he comes to, he can’t remember anything, including his own identity. A young woman named Kasumi finds him and takes him in. She puts him to work at her shop, nicknaming him Pooch. Kasumi also manages a band, whose... {more}

Lace Crater

USA
Directed By Harrison Atkins
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Escaping the stress and bustle of the city for the weekend, Ruth accompanies her friends to an expansive vacation home in the Hamptons. As they’re divvying up sleeping arrangements for the night, Ruth picks the guesthouse—a quaint cottage with a sweeping view of the Atlantic Ocean. Retiring from a wild night involving drugs and a hot tub, she finds someone (or is it something) in her room—a burlap-clad apparition that appears to be a little... {more}

The Land

USA
Directed By Erin Davis
Running Time: 22 Minutes

The Land (2015) is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in The Land, a Welsh "adventure” playground. At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own. {more}

Landfill Harmonic

USA, PARAGUAY, NORWAY, BRAZIL
Directed By Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley
Running Time: 84 Minutes

The people of Catuera, Paraguay are surrounded by trash. The small town of 2,500 includes a dump that recieves 1,500 tons of solid waste a day; the biggest in South America. The residents rely on it for income, collecting and selling items that can be recycled. Some of the most dangerous and unsanitary tasks are performed by children. LANDFILL HARMONIC documents the unique story of Favio Chavez, an ecological technician who started teaching free music... {more}

L'attesa

ITALY, FRANCE
Directed By Piero Messina
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Possession and control drive the precarious relationship between two women in L’ATTESA. Inside an enormous villa in the mountains of eastern Sicily, Anna (Juliette Binoche) is welling over with grief after the loss of her son, Giuseppe. His French girlfriend, Jeanne, arrives on the scene apparently oblivious to the recent tragic events. She has not heard from Giuseppe for days and leaves a barrage of voicemails on his phone wondering where he is. The backdrop... {more}

Left on Purpose

USA
Directed By Justin Schein
Running Time: 85 Minutes

“Did the disintegration of the movement lead to their instability, or did the movement attract leaders who were unstable?” asks filmmaker Justin Schein. Since the height of the counterculture movement in the late 60s, radical antiwar activists Abbie Hoffman, Phil Ochs, and Tom Forcade have committed suicide. Among their equally troubled but surviving peers is the subject of Schein’s documentary LEFT ON PURPOSE: Mayer Vishner. An original member of the absurdist protest group the Yippies,... {more}

Lend a Hand for Love

USA
Directed By John Alan Thompson
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Robert Wagner warmly narrates this bizarre romance of two disembodied lovers who spend more time screaming than they do embracing. {more}

Life After Pi

USA
Directed By Scott Leberecht
Running Time: 30 Minutes

A haunting look at Rhythm & Hues Studios which won the Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects work on Life of Pi" just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy." {more}

A Light Beneath Their Feet

USA
Directed By Valerie Weiss
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Orange Is The New Black’s Taryn Manning stars alongside up-and-comer, Madison Davenport, in this completely raw look at the challenging balance between caring for a sick loved one and finding your own independence. Davenport plays Beth, an introverted teen trying to decide where to go to college. Her single mother (Manning) suffers from bi-polar disorder and is barely able to take care of herself. When she misses her meds, it’s an intense scene. Beth’s parents... {more}

Lila & Valentin

France
Directed By Adrien Lhommedieu
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Lila & Valentin is a science-fction love story. We follow Valentin, into the mind of his beloved Lila. He has to save her from coma. {more}

Listen

Finland, Denmark
Directed By Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Copenhagen. A police station. A foreign woman, wearing a burqa, is there with her young son to file a complaint. Yet, it seems the translator is not willing to report what she is telling. {more}

Little Gangster

NETHERLANDS
Directed By Arne Toonen
Running Time: 105 Minutes

The perfect father can intimidate people, drive super fast cars, and be a hit with the ladies. Rikkie Boskamp’s dad is not that. In fact, Rik’s dad is quite the opposite of all. But not anymore. Tired of being constantly bullied at school, Rik sees an opportunity for a new life when his dad “accepts” a promotion to a new town. While Dad’s out doing nerd things, Rik gets inspiration from a mob flick and... {more}

"Little Men" from The Age of Insecurity

USA
Directed By Adriano Valentini
Running Time: 13 Minutes

They were no longer little boys. They were little men. Part of The Age of Insecurity - an original Web Series that follows young men and women who scrutinize the anxieties of modern life in Los Angeles. Check out The Next Webisode Screening Room to see additional Webisodes of this Web Series, available to CIFF Members only. To become a CIFF Member, click here. {more}

Little Sticker

USA
Directed By Michael Jackson Chaney
Running Time: 5 Minutes

A couple responds to a traumatic event in very different ways that lead to deep division and ultimately reconciliation. {more}

Liza the Fox-Fairy

HUNGARY
Directed By Károly Ujj Mészáros
Running Time: 98 Minutes

All Liza wants is to find the man of her dreams in a burger shop—just like she read would happen in her favorite romance novel. A 30-year-old home-care nurse for a hawkish bedridden woman in Hungary, the mousy Liza has spent her life largely in solitude except for her one and only friend: the ghost of a dead Japanese pop star named Tomy Tani. When she finally travels out to the local diner in hopes... {more}

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

USA
Directed By Werner Herzog
Running Time: 98 Minutes

On October 29, 1969, the first message was sent between two computers. One crashed after two letters, so the message was “Lo.” And the internet was born. LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD is master filmmaker Werner Herzog's profound, playful, and fascinating investigation into the evolution of the internet and the incalculable effects it has had. More importantly, it questions the unfathomable effects it will have on our futures. Divided into provocative chapters,... {more}

Long Way North

FRANCE, DENMARK
Directed By Rémi Chayé
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Journey to the frozen Arctic in Rémi Chayé’s captivating animated adventure LONG WAY NORTH. In late-19th century Russia, 15-year-old Sasha is the daughter of an aristocrat. Bored with the conventions of high society and her parents’ tradition-bound expectations for her, Sasha is much more interested in the dangerous escapades of her renowned explorer grandfather, Oloukine. But when Oloukine and one of the Czar’s prized ships, the Davai, disappear during an expedition to the North Pole,... {more}

Looking for Grace

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Sue Brooks
Running Time: 100 Minutes

After Grace steals the contents of her father’s safe, she sets off a series of events that are far-reaching in their scope and final in their results. LOOKING FOR GRACE is a family tale told in non-linear narrative, which supports its themes of the casualness of destiny. While we get a glimpse of Grace’s exploits as a runaway, including a run-in with the boy who steals her bags, we are also shown how her parents’... {more}

Loopi Gugo

Portugal
Directed By Joăo Sousa
Running Time: 3 Minutes

A story about two monsters, Loopi and Gugo, that the only thing they have in common is their love for ice cream. Loopi, a frenetic and very intelligent little blue monster, does everything she can to steal the ice cream from the big and stubborn Gugo. {more}

Louder Than Bombs

NORWAY, FRANCE, DENMARK
Directed By Joachim Trier
Running Time: 109 Minutes

Gene Reed (Gabriel Byrne) is an aging high-school teacher who, while grappling with the sudden death of his photojournalist wife Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert), is also experiencing difficulties connecting with his youngest son Conrad (Devin Druid), a painfully shy loner who finds his only outlet on the internet. When Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg), Gene's wunderkind eldest son—a promising young academic who has become an insufferably moralizing pedant—returns to the family home almost immediately after the birth of... {more}

Love is a Sting

Ireland
Directed By Vincent Gallagher
Running Time: 18 Minutes

At his lowest point, struggling children's book writer Harold Finch gains an unexpected house guest in the form of an ageing, hyper-intelligent mosquito named Anabel. Anabel has literally been the fly on the wall throughout history, but has never managed to communicate with a human being. She will attempt to do so now, even if it kills her. {more}

Love Is All You Need?

USA
Directed By K. Rocco Shields
Running Time: 123 Minutes

What if the social norms of our world were turned upside down—the “acceptable” ideas about gender and sexuality completely reversed? This is the premise of K. Rocco Shields' film, LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED? It takes place in a small town high school, where girls play football and boys do arts and crafts; homosexuals make up the majority, while heterosexuals are persecuted. The hometown heroine is star quarterback, Jude, who’s dating social butterfly, Kelly. When... {more}

The Lovers and the Despot

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Robert Cannan, Ross Adams
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Kidnapping, power-mad tyrants, glamorous film stars, exotic international spies, imprisoned lovers—this is the stuff from which epic and adrenalin-fueled thrillers are made. Except this one is real. Famed South Korean director, Shin Sang-ok, and his ex-wife and South Korea's most revered film actress, Choi Eun-hee, were kidnapped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Kim was desperate to raise the international esteem of his country's cinema, so he “invited” the two to make films there. The... {more}

LoVR

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By
Running Time: 0 Minutes

A VR document of the very moment a man falls in love, told through neural activity captured over 4 seconds. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

Luca

Taiwan
Directed By HSIEH Chun-yi
Running Time: 34 Minutes

Luca focuses on the title role who, in the face of the passing of his love, makes it to Taiwan from Italy to make up his mind between conflicts of morals and money. {more}

Ma Ma

SPAIN, FRANCE
Directed By Julio Medem
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Penélope Cruz delivers one of her best and most heartfelt performances in this emotional drama about a woman confronting illness, the end of her marriage, and the future of her family. Cruz stars as Magda, a Madrid woman who has recently been laid off from her teaching job, and whose college professor husband has run off with one of his students. As she struggles to raise her young, soccer-crazed son, Dani, she learns she has... {more}

Mad

USA
Directed By Robert G. Putka
Running Time: 83 Minutes

When Mel has a nervous breakdown, it’s up to her two grown daughters to take her in. But rather than provide a loving environment, the sisters engage in some bitter war games where the biggest casualty could very well be their own mother. It takes a masterful storyteller to be able to utilize humor the way director Robert G. Putka does here, and there is no shortage of laughs in this bone-deep drama. But the... {more}

Madam Black

New Zealand
Directed By Ivan Barge
Running Time: 12 Minutes

When a glamour photographer runs over a child's pet, he's forced to fabricate a story about its disappearance. {more}

Madtown

USA
Directed By Charles Moore
Running Time: 113 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE Denny Briggs isn’t your typical standup comedian. On the run from a very real and very unfunny murder, Denny takes the stage at a hip nightclub in the city and sets himself up to crash and burn. He delivers a ghastly punch line, “The more the audience laughs, the higher the odds are that I’ll die onstage.” The problem is the audience thinks Denny Briggs is hilarious. As they find him more and more... {more}

Making Morning Star

USA
Directed By Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Running Time: 37 Minutes

A film about the creative process. We observe as a new American opera is created. The central event in the opera is the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. Composer is New Yorker Ricky Ian Gordon. {more}

Mamie Momie

France
Directed By Nicolas Berry
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Blandine is a small granny 70 years. While she has just had her purse stolen , tranquility will be disturbed by a young man who tries to blackmail her. But Blandine is full of resources ! {more}

Mandala

China
Directed By Guan Xi
Running Time: 21 Minutes

After losing her lover to suicide, a young artist tries to overcome her grief by succumbing to a mysterious request by a Tibetan monk. {more}

May 4: Our Place in History

USA
Directed By Dustin Lee
Running Time: 26 Minutes

On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire during an antiwar protest on the Kent State University campus. Four students were killed and an additional nine were wounded. In the years since the tragic shootings, the university has worked to recognize its role in the “day the war came home” through education and commemoration. {more}

The Measure of a Man

FRANCE
Directed By Stéphane Brizé
Running Time: 93 Minutes

As the protagonist in this captivating film, actor Vincent Lindon absolutely enthralls as Thierry, a man looking for work and dignity in today’s economic climate. Unemployed, Thierry spends his days training for jobs he’ll likely never get, practicing how to interview for jobs he likely doesn’t want, and facing the harsh realities of a middle-aged man looking for work. Already recognized for his efforts with the Best Actor Award at Cannes, Lindon’s quiet repose and... {more}

The Mediator

USA
Directed By Graham Phillips, Parker Phillips
Running Time: 15 Minutes

A cowboy mediator seeks to resolve a dispute between a boy and an indian. {more}

Meeting Superman

Germany
Directed By Hannah Stockmann
Running Time: 12 Minutes

When Neo wakes up one morning, she has no clue this is the day she will be meeting Superman. {more}

"Melted Rainbow" - mr. Gnome

USA
Directed By Sam Meister
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

The Memory of Water

CHILE, SPAIN, ARGENTINA, GERMANY
Directed By Matęs Bize
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Husband and wife Javier and Amanda (Elena Anaya of Pedro Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In” and “Talk to Her”) share a memory that’s almost unthinkable: their four-year-old son, Pedro, drowned in the pool in their backyard in Santiago, Chile. Though both are equally devastated, they have different ideas about how to cope with the loss. While Javier wants to overcome the pain together, Amanda can’t stand to look at her husband, as he reminds... {more}

Men & Chicken

DENMARK
Directed By Anders Thomas Jensen
Running Time: 104 Minutes

Warning: If you are going to dinner before this one, you will probably want to go vegetarian. Elias, a sex addict obsessed with useless trivia, and his brother, Gabriel, a balding professor prone to panic attacks, are having a very bad day. Upon their father’s death, a hastily-made video reveals the two were adopted. Amidst a lingering series of questions, they set out on a road trip to a remote island where their supposed biological... {more}

Miles Ahead

USA
Directed By Don Cheadle
Running Time: 100 Minutes

MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of the 20th century’s musical creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career-defining performance by Don Cheadle in the title role. In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Davis virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by... {more}

Minimum Wage

USA
Directed By Joey Ally
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Walking home from a horrible night of work, Kit takes a chance when a stranger mistakes her cocktail uniform for that of a prostitute. {more}

A Minor Problem

USA
Directed By Martha Elcan
Running Time: 3 Minutes

A detective's investigation at a hit and run site turns personal. {more}

Le Mirage

CANADA
Directed By Ricardo Trogi
Running Time: 102 Minutes

The good news is… Patrick has it all. He is handsome, runs a huge sporting goods store, and has a beautiful wife and children. His home has all the newest luxuries, including a dream kitchen and a pool. The bad news is... Patrick has it all. And all of it needs to be paid for, which is becoming a challenge. With his wife on sick leave and suppliers demanding payment, Patrick starts turning to porn... {more}

Modern Love

Canada
Directed By Nicolas Beauchemin
Running Time: 21 Minutes

With the help of a blind date app, a lonely guy falls in love online, sending text messages. {more}

Molly

USA
Directed By Becca Gleason
Running Time: 21 Minutes

When their best friend dies, three girls decide to do "Molly" - the drug more commonly known as ecstasy, at the funeral. The drug affects each girl differently, amplifying how they mourn their friend's death. {more}

Mom and Me

IRELAND, USA
Directed By Ken Wardrop
Running Time: 76 Minutes

Set in Oklahoma City—aka the “manliest city in the United States”—MOM AND ME bases itself around a local radio program called The Joe Show. On Mother’s Day, its host, Joe Cristano, asks his male listeners to call in to talk about their relationships with their moms. This very simple set-up blossoms into an intimate sociological look at this unique bond. From a disabled teenager and his overprotective mom, to a middle-aged man dealing with his... {more}

More than God

Ireland
Directed By Kev Cahill
Running Time: 9 Minutes

A short comedy set in modern Ireland that follows the attempts of a pious doctor to uncover his wife’s suspected affair, but instead is confronted by the rigidity of his religion, the boundaries of his love for his daughter, and his obligation to resuscitate her lover’s husband. {more}

Morris From America

USA, GERMANY
Directed By Chad Hartigan
Running Time: 89 Minutes

MORRIS FROM AMERICA revolves around a 13-year-old African-American boy named Morris and the relationship he has with his father, Curtis, during the transitional period of adolescence. Complicating matters, they are new residents of Heidelberg, Germany—a city of rich history but little diversity. Morris falls in love with a local German girl named Katrin, and his tumultuous connection with her takes him on a journey that ends in self-discovery and a new dynamic to his relationship... {more}

A Most Suitable Applicant

USA
Directed By Krystal White
Running Time: 3 Minutes

He's hot. And well-educated. Emphasis on 'hot'. {more}

Mothers

USA
Directed By Rayka Zehtabchi
Running Time: 10 Minutes

An Iranian mother must decide whether to end or spare the life of her son's killer. {more}

Motley's Law

DENMARK
Directed By Nicole Horanyi
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Kimberley Motley identifies with Wonder Woman. And for good reason: she is tough as nails and suffers no fools. Raised in a bad neighborhood, Kimberley fast-tracked her way to a law degree. In 2008, faced with a chance to earn good money and pay off debt, she moved without her husband and three children to work as a litigator in Kabul, Afghanistan. Even though it was initially about the money, it soon became something much,... {more}

My Blind Brother

USA
Directed By Sophie Goodhart
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Robbie (Adam Scott) runs marathons and performs other athletic feats to raise money for the visually impaired. Despite his blindness, he is a fierce competitor, winning cheers from fans, charity donors, and fawning TV reporters. Everyone loves him. Everyone, that is, except his resentful brother Bill (Nick Kroll), who’s sick of playing Robbie’s guide-trainer-wingman. Their fractious relationship boils over when the siblings fall for the same quirky girl. Rose (Jenny Slate), a self-described “superficial narcissist,”... {more}

My Enemy, My Brother

Canada
Directed By ANN SHIN
Running Time: 17 Minutes

Zahed and Najah are two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq War who become blood brothers for life. 25 years after one saves the other's life on the battlefield, they meet again by sheer chance in Canada. {more}

My Internship in Canada

CANADA
Directed By Philippe Falardeau
Running Time: 108 Minutes

When hockey stardom lands Steve Guibord the position of a Member of Parliament in Canada, nothing could prepare him for being unexpectedly bestowed the swing vote in whether or not to send the country to war in the Middle East. It’s a bewildering twist of fate for the docile politician, who has spent most of his career as an unaffiliated party member, coasting from his office above a lingerie shop, until he finds himself comically... {more}

My Mom's Motorcycle

USA
Directed By Douglas Gautraud
Running Time: 6 Minutes

This is a short film about how my mom became the owner of a motorcycle for the My Rode Reel competition. More deeply it is about how people use objects to connect with times, ideas, and people. {more}

Nelly

Austria
Directed By Chris Raiber
Running Time: 17 Minutes

A car drives through the snow. Behind the wheel is Nelly. She is thirteen years old. Nelly wants to go home. Separating her from her goal are three questions, two keys, a diving tower and a racing heart. {more}

Nemo

Spain
Directed By Felipe Sanz
Running Time: 17 Minutes

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The New Classmate

INDIA
Directed By Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Running Time: 96 Minutes

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE On her first day of school, Appu has no desire to get out of the bed she shares with her single mother, Chanda. Appu would rather spend the day goofing off. After all, as far as Appu can tell, the daughter of a maid has little hope of being employed as anything else. Still, the tenth grade culminates in exams that determine whether Appu will get into college. And Chanda—who works multiple jobs... {more}

New Direction Panel


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

At the 39th CIFF we premiered our most ground-breaking program to date: New Direction. Focusing on debut directors whose innovative films transform the traditional notions of cinematic storytelling, New Direction is back once again. Thanks to the support of CoverMyMeds, we are proud to present our first New Direction Competition. Screening within this competition are films created by emerging filmmakers who we believe will redefine the future of filmmaking. Films in competition that are screening... {more}

The New Man

URUGUAY, CHILE
Directed By Aldo Garay
Running Time: 79 Minutes

Born to a large family in Nicaragua, Roberto knew the streets by age seven. His parents “lent” him to a refugee Uruguayan family who carried him off into the Sandinista revolution and into the militia at age 12. His family never knew what became of him. Years later Roberto is living openly as Stephania, the woman he always knew he was. She is working as a parking attendant in Montevideo and living on the streets... {more}

Newtown

USA
Directed By Kim A. Snyder
Running Time: 85 Minutes

On December 14, 2012, the world watched in horror as a senseless massacre unfolded at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children between the ages of six and seven were dead, as were six educators. Because of their increased frequency, mass shootings are less shocking in our culture now, but this one was notably different. The thought of a madman spraying over a hundred bullets into children is unbearable, yet we must understand the... {more}

Noia

USA
Directed By Kel Lind
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Graham fears the entire world is watching him, and they might actually be. {more}

Not Sophie's Choice

United Kingdom
Directed By Matt Holt
Running Time: 7 Minutes

When a husband and wife attempt to break some sad and life-changing news to their ten year old daughter Sophie, their disclosures are far from what anyone could expect. {more}

Not the End

Spain
Directed By César Esteban Alenda, José Esteban Alenda
Running Time: 29 Minutes

David decides to live once again with Nina the day they first met. {more}

Notes on Blindness

UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE
Directed By Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Running Time: 87 Minutes

In 1983, just days after the birth of his son, John Hull went blind. After a lifetime of issues with his sight, Hull was told the loss was permanent. His training as a theologian, as well as his standing as a lecturer and researcher, motivated him not to surrender his place in the world, but rather to explore his blindness and try to make sense of it. He built a team of people to record... {more}

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness

FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A VR journey into a world beyond sight. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness is part of a multi-platform project that also includes the feature documentary Notes on Blindness. {more}

NUTS!

USA
Directed By Penny Lane
Running Time: 79 Minutes

Every great society needs a daring pathfinder; a person who forsakes all expectations and becomes the pioneer of his/her generation; a person who possesses the gall to say, “You know what? Imma put goat testis in men with sex problems.” Ladies and gentlemen, I give you NUTS!, a mostly-true, animated documentary about a man whose vision made him the world’s foremost “goat gland transplanter.” (If you’re wondering which goat gland, refer to the title of... {more}

O Negative

Canada
Directed By Steven McCarthy
Running Time: 15 Minutes

A sick young woman and the man who takes care of her find shelter in a roadside motel and take the necessary steps to feed her addiction. {more}

Oddball

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Stuart McDonald
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Based on true events, ODDBALL tells the story of a dog who’s bad at herding sheep, but seems to be incredible at protecting penguins. Good thing because on an island just off the coast, a penguin sanctuary is having a serious problem. When foxes start eating the penguins, the sanctuary needs help. And they’re holding out for a hero ‘til the end of the night. He’s gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast, and... {more}

Ode to Love

Ireland
Directed By Matthew Darragh
Running Time: 7 Minutes

Recently named one of Canada's Top Ten Short Films of 2015 by TIFF. {more}

Office

SOUTH KOREA
Directed By Hong Won-chan
Running Time: 115 Minutes

You’re late for work. In addition to your boss being upset, something is wrong… the police are standing at the cubicle next to yours. You hear them mention something about a murder. Your coworker leans in and whispers, “You know the hammer murderer in the news? Apparently, it was him.” And then he nods to the cubicle next to you. This is the beginning of the end of your life. Because the hammer murderer is... {more}

On the Run

France
Directed By Gianguido Spinelli
Running Time: 12 Minutes

A mobile phone vibrates in the dark. The bedside lights, a hand grabs the phone. We discover the face of a man of about forty years. He observes the number that appears in the dial, clears his throat and finally answers {more}

Once Upon a Dream

USA
Directed By Erin Brown Thomas
Running Time: 3 Minutes

An intimate and haunting aerial silk dance. {more}

One Floor Below

ROMANIA, FRANCE, GERMANY, SWEDEN
Directed By Radu Muntean
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Sandu Patrascu is an ordinary middle-aged man. A father to son, Matei, and a dog lover, he runs a car registration business with his wife, Olga. But Patrascu is in an unusual predicament. While returning from a walk with his dog, he overhears his downstairs neighbor, Laura, in a heated argument with Vali, another man in the building. Patrascu pauses at the door—perhaps to see if he should intercede—but Vali storms out of the apartment... {more}

One on One

USA
Directed By Jake Thomas
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Sarah, a runaway teenager in the city of Metropolis, encounters a persistent newspaper reporter who won't leave her alone until she agrees to an interview for his newspaper column. Ten questions -- that's all he asks. In their moments together, the fragments of her tragic life emerge, but her anger towards superheroes and Superman himself explodes in full force. If he is so great and so powerful, why is the world such a horrible place?... {more}

The Ones Below

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By David Farr
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Kate and Justin are expecting their first child. They discover their strange and unseen new downstairs neighbors, Teresa and John, are also expecting a child and invite the couple to dinner. All does not go well. At the evening's end, Teresa falls on the stairs and loses her baby. Dreadful accusations are made. The new couple go away to grieve, and Kate has her child. Upon their return, Teresa and John seem eager to apologize... {more}

Opt Out

USA
Directed By Steve Utaski
Running Time: 3 Minutes

Another crazy (as in seriously psycho) day at the office. What happens when your relationship with your computer gets more than dysfunctional. {more}

The Orchestra

Australia
Directed By Mikey Hill
Running Time: 15 Minutes

In a world filled with beautiful music, Vernon always seems to strike the wrong note. {more}

Oriented

UNITED KINGDOM, ISRAEL, JORDAN
Directed By Jake Witzenfeld
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Life is not just an ideology. When you are Palestinian and gay in Tel Aviv, however, ideologies can be fierce. This full-immersion documentary follows three young men living and loving in the middle of war. Khader lives with his Jewish lover, David, and is facing a crisis of staying to fight or fleeing. Fadi is having an internal political battle as he dates a Jewish soldier who denies there is an Occupation. Naeem is braving... {more}

Our Everyday Life

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Directed By Ines Tanovic
Running Time: 89 Minutes

It’s been 20 years since the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, yet its lingering physical and psychological aftershocks are on daily display for Saša Susic. Depressed and unemployed, the 40-year-old war veteran lives with his parents in Sarajevo. His father, Muhamed, thinks PTSD is a scam of the lazy. His mother, Marija, a retired teacher, is more sympathetic and optimistic. His sister, Senada, is pregnant and living in Slovenia. With some impending family crises on... {more}

Our Last Tango

GERMANY, ARGENTINA
Directed By German Kral
Running Time: 85 Minutes

The tango is a dance performed with intense feeling. Sometimes that feeling is hate. After a legendary career spanning 50 years, the two most celebrated dancers in the history of the tango reveal this and many other hard-won truths. Now in their 80s, María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes speak openly about the partnership that swung madly between love and loathing and forever changed the art of the tango. In OUR LAST TANGO, Juan... {more}

Out of the Bag

USA
Directed By Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A short documentary exploring the ways in which artists are re-appropriating the surplus of single-use plastic bags as their medium to create artworks, with varying intentions: from raising environmental awareness, to expressing the conflict of personal emotions. {more}

Out to Win

USA, CANADA
Directed By Malcolm Ingram
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Sports are our central cultural activity. We pour our hopes, dreams, and passions into it, and out of it rises our heroes and role models. For some of these heroes the price of fame was hiding the truth of who they were: LGBT athletes who knew their fortunes lay strictly in the closet. That began to change in the 1970s with heroic men and women such as David Kopay and Billie Jean King. Today the... {more}

Painting the Stars

Greece
Directed By Yiannis Christoforou
Running Time: 12 Minutes

A‪ documentary‬ about the life and work of a living legend: Mr Vassilis Dimitriou, a painter who devoted his life to the art of painting giant ‪movie posters for film theatre facades in Athens. ‬For more than half a century Mr. Dimitriou is documenting the ‪cinematic‬ history of the whole world. {more}

Pale Blue

USA
Directed By Alex Burunova
Running Time: 17 Minutes

Pale Blue is an unsettling psychological drama taking us through Ally’s fragile mental state as she struggles to adjust to a difficult pregnancy, while a routine ultrasound appointment reveals an even bigger discovery. {more}

Parabellum

ARGENTINA, AUSTRIA, URUGUAY
Directed By Lukas Valenta Rinner
Running Time: 75 Minutes

What becomes of humanity when the end of days is nigh? It finds a way to capitalize on it, of course. Lukas Valenta Rinner’s pitch black comedy and feature directorial debut introduces us to a world we soon discover is in disorder through cryptic soundbites and ominous media clips. Hernán (Pablo Seijo), a public investigation worker, travels with a group of mundane middle-class Brazilian suburbanites to a secluded resort-like survival boot camp where they’ve paid... {more}

Paradise Trips

BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS
Directed By Raf Reyntjens
Running Time: 90 Minutes

A bunch of young, free-spirited Belgians hop on a bus headed for an electronic music festival in Croatia. They laugh, they sing, they smoke, they drink. It looks like a rollicking good time for all on board, save one: the grumpy bus driver. Mario is 40 years older than most of his passengers. He has spent decades driving seniors to sun and fun spots on his tour bus (called “Paradise Trips”). Now, on the verge... {more}

Parasol

BELGIUM
Directed By Valéry Rosier
Running Time: 73 Minutes

On the beautiful holiday island of Majorca, three lonely and somewhat damaged people are about to reach pivotal points in their lives. Annie is a 73-year-old who has scandalized her children by running away to the island to be with a man she met online. Pere is a tour bus driver, estranged from his wife and willing to try anything to retain the love of his daughter—even stealing his tour bus for a day out... {more}

Parched

INDIA, USA, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Leena Yadav
Running Time: 118 Minutes

"Society has rules for a reason," says a village elder at the opening of this modern melodrama. And the rural community—home to widowed Rani, her vivacious best friend Lajjo, and the erotic dancer Bijli—lives and dies by those rules the old man cites. But when it falls to Rani to find a teenage bride for her entitled 15-year-old son, she and her friends begin to subtly question this status quo that favors men, sends child... {more}

Pardon the Intrusion

United Kingdom
Directed By Louise Galizia
Running Time: 19 Minutes

Housebound Betty Wallis receives her basic needs through carers, who visit briefly each morning and night. Soon however, Betty finds she is not alone as an intruder inhabits her home. {more}

Parisienne

FRANCE
Directed By Danielle Arbid
Running Time: 119 Minutes

“Everything is ugly,” writes 18-year-old Lina after being prompted by her art history professor to list what she finds grotesque. It’s 1993 and Lina recently moved from Lebanon to Paris to live with her aunt and uncle and attend university. But the transition has been less than smooth. After her lascivious uncle makes a pass at her, Lina decides to navigate the streets of Paris on her own. Without a residency permit and with little... {more}

The Parker Tribe

USA
Directed By Jane Baker
Running Time: 25 Minutes

Living life in suburban Philadelphia in the late 1970s is complex for Mary Jo" Parker {more}

"Part 1 Mountain Jane Doe" from The Dead Unknown

USA
Directed By Michael I. Schiller
Running Time: 15 Minutes

In 1969 a young woman was found dead off a remote mountain trail in Harlan, Kentucky, with stab wounds to the chest; her identity was a mystery. Part of The Dead Unknown - an original Web Series that tells the stories of the Jane and John Does of America, and the thousands of families left in the dark about their loved ones' fates – a problem the Department of Justice has called “the nation’s silent mass... {more}

Paulina

ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, FRANCE
Directed By Santiago Mitre
Running Time: 103 Minutes

With her Ph.D. nearly complete and a promising law career in Buenos Aires, Paulina is on the path to success. To the shock and dismay of her father, a prominent judge, she announces her plan to set all this aside in order to teach at an impoverished suburban school. She believes it is the right thing to do, and nobody can dissuade her. After only a short time at this new job, Paulina is attacked... {more}

"Perfect World" - Allen Stone

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Stefan Hunt
Running Time: 3 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Perspectives Panel


Directed By
Running Time: 60 Minutes

Welcome to Perspectives, CIFF’s first-ever exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. As technology evolves, so too does the way we tell stories. With a new generation of creators, comes innovative collaboration and the capacity to envision multiple perspectives within a single story. We invite you to navigate this new and exciting terrain with us and experience the future of storytelling firsthand. Join us for a panel discussion about this new world... {more}

"Peter" from SingleDumb

USA
Directed By Jared Newmark
Running Time: 3 Minutes

Alex goes on a first date but was it even a date? Part of SingleDumb - an original Web Series that follows Alex, an optimistic, single twenty-something on her horrific dating adventures throughout New York City. Check out The Next Webisode Screening Room to see additional Webisodes of this Web Series, available to CIFF Members only. To become a CIFF Member, click here. {more}

Play Date

USA
Directed By Paige Morrow Kimball
Running Time: 15 Minutes

When a little girl discovers a homeless woman in her backyard she invites her inside for a play date, which goes unnoticed by her distracted parents. {more}

Plein Soleil

Belgium
Directed By Fred Castadot
Running Time: 24 Minutes

Under the leaden sky of a summer day, Eric is driving to his workplace to present an important project. But the stress makes him forget what matters the most... {more}

Post-Production - Editing and More


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

All panels are free and open to the public. NO TICKET REQUIRED What happens to a film after production has wrapped? Post-production includes the manipulation and collation of image and sound to create an integrated whole. While editing is the backbone of the post-production process in filmmaking, other vital post-production aspects will be considered as well. These include music scoring and music rights, post-production sound (e.g., ADR, Foley), animation, and both digital visual effects and optical/practical special... {more}

Pre-Production and Funding Essentials


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

All panels are free and open to the public. NO TICKET REQUIRED Which concepts make the transition from idea to production? What are the steps along the way? The range of activities necessary to take a film from conception to production will be explored in this panel, including the initial development of the project, the writing process for fictional works and documentaries, the logistics of casting, crew, locations, and scheduling, and the many additional planning steps necessary... {more}

Present Imperfect

Argentina
Directed By Iair Said
Running Time: 15 Minutes

It's Martín's birthday. A confusing present will lead him to reflect and think about how other people see him. {more}

Presenting Princess Shaw

USA, ISRAEL
Directed By Ido Haar
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Samantha Montgomery has a dream. Working as a nurse aid in New Orleans, she spends her free time uploading clips of her singing to YouTube. Recording under the moniker Princess Shaw, Montgomery’s voice is terrific; comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Macy Gray are certainly appropriate. Unfortunately, her channel doesn’t garner many hits, and audiences are scarce at local gigs. She’s also dealing with depression, which stems from a history of childhood sexual abuse. Across the... {more}

Rabin in His Own Words

ISRAEL
Directed By Erez Laufer
Running Time: 104 Minutes

“There is nothing harder than defining oneself.” So wrote Yitzhak Rabin in a letter. Now, 20 years after his assassination in 1995, Rabin is given the chance to do precisely that. This extraordinary documentary gathers together a wealth of video footage and personal correspondence. The result is a compelling story that encompasses the greater part of a tumultuous century. Born in 1922 to immigrant parents, Rabin quickly excelled and rose in his country's trust and... {more}

Raspberry Galaxies

USA
Directed By Noah Sterling
Running Time: 5 Minutes

A young girl creates a brand new universe inside her bedroom. {more}

Reality+

France
Directed By Coralie Fargeat
Running Time: 22 Minutes

In a near futur you can be whoever you want thanks to the brain implant Reality+ {more}

The Reflektor Tapes

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Kahlil Joseph
Running Time: 75 Minutes

THE REFLEKTOR TAPES chronicles the making of Arcade Fire’s Grammy-nominated 2013 album, Reflektor. Produced by LCD Soundsystem frontman, James Murphy, the record was a critical darling, with Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Stereogum placing it high on their year-end lists. It was dancier than previous efforts, but its lyrics drew on a theme of isolation and death. Lead singer Win Butler says he was heavily influenced by “Black Orpheus,” a 1959 Brazilian film that put a... {more}

Reinventing the Reel

Canada, USA
Directed By Michael Gorlick
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Reinventing the Reel gives an overview of the Hollywood treatment of LGBT portrayals in film, how it has changed, and why is important to continue to change. This brief history is followed by an inside look into independent filmmakers in their process of breaking the chain of that negative history on a smaller scale (with the help of tools like crowd funding). They create films, in part, hoping that one day it will be more... {more}

Remember My Story

USA
Directed By Nathanael Matanick, Anthony Cruz
Running Time: 22 Minutes

Stuck in the abyss of the foster care system, Zoe's life finally begins to move forward until unexpectedly what she holds dearest is taken away from her yet again and she is left to pick up the pieces of her tender heart. {more}

Resilience

USA
Directed By James Redford
Running Time: 60 Minutes

With the current political climate forcing the dialogue on public health towards the subject of who’s going to pay for it, there is great interest in the issue of preventative healthcare and how we can reduce the number of diseases affecting Americans. RESILIENCE addresses the remarkable Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which was the first study to connect childhood trauma to many of today’s largest health risks. These include alcohol and drug abuse, depression, STD... {more}

Returning Home

NORWAY
Directed By Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Fredrik and Oskar are anxious because this is the day their father, Einar, has returned to rural Norway, fresh from a tour with the national army in Afghanistan. Almost immediately Einar criticizes Fredrik’s earring and calls attention to his seemingly rebellious attitude. He also seems to resent his older son’s reluctance to follow in his military footsteps. One day Einar vanishes in the frigid Norwegian wilderness, once again abandoning his two sons. Fredrik and Oskar... {more}

Right Footed

USA, ETHIOPIA, PHILIPPINES
Directed By Nick Spark
Running Time: 82 Minutes

How many times have you complained about life, only to be told, "it could be worse?" It sounds clichéd, but it's completely true. Born without arms, Jessica Cox's future didn't seem bright. Her mother worried about her constantly and was prepared to take care of her daughter for the rest of her life. Feeling restricted by the idea of mechanical arms, Jessica decided to ditch them when she saw a woman using her feet to... {more}

River

CANADA, LAOS
Directed By Jamie M. Dagg
Running Time: 95 Minutes

John Lake is an eager American doctor, working as a volunteer in Laos. When he loses a patient, his boss forces him to take a vacation. After a night of drinks at the bar, John stumbles home to find a young woman being sexually assaulted on the side of the road. Responding with quick anger, he goes after her attacker, brutally pummeling him to death. When he realizes what he’s done, he flees—only to return... {more}

Roksana

USA
Directed By Shaina Pakravan
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Roksana, a young twenty-something from a traditional Iranian-American family, nervously prepares to meet Shahram, her suitor, and his family for the first time. {more}

Romeo Is Bleeding

USA
Directed By Jason Zeldes
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Donté Clark, like many teenagers, had little interest in reading Romeo and Juliet in high school. But now, at age 22, he sees far too many similarities between the tragic tale and his life in Richmond, California—a city overwhelmed by a deadly turf war between two feuding neighborhoods. Donté has witnessed friends and family fall victim to gun violence. Still, he is determined not to share the fate of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Director Jason Zeldes’... {more}

Rosa - These Storms

USA, GUATEMALA
Directed By Sean Kusanagi, Hannah Gregg
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Rosa, a young Mayan woman, sits alone. She stares directly into the camera and for the first time has the courage to share her story. She has wrestled with rejection, forgiveness and the fight to keep her child alive. Now 27, she must overcome her past to follow the dreams she once thought impossible. {more}

Ross & Beth

New Zealand
Directed By Hamish Bennett
Running Time: 15 Minutes

A humble farming couple, a sudden upheaval and an unlikely savior. {more}

Scherzo Diabolico

MEXICO
Directed By Adrián García Bogliano
Running Time: 91 Minutes

With nothing but cases of flavored water and potato chips, Anabela, a terrified young beauty, waits shivering in a grimy abandoned factory for her captor’s return. Beneath a skeletal mask that invokes the Mexican Dia de los Muertos is Aram, an overworked accountant making a desperate attempt to blackmail his boss by kidnapping her daughter. Things go methodically according to plan as Aram destroys the lives of those closest to him in his expertly calculated... {more}

Schneider vs. Bax

NETHERLANDS
Directed By Alex van Warmerdam
Running Time: 96 Minutes

In a thrilling yet darkly comedic twist on the old spy vs. spy genre, SCHNEIDER VS. BAX portrays two hitmen going face-to-face in a life or death game of chess, where neither man is sure which side they’re on. Schneider is the family man—beautiful wife and two adorable young daughters about to celebrate his birthday—when he gets a call to go after Bax (played by director Alex van Warmerdam). “He’s a child killer” is all... {more}

Scythe

USA
Directed By Jim Rothman
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Amy and Tracy, two high school girls, reflect on their uncertain futures. After Amy decides to walk home, Tracy soon discovers that The Grim Reaper Killer, the town's most notorious serial killer, has escaped and is loose on the streets. {more}

Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story

USA
Directed By Michael Stabile
Running Time: 72 Minutes

In the 1970s, Falcon Studios defined and dominated the gay porn industry. Featuring the hottest men and the most uninhibited sex, it propelled and documented the gay community's social and physical liberation from stereotypes and prejudice. Although the industry was condemned as much as embraced, it formed an integral part of gay men's lives at the time. Equally as divisive was Falcon co-founder Chuck Holmes, who became a kingpin in the erotic film empire. SEED... {more}

Selling Rosario

USA
Directed By Michael Winokur, Iana Simeonov
Running Time: 16 Minutes

A family of migrant workers send their 12-year- old daughter and her outlaw cousin into the night on the promise of a stranger. Selling Rosario is the story of a young girl growing up in a migrant labor camp and her parents’ risky plan to get her out of an unsafe, squalid environment. They believe almost any place else would be better for her to grow up. We meet Rosario and her family on the... {more}

Separated

USA
Directed By Benjamin Freiburger
Running Time: 14 Minutes

When a wind-up toy's best friend is thrown into a moving box that is headed out of town, the tiny robot must spring to life and rescue her before she is gone forever. {more}

Seven Digital Deadly Sins

CANADA
Directed By
Running Time: 0 Minutes

An interactive documentary that invites you to take a momentary break from your endless stream of tweets, shares, views, and comments to look at who we are as moral creatures in the 21st century. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

Shabu-Shabu Spirit

Japan
Directed By Yuki Saito
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A fiancé goes to meet the family, and Shozo's secret appraisal begins {more}

Shorts Audience Choice Awards Program

International
Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

CIFF patrons determine the winners of these awards by casting ballots throughout the 40th CIFF. The award for Best Short Film Overall is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize. Audience Choice Award for Best Animated Short Film Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short Film Audience Choice Award for Best Live Action Short Film - Comedy Audience Choice Award for Best Live Action Short Film - Drama Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film Overall In addition, a Programmers' Choice Award... {more}

Shorts Jury Awards Program

International
Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Our three jurors select winners of the awards listed below. The shorts are screened and the filmmakers are recognized during this special program. Each award is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize. Best Animated Short Award* - sponsored by Reminger Co., L.P.A. Best Comedy Short Award - sponsored by David K. Ream Best Documentary Short Award* - sponsored by Jules and Fran Belkin Best International Short Award - sponsored by MP Star Financial, Inc. Best LGBT Short Award: Given in... {more}

Sing Street

IRELAND
Directed By John Carney
Running Time: 105 Minutes

SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the... {more}

ŠiŠka Deluxe

SLOVENIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, MACEDONIA
Directed By Jan Cvitkovič
Running Time: 108 Minutes

When one of them inherits a run-down empty dry cleaner, three friends decide to take over and start their own pizzeria. Of course whenever starting a new business, obstacles abound—In this case: opening a business in a run-down neighborhood, goons looking for a shakedown, and knowing absolutely nothing about starting a new business. ŠIŠKA DELUXE is a comedy about what it takes to go from being an extra-small cheese to a deep-dish sheet pizza with... {more}

Sisters: A Mobile VR Ghost Story

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Be careful where you look because someone—or something—doesn't want you here! Otherworld Interactive presents their popular horror franchise that transports the viewer inside a chilling animated haunted house where sisterly ghosts will scare your pants off. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

Sleeping Giant

CANADA
Directed By Andrew Cividino
Running Time: 89 Minutes

At an isolated lake house in rural Ontario, three boys pass the time, waiting for summer to end and pining for something to happen. Nate and Riley, two rough-around-the-edges cousins vacationing with Nate’s grandmother, meet Adam, a gentle teen staying with his parents. Adam shows little aggression, yet his frustration chooses to manifest itself in more emotional forms. Nate and Riley show off their toxic, overbearing masculinity on a daily basis. They direct their machismo... {more}

Snowtime!

CANADA
Directed By Jean-François Pouliot
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Is there any greater moment in a child’s life then when school lets out for winter break? SNOWTIME! is every kid’s dream come-to-animated-life when the children of a small village partake in a week-long snowball war. And war is serious business, you guys. Based on the award-winning 1984 live-action film, “The Dog Who Stopped the War,” SNOWTIME! follows the exploits of two 11-year-olds, Luke and Sophie, as they control the two sides battling over the... {more}

"Something About You" - Lucius

USA
Directed By Mimi Cave
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Sonita

GERMANY, IRAN, SWITZERLAND
Directed By Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Running Time: 90 Minutes

An Afghan refugee, 18-year-old Sonita now lives in Iran, where she’s enrolled in a program that offers her counseling and education. Heavily influenced by Western music—she tells her teacher she wishes her parents were Michael Jackson and Rhianna—she’s developed a passion for hip-hop. Sonita spends her free time developing her craft, saving up for studio time, and collaborating with other aspiring artists. Things turn ugly when her mom visits from Afghanistan, intent on bringing her... {more}

Sophie

Hong Kong, Singapore, USA
Directed By Alle Hsu
Running Time: 14 Minutes

In “Sophie,” the protagonist is abandoned by her mother and forced to come to terms with both her new life and her grandmother in this poignant tale of a crucial moment in a young girl’s life. {more}

"Speech of Foxes" - Gem Club

USA
Directed By Ben Phillippo
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Speed Sisters

USA, PALESTINE
Directed By Amber Fares
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Even in America, women race car drivers are faced with adversity. The sport is mostly seen as a boys' club, which has led to accusations of sexism—Richard Petty famously received criticism for inappropriate comments about NASCAR star, Danica Patrick. Now imagine female drivers in the Middle East. It’s a culture where, in some places, the idea of women driving at all is considered improper, let alone tearing up a track. This hasn’t stopped a team... {more}

Split Ticket

USA
Directed By Alfred Thomas Catalfo
Running Time: 20 Minutes

In 1947, newly-minted congressmen John F. Kennedy (age 29) and Richard Nixon (age 34) travel to Pennsylvania where they must make a fateful decision. A supernatural drama based on true events. {more}

Staying Alive

NORWAY
Directed By Charlotte Blom
Running Time: 84 Minutes

The classic Bee Gees song, Staying Alive, has supposedly saved many lives: its pulsing disco beat mirrors the correct rhythms for life-saving CPR. And if anyone's life needs saving right now, it's Marianne's. Happily married with two beautiful daughters, she discovers her husband, Hakon, is having an affair with a younger woman named Frida. Worse, he thinks he loves her. Suddenly Marianne, the wronged party, finds herself increasingly on the losing end. With nothing to... {more}

Stick Man

United Kingdom
Directed By Jeroen Jaspaert, Daniel Snaddon
Running Time: 28 Minutes

A half hour animated film based on the much-loved children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. {more}

The Story of Percival Pilts

Australia, New Zealand
Directed By Janette Goodey, John Lewis
Running Time: 8 Minutes

While playing on stilts, young Percival Pilts vows "Never again shall my feet touch the ground!" Compelled ever higher, he builds his stilts so tall that he no longer fits into normal society. {more}

Stripper Wars

USA
Directed By Giancarlo Loffredo
Running Time: 7 Minutes

In the clack of a broken heel, Kayoz, a member of the elite exotic pole dancing team “The Flying Angels,” finds herself entranced by the harmony between her trepidation and the truth of nature’s parallels. After taking a fall for the worse, her comeback means even more to her than the tough crowd she is faced with, in which her adversary: the beautiful 24k, spectates. {more}

Struck

France
Directed By Bibo Bergeron
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Curse, fate and meteorolog {more}

Stutterer

United Kingdom
Directed By Benjamin Cleary
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Winner of the Oscar for Best-Live Action Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards, STUTTERER is tht story of a lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice who must face his ultimate fear. {more}

Summertime

FRANCE
Directed By Catherine Corsini
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Time offers little mercy for star-crossed lovers. Delphine is a young woman who’s broken free of her family’s farm in southern France to head for bustling Paris in the 1970s. After a chance meeting leads her to Carole, the gutsy force behind an outspoken woman’s liberation group, Delphine becomes enraptured with her free spirit. Carole, though already engaged to the progressive Manuel, submits to her advances and begins stealing away for impassioned rendezvous. As desire... {more}

Sworn Virgin

ITALY, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY, ALBANIA, KOSOVO
Directed By Laura Bispuri
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Identity and gender issues abound in Laura Bispuri’s SWORN VIRGIN. But this intriguing drama is hardly your typical film about sexuality. Hana grew up in the mountains of Northern Albania. To avoid an arranged marriage and to counter second-class citizen status in her brutally chauvinistic village, she adopts the “Kanun code of honor” and agrees to live life as a celibate “man” named Mark. She cuts her hair, binds her breasts, and wears men’s clothing.... {more}

Takanakuy

USA
Directed By Austin Kolodney
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Deck the halls. Deck your family {more}

Taking Care of Ruth

Spain
Directed By Miguel Berzal De Miguel
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Although three years have past since her husband passed away, Ruth has not got used to living alone, nor can she stand the carers that her daughter Clara has hired to look after her {more}

Taking Flight

USA
Directed By Brandon Oldenburg
Running Time: 6 Minutes

Taking Flight is a short film inspired by Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon. In this fictional tribute to Pasin's legacy, what begins as a small boy's boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey, narrowly escaping wild monkeys and battling aliens to save the universe. {more}

Taking the Plunge

USA
Directed By Thaddaeus Andreades, Nicholas Manfredi, Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, Marie Raoult
Running Time: 7 Minutes

When a young man’s ideal wedding proposal is put in jeopardy, he is forced to dive into unknown waters to salvage his plans. {more}

The Talk

USA
Directed By Joe Otting
Running Time: 9 Minutes

There comes a time when everyone needs to grow up, especially Dad. The Talk is an amusing slice-of-life character piece about the pitfalls of parenting and the realization that things are not always as they seem. {more}

Tanna

AUSTRALIA, VANUATU
Directed By Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Running Time: 104 Minutes

On the remote Pacific island of Tanna, covered in rainforest and shadowed by an active volcano, young warrior Dain and maiden Wawa have fallen in love. One day Dain's father is brutally attacked by the Imedin, a neighboring tribe, and now war threatens. To secure lasting peace, the tribal elders promise Wawa as a bride to an Imedin warrior. Dain and Wawa cannot accept this arrangement, even knowing it is the law and the only... {more}

Taste of Life

IRAQ, UNITED KINGDOM, USA
Directed By Meedo Ali
Running Time: 6 Minutes

A mother visits the site where her son was killed only to discover his spirit, unable to move to the afterlife. {more}

Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

AFGHANISTAN, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Saeed Taji Farouky, Michael McEvoy
Running Time: 82 Minutes

TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR follows a group of young soldiers in the Afghan National Army in 2014, around the time NATO troops began to withdraw from the region. With the burden now lying solely on their shoulders, these courageous young men feel the pressure to succeed. Although the realization of doing it alone certainly weighs on them heavily, they are happy to see outside forces leave. They initially welcomed the assistance, but... {more}

Thank You For Playing

USA
Directed By Malika Zouhali-Worrall, David Osit
Running Time: 81 Minutes

When Ryan Green’s one-year-old son, Joel, was diagnosed with cancer, doctors said he had four months to live. The unfathomable news hit Green and his family hard. Instead of living each day burdened by the inevitable outcome, they decided to make every moment count. For Green, his therapy came in the somewhat unlikely form of video games. As a game designer, he found a creative way to express his feelings. He channeled his family’s experience... {more}

That Dragon, Cancer

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 0 Minutes

An immersive narrative videogame that retells Joel Green’s four-year fight against cancer through poetic, imaginative gameplay that explores faith, hope, and love. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. That Dragon, Cancer is part of a multi-platform project that also includes the feature documentary Thank You For Playing. {more}

That Little "Drive" Thing

France
Directed By Yoann Luis
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A tormented father is driving his son to work. The young man will use this time to announce an important revelation. {more}

"The Above" from Field of Vision

USA, AFGHANISTAN
Directed By Kirsten Johnson
Running Time: 9 Minutes

A U.S. military surveillance balloon floats on a tether high above Kabul, Afghanistan. Its capacities are both highly classified and deeply mysterious. Part of Field of Vision - an original Web Series that features a filmmaker-driven visual journalism film unit that pairs filmmakers with developing and ongoing stories around the globe. Check out The Next Webisode Screening Room to see additional Webisodes of this Web Series, available to CIFF Members only. To become a CIFF Member, click... {more}

"The Paper Pusher in a Skirt" from Whatever, Linda

Canada
Directed By Matt Eastman
Running Time: 7 Minutes

The origin story of Linda Thoroughbred - one cunning, attractive secretary who made-off with more money than Madoff. Part of Whatever, Linda - an original Web Series that tells the story of one woman who takes on Wall Street, and levels the playing field in this Ponzi scheme dramedy inspired by the real-life events of the Bernie Madoff scandal. Check out The Next Webisode Screening Room to see additional Webisodes of this Web Series, available to CIFF... {more}

"The Trouble With Us" - Chet Faker feat. Marcus Marr

HUNGARY, SPAIN
Directed By Kinopravda
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Those People

USA
Directed By Joey Kuhn
Running Time: 89 Minutes

At first glance, Charles, Sebastian, and their friends live in a world far removed from most of us. They reside in rooms lined with priceless works of renaissance art and in buildings that overlook sweeping vistas of Central Park. But there’s something hiding beneath the sheen of their haute culture. Sebastian, whose father swindled millions from the masses in a Madoff-style scheme, is now known as “the son of the most hated man in New... {more}

Three Fools

Denmark
Directed By Peter Hausner, Snobar Avani
Running Time: 7 Minutes

“Three Fools" discover the rise and fall of greed and how happiness is sometimes right in front of you.” {more}

"Through My Street" - Rio Wolta

SWITZERLAND
Directed By Piet Baumgartner
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Thunder Road

USA
Directed By Jim Cummings
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Officer Arnaud loved his mom. {more}

Tickled

NEW ZEALAND
Directed By David Ferrier, Dylan Reeve
Running Time: 92 Minutes

David Ferrier, an effervescent TV personality from New Zealand, happens upon a video of competitive endurance tickling—one of the more bizarre sports to arise since the explosion of the internet. While searching for a subject to interview, he stumbles upon a mysterious website that produces tickling videos owned by Jane O’Brien Media. He sends a message and is immediately subjected to vicious homophobic attacks that persist for weeks. Convinced there’s more to the story, Ferrier... {more}

The Tiger

USA
Directed By John Urbano
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Ismael Laguna Meneses is a former professional boxer. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. Known as 'El Tigre Colonense', Laguna was the Panamanian Featherweight Champion from 1962 to 1963. A National hero and loved by all. John met Ismael ten years ago and was personally asked by the champion to tell his story. El Tigre focuses on Ismael's early mischievous childhood and his discovery as a boxer. {more}

Tiny Out Loud

USA
Directed By Andrew Ina
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Tiny Out Loud is a film where size matters but not in the way you think. It is a short documentary about Stephanie Rond’s gender gouging street art and dollhouse art galleries. Tiny Out Loud’s fun but evocative exploration makes gender roles smaller and the art world’s accessibility larger. {more}

Tiny Town

USA
Directed By Howard Cook, Stephen Baker
Running Time: 9 Minutes

When a small train town is besieged by cataclysmic events, it's up to a simple ice-cream man to rise up against the challenges and defend his home. {more}

"To My Surprise" - James

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Kris Merc
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Too Late

USA
Directed By Dennis Hauck
Running Time: 107 Minutes

Private investigator Mel Sampson (Academy Award® nominee John Hawkes) is tasked with tracking down the whereabouts of a missing woman from his own past. With this familiar setup, TOO LATE takes the spine of the classic private eye genre and tears it to pieces, weaving it back together into a tapestry of southern California and the menagerie of eccentric personalities and lost souls who inhabit it. From the desolate, overgrown Radio Hill to the ritzy... {more}

Traders

IRELAND
Directed By Rachael Moriarty, Peter Murphy
Running Time: 90 Minutes

“If you ever find yourself in a fight to the death, take my advice: Go for the throat,” says Harry. It’s a dog beat dog world out there after the latest financial crisis, and those who were bloodthirsty in their quest for making money are now looking for a new sport in the Irish film TRADERS. When the company Harry (Killian Scott) and Vernon (John Bradley from Game of Thrones) work for loses billions in... {more}

The Train

USA
Directed By Asher Grodman
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A preoccupied young man reluctantly agrees to take some time from his busy day to meet his girlfriend's grandfather (Eli Wallach, in his final performance). He learns how life can change in a moment. 'I was very much moved by the story and the players. What a fitting exit for a grand master of the performing arts Eli Wallach.' - Steven Spielberg {more}

Trapped

USA
Directed By Dawn Porter
Running Time: 81 Minutes

Dawn Porter’s TRAPPED just received the Special Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at Sundance. The film streamlines the abortion debate by taking viewers inside clinics that face closure due to increasingly restrictive laws. Porter journeys to Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas to talk with clinic owners and employees about encroaching legislation that makes it more difficult to operate the centers. Because of TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers), a host of clinics have closed in... {more}

Traveler

USA
Directed By Simon Brown
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Four friends build a jet-powered craft to teleport across the universe. It's when they succeed, their problems begin. {more}

Trenk, the Little Knight

AUSTRIA, GERMANY
Directed By Anthony Power
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Trenk has big big dreams of being a knight, and he has all the courage and dedication necessary to be the best knight ever. He just doesn’t have the size. Or age. Or any of the general skills necessary to be the best knight ever. TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT is a hopeful knight’s tale about a boy with a dream and maybe just the means to accomplish the impossible. Motivated by the possibility to overthrow... {more}

The Trip

Canada
Directed By Grace Wang
Running Time: 17 Minutes

A mother and daughter go on a weekend road trip to a small town in the country. At a mystical beach, they share a moment that catches both of them by surprise. {more}

Tuning Oscar

Spain
Directed By Mikel Alvarińo
Running Time: 21 Minutes

Face the ghosts from your past". That's all Ana is asking of Oscar so they can be together." {more}

Twin Falls

USA
Directed By Nathan Hippenmeyer
Running Time: 13 Minutes

A young boy goes on an adventure into the woods to escape the realities of growing up--blurring the line between his fantasy and his reality. {more}

Twisted

Australia
Directed By Stuart Bowen
Running Time: 6 Minutes

School reunions are strange for anyone, but especially our socially awkward hero. When the girl of his Middle School dreams makes her appearance known, he will stop at nothing to win her over...even if it means going into a unique and totally bonkers balloon battle with his old bully and school nemesis one last time. {more}

Two Kinds of People

USA
Directed By Quincy Perkins
Running Time: 4 Minutes

There are two types of people...those that read the synopsis and those that don't. A story of love. {more}

Uncle Howard

USA, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Aaron Brookner
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Hidden in The Bunker, the famous New York den of legendary literary icon William Burroughs, was a gold mine of film and photos archived by filmmaker Howard Brookner. When Howard's nephew, Aaron, discovered and unearthed this treasure, he started an amazing journey to reconstruct and celebrate his uncle's life and work. Known for the acclaimed 1983 documentary, “Burroughs: The Movie,” Howard was a fascinating cultural figure who swirled among the most influential artists of the... {more}

"Underflow" - Emma Louise

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Dylan Duclos
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

The Unforgiven

USA
Directed By Jason Piccioni
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A cynical angel must confront his own skepticism when he battles the devil for the soul of a criminal. {more}

Unseen

USA
Directed By Laura Paglin
Running Time: 76 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE The 2009 arrest and subsequent trial of Anthony Sowell gripped the city of Cleveland and the nation. Having kidnapped, raped, and murdered 11 women from the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Sowell then buried his victims’ bodies within the floorboards, walls, and grounds of his home where they were eventually found by police. These circumstances led to a media blitz that asked how an unemployed ex-convict could so easily get away with such horrible crimes for... {more}

UnSlut: A Documentary Film

CANADA,USA
Directed By Emily Lindin
Running Time: 39 Minutes

This documentary short from The UnSlut Project asks: Why is the sexual shaming of girls and women, including sexual assault victims, still so prevalent in the United States and Canada? {more}

Valley of Love

FRANCE
Directed By Guillaume Nicloux
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Two of France’s busiest and most beloved performers—Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu—team up for a drama about connecting with the beyond. The two movie stars play two movie stars, aptly named Isabelle and Gérard. In VALLEY OF LOVE, they are a long-divorced couple who journey to Death Valley in California at the request of their mostly estranged adult son Michael, who committed suicide six months earlier. On the eve of his death, he wrote his... {more}

Ville-Marie

CANADA
Directed By Guy Édoin
Running Time: 101 Minutes

A suicide on the streets of a downtown Montréal borough unites the stories of a diverse cast of characters in Guy Édoin’s VILLE-MARIE. Witness to the tragedy, asthmatic architecture student, Thomas, misses the airport arrival of his mother, Sophie (Monica Bellucci), a European film star shooting a semi-biographical film under the direction of her onetime lover, Robert. Meanwhile, two paramedics, Pierre and Benoit, take the nearly lifeless body to an understaffed community hospital, where emergency... {more}

Vinu - The Elephant Keeper

India
Directed By James Corbin, Arkava Banerjee, Eshika Fyzee
Running Time: 8 Minutes

An elephant mahout living in the tribal jungles of South India spends his days looking after his elephant, avoiding tigers and hanging out. Will India's changing economic and environmental climate put an end to this ancestral family tradition? {more}

Vinyl Generation

CZECH REPUBLIC, USA
Directed By Keith Jones
Running Time: 74 Minutes

In the 1980s, communism ruled the land in Czechoslovakia. The totalitarian regime was paranoid about dissenters and often went to extreme measures to silence them. The media was a propaganda machine, and nonconformist literature and art were banned. Communists looked down on Western influences; therefore rock musicians and their fans were the subject of harassment and persecution. But as history has proven, turbulent times are often the catalyst for prolific creativity. Despite the oppression, a... {more}

The Violators

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Helen Walsh
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Living in a Cheshire housing estate has given 15-year-old Shelly a ferocious will to survive. And she will need it. Her abusive father, whom she and her brothers testified against, is being paroled. Raising her youngest brother has fallen exclusively on her, and petty theft helps pay the bills. When Finnegan, a local crime boss, becomes obsessed with her, he offers Shelly all the things she longs for. Simultaneously, she is befriended by Rachel, a... {more}

Violet

Ireland
Directed By Maurice Joyce
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Violet is the dark, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection. Tired of the abuse, Violet?s reflection decides she?s not going to take it anymore? {more}

The Visitor

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A narrative film in a VR landscape, a woman waits at an austere compound in the desert for her greatest fear to arrive. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

Vocation

France
Directed By Arno Ximenes
Running Time: 10 Minutes

After strenuous efforts, the champion makes the decisive shot to win the competition. Flashbacks from his past highlight the spark that set off his vocation. {more}

Waiting for the Sun

USA
Directed By Christopher Eadicicco
Running Time: 9 Minutes

The story follows Jeremy Andrews, a soldier recently home from Iraq, who is seeing a therapist at the VA for the first time. Questions come up about his adjustments to home life as well as readjusting to civilian life. What he can't seem to admit out loud, continuously plays in his mind. {more}

Walden, A Game

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 0 Minutes

This first-person documentary game follows in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, attempting to live a self-reliant life at Walden Pond. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

The Wall

Belgium
Directed By Samuel Lampaert
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Hong-Kong. A multitude of high-rise concrete buildings without personality. Inside, cramped studios where people live withdrawn into themselves. Until the day where Chung, a bachelor, decides to hang a picture on the wall. {more}

Walls

SPAIN, MOROCCO, USA, MEXICO, SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE, PALESTINE
Directed By Pablo Iraburu, Migueltxo Molina
Running Time: 80 Minutes

After the iconic fall of the Berlin Wall, one might assume the world would’ve moved away from the idea of using such structures for exclusion. But as evidenced by politicians and presidential candidates, the debate over walls is still very much alive. Directors Pablo Iraburu and Migueltxo Molina bypass the politics and instead focus on the human side of the issue. WALLS tells the intimate stories of lives affected by division on the borders of... {more}

Warning Labels

USA
Directed By Jennifer Morrison
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Two workers for the Center For Disease Control meet for drinks, only to discover that love is the most hazardous thing of all. {more}

Watch Out

USA
Directed By Joshua R. Stewart
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Trapped in a snowbound home, a young woman confronts an unexpected intruder. {more}

Waves of Grace

LIBERIA
Directed By
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A VR documentary about Decontee Davis, an Ebola survivor in Liberia who uses her immunity to care for orphaned children in her village. Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. {more}

The Way of Tea

France
Directed By Marc Fouchard
Running Time: 21 Minutes

A small town in Northern France, Alex, a young skinhead, enters Malik's grocery store. {more}

A Way Out

USA
Directed By Jason Tostevin
Running Time: 14 Minutes

For aging gangster Vic, a ride with his upstart protege becomes a twisted game of cat and mouse when each killer discovers the other has been keeping a deadly secret. {more}

We Are Happy

United Kingdom
Directed By Matt Winn
Running Time: 17 Minutes

Paul and Sarah thought they had the perfect marriage - until their best friends came to dinner. {more}

We Go On

USA
Directed By Andy Mitton, Jesse Holland
Running Time: 89 Minutes

A lot of people ponder what happens to us when we die. For lonely video editor, Miles, though, the uncertainty has become an obsession. He spends his days terrified of everything around him. He's afraid to drive, and his only friend seems to be his mother. His neuroses certainly aren't helping him in the romance department either. After his aunt's death, Miles uses the money she left him to place an ad in the local... {more}

We Interrupt this Broadcast

USA
Directed By Kurt Raether
Running Time: 6 Minutes

A security guard at a museum spends his late night shifts reenacting old radio dramas; while performing Orson Welles' {more}

We Monsters

GERMANY
Directed By Sebastian Ko
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Paul and Christine know their separation has devastated their 14-year-old daughter, Sarah. But enough to drive her to murder? Sarah and her girlfriend, Charlie, run into the woods after a fight. Chasing them, Paul finds Sarah alone at the edge of a huge dam. She confesses she has just pushed her friend to her death. Torn between the horrors of the confession and the crime's discovery, her parents opt to conceal the killing and maintain... {more}

Wedding Doll

ISRAEL
Directed By Nitzan Gilady
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Hagit, a vibrant young woman with a mild mental deficiency, is a wistful romantic who dreams of the day she’ll walk down the aisle. In this tale as delicate and intricate as her own life, Hagit works at a toilet-paper factory and uses scraps to create paper dolls wearing wedding dresses. Hagit’s driving desire is for independence, a yearning made even more palpable as she’s kept on a tight leash by her well-intentioned but overbearing... {more}

What If...

Germany
Directed By Riza-Rocco Avsar
Running Time: 3 Minutes

Wahllos" explores the oppressive experience of a mind that is unable to make decisions or see options clearly {more}

What Is Classic Rock?

CANADA, USA
Directed By Daniel Sarkissian
Running Time: 99 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE While the title of the movie may make its intentions crystal clear, the answer to its question is a lot more complicated. What exactly is classic rock? Is it a genre? Is it a radio format? What criteria are involved in determining if something fits the bill? For some, the term defines a period of hard rock usually associated with the 1970s; legendary acts like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Deep Purple being prime examples.... {more}

What Would Beethoven Do?

USA, CANADA
Directed By Jonathan Keijser
Running Time: 75 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE Classical music doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being hip. For too long it’s been seen as a stuffy genre for intellectuals. WHAT WOULD BEETHOVEN DO? follows a number of renegades, from composers flirting with modern mediums, to young musicians dedicated to changing the narrative, to a man who’s bringing turntablists and orchestras together. These innovative individuals are breaking the stereotypes, hoping to take classical music to a whole new audience. They’re also changing... {more}

Where I Wanna Be

USA
Directed By Savannah Cannistraro
Running Time: 8 Minutes

In this short film, a young mother is slowly taken by cancer. She spends her final months with her 8 year old daughter creating vibrant life-size chalk murals on the pavement as a form of therapy. {more}

Where We Begin

USA
Directed By Mitsuyo Miyazaki
Running Time: 20 Minutes

A portrait of infinite love expressed through movement and sound. {more}

Why Me?

ROMANIA, BULGARIA, HUNGARY
Directed By Tudor Giurgiu
Running Time: 130 Minutes

WHY ME? is a fictionalized account of Romanian prosecutor, Christian Panait, whose real-life story earned heavy media coverage following his suicide in 2002. In the film, his last name has been changed to Panduru; however, the structure of the events remains mostly intact, with some minor tweaks. As a rookie on the job, Christian was eager to snag an important case. There's no doubt he got what he wanted, but the complicated circumstances surrounding it... {more}

The Wind in the Trees

USA
Directed By Steven Abriani
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Struggling to comprehend her sexuality while maintaining her faith, a young girl runs away from home to confront her conflicting emotions. {more}

Winnetou's Son

GERMANY
Directed By André Erkau
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Max, also known as the “Chief,” is an enthusiast of Native Americans of the Old West. The chubby, bespectacled ten-year-old dresses in beaded vests and leather trousers, sleeps on the floor, and spouts a slew of honorable proverbs by which he lives his life. While away at a camp devoted to embodying the Native American lifestyle, Max discovers that the young stage actor who plays the son of Winnetou (the famed Apache hero of Karl... {more}

Winter Light

USA
Directed By Julian Higgins
Running Time: 28 Minutes

When an aging college professor confronts two hunters trespassing on his property, he begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear. Adapted from a short story by acclaimed author James Lee Burke, WINTER LIGHT i {more}

Wintersreise

Germany
Directed By Susanne Boeing
Running Time: 26 Minutes

Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him. {more}

Women in Oversized Men's Shirts

NORWAY
Directed By Yngvild Sve Flikke
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Trine, a budding Norwegian artist, has come up with the perfect idea for her breakthrough exhibition. Nine months pregnant, Trine will video stream the birth in a cage in front of a live audience while she wears a wig and Victorian-era garb. How could she not be catapulted to the top of the art world? Agnes will be Trine’s midwife, and until the baby is born, Agnes hires Trine for part-time factory work. But Agnes... {more}

"World Series" - Machine Gun Kelly

USA
Directed By Charlie Zwick
Running Time: 7 Minutes

Part of the Playlist Music Videos Program {more}

Wrapped

Germany
Directed By Florian Wittmann, Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper
Running Time: 5 Minutes

How can a tiny organism change everything we know and make a difference between growth and extinction? {more}

The Wrong Light

USA
Directed By Josie Swantek Heitz, Dave Adams
Running Time: 79 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE THE WRONG LIGHT begins as a positive spotlight on Mickey Choothesa and his nonprofit, the Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA), which aims to rescue young females from the deplorable sex trade in Thailand. He tells the filmmakers about his start as a war photographer, capturing images in the heat of battle. The horrors of war were less jarring to him than the fate of trafficked girls, he explains. Dubbed “Uncle Mickey” by the... {more}

Yallah! Underground

CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY, UNITED KINGDOM, EGYPT, CANADA, USA
Directed By Farid Eslam
Running Time: 85 Minutes

They say the pen is mightier than the sword and, for a number of young Arab artists, it's a concept they hold dear. They'd been struggling for years to be heard. Then when the Arab Spring began in 2009, the freedom to express themselves finally became a reality. They'd grown tired of the violence in the region and looked to their creative talents to help enact true reform. Though their protests successfully toppled some regimes,... {more}

You Carry Me

CROATIA, MONTENEGRO, SLOVENIA, SERBIA
Directed By Ivona Juka
Running Time: 155 Minutes

The stories of three strong women converge in YOU CARRY ME. Their connections are seemingly loose. But in a world where everything is ultimately intertwined, the events of their lives will have a profound impact on each other. The most obvious threads holding them together are their jobs on a television soap opera. Ives is a producer, who is nearly driven to madness due to the stress of taking care of her Alzheimer's-afflicted father. Natasa... {more}

Zelos

USA
Directed By Thoranna Sigurdardottir
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Maria, a competitive woman in her late 30's orders a Zelos clone under the pretense of getting some help around the house so she can spend more time with her family, but more importantly to compete with her flawless friend Ari. As the story unfolds Maria's double strength blurs her sight on the important things in life. She realizes that she's purchased an unbeatable rival. {more}

Zero

France
Directed By Tony T. Datis
Running Time: 10 Minutes

In a small suburban park, a young boy is about to unveil his incredible secret to his classmate. {more}

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