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100 Second Chances

USA
Directed By Drew Dickler, Jake Hochendoner
Running Time: 5 Minutes

The transition back into society after prison is difficult, and finding employment is key. Edwins Restaurant offers those trying to make this transition an opportunity to succeed. {more}

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

SWEDEN
Directed By Felix Herngren
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Turning 100 is something not many people will achieve. If they do, they will likely be faced with illness and disabilities. That's not the case for Allan Karlsson. He's still sharp and craving independence, though stuck living in a retirement home. As the staff prepares a birthday surprise for him, Allan decides to escape by jumping out the window. He heads to the bus stop, looking for a train that will take him as far... {more}

14 Million Screams

FRANCE
Directed By Lisa Azuelos
Running Time: 5 Minutes

The movie is called 14 Million Screams because 14 millions young girls are forced to be married every year. As of today 700 Million women were married before the age of 15.I hope that with this movie everybody can imagine their own children and realize how those screams are not bearable anymore. {more}

1971

USA
Directed By Johanna Hamilton
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Before the Pentagon Papers and WikiLeaks, before Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, there was Media, Pennsylvania. On March 8, 1971, during the “Fight of the Century” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, eight activists calling themselves the “Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI” broke into a small FBI office outside Philadelphia. They picked the lock and loaded every file into suitcases. Then they simply walked out the front door. The activists shared hundreds of... {more}

1st Squad, 3rd Platoon

USA
Directed By The Rauch Brothers
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams reflects on being the sole survivor of a bomb blast that killed his entire 12-man squad. {more}

20 Years of Madness

USA
Directed By Jeremy Royce
Running Time: 90 Minutes

In the mid-90s a group of high school kids had a public access show in Detroit called 30 Minutes of Madness. The sketch comedy program gave its actors a feeling of belonging and allowed them to express their creativity with freedom. That was 20 years ago though, and these days the cast members are feeling unfulfilled with their current lives. After finishing film school, jobless Jerry decides he wants to get the gang back together... {more}

24 Days

FRANCE
Directed By Alexandre Arcady
Running Time: 108 Minutes

January 20, 2006 begins just like any other day for Ruth Halimi, a Parisian receptionist and divorced mother of three adult children. She goes to work, buys a pair of boots for her son Ilan, and then prepares a Shabbat dinner for Ilan and daughter Yaël. Little does Ruth know, this seemingly innocuous Friday will be the preface to the most horrific experience of her life. After dinner, Ilan rushes out to get drinks with... {more}

45365

USA
Directed By Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Wake up and live! You’re in the heart of the Ohio Valley. It’s Shelby County Fair time; perfect weather for broadcasting live. This first feature by hometown boys Turner and Bill Ross takes an affectionate look at Sidney, Ohio, population 20,000. With an anthropologist’s eye, but never a mean spirit, they introduce us to folks whose lives form the backbone of a place that could be Anywhere, USA. High school football kicks off this Friday... {more}

5 Ways 2 Die

CYPRUS
Directed By Daina Papadaki
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Makis explores different ways of death, struggling to achieve the most ideal result. {more}

Aban + Khorshid

USA
Directed By Darwin Serink
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Inspired by true events, Aban + Khorshid is an intimate portrait of two lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met, moments before they face the ultimate punishment for being gay. {more}

About a Girl

GERMANY
Directed By Mark Monheim
Running Time: 104 Minutes

This is a story ABOUT A GIRL who doesn’t want to grow up. Charleen is 15, melodramatic, mega depressed, and Kurt Cobain’s biggest fan. Her best friend Isa is getting really boring, her dad is out of the picture, and her mom has hooked up with her biology teacher. Even though she has an apprenticeship preparing bodies for funerals, which is pretty cool, her musical idols are all dead. It’s about time Charleen was, too.... {more}

Above All Else

USA
Directed By John Fiege
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Former high-wire artist David Daniel never expected to be at the forefront of the Keystone XL pipeline debate. But when he discovered TransCanada planned to route it through his land, he became incredibly concerned. He had moved to rural East Texas with his wife and young daughter for peace, a wish that appeared to now be in jeopardy. Instead, Daniel became somewhat of an expert on the dangers of the pipeline, spreading the word to... {more}

Above Us All

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM
Directed By Eugenie Jansen
Running Time: 99 Minutes

In her melancholy film ABOVE US ALL, Eugenie Jansen depicts how, with no respect to the magnitude of one’s grief, the world keeps turning. According to 11-year-old protagonist Shay, she and her family are “ordinary people living an ordinary life” in rural Australia. Her Flemish father Koen is funny. Her Aboriginal mother is tidy. Her little brother Kelab aspires to be a professional wrestler. And Shay is a self-professed spoiled kid who enjoys off-roading. Yet,... {more}

Acaso

USA
Directed By Stephan Rich
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Acaso is the story of chance. When two men's worlds collide, the situation turns from hope to disaster in just a few moments. {more}

The Age of Insecurity: Beanie Bros.

USA, CANADA
Directed By Adriano Valentini
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Four bros plus four beanies. {more}

The Age of Insecurity: Bed Buds

USA, CANADA
Directed By Adriano Valentini
Running Time: 6 Minutes

Two buds, one bed. {more}

Ahh... San Francisco

USA
Directed By Barrett Edmonds
Running Time: 13 Minutes

A visual adaptation of a classic newspaper column by legendary San Francisco writer and journalist Herb Caen, Ahh... San Francisco was a valentine to the city in 1958, and I've tried to represent those descriptions as best I can through a roving tour of San Francisco. The images tell the story of the column with the original words of the column read over as a narration by renowned Bay Area thespian Peter Coyote. Less of... {more}

Albertine

FRANCE
Directed By Alexis Van Stratum
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Since her husband passed away, Albertine - a 81 year-old woman - decided to isolate herself from the world and disconnect from all social life, as she seems to wait for her death with haste. One evening, while the old lady tries with difficulty to change a light bulb in her living room, Ms. Liétard, the building’s tattletale, shows up at her place. Determined to give her a hand, she introduces Mr. Dumont to Albertine,... {more}

Alfred & Jakobine

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Jonathan Howells, Tom Roberts
Running Time: 74 Minutes

For nearly 60 years, an old, dilapidated London taxi has been in Alfred’s possession. It hasn’t worked for several decades, but 84-year-old Alfred can’t seem to part with it. In the late 1950s, he and Jakobine, an artist and his wife at the time, used the car to travel around the globe. Their burning passion for each other fueled their journey from Japan to Morocco, India, Tibet, and numerous other faraway locales. But that passion... {more}

Alice: Ignorance is Bliss

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Thomas McNaught
Running Time: 6 Minutes

In 2004, Alice Whinnett was diagnosed with dementia. Over the following decade her condition naturally worsened, and everything in her world changed, all apart from how her "favourite grandson" behaved with her. In this short documentary, grandson Thomas McNaught gives a brief look at the relationship between his 84-year-old grandmother and himself, showing a lighter side to the disease that breaks so many families apart. {more}

All-Stars

USA
Directed By Lance Kinsey
Running Time: 97 Minutes

In the spirit of such great mockumentaries as “Best in Show” and “This is Spinal Tap,” director, star, and Cleveland native Lance Kinsey brings together an outstanding group of comedy giants for ALL-STARS. This look at the trials and tribulations of a girls softball season culminates into players being selected for an all-star team. Also starring fellow Cleveland natives Fred Willard and Miriam Flynn, along with Richard Kind, Angela Kinsey, Mike Hagerty, Christian Kane, Illeana... {more}

Alléluia

BELGIUM, FRANCE
Directed By Fabrice Du Welz
Running Time: 95 Minutes

After a night of heavy drinking, Michel and Gloria share a heated, passionate rendezvous as Gloria’s young daughter sleeps across the hall. The next morning, Michel has become a part of their life, announcing to the daughter just how “sexy” her mother is. It’s not long before Gloria, in heat, ditches her daughter and runs off with Michel before becoming involved in his elaborate con schemes. Unfortunately, Gloria can’t handle Michel’s constant womanizing and, in... {more}

Almost There

USA
Directed By Dan Rybicky, Aaron Wickenden
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden randomly stumbled onto the art of Peter Anton at a Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana. The old man sat at a busted table, trying to convince people to let him draw a portrait of them. It was there that Anton showed them several books full of his art, which immediately blew them away. A few years later, they find him living in deplorable conditions, stemming from a severe hoarding... {more}

Alone

FRANCE
Directed By Didier Philippe
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Claire, a young woman, lives alone in a large apartment. Her fear of the outside world stops her from going out and letting people in. One day, she discovers evidence revealing that a man lives in her home. The presence of that man becomes more and more apparent and eventually threatening... {more}

The Ambassador to Bern

HUNGARY
Directed By Attila Szász
Running Time: 76 Minutes

August 16, 1958. The leafy streets surrounding the Hungarian embassy in Bern, Switzerland are quiet in the summer sun. Yet inside, Ambassador Mihaly Kornokai struggles to maintain order amidst increasingly bitter emotions. Ever since the Soviet suppression of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, tensions are high. In June, Janos Kadar, head of the new Soviet-friendly government, ordered the execution of former Prime Minister Imre Nagy, enraging Hungarian emigrés around the world. Now two armed men -... {more}

The Amina Profile

CANADA
Directed By Sophie Deraspe
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Montréal resident Sandra Bagaria was looking to meet an extraordinary woman in the winter of 2011. And, like many single people, Sandra found that woman – a sexy Syrian writer named Amina Arraf – online. Despite the thousands of miles between them, Amina communicated with Sandra daily, sharing everything from her intimate sexual desires to her involvement with the escalating political unrest in Syria. When Amina’s candid blog, “A Gay Girl in Damascus,” received international... {more}

Angel Azul

USA, MEXICO, INDONESIA
Directed By Marcelina Cravat
Running Time: 72 Minutes

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has a passion for water that eventually seeped into his creative process. His human castings are beautiful on their own, but when placed on the ocean floor in Cancun, they take on an entirely different purpose. Taylor got his start in graffiti, where he saw how nature eventually reclaims its space. The abandoned buildings he tagged were thick with evidence of this as trees, moss, and grass began to grow all... {more}

Animator vs. Animation IV

USA
Directed By Alan Becker
Running Time: 13 Minutes

The struggle between a stick figure and its creator, a computer animator. {more}

Anomalo

SPAIN
Directed By Aitor Gutierrez
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Three elderly men have fun spying on a woman through their binoculars from the covered swimming pool in a sports centre. The glass walls of the pool are both their shield and their vantage point. But tonight Luis, Darío and Pedro will witness an occurrence that can’t be undone. {more}

Anxious Oswald Greene

CANADA
Directed By Marshall Axani
Running Time: 15 Minutes

In a desperate attempt to cure his crippling anxiety, Oswald Greene visits a fantastical clinic to have his fate thrown into the hands of a blind nurse, a talking fly, and an eccentric doctor with a knack for rhyming. {more}

Anywhere Else

GERMANY, ISRAEL
Directed By Ester Amrami
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Noa, in her early 30s, feels out of her element. An Israeli who has lived in Berlin for years, she’s assimilated enough to study linguistics at the graduate level. But her thesis project - a dictionary of untranslatable words - is rejected for being too vague, her relationship with her trombonist boyfriend has stalled, and Berlin is just plain cold. On a whim, Noa hightails it back to Israel and the welcoming embrace of her... {more}

Apartment Trouble

USA
Directed By Jennifer Prediger, Jess Weixler
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Nicole and Olivia are the 21st century Odd Couple. Nicole is an artist (of sorts) whose wealthy parents have cut her off, and Olivia is an aspiring (and unsuccessful) actress. They are lifelong friends, utterly penniless, and about to be evicted from their illegal New York sublease. With no money for food (calling it a “cleanse”) and no options, Nicole decides they should spring an unannounced visit on her TV celebrity aunt in Los Angeles.... {more}

Art Connect

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Directed By Miquel Galofré
Running Time: 78 Minutes

The Levantille is one of the most crime-laden and violent communities in Trinidad and Tobago. But co-existing with the high crime rate and poverty is a thriving arts movement. The Success Levantille Secondary School sponsors the Art Connect Program. This program offers students from high-risk environments a chance to learn ways to express themselves and communicate outside the culture of violence and fear. Partnering with urban artist Wendell McShine, the Freetown Collective, and London's Company... {more}

The Astronomer

USA
Directed By Dustin Lee
Running Time: 23 Minutes

While working in their observatory one night, an astronomer and his assistant begin to notice that several stars are disappearing from the night sky. {more}

Atis

KOSOVO, GERMANY
Directed By Daniel Mulloy
Running Time: 20 Minutes

In postwar Kosovo a mother and son search for food as they struggle to protect one another. {more}

Audience Choice Shorts Program

International
Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

CIFF patrons determine this program by casting ballots throughout the 39th CIFF. The top vote-getter receives the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Subject, which is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize. In addition, a Programmers’ Choice Award will be presented for the first time. This year’s award is in memory of long-time CIFF shorts programmer, Toni Oliverio. The award will be accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize. {more}

Awkward Expressions of Love

USA, AUSTRALIA
Directed By Trilby Glover
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A lovelorn shop assistant desperately tries to win the heart of a Pilates instructor, her best friend attempts to save her from embarrassment. {more}

Back on Board: Greg Louganis

USA
Directed By Cheryl Furjanic
Running Time: 86 Minutes

With the beauty and grace of a Greg Louganis dive, BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS crafts a deeply personal portrait of a compelling and complicated man. The journey from childhood diving prodigy to four-time Olympic Gold Medalist is only part of the story. In many ways, the challenges Louganis faced outside athletic competition were even greater. From the terrifying ordeal of concealing his HIV status at the 1988 Seoul Olympics to his battles against discrimination... {more}

Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World

USA
Directed By Dana Nachman
Running Time: 81 Minutes

Miles Scott, like many five-year-olds, dreams of being a superhero – Batman, in particular. But Miles may share more with the Caped Crusader than the average kid. At 18 months old, Miles was diagnosed with leukemia, and he has been fearlessly fighting the disease ever since. When the Make-a-Wish Foundation asked Miles what would make him happiest, he naturally requested one thing: to be a real Batman. While Miles’s parents had doubts about being able... {more}

Battle

USA
Directed By Isa Totah
Running Time: 23 Minutes

The battle begins when the war is over. {more}

Baykeepers

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Michael J. Lutman
Running Time: 26 Minutes

After hearing about expansive amounts of plastic waste in every ocean, Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake discovers the sands of his local beaches are also insidiously turning into a kind of micro-plastic confetti. In his journey to measure just how far plastics have invaded the bay, Blake finds his community is eager to help before its diverse ecology is lost. {more}

Bear

NORWAY
Directed By Bård Ivar Engelsås
Running Time: 17 Minutes

A solitary hunter struggles to stay alive in the brutal wilderness. When he encounters a teddy bear left alone in the snow, he starts failing as a survivor. Soon both he and the bear are in danger of being destroyed. Far out in the wilderness there is a man living alone. We don't know where, and we don't know in what period of time. The man hunts, gathers food and keeps warm. He is an... {more}

Bear Story

CHILE
Directed By Gabriel Osorio
Running Time: 11 Minutes

An old bear goes out every day to a busy street corner. Through a tin marionette theater of his own making, the bear will tell us his life story. {more}

Beatles

NORWAY
Directed By Peter Flinth
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Based on one of the all-time bestsellers in Norway, BEATLES is a vibrant, superbly-acted, coming-of-age tale about four mop-tops on the not-terribly-mean streets of Oslo. Like Liverpool and everywhere else in the 60s, Norway is undergoing radical political change. Teens are rejecting uptight morality and marching to the beat of Sgt. Pepper. Kim, Gunnar, Ola, and Seb become John, Paul, George, and Ringo, wear matching outfits, and rack their adolescent brains for a suitably English... {more}

Becoming Bulletproof

USA
Directed By Michael Barnett
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Zeno Mountain Farm is a Vermont non-profit organization that hosts an annual film camp for people of all abilities. BECOMING BULLETPROOF takes us along as these wonderful individuals film and star in the ambitious “Bulletproof” – a Western movie replete with gunslingers, barroom brawls, and damsels in distress. Focusing on several of the actors during the shoot, whose disabilities range from cerebral palsy to Williams Syndrome, this documentary is humorous and heartwarming while also working... {more}

Behavior

CUBA
Directed By Ernesto Daranas
Running Time: 108 Minutes

In her 50 years of teaching in Havana, Carmela has never tired of her students – not even Chala, a mischievous 11-year-old who regularly speaks out of turn in class and roughhouses with other boys during recess. Carmela can see past the classroom antics to the young boy who, in the absence of a father, takes care of his drug-addicted mother without any complaint. And, according to Carmela, if you treat a boy like a... {more}

Behind My Behind

USA
Directed By David Chai
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A disheartened Earnest Knapp learns that the things he holds most dear are often just a buttcheek away. {more}

Being Evel

USA
Directed By Daniel Junge
Running Time: 100 Minutes

In the history of sports, few names are more recognizable than that of Evel Knievel. Long after the man hung up his famous white leather jumpsuit and rode his Harley into the sunset, his name is still synonymous with the death-defying lifestyle he led. Notoriously brash, bold, and daring, Knievel stared death in the face from the seat of his motorcycle, but few know the larger-than-life story of the boy from Butte, Montana. After an... {more}

Bendik and the Monster

NORWAY
Directed By Frank Mosvold
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Bendik & the Monster is the story of a monster, who dreams of being a cabaret singer. Bendik helps the Monster follow its dreams, while the Monster helps Bendik with his relationship to his mom and her boyfriend. It is a story of finding yourself and challenge others preconceived expectations of your identity. {more}

Between the Eyes

PHILIPPINES
Directed By Luisito L. Ignacio
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Luisito L. Ignacio’s BETWEEN THE EYES begins just before the Mud People Festival in Bibiclat, Philippines. Coinciding with the feast of St. John the Baptist, the annual ritual commemorates when heavy rains miraculously camouflaged villagers from Japanese assailants during the 1940s. Today, downtrodden Julia, her teenage son Tonio, and her developmentally disabled son Etok are among the many townspeople who continue to give thanks to St. John despite their dire circumstances. Still, Tonio is not... {more}

Big Moccasin

USA
Directed By Andrew Moynehan, Chelsea Moynehan
Running Time: 65 Minutes

Winding through the rolling Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia is a 20-mile span of road called BIG MOCCASIN. There, directors Chelsea Moynehan and Andrew Moynehan introduce us to the unhurried lives of four locals: Geraldine, an ailing widow; Mouse, an avid hunter and, believe it or not, animal enthusiast; and chain-smoking Polo and his lifelong best friend Steve. In this shrinking community—where drinking and going to church are the most common ways to fill a... {more}

The Bigger Picture

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Daisy Jacobs
Running Time: 8 Minutes

"You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!" hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won't go, and their own lives quickly unravel as she clings to life. Director Daisy Jacobs uses two-meter-high painted characters in full-size sets to tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly relative. {more}

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound

USA
Directed By William J. Saunders
Running Time: 100 Minutes

You could be a huge country music fan and not be familiar with the name Billy Mize, but you’ve certainly experienced his incredible influence on the genre. Mize began as a songwriter and quickly gained momentum in a promising career as a performer. Unfortunately, that was nixed due to a personal tragedy. Needing to stay near his family, Mize passed up touring opportunities. Instead he found a home on local L.A. television, where he inspired... {more}

Birthday

USA
Directed By Chris King
Running Time: 12 Minutes

When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey. {more}

Birthday Boy

USA
Directed By Josef Lorenzo
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Today is the birthday of a very special boy, but there is no cake to be found, not even a new toy. It could be perhaps that he is a bit strange or maybe that a party could not be arranged. {more}

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

USA
Directed By Stanley Nelson
Running Time: 116 Minutes

Oakland, 1966: with almost a third of the overall population being African-American and only 16 black police officers, the city was a breeding ground for rampant racism. No one knew this oppressive regime better than Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, and they took action by founding the Black Panther Party. Inaugurating the onyx-colored cat as their official symbol, the Panthers took their name from the mammal’s predatory instincts: a panther only strikes when provoked. The... {more}

The Blue Hour

PERU
Directed By Evelyne Pegot-Ogier
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Even a past you are unaware of can suddenly return to haunt you. This is the unsettling reality that Adrian abruptly faces. After the death of his mother, Adrian discovers somebody had been blackmailing her. His father, who left the family 40 years ago, had been a Commander in Peru's war against a terrorist faction. During this time, he was responsible for the torture and rape of numerous prisoners. One of them, a girl named... {more}

A Borrowed Identity

ISRAEL
Directed By Eran Riklis
Running Time: 104 Minutes

“Sometimes I forget you’re an Arab,” says Yonatan, a Jewish Israeli teen with muscular dystrophy, to his best friend Eyad. “Yeah, me too,” Eyad responds. For the past two years, Eyad has been the sole Arab student at a highly competitive boarding school in Jerusalem. Having grown up in a predominantly Arab village in Israel, Eyad had a difficult time acclimating to the school. But thanks to Yonatan, whom Eyad met through a service program,... {more}

The Box

USA
Directed By Michael Schiller
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Every year, thousands of teens are placed in solitary confinement cells in juvenile halls, jails and prisons nationwide. This animation tells the story of Ismael "Izzy" Nazario and the time he spent in solitary confinement in New York City's Rikers Island jail. This story is based on an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was created using real audio from an interview with Nazario. It features music from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as... {more}

The Boy and the World*

BRAZIL
Directed By Alê Abreu
Running Time: 80 Minutes

When a father is forced to leave his family to find work, it creates a hole his son can’t seem to fill. Eager to be with his dad, and without his mother’s knowledge, the confused child embarks on a journey to find him. Along the way, he encounters a variety of colorful people who help him on his path-and some who don’t. At his young age, it’s overwhelming and downright scary at times. Mature beyond... {more}

Boys I Used To Babysit

USA
Directed By Leah Rachel
Running Time: 15 Minutes

When a group of childhood friends decide to track down their old babysitter, they find their idolized perfect version of her has taken quite the fall from grace. {more}

Bread and Butter

USA
Directed By Liz Manashil
Running Time: 89 Minutes

“I can see your hymen from here,” so says Amelia’s boss in this upbeat comedy about looking for love, thinking of romance, and finding yourself. In BREAD AND BUTTER, 30-year-old Amelia is looking for her first boyfriend and—even with the help of her eccentric boss, her overbearing parents, and her best friend—her luck seems to be running out. With her nose buried in a book, she finds romance in a stranger who has left notes... {more}

Bridge

USA
Directed By Danny Dwyer
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Sometimes we fail at the things we love. {more}

The Bridge Partner

USA
Directed By Gabriel Olson
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A timid housewife is jolted into a fight for her survival or sanity by her new partner at a weekly bridge game when she thinks she hears a threat. {more}

Broken Branches

ISRAEL
Directed By Ayala Sharot
Running Time: 25 Minutes

An Animated documentary about a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl who travels alone from Poland to Palestine on the eve of the Second Word War never to see her family again. {more}

The Brunchers

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Matt Winn
Running Time: 19 Minutes

A thirty something couple, concerned that they're out of touch and no longer fashionable, decide to rectify the situation by dragging themselves to the latest hip brunch eatery. As they journey through London, they discuss the idiosyncrasies of their friends and the ups and down of their aberrant relationships. Failing to get into every single venue on their list of hipster hang-outs, they give up and are forced to have brunch at home. They realize... {more}

By Blood

USA
Directed By Marcos Barbery, Sam Russell
Running Time: 64 Minutes

At the turn of the 19th century, the U.S. government’s efforts to “civilize” the Cherokee and Seminole Nations, among other Native American tribes, included encouraging the use of what they considered to be “modern” farming practices—or, more specifically, African slave labor. After the Civil War, the African men and women previously enslaved by the Cherokee and Seminole Nations became known as “Freedmen” and were granted membership within the tribes. Now, almost 150 years later, the... {more}

Bygone

USA
Directed By Taylor Parrish
Running Time: 5 Minutes

When the Edwardian Era comes to an end and the Roaring Twenties emerges a young woman must choose to either hold onto the routines of the past or embrace the uncertainty of change. {more}

Call Me Lucky

USA
Directed By Bobcat Goldthwait
Running Time: 107 Minutes

Before Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, comedian Barry Crimmins was the political truth-teller of his day. A man of many contradictions – described by his friends as a combination of “anger and sentimentality,” a mix of “Noam Chomsky and Bluto” – Crimmins aimed his acerbic stand-up acts in the 1980s and 1990s at two primary targets: the United States government and the Roman Catholic Church. Still, Crimmins’ public outrage toward these political and social institutions... {more}

Can You See Them?

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Mike Staniford, Polly Staniford
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A tormented young girl relies on the power of her dark and twisted imagination when the school bullies show up at her door. {more}

Can't Hide Me

INDIA
Directed By Madhuri Mohindar
Running Time: 26 Minutes

Women and girls are often put down. Silently. Subtly. Bound by invisible chains. In their homes, on the streets, in schools and playgrounds. Is it possible for them to fight back? And what happens when they find the courage to do so? Parvati, Mallika and Heena haven’t met each other but they share much in common. They are amongst those who are taking extraordinary steps to reclaim the spaces that are rightfully theirs, fighting the... {more}

Careful What You Wish For

USA
Directed By Michael Trivisonno
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A young boy goes to the extreme when he discovers he has the power to make his wishes come true. {more}

La Carnada

MEXICO
Directed By Josh Soskin
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Manny is desperate to help his sick aunt, but he is quickly running out of options. Previously steadfast in his determination not to be involved in the drug trade, he now has no other choice as he sets out across the deadly Devil’s Highway from Tijuana to the United States. {more}

Carry On

CHINA, USA
Directed By Yatao Li
Running Time: 17 Minutes

During the brutal withdrawal of Japanese forces at the end of WWII, a Chinese father does whatever he can to save his family. {more}

Celluloid Dreams

USA
Directed By Jonathan Dillon
Running Time: 11 Minutes

When an old man fixes a busted projector, he is able to relive home movies of the past, and starts to believe he can change them. {more}

Changing Hands

NORWAY
Directed By Vidar Dahl, Jøran Wærdahl
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Changing Hands is a poetic and tender film about the long way home after a weekend with dad. {more}

Chasing Berlusconi

NORWAY
Directed By Ole Endresen
Running Time: 82 Minutes

When the formerly great harness racer Bjarte hits bottom, he really hits bottom; and sometimes the horse’s bottom hits him. In debt up to his collar, Bjarte hatches a plan to drug the titular horse and fix the big race – only, his partners aren’t exactly thoroughbreds in the world of crime. From the director of the hilarious “King Curling” (36th CIFF), the comedy CHASING BERLUSCONI runs at the pace of a Triple Crown winner... {more}

Child K

ITALY
Directed By Roberto De Feo, Vito Palumbo
Running Time: 22 Minutes

Based on a true story. Pomssen. Saxony, 1937. Richard and Lina Kretschkopf are a young peasant couple who changed the German history. {more}

Chris's Briss

USA
Directed By Delmar Washington
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Chris's Briss is a romantic comedy about CHRIS, a fun-loving brutha, who wants to marry DARA, one hot Jewish babe, but Dara's rabbi FATHER won't marry them unless Chris converts to Judaism...which means getting circumcised. Ouch! {more}

Christmas, Again

USA
Directed By Charles Poekel
Running Time: 80 Minutes

At Christmas time, Noel – yes, that is his name – has become a temporary fixture in New York City. For the past five years, the mustachioed thirtysomething has spent the weeks leading up to Christmas living in a camper and selling trees to a festive clientele of young couples and happy families. And Noel quietly takes pride in his job: he offers only the finest tree varieties; he carefully crafts wreathes from fallen branches;... {more}

The Circle

SWITZERLAND
Directed By Stefan Haupt
Running Time: 102 Minutes

The lights go down, the crowd goes silent, and out steps the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen in a shimmering red dress. You think to yourself, “Wow, that’s the one.” In 1961, that’s how it was for Ernst, a reserved schoolteacher who fell for Robi, a stunning Swiss drag queen. Fifty years later, Robi is still at Ernst’s side in their Zurich apartment. Their half-century relationship is sure to be one of the most... {more}

The Coffin Maker

PHILIPPINES
Directed By Jason Paul Laxamana
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Randy is a single father, barely earning enough as a coffin maker to provide medicine for his sick daughter Angeline. He is forced to work overtime, leaving Angeline alone for long periods. One night, while her father is working, Angeline has a reaction to the medication which results in her death. In shock and unable to pay the hospital bill and obtain Angeline's body, Randy falls under the influence of the unscrupulous owner of a... {more}

Collectors

SWITZERLAND
Directed By Marcel Hobi
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Whether it's antiques, insects, autographs or adventures - collecting is a passion. Internet users collect friendships, state leaders collect arsenals of weapons, founders of religions collect believers, and millionaires collect art, women and yet more millions. They've never collected enough. COLLECTORS shows in an entertaining and amusing way where collecting can lead. {more}

Come to My Voice

TURKEY, FRANCE, GERMANY
Directed By Huseyin Karabey
Running Time: 101 Minutes

“Poor Berfe,” a man remarks after hearing just one of the many sorrows the elderly Kurdish grandmother has endured during her lifetime. At present, Berfe and her young granddaughter Jiyan are in pursuit of a gun. But their intentions are to save, not end, a life. Turkish soldiers recently imprisoned Berfe’s adult son Temo upon the mere suspicion he was harboring contraband weapons. In order to rescue Temo, Jiyan and Berfe must surrender at least... {more}

Confusion Through Sand

USA
Directed By Danny Madden
Running Time: 12 Minutes

An animated rendering of what it means to be in a combat zone in the Middle East. A man is cut off from his brigade when gunfire erupts, and in the confusion things quickly go from bad to worse... {more}

The Contreras Family

MEXICO
Directed By Alejandro Becerril Elías
Running Time: 13 Minutes

This is the story of a dysfunctional family in which each member engages in an illicit activity, but they don´t know this about each other. {more}

Corn Island

GEORGIA, GERMANY, FRANCE, CZECH REPUBLIC, KAZAKHSTAN, HUNGARY
Directed By George Ovashvili
Running Time: 100 Minutes

During the annual spring torrent, the Enguri River washes soil from the Caucasus to the Black Sea, creating tiny islands in its wake. It’s a place of pristine beauty -- until gun shots ring out. For this is the site of ethnic strife between Georgians and Abkhazians, who claim independence. Symbolic perhaps of his people’s resistance, an old Abkhaz man paddles up to a tiny island in the river, then slowly and painstakingly builds a... {more}

Counter

USA
Directed By Nicholas Bouier
Running Time: 12 Minutes

A worldly activist, Bayard Rustin, walks into a 'whites only' small town diner and challenges a waitress to serve him at a price she can't refuse. {more}

Cowboy Dream

NORWAY
Directed By Lars Hegdal
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Bill Benson was known as the toughest and hardest hitting hero of the wild west! But one day he gets stuck in a situation he can't get out of. {more}

The Creeping Garden

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp
Running Time: 81 Minutes

If “The Blob” creeps you out, you’ll likely be horrified to learn there are real-life equivalents all around you. What’s worse… they’re actually intelligent. Cue the science lesson from the mad researchers who make up this unprecedented docu-fantasia. Focusing on interviews with scientists, artists, and fanatics dedicated to exploring the organisms known as “slime mold,” THE CREEPING GARDEN falls somewhere between watching a big-budget science presentation and a magnificent light and color show some would... {more}

Crescendo! The Power of Music

USA
Directed By Jamie Bernstein
Running Time: 85 Minutes

“El Sistema” was created 38 years ago in Venezuela to help foster social change by building youth orchestras among disadvantaged children. It has grown into a musical movement, counting among its graduates Gustavo Dudamel, the charismatic Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. CRESCENDO! THE POWER OF MUSIC follows students in two “Sistema”-inspired youth orchestra programs: “Play On, Philly!” in West Philadelphia; and the Harmony Program in Harlem, New York City. The film’s young musicians... {more}

Crooked Candy

USA
Directed By Andrew Rodgers
Running Time: 6 Minutes

A ban on Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs in the U.S. isn't enough to keep one man from following his childhood dream. {more}

The Curator

USA
Directed By Ryan Girard
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Three small time crooks discover a unconventional way to pull of the perfect crime, albeit with the help of a mysterious collector. {more}

Cut Bank

USA
Directed By Matt Shakman
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Dwayne McLaren (Liam Hemsworth) would do just about anything to get out of Cut Bank, Montana, hailed as the “coldest spot in the nation.” Even the town’s moniker is a let down: it’s not actually that cold there in the summer. Yet, Dwayne’s job as a mechanic working for Big Stan (Billy Bob Thornton) hardly earns Dwayne enough money to set up life elsewhere. When Dwayne happens to videotape the murder of the cantankerous mail... {more}

Dad in Mum

FRANCE
Directed By Fabrice Bracq
Running Time: 6 Minutes

Two young sisters discuss the merits of their parents nocturnal efforts. {more}

A Dangerous Game

UNITED KINGDOM, CROATIA, USA
Directed By Anthony Baxter
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Donald Trump won’t give it a rest. For years, residents of Aberdeenshire, Scotland fought his plans to build a luxury golf resort on rare sand dunes. Now The Donald is back, trumpeting plans for another site in the area. Anthony Baxter follows his previous film “You’ve Been Trumped” – 36th CIFF, with a swing at this second contentious golf course, in development on an arid hillside overlooking the stunning city of Dubrovnik. A DANGEROUS GAME... {more}

Danny and the Wild Bunch

USA
Directed By Robert Rugan
Running Time: 5 Minutes

A children's book author is told that her new manuscript needs to be 'darker', but when her revisions piss off the characters in the book, they come back to make some changes of their own. {more}

Danny Collins

USA
Directed By Dan Fogelman
Running Time: 106 Minutes

An aging rock star receives a life-changing letter and decides to find out what his life could have been like in DANNY COLLINS, the inspiring story of an unexpected second act from writer and director Dan Fogelman. Still riding high on the hits from his heyday, singer Danny Collins (Al Pacino) seems to have it all—money, fame, a new fiancée and arenas packed with adoring fans. But years of hard living, failed relationships and performing... {more}

The Dead Lands

NEW ZEALAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Toa Fraser
Running Time: 108 Minutes

Just as his chieftain father is staging peace talks with the opposing tribe, teenage Hongi witnessess the enemy desecrating the sacred remains of their Maori ancestors. Clearly not ready for a truce, they try to pin it on Hongi, giving them a reason to stage an attack on his entire tribe. It's a horrifically brutal scene that makes revenge seem like an inevitable response. Hongi sets out to avenge the death of his people, including... {more}

Deadly

IRELAND
Directed By Aidan McAteer
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Deadly tells the story of Boney, a working stiff in a dead-end job. That is until he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie... {more}

Dear God

ISRAEL
Directed By Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor
Running Time: 13 Minutes

DEAR GOD depicts a romantic Jerusalem, told through the eyes of Aaron, a simple man who guards the historic wailing wall. One day a beautiful, mysterious woman puts a note in one of the holy drones. {more}

Dearest

CHINA, HONG KONG
Directed By Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Running Time: 130 Minutes

Based on true events, DEAREST introduces us to Tian Wenjun, the proprietor of an internet café in the huge city of Shenzhen who argues constantly with his ex-wife about the care of their little son Pengpeng. One night a fight breaks out in the shop. Tian Wenjun intervenes – and the boy is gone. As the distraught parents struggle to find their son, they’re dragged on a hellish journey through a world of lackadaisical bureaucrats... {more}

Deep End

USA
Directed By Bill Plympton
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A song about a guy who relishes the experience of sharing a pool with female swimmers. {more}

Detritus

USA
Directed By T.J. Misny
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A girl emerges from the depths, carrying with her an unusual burden. {more}

Diagnosis

FRANCE
Directed By Fabrice Bracq
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Dr. Semyc is a specialist of a widespread disease for which there is no cure to date. Announcing the diagnosis is a difficult exercise, however, he find mastery to perfection. {more}

A Different Tree

USA
Directed By Steven Caple Jr.
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A Different Tree tells the story of an eight-year-old girl’s journey to build a relationship with her absent father, through a class assigned family tree. {more}

Dinner For Few

GREECE, USA
Directed By Nassos Vakalis
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A sociopolitical metaphor of the world as a formal dinner that takes an unexpected turn when there's no more food to be served. {more}

Dirty Laundry

USA
Directed By Aaron Martinez
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Afraid and alone, a young boy must navigate the turmoil of a broken home in order to defeat the terrifying creature that lurks in his basement. {more}

Disaster Preparedness

USA
Directed By Melissa Finell
Running Time: 15 Minutes

As a hurricane races toward their New York City home, Becca and Rose find themselves battling one another over the future of their relationship amidst harried storm preparations. {more}

Dissonance

GERMANY, USA
Directed By Till Nowak
Running Time: 17 Minutes

A genius musician lives a lonely life in a surreal, floating world, high above the ground. {more}

Divide in Concord

USA
Directed By Kris Kaczor
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Concord, Massachusetts is home of “the shot heard round the world,” Henry David Thoreau, Walden Pond, and Jean Hill, who walks very much in the fighting footsteps of her town's famous predecessors. For years Jean has been petitioning Concord to ban the sale of water in single-serve plastic bottles. Aware of the long-term consequences, this passionate octogenarian has expended much time and boundless energy to bring this before Town Council, but each year it has... {more}

The Documentary Filmmaking Process


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

All panels are free and open to the public. NO TICKET REQUIRED Moderator: Professor Kim NeuendorfPanelists: Mike Attie—In CountryAbhay Kumar—Placebo Maggie Mackay—CIFF Documentary Jury (Also—Film Independent/Independent Spirit Awards) Rob Montague—A Long Way to the Top Dana Nachman—Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World Douglas Tirola—Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon The documentary form has emerged as one of the most vital and exciting branches of filmmaking. The development of high-quality yet... {more}

Don't Leave Me

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM
Directed By Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden
Running Time: 107 Minutes

The world of the superb Belgian documentary DON’T LEAVE ME is a combination of existential surrealism, where everything and nothing happens, and slapstick comedy, where everyone is the straight man. Bob and Marcel are two old friends – men without women – who bond over wine, rum, and beer while discussing loneliness and their plans to execute their own demise under a secluded tree Bob remembers from his youth. While the subject matter is solemn,... {more}

Doo Doo's Revenge

USA
Directed By Sev DeMyers
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Doo Doo's Revenge illustrates a tough day in the life story of Dudley Q. Washington. Known as 'Doo Doo' to his classmates and neighborhood friends, Dudley is dealing with a negligent mom is looking for love and a day at school that tests all of his 10 year old patience. Caring for his younger sister, Simone, while trying to fend off his mother's bully boyfriend/squatter, who is making his life a living hell. This all... {more}

Dragula

USA
Directed By Frank Meli
Running Time: 25 Minutes

A young guy with an all-American father, jock older brother and an understanding mother (Missi Pyle), comes to terms with his inner voice when he performs a drag number at the high school talent show, after being taken under the wing of a famous old drag performer (Barry Bostwick) in a gay bar. {more}

Dreamcatcher

UNITED KINGDOM, USA
Directed By Kim Longinotto
Running Time: 98 Minutes

DREAMCATCHER is a breathtakingly raw look at the work of a former prostitute whose Chicago charity helps women leave the sex industry. Brenda Myers-Powell has a big personality to match her big heart. She cruises the streets at night in her Dreamcatcher Foundation van, distributing condoms. Often she stops to talk to prostitutes, every one with a devastating story. In her after-school club for at-risk teenage girls, the kids exchange horrifying rape stories over Doritos... {more}

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

USA
Directed By Douglas Tirola
Running Time: 93 Minutes

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD : THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON tells the story of the National Lampoon during the 1970s and 1980s. For many, the Lampoon was the first place where humor was recognized as a way to tell a greater truth about the world and influence people’s views on politics and culture. Launching the careers of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Christopher Guest, Harold Ramis, and others who went on to make... {more}

Dry Me Crazy

USA
Directed By Ethan Corn
Running Time: 22 Minutes

After spotting the girl of his dreams at a laundromat in New York City, Ryan embarks on a frantic journey to craft the perfect first impression before she returns to pick up her dry clothes. {more}

Dude's a Serial Killer

USA
Directed By Brandon Schneider
Running Time: 16 Minutes

With mysterious deaths occurring all over town, friends Max, Sean and Jack band together to stop the killer. At first a rambling misadventure, the evening soon descends into gore-soaked chaos. Three friends, one suspect... no witnesses. {more}

Duke Riley Goes to China

USA
Directed By Kim A Snyder
Running Time: 35 Minutes

Artist Duke Riley embarks on an epic journey to China to reenact a legendary race amongst 12 animals that determined the Chinese zodiac. {more}

Dusk

USA
Directed By Michael Maney
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Awoken from a nightmare, John Whitmore discovers his wife has gone missing. A tape recorder is found that reveals she's been kidnapped. The voice on the tape instructs John to meet a man named Dave, who will take him to a cabin where his wife is being held. He's to bring a bag of cash and go in alone. Things get tricky when Dave, now joined by another man named Sam, begins to slow down... {more}

Eadweard

CANADA
Directed By Kyle Rideout
Running Time: 104 Minutes

How do you capture a moment? Kyle Rideout’s biopic EADWEARD shows how this question becomes an obsession of one of the forefathers of motion pictures, Eadweard Muybridge. In 1872, Muybridge reveals his first study of animal locomotion: a series of photos depicting the movements of a running horse that no human eye had ever seen. “This is life,” he explains to his admiring audience. But Muybridge wants to know more. His passion compels Flora, a... {more}

Elgin Park

USA
Directed By Danny Yourd
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Elgin Park is a lot of things: a 1950’s utopia, a fantastical world, and an optical illusion. Artist Michael Paul Smith’s imaginative town – composed entirely of miniatures – delighted audiences worldwide when his photo series went viral. For the first time, the documentary Elgin Park dives into the life of this charming, reclusive artist to reveal the dark inspiration behind his work. {more}

Embrace

AUSTRALIA
Directed By George-Alex Nagle
Running Time: 16 Minutes

On the eve of his brain-damaged daughter's 18th birthday, Daniel Shaw must find a way to reconnect with his family. {more}

Emily

USA
Directed By Pierce Scott, Alec Bowling
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A young man leaves a voice mail in a desperate attempt to atone for what he has done. {more}

The Emissary

USA
Directed By Rudy Dobrev
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Margo Martindale (Emmy Award winning actress in a Drama Series, 'Justified') takes on the lead role of Natalie Ray, a mother longing for her son. Loosely based on Bellini's opera 'Norma', director Rudy Dobrev ('Morning Calm'), editor Richard Marizy (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning film 'La Vie en Rose') and cinematographer Daniel Katz (Academy Award winning film 'Curfew') bring the viewer on a journey of self realization, discovery and reckoning. An obsession... {more}

Enfilade

AUSTRALIA
Directed By David Coyle
Running Time: 10 Minutes

you can't escape the loop you can't escape the loop you can't escape the loop you can't escape the loop you can't escape the loop you can't escape the loop you can't escape the loop you can't escape the loop you can't escape the loop you can't escape the loop {more}

Entrain

CANADA
Directed By Elaine Poon, Adrien Benson
Running Time: 7 Minutes

Language barriers are broken when two strangers start drumming on the subway. {more}

Fabian Debora, A Life for Art

USA
Directed By Jessica Kaye
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Fabian Debora, A Life for Art tells the transformative story of East Los Angeles painter Fabian Debora and how a spiritual encounter with a near death experience awakened him from the darkness of gang life, incarceration, and drug addiction. {more}

The Face Thief

SPAIN
Directed By Jaime Maestro
Running Time: 12 Minutes

A mysterious young woman has been horribly attacked by a powerful and elusive enemy. {more}

Factory Boss

CHINA
Directed By Zhang Wei
Running Time: 104 Minutes

The Dalin Toy Factory is in a state of crisis. There are no current orders, and angry workers are demanding unpaid wages. Owner Mr. Lin will do anything to save his factory, including cutting back on safety updates and equipment repairs. So he makes a desperate deal with an American toy company, contracting a low-profit job with a fast deadline that threatens to drive his workers to the brink. When a reporter goes undercover at... {more}

Fair Play

CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY, SLOVAKIA
Directed By Andrea Sedlácková
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Anna is a young Czechoslovak sprinter who hopes to qualify for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She lives in a modest flat with her mother Irena, herself a former athlete, who has been reduced to cleaning buildings due to her dissident sympathies. Anna is expected to unquestioningly follow the instructions of her coaches at the National Sports Center. But when they start prescribing new steroid injections, Anna rebels, and the coach pressures Irena to... {more}

The Fall

NORWAY
Directed By Andreas Thaulow
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Agnes and Ragnar, a couple in their late 20's, are climbing a mountain in Northern Norway. In this potentially deadly situation where trust is an absolute necessity, the relationship is put to the test as Agnes reveals Ragnar's disturbing secret. {more}

Far From Home

ARGENTINA, CANADA, ITALY, USA, UGANDA
Directed By Galen Knowles
Running Time: 73 Minutes

Born in Uganda, Brolin Mawejje had a childhood plagued with hardships. His abusive father drove his mother to flee the country, leaving her son and two daughters behind. Soon, Brolin became the target of his dad's anger and aggression. Finally, when Brolin was ten, his mom, now in the United States, was able to bring her children to live with her. That didn't last long, though. Brolin was bounced to various homes, never able to... {more}

Felix and Meira

CANADA
Directed By Maxime Giroux
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Maxime Giroux’s FELIX AND MEIRA are an unlikely pair. Living off handouts from his sister, Felix is half-heartedly mourning the recent death of his callous, unloving father. Meira, married to devout Shulem, is a young Hasidic Jewish mother who prefers soul music to the strict principles of her religion. She frequently locks herself in the bathroom just to avoid Shulem. Pressure from family and friends to have more children intensifies Meira’s attraction to non-religious life,... {more}

FestEvil

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Paul Taylor
Running Time: 17 Minutes

FestEvil is a slasher film set at a music festival. {more}

Fiddlesticks*

GERMANY
Directed By Veit Helmer
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Bollersville is the belly button of the world. Because its grownups are so 100% average a consumer studies company tests new products there. The grownups love to buy new things like green cornflakes, straight from America. No wonder the kids of Bollersville revolt against the mediocrity of their parents and their yucky lab-produced food and useless stuff. Like the Little Rascals, a band of six adorable tykes, with a helpful pet named FIDDLESTICKS in tow,... {more}

A Fight For

SLOVENIA
Directed By Siniša Gacˇ ic
Running Time: 85 Minutes

On October 15, 2011, as part of the wave of protests that followed the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, Slovenian activists occupied a square in front of the Ljubljana stock exchange, setting up tents and remaining there through the winter. A FIGHT FOR depicts the life of protesters in the camp, from the erection of the first tent to its dismantling six months later. The film provides a hard look at the difficulties involved... {more}

Film Authorship, Accuracy, and Artistic Freedom


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

All panels are free and open to the public. NO TICKET REQUIRED Moderator: Professor Mike RandPanelists: Barry Crimmins—Call Me Lucky Josh Epstein—EadweardJosh Lawson—The Little Death Tyler Measom—An Honest Liar Shawn Rech—A Murder in the Park How does a filmmaker determine which story is worth devoting years to bringing to life? And how much of a screenwriter’s or director’s original vision makes it to the screen? There are both philosophical and logistical elements that can intervene in defining... {more}

Final Witness

USA
Directed By Ryan Alan Petti
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Kitt Keller is the only witness to the most recent of a string of murders plaguing her fathers shady business organization. {more}

Finding the Gold Within

USA
Directed By Karina Epperlein
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Alchemy Inc. is an adolescent support program based in Akron, Ohio. It combines adult mentoring, traditional African drumming, and the art of storytelling and myth to create a safe and open forum for young black men. Like the name suggests, it is an effort to transmute the ordinary materials of life into something precious. FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN documents six young men from Akron as they move from the program into college and university life.... {more}

First Love

IRELAND
Directed By Brian Deane
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Cead Ghra is a nostalgic coming of age story about two best-friends that set out on a quest in pursuit of their first crush.. {more}

firstworldproblems

USA
Directed By Marielle Woods
Running Time: 2 Minutes

A fretful suburban mother gets a rude awakening from her high school son. {more}

Flat Chested

USA
Directed By Kristyn Benedyk
Running Time: 24 Minutes

Amanda, after testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation, has a specific plan to say goodbye to her breasts the weekend before her preventative double mastectomy, but her sister comes to town with a list of her own ideas for the two days. {more}

Flower in the Window

USA
Directed By Evan Skorepa
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A boy falls in love with a girl he sees in a window but sadly the girl dies in a car accident. {more}

Follow the Instructions

SPAIN
Directed By Begoña Soler
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Marisa, a 35 year old woman, arrives to the Emergency Department of a Hospital looking for help. {more}

The Fool

RUSSIA
Directed By Yury Bykov
Running Time: 116 Minutes

Dima Nikitin, a Russian plumber, may be too smart for his own good. Or at least that’s what his family thinks. While his peers have no qualms about stealing to put food on the table, Dima would rather take the less common route of getting an education to earn a promotion. And, confirming his family’s fears, Dima’s intellect is precisely the root of his troubles in Yury Bykov’s blisteringly cold drama, THE FOOL. After a... {more}

Footprints

USA
Directed By Bill Plympton
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at a surprising revelation. {more}

Forced Perspective

USA
Directed By Nick Cavalier
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Since he was a young boy, Clevelander Derek Hess has had a “knack” for drawing. As the son of a WWII veteran and professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Hess also has had a deep appreciation for the discipline and training necessary for creative growth. Nick Cavalier’s FORCED PERSPECTIVE – evokes Hess’s favored artistic technique of manipulating an object’s size in order to create the illusion of distance. It also traces how these values... {more}

Forever Professor

USA
Directed By Mika Johnson
Running Time: 32 Minutes

Mark McKinley: a psychologist obsessed with time who has the largest collection of talking clocks in the world. {more}

The Forgotten

USA
Directed By David Feldman
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A young Latino street artist pays homage to unseen, forgotten domestic laborers through an art installation in the Sonoran Desert, in tribute to his immigrant roots. {more}

Frailer

NETHERLANDS
Directed By Mijke de Jong
Running Time: 80 Minutes

FRAILER, a drama about four women learning to cope with terminal illness, is at once wrenching and inspirational. In her 1997 film “Brittle,” Mijke de Jong directed these same actresses as sisters at a reunion who hash out old rivalries and common bonds. FRAILER brings the women together again – and initially it seems they’re just acting out their roles. But when we learn the one they call Mouse (Leonoor Pauw) is really dying of... {more}

Frame By Frame

AFGHANISTAN
Directed By Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
Running Time: 83 Minutes

FRAME BY FRAME reveals the dazzling colors and textures of Afghanistan in a manner seldom seen in the West – through the camera lenses of its photojournalists. We travel along with four courageous photographers who, first under the Soviets and then under the Taliban, risked their lives to show the world what was happening in their country. Najibullah, a professor, relates what happened when the Taliban made photography illegal, tearing up pictures and beating photographers.... {more}

Full-Windsor

USA
Directed By Faraday Okoro
Running Time: 6 Minutes

A 10 year old boy battles his mother in order to wear his estranged father's tie to school. {more}

The Gay Agenda

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Anna McGrath
Running Time: 3 Minutes

Fed up with social conservatives' construction of a Gay Agenda destroying the the very fabric of society, Kris Darmody and Brenton Geyer respond to the ridiculousness of that construct by their own photographic exhibition. {more}

Gaysian

CANADA
Directed By Austin Wong
Running Time: 9 Minutes

A comedy about the plight of a gay Asian man facing racism in the dating world..and in himself. {more}

Gemma Bovery

FRANCE
Directed By Anne Fontaine
Running Time: 99 Minutes

When an English couple moves into a quaint village in Normandy, their curious neighbor Martin finds himself obsessed with the stunning young wife Gemma. His fascination leads to strange behavior; a harmless but dedicated stalker, he’s relentless in his hope she’ll return his affection. He compares her to Madame Bovary, the adulterous housewife character from Gustave Flaubert’s book of the same name. While his fantasies begin to materialize, it’s not Martin she ends up cheating... {more}

Gente de Bién

FRANCE, COLOMBIA
Directed By Franco Lolli
Running Time: 86 Minutes

GENTE DE BIÉN, which translates as both “well-off people” and “decent people,” tells the story of a boy’s introduction to the realities of income inequality. Eric is ten and lives with his extended family in chaotic circumstances in Bogota. He’s suddenly taken to live with his father Gabriel, whom he barely knows. Gabriel is a semi-employed carpenter who can barely keep his own head above water. His biggest client is Maria Isabel, a well-meaning professor.... {more}

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

FRANCE, ISRAEL, GERMANY
Directed By Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Running Time: 115 Minutes

For the past three years, Viviane Amsalem, a secular Israeli hairdresser, has not exchanged more than a few words with her devout husband Elisha. During the 20 years of their passionless marriage, Viviane dutifully raised their four children and even shared her home with Elisha’s spiteful mother. While neither Elisha nor Viviane has ever been unfaithful, Viviane is now adamant she and Elisha are incompatible. She does not love him, and she wants a divorce.... {more}

Giovanni's Island

JAPAN
Directed By Mizuho Nishikubo
Running Time: 102 Minutes

In the summer of 1945, Shikotan Island in Japan’s far north is a delightful place to play for young brothers Junpei and Kanta. Their stern father runs the island defense force while soldiers are up in the mountains shooting. Then comes August 15: the war is over, Japan has lost, and Soviets occupy Shikotan. When a Russian family takes over their house, the boys’ family is moved into the stall. Worst of all, they have... {more}

Girlhood

FRANCE
Directed By Céline Sciamma
Running Time: 112 Minutes

In the darkness, 16-year-old Marieme and her younger sister Bébé extend their arms across the distance between their two beds to hold hands. Their mother is working the nightshift, and their abusive older brother Djibril lurks in the next room. On this night, though Djibril never emerges, Marieme remains desperate to change her life. After she fails eighth grade for the second time, the guidance counselor advises Marieme to attend vocational school. But Marieme has... {more}

Glinda

USA
Directed By Nicole Cosgrove
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A slice of life short film that examines Glinda's initial return to her routine after an unexpected loss. The story is a short visual character study that lenses the overwhelming and lonely nature of returning to society after a sudden life change. {more}

Global Film Production and Distribution


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

All panels are free and open to the public. NO TICKET REQUIRED Moderators: Professors John Vourlis and Tama EngelkingPanelists: Alexandria Bombach—Frame by FrameBryn Evans--Hip Hop-erationLinde Frohlich—CIFF Central & Eastern European Jury (Also—Nordic Film Days Lübeck)Miguel Galofré—Art ConnectJason Paul Laxamana—The Coffin MakerJim Stark—Mirage Not so long ago, the film industry meant filmmaking in Hollywood. Although Hollywood films still dominate the global marketplace, the majority of feature films made are produced outside of the U.S. There is also a... {more}

Grandma

PHILIPPINES
Directed By Kevin Ang
Running Time: 17 Minutes

A grandmother tends to her chores at Christmas in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. {more}

Grown Ups

SPAIN
Directed By Javier Marco
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Carlos and Marta, both 35 years old, are living the life they’ve always dreamed of…a house with a yard, a dog, and they’re even about to have a child…but there’s no such thing as a perfect life. {more}

Guard Dog

PERU
Directed By Bacha Caravedo, Chinón Higashionna
Running Time: 88 Minutes

In 1995 the Peruvian government passed an Amnesty Law absolving those accused of crimes during the country's 15-year counterinsurgency war -- including brutal paramilitary squads. GUARD DOG is a moodily atmospheric film that chronicles the violent days of Miguel, a ruthless government killer then and a ruthless contract killer now. Expressionless and given to bouts of fury, he coldly liquidates his targets under orders of his boss, the General. Though he seems to have a... {more}

Guest Room

USA
Directed By Joshua Tate
Running Time: 13 Minutes

A young woman with Down Syndrome (GLEE's Lauren Potter) grapples with intimacy, identity, and adulthood after an unplanned pregnancy with her boyfriend. {more}

Habana

FRANCE
Directed By Edouard Salier
Running Time: 22 Minutes

Havana is occupied by foreign forces and on the edge of civil war. Lazaro, a kid from the slums, walks us through his streets and reveals the chaos that has taken over the capital. {more}

Halfway

BELGIUM
Directed By Geoffrey Enthoven
Running Time: 134 Minutes

Reeling from a notably brutal divorce linked to a major misstep at his (former) office, Stef buys a house in the country in search of solitude. Before he can unpack his belongings, an intruder shows up, bath towel slung over his shoulders, claiming the house is his. It appears no one told him the house had been sold. The two have a fight and Stef calls the cops, but when the police arrive there’s no... {more}

Hand In Hand

SPAIN
Directed By Ignacio Tatay
Running Time: 7 Minutes

We can tolerate proximity with others on a crowded bus during rush-hour, so long as we keep our hands to ourselves.But when Laura notices she shares the handrail with a very attractive stranger, she decides to slide her hand a few inches towards his. {more}

The Hand that Feeds

USA
Directed By Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick
Running Time: 88 Minutes

In New York City, undocumented workers are the backbone of industry and help the city stay alive. Yet those workers – who are deeply depended on by their employers – are treated as indentured servants, often making far less than minimum wage in dangerous conditions. THE HAND THAT FEEDS brings us to the front lines as about a dozen undocumented employees of a popular deli in NYC fight for basic workers’ rights, including fair scheduling,... {more}

Hardkor Disko

POLAND
Directed By Krzysztof Skonieczny
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Marcin goes to Warsaw. Marcin finds a family. Marcin sleeps with the daughter. Marcin plots to kill the parents. And that’s just Marcin’s first day. Marcin is a man of few words and even fewer facial expressions, but it’s clear his intentions are logical. He begins executing his lethal plan amidst a haze of drugs, sex, and the raging Warsaw nightlife. As the plot thickens, Marcin’s fragile past comes into focus, yet his cryptic dreams... {more}

Havana Curveball

USA, CUBA
Directed By Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider
Running Time: 55 Minutes

It seemed so simple at first. The filmmakers were making a home movie about their son Mica’s bar mitzvah project, which was to send baseball equipment to underprivileged kids in Cuba. But life threw Mica a HAVANA CURVEBALL, and the story turned into this heartwarming film about a naïve boy who grows into a politically aware young man. Mica is inspired by the fact that Cuba harbored his grandfather when he fled Nazi Europe. Now... {more}

Heaven Adores You

USA
Directed By Nickolas Rossi
Running Time: 104 Minutes

"His heart would be broken to know that people discover him and just think that he's super bummed – it was only a small fraction of who he really was.” That's a quote from Dorien Garry, Elliot Smith's former publicist, in HEAVEN ADORES YOU. Her sentiment is shared by director Nickolas Rossi, who focuses his riveting documentary on celebrating Smith's personal and musical accomplishments, rather than zeroing in on the tabloid drama that still surrounds... {more}

HelloHello

SWEDEN
Directed By Maria Blom
Running Time: 97 Minutes

A warm-hearted Swedish comedy that will keep you toasty through the winter, HELLOHELLO continues to win audience awards at film festivals. Disa is 40ish, a bit dumpy, and way too accommodating. Her husband has left her for a twiggy new model, and she’s bossed around by her mother and the chief matron at the hospital where she works. While her ex is looking sporty and put-together, Disa remains stuck in her rut. An old crone... {more}

The Hero

KOSOVO
Directed By Luan Kryeziu
Running Time: 105 Minutes

One of the many wars in the Balkans is over. Shkëmb returns a hero, celebrated for saving the local population during the conflict. But over time his sacrifice is forgotten. Though Shkëmb hews to his principles of integrity and honesty, Kosovar society is changing. A gentle, patriotic educator who teaches Albanian poetry to young children, he is fired and his job is given to a local. A cadre of political and business careerists are busy... {more}

Hidden In Plain Sight

USA
Directed By Joseph Jurecki
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Hidden in Plain Sight is a short documentary about discovering the hidden beauty, history, and meaning of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens {more}

High Performance

AUSTRIA
Directed By Johanna Moder
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Brothers Daniel and Rudi share little besides DNA. Slovenly Daniel, single and in his early 30s, is an actor/performance artist, who supplements his meager stock boy income with handouts from his parents. Urbane Rudi, on the other hand, is a married father and award-winning executive at a tech company in Vienna. Despite Rudi’s blatant lack of respect for his brother, Rudi offers Daniel part-time work at his company, coaching the newly-hired developer Nora on public... {more}

Hip Hop-eration

NEW ZEALAND
Directed By Bryn Evans
Running Time: 93 Minutes

While hip hop dance competitions may be dominated by youthful dancers performing gravity-defying, acrobatic, graceful dance moves, the World Hip Hop Championship is about to get turned on its head … and then spun around. HIP HOP-ERATION is a documentary that follows a group of senior citizens from New Zealand, ranging in age between 68 and 95 years young, looking to perform in the worldwide dance competition. Beginning on their small NZ island, we follow... {more}

Homemakers

USA
Directed By Colin Healey
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Irene, a high-energy punk singer living in Austin, is not getting along with her bandmates. She accuses the accordion player (her girlfriend) of brazen infidelity before she rips the accordion to pieces in front of a packed audience. The next day, as the band discusses their discordant fate, Irene gets a call. Her grandfather has died and he’s willed her a house in Pittsburgh. Irene drops some Tabasco sauce into her eyes and sobs to... {more}

The Homestretch

USA
Directed By Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly
Running Time: 89 Minutes

There are over 19,000 students identified as homeless in the Chicago public school system. It’s an appalling number that reveals a heart-breaking reality about the severity of homelessness – a problem that affects the entire country. How can these kids be motivated to learn when they live with the stress of not knowing where they’ll sleep next; when they’re hungry because they can’t find food? THE HOMESTRETCH explores these unfortunate situations, which also put educators... {more}

Les Homosapiennes

USA
Directed By Tony Borden, Brendan Ferrer
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Scientists who transport a caveman back from the stone age have difficulty finding him the perfect mate. {more}

An Honest Liar

USA
Directed By Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom
Running Time: 92 Minutes

When he was young, James "The Amazing" Randi did all the things Houdini did; he just did them faster and smarter. He wiggled out of straightjackets quicker, escaped from underwater coffins in record speed, and even did a few remarkable tricks hanging upside down. But he spent the second half of his life refining what would become his greatest ability – exposing the truth. After dedicating his life to investigating (and disproving) self-proclaimed “psychics,” James... {more}

Hotwire

USA
Directed By Erin Brown
Running Time: 13 Minutes

When the love of his life threatens to go overseas, Stan, a shy daydreamer, must become the hero of his action movie fantasies to win her heart. {more}

The Hyperglot

USA
Directed By Michael Urie
Running Time: 23 Minutes

Despite huge talent for communicating, Jake has trouble talking to women. When a unique situation arises, he has to learn how to talk without speaking. (Winner: Teen View Award at Nantucket Film Festival, Best of Fest at Palm Springs International, Audience Award at Friars Club Comedy Film Festival, Best Film & Best Actor at International Film Awards Berlin, Best Film at London City Film Festival, and nominated for Artios Award from the Casting Society of... {more}

I Am a Knife With Legs

USA
Directed By Bennett Jones
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Grieving the sudden explosive death of his love Baguette, international French pop star Bené (writer-director Bennett Jones) finds himself on FatwaList.com, thanks to user iluvtennis127. Now he must hide out in L.A. with his loyal sidekick Beefy to avoid death at the hands of an SSN (or assassin as most would call it). Part musical, part meta-absurdism, part action, a little bit cooking show perhaps, part graphic novel (which is really just a fat comic... {more}

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

USA
Directed By Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Listen up, everybody! I AM BIG BIRD is the story of a really nice man who always plays pretend. Once upon a time -- at the 1969 Puppeteers of America conference -- an animator and Bozo show worker named Caroll Spinney met Muppet meister Jim Henson. Soon thereafter the Children’s Television Workshop launched Sesame Street, and Big Bird was hatched. Caroll, the man behind the feathers (and Oscar the Grouch), is now 81 and still... {more}

I Married My Family's Killer

CANADA
Directed By Emily Kassie
Running Time: 31 Minutes

Beatrice and Purudenci were childhood sweethearts. They planned to be wed. the only problem was, it was 1994 in Rwanda and Beatrice was being hunted. To make matters worse, Purudenci's family were the hunters. This film documents the lives of three couples that married from killer and victim families in Rwanda. In two of the three cases in this film, the victims married into the families that killed their own. The trauma and pain these... {more}

I Owe You

USA
Directed By Mike McNeese
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Father-to-be Cam owes his perfect life to his estranged friend Todd. But when Todd shows up one night with a body in his trunk and calls in the debt, Cam must choose between an awful trip into darkness and having his own terrible secret revealed. {more}

I'll See You in My Dreams

USA
Directed By Brett Haley
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Carol Petersen (Blythe Danner), a widowed retiree in her early 70s, has had a full life. She had fruitful careers as a musician in Greenwich Village in the 60s and later as a schoolteacher in Southern California. She was married to a successful lawyer. And she raised a beautiful daughter named Katherine (Malin Akerman). But that, as Carol says, “is all in the past tense.” Now, 20 years after the death of her husband, she... {more}

I'm You, Dickhead

Australia
Directed By Lucas Testro
Running Time: 12 Minutes

A man travels back in time to force his 10 year old self to learn guitar, so he can get more action with the ladies in the present day. {more}

I've Just Had a Dream

SPAIN
Directed By Javier Navarro
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream {more}

Ice Poison

TAIWAN, MYANMAR
Directed By Midi Z
Running Time: 95 Minutes

In rural Myanmar there are few opportunities to make money, and even fewer to connect with other people. The son of a poor farmer sets out on a motor scooter, hoping to make some cash by shuttling travellers to their isolated destinations. His first client is an initially reserved transplant from China, still dealing with family matters surrounding her grandfather’s death. The two form a bond, and struggling to make ends meet, they resort to... {more}

If You Don't, I Will

FRANCE
Directed By Sophie Fillières
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Pomme and Pierre are in a dead-end relationship that just needs one of them to step up and end it already. Yes, there’s love – but it’s deep down and doesn’t surface very often. Tracking Pomme as she navigates through her mundane life, IF YOU DON’T, I WILL combines humor with heartbreaking insight to bring to life one of the more difficult situations to endure – a lifeless marriage. After Pomme takes the initial step... {more}

The Immaculates

FRANCE
Directed By Ronny Trocker
Running Time: 12 Minutes

The reconstruction of a day of demonstrations degenerated into a pogrom. {more}

Imperial Dreams

USA
Directed By Malik Vitthal
Running Time: 87 Minutes

“You can’t splash back into the projects, you gotta slide in,” narrates 21-year-old Bambi Jones as he walks through the Watts neighborhood in South Los Angeles. Bambi, convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, has just been released from jail, but he has no plans of returning to his former lifestyle. In prison, Bambi diligently honed his writing, and he even published a short story in the literary journal McSweeney’s. Now Bambi has aspirations of... {more}

In Country

USA
Directed By Mike Attie, Meghan O'Hara
Running Time: 80 Minutes

In the first few moments of IN COUNTRY, it's hard to tell if you're watching a fictional war film or an in-depth documentary on the subject. As it unfolds, you realize it's a bit of both. The movie follows a group of hardcore Vietnam re-enactors in Oregon, who go to great lengths to ensure their adventure is as accurate as possible. They've got the outfits and the weapons, and they're camped out in the woods,... {more}

In Order of Disappearance

NORWAY
Directed By Hans Petter Moland
Running Time: 115 Minutes

In the snow-covered mountains of Norway, Nils drives his plow truck clearing the roads for the people of the isolated region. A well-respected man in his community, Nils goes about his days – “a pathfinder” as he calls himself. But when his son is murdered by drug dealers, Nils begins to blaze his own trail to justice and revenge. IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE, starring the incomparable Stellan Skarsgård (“Good Will Hunting,” “Thor”) as the father... {more}

In Passing

CANADA, USA
Directed By Alan Miller
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Two lonely strangers jump off a building to end their lives, but meet in mid air and discover that it's never too late to fall in love. {more}

In the Clouds

ARGENTINA
Directed By Marcelo Mitnik
Running Time: 20 Minutes

The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of IN THE CLOUDS, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube. {more}

In The Still Of The Night

AUSTRIA
Directed By Erich Steiner
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A family faces a dramatic decision on a night that will be remembered... {more}

The Incident

MEXICO
Directed By Isaac Ezban
Running Time: 100 Minutes

A more appropriate title might be “Groundhog Day in Hell.” When two brothers are apprehended on drug charges in an apartment complex, one of them attempts to flee. The pursuing officer shoots him in the leg and the three end up at the bottom of a maintenance stairwell. As they try to leave, they notice something strange… there’s no bottom floor; the stairs just take them right back to the top. The trio discovers they’ve... {more}

The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his annoying sister Avila)

USA
Directed By Brian Schmidt, Ann-Marie Schmidt
Running Time: 79 Minutes

“This film is not for over-protective parents,” warns this Tim Burton-esque, absurd children’s comedy from first-time writer-directors, husband-wife team Ann-Marie Schmidt (so many hyphens) and Brian Schmidt. When Jojo and his sister Avila are left to their own devices after a car accident injures their mother, they must survive in the woods on their own. Among the travails and harrowing experiences is a deranged hobo, ravaging wolves, abandoned couches, and dirty diapers. But don’t fret... {more}

Independent Film Production: Sound and Image


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

All panels are free and open to the public. NO TICKET REQUIRED Moderator: Professor Evan LiebermanPanelists:Michael Barnett—Becoming BulletproofSev DeMyers—Doo Doo’s Revenge Josh Mandel—CIFF Central & Eastern European Jury; Uncertain Terms (Also—Slamdance Film Festival)Mike Ott—CIFF 2015 “Someone to Watch” (Lake Los Angeles; Pearblossom Hwy; Littlerock)Kerem Sanga—The Young Kieslowski Ted Sikora—Move On! What are the most important steps in the arduous process of film production?... {more}

Inferno

SLOVENIA
Directed By Vinko Möderndorfer
Running Time: 113 Minutes

A quote from Dante’s Inferno sets the stage for this INFERNO, a parable of modern poverty in Ljubljana. Mare and Sonja have two young children. At the bottom rung of the Slovenian social ladder, they have nowhere to go and nobody left to ask for help. Mare is a loving father who reads bedtime stories to the kids – and initially even believes in fairy tale endings himself. He’s been out of work for months,... {more}

The Ins and Outs of In-N-Out

USA
Directed By Connor Kerrigan
Running Time: 2 Minutes

It’s like a "What Would Jesus Do Bracelet”, only a film, and more burgers. {more}

Into the Silent Sea

SWEDEN, USA
Directed By Andrej Landin
Running Time: 25 Minutes

Adrift in space and unsure he will ever return to Earth, a cosmonaut asks one small favor from an Italian radio engineer. {more}

It's So Cliche

USA
Directed By Kyle Morrison IV
Running Time: 5 Minutes

When two goths meet at a wedding while mocking the illusion of love, they begin to fall for each other. {more}

Jessie

USA
Directed By Andrew Arehart, Jack Arehart, Matthew Arehart
Running Time: 12 Minutes

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The Jigsaw

PORTUGAL, USA
Directed By Basil Al Safar, Rashad Al-Safar
Running Time: 9 Minutes

The purchase of a mystery Jigsaw Puzzle from a strange and unsettling vendor leads a man to an evening of frightening consequences. {more}

Joanna

POLAND
Directed By Aneta Kopacz
Running Time: 40 Minutes

With great visual poetry, the documentary portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of the family. {more}

Job Interview

GERMANY
Directed By Julia Walter
Running Time: 10 Minutes

When the boss Marie starts asking strange questions, Lisa's seemingly normal job interview turns into a horror trip. {more}

Job Interview

FRANCE
Directed By Nicolas Novak
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A recent graduate lands a job interview. It doesn't go exactly as planned... {more}

John Doe

USA
Directed By Yizhou Li, Dustin Reno
Running Time: 4 Minutes

When a frustrated detective literally begins putting the evidence together on a seemingly unsolvable case, his pursuit for the truth takes an unexpected turn. {more}

Josef et Aimée

CANADA
Directed By Ben Shirinian
Running Time: 17 Minutes

Josef et Aimée is a magical childhood love story about two Jewish children sent into hiding in an orphanage in the south of France during WWII. In this story of childhood love, loss and struggle, a young boy's quest to reunite with a cherished friend takes him on a journey where he finds so much more. {more}

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

CANADA
Directed By Grant Baldwin
Running Time: 74 Minutes

First go to your refrigerator. Now be honest. How much in there is bad or plain forgotten about? It is estimated that a staggering 50% of food produced – from farm to table and all stages in between – is uneaten, discarded needlessly, or destroyed. Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer found a way to investigate the truth about these numbers. They embarked on a daring six-month project. They would purchase no new or fresh... {more}

The Kármán Line

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Oscar Sharp
Running Time: 25 Minutes

When a mother begins to rise very gradually into the air, her family struggles to cope. {more}

Kebab & Horoscope

POLAND
Directed By Grzegorz Jaroszuk
Running Time: 72 Minutes

KEBAB & HOROSCOPE is a deadpan comedy in the vein of Aki Kaurismäki. Plunked down in a Warsaw industrial area next to a super glue factory is a carpet warehouse where no customer dares to tread. The Boss, concerned with the lack of “business energy” exhibited by his hapless employees, has hired two “marketing specialists.” Until recently, these sad sacks were an unemployed kebab shop worker and a horoscope writer. But having realized marketing is... {more}

Keeper of the Past

GERMANY
Directed By Marco J. Riedl
Running Time: 29 Minutes

Accepting life as it comes...is our decision to make!Farmer Finn van Hagen begins a New Life and moves with his wife and his two children out to the country. He now lives on an old, idyllic farm...in the middle of nowhere...to his eyes, in a Perfect World.One day a Stranger appears, out of the blue. He asks Finn strange questions and tries to draw a well-kept secret from his daughter Verlanda: The whereabouts of a... {more}

The Keeping Room

USA
Directed By Daniel Barber
Running Time: 95 Minutes

“What if it’s the end of the world, and we are the last ones left?” asks Augusta. In the American South of 1865, sisters Augusta and Louise (played by Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld) and former slave Mad have learned to live like men. They use rifles to shoot small animals for their meals. They trudge through dirt in the hot sun to till their land. And they drink moonshine to forget their worries. Like... {more}

Kick It!

NORWAY
Directed By Katarina Launing
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Teenage Anja is a bit of a tomboy. She’s obsessed with soccer and can’t understand her best friend Lisa’s fascination with boys. At school, a classmate named Jonas is confused by her affinity for sports and secretly intimidated by her skills. When they get into an argument over the subject, it escalates into a fight that sends her to the hospital. Her injuries are minor, but what the doctors discover changes everything: she has cancer.... {more}

Kilbanetown Comeback

IRELAND, USA
Directed By Des Kilbane
Running Time: 54 Minutes

In 2013 Des Kilbane chronicled the life of legendary Cleveland boxer and politician Johnny Kilbane in “A Fighting Heart.” Continuing his efforts to highlight his distant cousin’s legacy, Kilbane returns with another tribute, KILBANETOWN COMEBACK. This time around, he focuses on the city’s efforts to honor Johnny with a commissioned statue in the Battery Park area, now a popular arts distict and Johnny’s old neighborhood. He also reveals Cleveland’s rich history with statues, architechture, and... {more}

The Kiss

MEXICO
Directed By Carlos G. Davila
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Daniel just wants an honest, sober appraisal of how he kisses. Ale is unconvinced. Is a kiss between friends ever 'just a kiss'? {more}

Kresnik: The Lore of Fire

SLOVENIA, USA
Directed By David Sipos
Running Time: 23 Minutes

Peter and his cousins are spending their summer vacations with grandfather. They decide to spend the night camping outside, yet they don't truly expect what kind of ordeals they are about to go through even before the morning sun rises. {more}

Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle

USA
Directed By Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Running Time: 25 Minutes

Eleven year old Ho'onani dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. She's fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it's like to be 'in the middle' - the ancient Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is to be true to yourself. {more}

Labyrinthus*

BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS
Directed By Douglas Boswell
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Frikke, 14, leads a boring life. School is easy and his friend Marko is girl-obsessed. One day a cyclist nearly runs him over, leaving a backpack behind. In it are a USB key and a box that looks like an old camera. When he plugs the USB into his PC, a cheerful-looking game starts. But suddenly a girl appears, begging for help -- Her name is Nola, and she is stuck in the game’s labyrinths.... {more}

LADY and the Frog

USA
Directed By Tina T. Hsu
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A frog wakes up in a bag of mixed vegetables at a supermarket. A lady runs by and grabs the bag. {more}

Lake

NEW ZEALAND
Directed By Asuka Sylvie
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Isolated in the wilderness, a man deals with the loss of his wife. {more}

Lake Los Angeles

USA, GREECE
Directed By Mike Ott
Running Time: 85 Minutes

In a desolate landscape in the Mojave Desert, there is a shack among the dried stalks of a former harvest. Here Francisco temporarily houses immigrants who arrive surreptitiously in the backs of trucks. He has left his family in Havana, imagining they will join him someday. Francisco hovers in a sort of dreamworld, dictating love letters to his wife while stuck in a remote life devoid of purpose. With a new load of refugees comes... {more}

The Last Barn Dance

USA
Directed By Jason Arthurs, Ted Richardson
Running Time: 32 Minutes

The Last Barn Dance is a story about farming, fragility, and a fight to save the family business. Farmer Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood - his farm is limping along through an economy that has decimated most other family farms in North Carolina - but Randy is most worried about losing his way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted nearly 50 years worth... {more}

Last Reel

USA
Directed By Steven Bognar
Running Time: 8 Minutes

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The Last Viewing

USA
Directed By The Rauch Brothers
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Allen Hoe tells the story of a chance encounter with a stranger who knew his son, Army 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe. {more}

Let's Talk About Men

CANADA
Directed By Dario Vrbanek
Running Time: 22 Minutes

Let's Talk About Men follows one man's journey to understand how he went from a loving child to an emotionless adult, and the reasons most men have shared a similar experience. {more}

Life in a Fishbowl

ICELAND, FINLAND, SWEDEN, CZECH REPUBLIC
Directed By Baldvin Z
Running Time: 128 Minutes

LIFE IN A FISHBOWL, Iceland’s submission for the 2015 Oscar®, is a searing indictment of Icelandic society prior to the country’s financial collapse in 2008. As three people circle around like fish in the wet, grey, neon-lit otherworld that is Reykjavik in the winter, their stories are ingeniously woven together. In fact, the capital city is a small town where everybody knows everybody else’s business. A young single mother who can’t get by on her... {more}

Lifever

FRANCE
Directed By Ted Hardy-Carnac
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Karine is 16 and lives with her mother. Every day, she chats with her father on a webcam. Mixing social drama and science fiction, the movie dives into the day-to-day life of an almost normal family… {more}

Limited Partnership

USA
Directed By Thomas G. Miller
Running Time: 76 Minutes

The fight for Marriage Equality seems to be nearing a triumphant end. We forget this battle has been raging for decades and has fallen heroes. So that we always remember, the director of the Roxanne T. Mueller Award-winning “One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story” (32nd CIFF) has crafted a powerful history of this struggle and its pioneers. It began when American Richard Adams met visiting Australian Tony Sullivan and fell in love. In... {more}

The Lion's Mouth Opens

USA
Directed By Lucy Walker
Running Time: 27 Minutes

A courageous young Scottish actress takes the boldest step imaginable to confront her risk of having inherited the fatal, incurable Huntington's Disease. {more}

Listening

USA, CAMBODIA
Directed By Khalil Sullins
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Reading people's minds sounds awesome in theory, but what if technology could make it possible? Would we truly want to know the thoughts of others? Furthermore, would we really want them to know ours? Such a breakthrough would completely change the way humans interact. Whether it's for the good is what a group of genius, but dysfunctional, grad students find out in Khalil Sullins' LISTENING. Uptight David is so obsessed with his studies that he's... {more}

The Little Death

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Josh Lawson
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Focusing on the sex lives of five couples, THE LITTLE DEATH goes behind closed doors in the suburbs to uncover a hidden world of taboo fetishes. Stuck in carnal monotony, these individuals seek extreme ways to spice things up. Mauve wants her boyfriend Paul to rape her. Phil discovers sex is best when his wife Maureen is passed out on sleeping pills. Evie and Dan become obsessed with roleplay. And Rowena is so turned on... {more}

Littlerock

USA
Directed By Mike Ott
Running Time: 83 Minutes

While on a site-seeing trip in California, a pair of Japanese siblings find themselves stuck in the small, dusty town of Littlerock when their rental car breaks down. Not long after checking into a dingy motel room, Rintaro and Atsuko are invited to a party in an adjacent room, where the young locals teach Rintaro how to shotgun a Coors Light and marvel at Atsuko’s exotic beauty. Language barriers aside, she is entranced by these... {more}

Long Way to the Top

USA
Directed By Rob Montague
Running Time: 66 Minutes

To fans, the life of a musician seems glamorous; sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. While that may be true of the world's biggest rockstars, many artists struggle to make ends meet. As LONG WAY TO THE TOP reveals, life on the road isn't easy. It's comprised of long months away from friends and family, nights sleeping in cold vans, and hopes that merch sales will allow for the occasional grungy hotel, or at the... {more}

Long Way to the Top After Party

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 120 Minutes

Discussion and performance - NO TICKET NEEDED Featuring Maura Rogers and the Bellows, Filmstrip and more TBA Presented by Cleveland Rocks: Past Present and Future, which created the Rock Solid project (along with Tri-C Regional Arts and Technology Program and Northeast Shores Development Corporation) to help support local bands and measure the impact of a concentrated music economy on a neighborhood and a community. {more}

The Look of Silence

DENMARK, INDONESIA, NORWAY, FINLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Joshua Oppenheimer
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Indonesia, 1965: the ruthless Suharto (backed by the CIA) leads a militarized campaign against President Sukarno and stages an all-out extermination of alleged “communists” in Indonesia, including many innocent civilians that Suharto’s men chose at will. Fifty years later, Adi, an optician whose brother Ramli was a victim of the mass murders, confronts the military leaders complicit in his brother’s death. As Adi practices his optical skills, he challenges the leaders’ memories of those gruesome... {more}

The Looking Planet

USA
Directed By Eric Law Anderson
Running Time: 17 Minutes

In the beginning, not everything went quite entirely according to plan. {more}

Loreak (Flowers)

SPAIN
Directed By Jon Garaño, Jose´ Marı´Goenaga
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Nothing is technically wrong with Ane. According to her doctor, she is just experiencing a rare case of early menopause. And while the news is upsetting to childless Ane, she finds little comfort in her husband Ander, who rarely utters more than a few words to her. When a bouquet of flowers is delivered to Ane’s door, her spirits are lifted—she assumes Ander is finally expressing sympathy to her condition. But after she thanks him... {more}

Lost in Karastan

UNITED KINGDOM, GEORGIA, RUSSIA, GERMANY
Directed By Ben Hopkins
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Emil Forester is a washed-up British filmmaker, struggling with a serious case of writer’s block. It’s been years since he’s made any films, a reality that’s led him to a state of depression. Out of nowhere, he receives a weird call from the Karastan Film Festival, inviting him to make an appearance. He curiously accepts, thrilled with their enthusiasm for his work. When he arrives, Emil realizes the whole thing is a set-up. The nation's... {more}

Love at First Fight

FRANCE
Directed By Thomas Cailley
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Thomas Cailley’s quirky comedy LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT brings together reserved Arnaud and brusque Madeleine on a hot summer day at the beach. Arnaud is ready to relax with his two best friends. Yet, unbeknownst to him, they just signed Arnaud up for a self-defense demonstration, and his all-too-eager opponent is Madeleine. Although she pins him to the ground with ease, Arnaud impulsively bites Madeleine in order to break free and save face. The tension... {more}

Love Land

USA
Directed By Joshua Tate
Running Time: 101 Minutes

Ivy, a 24-year-old tattoo shop assistant, has been in trouble with the law more than once. But that’s not exactly her fault. Although she has been cavorting with the wrong crowd, Ivy is also disabled. A car wreck several years ago left her permanently brain damaged. While she can complete most day-to-day tasks without assistance, she behaves more like a teenager than an adult, and she has little hope of progressing. Ivy’s primary caretaker is... {more}

The Loyalist

USA, SOUTH KOREA
Directed By Minji Kang
Running Time: 19 Minutes

A North Korean general checks in on his daughter at a Swiss boarding school to test her loyalty to her motherland. {more}

M. (Mother's Maiden Name)

PHILIPPINES
Directed By Zig Madamba Dulay
Running Time: 103 Minutes

Madam Bella is a real pain. As owner of the Monteclaro Law Firm in Manila, she’s insufferably rude to the secretaries, maids, and drivers who attend her, and she treats her grown son Joven with disdain. Joven obeys Bella’s orders while remaining habitually detached, though he’s starting to get restless. Suddenly Bella receives a diagnosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Assuming she can pay her way out of the situation, she insists that Joven accompany... {more}

Mack Blaster - The World in the Crosshairs

GERMANY
Directed By René Schweitzer, Sebastian Utech
Running Time: 18 Minutes

MACK BLASTER - THE WORLD IN THE CROSSHAIRS is an erratic,out-of-control genre mixture across the history of b-genre movies. {more}

Macondo

AUSTRIA
Directed By Sudabeh Mortezai
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Eleven-year-old Ramasan has a lot of responsibility. In traditional Chechen society, he would be the man of the house, in charge of his mother and two younger sisters. Yet he now lives in Macondo, a multicultural neighborhood in gritty industrial Vienna. Ramasan speaks German better than his mother Aminat, and he interprets between her and welfare officials. The family fled Chechnya after the death of Ramasan’s father, and they’re trying to make do in this... {more}

Mafia and Red Tomatoes

ITALY
Directed By Giulio Manfredonia
Running Time: 100 Minutes

No sane Italian would intentionally cross a Mafia boss, which says a lot about the motley crew of would-be organic farmers in MAFIA & RED TOMATOES. Determined to work the land confiscated by the government from capo Nicola Sansone, a group of dreamers are undeterred by the fact that they don’t know how to farm. Unseen powers, orchestrated by Sansone from behind bars, stymie them at every turn. They enlist the help of the Anti-Mafia... {more}

The Magic Shoes

USA
Directed By Sahand Nikoukar
Running Time: 19 Minutes

Nine-year-old Iranian immigrant Kamron can't seem to fit into the culture of early 90s Los Angeles, forcing him to wonder, is it the shoes? {more}

Mail.Man

USA
Directed By William Aydelott
Running Time: 23 Minutes

"Letters are an endangered species in the Internet age. Mail.Man dramatically illustrates their continued importance in a moving but light-hearted fashion that shows how modern technology can actually be part of the solution." {more}

Make-a-Wish

SPAIN
Directed By Miguel Muñoz
Running Time: 8 Minutes

What would happen if all your dreams you ever wanted in your life suddenly became true? Pablo became in an addict of making wishes but it never became true he stopped to make it until now {more}

The Mamet Women

USA
Directed By Stoney Sharp
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Sally subscribes to a code which says ‘This I say, this I do.’ When her babysitter cancels, her engagement promising financial remuneration is in jeopardy. The neighbor, Polly, offers a favor, no, a business deal. And business is business. Based on Fred Stroppel’s “The Mamet Women.” {more}

Man from Reno

USA, JAPAN
Directed By Dave Boyle
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Filmmaker Dave Boyle (Someone to Watch Award, 35th CIFF) returns to Cleveland with MAN FROM RENO, a neo-noir thriller set in and around San Francisco. The film opens as sheriff Paul Del Moral drives through dense fog at night. He can barely see anything until an abandoned car comes into view. Del Moral searches the area for its owner but to no avail. When he radios dispatch and drives away, a body suddenly slams into... {more}

Marie's Story

FRANCE
Directed By Jean-Pierre Améris
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Little Marie Heurtin is an imprisoned soul. Born blind and deaf in late 18th-century France (five years after Helen Keller), she reaches toward sunlight like a flower. Now 13, she sniffs and howls like a dog, letting no one but her father touch her. Marie is deposited at a school for deaf girls, where Sister Marguerite (marvelous Isabelle Carré) takes on the dual challenges of communicating and taming her. Marguerite refuses to let her own... {more}

Marussia

FRANCE, RUSSIA
Directed By Eva Pervolovici
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Marussia is a Russian girl of six who loves to play dress-up. She and her mother create fantasy worlds of light and shadow, with fairy wands and wings. But when the imaginary games stop, the reality of homelessness sets in. Kicked out of their apartment, mother and daughter wander the streets of Paris, wheeling their suitcases behind them. Lucia takes good care of Marussia, seeking connections in Russian churches and emigrant groups. Attractive, put-together, and... {more}

Maya the Bee*

AUSTRALIA, GERMANY
Directed By Alexs Stadermann
Running Time: 79 Minutes

In an age where hatred, fear, and intolerance are rampant, the innocent perspective of a child is a beautiful thing. This innocence is key in Alexs Stadermann's charming animated feature, MAYA THE BEE – an adaptation of the popular German book and cartoon. The title character is a vibrant and quirky little bug, full of curiosity and a hunger for learning. The kind Queen Bee values her precociousness, but the evil Royal Advisor, Buzzlina, is... {more}

Me + Her

USA
Directed By Joseph Oxford
Running Time: 12 Minutes

When Jack and Jill of Cardboard City are separated by Jill's untimely death, Jack goes on a journey to mend his (literally) broken heart. {more}

Me and My Moulton

CANADA, NORWAY
Directed By Torill Kove
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A personal animated story about a girl which wishes for a bicycle from her parents, but gets something completely different, showing the different reality in which children and grown ups live in. {more}

Meet the Hitlers

USA, ECUADOR, GERMANY
Directed By Matt Ogens
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” And if your name is Smith or Jones, probably not a whole lot. But what if your name is Hitler? Would you change it? MEET THE HITLERS is a fascinating look at the complicated lives of simple people with an unfortunate name. The film also introduces us to those who desire to promote the name's legacy, a well as those who desire to destroy it. There’s the teenage... {more}

Memories on Stone

KURDISTAN, GERMANY
Directed By Shawkat Amin Korki
Running Time: 97 Minutes

“In Kurdistan, filmmaking is not a job for sane men,” the character Alan explains to the crew of “Anfal,” a film-within-the-film depicting the Kurdish genocide of the 1980s. “Anfal” is the passion project of director Hussein Hassan, whose father, a film projectionist, was a victim of the genocide. But numerous glitches keep disrupting the production schedule. Against his better judgment, Hussein casts the Kurdish pop star Roj Azad as the male lead. While the flamboyant... {more}

Mend and Make Do

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Bexie Bush
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A life-sized animated documentary about war-time love. {more}

The Midnight Swim

USA
Directed By Sarah Adina Smith
Running Time: 88 Minutes

According to locals, Spirit Lake is bottomless. Somewhere in its algae-laden depths lies the body of June’s mother, who recently vanished in the lake. June and her two half-sisters have returned to their mother’s house to seek answers about her death. Instead of concrete evidence, they find astrological clues that eerily mirror a local legend about a family of sisters who nocturnally entered the lake one-by-one, never to return. As the legend burrows deeper into... {more}

Migration

CANADA
Directed By Fluorescent Hill
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A vintage nature film exploring the migratory pattern of a herd of wild creatures. {more}

Mind Over Manners

USA
Directed By Dustin Lee, Fernando Lopez
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A telepathic housewife finds delight in mentally tormenting her girlfriend's love interest while on a dinner date. {more}

Mirage

HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA
Directed By Szabolcs Hajdu
Running Time: 90 Minutes

“One of us isn’t normal,” says Francis (his real name?), an African soccer player on the wrong end of a Hungarian’s semi-automatic. After the conductor of his train drops dead, Francis ends up in the barren Hungarian countryside near an outpost that echoes a Spaghetti Western villa. Although never stated, the outpost appears to be some sort of work camp, and attempts to leave have grave consequences. The tension rises as bodies inexplicably appear, potholes... {more}

Monument to Michael Jackson

SERBIA
Directed By Darko Lungulov
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Marko—music lover, poet, and professional barber—just had a brilliant idea. It’s the spring of 2009, and Marko hasn’t had much luck lately. His wife Ljubinka recently left him, and he lives in a small, economically depressed town in Serbia. But he is certain his luck is about to change. At a town meeting, Marko proposes to rebuild a nearby airport and then attract tourists by erecting a MONUMENT TO MICHAEL JACKSON in time for the... {more}

Moon-Lite

USA
Directed By David Dibble
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A young boy discovers an eccentric old man's magical secret. {more}

Most Likely to Succeed

USA
Directed By Greg Whiteley
Running Time: 86 Minutes

The current model for the educational system in America has been in place since 1892, when educators standardized classrooms — based on age, subject, and expected ability — across the country. In this model, the key to academic success, measured primarily through test scores, has been retaining information. Yet, the rise in unemployment among recent college graduates is one indication that this standardized system no longer works. Filmmaker Greg Whiteley examines this modern dilemma and... {more}

Mouth Shut

SPAIN
Directed By Anna Farré Añó
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Emma is fifteen and has an uncontrollable temper. Today she has run into trouble as ususal, but in the principal's office there are two people that she was not expecting: Her parents. {more}

Move On!

USA
Directed By Ted Sikora
Running Time: 88 Minutes

“It smells like sawdust and sweat and teenagers,” says Sara, an actor from Near West Theatre. While that may sound like an unpleasant combination, she means it lovingly. Since 1978, Near West has operated out of the third floor in the Club Building at St. Patrick's Church in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. In that time, over 15,000 children, teens, and adults have been a part of its productions. They are now opening their own building,... {more}

Mr. Dentonn

Spain
Directed By Ivan Villamel
Running Time: 9 Minutes

On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It's him. {more}

Mr. Kaplan

URUGUAY, SPAIN, GERMANY
Directed By Álvaro Brechner
Running Time: 98 Minutes

This offbeat comedy—with eccentric characters and a unique cinematic style—will certainly charm the audience to MR. KAPLAN. Seventy-six-year-old Jacob Kaplan is having an existential crisis. What has he done with his life? Yes, as a young Jewish boy he escaped by himself from Poland to Uruguay during World War II. Yes, he has been married to doting wife Rebecca for 50 years. Yes, he has two adult sons, high-strung Isaac and slacker Elias, and one... {more}

A Murder in the Park

USA
Directed By Shawn Rech, Brandon Kimber
Running Time: 93 Minutes

In 1983, Anthony Porter was sentenced to death for the murder of two teenagers on Chicago’s south side. Amid allegations of police brutality, and thanks to the investigations of Northwestern University journalism students under the tutelage of Professor David Protess, Porter was released in 1999. New evidence pointed to a man named Alstory Simon as the perpetrator. The media brouhaha over Porter’s wrongful imprisonment led Governor Ryan to banish the Illinois death penalty and commute... {more}

My Stuffed Granny

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Effie Pappa
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Times are hard for little Sofia, as the Greek recession is taking its toll. With her Father out of work, they rely solely on Greedy Grumpy Granny's pension. Desperate times call for desperate measures; to what extremes will they go, when Granny is no more? {more}

The Naturals

POLAND
Directed By Kristoffer Rus
Running Time: 25 Minutes

Between Monika and Piotr the sexual attraction have faded away, but not jealousy. They decide to try therapy in order to save their marriage. Accidentally they end up at an evolutionary psychologists office. It turns out that their desires are completely justified by the reproductive strategies shaped over millions of years of evolution. In this black comedy the release of the primal instincts, becomes a recipe for a successful relationship. {more}

New Direction Panel


Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

The Cleveland International Film Festival is beyond thrilled to present New Direction. Our most ground-breaking program to date showcases debut feature-length directors whose innovative films transform the traditional notions of cinematic storytelling. These contemporary filmmakers are breaking the mold at an early stage of their careers, presenting original visions, structures, and devices—thus proving film will forever be an evolving art form. Seeing such impressive, cuttingedge work from those just starting out is what makes us... {more}

Next to Her

ISRAEL
Directed By Asaf Korman
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Chelli, the twentysomething protagonist of Asaf Korman’s NEXT TO HER, spends day and night on guard. At work she polices the locked gates of a high school in Israel. A typical day ends with rowdy teens rattling the gates and screaming for Chelli to let them free. At home Chelli is the primary caregiver for her mentally challenged 24-year-old sister Gabby. Chelli feeds, bathes, and even sleeps alongside her sister. Social worker Shifra does not... {more}

Ni-Ni

USA
Directed By Melissa Hickey
Running Time: 20 Minutes

In a Mexican border town, a lonely street thug yearns for a better life after he bumps into a girl from his past and remembers the boy he used to be. {more}

Nina

SLOVAKIA
Directed By Veronika Obertová, Michaela Čopíková
Running Time: 17 Minutes

Overcoming fear will not be easy. It will be difficult. {more}

Nine Days and One Morning

RUSSIA
Directed By Vera Storozheva
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Parisian model Anna Kruglova has returned to the remote Russian town of her birth for NINE DAYS AND ONE MORNING. As a goodwill ambassador for a cosmetics company, Anna plans to inspire the town’s children to greatness, while also promoting her sponsor’s new product in the Russian market. But revisiting her destitute birthplace rouses memories in Anna that have long been suppressed. Prior to being adopted by French parents and relocating to Paris, Anna spent... {more}

No Fish Where to Go

Canada
Directed By Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau
Running Time: 13 Minutes

The tragic consequences of political ethnic wars are explored through the eyes of a child. {more}

The No Look Dunk

USA
Directed By Dan Samiljan
Running Time: 4 Minutes

This short film finally reveals what takes some men so long in the bathroom. It's better than it sounds, I swear. {more}

No One is Listening Anymore!

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Romi Trower
Running Time: 7 Minutes

She blames technology. He blames the plumber. And therapy has never been so revealing... {more}

Nocebo

GERMANY
Directed By Lennart Ruff
Running Time: 38 Minutes

Christian Lukas, 22, is on the run. {more}

Noise Runs

USA, HAITI
Directed By Kim Borba, Ashley Panzera
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Radical newspaper, Bri Kouri Nouvel Gaye (Noise Travels, News Spreads), is bringing a voice to the people and sparking social change in the tent camps of Port-au-Prince,Haiti. {more}

The Nostalgist

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Giacomo Cimini
Running Time: 17 Minutes

A science-fiction short film based on a story by NY Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse), about a father and a son who live in an idyllic future in which reality is not quite what it seems {more}

Now We're Alive

FRANCE, BELGIUM
Directed By Thibault Arbre
Running Time: 100 Minutes

On his 25th birthday, Tom sits blindfolded in a room of women. By tradition, he must choose a mate based on voice alone. He then has 30 days to go into the world and find her. Unbeknownst to Tom, if he cannot locate her within that time, she is then brought to him. Terrified of failure, Tom seeks the aid of a counselor, who urges Tom to visualize her to aid his search. When he... {more}

Nyctophobia

USA
Directed By Julie Simon
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A man with a fear of the dark faces his worst nightmare. {more}

Omo Child: The River and the Bush

ETHIOPIA, USA
Directed By John Rowe
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Since the dawn of time, the Kara people of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley have herded cattle and goats. The Kara believe some newborn babies are cursed and will bring misfortune to the tribe. This curse, called “mingi,” has led them to kill countless children, drowning them in the river or leaving them in the bush. Lale Labuko is the first member of the tribe to be educated. He returns to the village, determined to change traditions... {more}

On a Technicality

USA
Directed By Andrew Gorell
Running Time: 22 Minutes

Five lifelong buddies enter into a bizarre bet that takes an unlikely turn and tests their friendship {more}

On Beauty

USA
Directed By Joanna Rudnick
Running Time: 32 Minutes

From Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joanna Rudnick ('In the Family'), 'On Beauty' follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti as he uses his lens to challenge convention and redefine beauty with the help of two extraordinary women. {more}

One-Minute Time Machine

USA, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Devon Avery
Running Time: 6 Minutes

James is all too eager to put his one-minute time machine to use in winning the heart of Regina, until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions. {more}

Opening Night

USA
Directed By Daniel Finkelman
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Set in the early 70s, a Holocaust survivor tries to come to terms with his past in order to save his relationship with his family in the present. {more}

The Other Side

USA
Directed By Scott Brown
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Work is hard, love is tough, and bullets are cheap. At a perilous crossroads in their relationship, Kate and Abby find themselves embroiled in a botched burial job in the desert. Pitted against each other, a bloodthirsty gang of meth-heads, and bodies that just won't stay dead, our lovers must face the ultimate trial to prove themselves worthy in the face of imminent danger, death...and chicken. {more}

Our Curse

POLAND
Directed By Tomasz Sliwinski
Running Time: 28 Minutes

Director Tomasz Sliwinski chronicles his family's life during the few months following the birth of their new born child who suffers from a very rare and incurable disease, the Ondine's curse (also known as congenital central hypoventilation syndrome or CCHS) which prevents breathing during sleep and requires a lifetime mechanical ventilation system. {more}

Our Family

JAPAN
Directed By Yuya Ishii
Running Time: 117 Minutes

Reiko has been unusually absentminded recently. At lunch she responds to a question long after her two companions have changed the topic of conversation. On her way home, she neglects to pick up her husband Katsuaki from work as planned. And when her eldest son Kosuke telephones to inform his parents of his wife’s pregnancy, Reiko momentarily forgets the news before reporting it to Katsuaki. Although her youngest son Shunpei reassures Reiko that memory loss... {more}

Out in the Night

USA
Directed By blair dorosh-walther
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Late at night in August 2006, a group of young black women walk down the Avenue of the Americas in the West Village. Typically, these women frequent the area as a place of acceptance. They find themselves at home among the populous LGBT community. Yet, on this night, an ogler begins to threaten the women when they deny his advances by admitting they are lesbians. Fearing for their safety, the women fight back, and one... {more}

Past Presence

USA
Directed By Kyra Gardner
Running Time: 5 Minutes

A boy and girl fall in love. Separated by war, they eventually find each other again. {more}

Patchwork Family

FRANCE
Directed By Pascal Rabaté
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Christian (charmingly acted by Sami Bouajila) is, by his own account, “not a good guy,” – and is, by the account of others, a man who can’t finish what he started. But he loves spending time with his daughter and would do anything for her attention. Well, almost anything. PATCHWORK FAMILY is a hilarious and touching story of a man out to prove his worth to his neighbors, to his father, to his daughter, and... {more}

Patterns

USA
Directed By Sophie Schwartz
Running Time: 1 Minutes

A 16mm experimental short {more}

Pearblossom Hwy

USA, GREECE
Directed By Mike Ott
Running Time: 78 Minutes

Cory Lawler is pretty much a screw-up. He records himself on video, excited about maybe getting on a reality show. But Cory’s far removed from reality. He gets high and fronts a metal band in a desert dive bar. Cory hopes for something out of life. His mom is dead, and he doesn’t know his dad. The muddled existential questions he asks himself are earnest. Meanwhile, Cory’s friend Anna leads a life of quiet desperation.... {more}

People of Mylonesse, Mourn Thy Queen Naphus

FRANCE
Directed By Eric Le Roch
Running Time: 9 Minutes

1950. An ancient tragedy is being created in a small Paris theater. The producer's son, a nice and moony character, has but one single line to deliver… {more}

The Perfect Sacrifice

USA
Directed By Tiffany Littlejohn
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Mississippi, 1955: After her son is kidnapped and brutally murdered, a mother fights to have an open-casket funeral in order to expose the ugly racial problems facing the country at that time. {more}

Pixadores

FINLAND, BRAZIL, DENMARK, GERMANY, SWEDEN
Directed By Amir Arsames Escandari
Running Time: 93 Minutes

A band of graffiti taggers scales the skyscrapers of São Paulo by night, routinely facing death. The city offers plenty of walls for their canvases. These PIXADORES started tagging as kids, just playing around. Now they protest against the system and repression. This is the story of Djan, Ricardo, William, and Biscoito, who live in the same favela. They paint to be hated instead of just ignored. They paint so their lives don’t go unnoticed.... {more}

Placebo

INDIA
Directed By Abhay Kumar
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Abhay Kumar’s hybrid documentary PLACEBO is a chilling examination of one of the most competitive institutions in the world—All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Every year thousands of aspiring doctors apply, but only 0.1% of the applicants can finally count themselves as part of the elite community of admitted medical students (Harvard’s acceptance rate is 7% in comparison). In 2011 a violent student brawl left Kumar’s younger brother Sahil with an... {more}

Poker

JAPAN
Directed By Mirai Mizue, Yukie Nakauchi
Running Time: 4 Minutes

The baby bird flies around the world to transform. {more}

The Portrait

UNITED KINGDOM, GEORGIA, RUSSIA, GERMANY
Directed By Chris Forster
Running Time: 20 Minutes

When a young art student paints a portrait of her ageing grandfather her mother is forced to confront a past she'd been trying to forget. {more}

Pratfall

USA
Directed By Sophie Schwartz
Running Time: 1 Minutes

A 16mm experimental short {more}

Preggoland

CANADA
Directed By Jacob Tierney
Running Time: 109 Minutes

Ruth has a serious case of arrested development. She works at a supermarket and lives in her dad’s basement, getting wasted, watching “Wayne’s World,” and eating chips. Typical teenage behavior – except Ruth is pushing 35. Her girlfriends are into their little families and won’t party anymore. Totally obsessed with pregnancies, they meet for tea and chart their menstrual cycles. Ruth’s juvenile behavior is too much, and they kick her out of their mommy clique.... {more}

The Present

GERMANY
Directed By Jacob Frey
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mum decides to give him a present. {more}

Princess

USA
Directed By Ross Marks
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Princess is the story of a father and a daughter. Over an 18 year period. We follow young Libby as she grows from a little girl with dreams of being a princess into a proud young woman who grows up to serve her country. Her father is always there for her with a smile, a meal and unconditional love. {more}

Princesse

FRANCE
Directed By Marie-Sophie Chambon
Running Time: 11 Minutes

7-year-old Loïs shares the same dream than every other girls : being a princess. One day, her father takes her to a costume store, where she discovered with amazement a marvelous Cinderella dress. While she tries it, she realizes that with her little belly, she is far from her dream… {more}

Prisons for Profit

USA
Directed By Craig Knowles
Running Time: 22 Minutes

Lake Erie Correctional Institution, in Conneaut, Ohio, was the first state-owned prison in the US to be sold to a private company. Its rapid decline to violence and drug problems brings into question the nature of for-profit correction and rehabilitation in America. {more}

Promise

USA
Directed By Kathleen Randazzo
Running Time: 18 Minutes

A man throws one final birthday celebration for his dying lover. {more}

Prospect

USA
Directed By Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Prospect is the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. {more}

Protocol

USA
Directed By Elliot Feld
Running Time: 5 Minutes

The true story of a SWAT operation gone wrong. {more}

Proud Citizen

USA, BULGARIA
Directed By Thom Southerland
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Shot and edited like a documentary, PROUD CITIZEN tells the fictional story of Bulgarian playwright Krasimira (the lovely co-writer Katerina Stoykova-Klemer) on her first trip to America to see her biographical play (which won second prize in a Kentucky playwriting contest). She dreams of coming to this country and being a pampered playwright, but instead she’s left to her own devices, traveling around Lexington and seeing the sights and meeting people all on her own.... {more}

Proximity

USA
Directed By Joshua Cox
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Proximity is a suspenseful romantic crime drama involving ceramic statues. {more}

Purgatory

SPAIN
Directed By Pau Teixidor
Running Time: 83 Minutes

PURGATORY begins with a young married couple moving into a new apartment to escape an awful tragedy that seems to be gnawing at their emotionally fragile relationship. The details of the event that haunts them is only revealed in tiny glimpses. While her husband is at work, Marta (a terrific performance from "Game of Thrones’" Oona Chaplin) hears a knock on the door. Frazzled by a family emergency, a new neighbor asks Marta if she... {more}

Queen Over Jacks

USA
Directed By Maurice Cardwell
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Four criminals get together after a 5-year hiatus when one of them returns home from prison to finally split the money between them from a previous heist. {more}

Rabbit and Deer

HUNGARY
Directed By Péter Vácz
Running Time: 16 Minutes

Rabbit and Deer are living happily and careless until their friendship is put to the test by Deer's new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension. After an unexpected accident Deer finds himself in a new world, unknown to him. Separated by dimensions the two friends have to find the way back to each other. {more}

Racing to Zer0

USA
Directed By Christopher Beaver
Running Time: 57 Minutes

Trash. Garbage. Junk. These are words we commonly call the things we throw away. But in San Francisco they have a completely different perspective. They see “waste” as “resources,” materials that can always be recycled and turned into new things. They give purpose to the stuff most people may see as otherwise useless. Dedicated to protecting the environment, they’re aiming to make the city 100% waste free by 2020. It sounds like a daunting goal,... {more}

Ramona

MEXICO
Directed By Giovanna Zacarías
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Ramona, an 80 year old peasant, announces that she is going to die. {more}

Recoil

USA
Directed By Evan Matthews
Running Time: 19 Minutes

A brother's deep space journey for his estranged brother leads to a chance at redemption through a black hole's recoil effect. {more}

Le Refuge

USA
Directed By Elliot Thomson
Running Time: 22 Minutes

"Le Refuge" is a short comedy about an American lawyer – on vacation with her family in Switzerland – who's coming unhinged from the guilt of representing the manufacturer of a cheap car that tips over when it turns left. {more}

Refugiado

ARGENTINA, COLOMBIA, FRANCE, POLAND, GERMANY
Directed By Diego Lerman
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Matias is a curly-haired moppet who likes to pretend he’s Superman. When his Mami, Laura, doesn’t pick him up after a birthday party, a nice lady takes him home. But catastrophe strikes; Laura lies on the apartment floor, bloody and beaten. REFUGIADO depicts a harrowing flight from domestic abuse, as Laura seeks to protect them from her husband. The uncomprehending boy senses his mother’s panic and wishes he could help her. After the police escort... {more}

Results

USA
Directed By Andrew Bujalski
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny's well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally. Writer/director Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess, 2013) returned... {more}

Rhino Full Throttle

GERMANY, USA
Directed By Erik Schmitt
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Bruno is making his way through the city searching for its soul. Driven by his curiosity, a challenging imagination and his wild reflection on reality he is lifting the old dusty curtain on the city's crusted perception. {more}

The Road Rebellion

USA
Directed By Hernan Barangan
Running Time: 30 Minutes

Film about American teenagers' cancer experience, from the eyes of a long term teen cancer survivor who's traveling the country to hear their stories. {more}

The Road Within

USA
Directed By Gren Wells
Running Time: 100 Minutes

THE ROAD WITHIN is the American remake of the fantastic “Vincent Wants To Sea,” the film that won the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award at the 2011 CIFF. The new version essentially follows the original scene-by-scene, but with a grittier feel. In case you missed it, the coming-of-age tale goes like this: Vincent is plagued by Tourette’s, which is only exacerbated by his tumultuous relationship with his father, who has placed him in a... {more}

A Royal Hangover

UNITED KINGDOM, USA, FRANCE
Directed By Arthur Cauty
Running Time: 102 Minutes

When you think of British culture, chances are “they drink a lot” will come to mind. A ROYAL HANGOVER is an eye-opener of a documentary that examines the binge drinking culture of Great Britain: when, where, and why it started; how it compares to other cultures; and how it can be slowed. Including interviews with scientists and doctors looking to bring awareness, members of parliament trying to legislate, and people suffering with alcoholism, A ROYAL... {more}

Rúbaí (Ruby)

IRELAND
Directed By Louise Ní Fhiannachta
Running Time: 12 Minutes

The First Holy Communion is fast approaching but as an atheist, eight-year-old Rúbaí refuses to be part of it. Rúbaí faces emotional blackmail, religious and philosophical debate and out and out intolerance in today's supposedly diverse and modern Ireland. {more}

Run Boy Run

GERMANY, FRANCE
Directed By Pepe Danquart
Running Time: 112 Minutes

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Pepe Danquart takes us on a heartrending journey in his latest film RUN BOY RUN. Eight-year-old Srulik is already on the run when we meet him in winter of 1942/1943. His clothes are tattered, and he is covered in filth. The expansive Polish countryside through which he traverses underscores both his diminutive frame and the sheer solitude of his trek. Through a flashback, we learn Srulik’s father’s parting advice: to be brave,... {more}

Safe Word

USA
Directed By Todd Lillethun
Running Time: 15 Minutes

A young gay couple decides to spice up their relationship and find themselves in peril when fantasy and reality start to blur. {more}

La Salada

ARGENTINA
Directed By Juán Martín Hsu
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Juán Martín Hsu’s LA SALADA mixes together a diverse group of immigrants in the titular street market of Buenos Aires. While economic opportunity has drawn these immigrants thousands of miles away from home, life in and around the market has its fair share of challenges. Korean shop-owner Mr. Kim must rely on his teenage daughter Yunjin’s ability to speak Spanish to make his business deals. But he is less than pleased when he suspects Yunjin... {more}

Sam Klemke's Time Machine

AUSTRALIA, USA
Directed By Matthew Bate
Running Time: 94 Minutes

It's 2015. We have spaceships, artificial intelligence, and lots of gadgets that do things we never imagined possible. But there are still no time machines. Caricature artist Sam Klemke has inadvertently come close to making it a reality, but not in the way you'd think. Since 1977, Klemke has been obsessively filming his life, documenting the various phases he's experienced, from his highs to extreme lows. The footage reveals an intimate portrait of a man... {more}

Sand Mother

SPAIN
Directed By Didi Rodan
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Sand. Earth. Life and all the women of the world… {more}

Scenarios USA

USA
Directed By Joshua Butler and Laurie Collyer
Running Time: 47 Minutes

Scenarios USA is a national non-profit organization that uses writing and film to foster youth leadership, advocacy, and self-expression in students across the country with a focus on marginalized populations and under-served communities. This year’s SCENARIOS USA program will include the screening of two new films, a look behind-thescenes, and a presentation of the Cleveland-made film, “House, Not Home.” House, Not Home is a firsthand account of Terran, a gender fluid teenager navigating the journey out... {more}

Secrets of War

NETHERLANDS
Directed By Dennis Bots
Running Time: 95 Minutes

SECRETS OF WAR is one of the finest youth films made in recent years. Tuur and Lambert are 12 and live in a Dutch village. It’s the summer of 1943, and the boys play childish games, chasing each other and venturing into forbidden caves. There are rumors of a Resistance group in the village, and Lambert’s dad wants him to join the young Nazi group. One day a new girl comes to school; she’s called... {more}

Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl

USA
Directed By Robin Greenspun
Running Time: 83 Minutes

If you think chronic illness is nothing to laugh at, let us introduce you to a young woman named Dana. Diagnosed at age four with Crohn's disease, her 25 years have been a ceaseless round of surgeries, medication, intravenous feeding, and close encounters with death. She tells you this with a grin. Dana is a miraculous example of the power of humor. With her equally remarkable mother, she has forged a life filled with love,... {more}

Sequestered

USA
Directed By Lucas Spaulding
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Two would be bank robbers run into trouble when each takes exception to the other's mask. {more}

Seth's Dominion

Canada
Directed By Luc Chamberland
Running Time: 42 Minutes

Seth’s Dominion is a 2014 National Film Board of Canada animated/live action documentary directed by Luc Chamberland about the Canadian cartoonist Seth. {more}

Shift

AUSTRALIA
Directed By James Croke
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A discredited scientist plans an elaborate heist to prove his genius and salvage his ruined reputation. {more}

Shorts Jury Awards Program

International
Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

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 Celebration of the Life of Nikki Babbit - sponsored by Jan and Harold Babbit Best Live Action Short Award* - sponsored by Anne Bloomberg and Alan Gordon Lipson & Judy Harris Best Ohio... {more}

Showfolk

USA
Directed By Ned McNeilage
Running Time: 23 Minutes

For seven Hollywood Golden Era vets, the show goes on. {more}

Shrew's Nest

SPAIN
Directed By Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel
Running Time: 91 Minutes

A shrew is a mole-like creature that burrows into an area, rarely leaving its territory. The shrew of SHREW’S NEST is Montse, a young woman forced into the role of caregiver for her newborn sister after their mother dies during childbirth and their father deserts them. Now, 18 years later, Montse is still physically and psychologically incapable of leaving the apartment, and rarely sees anyone except for a few customers she makes dresses for. Set... {more}

Shrimp & Ollie

USA
Directed By Daniel Wingenfeld
Running Time: 11 Minutes

An awkward "one cow farmer" with eight fingers struggles to win the heart of a widow named Shrimp. {more}

Shun

USA
Directed By Alan C. Duncan
Running Time: 3 Minutes

Two childhood friends have grown apart during college and now one of their lives hangs in the balance. {more}

Silenced

USA
Directed By James Spione
Running Time: 104 Minutes

John Kiriakou is the only person currently in prison for the CIA’s illegal torture activities – and he didn’t torture anyone. Thomas Drake was an NSA agent who reported on the agency for illegally spying on American citizens. SILENCED is an alarming documentary that takes us behind the scenes to hear the story of how two men, heroic in their level of patriotism, became two of only 11 people ever charged under the archaic Espionage... {more}

Simon Says

USA
Directed By Jamie Sterba
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Desperate to fund a new business idea and finally make his mark, Simon battles the negative voice that quite literally rules his mind. {more}

Sissy

Norway
Directed By Siri Rutlin
Running Time: 13 Minutes

When Idunn stays home alone for the first time, her brother Even has big plans for her. Even thinks that his sister is the biggest sissy on the planet. This ordinary winter day turns out to be the scariest day in Idunns life, but are things as scary as they seem? And who is really the biggest sissy? {more}

Sixteen

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Rob Brown
Running Time: 80 Minutes

To rescue him from the horror of being a child soldier in the Congo, Jumah's mother gave him up for adoption. Now, on the brink of his 16th birthday, Jumah lives in London with his adoptive mother. But the dreams of his former life haunt him, and he is easily provoked to bursts of violence. One night Jumah witnesses a classmate commit a murder in an underpass. The classmate fears discovery and now Jumah is... {more}

Slow West

UNITED KINGDOM, NEW ZEALAND
Directed By John Maclean
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Academy Award®-nominated Michael Fassbender plays brutish loner Silas Selleck, leading 16-year-old Jay Cavendish across America in John Maclean’s SLOW WEST. In 1870, love rouses Jay, still wet behind the ears, to leave his noble family in Scotland and follow peasant Rose and her father John Ross to the American West. Amidst greedy outlaws and defensive Native Americans, it’s remarkable Jay makes it to the Colorado Territory on his own. Still, aware of his limitations, he... {more}

Small

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Summer DeRoche
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A young woman unintentionally alienates her date by pandering to his dwarfism. {more}

A Small Southern Enterprise

ITALY
Directed By Rocco Papaleo
Running Time: 103 Minutes

Don Costantino has had enough. Guilt-ridden about having quit the priesthood, he’s now unemployed and homeless at 50 -- but afraid to tell Mamma Stella, who has been on edge since daughter Rosa Maria left her husband Arturo. Mortified at the village scandal her children are causing, Mamma banishes Costantino - like Napoleon - to an island in the Mediterranean, where the family owns a crumbling lighthouse. But pop-eyed Costantino is simpatico from years of... {more}

Soar

USA
Directed By Alyce Tzue
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A precocious young girl makes a new friend when a tiny boy pilot drops out of the sky on a broken flying machine. Now she must race against time to return him home, before her new friend becomes stranded on Earth forever. {more}

Something to Do With Love

FRANCE
Directed By Luc Serrano
Running Time: 8 Minutes

As the sun began to set, a man in his forties enters an old shop. He notices a woman carrying a paper bag. Their eyes meet, she smiles. The shop is filled with various apothecary tools and other sparse objects displayed in old cases. Will the owner, a white-haired gentleman sporting a coat and a pair of glasses, be able to assist this client in his strange quest? He obviously knows his trade. {more}

Son of a Gun

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Julius Avery
Running Time: 108 Minutes

Young J.R. arrives to prison looking confused, curiously observing the other inmates and their behavior. When he declines to add any friends or family to his phone list, it becomes clear there's no one waiting for him on the outside. His bunkmate is unusually paranoid, and when J.R. finds out why, he tries to help. Unfortunately, his assistance only puts him in danger. Brendan (Ewan McGregor), a seasoned criminal with a lengthy sentence, sees all... {more}

Sounds of Nature

SWITZERLAND
Directed By Simon Weber
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Ten-year old Finn takes a mystical journey into nature and discovers a whole new world. {more}

Spring

USA
Directed By Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Running Time: 109 Minutes

The last thing Evan’s dying mother says to him is a joke. Her irony seems to be emblematic of his life at the moment… he’s lost his family, his job, and all of his prospects. And a late night bar fight means that now the police are after him. So he hops on a plane to Italy (because why not?). Once there, he ends up in a tiny coastal tourist trap, and the sighting of... {more}

Sprout

USA
Directed By Maris Lidaka
Running Time: 9 Minutes

SPROUT is the story of Astrid, a young Guatemalan girl who wants nothing more than to find a solution to her family's farming dilemma {more}

Standing Post

USA
Directed By Anthony Hornus
Running Time: 17 Minutes

A young soldier's life is changed after a late night visit to a VA Hospital {more}

Stations of the Cross

GERMANY
Directed By Dietrich Brüggemann
Running Time: 107 Minutes

Maria is a young girl in a family entrenched in their church – an ultra-conservative version of Catholicism that adheres to pre-Vatican II doctrine. She finds solace in the idea that her younger brother’s muteness is a manifestation of God’s love. Shot as 14 single-angle, fixed-camera scenes (modeled after the actual “Stations”), STATIONS OF THE CROSS is a harrowing and sometimes endearing look at a young girl’s journey to self-sacrifice as she navigates through storms... {more}

Stealth

USA
Directed By Bennett Lasseter
Running Time: 22 Minutes

The heartwarming story of a brave, transgender tween. {more}

Stella Walsh

USA
Directed By Rob Lucas
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Stella Walsh was one of the most celebrated female athletes on the planet. She had thousands of medals, ribbons, honors and fans from around the world. Her popularity continued for decades after winning a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics, until she was killed in a robbery and it was discovered that she had ambiguous gender. {more}

Still

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Simon Blake
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Still reeling from the tragic loss of his son, Tom Carver is on a downward spiral. Now separated from his wife, he’s been drinking heavily and sleeping with a much younger woman. His ex, concerned for his well being, still pops in, doing her best to try to get him back on track. Unfortunately, she can’t get seem to get through. Formerly an acclaimed photographer, Tom now makes most of his money photographing kids for... {more}

Still Dreaming

USA
Directed By Hank Rogerson, Jilann Spitzmiller
Running Time: 94 Minutes

The Lillian Booth Actor's Home is a community for retired Broadway entertainers and their families, just outside of Manhattan. The home has decided to bring its residents out of retirement and stage a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the facility. Enter Ben and Noah, two up-and-coming theater directors from New York hired to make this challenge a reality in a mere six weeks. As cast and directors begin this unique voyage of discovery,... {more}

The Stowaway

SWITZERLAND
Directed By Maria Brendle
Running Time: 20 Minutes

In my movie Blinder Passagier I wanted to highlight contrasts by showing how it would feel to use our senses in different ways than (seeing) people are used to. A seeing child, colourful, cheeky and loud meets a blind woman, who lives in everlasting darkness. She depends on order and structure to manage everyday life on her own. She has a different perception of the world and I was interested in examining these differences further.... {more}

Stray Dog

USA, MEXICO
Directed By Debra Granik
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Academy Award®-nominated writer/director Debra Granik met Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, the subject of her latest documentary, while filming “Winter’s Bone” in rural Missouri. To the unacquainted, this white-bearded, tattooed, portly 67-year-old may appear to be a stereotypical rough-and-tumble biker. But Ron gave up being angry years ago. Instead, this Vietnam veteran spends much of his time helping other vets and their families get back on their feet. While Ron still grapples with the psychological traumas... {more}

The Strongest Man

USA
Directed By Kenny Riches
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Beef may look like an ordinary construction worker in his early 30s. But Beef can effortlessly run through cinderblock walls. Because Beef is THE STRONGEST MAN. Well, that’s the story he intends to tell his grandchildren someday. In the meantime, he’ll settle for aimlessly riding around Miami on his gold BMX bike with Conan, Beef’s Korean American best friend since the third grade. And to make some extra cash, Beef helps his neighbor Mrs. Rosen... {more}

Stuffed

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Warwick Young
Running Time: 22 Minutes

Taxidermist Peter Murphy loves his mother, so when she dies he can't bear to live without her and does all that he can to keep her with him. {more}

Sugar Coated

USA
Directed By Christopher Parson
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Lolita, a fashion movement imported from the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo, has a thriving group of followers in Los Angeles. We follow four Lolitas and investigate their motivations for taking on the extreme style; from self expression, to the questioning of identity and body image. {more}

Sumer

SPAIN, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Álvaro García
Running Time: 10 Minutes

For unknown reasons, the Earth's ionosphere has weakened dramatically during the course of the last century.All animal and plant species perished decades ago. All that remains is one small group of humans who attempt to resist the hostility and hardness of the external environment from SUMER, the last hive city in the world. A young boy, Hermes, lives alone close to the wall that delimits the city, an area that is highly guarded by the... {more}

The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal

USA, HAITI
Directed By Christina Felisgrau, Ronnie Rivera
Running Time: 5 Minutes

A computer and a woman fall in love only to be torn apart because of their inappropriate feelings for each other. {more}

Sundays

GERMANY
Directed By Ira Tondowski
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Ever since her parents separated, Anne spends every other weekend with her dad, Mike, in the little country house where the family once lived together but where he now lives alone. One gorgeous autumn weekend, Anne hatches a secret plan: she will transform her dad's kitchen into an ice cream parlour so that when her mom arrives to pick her up, they will all sit together and be happy and eat homemade ice cream. Anne... {more}

Sunshine Superman

USA
Directed By Marah Strauch
Running Time: 101 Minutes

Look, up in the sky! It's Carl Boenish, the father of BASE jumping! Carl is sunshine personified, a man whose enthusiasm for skydiving – and life – leads him to spectacular leaps. This masterful biopic takes us back to the late 70s, when Carl casts off his pedestrian life as a Hughes Aircraft engineer and meets his soulmate and diving partner Jean. Fortunately, Carl’s passion was “freefall cinematography,” and much of the film’s breathtaking imagery... {more}

Super Pimp

USA
Directed By John Jivan, Dustin Lee, Terry Geer, Ledion Isufaj, Eric Schilling
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Known for his flashy suits and outgoing demeanor, Super Pimp, a name given to him by his fans, is the king of the Cleveland night scene. He uses his local fame to promote, or pimp, his personal values: good family, good friends, and good times. {more}

Sweep

USA
Directed By Spencer Gillis
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Three men meet in a strained chance encounter at a local recycling center. A tense exchange transforms into a remarkable bond transcending their differences, but a startling arrival leads to an unforgivable parting. {more}

Sweet Micky for President

USA, HAITI
Directed By Ben Patterson
Running Time: 89 Minutes

In 1996 the Fugees climbed the American charts with a slew of singles from their sophomore record The Score. A hip-hop classic, that album didn’t just break the trio; it also shined a light on Haiti, the group’s home country, which they heavily repped in their music. Haiti, struggling for years with poverty, corruption, and recovery from several devastating natural disasters, was certainly in need of a self-esteem boost. Almost 15 years later, not much... {more}

Tab Hunter Confidential

USA
Directed By Jeffrey Schwarz
Running Time: 92 Minutes

In the 1950s, Tab Hunter shot from stable boy to the biggest star in the Warner Brothers galaxy, with teen-heartthrob recording star tossed in for fun. He was the masculine ideal of the age: blond haired, blue-eyed, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous. Defined by his All American good looks and surrounded by a Hollywood and country that openly persecuted gays, Tab Hunter walked a tightrope through most of his career. And now it can be told. Get... {more}

Take Me to the River

USA
Directed By Martin Shore
Running Time: 100 Minutes

In TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, actor and musician Terrence Howard guides us through a tour of American soul music. At the heart of the film is Memphis, Tennessee and the amazing recordings from the legendary Stax Records in the 1960s. Beyond the tunes, this documentary also reveals the important role Stax Records played in the civil rights movement. The label and studio may be known for its African-American stars. However, it also featured a... {more}

Taste in Guys

KOREA
Directed By Soyoung Yu
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A Girl's journey to find her true love by finding a guy with same taste {more}

Tatuapé Mahal Tower

BRAZIL
Directed By Carolina Markowicz, Fernanda Salloum
Running Time: 10 Minutes

The existential drama of Javier Juarez Garcia, an Argentinian scale model figure who decided to live in São Paulo to work in the city's many real state scale models. After a betrayal, Javier makes a decision that will change his life forever. {more}

Tchoupitoulas

USA
Directed By Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Part fable, part documentary, TCHOUPITOULAS is a mosaic of color and sound. Filmmakers Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV tag along behind three young brothers who set out to see the bright lights and hear the brassy sounds of New Orleans. William, Bryan, and Kentrell Zanders live in a chaotic house in Algiers, a short trip across the Mississippi by ferry. But it might as well be another world. With their dog Buttercup in tow,... {more}

Teacher of the Year

USA
Directed By Jason Strouse
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Turner High School is the home of the Titans, and the biggest Titan of all is Mitch Carter (Matt Letscher, “Her”), recent recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award. TEACHER OF THE YEAR takes us inside the halls of Turner High and its irreverent cast of educators, including Principal Douche (Keegan-Michael Key from Key & Peele), the Sklar Brothers as “guidance” counselors, and Larry Joe Campbell as the over-zealous Vice Principal. Shot in the... {more}

Teens Like Phil

USA
Directed By David Rosler, Dominic Haxton
Running Time: 20 Minutes

A high school gay teen bullied that leads up to a dramatic ending. {more}

The Terms of Service

USA
Directed By Sam Patton
Running Time: 11 Minutes

'The Terms of Service' is a noir about a guy trying to find out who's been stealing his Netflix {more}

They Are All Dead

SPAIN, MEXICO, GERMANY
Directed By Beatriz Sanchís
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Some people may think it’s cool to have a rock star for a mother, but Pancho doesn’t. His mother Lupe, the former singer/keyboardist of the hit Spanish rock group Groenlandia, hasn’t left the house for as long as Pancho – a boy scout in those awkward early teen years – can remember. Plus, she hates music. Still grieving the loss of her brother and bandmate Diego, Lupe wears pajamas all day and obsessively bakes apple... {more}

They Have Escaped

FINLAND
Directed By J-P Valkeapää
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Joni has a bit of a stutter. It’s one of the reasons he’s generally tight-lipped, letting the outside world deduce his thoughts from the pleadings of his eyes. But there’s also a more elusive reason. After going AWOL from the Finnish army, Joni is given one last chance to escape prison: he’s to become an informant in a low-level juvenile detention camp. There he meets another exile by the name of Raisa, a rebellious sparkplug... {more}

This Isn't Funny

USA
Directed By Paul Ashton
Running Time: 86 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE We all dream of finding our perfect match, but rarely do we ever dream of meeting that person when the timing isn’t perfect. Based on their own off-screen relationship, THIS ISN’T FUNNY is a romantic comedy co-written by stars Katie Page and Paul Ashton (who also directed) as two people who fit together, just as things fall apart. When comedienne Eliot (Page) accidentally hits world-traveler Jamie (Ashton) with her car, it sparks great material... {more}

Tiger Orange

USA
Directed By Wade Gasque
Running Time: 76 Minutes

From early on, Chet and his younger brother Todd knew they were gay. Raised by their embittered father after their mother left them, life in their little California town seemed set. Todd, however, burst out of the closet and fled to L.A. while Chet stayed behind to work in his family's hardware store and play his expected role. After their father's death, Todd suddenly returns home, jobless and living out of his truck. His in-your-face... {more}

Till Then (Bis Gleich)

GERMANY, USA
Directed By Benjamin Wolff
Running Time: 20 Minutes

An unspoken connection between two elderly neighbors, who share a daily ritual but who have never actually met, deepens when they face the inevitable...together. {more}

To Life!

GERMANY
Directed By Uwe Janson
Running Time: 86 Minutes

No wonder Ruth Weintraub is bitter. She’s being moved from her comfortable home to a modern soulless place in Berlin. But the sight of a young moving man named Jonas takes her breath away – mid-suicide. Jonas rushes her to the hospital, then goes back to her place. He gets her old film projector running – and finds himself onscreen. At least it’s a man who looks like him, interviewing young Ruth on film. Ruth... {more}

Today's the Day

USA
Directed By Daniel Campos
Running Time: 14 Minutes

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Toe

USA
Directed By Christian Daugstrup
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A young ordinary man stumbles across a severed toe unaware of that monster that possesses it. {more}

The Toll

CANADA
Directed By Scott Simpson
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A toll booth attendant's life is thrown into turmoil when a car crashes into his toll plaza... Rich has the most boring job on the planet. Until one night when a mysterious woman crashes into his toll plaza. When Rich finds a bag of cash in the car, things really get interesting. But bags of cash in bloodstained cars usually come with strings attached. Sure enough, two thugs show up and Rich is forced into... {more}

Tom in America

USA, BRAZIL
Directed By Flavio Alves
Running Time: 16 Minutes

A short film starring Burt Young (Paulie in the Rocky films) as a long-married man with a closeted past that through recent triggers comes to light. {more}

Tommy

SWEDEN
Directed By Tarik Saleh
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Estelle, a striking blonde, returns to Stockholm at Christmas time, but she is hardly bearing cheer. Because her husband Tommy is the prime suspect of a bloody €4,000,000 heist, federal agents detain Estelle at the airport for questioning. Still, the ever-so-elusive Estelle avoids divulging any information about Tommy’s whereabouts. After the agents release her, Estelle first reunites with her mother Katarina and sister Blanca (played by singer Lykke Li) and then navigates her way through... {more}

Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown

USA
Directed By Eric Murphy
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Eric Murphy’s TRAFICANT: THE CONGRESSMAN OF CRIMETOWN depicts the turbulent career of Youngstown politico Jim Traficant. Since his days as a high school quarterback, Traficant was never one to follow directions. And that confident roguishness was precisely what appealed to voters. In the early 1980s, he ran for Sheriff and then for Congressman in a region of Ohio known as much for its organized crime as for its collapsing steel industry. Charges of contempt of... {more}

Transforming Waste Into Wealth

USA
Directed By Evan Kondilas, Tom Kondilas
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Cleveland and its people are finding ways to use waste as a resource. {more}

The Tribe

UKRAINE
Directed By Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Running Time: 132 Minutes

At an isolated Ukrainian boarding school, students cannot speak or hear. Their communication is visual, using rapid-fire Ukrainian Sign Language and heated exchanges of forceful body language. As the film disclaims, there is no voice-over and there are no subtitles or translations. Instead the film coaxes us to comprehend the institution’s language. We learn from the characters’ actions and counteractions – as does the film’s malleable protagonist, Sergey. Upon arriving at the institution, Sergey is... {more}

Twelfth Night

GERMANY, USA
Directed By Kathrin Anna Stahl
Running Time: 13 Minutes

A poor day laborer, having worked his whole life trying to raise the social status of his family almost succeeds only to be thwarted at the last minute by the innocent but devastating playfulness of his child. Twelfth Night is a cynic parable about fate and fleeting fortune. {more}

The Typist

USA
Directed By Kristine Stolakis
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A gay Korean War Vet reflects on his time as the office clerk tasked with writing the discharges of outed gay seamen. {more}

Uncertain Terms

USA
Directed By Nathan Silver
Running Time: 71 Minutes

In need of a break from his life in the city, 30-year-old Robbie agrees to do odd jobs at Gottlieb’s Home for Girls, a refuge for pregnant teens run by his Aunt Carla. The quiet dwelling, nestled in the woods of upstate New York, seems to be the perfect locale for Robbie to sort through his recent marital problems. But the mere presence of a brooding older man causes quite a stir among the five... {more}

Underdog

SWEDEN, NORWAY
Directed By Ronnie Sandahl
Running Time: 97 Minutes

UNDERDOG depicts a grim new Swedish reality that belies the country’s image as a nation of socially enlightened families living in bright IKEA-filled spaces. Dino, an aimless young woman estranged from her alcoholic father, is the face of modern Sweden. Like 80,000 of her countrymen, she has fled unemployment for a new life in Oslo. But in Norway she’s treated like a dog, caught in a destructive spiral of day labor and a chaotic living... {more}

Unlikely Heroes

SWITZERLAND
Directed By Peter Luisi
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Sabine, a middle-aged psychotherapist’s assistant, doesn’t have much to look forward to this Christmas. Her daughter and ex-husband are off to Jamaica for the holidays, and her so-called friends purposely neglected to include Sabine in their annual trip to a resort in St. Moritz. But when an accident leads Sabine to a center for asylum seekers in Switzerland, she concocts a slapdash plan that may just make this holiday season worthwhile. Against all odds Sabine... {more}

Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd

CANADA
Directed By Patricio Henrı´quez
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Uyghurs are a Turkic Islamic group living in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region in China, an area they refer to as East Turkistan. A 1997 march for religious freedom resulted in their violent oppression by the Communist Party. UYGHURS, PRISONERS OF THE ABSURD follows the travails of three members of this persecuted group who escaped China for the Middle East, only to be captured and sold as terrorists to American forces. Following 9/11, the United... {more}

Villa Touma


Directed By Suha Arraf
Running Time: 85 Minutes

At 18 years old, Badia Touma can no longer reside in the orphanage where she spent her childhood. Instead, she is off to live in a villa in Ramallah with her three reclusive aunts, Juliette, Violette, and Antoinette. Devout Christians, the three women have always disapproved of Badia, whose deceased mother was Muslim. With hopes of ridding themselves of Badia as soon as possible, the aunts set out to find their niece a husband. Abiding... {more}

Violet

BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS
Directed By Bas Devos
Running Time: 82 Minutes

During a routine trip to the mall, 15-year-old Jesse’s best friend is violently attacked at random. The attackers do not confront or acknowledge Jesse, and Jesse does not engage or pursue the attackers… he simply backs away. Why did this happen? Could Jesse have done more? Did he have an obligation? These are the questions posed by VIOLET, a carefully calibrated character study of the process of coping in the midst of senseless trauma. Jesse’s... {more}

The Visit

DENMARK, AUSTRIA, IRELAND, FINLAND, NORWAY
Directed By Michael Madsen
Running Time: 83 Minutes

What if extraterrestrials actually landed on Earth? Michael Madsen’s THE VISIT depicts how various international agencies – the United Nations, the Committee on Space Research, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, NASA, and others – would respond to the presence of an alien life-form in this captivating and unnerving speculative documentary. Faced with the unknown, scientists, ambassadors, government officials, and theologians ask a number of questions about the origins of the alien species, the... {more}

Volunteer

Spain
Directed By Javier Marco
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Jaime wants to live in Hollywood. His parents want him to go a bit farther. {more}

The Waiting Game

USA
Directed By Maria Alvarez
Running Time: 7 Minutes

After the death of her grandmother, an aspiring author finds inspiration in all aspects of life - A heartwarming story of love, loss and life. {more}

The Walk

USA
Directed By Aaron Wolf
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Soon after the death of his father, Danny, a young Jewish boy growing up in late 1980s Brooklyn, meets an older Jewish man, Alfred, outside the local synagogue. The two quickly strike up a friendship as Alfred imparts life lessons during their walks through the neighborhood, to and from Temple. Over twenty years later, Danny will learn a whole new lesson he never saw coming. {more}

Warhol

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Adam Ethan Crow
Running Time: 19 Minutes

Famous, infamous, fifteen minutes.Shock-jock Dangerous Dave Dawson tries to raise his show's floundering ratings by convincing a hiding teenager to tackle a burglar, live on air. {more}

Waste Land

BELGIUM
Directed By Pieter Van Hees
Running Time: 97 Minutes

As Leo drops off his son at school, he whispers in his ear, “Be careful… don’t hurt anyone.” At age six, his son already knows how to use a gun. This is the result of Leo’s occupation as a homicide detective working in Brussels’ seamy underworld, and Leo’s wife doesn’t approve of his proximity to danger. When she discovers she’s pregnant, it spurs her to condemn the underlying subtext of violence in her family. As... {more}

The Way He Looks

BRAZIL
Directed By Daniel Ribeiro
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Love triangles are pretty common these days. But how about a love quadrangle? Let’s see if you can keep up…. Our protagonist, a cute blind teenager named Leo, is being coveted by his best friend and trusted female confidant, Giovana. But Leo’s not sharp enough to pick up on it. Meanwhile, Giovana is also crushing on the gorgeous new transfer student, Gabriel. Here’s the problem: Karina, a sought-after beauty with a reputation that precedes her,... {more}

Welcome

USA
Directed By Serena Dykman
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Anna, a young Czech doctor, gets held up at US immigration after a humanitarian trip to Uganda, the day her boyfriend wants to propose to her. {more}

Welcome (Bienvenidos)

SPAIN
Directed By Javier Fesser
Running Time: 28 Minutes

An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community: the internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance to finally discover what's happening in the remote village of Ingatambo. {more}

Western

USA
Directed By Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Along the banks of the Rio Grande lie the sister cities of Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico. Eagle Pass’ bilingual Mayor Chad Foster is a civic booster extraordinaire. He attends international friendship parades and parties where cowboys and Mariachis sing together. Martín Wall is a big cattle broker and a devoted single dad to the “prettiest girl in Texas.” He buys herds in Mexico and sells them across the border. “Welcome to Paradise,”... {more}

What is the Best Life?

JAPAN
Directed By Hirokazu Fujisawa
Running Time: 31 Minutes

'Tsumugu only has one year left to live' With the help of her brother,who is a doctor,mother Satoko tells this lie in an attempt to light a fire under her divorced daughter who returns home with her socially withdrawn son. As a result, Tsumugu begins to celebrate life in a reckless manner. He finds out the mother's lie, but has his life has already spun totally out of control...Set in Fujiyoshida, at the foot of... {more}

What's Eating Dad

USA
Directed By Michael Goldburg
Running Time: 11 Minutes

When Chloe meets her boyfriend's parents for the first time, what's really for dinner is something she never imagined. In the vein of Woody Allen meets "Shaun of the Dead," "What's Eating Dad?" is a hilariously absurd horror-comedy about literally surviving the future in-laws. {more}

White Earth

USA
Directed By Christian Jensen
Running Time: 20 Minutes

A winter portrait of North Dakota's oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. {more}

White God

HUNGARY
Directed By Kornél Mundruczó
Running Time: 119 Minutes

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2014 Cannes Festival, Kornel Mundruczó’s newest film is a story of the indignities visited upon animals by their supposed human superiors, but it’s also a stark, beautiful metaphor for the political and cultural tensions sweeping contemporary Europe. When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed “unfit” by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous... {more}

Who Am I - No System is Safe

GERMANY
Directed By Baran Bo Odar
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Blurring the lines between reality and the virtual world, WHO AM I – NO SYSTEM IS SAFE is a brilliantly complicated thriller that’s part “Fight Club,” part “Hackers.” Benjamin is a loner who can’t seem to find love, friends, or success in the real world. In the dark corners of the internet, though, it’s a different story. A self-taught hacker, he’s put his skills to work, pulling off relatively timid but impressive security breaches. His... {more}

Wien For Life

BELGIUM
Directed By Alidor Dolfing
Running Time: 25 Minutes

An off-the-wall crime comedy about two oddballswhose unusual friendship is torn apartby a winning lottery ticketscratched off in a desolate petrol stationon the border between Flanders and France.Also... are wrong-way drivers real? {more}

Wildlike

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Mackenzie – a doe-eyed 14-year-old with tousled hair, torn clothes, and too much black eyeliner – is sent to live with her thirty-something uncle in Juneau, Alaska. Surrounded by vast forests, picturesque mountains, and spectacular waters, Juneau might provide an ideal retreat for this troubled teen, coping with the recent death of her father and current absence of her mother. Still, something is just not right about her awkward uncle: he showers her with a... {more}

Wire Cutters

USA
Directed By Jack Anderson
Running Time: 9 Minutes

A chance encounter proves fateful for 2 robots mining on a desolate planet. {more}

With Best Regards

AUSTRIA
Directed By Bernhard Wenger
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Again the admired Mr. Dreamy parks in front of the Cafe. And again the shy waitress doesn't dare to go out and talk to him. But her friend has a crazy idea how she can get to know this guy. {more}

The Wolfpack

USA
Directed By Crystal Moselle
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything... {more}

Work Mate

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Genevieve Clay-Smith
Running Time: 19 Minutes

When an introverted office worker is invited by a new colleague with a vision impairment to go cycling, he tries desperately to find a way out of it. {more}

A Writer and Three Script Editors Walk Into a Bar

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Matthew Saville
Running Time: 3 Minutes

A writer tells a joke. Complications ensue. {more}

X + Y

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Morgan Matthews
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Sixteen-year-old Nathan Ellis (Asa Butterfield of “Hugo”) has always been the “weird” one. At the age of nine, he was identified as being on the autism spectrum, both with gifts (he is particularly adept at math) and challenges (he has a hard time communicating). Yet, among the other teenage contenders for the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), Nathan is, for the first time, utterly average. And only six of the 20 or so semi-finalists will have... {more}

Xenia

GREECE, FRANCE, BELGIUM
Directed By Panos H. Koutras
Running Time: 134 Minutes

Danny’s mother is dead. She died last week, a combination of the drugs and alcohol ultimately taking her life. Orphaned, the 16-year-old Albanian comes knocking on his older brother Odysseus’ door with a foolproof plan. The two are going to find “The Unspeakable” (their biological father) and forcibly coax him into paying a child abandonment fee. Foolproof plan part 2: Odysseus is going to win the “Greek Star” talent show, thanks to his gilded voice.... {more}

Yearbook

USA
Directed By Bernardo Britto
Running Time: 6 Minutes

A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up. {more}

The Young Kieslowski

USA
Directed By Kerem Sanga
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Brian Kieslowski is an awkward college student reluctantly clinging to his “v-card” when he meets the girl of his dreams, Leslie (also awkward and a card carrying member of the “v-club”). When they engage in losing their virginity together, all seems right in the world for young Brian. Until Leslie realizes she’s pregnant. With twins. THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI is a hilarious and touching comedy about young lovers navigating through the world of immaturity, responsibility, and... {more}

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