Directed by: multiple filmmakers
Total Runtime: 86 min
Country of Origin: Various
Multiple award winners including: one shortlisted for an Academy Award; a nominee for Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, a Student Academy Award for animation; and numerous Best Short Awards.
(Q&A with filmmakers after the screening)
This year’s Short Films Program will remind you to call your friends… assuming Mother Nature (or a parking enforcement officer) doesn’t get you first! These hilarious and occasionally hair-raising tales of friends, foes, and frenemies depict dubious alliances that transcend barriers and challenge our assumptions. A young girl and an old sailor at the turn of the century, a nefarious owl, a mother who seemingly has it all, two robbers having a rough day, an adorable raccoon, and our other protagonists and antagonists all have to navigate situations that weren’t in the guidebook. If they’re lucky, they’ll find out who their real friends are before it’s too late.
Directed by Pierre Perifel, JP Sans, and Liron Topaz.
In the Australian Outback, a hungry bilby reluctantly finds himself trying to protect a helpless young chick. 8 min; Shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
Directed by Charles Copsey
Two first-time criminals find themselves out of luck when their getaway vehicle is clamped up in a multi-story car park. UK. 4 min; Best Short Comedy, Athens Short Film Festival.
Directed by Hanna Kim
A raccoon finds a flashlight in the woods. USA. 4 min; Gold Medal for Animation, Student Academy Awards.
Directed by Ryan W. Garcia and Kelly Walker
Writer and star Ursula Taherian takes a series of increasingly desperate measures in her journey to become diverse… enough. USA. 6 min; Jury Award, Best Short Film, Bentonville Film Festival; Official Selection, Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival.
Directed by Justin O’Neal Miller
Seemingly perfect Peggy finds her social graces put to the test at her eight-year-old son’s birthday party. USA. 12 min; Audience Award, Best Short, Calgary International Film Festival; Best in Show — Short Film, Rome International Film Festival.
Directed by Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey, and Joran Rivet
An old man tries to evict a mouse from his home, only to discover that it’s not as simple a task as it seems. France. 7 min; Best Short Film For Children, Anima Brussels Animation Film Festival.
Directed by Dana Nachman
We meet Betty Schwartz in the last 2 minutes of her life. After she loses consciousness, she wakes up in The Between, where she must make the hardest decision of her (after)life. USA. 10 min; Audience Award, Best Comedy Short, Woods Hole Film Festival.
Directed by Jade Baillargeault
In a dark subway tunnel, a group of mice find a mysterious gold pull-tab and embark on a Tolkien-esque quest. A scheming owl sends his army of rats to retrieve this strange object. France. 5 min; Short of the Week; Official Selection, Effects Stars International Special Effects Festival.
Directed by Christopher Guerrero
After the Harvey Weinstein scandal breaks, two men are horrified to discover that all of their favorite movies were made by The Weinstein Company. USA. 6 min; Best Dark Comedy, Portland Comedy Film Festival; Official Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Directed by A.M. Lukas
Czechoslovakian refugee Franka reaches out to the Lutheran Refugee Service in hopes of welcoming a family like hers to a new life in Fargo. Starring Emily Mortimer. USA. 13 min; Nominee for Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival.
Directed by John Kahrs
When an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard from her ship, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. 12 min; Shortlisted for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.