Film Guide 2018

Section
Short Films

Expect the unexpected in HIFF’s dynamic short film programs. Running the gamut from social impact drama to all-ages humor to off-the-wall delights, there’s definitely something for everyone.

AKEDA (THE BINDING)

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 18 min New York Premiere The humanity of a young orphan boy is tested when a film director encourages him to give a violent performance that blends fiction with reality.

Directed by Dan Bronfeld

ALL INCLUSIVE

2018 Short Films | documentary short | 10 min US Premiere A surreal and satirical observation of a cruise holiday, where every last minute is scheduled with nonstop “fun.”

Directed by Corina Schwingruber Ilić

AS SHADOWS

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min World Premiere An encounter with two strangers at a late-night diner prompts a stranded cult member to consider her future.

Directed by Alexis Vail

BILBY

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 8 min East Coast Premiere Out in the dangerous Australian desert, a lonesome Bilby reluctantly takes responsibility of a helpless baby bird.

Directed by Liron Topaz, Pierre Perifel, JP Sans

BURN BRIDGE

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 16 min East Coast Premiere At the risk of revealing his true feelings, a closeted teenager competes for the attention of his best friend.

Directed by Rhys Marc Jones

CAROLINE

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min New York Premiere When plans for a babysitter unexpectedly fall through on a sweltering Texas day, six-year-old Caroline is faced with a big responsibility.

Directed by Celine Held, Logan George

CHEER UP BABY

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 13 min A nonconsensual encounter with a stranger on the subway leaves a young woman grappling with her sense of autonomy.

Directed by Adinah Dancyger

CROSS MY HEART

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 14 min While visiting her family in Jamaica, an American teenager becomes her cousin’s confidant—forever changing the way she sees the people she loves.

Directed by Sontenish Myers

DEATH METAL GRANDMA

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 13 min Inge Ginsberg, a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor and celebrated songwriter for Doris Day and Dean Martin, comes out of retirement to pursue a career in heavy-metal music.

Directed by Leah Galant

DON’T CALL ME BEAUTIFUL

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 10 min International Premiere An Aboriginal woman reflects on the traumatic events of her childhood—embarking on a healing journey of self-discovery in the process.

Directed by Jill Robinson

DOUBLE EXPOSED

2018 Short Films | documentary short | 4 min New York Premiere After inheriting several Super8 movies from her late grandfather, a filmmaker ruminates on one specific double-exposed film in the collection.

Directed by Julie Buck

THE DRIVER IS RED

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 15 min In 1960s Buenos Aires, an Israeli secret agent hunts down a notorious Nazi war criminal on the run.

Directed by Randall Christopher

DULCE

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 10 min New York Premiere In a remote, coastal Colombian village where livelihoods depend on the sea, a mother teaches her reluctant daughter how to swim.

Directed by Guille Isa, Angello Faccini

ELIZABETH SEES

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 8 min New York Premiere Though she may have lost her sight long ago, Elizabeth has lost none of her desire to experience the beauty of the world around her.

Directed by Val Magarian

FAUVE

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 16 min A friendly game of one-upmanship between two boys quickly escalates into a dangerous struggle for survival.

Directed by Jérémy Comte

FEATHERS

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 19 min A new student at a school for troubled boys struggles to overcome the hazing from his peers while reconciling the haunting memories of his past.

Directed by A.V. Rockwell

FENCE “Gardhi”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min East Coast Premiere A Kosovan family gathering unravels into chaos with the unwelcome arrival of a young Roma boy and his dog.

Directed by Lendita Zeqiraj

THE FIELD “Le Champ de Maïs”

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 19 min East Coast Premiere As her community struggles to survive on the harvest of the village’s last remaining cornfield, a poor agricultural laborer quietly pursues another life for herself.

Directed by Sandhya Suri

GUAXUMA

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 14 min US Premiere A beloved friendship is gorgeously memorialized in sand from the Brazilian beaches of the filmmaker’s childhood.

Directed by Nara Normande

HAIR WOLF

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min A black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn finds itself haunted by a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

Directed by Mariama Diallo

HOW TO MAKE A BOMB IN THE KITCHEN OF YOUR MOM

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 10 min World Premiere Three sisters grapple with the alluring yet toxic world of pageantry and patriotism.

Directed by Shakti Bhagchandani

HOW TO SWIM “Eich Lishot”

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 15 min New York Premiere In the last few days of her pregnancy, a terrified mother-to-be kidnaps a maternal stranger for an afternoon of hijinks.

Directed by Noa Gusakov

I AM BISHA: THE REBEL PUPPETEERS OF SUDAN “انا بشة : عرائس ثورة السودان”

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 15 min New York Premiere The story of one puppeteer’s quest to pull the strings of Sudan’s ruthless dictator.

Directed by Roopa Gogineni

IAN

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 10 min East Coast Premiere A young boy with cerebral palsy learns the value of perseverance and friendship.

Directed by Abel Goldfarb

JUCK (THRUST)

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 17 min New York Premiere A daring mix of documentary and performance, JUCK (the Swedish word for “hump”) chronicles the trailblazing all-female dance group whose viral 2013 hit provocatively questioned the ways we defin …

Directed by Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira

LESSONS FROM A SCHOOL SHOOTING: NOTES FROM DUNBLANE

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 22 min In the wake of the tragic 2012 massacre, a grieving clergyman in Sandy Hook, CT receives a letter of comfort from a fellow priest in Dunblane, Scotland, whose community suffered a similar fate nearl …

Directed by Kim A. Snyder

LIFEBOAT

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 35 min East Coast Premiere With government agencies entangled in political gridlock and the certainty that civilians must intervene, volunteers from the German nonprofit Sea-Watch bravely set out to rescue refugees from their …

Directed by Skye Fitzgerald

THE LITTLE GODDESS “Choto Debi”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min World Premiere Twelve-year-old Durga faces a life-changing decision when presented with the opportunity to leave her rural Indian village.

Directed by Gauri Adelkar

MAGIC ALPS

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 14 min New York Premiere An Italian immigration officer finds himself in a difficult position when an Afghan refugee seeks asylum for both himself and his goat.

Directed by Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi

MILK AND COOKIES

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 8 min Grace is five. She wants milk and cookies. Every day. Real bad.

Directed by Andrew Ramsay, Patrick Mulvey

MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES

2018 Short Films | documentary short | 14 min Filmmaker Charlie Tyrell seeks to better understand his emotionally distant late father through the objects he left behind—starting with his tawdry collection of 1980s VHS pornography.

Directed by Charlie Tyrell

OFFSTAGE

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 25 min East Coast Premiere A famous Romanian thespian is held hostage by an obsessive mother who puts all other stage moms to shame.

Directed by Andrei Huțuleac

ONE SMALL STEP

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 8 min New York Premiere With the unwavering support of her humble father, an ambitious young girl dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Directed by Bobby Pontillas, Andrew Chesworth

PROVENCE

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 22 min New York Premiere Following a flirtatious encounter with two Dutch girls, Camille suddenly finds herself having to compete for the attention of her beloved older brother.

Directed by Kato De Boeck

RAYMONDE OR THE VERTICAL ESCAPE “Raymonde ou l’évasion verticale”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 17 min New York Premiere Raymonde, who has dutifully lived a life of solitude and chastity, can’t seem shake her sinful urges. More importantly, she may no longer want to…

Directed by Sarah Van Den Boom

SANTUARIO

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 26 min World Premiere In Greensboro, NC, a small church community comes together to offer sanctuary to Juana Ortega, an asylum-seeking Guatemalan grandmother threatened with deportation after 25 years of living and worki …

Directed by Pilar Timpane, Christine Delp

SCHOOLYARD BLUES “Skolstartssorg”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 17 min New York Premiere On the morning before the first day of school, a boy walks his younger brother through the harsh realities of both the schoolyard and the world beyond.

Directed by Maria Eriksson

SHADOW ANIMALS “Skuggdjur”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 21 min New York Premiere Accompanying her parents to her very first dinner party, Marall warily observes the strange social rituals of adulthood and the consequences suffered by those who do not play along.

Directed by Jerry Carlsson

SKIP DAY

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 17 min An intimate glimpse into a timeless teenage tradition.

Directed by Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan

STARLIGHT

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 5 min A weary old man who lights the stars of the sky each night finds an unlikely source of inspiration back down on the ground.

Directed by Tyler Thompson

THIN ICE “Glad IJs”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 10 min International Premiere The lost-and-found booth attendant of a local ice skating rink grows increasingly nervous upon noticing a man with a suspicious backpack.

Directed by Joosje Duk

THIRD KIND

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 32 min New York Premiere Three archaeologists from the future return to a long-abandoned Earth to investigate a mysterious sound.

Directed by Yorgos Zois

TO PLANT A FLAG

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 15 min US Premiere In preparation for the 1969 lunar landing, two hapless astronauts-in-training must navigate a territory that is somehow even less hospitable than the moon: Iceland.

Directed by Bobbie Peers

TWO BALLOONS

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 9 min Seeking a life of love and exploration, two adventurous lemurs take to the skies.

Directed by Mark C. Smith

TWO MEDUSAS

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 11 min New York Premiere A funny and relatable coming-of-age story set around the drama that happens when two girls wear the same Halloween costume to the school contest.

Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy

UNDISCOVERED

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 3 min Like all of us, Sasquatch just wants a good photo of himself—is that too much to ask?

Directed by Sara Litzenberger

WILD WILD WEST: A BEAUTIFUL RANT BY MARK BRADFORD

2018 Short Films | documentary short | 6 min Where do artists come from? An answer explored through paper, percussion, and one provocative artist.

Directed by Dime Davis

WITH THELMA “Avec Thelma”

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 13 min Jean and Vincent suddenly find themselves in charge of their young niece when a volcanic eruption unexpectedly strands her parents overseas.

Directed by Ann Sirot, Raphaël Balboni

WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER “Vidi ja ti nea”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 19 min New York Premiere A stubborn tomboy finds the unlikely solution to her problems in an all-male religious ritual.

Directed by Goran Stolevski