Film Guide 2019

Section
Short Films

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

ALCHEMY

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 10 min A community comes together for friendship, poetry, and some handcrafted sourdough baked in the old-world tradition.

Directed by Remington Long

ALL CATS ARE GREY IN THE DARK “Nachts sind alle Katzen grau”

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 19 min US Premiere • Special Jury Prize for Originality A tender and compassionate character study of one man’s pursuit for his own, unconventional version of a family. • Winner, Best International Short Film at …

Directed by Lasse Linder

ALL IN GOOD TIME

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min With the help of a magical bottle, two children living 100 years apart strike up a time-traveling correspondence.

Directed by Bonnie Dempsey

ANI

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min US Premiere After her mother walks out on the family, a young girl reconnects with her distant father.

Directed by Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

ANNA

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min Anna, a middle-aged single mother living in a small industrial town in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, is lured out of the house by a curious radio advertisement.

Directed by Dekel Berenson

BETTY FEEDS THE ANIMALS

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 9 min New York Premiere Betty really loves animals.

Directed by James P. Gannon

BIRCH

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min East Coast Premiere Newly faced with the challenges of raising two young children on his own, a father strives to bring some stability back to his home when the family dog goes missing.

Directed by Paisley Valentine Walsh

THE BOXERS OF BRULE

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 38 min A girls’ boxing team in the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation offers an outlet to a community facing a youth suicide epidemic.

Directed by Jessie Adler

BROTHERHOOD

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 25 min A hardened shepherd is deeply shaken and suspicious when his estranged son returns home to rural Tunisia with a mysterious young wife by his side.

Directed by Meryam Joobeur

CATHERINE OPIE B. 1961

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 14 min East Coast Premiere Acclaimed photographer Catherine Opie shares the emotional and political motivations behind her provocative and influential work.

Directed by Sini Anderson

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT “Cadoul de Craciun”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 23 min On December 20, 1989—shortly after Ceausescu’s violent repression in Timisoara—a father’s quiet evening quickly descends into chaos when he learns that his young son has mailed a rather …

Directed by Bogdan Muresanu

CONNECTED “Polaczeni”

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 18 min New York Premiere Krzysztof, who is blind, goes skiing with his wife, Wiola. When they finally reach the summit, they must find a way to connect with one another in the surrounding fog.

Directed by Aleksandra Maciejczyk

CYCLE

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 2 min Following a bike-riding lesson from her grandfather, a young girl discovers that the real adventure begins where the road ends.

Directed by Sophie Olga de Jong, Sytske Kok

DANI

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 9 min New York Premiere Feeling obligated to put on a brave face, a daughter calls her mother to share some difficult news.

Directed by Lizzy Hogenson

DARLING

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 16 min US Premiere A naive young man accompanies his transgender crush to her audition for an erotic dance theater in Lahore, Pakistan. • Winner, Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival

Directed by Saim Sadiq

DOSSIER OF THE DOSSIER

2019 Short Films | narrative short | 18 min US Premiere A young art house filmmaker struggles to secure funding for his new project.

Directed by Sorayos Prapapan

FINE “Beseder Gamur”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 9 min East Coast Premiere On the way to a party, an innocuous moment triggers old dynamics between family members.

Directed by Maya Yadlin

FIRE IN PARADISE

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 40 min New York Premiere • WINNER: HIFF27 Audience Award for Best Short Film On the morning of November 8, 2018, a seemingly small fire broke out in Butte County, California, near the town of Paradise. Over the course of …

Directed by Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

FLESH “Carne”

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 12 min US Premiere Five women, each at a distinctly different stage of her life, share a diverse collection of experiences about the relationship they have with their bodies in this striking, mixed-media portrait of w …

Directed by Camila Kater

GHOSTS OF SUGAR LAND

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 21 min • Jury selection for Best Documentary Short Director Bassam Tariq receives a $500 cash prize and the film qualifies for consideration at the Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Short Film. In S …

Directed by Bassam Tariq

HACKED

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 3 min World Premiere A cellphone glitch reveals more than the eye can see in this spooky tale written, directed, and starring HIFF Jr. Film Camp students.

Directed by Cooper Aiken, Beatrix Beirne, Caleb Garutti, Devon O’Halloran

HORS PISTE

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 6 min An alpine rescue mission goes way, way off course…

Directed by Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet

HOW TO BREATHE IN KERN COUNTY

2019 Short Films | documentary short | 9 min New York Premiere As the workday grinds to a halt, a gathering of street racers take to the backroads of Bakersfield in search of catharsis.

Directed by Chris Filippone

AN INTERLOPER’S KISS

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 7 min World Premiere A voyeuristic look at one woman’s daily routine, from the perspective of an unlikely love interest.

Directed by Grace Kim

IT’S BEEN TOO LONG

2019 Short Films | narrative short | 8 min Two ex-lovers meet at a romantic lodge to rekindle their passion—but first, they must confess the sins of their past.

Directed by Amber Schaefer

JACKSON POLLOCK: BLUE POLES

2019 Short Films | documentary short | 18 min New York Premiere In 1973, the controversial sale of Jackson Pollock’s “Blue Poles” almost brought down the Australian government. Today, it is estimated to be the highest priced artwork in the world.

Directed by Alison Chernick

JAEBORN BY NUMBERS

2019 Short Films | narrative short | 22 min New York Premiere The contemporary art world is thrown into chaos when a paint-by-number tableau is auctioned for $14 million at Christie’s.

Directed by Roger Gariépy

JUST ME AND YOU “Juste Moi et Toi”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 22 min New York Premiere • Jury Selection for Best Narrative Short Director Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers receives a $500 cash prize and the film qualifies for consideration at the Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Sho …

Directed by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers

LAUGH LINES “Lachfalten”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 6 min East Coast Premiere In this dreamy world, idiosyncratic figures unite and pull apart to tell eight, interlaced stories of friendship.

Directed by Patricia Wenger

LIBERTY

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 17 min As their community faces redevelopment, Alex and Milagros find their longtime friendship tested by their impending separation.

Directed by Faren Humes

LIFE IN MINIATURE

2019 Short Films | documentary short | 5 min Inspired by the whimsical world around her, this miniature artist’s creations are a far cry from the genteel museum pieces of her contemporaries.

Directed by Ellen Evans

LOCKDOWN

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min New York Premiere Struggling with feelings for her best friend, 14-year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan.

Directed by Celine Held, Logan George

LOWLAND KIDS

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 22 min New York Premiere As climate change erases the Louisiana coast at an alarming rate, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on the island that’s been their family home for generations.

Directed by Sandra Winther

MANILA IS FULL OF MEN NAMED BOY

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 21 min New York Premiere A man travels from the U.S. to the Philippines to celebrate his estranged father’s birthday. In an attempt to impress the patriarch, he purchases a child to pass off as his own son.

Directed by Andrew Stephen Lee

NICE TALKING TO YOU

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 19 min East Coast Premiere Two strangers form a silent bond in the world’s loudest city.

Directed by Saim Sadiq

THE NIGHTCRAWLERS

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 40 min • Special Jury Prize for Courageous Filmmaking At great personal risk, a small group of determined “nightcrawler” photojournalists endeavor to expose the truth behind Filipino President Rodri …

Directed by Alexander A. Mora

NIMIC

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min A professional cellist (Matt Dillon) has an encounter with a stranger on the subway, which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

PERFECT MOMENT “Het Moment”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 20 min International Premiere The archetype of the modern man, Dirk has it all: a successful career, a loving marriage, and a happy life. He wants his death to be perfect, too.

Directed by Matthew Noydens

POZOLE

2019 Short Films | narrative short | 10 min Things go terribly (and hilariously) wrong when Maia sets out to reconnect with her Mexican-American roots on her Nana’s 100th birthday.

Directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros

SCENES FROM A DRY CITY

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 13 min What happens when a major metropolitan area runs out of water?

Directed by Simon Wood, Francois Verster

SHEEP, WOLF, AND A CUP OF TEA… “Moutons, loup and tasse de thé…”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min North American Premiere Late at night, some family members privately indulge in a variety of strange sleeping rituals.

Directed by Marion Lacourt

SOUSAPHONE

2019 Short Films | narrative short | 13 min New York Premiere Much to his chagrin, a retiree’s tuba inexplicably goes mute in the days leading up to a long-awaited performance.

Directed by Flo Linus Baumann

SUBJECT TO REVIEW

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 36 min A hypnotic investigation of the rise of the “Hawk-Eye” instant replay system in professional tennis—examining how the technology exposes deeper questions of spectacle, justice, and imp …

Directed by Theo Anthony

TRAVELING WHILE BLACK

2019 Short Films | immersive storytelling | 18 min Academy Award® winner Roger Ross Williams and Ayesha Nadarajah’s finely observed and crafted visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl, a famed DC restaurant, transforms a central community locale into a symbo …

Directed by Roger Ross Williams, Ayesha Nadarajah

TREE #3

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 20 min After he’s been cast as a tree (again!) in his annual middle school play, Itai decides to make the most of his seemingly small role.

Directed by Omer Ben-Shachar

THE UNITED STATES OF PARANOIA OR: HOW I STAYED ON THE LINE TO REPAIR MY AIR CONDITIONER

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min New York Premiere A stressed-out father is on the brink of a literal meltdown as he tries to get his air conditioner fixed during a heatwave.

Directed by Rashan Castro

WATERPROOF

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 40 min World Premiere The incredible story of one community’s crusade to create a safe swimming environment in East Hampton, New York. Led by the incomparable Big John and Johnny Jr., these lifeguards give the best of …

Directed by Ross Kauffman

THE WRONG ROCK

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 13 min A lonely mushroom embarks on an epic adventure to find his place in life.

Directed by Michael Cawood

WWII

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 3 min World Premiere Daisy Pitches, Montauk Public School fifth-grader and HIFF Jr. Documentary Filmmaking student, reveals the significance of woman’s role in World War II.

Directed by Daisy Pitches

YOUTH “Banat Akher Zaman”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 11 min East Coast Premiere Over the course of one eventful night out in Cairo, a teenage girl takes a step toward adulthood.

Directed by Farida Zahran

YVES & VARIATION

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 16 min Every day, Yves—a father, art curator, and concierge—practices his violin behind the front desk of an NYC office building.

Directed by Lydia Cornett