1 PM - 3 PM

For its inaugural edition in 2021, NJIFF includes in this screening session (alongside some new selections) several award winning independent films that have been featured at partner film festivals. This screening will feature a total of 9 short films. All films will be English spoken and/or English subtitled.


Park Theatre

560 32nd Street,

Union City,

NJ 07087


Tickets will go on sale in 2022:

Regular: $20

digital love (remix) (Germany) By Raphaël Languillat + lovemusic

Music video. An ambient remix of Daft Punk's Digital Love using fragments of William Shakespeare's erotic poem 'Venus and Adonis'. Written and shot during the Covid-19 pandemic, ’digital love (remix)’ focuses on the relationship between gender and couple, intimacy and distancing, as well as desire and death. This work is part of a series of five collaborative audiovisual short-form pieces commissioned by Collective lovemusic for their project 'Premieres in Private Places'. Running time: 00:05:00

digital love (remix) (Germany) by Raphaë

Magic Kingdom (Hong Kong/U.S.)

By Nelson Ng Chak Hei

The story is set in 1997 against the backdrop of the looming handover. Kit, a middle-aged single parent, brings his son from Hong Kong to California under the pretense of visiting Disneyland. The son, Chun, comes to realize the real intention of the trip is his own adoption. Running time: 00:15:00.


Magic Kingdom (Hong Kong_United States)

Radio Sueño (Belgium)

By Anna Verkouteren Jansen, Rani Decock

In a late-night radio show for the sleepless and distressed, fictional radio host Marisol leads a meditation on dreams while offering solace. Based on the writings from master-of-grief-and-comic-relief graphic novelist Chris Ware, this work creates intimacy while emphasizing the vastness of one’s imagination. Through the shared frequency, our imagination holds a potential to feel connected, whether it be fictional or real. Running time: 00:09:06

Radio Sueño (Belgium) by Anna Verkoutere

Retrospective: Birth Of A Poet (U.S.)

By James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán, Zachary Kerschberg

Birth of a Poet is a dramatic short film that captures the moment Stephen Dobyns transitions from a disillusioned journalist to an emerging poet. It is adapted from autobiographical poems. Running time: 00:14:23


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Physical Thoughts (United States)

By Anne Hollowday

A dancer reflects on a recent injury. A dancer's body is their whole life. It is the sum total of their history, it’s the medium through which they make a living and it’s their method of creative expression. After a dramatic injury puts a professional dancer out of action for six months, she reflects on how our physical thoughts reveal who we are, perhaps even more than what we say. A meditation on authenticity, the creative life and facing one's own fears, 'Physical Thoughts' is the document of an injury and a poetic distillation of wisdom for every artist. Running time: 00:03:32

Physical Thoughts (United States) by Ann

Retrospective: Love (Canada)

By Benoit Ouellet

The friendship between Sam and Mathieu ends. Running time: 00:04:42


Retrospective: Tungrus (India)

By Rishi Chandna

Tungrus (pronounced: toongroos) is a short documentary that observes a week in the peculiar lives of a middle-class suburban Mumbai household. What was once a home like a million others in the city, turns topsy-turvy when the eccentric patriarch brings home a baby chick for his cats to play with, much to the exasperation of his family. Running time: 00:12:56


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R.A.Z.A. Indian Poison (Colombia)

By Rodrigo Torrijos

A girl colors a concrete neighborhood and invokes the memory of her ancestors and the victims of a violent regime. Running time: 00:03:02

R.A.Z.A. Indian Poison (Colombia) By Rod

Retrospective: Hollow Heart (Denmark)

By Emilie Marloth Frøkjær

Ellen has achieved great success on the art scene with her installation piece "Hollow Heart", where she scans and projects her sick daughters heart in front of a live audience. As the press begins to doubt Ellen's talent, she chooses to restage the piece bigger and wilder. But as her daughter Adalyn enters puberty and is more fragile than ever, Ellen must choose between chasing fame or assuring Adalyn's health. Running time: 00:39:59