7PM - 9PM
This screening features 9 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
25 North Avenue West
Cranford NJ 07016
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I WILL GO BACKWARDS OF OUR PATH (ITALY) BY MATTIA BIONDI
Synopsis: A backwards journey through the seasons and the units of the language. To change the prose of the world, its intact clock. There is always a place more thoroughly, lost images in minimum intervals. Running time: 00:02:50.
Selections/awards: Istanbul International Experimental FF, Laceno d'oro, Bogotá Experimental FF, Flight - Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Genova, Viewpoint Documentary FF, Sydney World FF, Screener Short Films London, and more.
About the director: Mattia Biondi is an Italian independent filmmaker who works at the end of the images. His research is based on the use of minimal and essential technical instruments and it is oriented at the development of creative processes concerning the fusion of archival material and autobiographical elements. He is one of the curators of the Laterale Film Festival, the founder of the film distribution company Piccolo Cinema Ovale and the director of artistic laboratory Segmenta Infiniti.
TREI & JABZ MC – MAGMA (NEW ZEALAND) BY RHEA
Synopsis: Music video for New Zealand-based artist Trei. Running time: 00:04:30.
Selections/awards: Sydney World FF, Brussels Independent FF, Super Shorts London, and more.
About the director: Jamie Wanstall is a Director and Cinematographer born in Crawley, West Sussex, England. He studied Digital Film & Screen Arts at the University for the Creative Arts before joining forces with a group of creatives at Praxima; where he now travels the world working on films, TV commercials and online content.
PRESTIGE (IRAN) BY ZAHRA AHOOEI
Synopsis: Mahsa is an Iranian woman TV presenter. She sings and posts her videos on Instagram anonymously. As a result of this, Mahsa faces a challenge during one of her shows. She now needs to decide between leaving the country and losing her job… Running time: 00:14:55.
Selections/awards: Venice Film Week, Boston Short FF, MikroFAF International Short FF (Special Mention Plaque), Amsterdam Independent FF, Super Shorts London FF, and more.
About the director: Zahra Ahooei (Tehran, 1990) began her career as a writer, journalist and researcher within social, scientific and cultural realms in national press. After graduating from Hilaj Film School, Ahooei directed her first short film called “Extra Time” (2015). “Prestige” is her third short film.
EXHIBITION (GERMANY) BY SYLVIA BORGES
Synopsis: In the age of smartphones an exhibitionist struggles to get the attention he needs. Running time: 00:03:16.
Selections/awards: London Worldwide Comedy FF (Best Comedy), Brussels Independent FF, Gold Coast International FF, Boston Short FF, Venice Film Week, Hof IFF, and more.
About the director: Sylvia Borges studied at the academy of media arts (KHM) of Cologne. Since 2014 she is working as screenwriter, director and consultant for commercial films, TV and cinema.
THE VET VAN (USA) BY SARAH JENKS, LIZZIE MULVEY
Synopsis: Lucy’s Labrador has lost 25 pounds. Tabitha’s chihuahua has parvovirus. For these two families, a mobile veterinary clinic is the only affordable option. One in three New York City households owns a pet and about 20 percent of New Yorkers live below the poverty line. As the city gets more expensive, so does veterinary care. Lucy and Tabitha have to make tough choices to save the pets who help them cope with isolation and poverty. The vet van is a low-cost solution, but not a perfect one. Is it worth the trade offs? Two families risk it all to find out. Running time: 00:30:00.
Selections/awards: DOC NYC, Double Exposure FF, St. Louis International FF, Animalis FF.
About the director: Sarah Jenks is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School’s documentary program. This is her directorial debut. She has worked as an associate producer and assistant editor on award-winning short film 'Colette', feature film 'The War and Peace' of Tim O’Brien and a multimedia documentary series featured in the Medal of Honor games. Lizzie Mulvey, who grew up in New Jersey, received her master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School in documentary film. Most recently she reported, produced, and assistant video edited for a PBS Frontline documentary, 'Whose Vote Counts'.
CLONE IX - MEDANIT YELESHIM (ETHIOPIA) BY ABEL MEKASHA
Synopsis: A spaceship with an apartment full of hibernation chambers travels through space, in which a reincarnation of a woman as a doll wakes up. As she remembers her past, a psychedelic deflection of reality occurs when the spaceship comes near a black hole. Running time: 00:02:41.
About the director: Abel Mekasha (1999) is an ethiopian Filmmaker who has workes on Television, cameraman, producer assistant. In 2020 he presented Omnipresent, a film screened at the Marche Du Film de Festival de Cannes, and other film events in Europe and United States. His first feature Superno, has turned into the most awarded film in Ethiopian film history. The film has received recognitions in Italy, United States, Russia, among others.
ON (AUSTRALIA) BY JELENA SINIK
Synopsis: In our age of attention scarcity, ‘On’ explores just where our gaze is falling. Take a curious and playful glimpse into both the connectedness and enduring loneliness of the modern condition, through this intimate and unexamined lens. Running time: 00:02:05.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF (Best Animated Film), Edinburgh Short FF, Australian International Animation F, Boston Short FF, ANIMA, Venice Film Week, Sydney World FF (Best Australian Film), Super Shorts London FF, and more.
About the director: Jelena is an award-winning animator and filmmaker from Sydney's Eastern beaches. She graduated a Bachelor of Media (Screen and Sound) degree before completing a Master of Animation. Her animations have been festival-screened internationally numerous times and when she's not swimming, she's crafting delightful films that strive to illuminate the often overlooked surrealism of the everyday.
SNAKE DICK (USA) BY DAVID MAHMOUDIEH
Synopsis: Jill's got the snake. Julia's got the flute. Alone, they have nothing. But together, they have a secret weapon to fight the darkness... Running time: 00:07:47.
Selections/awards: South London International FF (Best International Short Film), Salem Horror Fest (Audience Award), Venice Film Week, Brussels Independent FF, Super Shorts London, Producer's Night Los Angeles, and more.
About the director: Born in the UK to immigrant parents, David is half-Iranian and half-British-French-Canadian. David began his career as a trainee AD on productions including “X-Files”, “The Outer Limits” and “Batman Begins”, where he was lucky enough to learn from some of the best directors in the business. He won the ECU Screenwriting Contest with his spec script, “Rain”.
ALA KACHUU - TAKE AND RUN (SWITZERLAND) BY MARIA BRENDLE
Synopsis: Sezim (19) wants to fulfill her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz Capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks for a way out. Running time: 00:38:26.
Selections/awards: Oscar nomination 2022, Producer's Night Los Angeles, Flickers' Rhode Island FF (Marlyn Mason Award), Cleveland International FF (Audience Choice), Brussels Independent FF (Best Narrative Short), WorldFest Houston IFF, Solothurner Filmtage, and 'Best Narrative Short Film' at our 2021 edition.
About the director: Maria Brendle is an award-winning director and scriptwriter based in Zurich, Switzerland. She received her bachelor’s degree in film from the Zurich University of the Arts and her master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience (aon) from the Academy of Neurosciense Cologne. Maria graduated the renowned Drehbuchwerkstatt Munich. She works with a focus on women issues.