2020 Short Film Selections

The Dishwasher
Nicolás, a Mexican immigrant, is a dishwasher at a fine dining restaurant in New York. When his head chef challenges him to find handmade tortillas for a surprise addition to their menu, Nicolás jumps at the opportunity to prove himself, embarking on a quest that ultimately tests the very limits of his ambition. [Runtime: 12:34 | Directors: Nick Hartanto & Sam Roden]
All the World Is a Stage
An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem “All the World’s a Stage” narrated by the renowned Shakespearean actor and director Samuel West (Royal Shakespeare Company). [Runtime: 1:30 | Director: Hannes Rall]

Moderately Satisfied
When visiting her terminally ill mother for the first time in months, an estranged daughter finds new answers about her relationship with her bitter mother while filling out a patient satisfaction survey. For the first time, the two finally meet halfway. [Runtime: 12:47 | Director: Hind Anabtawi]

Someone Good Will Find You
A well-intentioned Chinese immigrant father tries to teach his son, David, how to “make it” in America. When David becomes enamored by a Superman costume in a store window, his father sees an opportunity to impart to him the importance of hard work, thrift, and delayed gratification. But when the time comes for David to reap the
rewards of his efforts, it turns out that the lessons he’s learned transcend those his father intended. [Runtime: 8:40 | Director: Leelila Strogov]

Kim, 14 years old, is placed in juvenile correction center for the first time. Deprived of liberty, she suddenly has to conform to strict rules, and she loses all her bearings. She might well try, but it seems to her that it will never be enough, no matter how many efforts she makes. So she gets overwhelmed sometimes. To catch her breath, Kim will have to find a place, to strike a new balance. [Runtime: 15:00 | Director: Valentina LaPiere]

Night and Day
Night and Day is a story of two lives, an uncle and his nephew. Neither has ever met. In fact the nephew never knew of his uncle’s existence until his own coming out to his family. These two men lived very different lives due to the time periods in which they were born. The story is uniquely told via a puppet stage and marionettes. [Runtime: 10:10 | Director: Peter Anthony]

Dream of a child who is laboring in a remote mountain range. [Runtime: 2:00 | Director: Teymour Ghaderi]

A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie. The ending of a relationship as seen through a mobile phone. [Runtime: 7:00 | Director: David M. Lorenz]

Anabel Lee
A young couple flees to the coast to await a boat that will take them on to a new life. As they wait, dark forces close in and their plan starts to unravel, with tragic consequences. Based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. [Runtime: __:__ | Director: Amy Coop]



A Traffic Separating Device
A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm. It is supposed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. It turns into a disaster as normal cars continue to go there, and hundreds of cars get destroyed every week. Tragic and funny situations occur, and we follow the whole mess of human failures. [Runtime: 15:00 | Director: Johan Palmgren]
Lynda, an indigenous woman dealing with the loss of both of her sons, and Max, the sole survivor of a horrific car accident, are patients at the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As participants in a radical opioid-assisted therapy program, the first of its kind in North America, they are provided with medical-grade heroin and a safe place to inject. Free from the desperation of the street and the fear of over-dose death, Lynda and Max can finally focus on healing. [Runtime:
18:00 | Director: Colin Askey]

Camp Alec
Nestled in the woods outside of Grand Rapids, MI, Camp ALEC is a sleepaway camp for kids who are non-speaking. Despite being smart, capable individuals in every sense, disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy, and verbal apraxia have made it impossible for these campers — along with 1.3% of the US population — to vocalize speech. To express themselves, they use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices that translate their composed messages into audible speech. [Runtime: 17:45 | Director: Christopher Stoudt]
Censoring Nuremburg
Dr. Arnold Joseph, Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages, taught French at Denison University in Ohio from 1963–1990. In another life, Arnie was a translator of mail to and from Nazi prisoners in Germany at the Nuremberg Trials after War War II. CENSORING NUREMBURG chronicles his time at the trials. [Runtime: 13:55 | Directors: Tim Raycroft & David Bussan]
From inside his yurt deep within the heart of the Taiga, Bayandalai — an elder of the Dukhas tribe — muses about the significance of life and death in the largest forest on Earth. He is the last of the great reindeer herders of the Taiga. [Runtime: 11:00 | Directors: Aner Etxebarria Moral & Pablo Vidal Santos]
Games of Survival: A Culture Preserved in Ice
A Culture Preserved in Ice:  A documentary film about WEIO, the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. Native Eskimos have competed in these games since 1961, which is a gathering of Eskimo people from all around the circumpolar region. It is the largest annual celebration of Alaskan Native Heritage. By travelling to native villages and filming WEIO, this film provides a look into the lives of native Alaskan Eskimos and shares their traditions and culture with the audience.[Runtime: 16:23 | Director: Nicholas Natale]