New York City Short Film Festival 18 NOVEMBER 2017

Vartan LLP

Drama, 17:15, USA, 2007

Director: Myles Price

Synopsis: One of the most powerful and successful businessmen working on Wall Street is shaken to his core by one phone call.

Award: Audience Choice Program C

Warming

Animation, 4:24, Canada, 2007, NYC premiere

Director: Colleen MacIsaac

Synopsis: An exploration of global warming through watercolors.

The Goat that ate time

Animation, 7:00, Australia, 2007, NYC premiere

Director: Lucinda Schreiber

Synopsis: A goat with an appetite for life realizes that time is dangerously delicious.

The Tribe

Documentary, 17:45, USA, 2006

Director: Tiffany Shlain

Synopsis: An unorthodox, unauthorized history of the Jewish people and the Barbie doll.  Award: Best Documentary Short

Turn Back South

Documentary, 13:40, USA, 2006, NYC premiere

Director: Igor Borovac

Synopsis: A story of the inescapable relationship between Border Patrol agents and Mexican migrants.

The Flower

Animation, 1:40, Canada, 2007

Directors: Dale Hayward, Phil Dubrovsky

Synopsis: It’s the world’s most optimistic flower’s birthday and he gets presents!

Tanghi Argentini

Foreign language, 13:13, Belgium, 2006

Director: Guido Thys

Synopsis: Despite the faceless and cold atmosphere at his work place, an office clerk tries to make his colleagues happy.  Award: Best Comedy Short

Soft

Drama, 14:00, UK, 2007

Director: Simon Ellis

Synopsis: A father rediscovers his fear of confrontation, at the worst possible time.  Award: Best Drama Short

Spinning

LGBT, 7:30, Norway, 2006

Director:  Heidi Arnesen

Synopsis:  Boundaries shift for 3 naked women when the lights go out in a communal gym shower.  Award: Best LGBT Short

Sirenas de Fondo [Background Sirens]

Foreign language, 10:00, Mexico, 2006, NYC premiere

Director: Arcadi Palerm-Artís

Synopsis: When will the background sirens stop?

Award: Audience Choice Program D

Snake

Animation, 3:00, USA, 2005

Director: Becky James

Synopsis: Deceptively playful, Snake is a film about stubbornness in the face of change.

Real Men

Comedy, 10:00, USA, 2006, NYC premiere

Director: Sean Hanish

Synopsis: Best friends push the boundaries of their relationship to discover what a 'real man' is.

Rubberheart

Drama, 15:00, USA, 2007, NYC premiere

Director: Brian Crano

Synopsis:  Maggie’s second date with Nick goes awry when she arrives and is introduced to Nick's other dinner guests, his three roommates, Caroline, Cheryl and Annie.  Award: Audience Choice Program B

Simanei Derech [Road Marks]

Student, 21:14, Israel, 2006, NYC premiere

Director: Shimon Shai

Synopsis: On a trip to the desert, Gili stands up to his father, which leads to a terrifying sequence of events.

Awards: Best of Fest & Audience Choice Program A

Pomiedzy [In between] 

Foreign language, 16:40, Poland, 2006, NYC premiere

Director: José E. Iglesias Vigil

Synopsis: Is there a place for sincerity between solitude and love?

Paradise 

Animation, 7:54, Canada, 2007, NYC premiere

Director: Jesse Rosensweet

Synopsis:  Cogs spin and a giant automaton whirrs to life as John’s perfect little life unravels in a giant machine called Paradise.

Llévame a otro sitio [Take me somewhere else] 

Foreign language, 21:00, Spain, 2004, N. American premiere

Director: David Martín de los Santos

Synopsis: On a long road trip, an innocent game between a married couple becomes dangerous.

Madame Tutli-Putli

Animation, 17:21, Canada, 2007, NYC premiere

Directors: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski

Synopsis: Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past.

Award: Best Animation Short

Isabelle au bois dormant [Sleeping Betty]

Animation, 9:14, Canada, 2007, NYC premiere

Director: Claude Cloutier

Synopsis: In a sumptuous palace in the basement of a house in a Montreal working-class neighborhood, Princess Betty sleeps in a narcoleptic stupor.  Will Betty be wakened with just a kiss?

Awards: Best Kids Short & Audience Choice Program K

Infinite Justice

Animation, 2:00, Germany, 2006

Director: Karl Tebbe

Synopsis: Choking hazard.  Small parts.

I met the Walrus

Animation, 5:00, Canada, 2007

Director: Josh Raskin

Synopsis: 'Think peace and you'll get it. It's up to the people. If we really wanna change it, we can change it.'

Fission

Animation, 5:00, USA, 2006

Director: Kun-I Chang

Synopsis: A man sees himself as graffiti on the wall.

Equal Opportunity

Comedy, 6:30, USA, 2006

Director: Howard Duy Vu

Synopsis: Diverse co-workers share their true feelings about one another in the break room.

Fair Trade 

Foreign language, 15:00, Germany/Morocco, 2006, NYC premiere

Director: Michael Dreher

Synopsis: The shortest distance between Morocco and Europe can be the most treacherous.  Award: Best Foreign Language Short 

Dog Days

Animation, 16:00, France, 2007

Director: Geoffroy de Crécy 

Synopsis: A satire in which Grace, the newborn baby of an American upper-class family, gets switched with Doug, the puppy of a “white trash” American family.

Der Aufreisser [The Pick-up Artist] 

Foreign language, 12:35, Germany, 2006, NYC premiere

Director: Steffen Weinert

Synopsis: Olli only wants to have noncommittal sex but that becomes difficult when he meets the 6 year-old daughter of his one-night stand.

Colours

Drama, 8:50, Singapore, 2007, NYC premiere

Directors: Chee Tian Lee, Derrick Lui

Synopsis: A colour-blind girl's journey to find colours in her life.

A bout de truffe [The truffle hunter] 

Foreign language, 15:00, UK/France, 2007, NYC premiere

Director: Tom Tagholm

Synopsis: After years of searching, a struggling truffle hunter makes the discovery of a lifetime.

Aquarium

Student, 17:00, USA, 2007

Director: Rob Meyer

Synopsis: For a kid growing up in the suburbs, the truth can lie at the bottom of a fish tank.  Award: Best Student Short

5:55

Drama, 9:00, Mexico, 2007, NYC premiere

Directors: Illegal Artists

Synopsis: A five level labyrinth that spreads across Europe but has no real way out.

41 Sekunden [41 Seconds]

LGBT, 3:43, Germany, 2006

Directors: Tobias Martin, Rodney Sewell

Synopsis: What do you do when your girlfriend says your best friend kisses better than you?

2007 Festival

2007 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS  (in alphabetical order)