14th New York City Short Film Festival  20 OCTOBER 2018 

Tony Zoreil [Tony Zear]

Foreign | 20:00 | France | 2007 | NYC premiere

Director: Valentin Potier

Synopsis: Tony is a 28 year-old single guy with very big ears.  Looking for love, he only finds women who reject his remarkable physical traits.

Awards: Best Foreign Short & Audience Choice Program A

The Turtle and the Shark

Animation | 4:00 | USA | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Ryan Woodward

Synopsis: After defying the King Malietoafaiga of Samoa, and deceiving their families, Fonuea and her husband flee to the island of Tutuila.  

Woman in Burka

Comedy | 20:33 | USA | 2008

Director: Jonathan Lisecki

Synopsis: A darkly comic look at the life of an actress and the types of Middle Eastern roles available to her in a post 9/11 culture

The Elevator

LGBT | 23:00 | Israel | 2007 | NYC premiere

Director: Ben Hakim

Synopsis: 23 minutes with a person can change your life.

Award: Best LGBT Short

The Confession

Comedy | 3:40 | Ireland | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Thomas Hefferon

Synopsis: A young man nervously goes to confess his sins, but the priest seems to be more interested in gossiping about the women of the town than granting him absolution.

Señas Particulares

Foreign | 11:35 | Mexico | 2007 | NYC premiere

Director: Kenya Márquez

Synopsis: Ramona loses her tranquility when her son Osvaldo disappears. She begins a search that leads her to the coroner’s office and to accept the possibility that her son has died.

Roadmarkers [Kestomerkitsijät]

Student | 18:40 | Finland | 2007 | N. American premiere

Director: Juho Kuosmanen

Synopsis: A world where people talk with few words and where violence is way to express your feelings.


Foreign | 13:00 | Spain | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Arturo Ruiz Serrano

Synopsis: Gabino has never declared his love to a woman.

Award: Best of Fest & Audience Choice Program C


Animation | 4:15 | UK | 2007 | NYC premiere

Director: Johnny Kelly

Synopsis: Sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two-dozen other things first.  Award: Best Animation Short


Documentary | 14:00 | USA | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Carlos Barbot

Synopsis: People will love what they want to love.

Award: Best Documentary Short


Foreign | 12:00 | Spain | 2007

Director: Jose Manuel Carrasco

Synopsis: Pilar doesn’t want to be alone, so she decides to go to a dating agency and get a blind date. What she doesn’t know is that her date has his own plans and they have nothing to do with hers. Award: Best Comedy Short

On the Assassination of the President

Drama | 6:00 | USA | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Adam Keker

Synopsis: A top-secret government file, to be viewed only in the event of the President's death by assassination.


Animation | 7:15 | Australia | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Glen Hunwick

Synopsis: All work and no play leads to disaster for a disgruntled farmer, his cow and hardworking dog.

My Dad Ralph

Drama | 11:44 | Canada | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Nicholas Wong

Synopsis: Ralph has been keeping his profession a secret from his 7-year-old son, Zack. But when Zack’s class participates in Take-Your-Kids-to-Work’ Day, keeping the secret becomes a lot harder.

Interior. Block of Flats Hallway

[Interior. Scara de Bloc]

​Student | 16:00 | Romania | 2007 | NYC premiere

Director: Ciprian Alexandrescu

Synopsis: The death of a person starts a chain reaction which involves the neighbors. Award: Best Drama Short


Animation | 9:10 | Canada | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Nicolas Brault

Synopsis: Under the African sun, a mother's soul resurrected by music will return strength and life to her child.


Animation | 12:30 | USA | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Kevin Watkins

Synopsis: A garden hose in search of adventure, discovers that the grass isn't greener on the other side - in fact there isn't even any grass...

Awards: Best Kids Short & Audience Choice Program K


LGBT | 15:45 | USA | 2007

Director: Laura van Schendel

Synopsis: Florent Morellet, owner of legendary restaurant Florent, battles his dark side as he tries to keep the lights on in his popular nightspot.


Student | 8:00 | Belgium | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Senne Dehandschutter

Synopsis: A pretty girl surrounded by thousands of warriors is part of a magnificent choreography of dance and struggle. In the end only one warrior meets destiny.

First Bass

Drama | 15:20 | USA | 2007 | NYC premiere

Director: Philip Hodges

Synopsis: Abbey Jacobs is a 12-year-old upright bass prodigy whose true love is baseball.

Bye-bye Boobies

LGBT | 14:00 | Australia | 2008

Directors: Wednesday & Jez

Synopsis: In October 2007, Jeremy had chest surgery, completing the female-to-male transition he has been working toward for two years.

Big Commission

Animation | 3:51 | USA | 2008 | World premiere

Director: Alex Frenklakh

Synopsis: A portrait painter is confronted with a challenging high profile commission when he is asked to paint a famous general with a pronounced mole.

Ball Possession [Balbezit]

Comedy | 8:11 | Netherlands | 2007 | NYC premiere

Director: Willemiek Kluijfhout

Synopsis: An amateur soccer match ends. All players head for the cosy clubhouse. All except Willem, who needs to retrieve his soccer ball.

A Pickle

Drama | 12:27 | Canada | 2008 | N. American premiere

Director: Karen Nielsen

Synopsis: An unlikely friendship emerges that challenges a young boy and will define his life forever.


Comedy | 6:26 | Canada | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Kellie Ann Benz

Synopsis: A dinner party conversation takes the most unexpected of turns.

A Day in the Life

Foreign | 21:16 | Belgium | 2008 | NYC premiere

Director: Nicolas Daenens

Synopsis: In a crazy daisy chain of events, Mario and Tom rob a bank, Emin drives the getaway car and Jimmy picks pockets.  Their fortunes intertwine over the course of a day.  Award: Audience Choice Program B

6.5 Minutes in Tel-Aviv

Foreign | 6:30 | Israel | 2007 | NYC premiere

Director: Mirey Brantz

Synopsis: On the 2006 Purim Holiday, an Arab guy, an Israeli woman, paranoia and bus passengers who do not suspect a thing.  Award: Best Student Short

2008 Festival

2008 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS  (in alphabetical order)


Documentary | 5:30 | USA | 2008 | World premiere

Director: Jakob Daschek

Synopsis: Amidst the madness of New York City, a virtually unknown surf culture is driven by a different current.


Animation | 2:58 | USA | 2008 | World premiere

Director: Darrell Van Citters

Synopsis: From dinosaurs to petroleum to plastics, from sand to glass, a light-hearted look at why recycling the earth’s resources is so important.