New York City Short Film Festival 5 NOVEMBER 2016

Voice Over

10:00 > Spain > 2012

Director: Martin Rosete

Synopsis: I won't tell you whose voice over leads us through three extreme situations that are actually the same. Will you survive? AWARD: BEST OF FEST

YELP: With apologies to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

2:50 > USA > 2011 > NYC premiere

Director: Tiffany Shlain

Synopsis: Technology can be addictive.  In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg's classic 1956 poem, we created a short film lampooning the addictions of our generation.

The Banquet of the Concubine 

[Le banquet de la concubine]

12:50 > Canada/France > 2012 > USA premiere

Director: Hefang Wei

Synopsis: The emperor prepares a grand banquet in honor of his most precious concubine Yang.

The Missing Looks [La Mirada Perdida]

11:00 > Argentina > 2012

Director: Damián Dionisio

Synopsis: Argentina, 1976. Claudio is forced to live with his family in hiding, due to his political ideals.

The Singer[La Cantante]

8:13 > Canada/USA > 2012> USA premiere

Director: Daniel Marrero Armas

Synopsis: A peek into the life of New York City subway singer Rosateresa Castro-Vargas.

Teens Like Phil 

20:00 > USA > 2012 > NYC premiere

Directors: Dominic Haxton & David Rosler

Synopsis: TEENS LIKE PHIL tells the story of a gay teen, Phil, and his former friend, Adam, who brutally bullies him. AWARD: AUDIENCE CHOICE PROGRAM B

Such Eyes [Eynayim Kaele]

16:53  > Israel > 2011 > N. America premiere

Director: Rafael Balulu

Synopsis: 16 year old Gabi helps his father out in their local coffee shop.  When his father hires 18 year old Shiran, Gabi attempts, in his hesitant way, to capture her heart.  AWARD: BEST STUDENT

Rivers Return

11:40 > Belgium > 2012

Director: Joe Vanhoutteghem

Synopsis: Some people are struggling to fit in, to go with the flow. Others are fighting to stand out.

Romance

7:20 > Canada/Switzerland > 2011 > NYC premiere

Director: Georges Schwizgebel

Synopsis: Two strangers sit beside each other on an airplane. After takeoff, the plane goes through some turbulence—and, under the influence of an unknown force, the man’s spirit plunges into a different world.  AWARD: BEST ANIMATION

Record/Play

9:50 > USA > 2012

Director: Jesse Atlas

Synopsis: A malfunctioning cassette tape captures more than just audio in this sci-fi love story. AWARD: AUDIENCE CHOICE PROGRAM 

Prora

23:00> Switzerland > 2012

Director: Stéphane Riethauser

Synopsis: In this deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex, teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that confronts their identities and puts their friendship at risk.  AWARD: BEST LGBT

Pass the salt, please

13:00 > USA > 2011> NYC premiere

Director: Tatjana Najdanovic

Synopsis: A couple's dinner repartee quickly morphs into a scene ripped straight from the script of an adult film. Who wins this battle of the sexes is anyone's guess.

Luminaris

6:20 > Argentina > 2012

Director: Juan Pablo Zaramella

Synopsis: In a world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things.

Junior

11:00 > USA > 2012 > NYC premiere

Director: Jeffrey Elmont

Synopsis: A falsely convicted ex-con recently released from prison seeks revenge on the police officer responsible for the death of his son.

Loot

10:32> South Africa > 2012 > World premiere

Director: Greg Rom

Synopsis: On a day seemingly like any other, a stranger strolls into a bustling bank and armed with little more than a plan, seeks to get away with the contents of the vault. AWARD: AUDIENCE CHOICE PROGRAM C

Juan & La Borrega [Juan y la Borrega]

10:00 > Mexico > 2011NYC premiere

Director: J. Xavier Velasco

Synopsis: Juan, who works in a uniform store, has taken refuge in a routine life without ambition. Until one day, La Borrega comes along.

Friend Request Pending

12:00 > UK > 2011 > NYC premiere

Director: Chris Foggin

Synopsis: Mary and Linda spend an afternoon discussing the pitfalls, pleasures and problems with using social networking to try and woo the local choirmaster.  AWARD: BEST COMEDY

Elliott Erwitt: 'I bark at dogs'

11:33 > USA > 2011 > NYC premiere

Director: Douglas Sloan

Synopsis: Erwitt has made some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century including astonishing scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry and special wit. AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY

Crossing the Schoolyard [Dans la cour des grands]

16:00 > France > 2011> N. America premiere

Director: Annarita Zambrano

Synopsis: New in High school. The cell phone at reach. Love lays in bed. Looking for the right words. Scars on the skin. To fight for your own place, you have to cross the playground.

Different  [Andersartig]

4:30 > Germany > 2011

Director: Dennis Stein-Schomburg

Synopsis: One child is different from the others. Being different makes her more and more lonely. But in the end her loneliness keeps her alive.

Crosshairs

11:44 > Australia > 2011

Director: Mike Hoath

Synopsis: Beau and Jamie, two brothers from a rural West Australian town, are caught poaching a lamb from a neighboring property. When Beau refuses to go quietly, Jamie becomes a pawn in a violent showdown.  AWARD: BEST DRAMA

Brother [Broer]

10:00 > Netherlands > 2011 > NYC premiere

Director: Sacha Polak

Synopsis: 11 year-old Lauren adores her 16 year-old brother Wout.  When she feels she's excluded from her older brother and sister's world, she decides to take a step for which she isn't ready.

2012 Festival

2012 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS  (in alphabetical order)