Yale Student Film Festival

Celebrating Student Film

The Yale Student Film Festival (YSFF) is a student-run short film festival, providing the opportunity for university-level filmmakers, from Yale and from around the world, to exhibit their work.

Founded in 2015, YSFF takes place annually at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Due to the pandemic, the event will be taking place virtually this year, 2020. The event includes feature film screenings, workshops, and panels led by Yale alumni in the entertainment industry, culminating in a competitive student block and awards ceremony.

The festival began as a collaboration between the Yale Film Alliance, Yale Film Study Center, Yale Film Studies Program, Films at the Whitney, and the Yale College Dean's Office to highlight the growing community of filmmakers on Yale's Campus, who create work outside of a traditional film school environment.

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Documentary Shorts

THEY is an intimate portrait of Hobbit and Jake, who have decided to raise their one-year-old child Anoush gender open.
THEY is an intimate portrait of Hobbit and Jake, who have decided to raise their one-year-old child Anoush gender open.

THEY

Dir. Louisa Rechenbach

THEY is an intimate portrait of Hobbit and Jake, who have decided to raise their one-year-old child Anoush gender-open. The family lives on a houseboat in the UK and in order to prevent people from making gender-related assumptions, they keep the biological sex of their baby a secret.

THEY
dir. Louisa Rechenbach
This documentary profiles Jason Rip: A prolific artist, playwright, poet, actor, director, and comedian.
This documentary profiles Jason Rip: A prolific artist, playwright, poet, actor, director, and comedian.

Jason Rip: A Tombstone Epitaph

Dir. Matthew Downs

This documentary profiles Jason Rip: a prolific artist, playwright, poet, actor, director, and comedian as he prepares to mount his 80th play.

Jason Rip: A Tombstone Epitaph
dir. Matthew Downs
Showcasing up-and-coming Hiphop dancing stars in Toronto, “All It Gives” follows the story of Kosi Eze, a Nigerian immigrant.
Showcasing up-and-coming Hiphop dancing stars in Toronto, “All It Gives” follows the story of Kosi Eze, a Nigerian immigrant.

All it Gives

Dir. Talia Woodland, Humber College

Showcasing one of Toronto’s best up-and-coming hiphop dancing stars, “All It Gives” follows the story of Kosi Eze, a Nigerian immigrant who moved to Canada when she was 14. 

All it Gives
dir. Talia Woodland
A brief history of the 20th century explored through postage stamps.
A brief history of the 20th century explored through postage stamps.

Post

Dir. Lukas Conway

A brief history of the 20th Century explored through postage stamps as artistic objects and cultural artifacts expressing perceptions of nationhood, geography, and identity.

Post
dir. Lukas Conway
Fighting on Wheels
Fighting on Wheels

Fighting on Wheels

Dir. Amanda Chang, Nanyang Technological University's Wee Kim School of Communication and Information

As the first wheelchair karate practitioner in New Zealand, martial arts have been an empowering force in John Marrable’s life. The sixth-dan black belt in Goju-Ryu karate first visited Okinawa, the home of karate, to train in 1981. This year’s Okinawa Traditional Karate Ceremony marks his eighth time there. 

Fighting on Wheels
dir. Amanda Chang

Narrative Shorts

An elderly man reconciles with his long lost brother, but the happiness of the family reunion soon turns into a nightmare.
An elderly man reconciles with his long lost brother, but the happiness of the family reunion soon turns into a nightmare.

Brothers Again

Dir. Vanja Victor Kabir Tognola, Zurich University of the Arts

An elderly man reconciles with his long lost brother, but the happiness of the family reunion soon turns into a nightmare.

Brothers Again
dir. Vanja Victor Kabir Tognola
A short film about living with and as a headless person.
A short film about living with and as a headless person.

AHEAD

Dir. Ala Nunu Leszynska

A short film about living with and as a headless person.

AHEAD
dir. Ala Nunu Leszynska
She (name unknown) sinks into an unbearable silence, far away from the external world, locked in her unconquered house-fortress.
She (name unknown) sinks into an unbearable silence, far away from the external world, locked in her unconquered house-fortress.

RECHARGE

Dir. Michael Hytros

She (name unknown) sinks into an unbearable silence, far away from the external world, locked in her unconquered house-fortress. 

RECHARGE
dir. Michael Hytros
One Night Stand-Off is a dark comedy about the strains and challenges of long-term relationships
One Night Stand-Off is a dark comedy about the strains and challenges of long-term relationships

One Night Stand-Off

Dir. Alisa Nirman, Aalto University of Art and Design

One Night Stand-Off is a dark comedy about the strains and challenges of long-term relationships. Set in a 90’s sitcom-world, Paula and Teemu, a couple desperately clinging to their failing relationship, have agreed to take part in a dubious scientific experiment in order to reach harmony in their marriage. Their minds are swapped into each other’s bodies, and the couple is locked inside the laboratory apartment for one night.

One Night Stand-Off
dir. Alisa Nirman
When an astronaut ponders the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.
When an astronaut ponders the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.

The Quiet

Dir. Radheya Jegatheva , Curtin University

When an astronaut ponders the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation. 

The truth is written in the stars, but what will he uncover?

The Quiet
dir. Radheya Jegatheva
PERCHT
PERCHT

PERCHT

Dir. Béla Baptiste, Film Academy of Vienna

It’s Christmas season in a small town somewhere in the Austrian countryside where, following tradition, the young local men parade in dæmon-like masks and costumes to frighten the children and chase away the winter. A young couple emet for a drink in a pub but are interrupted by a group of these paraders who initiate a seemingly friendly drinking challenge, changing their lives permanently. 

PERCHT
dir. Béla Baptiste
WASHOUT
WASHOUT

Washout

Dir. Alexandre Masson

Etienne works at a washing machine customer service. One night, Etienne receives an unpleasant customer call that raises a problem that he must solve to understand the nature of the set around him.

Washout
dir. Alexandre Masson

Experimental Shorts

Jake doews his very best to make a music video that he sees as honest.
Jake doews his very best to make a music video that he sees as honest.

I Grew Up by Jake (ft. Asylum Boy)

Dir. Henry Nelson, Oberlin College

Jake does his very best to make a music video that he sees as honest.

I Grew Up by Jake (ft. Asylum Boy)
dir. Henry Nelson
NEVERMORE is a dramatic thriller short.
NEVERMORE is a dramatic thriller short.

Nevermore

Dir. Joshua Franco

NEVERMORE is a dramatic thriller short that pays homage to Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland and Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception by using a combination of CG, 2D, and traditional stop-motion practical effects.

Nevermore
dir. Joshua Franco
Abiding is a poetical exploration of the coexistence of the animate with the inanimate.
Abiding is a poetical exploration of the coexistence of the animate with the inanimate.

Abiding

Dir. Ugo Petronin

Abiding is a short experimental motion picture made of thousands of frames extracted form a single strip of 35mm strip-photograph. Taken from a train window between Dordrecht and Rotterdam, the artist has pulled the film manually in a shutterless camera. Abiding is a poetical exploration of the coexistence of the animate with the inanimate. The piece works on two levels as a visual evocation of a body moving through space and time as well as a reflection on the medium of cinema and photography. 

Abiding
dir. Ugo Petronin
Transparent Delusion
Transparent Delusion

Transparent Delusion

Dir. Haomin Peng , SAIC

Animation/video poem Transparent Delusion is an attempt to solidify the transient sensation of how the varied locations that appear in our dreams could have connections with each other. 

Transparent Delusion
dir. Haomin Peng
An insomniac woman is restless, tossing and turning in her bed.
An insomniac woman is restless, tossing and turning in her bed.

Beddy-Byes!

Dir. Albane Chaumet

An insomniac woman is restless, tossing and turning in her bed. 

Beddy-Byes!
dir. Albane Chaumet

2020 Lineup