Past Film Festivals

2019

Yale Thesis Films

Athol Park
Athol Park

Athol Park

Dir. Clark Burnett

Fiercely independent 14-year-old Audrey Gaines enlists her two best friends to investigate the disappearance of their new school teacher, Frederick Monroe.

 
Athol Park
dir. Clark Burnett
Seeing Things as They Are
Seeing Things as They Are

Seeing Things as They Are

Dir. Daniel Stein

“Seeing Things as They Are” is a live action short film about a newly blind teenager coping with hallucinations and struggling to maintain relationships with her sister and best friend.

 
Seeing Things as They Are
dir. Daniel Stein

Narrative Shorts

In Bloom
In Bloom

In Bloom

Dir. Maya Armon

A young generation preparing the old one to its tragic death.

In Bloom
dir. Maya Armon
In Bloom
In Bloom

Normal

Dir. Hanna Mironenko

High school student Sasha from a small town has to pretend to be a stupid scumbag to become a part of local teenage crew. In the meantime he dreams of moving to a big city and learns hard to get an education in university.

Normal
dir. Hanna Mironenko
Passage
Passage

Passage

Dir. Simon Feat

When the sun goes down, terrestrial activity slows down and falls asleep. The stars become visible in the true, deep, black sky. The short and lively cycles of terrestrial life give way to cosmic eternities.

Passage
dir. Simon Feat
Press "A" to Start
Press "A" to Start

Press "A" to Start

Dir. Emily Dickson

A lazy girl is given an important quest.

 
Press "A" to Start
dir. Emily Dickson
The Kid Who Drowned at Summer Camp
The Kid Who Drowned at Summer Camp

The Kid Who Drowned at Summer Camp

Dir. Marianna Hersko

Multimedia traditional animation made with charcoal, white-out, and sharpie.

The Kid Who Drowned at Summer Camp
dir. Marianna Hersko
Wiki
Wiki

WIKI

Dir. Veronica Andersson

Wiki is a autistic, and curious young girl, who has to face really harsh reality of living with an alcoholic mother after her grandmother dies.

WIKI
dir. Veronica Andersson
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Dir. Evie Gaffney

A train stops in the middle of nowhere. Who is on board?

Golden Eagle
dir. Evie Gaffney
Fireflies
Fireflies

Fireflies

Dir. Amelia Nanni

An afternoon, two children, two worlds meet.

 
Fireflies
dir. Amelia Nanni
Fino Alla Fine
Fino Alla Fine

Fino Alla Fine

Dir. Giovanni Dota, Premiere Film

A gunshot breaks the silence of the night. Four men run away from the scene of the crime. Umberto “Yes and no”, the infallible killer of the Caputo clan, has just killed the wrong man. Now he will have to report it to the boss.

Fino Alla Fine
dir. Giovanni Dota

Experimental Shorts

Mediterranea Film
Mediterranea Film

Mediterranea Film

Dir. Alix Bortoli

A warm summer on the mediterranean coast is interrupted by a fire.

 
Mediterranea Film
dir. Alix Bortoli
Black Dog
Black Dog

Black Dog

Dir. Joshua Tuthill

Utilizing archival footage and stop-motion animation, Black Dog is set during the US and USSR space race of the 1960’s amidst a time of heated social and political tension. Two brothers must deal with the sudden loss of their parents.

Black Dog
dir. Joshua Tuthill
JA:PA
JA:PA

JA:PA

Dir. Jiri Karmasin

Did you ever wondered what’s right back in the world where you actually living? Sometimes we rather accept our own reality instead real one, which is too vague. Short dance film, made by students of two schools from Czech Republic.

JA:PA
dir. Jiri Karmasin
The Nest
The Nest

The Nest

Dir. Marta Skoczeń

“The Nest” is the first short film made by Marta Skoczeń, shot in 2018 in Southern Poland. It tells the story of two young girls living in isolation in a faraway village. They spend their time doing nothing of great importance; they sew, play, or sleep.

The Nest
dir. Marta Skoczeń
Sofa_r
Sofa_r

Sofa_r

Dir. Yu-An Jao

A process of endless missing.

 
Sofa_r
dir. Yu-An Jao
Heilerijk
Heilerijk

Heilerjik

Dir. Zoë Boogaerts

The caretaker of an old woman who tries to find peace at the end of her life helps her in her final moments and protects her when a demon enters her room. A tale about tenderness.

 
Heilerjik
dir. Zoë Boogaerts
Sweet Sweat
Sweet Sweat

Sweet Sweat

Dir. Jung Hyun Kim

A child recognizes the erotic relationship between the parents. Curious but overwhelmed, the child takes control.

 
Sweet Sweat
dir. Jung Hyun Kim
Off Season
Off Season

Off Season

Dir. Lang Orsolya

In a small fishing village during off season a day is like another. The inhabitants live side by side like the elements of the landscape. But a small sway is enough to break the routine, and the closed worlds become close words.

Off Season
dir. Lang Orsolya

Documentary Shorts

Exist
Exist

Exist

Dir. Peyam Shadniya

She is a mother of a fish capsule and then sells her capsules of oxygen for her baby.

 
Exist
dir. Peyam Shadniya
One Room School
One Room School

One Room School

Dir. Om Satalkar

In the final academic semester of National Institute of Design, the Design Project allows a student to take up a documentary film as the project.

One Room School
dir. Om Satalkar
My World is No Longer the World I Knew
My World is No Longer the World I Knew

My World is No Longer the World I Knew

Dir. Weiye Su

18 years later, I revisited my first “home.” Nothing seems to change, and nothing seems the same.

My World is No Longer the World I Knew
dir. Weiye Su
Eau de Toilette
Eau de Toilette

Eau de Toilette

Dir. Arman Grigoryan

Mario and Ingo know a face of Berlin which is unfamiliar for most people. Instead of iconic night clubs and on-trend vernissages they see the daily waste water produced by the metropolis: They are sewerage workers.

Eau de Toilette
dir. Arman Grigoryan
Herzblut
Herzblut

Herzblut

Dir. Matthis Waetzel

The traditional craft dies.

Herzblut
dir. Matthis Waetzel
A collection of interviews from people about their fathers. Featuring the director's father, aunt, sister, girlfriend, Annakeest
A collection of interviews from people about their fathers. Featuring the director's father, aunt, sister, girlfriend, Annakeest

What's There to Say

Dir. Robert Gordon

A collection of interviews from people about their fathers. Featuring the director’s father, aunt, sister, girlfriend, Annakeesta, and Jacob.

 
What's There to Say
dir. Robert Gordon

Yale Filmmaker's Block

eating women
eating women

Eating Women

Dir. Mariah Kreutter

An experimental memoir film about bodies, mothers, and daughters.

Eating Women
dir. Mariah Kreutter
untitled
untitled

Untitled

Dir. Daniel Onuoha

I was very inspired by Bill Greaves’ Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: take one when I arrived at the formal concept of this film project.

Untitled
dir. Daniel Onuoha
Skin is, My
Skin is, My

Skin is, My

Dir. Miho Carey

Skin Is, My is an experimental short, providing commentary on the hyper-association my brother and I have experienced throughout our lives as children of mixed race.

Skin is, My
dir. Miho Carey
hungry
hungry

Hungry

Dir. Mariah Kreutter

An exhausted woman chases a few simple pleasures, none of which are quite so simple to get.

 
Hungry
dir. Mariah Kreutter
the affair
the affair

Affair

Dir. George Tang

Mary falls in love with John, her soulmate who’s in a committed relationship. She tries to hide her feelings in the film they’re making, but they soon realise that their relationship is more complicated than they thought.

Affair
dir. George Tang
letter
letter

Letter

Dir. Joshua van Biema

A video using family archives to explore relationships to land, faith, and violence across four generations.

 
Letter
dir. Joshua van Biema
Aprés Ski
Aprés Ski

Aprés Ski

Dir. David Hurtado

This is an experimental short made primarily with Google Earth footage of industrial zones in the Salt Lake Valley (Utah).

 
Aprés Ski
dir. David Hurtado
illusions of motion
illusions of motion

Illusions of Motion

Dir. Anna Yu

Illusions of Motion is a short documentary intrigued by the New York Subway systems. Vehicles expand and compress our experience of time and space, illusions emerge from intersections of stillness and movement.

Illusions of Motion
dir. Anna Yu
distance
distance

Distance

Dir. Ryan Zhou

Distance is a short film about Justin, a college freshman who is struggling with his feelings about his long-time high school sweetheart, now long distance girlfriend, Callie.

Distance
dir. Ryan Zhou
120 Years
120 Years

120 Years

Dir. Matt Nadel

120 YEARS tells the story of Scott Lewis, a citizen of New Haven, Connecticut who was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he never committed.

120 Years
dir. Matt Nadel

2018

Experimental Shorts

The Glass Horizon Still
The Glass Horizon Still

The Glass Horizon

Dir. Denis Pavlovic

A nightmare in Niedersachsen begins when Andrei, an Eastern European slaughterhouse guest worker, is denied employee lodging and forced to build a shelter in the nearby forest.

The Glass Horizon
dir. Denis Pavlovic
Phimabong Still
Phimabong Still

Phimabong

Dir. Jakkrapan Sriwichai

Phimabong flickers between daydream to nightmare in its mystifying story of two men who spend the day at a rainforest cabin.

Jakkrapan Sriwichai is a student filmmaker at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

Phimabong
dir. Jakkrapan Sriwichai
Connect Still
Connect Still

Connect

Dir. Hi-Jeong So

When a group of living pebbles turns violent, one stone leaves the pack behind.

Connect
dir. Hi-Jeong So
Nine Still
Nine Still

Nine

Dir. Ankita Panda

Nine connects the mathematical loops derived from the number 9 to the endless cycles that we go through in life and after life.

Nine
dir. Ankita Panda
Embodying Voice Still
Embodying Voice Still

Embodying Voice

Dir. Ala Nunu Leszynska

A short animated work of lip-syncing inspired by a recording from the British Library.

Embodying Voice
dir. Ala Nunu Leszynska
Lotus Lantern Still
Lotus Lantern Still

Lotus Lantern

Dir. Xingpei Shen

A surreal peek into a Buddhist home shrine.

Lotus Lantern
dir. Xingpei Shen
Replica Still
Replica Still

Replica

Dir. Nic Yulo

A figurine painter struggles to finish her work amidst incessant external distractions.

Replica
dir. Nic Yulo
Travelogue Tel Aviv Still
Travelogue Tel Aviv Still

Travelogue Tel Aviv

Dir. Samuel Patthey (Winner, Best Experimental & Best Animation)

A young art student from Switzerland arrives in Tel Aviv and sketches the striking incongruities of his environment over the following six months.

Travelogue Tel Aviv
dir. Samuel Patthey (Winner, Best Experimental & Best Animation)
324 Still
324 Still

324

Dir. Tandis Shoushtary

What goes on at 324 E 13th Street at night? A short verité, shot using an in-camera matting technique on hand-processed 16mm film.

324
dir. Tandis Shoushtary
KCLOC Still
KCLOC Still

KCLOC

Dir. Ninaad Kulkarni

KCLOC is a 3D animated documentary about perceptions of time.

KCLOC
dir. Ninaad Kulkarni
Fool(ed) Still
Fool(ed) Still

Fool(ed)

Dir. Emily Van Loan

The struggles of a woman attempting to cope with her trauma. Highly textured, hand processed black and white images are intercut with stark color and accompanied by sounds of manipulated voices.

Fool(ed)
dir. Emily Van Loan
Are You Tired of Forever? Still
Are You Tired of Forever? Still

Are You Tired of Forever?

Dir. Caitlin Craggs

In this playful rhapsody of sensory cinema, the filmmaker juggles multiple selves.

Are You Tired of Forever?
dir. Caitlin Craggs

Narrative Shorts

Limit Still
Limit Still

Limit

Dir. Javad Daraei

A disabled man runs frantically about his neighborhood trying to find help. No one can understand him, and all fear what lies inside his apartment.

Limit
dir. Javad Daraei
Paco Still
Paco Still

Paco

Dir. Catalina Jordan Alvarez

Paco spends his days on a park bench calling people to sit on his lap.

Paco
dir. Catalina Jordan Alvarez
Applause for Lazic Still
Applause for Lazic Still

Applause for Lazic

Dir. Marko Markovic

Nemanja has been arrested. His friends, Borko and Filip, figure out what to do about the guys who snitched on him.

Applause for Lazic
dir. Marko Markovic
Beach Scene Still
Beach Scene Still

Beach Scene

Dir. Goncalo Ribeiro

A cab rolls up to a beach. Its driver and passenger have an argument.

Beach Scene
dir. Goncalo Ribeiro
The Electric Chair Still
The Electric Chair Still

The Electric Chair

Dir. Evgeniy Zverev

When a museum employee challenges her superior to a game, the playful becomes lethal and the sentenced the executioner.

The Electric Chair
dir. Evgeniy Zverev
Pan Still
Pan Still

Pan

Dir. Anna Roller (Winner, Best Editing)

Secretly, Juno dreams of Pan, the god of the forest. On a techno party in a house close to the forest, she meets him – the real Pan, a normal guy, loved by all the girls. But of course he does not even notice her.

Pan
dir. Anna Roller (Winner, Best Editing)
Burdie Still
Burdie Still

Burdie

Dir. Justina Hnatowicz

Tired of being stuck in his cage and far too pudgy to fly, little Burdie devises a plan to escape that just may work.

Burdie
dir. Justina Hnatowicz
Roshnij Still
Roshnij Still

Roshnij

Dir. Shaool Levy, Noy Friman, Maja Garmulewicz, Zuzanna Stach

A small ceremony of water droplets that raises a lot of questions. Roshnij is a short film about our place in society.

Roshnij
dir. Shaool Levy, Noy Friman, Maja Garmulewicz, Zuzanna Stach
Old Salt Prigent Still
Old Salt Prigent Still

Old Salt Prigent

Dir. Georges Hauchard-Heutte (Winner, Best Narrative & Best Director)

After six years of sailing as a marine, Samuel returns to his native French village. But his homecoming takes an odd turn when he realizes the deep jealousy his father nourishes toward him.

Old Salt Prigent
dir. Georges Hauchard-Heutte (Winner, Best Narrative & Best Director)
My Lithuanian Summer Still
My Lithuanian Summer Still

My Lithuanian Summer

Dir. Agne Jurkenaite

A uniquely animated film about childhood, trauma, and life cycles. My Lithuanian Summer won Best Animated Film at the 2017 Chiyoko Film Festival and competed in the official selection at the 2018 FiSH Film Festival.

Agne Jurkenaite is a student filmmaker at University of the Arts London.

My Lithuanian Summer
dir. Agne Jurkenaite
Liberation Still
Liberation Still

Liberation

Dir. Veronica Andersson (Winner, Best Cinematography)

Fourteen-year-old Magda is raped. Together with her mother, she sets out on a journey through Poland to find a hospital that will perform an abortion.

Liberation
dir. Veronica Andersson (Winner, Best Cinematography)
She's (Not) My Sister Still
She's (Not) My Sister Still

She's (Not) My Sister

Dir. Anna Wowra

Dagmar, a dispassionate university student, has to look after her half sister for a day. Elena tries to trust her new guardian. 

Anna Wowra is a Polish filmmaker and recent graduate of the the Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia.

She's (Not) My Sister
dir. Anna Wowra
Train Man Still
Train Man Still

Train Man

Dir. Alex Barsky

A social outcast makes a home for himself inside of a train car.

Alex Barsky is an animator based in Brooklyn, New York.

Train Man
dir. Alex Barsky

Yale Filmmaker's Block

Runaway Still
Runaway Still

Runaway

Dir. Matt Nadel, Lucie Rhodes Evans

James and Liz, young and in love, desire nothing more from life than each other. When social pressures get the best of them, however, they decide that their relationship will thrive only in isolation.

Runaway
dir. Matt Nadel, Lucie Rhodes Evans
The Sheep and the Wolf Still
The Sheep and the Wolf Still

The Sheep and the Wolf

Dir. Ronan Day-Lewis

A woman returns to her family home in rural Ireland to find herself caught in a cruel mind game with someone she had forgotten.

The Sheep and the Wolf
dir. Ronan Day-Lewis
Bread and Bark Chips Still
Bread and Bark Chips Still

Bread and Bark Chips

Dir. Evan Billups

Bread and Bark Chips is a short, non-linear film that explores a teenage girl’s psyche as she deals with an eating disorder and grapples with the idea of home.

Bread and Bark Chips
dir. Evan Billups
Expectations Still
Expectations Still

Expectations

Dir.

When Brittany, a single mother struggling to get by, gets an unexpected visit from her estranged brother, Anthony, she is understandably suspicious. Anthony offers her a ride home, and it seems as though they might be able to reconnect.

Expectations
dir.
Untitled Tenderness Project Still
Untitled Tenderness Project Still

Untitled Tenderness Project

Dir. Rebecca Shoptaw

Over the course of the rehearsal process for a tragic gay play, two boys in a college theater class do some thinking about the nature of representation.

Untitled Tenderness Project
dir. Rebecca Shoptaw

Documentary Shorts

At the End of the Day Still
At the End of the Day Still

At the End of the Day

Dir. Pedro Miguel Goncalvez

A portrait of a homoparental family: Marta and Mariana are married and live with their two young children, Matias and Maria Mar, and Madiba, a Dalmatian.

At the End of the Day
dir. Pedro Miguel Goncalvez
Memorándum Still
Memorándum Still

Memorándum

Dir. Jennifer Lara

The corridors of former maternity hospital Barros Luco Trudeau echo with the anguish of the hundreds of women whose children were stolen from them.

Memorándum
dir. Jennifer Lara
Havenofear Still
Havenofear Still

Havenofear

Dir. Jakub Gajdos

Religious fanaticism has many faces. Some detonate bombs; others wear masks of Jesus. Havenofear depicts Islamophobia in the small village of Nebosja, which lies at the border between Slovakia and Hungary.

Havenofear
dir. Jakub Gajdos
Black Dog Still
Black Dog Still

Black Dog

Dir. Tomas Faiman

The myth of the Black Dog structures the life of these Argentine villagers. Capturing their stories and beliefs, this documentary traces how myths shape our identities and world.

Black Dog
dir. Tomas Faiman
Every Grain of Rice Still
Every Grain of Rice Still

Every Grain of Rice

Dir. Carol Nguyen

A beautiful clipboard of textures, sounds, and sights all come together in this audiovisual essay about the filmmaker’s relation to her Vietnamese heritage.

Every Grain of Rice
dir. Carol Nguyen
The Wall Within Still
The Wall Within Still

The Wall Within

Dir. Juan Manuel Ramírez (Winner, Best Documentary)

In Arizona, forensic anthropologists must analyze the remains of thousands of migrants who die each year crossing the Sonoran Desert into the U.S. Meanwhile, armed American vigilantes patrol the border.

The Wall Within
dir. Juan Manuel Ramírez (Winner, Best Documentary)

2017

Yale Filmmaker's Block

Role Model, dir. TJ Noel-Sullivan
Role Model, dir. TJ Noel-Sullivan

Role Model

Dir.

19-year-old Jason does everything he can to be a good role model for his brother Jordan. Years of hard work in the face of adversity have paid off, giving Jason an opportunity to go to college and help his brother do the same.

Role Model
dir.
Godum, dir. Elaine Wang
Godum, dir. Elaine Wang

Godum

Dir. Elaine Wang
Godum
dir. Elaine Wang
Hand to Mouth, dir. Bianca Boragi
Hand to Mouth, dir. Bianca Boragi

Hand to Mouth

Dir. Bianca Boragi

Like a dream sequence, some of the actions usually performed in a pool are slightly deviated from reality.
This film involves choreography and performance to depict an imaginary pool sermon where themes of ideology and struggle emerge.

Hand to Mouth
dir. Bianca Boragi
Down the Rabbit Hole
Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

Dir. Jackie Ferro

Down The Rabbit Hole, Or (Misadventures in the American Higher Education System), dir. Jacqueline Ferro

Down the Rabbit Hole
dir. Jackie Ferro
Captain Invincible is Dead
Captain Invincible is Dead

Captain Invincible is Dead

Dir. Russell Cohen

dir. Russell Cohen

When the world’s greatest hero is defeated, his five ex-sidekicks gather together to mourn, air longstanding grievances, and, perhaps, figure out a successor.

Captain Invincible is Dead
dir. Russell Cohen
The Profit
The Profit

The Profit

Dir. Benjamin Steinberg

Alexa, a college student, receives a vision from God commanding her to proselytize the new word to the people of the world. Finding the old methods of evangelism (street preaching, door-to-door evangelism) less than efficient, she hires a team of marketing executives to promote her new church. Of course, nothing goes according to plan.

The Profit
dir. Benjamin Steinberg
Sonnet 23, dir. Rebecca Shoptaw
Sonnet 23, dir. Rebecca Shoptaw

Sonnet 23

Dir. Rebecca Shoptaw

“Sonnet 23” is a modern reimagining of Shakespeare’s sonnet: the story of a boy frozen in his indecision about whether or not to confess his feelings to his male best friend, told through an impressionistic style that mirrors both the sentiment and the structure of the original sonnet.

Sonnet 23
dir. Rebecca Shoptaw

Experimental Shorts

Left to the Air (India)
Left to the Air (India)

Left to the Air (India)

Dir. Maisam Shah, Film and Television Institute of India

The film is about the disconnect between the elder son and his family. It looks at the other family members and explores their desires from an absentee protagonist’s point of view, like time travel in one’s mind.

Left to the Air (India)
dir. Maisam Shah
Zugzwang (Lebanon)
Zugzwang (Lebanon)

Zugzwang (Lebanon)

Dir. Perla Joe Maalouli, The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik

A satirical journey that takes us through the mind cells of Maria Sikias, a Lebanese woman who’s going through a casting session with a German casting director. With each emotion requested, her subconscious is revealed, haunted by her reality and by the system that we live in as human beings.

Zugzwang (Lebanon)
dir. Perla Joe Maalouli
Intermittent Continuity (Poland)
Intermittent Continuity (Poland)

Intermittent Continuity (Poland)

Dir. Konrad Peszko, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Intermittent Continuity is a movie about relations between people and urban spaces they live in.

Intermittent Continuity (Poland)
dir. Konrad Peszko
Low Sound of Fire (The Netherlands)
Low Sound of Fire (The Netherlands)

Low Sound of Fire (The Netherlands)

Dir. Daniel Wesseik, Academy of Art and Design St. Joost, The Netherlands

A call to save a nest from burning leads a certain bird to strange and unfamiliar territory.

Daniel Wesseik is an illustrator and an animation director now based in Breda, The Netherlands. He recently graduated with a Masters in Animation Studies.

Low Sound of Fire (The Netherlands)
dir. Daniel Wesseik
Fish Tank Life (Taiwan)
Fish Tank Life (Taiwan)

Fish Tank Life (Taiwan)

Dir. FRANK, Shih Hsin University Taipei

We live in the city, fish live in the fish tank, it’s the same.

Frank is not a person but rather an idea of working together to create art and film.

Fish Tank Life (Taiwan)
dir. FRANK
Doors of Perception
Doors of Perception

Doors of Perception

Dir. Caroline Schwarz, Filmarche Berlin

Doors of Perception is a fairy tale in black light. In a world where the unknown is black infinity an person wakes up and has to look for her ways in darkness. She sets off to search for the familiar. But does the truth lie in the visible?

Doors of Perception
dir. Caroline Schwarz
A Love Story (UK)
A Love Story (UK)

A Love Story (UK)

Dir. Anushka Naanayakkara, National Film & Television School

A powerful tale about love faced with darkness.

In her Directing Animation studies, Anushka was pushed to nurture her very visual and emotive style. She has an eye for detail and is very playful but critical with her approach to animation.

A Love Story (UK)
dir. Anushka Naanayakkara
Adam (USA)
Adam (USA)

Adam (USA)

Dir. Evelyn Ross, Rhode Island School of Design

In the beginning of them She created us.

Evelyn Ross grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is interested in creating work out of tactile media such as sand, ink droplets, and clay. She has a background in dance and subconsciously uses that knowledge to choreograph movement in her work. She is a student at RISD.

Adam (USA)
dir. Evelyn Ross
Amarillo (USA)
Amarillo (USA)

Amarillo (USA)

Dir. Ana Perez Lopez, The California Institute of the Arts

The artificial flavor of banana is based on a fruit that no longer exists. Gross Michelle was, until 1960, America’s most popular strand of bananas. Its obituary is bleak, gooey, and speaks about the past, present and future global food politics.

Amarillo (USA)
dir. Ana Perez Lopez
An Ill-Fitting Coat (USA)
An Ill-Fitting Coat (USA)

An Ill-Fitting Coat (USA)

Dir. Lingyun Zheng, Hunter College

A family memory affects three generations of women, who have had to deal with separations in their lives. This film mixes non-fiction and fiction storytelling, through visualizing ancient Chinese poetry and cultural symbols and a voiceover transcending time and space.

An Ill-Fitting Coat (USA)
dir. Lingyun Zheng
Take Notes If You Want To (SUI)
Take Notes If You Want To (SUI)

Take Notes If You Want To (SUI)

Dir. Owley Samter, Hochschule Luzern Switzerland

Observations through a sketchbook.

Take Notes If You Want To (SUI)
dir. Owley Samter
The Organ Harvest (USA)
The Organ Harvest (USA)

The Organ Harvest (USA)

Dir. Lily Lizotte, The California Institute of the Arts

Organs are harvested from plants fertilized with dead bodies.

The Organ Harvest (USA)
dir. Lily Lizotte

Documentary Shorts

Yuppie (USA)
Yuppie (USA)

Yuppie (USA)

Dir. Clark Burnett

dir. Clark Burnett, Yale University

Yuppie is a historical and contemporary exploration of race relations and gentrification in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Clark Burnett attends Yale University. He’s interested in sociology (race and class issues), music, and telling stories.

Yuppie (USA)
dir. Clark Burnett
From Flint (USA)
From Flint (USA)

From Flint (USA)

Dir. Elise Conklin, Michigan State University

From Flint: Voices from a Poisoned City tells the story of the Flint water crisis from the perspectives of those who have experienced this tragedy first hand and from activists working through grass-root organizations.

From Flint (USA)
dir. Elise Conklin
Baba Usta: Where We All End Up (TR)
Baba Usta: Where We All End Up (TR)

Baba Usta: Where We All End Up (TR)

Dir. Abdurrahman Bastug & Ozgun Kabakcioglu, Bahcesehir University

Baba Usta is a graveyard worker. When his office is threatened, he has to face both the municipality and a mysterious rival with powerful connections.

Baba Usta: Where We All End Up (TR)
dir. Abdurrahman Bastug & Ozgun Kabakcioglu
Celestial Candy (Argentina)
Celestial Candy (Argentina)

Celestial Candy (Argentina)

Dir. Juliana Fochtman, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Human beings try to tame genetics, polish the animal, perfect the beast. A species is far from its nature. An ideal is imposed on the forms. It is a celestial candy.

Juliana Fochtman studies image and sound design in the Architecture, Design, and Urbanism Faculty at UBA.

Celestial Candy (Argentina)
dir. Juliana Fochtman
The Lost Boys (Malaysia)
The Lost Boys (Malaysia)

The Lost Boys (Malaysia)

Dir. Omar Eldib, Multimedia University

An exploration of the lives of the aboriginal people of a small fishing community in the remote village of Kampung Kuala Masa, Jahor.

Omar Eldib is originally from Egypt and now studies in Nusajaya, Jahor.

The Lost Boys (Malaysia)
dir. Omar Eldib
Remember? (Finland)
Remember? (Finland)

Remember? (Finland)

Dir. Sanna Liljander, Aalto University

Photographs capture special moments of our lives, at the same time reminding us of their impermanence. Remember? is a journey through a space of memories.

Remember? (Finland)
dir. Sanna Liljander

Narrative Shorts

Up and Down (Germany)
Up and Down (Germany)

Up and Down (Germany)

Dir. Katharina Bischof, University of Television and Film Munich

Other people eat cake for their birthdays. The four Friedemann women go on a hike.

Up and Down (Germany)
dir. Katharina Bischof
Jogi and a Box (Slovenia)
Jogi and a Box (Slovenia)

Jogi and a Box (Slovenia)

Dir. Aron Horvath, Academy of Theater, Radio, Film and Television Ljubljana

A stoner comedy about a day in the life of Jogi and his friend Davor. They try to return a lost shipment but encounter a grumpy postal worker. Good music, sunshine, and every day struggle ensue.

Jogi and a Box (Slovenia)
dir. Aron Horvath
Kite (Taiwan)
Kite (Taiwan)

Kite (Taiwan)

Dir. Hsin Lin, Taipei National University of Art

A story about the end of a relationship. From entanglements to the end of the story, the girl finally lets go of the past and lives in the moment.

Hsin Lin was born in 1993. She is from Tainan, Taiwan, a slow-paced city with ancient buildings.

Kite (Taiwan)
dir. Hsin Lin
Mermaids (France)
Mermaids (France)

Mermaids (France)

Dir. Marie Léa Regales, IUT of Corsica

In Corsica, a tiny island in the Mediterranean, four friends enjoy the last days of an endless summer. As they tell each other their secrets, Camille, the youngest, tell her friends she is pregnant. She must make a decision, and grow up, at last.

Mermaids (France)
dir. Marie Léa Regales
Death in a Day (USA)
Death in a Day (USA)

Death in a Day (USA)

Dir. Lin Wang, Chapman University

Evan would enjoy nothing more than to spend his day inside playing with his toys. He’s 7 years old, Chinese, living with his soon-to-be widowed mother. After visiting his father in the hospital, Evan learns he must come to grips with impending death while watching as his mother tries to cope.

Death in a Day (USA)
dir. Lin Wang
A mother doll holding her child.
A mother doll holding her child.

Projection on Sofa (Belgium)

Dir.

Movie night at home. At the end of the film, the two women start a conversation about the idea of traveling. While smoking and drinking wine, they exchange their ideas, desires, and expectations.

Projection on Sofa (Belgium)
dir.
Pirate Smooch (Germany)
Pirate Smooch (Germany)

Pirate Smooch (Germany)

Dir. Tobias Trebeljahr, Filmakademie Baden Württemberg

Two pirate ships, one Chinese, one European, drive alongside each other in the wide ocean. A ferocious battle rages between the two crews. Only up on top of the tallest masts is an island that is surprisingly calm.

Pirate Smooch (Germany)
dir. Tobias Trebeljahr
Projection on Sofa (Belgium)
Projection on Sofa (Belgium)

Projection on Sofa (Belgium)

Dir. Violette Delvoye, ENSAV La Cambre

Movie night at home. At the end of the film, the two women start a conversation about the idea of traveling. While smoking and drinking wine, they exchange their ideas, desires, and expectations.

Violette is a

Projection on Sofa (Belgium)
dir. Violette Delvoye
Stray Animals (Brazil)
Stray Animals (Brazil)

Stray Animals (Brazil)

Dir. Maju de Paiva, Universidade Federal Fluminense

Olivia and Arthur spend their days away from home. The day Olivia discovers a stray cat in the woods is the first step into a journey of loss of innocence.

Stray Animals (Brazil)
dir. Maju de Paiva
Uncle (France)
Uncle (France)

Uncle (France)

Dir. Fabien Luszezyszyn, Ecole de la Cite

After witnessing a murder, Elia finds herself kidnapped in the back of a truck, fleeing on country roads, by Tarek, the impulsive misunderstood driver, Yann, a giant body to a child’s mind, and Marie, a young woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown about to give birth.

Uncle (France)
dir. Fabien Luszezyszyn
Sanyog (India)
Sanyog (India)

Sanyog (India)

Dir. Aly Rana, Whistling Woods International

Late night at a chawl in central Mumbai, a prostitute finds the courage to leave her sterile and meaningless life. A hostage escapes her kidnappers, a shootout occurs between gangsters, and a paralysed war veteran tries to walk after years of a sedentary life. All of this happens next door to each other in a single uninterrupted shot.

Sanyog (India)
dir. Aly Rana
Pooch (Turkey)
Pooch (Turkey)

Pooch (Turkey)

Dir. Osman Yaziki, Dokuz Eylul University

Pooch tells the story of a Ahmet, a Turkish factory worker, and a refugee child being smuggled from Syria.

Osman Yaziki was born in Trabzon, Turkey. He has worked as an assistant director in the advertising industry. So far he has directed five short films. He is a student of the fine arts faculty of design and film.

Pooch (Turkey)
dir. Osman Yaziki

Yale Thesis Films

Peripheral, dir. Gian-Paul Bergeron
Peripheral, dir. Gian-Paul Bergeron

Peripheral

Dir. Gian-Paul Bergeron

Peripheral is a film about what it means to be a protagonist and how our self-conceptions shape the way we treat others. It is also a film about indie rom-coms, “nice guys,” misogyny, and earnestness.

Peripheral
dir. Gian-Paul Bergeron
Bear With Me
Bear With Me

Bear With Me

Dir. Benjamin Steinberg

Over the course of an afternoon, a precocious teenage girl must help her disowned older brother get forgiveness from their parents.

Bear With Me
dir. Benjamin Steinberg
Sometimes at Night
Sometimes at Night

Sometimes at Night

Dir. Jeffrey Ding

Years after their relationship ended, Jake and Laura unexpectedly run into each other in Cleveland. Both new to the city, they spend an evening wandering through it and reconnecting.

Sometimes at Night
dir. Jeffrey Ding

2016

Yale Thesis Films

The Perfect Fourth
The Perfect Fourth

The Perfect Fourth

Dir. Henry Wolf

dir. Henry Wolf

The Perfect Fourth
dir. Henry Wolf
All Night Blues
All Night Blues

All Night Blues

Dir. Nick Henriquez

dir. Nick Henriquez

All Night Blues
dir. Nick Henriquez
The Camel's Back
The Camel's Back

The Camel's Back

Dir. Michelle Mboya

dir. Michelle Mboya

This film is about a 13 year old girl living with a mental illness. She lives in a desert land that has no beginning and no end. She believes that she has only one day left to live and wants nothing more than to find ‘Diani Beach’ before sunset.

The Camel's Back
dir. Michelle Mboya
Over Dinner
Over Dinner

Over Dinner

Dir. Travis Gonzalez

dir. Travis Gonzalez

Frustrated by her eccentric mother’s care-free role as grandmother, her adult daughter unravels their complicated past over dinner.

Over Dinner
dir. Travis Gonzalez
Lavender
Lavender

Lavender

Dir. Eric Nelson

dir. Eric Nelson

Lavender
dir. Eric Nelson

Experimental Shorts

Cotton Candy (USA)
Cotton Candy (USA)

Cotton Candy (USA)

Dir. Bianca Boragi

dir. Bianca Boragi
Yale University
(School of Art)

Cotton Candy (USA)
dir. Bianca Boragi
Dispersion (USA)
Dispersion (USA)

Dispersion (USA)

Dir. Adam Dargan, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Dispersion captures the process of 35mm film emulsion being dissolved in three dimensional space. It explores the feeling of nature and visual landscapes that are created from unconventional sources.

Dispersion (USA)
dir. Adam Dargan
Bike Trip (USA)
Bike Trip (USA)

Bike Trip (USA)

Dir. Sam Kirchoff, The University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The calm of the cyclist in nature meets the pixilated tactility of Hi8 videotape in this poetically-fragmented travelogue.

Bike Trip (USA)
dir. Sam Kirchoff
Redpoint (Iran)
Redpoint (Iran)

Redpoint (Iran)

Dir. Motahareh Ahmadpour, University of art in Tehran

you can see wonderful city…with heart and brain!!

Redpoint (Iran)
dir. Motahareh Ahmadpour
Forgiveness (LB)
Forgiveness (LB)

Forgiveness (LB)

Dir. Rima Irani, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Lebanon

A patient is attending a session with his hypnotherapist.The purpose is to travel back to childhood through the milestones of the whole past life.We can feel the conflict and the complexity.The theme is waking hypnosis.N*B: All scenes are illustrated in SFX, VFX and surrealistic atmosphere.

Forgiveness (LB)
dir. Rima Irani
Frankfurter Strasse 99a (DE)
Frankfurter Strasse 99a (DE)

Frankfurter Strasse 99a (DE)

Dir. Evgenia Gostrer, School of Art and Design Kassel

A garbage man on his daily routine. A cat on her stray through the streets. A meeting during the lunch break.

Frankfurter Strasse 99a (DE)
dir. Evgenia Gostrer
Nerves Most Spoiled (USA)
Nerves Most Spoiled (USA)

Nerves Most Spoiled (USA)

Dir. Andy Gottschalk, Virginia Commonwealth University

A tonal poem ruminates on the crippling leisure of summer - and its threatening freedom. Animated with experimental media and narrated poetically, “Nerves Most Spoiled” contradicts its own visuals with a painful reflection of festering sanity.

Nerves Most Spoiled (USA)
dir. Andy Gottschalk
Hootchu (Korea)
Hootchu (Korea)

Hootchu (Korea)

Dir. June Kim, Tufts University/ School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Allergies are irritating. It keeps everything from being done. There are many ways to solve it but none of them is ‘the’ solution. The stress builds up, and the tension grows. Eyes watery, head spinning, but then there is “the perfect solution.”

Hootchu (Korea)
dir. June Kim

Documentary Shorts

Csillag (SI)
Csillag (SI)

Csillag (SI)

Dir. Aron Horvath, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) Ljubljana, Slovenia

Csillag Jenő is a middle aged man who comes to a small Slovenian town to research the local myth about extraterrestrial beings. He is determined to find proof and after a few failures his path becomes even more lonely and and sees no end in sight.

Csillag (SI)
dir. Aron Horvath
What Day Is Today? (PT)
What Day Is Today? (PT)

What Day Is Today? (PT)

Dir. Rodolfo Pimenta, Project Colectivo Fotograma 24

Animated documentary short film made by the youth of the Portuguese city of Montemor-o- Novo.

What Day Is Today? (PT)
dir. Rodolfo Pimenta
Unfinished Business (UK)
Unfinished Business (UK)

Unfinished Business (UK)

Dir. Felix Robinson, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin

Unfinished business is a film about a man, his family and his obsession with bodybuilding. After placing 18th in the UK’s largest bodybuilding competition, Nat Simon has taken a year out to bulk up and understand why he wants to be the most muscular man in Britain.

Unfinished Business (UK)
dir. Felix Robinson
Painting Doors (DE)
Painting Doors (DE)

Painting Doors (DE)

Dir. Oliver Kurrle, Media University Stuttgart, Germany

Lucid dreaming is a fantastic skill which gives you 100% control over your dreams. That makes it possible to be conscious in a dream and to shape it. Three lucid dreaming experts tell their most interesting dream stories which are visualized with stunning motion pictures.

Painting Doors (DE)
dir. Oliver Kurrle
Miles To Go Before I Sleep (FI)
Miles To Go Before I Sleep (FI)

Miles To Go Before I Sleep (FI)

Dir. Hanna Hovitie, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

A young Congolese woman shares her story of becoming a victim of child trafficking and being thrown into a whirlwind of drifting between continents.

Miles To Go Before I Sleep (FI)
dir. Hanna Hovitie
Junksville (UK)
Junksville (UK)

Junksville (UK)

Dir. Luke Whitworth, University for the Creative Arts

Jim Sharkey is a ‘cigar-box guitar’ maker from the UK, he has adapted the traditional style to form unique quality instruments. Jim crafts these guitars from recycled materials, making guitars to order based on his clients needs. You can find out more and contact Jim directly via his website: junksville.co.uk

Junksville (UK)
dir. Luke Whitworth

Narrative Shorts

The Fifth (USA)
The Fifth (USA)

The Fifth (USA)

Dir. Ya'Shalan Nelson, California State University, Sacramento

1992. Two cousins linger around the woods without motive, stumbling upon what seems like a lost bag. They take interest in retrieving it and set out to find the owner. It doesn’t take very long before they find her, cold and alone.

The Fifth (USA)
dir. Ya'Shalan Nelson
Bosniak (CA)
Bosniak (CA)

Bosniak (CA)

Dir. Kejd Kuqo, Humber College Film and Television Program

A young girl is forced to the limits of her humanity in order to survive the Bosnian War.

Bosniak (CA)
dir. Kejd Kuqo
The Shoe Room (USA)
The Shoe Room (USA)

The Shoe Room (USA)

Dir. Julian Taffa

dir. Julian Taffa
Yale University

Our unsuspecting hero, a young cat lover named Harry, stumbles across a magical shoe room that allows him to step into the shoes of other people.

The Shoe Room (USA)
dir. Julian Taffa
Taking The Plunge (USA)
Taking The Plunge (USA)

Taking The Plunge (USA)

Dir. Elizabeth Ku, Marie Raoult, Nicholas Manfredi, Thaddaeus Andreades, School of Visual Arts

Steven, a young man, plans out a perfect wedding proposal. It is interrupted when he drops his engagement ring into the ocean. He follows the ring into unknown waters, and meets an extremely friendly octopus who helps him on his search.

Taking The Plunge (USA)
dir. Elizabeth Ku, Marie Raoult, Nicholas Manfredi, Thaddaeus Andreades
Mx. Pink (FR)
Mx. Pink (FR)

Mx. Pink (FR)

Dir. Marga Congreso, Eicar International Film School

Mx. Pink tackles the phenomenon of gender pluralism. It is a story of two individuals from near extreme ends of the gender spectrum. Gabriel, a 32-year old actor, a sportsman and a huge soccer fan, who happens to have a soft spot for dressing up as a woman.

Mx. Pink (FR)
dir. Marga Congreso
Parnassus (NL)
Parnassus (NL)

Parnassus (NL)

Dir. Robin Boissevain, European Film College

While Jonas helps his dad to save his fast food joint from almost going bankrupt because of the ruthless competition of the neighboring fast food joint, he falls in love with the daughter of the feared competitor. A modern times Romeo and Juliet.

Parnassus (NL)
dir. Robin Boissevain
Leon (UK)
Leon (UK)

Leon (UK)

Dir. Nathan Glendinning, University for the Creative Arts

Leon, a newly formed skinhead must make the decision between his sexuality or his current lifestyle. Based on true events such as the New Cross For and the London riots in 1981.

Leon (UK)
dir. Nathan Glendinning
Pitter Patter Goes My Heart (USA)
Pitter Patter Goes My Heart (USA)

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart (USA)

Dir. Christoph Rainer, Columbia University

The hopelessly romantic Lisa takes desperate measures to win her former lover back. But the fact that he already has a new girl at his side and that Lisa needs to bring her alcoholic father to an anti-varicose-campaign photo shooting without letting him know, is not particularly helping.
The tragedy takes its course.

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart (USA)
dir. Christoph Rainer

Super Shorts

You Ci Ke (SG)
You Ci Ke (SG)

You Ci Ke (SG)

Dir. Ronald (Animation Dir), Qingping(Art Dir), Nanyang Technological University - School Of Art, Design And Media

Nucai is a dedicated servant to the Emperor who finds himself neglected when the Emperor chances upon a new pet. Sensing something fishy about the pet, Nucai warns the Emperor about his suspicions but his good intentions fell onto deaf ears. It’s now up to Nucai, to stop an assassination plot against the Emperor.

You Ci Ke (SG)
dir. Ronald (Animation Dir), Qingping(Art Dir)
Until Death Do You Part (FR)
Until Death Do You Part (FR)

Until Death Do You Part (FR)

Dir. Fabien Luszezyszyn, Ecole de la Cite

In a future where contract killings are legal, Leon orders the murder of his wife he can’t stand anymore. On the day, everything seems to go as planned… Until clause 9.7 gets in the way.

Until Death Do You Part (FR)
dir. Fabien Luszezyszyn
Ambivalence (BE)
Ambivalence (BE)

Ambivalence (BE)

Dir. Maxime Lahousse, Narafi, Luca School of Arts

Ambivalence tells the story of Nora, who lives a very eccentric life. She looks at her life as if it’s a rollercoaster that’s only going up. But Nora doesn’t realize that her cheerful nature might also have a very dark edge.

Ambivalence (BE)
dir. Maxime Lahousse
The World is Beautiful (USA)
The World is Beautiful (USA)

The World is Beautiful (USA)

Dir. Amy Wagenaar, Michigan State University

In a world, in a country, on a map, in a wood, lies a town of shadows at the end of a cracked road. At the end of the lane, at the edge of the town there is a house with a boy named Charlie. This is Charlie.

The World is Beautiful (USA)
dir. Amy Wagenaar
Mission 5065 (LT)
Mission 5065 (LT)

Mission 5065 (LT)

Dir. Marius Krivicius, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Eagle Scout lands in a foreign planet to search for life, but finds something unexpected.

Mission 5065 (LT)
dir. Marius Krivicius
Nadir (BE)
Nadir (BE)

Nadir (BE)

Dir. Lorène Yavo, École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre

A traveller reaches the ocean and begins a journey in a dark and dangerous marine setting, then into the lowest point, the Nadir, in order to finally get to the other shore

Nadir (BE)
dir. Lorène Yavo
Obsolescence (CA)
Obsolescence (CA)

Obsolescence (CA)

Dir. Andrea Cristini, Vancouver Film School

Three ghosts, representing three different generations, keep a portrait of themselves as the unique sign left of their own identity after death. Two of the ghosts have an analog portrait, while the third one has a digital portrait.

Obsolescence (CA)
dir. Andrea Cristini
Precipice (USA)
Precipice (USA)

Precipice (USA)

Dir. Oliver Orr

dir. Oliver Orr
Yale University

A wrench is thrown into a young couple’s date when Elizabeth’s former lover wanders into the restaurant.

Precipice (USA)
dir. Oliver Orr
Did You Hear About Her Dad (UK)
Did You Hear About Her Dad (UK)

Did You Hear About Her Dad (UK)

Dir. Jessica Patterson, Institute of Art, Design and Technology - Ireland

Archie is different, too different to leave the house, but he wants to spend more time with his daughter. When her school organises a parent-teacher meeting Archie sees his chance to be a normal Dad but risks revealing his secret as some local kids attempt to expose who he really is.

Did You Hear About Her Dad (UK)
dir. Jessica Patterson
Hurry Up (BE)
Hurry Up (BE)

Hurry Up (BE)

Dir. Margot Reumont, ENSAV La Cambre

At rush hour, a fruit crowd throng into the metro to the frantic rhythm of the music. The metro stops abruptly and the fruits renounce their eagerness gradually, they begin to fall asleep and dream of a world where they grow on trees. But the metro reboots suddenly and they return to the harsh reality: the terminus.

Hurry Up (BE)
dir. Margot Reumont
John (USA)
John (USA)

John (USA)

Dir. Erika Bizousky, Virginia Commonwealth University

“John” is a short narrative film with no script, only a soundtrack. A waitress gets hit on by a customer and then she decides to take his car for a spin when he offers her a ride.

John (USA)
dir. Erika Bizousky

2015

And Then
Experimental
Living Ungur & Shern Lee Huang

The Panhandle
Narrative
Benjamin Steinberg

In Our City: The Killing of Tamir Rice
Documentary
Anamika Veeramani

Faster
Narrative
Jackie Ferro

Cal, The Writer
Documentary
Benjamin Boult

Pagliacci
Documentary
Living Ungur & Shern Lee Huang

Ready
Narrative
Daniel Matyas

Somnia
Narrative
Benjamin Boult

The Note
Narrative
Ryan Kline

Lost and Found
Narrative
Emily Murphy

The Listening Party
Experimental
Living Ungur & Shern Lee Huang

The D'Port Dive
Narrative
Ezriel Gelbfish

Restore the VIllagers
Documentary
Benjamin Steinberg & Andrey Tolstoy

Harold
Narrative
John Chirikjian & Jordan Plotner (opera)

The Emotional Dimensions of the James River
Experimental
Michelle Marie Marquez

Long Shot
Narrative
Jason Cody Douglass

Honourable Discharge
Documentary
The Yale Visual Law Project

In Our City: The Killing of Tamir Rice
Documentary
Anamika Veeramani

Tranquility
Narrative
Benjamin Boult

Wish You Were Here
Trailer (Narrative)
Austin Kase