SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

A celebration of unparalleled International shorts from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Lithuania, USA, and of course, Topanga. A girl and a priest, a farmer and his son, an astronaut and a stranger, a broken-hearted guy and his buddy, two kid brothers, a citizen of the world and a woman who loves her red wine, come together for one night of great storytelling under the stars.

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GOD'S GOT HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

Directed by Gianluca Sodaro

In a small country chapel, an elderly priest kneeling in prayer finds inquisitive eleven year-old Angelina standing behind him. The reason for her visit is an existential lawsuit that few attorneys would dare to argue in court. Running time: 14 minutes

In a small country chapel, an elderly priest kneeling in prayer finds inquisitive eleven year-old Angelina standing behind him. The reason for her visit is an existential lawsuit that few attorneys would dare to argue in court.

Running time: 14 minutes

 

INTO THE SILENT SEA

Directed by Andrej Landin

Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made. Running time: 25 minutes

Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made.

Running time: 25 minutes

 

MILK & BLOOD

Directed by Markus Englmair

A lactose intolerant milk farmer takes revenge on his father after being wrongly accused for breaking the milk tank. Running time: 11 minutes

A lactose intolerant milk farmer takes revenge on his father after being wrongly accused for breaking the milk tank.

Running time: 11 minutes

 

MOLLY

Directed by Craig Elrod

Denial. Regret. Depression. Foam Party. Running time: 12 minutes

Denial. Regret. Depression. Foam Party.

Running time: 12 minutes

 

TOPSY

Directed by Ilia Ovechkin

A disaffected Old Order Amish girl escapes her hometown in Pennsylvania to live at an upscale country club in Palm Springs, California. Running time: 6 minutes

A disaffected Old Order Amish girl escapes her hometown in Pennsylvania to live at an upscale country club in Palm Springs, California.

Running time: 6 minutes

 

#TWITTERKILLS

Directed by Brett Sorem

A dark comedy about how a life can be ruined in 140 characters. Running time: 11 minutes

A dark comedy about how a life can be ruined in 140 characters.

Running time: 11 minutes

 

UTEN DEG (WITHOUT YOU)

Directed by Marius Myrmel

It's a film that explores and portrays the very different everyday of two brothers. The film aims to show a new side to known matters as abuse, neglect and brotherly love. Running time: 12 minutes

It's a film that explores and portrays the very different everyday of two brothers. The film aims to show a new side to known matters as abuse, neglect and brotherly love.

Running time: 12 minutes

 

WALKING CONTEST

Directed by Vania Heymann

Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Koren wonders why we can't just walk together. You know that weird moment when you find yourself walking in stride with a random pedestrian? That moment where you are engaged in a walking contest with a stranger? Koren ponders and attempts to expalin that awkward moment in his latest short film, directed by Vania Heymann, director of Bob Dylan's interactive Like a Rolling Stone music video. Running tim: 3 minutes

Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Koren wonders why we can't just walk together. You know that weird moment when you find yourself walking in stride with a random pedestrian? That moment where you are engaged in a walking contest with a stranger? Koren ponders and attempts to expalin that awkward moment in his latest short film, directed by Vania Heymann, director of Bob Dylan's interactive Like a Rolling Stone music video.

Running tim: 3 minutes

 

SIMA - SOCIAL MEDIA IMPACT AWARDS WINNING SHORT FILMS


WHEN THE TIME COMES By Charles Gay

Presented by SIMA - Social Impact Media Awards

SIMA 2014 I Best Documentary Short 

Shot among the Samburu semi-nomadic tribe of Kenya, When The Time Comes portraits its relation to the ancestral and controversial practice that is female circumcision (female genital cutting) and highlights the inter-generational debate that is taking place in their communities, allowing girls and women to fight for their rights, with the support of many men. Running time: 13 minutes

Shot among the Samburu semi-nomadic tribe of Kenya, When The Time Comes portraits its relation to the ancestral and controversial practice that is female circumcision (female genital cutting) and highlights the inter-generational debate that is taking place in their communities, allowing girls and women to fight for their rights, with the support of many men.

Running time: 13 minutes

 

MINERITA By Raúl De La Fuente

Presented by SIMA - Social Impact Media Awards 

SIMA 2014 I Best Director I Short 

Cerro Rico in Potosí (Bolivia) is a lawless territory characterized by brutal violence. The miners risk their lives every day digging for silver and zinc in crumbling galleries. The ones that survive think they’re entitled to anything and everything. And that’s when they go on the hunt… for women.  Minerita is the story of three women—Lucía (40), Ivone (16) and Abigail (17)—who work as night watch women in the mines, struggling to survive in an inhuman inferno. Their only weapon is their courage… and dynamite. Running time: 27 minutes

Cerro Rico in Potosí (Bolivia) is a lawless territory characterized by brutal violence. The miners risk their lives every day digging for silver and zinc in crumbling galleries. The ones that survive think they’re entitled to anything and everything. And that’s when they go on the hunt… for women. 

Minerita is the story of three women—Lucía (40), Ivone (16) and Abigail (17)—who work as night watch women in the mines, struggling to survive in an inhuman inferno. Their only weapon is their courage… and dynamite.

Running time: 27 minutes

 

WOMEN OF FUKUSHIMA By Paul Johannessen

Presented by SIMA - Social Impact Media Awards

SIMA 2013 I Best Documentary Short 

Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the cleanup, the cover-ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it has affected their lives, homes and families.

Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the cleanup, the cover-ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it has affected their lives, homes and families.

 

BASEBALL IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA By David Darg & Bryn Mooser

Presented by SIMA - Social Impact Media Awards

SIMA 2013 I Best Director I Short Documentary 

Baseball In The Time Of Cholera is a powerful insight into the tragedy and scandal of Haiti's Cholera Epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player.

Baseball In The Time Of Cholera is a powerful insight into the tragedy and scandal of Haiti's Cholera Epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON ANIMATION

The high caliber animations that came knocking at TFF’s door this year will delight youthful audiences of all ages. 


BLUE

Directed by Katelyn Bianchini, Rena Cheng, and Asia Lancaster

A fearful balloon must trust his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend Running time: 8 minutes

A fearful balloon must trust his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend

Running time: 8 minutes

 

DETENTION

Directed by Anna Latzer

School detention is interrupted by some friendly visitors. Running time: 3 minutes

School detention is interrupted by some friendly visitors.

Running time: 3 minutes

 

GREEN ACRES

Directed by James Beck

A parched tortoise discovers an oasis in the desert only to find that trespassers are unwelcome. Running time: 6 minutes

A parched tortoise discovers an oasis in the desert only to find that trespassers are unwelcome.

Running time: 6 minutes

 

LIGHT ME UP

Directed by Derek Dolechek & Ryan Walton

The Wattsons are discussing the family business, but little Louie has bigger, brighter dreams. Running time: 9 minutes

The Wattsons are discussing the family business, but little Louie has bigger, brighter dreams.

Running time: 9 minutes

 

MEMENTO MORI

Directed by Daniela Wayllace

Through dance and music, Memento Mori tells the story of a little girl and her tragedy. Running time: 10 minutes

Through dance and music, Memento Mori tells the story of a little girl and her tragedy.

Running time: 10 minutes

 

1979

Directed by Sarah Hatooka

A short stopmotion film inspired by "Dolls art" exhibition in Jaffa Museum in 2014. The movie, through the exploration of an old little wardrobe, deals with the director's childhood memories, where rests of dolls and broken toys are getting back to life for a short magic and frightening moment.  Running time: 3 minutes

A short stopmotion film inspired by "Dolls art" exhibition in Jaffa Museum in 2014. The movie, through the exploration of an old little wardrobe, deals with the director's childhood memories, where rests of dolls and broken toys are getting back to life for a short magic and frightening moment. 

Running time: 3 minutes

 

THE ORPHAN AND THE POLAR BEAR

Directed by Neil Christopher

In THE ORPHAN AND THE POLAR BEAR, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder. Under the bear's guidance, the little orphan learns the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself.

In THE ORPHAN AND THE POLAR BEAR, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder. Under the bear's guidance, the little orphan learns the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself.

 

SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

The Topanga Film Festival provides a unique venue for short films that challenge conventions and have an original voice and point of view. The festival showcases the possibilities of filmmaking at all levels. The Short Film Program reflects the international and eclectic taste of the Topanga community.

This is a showcase of outstanding international shorts from Ireland, Serbia, Montenegro, France, and USA.

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ANGST

Directed by Nunzio Fazio

A woman torments that her love affair with a young man will not develop into the relationship she dreams and hopes for. Angst tells the story of two lovers deeply connected yet mired in games that test the limits of their affection. Encouraged by his moments of vulnerability she remains committed to him, but wonders whether her submission and unconditional affection lead to her progressive degradation. Will emotional manipulation and exploitation destroy their relationship or will the strength of their bond endure? Running time: 13 minutes

A woman torments that her love affair with a young man will not develop into the relationship she dreams and hopes for. Angst tells the story of two lovers deeply connected yet mired in games that test the limits of their affection. Encouraged by his moments of vulnerability she remains committed to him, but wonders whether her submission and unconditional affection lead to her progressive degradation. Will emotional manipulation and exploitation destroy their relationship or will the strength of their bond endure?

Running time: 13 minutes

 

BENNY PICASSO

Directed by Charlie Alderman

Benny (17) is a cocky and talented artist from the underprivileged L.A. neighborhood Boyle Heights.

Benny (17) is a cocky and talented artist from the underprivileged L.A. neighborhood Boyle Heights.

 

LES PAPILLONS NOIRS

Directed by Antoine Blanchet

Cleo is a young 20 year old girl intelligent, sensitive and complicated. Having tried everything, her boyfriend, Odysseus takes to meet a magnétiseuse (Ms. Brown) to treat his discomfort. When all seems lost, a meeting, a gesture can awaken us.

Cleo is a young 20 year old girl intelligent, sensitive and complicated. Having tried everything, her boyfriend, Odysseus takes to meet a magnétiseuse (Ms. Brown) to treat his discomfort. When all seems lost, a meeting, a gesture can awaken us.

 

RHINOS

Directed my Shimmy Marcus

What happens when two people spend a day together, and they don't understand a single word the other person is saying? Quite a lot actually in this charming little short film. 'RHINOS' is the story of Ingrid and Thomas, thrown together by circumstance who over the course of six eventful hours learn more about each other than they thought possible.

What happens when two people spend a day together, and they don't understand a single word the other person is saying? Quite a lot actually in this charming little short film. 'RHINOS' is the story of Ingrid and Thomas, thrown together by circumstance who over the course of six eventful hours learn more about each other than they thought possible.

 

SKILE

Directed by Sara Markovic

Can one person change the world? My father thought he could - by making music and writing novels. But in the end he only grew more frustration and disappointment. Finally he realized he should change himself, instead of others. And through changing himself he's witnessed a miracle that the world around him is changing as well.  Running time: 19 minutes

Can one person change the world? My father thought he could - by making music and writing novels. But in the end he only grew more frustration and disappointment. Finally he realized he should change himself, instead of others. And through changing himself he's witnessed a miracle that the world around him is changing as well. 

Running time: 19 minutes

 

SUBSURFACE FLOW

Directed by Carl Bird McLaughlin

Wounded by their childhood, young lovers travel to the desert in search of a holy ground, where the pains of their past can be washed away. Running time: 15 minutes

Wounded by their childhood, young lovers travel to the desert in search of a holy ground, where the pains of their past can be washed away.

Running time: 15 minutes

 

THE LAST DAYS OF PETER BERGMANN

Directed by Ciaran Cassidy 

On Friday June 12th 2009, a man calling himself Peter Bergman booked into the Sligo City Hotel giving an address in Austria. It was subsequently found out that neither the person nor the address existed. Over his final three days, he would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was and where he came from. Running time: 19 minutes

On Friday June 12th 2009, a man calling himself Peter Bergman booked into the Sligo City Hotel giving an address in Austria. It was subsequently found out that neither the person nor the address existed. Over his final three days, he would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was and where he came from.

Running time: 19 minutes

 

WILD HORSES

Directed by Stephanie Martin

Wild Horses tells the story of Mills, an established photographer, who returns to her native Nevada following an urgent call from her grandmother informing her that a band of wild horses close to their hearts, faces government roundup. Cruelty, courage, love and memory collide as two generations of women bear witness to the brutality common to wild horse roundups in the American West. In this story, that spans one day, Mills is exposed to a complex issue and follows hear heart, choosing to ignore the consequences.  

Wild Horses tells the story of Mills, an established photographer, who returns to her native Nevada following an urgent call from her grandmother informing her that a band of wild horses close to their hearts, faces government roundup.

Cruelty, courage, love and memory collide as two generations of women bear witness to the brutality common to wild horse roundups in the American West.

In this story, that spans one day, Mills is exposed to a complex issue and follows hear heart, choosing to ignore the consequences.  

 

ANIMATED COMEDY SHORTS

Two distinctlly different Topanga animations humorously approach the theme of "looking for love".

The creators, Dominic Polcino and Chris Romano, will be present for what is sure to be a fun & interesting discussion!


LOVESICK FOOL: LOVE IN THE AGE OF LIKE

Written & Directed by Dominic Polcino

Lovesick Fool is the creation of Dominic Polcino, one of the directorial forces behind The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Family Guy. Starring Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, and Fred Willard,  Lovesick Fool is an animated film that is adult, funny, poetic and poignant.

Lovesick Fool is the creation of Dominic Polcino, one of the directorial forces behind The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Family Guy. Starring Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, and Fred Willard,  Lovesick Fool is an animated film that is adult, funny, poetic and poignant.

 

MONSTRO 

Written & Directed by Chris Romano

A rickety scientific expedition ventures down the Amazon River to a dark lagoon in search of a mythic Creature! But the Creature, it seems, has a less than mythic agenda! MONSTRO! is a horror story. A love story. A ribald comedy!

A rickety scientific expedition ventures down the Amazon River to a dark lagoon in search of a mythic Creature! But the Creature, it seems, has a less than mythic agenda! MONSTRO! is a horror story. A love story. A ribald comedy!