Indie Short Fest

Out of Order

A short comical movie about two people inadvertently trapped in a bathroom because one of them has a nervous stomach right before an important event in their lives.
Directed by Trifun Sitnikovski (Macedonia)

The Window

When Josh took a stroll on the wrong side of the law he became the target of an abandoned house with mysterious origins. After glimpsing salvation through a mystical window, he takes a leap of faith and enters a new world.
Directed by Stephen McKinnon (Canada)

The Dove Never Breaks Its Promise

An HIV-infected man with a suicidal ideation contemplates of taking his life, as well as his lover’s who has left him for three years, as he also looks back upon his father’s wish for him to die after he disowned him years ago upon knowing that he’s gay.
Directed by Tengku Adrian Ismail (Malaysia)

Alfaião

In the countryside painted in white by the frost, the birds sing while entrapping the hunter who warms himself in the early sunlight. In the fireplace, the wood crackles in the fire and warms the elderly who are making siesta accompanied by their cat. We are in the village, where there it is always too hot despite the cold weather and the rain once in a while. This village is Alfaião.
Directed by André Almeida Rodrigues (Portugal)

Shikisai: Four Seasons of Tohoku

Tohoku is rich in the scenery change by the four seasons in Japan. The contrast of the color of each season is unique to the snowy country. It is also known as “Shikisai”, and I have imaged colorful landscapes and seasonal festivals in Tohoku.
Directed by Kenichi Sasaki (Japan)

9,8 m/s2

Danila (Danny, a Russian immigrant, 47) hijacks a taxi cab on a Saturday night and rushes through Manhattan. Danny is furious – his young beautiful wife hasn’t come home yet again, Danny is convinced she is cheating. Unable to contain his fury and frustration anymore he drives the stolen taxicab prowling the notable spots of the city, including tourist magnets, in search for his chippy wife. All the while Danny is on the cell phone, engaged in a conversation with a friend – (Erik, an immigration lawyer, 40). The latter handled Danny’s case to obtain a green card and both men became friends. Erik acts as a personal psychoanalyst, a shoulder to cry on, as a friend, who listens to the emotional flood erupting from the cell phone and tries to calm Danny down. Erik seems to be aware of the problem and it is obvious the situation has been discussed between the two on a number of occasions in the past. This time everything seemingly played out following the old scenario and was moving towards a peaceful resolution. Erik nearly managed to calm down Danny and convince him to go home and wait for his wife there when, unexpectedly, Danny turns up, in the middle of a night, driving a stolen taxi, right at Erik’s doorstep.
Directed by Michael Vaynberg (USA)

Terrordactyl

Three longtime friends go camping in the woods, but the fun and games end when one of them takes a “fossil” from a nearby abandoned nuclear power plant.
Directed by E.K. Scarfone (USA)

Girls of a Feather

A group of elderly ladies usually go on trips together. Their sisterhood and solidarity are stunning. In the film, we see them heading towards the fishermen’s village at Elmax in Alexandria to spend the day and eat fish; the poor fishermen have nested their houses along the water channel which runs from the river Nile to the Mediterranean sea and have managed to earn their livelihood from fishing. There are plans to demolish the area. The film documents all the hubbub of life there, through the eyes of the elderly ladies, before it is gone forever. The elderly ladies sprinkle the place with love, joy, and laughter, hence making it more beautiful and radiant. No wonder, for despite its marginalized status and its seeming poverty, the place is known as “Venice” to those who find it beautiful, and whose hearts throb with love for life.
Directed by Dina Abd Elsalam (Egypt)