AFI FEST 2016: Shorts

by IMDb-Editors | created - 19 Oct 2016 | updated - 20 Oct 2016 | Public

The Shorts selections represent distinct, often far-flung international viewpoints, with 39 films including nine animated films. Shorts filmmakers come from 17 countries, with 12 films from directors who are returning to AFI FEST this year.

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1. All These Voices (2015)

15 min | Short, Drama, History

When a young SS soldier encounters an avant-garde theater-troupe of survivors celebrating the end of WWII, he must come to terms with his complicity in their grief.

Director: David Henry Gerson | Stars: Kristof Konrad, Kasia Kowalczyk, Anthony Nikolchev, Kinga Philipps

Votes: 62

2. Bloody Barbara (2016)

6 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Barbara is 16 and completely obsessed with horror films. She goes around town covered in fake blood and reenacts the craziest scenes from her favorite films.

Director: Shawn Bannon | Stars: Alan Ayala, Jeannette Calderon, Atheena Frizzell, Catherine Machovsky

Votes: 16

4. A Brief History of Princess X (2016)

7 min | Short, Biography

A supercharged history of sculptor Constantin Brancusi's infamous 'Princess X'

Director: Gabriel Abrantes | Stars: Joana Barrios, Francisco Cipriano, Filipe Vargas, Laetitia Dosch

Votes: 94

5. A Coat Made Dark (2015)

10 min | Animation, Short

A man follows the orders of a dog to wear a mysterious coat with impossible pockets.

Director: Jack O'Shea | Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Declan Conlon, Hugh O'Conor

Votes: 21

6. Crystal Lake (2016)

15 min | Short, Family, Sport

Maximum daylight, zero boys: a group of girls band together to help a friend in need. This film is a grrrl power anthem.

Director: Jennifer Reeder | Stars: Marcela Okeke, Shea Vaughan-Gabor, Kristyn Zoe Wilkerson, Sebastian Summers

Votes: 40

7. Deer Flower (2016)

8 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Full stop motion short film / 3D printed film. A boy and his family visit deer farm. And the boy has some peculiar experiences.

Director: Kangmin Kim

Votes: 49

8. Dirt (I) (2016)

7 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

Some things must die to live.

Director: Darius Clark Monroe | Star: Segun Akande

Votes: 21

10. Dramatic Relationships (2016)

9 min | Short

A loose satire about the male gaze and the relationship between a male director and his female actors.

Director: Dustin Guy Defa | Stars: Bingham Bryant, Lindsay Burdge, Hannah Gross, Stephen Gurewitz

Votes: 37

12. E.W.A (2016)

7 min | Short

EWA is a teenage girl who is suffering from a condition of a constant nose bleed while exploring different aspects of her life and the people around her.

Director: Gigi Ben Artzi | Stars: Jill Abramov, Aliyah Galyautdinova

Votes: 20

13. Ears, Nose and Throat (2016)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short

During an Ear, Nose and Throat examination, Shadeena Brooks recounts a horrible event that she eye witnessed.

Director: Kevin Jerome Everson | Stars: Shadeena Brooks, Eric Mansfield, Heather Honeycutt

Votes: 105

14. Fata Morgana (2016)

21 min | Short, Drama, Family

A middle-aged couple from China arrives in the United States for the first time to organize the funeral rites of their only child. In the midst of dealing with the logistics of the funeral ... See full summary »

Director: Amelie Wen | Stars: Dave Bean, Aaron Beavers, Elizabeth Bonne, Joshua Bregman

Votes: 35

15. Glove (2016)

5 min | Animation, Short

A glove that's been floating in space since 1965.

Directors: Bernardo Britto, Alexa Lim Haas

Votes: 18

16. Ham Heads (2016)

16 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Barry and Larry are the world's oldest living conjoined twins. Now retired from the sideshow circuit, they live out the rest of their life in their brother's house.

Director: Efrén Hernández | Stars: Todd Lewis, Gary Michael Montgomery, Olan Montgomery, Thomas Lee Montgomery

17. Hidden (V) (2015)

20 min | Short, Drama

"Hidden" is about a Persian immigrant family and tells the story of guilt that the older brother feels at the loss of his younger brother, and his redemption when he finally accepts life's various twists and turns.

Director: Farzad Ostovarzadeh | Stars: Daniel Zolghadri, Shary Nassimi, Niousha Noor, Bardia Seiri

Votes: 29

18. Hounds (2016)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

A professional autograph hound exploits his friend's Jose Canseco memorabilia addiction in order to make a deal with TV star Jake Johnson.

Director: David Brundige | Stars: Craig Anstett, Clint Culp, Eric Edelstein, Chuck Ford

20. The Itching (2016)

15 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

In this handmade collaboration, a shy Wolf tries to connect with a group of hip, party-loving Bunnies but finds her body is in revolt.

Director: Dianne Bellino

Votes: 79

21. Jáaji Approx. (2016)

8 min | Documentary, Short

Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, ... See full summary »

Director: Sky Hopinka | Stars: Michael Hopinka, Sky Hopinka

Votes: 13

22. Kitty (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

A little girl dreams of becoming a kitten.

Director: Chloë Sevigny | Stars: Edie Yvonne, Ione Skye, Lee Meriwether, Jesse Pearson

Votes: 158

23. Limbo (VI) (2016)

30 min | Short, Drama

The leopard shall lie down with the goat. The wolves shall live with the lambs. And the young boy will lead them.

Director: Konstantina Kotzamani | Stars: Felix Margenfeld, Aggelos Ntanos, Lucjano Cani, Haris Fountas

Votes: 157

24. Love (I) (2016)

14 min | Animation, Short

LOVE is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system. Abstract haiku-like situations reveal the change in atmosphere on one planet,... See full summary »

Director: Réka Bucsi

Votes: 124

25. Mother (III) (2016)

TV-MA | 14 min | Short, Drama

16 year-old Andrea leaves her neighborhood in the hills of Medellin to attend a downtown casting call for a porno film.

Director: Simón Mesa Soto | Stars: Yurani Anduquia Cortes, Paulo De Jesús Barros Sousa, María Camila Maldonado

Votes: 50

26. A Night in Tokoriki (2016)

18 min | Short, Comedy

In an improvised night club called "Tokoriki" the whole village celebrates Gianina's 18th birthday. Her boyfriend and Alin will give her a most surprising gift, one that nobody will ever forget.

Director: Roxana Stroe | Stars: Costi Apostol, Cristian Bota, Iulia Ciochina, Andrei Ciopec

Votes: 154

27. Pedro (2016)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Drama

Pedro gets home at dawn. Before the young boy falls asleep, his lonely mother drags him to the beach.

Directors: Marco Leão, André Santos | Stars: Filipe Abreu, Rita Durão, João Villas-Boas, Marcello Urgeghe

Votes: 114

28. Decorado (2016)

11 min | Animation, Short

An existentialist ironic dark tale about the sins of society and of human relationships presented in a traditional fable setting.

Director: Alberto Vázquez

Votes: 201

29. The Send-Off (2016)

12 min | Documentary, Short

Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.

Directors: Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas

Votes: 17

30. Speaking Is Difficult (2016)

12 min | Documentary, Short

This film always begins in the present day. A scene of tragedy unfolds, accompanied by fear, chaos, and disbelief. As it rewinds into the past, retracing our memories, it tells a cumulative history that is both unbearable and inevitable.

Director: AJ Schnack

Votes: 38

31. A Stroll Down Sunflower Lane (2016)

14 min | Short, Drama, Family

An old grandfather, a little granddaughter, an old house and some glimpses of memory. She was growing up building hers. He was getting old losing his.

Director: Mayye Zayed | Stars: Jana Abdel Aziz, Ahmed Khalil

32. Summer Camp Island (2016)

8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

This is the cutest cartoon for kids uwu

Director: Julia Pott | Stars: Ashley Boettcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Justin Felbinger, Kate Flannery

Votes: 196

33. Superbia (2016)

15 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The native people of the surrealistic land of Superbia, where men and women form separate societies, face the changes sparked by the first equal couple in their history.

Director: Luca Toth

Votes: 106

34. A Thousand Midnights (2015)

12 min | Documentary, Short, History | Completed

A Thousand Midnights 2015 marks the centennial of the beginning of the Great Migration in which six million African Americans relocated from the rural South to the cities of the North, ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Javier Ortiz

35. Thunder Road (2016)

13 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Jimmy Arnaud eulogizes his mother.

Director: Jim Cummings | Stars: Jim Cummings, Kitty Barshay, Francesca I. Biasiolo, Melissa Papel

Votes: 1,169

36. Univitellin (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama

Marseille, today. Aminata works as a hairdresser in an Afro hairdressing salon, Badara works as mecanich. When they meet, their love story will change their lives.

Director: Terence Nance | Stars: Aminata M'Bathie, Badara Ngom, Naky Sy Savane, Maman Faso

Votes: 40

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