23 Innovative And Crazy Short Films To Watch At Slamdance 2016

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Beasts, prison and desire: discover 23 innovative short films directed by women shown at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival.

Jury Award for Anarchy Short: “Disco Inferno” by Alice Waddington
Jury Award for Experimental Short: “Infrastructures” by Aurele Ferrier
Jury Honorable Mention for Narrative Short “The Beast” by Daina Oniunas
Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Grand Prize : “Small Talk” by Hilary Campbell

Summary: Shorts Block 1 | Shorts Block 2 | Documentary Shorts | Animation Shorts | Experimental Shorts | Anarchy Shorts | Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaker Showcase

 

SHORTS BLOCK 1
January 24 & 28

The Beast by Daina Oniunas Pusic

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A hundred year old woman and her 75-year old daughter have a tense but familiar relationship. A bat flies in to their home and the equilibrium will be forever changed.

Director & Screenwriter: Daina Oniunas Pusic
Cast: Marija Kohn, Doris Šaric Kukuljica
Croatia

January 24th, 2016 12:45PM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 10:30AM- Gallery

Nasty by Prano Bailey-Bond

A boy uncovers the nasty truth about his family after finding a VHS tape.

Director: Prano Bailey-Bond
Screenwriter: Anthony Fletcher
Cast: Albie Marber, Madeleine Hutchins, James Cutler, Kimberley Adams
UK

January 24th, 2016 12:45PM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 10:30AM- Gallery

Skank by Sophie Francesca

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In a cheap living room in small-town New Zealand a children’s birthday party is in full swing. While the kids are caught up in the ecstasy of the party, young mum Hayley is entangled in more ‘adult’ affairs.

Director & Screenwriter: Sophie Francesca
Cast: William Alexander, Bella Baughan, Vincent Andrew-Scammell, Sophie Francesca
New Zealand, UK – US Premiere

January 24th, 2016 12:45PM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 10:30AM- Gallery

SHORTS BLOCK 2
January 23 & 27

Discontinuity by Lori Felker

A short film about losing things in the edits of life.

Director & Screenwriter: Lori Felker
Cast: Ben Johnson, Sam Howard, Henry Comerford
USA – World Premiere

January 23rd, 2016 5:15PM- Gallery
January 27th, 2016 10:30AM- Gallery

Goodnight Birdy by Zara Zerny

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When Greta’s husband dies, she is convinced she will die from sorrow. But the heart has its ways of surviving.

Director: Zara Zerny
Screenwriters: Morten Pape, Zara Zerny
Cast: Elsebeth Steentoft
Denmark – North American Premiere

January 23rd, 2016 5:15PM- Gallery
January 27th, 2016 10:30AM- Gallery

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM
January 26 & 28

In Crystal Skin by Michaela O’Brien

Conflict arises between mother and daughter when a young girl with a rare disease in Bogota, Colombia refuses to attend school.

Director: Michaela O’Brien
Cast: Maria Alejandra Peña Giraldo, Jackeline Giraldo Hurtado, Angel Gustavo Peña Sanchez, Carlos Andrés Peña Giraldo
USA – World Premiere

January 26th, 2016 10:15AM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 6:00PM- Gallery

Superunit by Teresa Czepie


A peek inside a few doors in a Polish “housing machine” comprised of 15 floors and 762 stories where emotions throb, expectations build and desires come true…or not.

Director & Screenwriter: Teresa Czepiec
Poland

January 26th, 2016 10:15AM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 6:00PM- Gallery

ANIMATION SHORTS PROGRAM
January 25 & 28

Heila Ormur by Rose Stark

The slow savoring of horrible flavors in the body of a love gone bad.

Director: Rose Stark
Cast: Andi Kristins
Iceland, USA

January 25th, 2016 3:15PM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 3:30PM- Gallery

Leftover by Sarolta Szabo & Tibor Banoczki

Remains of food, remains of human relationships.

Directors & Screenwriters: Tibor Banoczki, Sarolta Szabo
Cast: Jerry di Giacomo, Odile Cohen, Matthieu Saccucci, Marie-Sohna Conde
France – US Premiere

January 25th, 2016 3:15PM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 3:30PM- Gallery

Mirror In mind by SeungHee Kim

A woman looks into her mind, chasing her ideals on a tightrope.

Director: SeungHee Kim
South Korea

January 25th, 2016 3:15PM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 3:30PM- Gallery

Pangs by Wendy Cong Zhao

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Wading through bodily and emotional pangs.

Director: Wendy Cong Zhao
USA – World Premiere

January 25th, 2016 3:15PM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 3:30PM- Gallery

Worm by Becky James

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Wrapped in chains, a worm languishes in prison.

Director: Becky James
Cast: Amanda Salane, Holden Miller
USA – North American Premiere

January 25th, 2016 3:15PM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 3:30PM- Gallery

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS PROGRAM
January 23 & 28

Gray Hairs by Annapurna Kumar

In 2013, the Apache helicopter’s targeting systems were updated from standard definition black and white to high-resolution color video, touted as a boost to pilot safety and US military dominance.

Director: Annapurna Kumar
USA

January 23rd, 2016 10:15AM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 1:00PM- Gallery

Infrastructures by Aurèle Ferrier

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A journey through infrastructures that are common to an everyday reality of routine, but presented as completely deserted.

Director: Aurèle Ferrier
Switzerland

January 23rd, 2016 10:15AM- Gallery
January 28th, 2016 1:00PM- Gallery

ANARCHY SHORTS PROGRAM
January 23 & 26

Carnal Orient by Mila Zuo

A dark and strangely surreal snapshot of sexual desire aimed at the exotic.

Director: Mila Zuo
Screenwriters: Mila Zuo, Angela Seo
Produced by Camille Mana
Cast: Akemi Look, West Liang, Joey Halter, Peter Lucas, Stephan Smith Collins
USA – World Premiere

January 23rd, 2016 10:15PM- Gallery
January 26th, 2016 9:45PM- Gallery

Disco inferno by Alice Waddington

A weary hell minion is on a mission to rescue her boss. But the Devil is not willing to return to her daily routine.

Director & Screenwriter: Alice Waddington
Cast: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Ana Rujas, Olivia Baglivi
Spain

January 23rd, 2016 10:15PM- Gallery
January 26th, 2016 9:45PM- Gallery

The Wayward Carnality by Joanna Maria Wójcik

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Grandma visits her teenage grandson and discovers a change of his interests.

Director & Screenwriter: Joanna Maria Wójcik
Poland – North American Premiere

January 23rd, 2016 10:15PM- Gallery
January 26th, 2016 9:45PM- Gallery

DIGITAL BOLEX FEARLESS FILMMAKER SHOWCASE
January 26

Sketches by Savannah Rodgers

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After falling deeply in love, two women struggle with domesticity and their opposite personalities.

Directed by Savannah Rodgers
USA (World Premiere) – January 26

Small Talk by Hilary Campbell

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Movies don’t always go as planned, but people will always talk.

Directed by Hilary Campbell,
USA (World Premiere) – January 26

Girl with a Moustache by Vanja Svilicic

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Western prejudices against easterners.

Directed by Vanja Svilicic
Croatia (North American Premiere) – January 26

Glenda by Puppett

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Glenda searches for answers in her mother’s mysterious hometown.

Directed by Puppett
USA (World Premiere) – January 26

Sans Titre by Eva Pervolovici

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An artist, her model and her driver. What is there to talk about?

Directed by Eva Pervolovici
Romania/France (North American Premiere) – January 26

The Treeples by Sarah Nolen

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Treeples follows the adventures of everyday girls joining forces with a group of lively forest creatures to rid the woods of monsters.

Directed by Sarah Nolen
USA (World Premiere, Women Cinematographer’s Grant Recipient)- January 26

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