July 10-12, 2018

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"Short films are not inferior, just different. I think the short gives a freedom to film-makers. What's appealing is that you don't have as much responsibility for storytelling and plot. They can be more like a portrait, or a poem." - Jane Campion (director of 'The Piano', 'In the cut' and lots of short films)

Boston Short Film Festival

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BSFF believes in short films! Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, BSFF wants to help empower the next generation of artists. The Boston Short Film Festival is an annual event showcasing shorts films with an edge. The BSFF focuses on the unconventional, the unusual, the underground, the intuitive, the innovative, the minimalistic and the true artists of our time. Based in Boston/Somerville (MA, US) the festival aims to screen up to 100 short films. All screenings will take place in the MicroCinema theatre at the Somerville Theatre.

FEAST YOUR EYES

The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and an unique focus on Boston based filmmakers. Connecting industry and audiences, the festival celebrates the creativity, diversity and impact of short film. There will be unmissable evening screenings where audiences can watch the best new short films from the hottest new talent, and opportunities to network with the industry. So whether you are a filmmaker looking to launch or develop your career, an Industry professional wanting to stay ahead of the game or a film lover wanting to soak up the festival atmosphere by watching great films, come along and feast your eyes.

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BSFF believes in short films! Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, BSFF wants to help empower the next generation of artists. The Boston Short Film Festival is an annual event showcasing shorts films with an edge.

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Submit a film

We accept short films up to 55 minutes: drama, experimental, animation, documentary, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.

SUBMISSIONS
The Boston Short Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

EXHIBITION & SCREENING
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Boston Short Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Boston Short Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Boston Short Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Boston Short Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2016 Boston Short Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Boston Short Film Festival. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

LOSS OR DAMAGE
Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Boston Short Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

ENTRY LIABILITY
The filmmaker holds the Boston Short Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

INTERNATIONAL JURY

Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each category (Narrative short, Documentary short...). One film will be labeled as 'best of the fest' and win the Boston Eagle Award. The value of the Boston Eagle Award equals 500 US dollar worth of submission fees with partner festivals (Venice Film Week, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Fesival, Toronto Film Week, Verona International Film Festival ...).

Boston Eagle Award (value 500 US dollar)
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Underground short Film
Best Experimental short Film

No premiere status required

We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening.

Free public screenings

All screenings will take place in the MicroCinema theatre at the Somerville Theatre.

2018 SCREENING SCHEDULE




The Boston Short Film Festival will screen during 3 days at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free of charge.

Tuesday, July 10 - 2018, 8PM-10PM

Generation Mars (Norway) by Alexander Armas Turpin

Astrid is one of the winners of Generation Mars: A reality show sending the first humans to Mars, never to return. Everything is set for her to leave, except one thing. Astrid must say goodbye to everything she loves.
Duration: 00:25:00

Wanderers (United States) by Christine Banna

Wanderers was inspired by my experience when I saw the first images of the surface of Mars from the Pathfinder mission in 1997. I was only ten years old, but I marveled at the reality that we were looking at the surface of an actual alien world. Since Sojourner, we have been saturated by ultra-realistic CGI in movies and are consistently being transported to wondrous, albeit fictional worlds. I feel that this fact has stolen a bit of the gravitas that the original Pathfinder images had. I had a desire to transport us back to Mars through the eyes of Sojourner and thus took ultra high-resolution images of Mars and make them more organic. I did this through physically printing out images from the rovers and then re-digitizing them under a microscope. The lens of the microscope makes Mars more tangible by making evident the uneven surface of the paper and juxtaposing it against the uneven surface of the Martian landscape, the ink mimicking the pitting on Mars’s surface.
Duration: 00:03:13

Prayers (United States) by Edda Manriquez

Prayers, is a hand processed, 16mm experimental horror piece, that explores the mysticism of the occult and its ritualistic practices.
Duration: 00:01:30

Beautiful Hair (United States)by Amireh Rezaei-Kamalabad

Over my bathroom sink, as I dragged the razor across my hand, watching hairs slowly dissipate, I felt embarrassed. Admitting to shaving your hands is something women either do not experience and chose not to admit. But as I continued, I began to view myself as involved in a sort of personal performance.
Duration: 00:04:00

149th and Grand Concourse (United States) by Andy and Carolyn London

From the team that brought you "The Lost Tribes of New York City" comes a new animated documentary. "149th and Grand Concourse" captures the diverse voices of the South Bronx against a backdrop of rapidly changing streets. An animated portrait of New York city life in flux.
Duration: 00:03:13

#selfie (Germany) by David M. Lorenz

A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie... The ending of a relationship as seen through a mobile phone.
Duration: 00:05:00

Sleep on the Tracks (Canada) by Jasmin Mozaffari

Kat, an unemployed single mom struggles to prepare for an impending interview while also having to face the task of managing her restless young daughter Jayden, who has just returned from spending an exciting week with her father.
Duration: 00:12:45

You're Dead, America (United States) by Jovan Todorovic

'You’re Dead America' is a poetic short film, which explores the trepidatious narrative of American psyche today. Starkly displaying themes of decay, loss, and cessation through a series of metaphorical vignettes & archival footage, life can also be found in the film's delicate and nuanced beauty. Carried through by a striking v/o, the film’s allegory for what America now represents is unavoidable and close to home.
Duration: 00:08:38

Wicked Workout (United States) by Chris Anderson

A gym full of Bostonians, filled with laughs and weights that don't get used.
Duration: 00:19:42

Beep Beep (France) by Hugo Malpeyre

If Arthur Oliver lends you his car, he will make sure that you know that it is a very special car. Now you are warned.
Duration: 00:08:00

Moonlight Princess (Israel) by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss

Despite her albinism and only 8% sight, it is the 19-years-old Ruths greatest dream to become an actress. But her way is full of small hurdles of everyday life, which we experience with her in an audiovisual voyage.
Duration: 00:13:00

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 8PM-10PM

New Neighbors (United States) by E.G. Bailey

How far will a Mother go to protect her children? A 2017 Sundance Official Selection, New Neighbors is a story about a mother and her two sons who move to a new neighborhood, and because of all the killings and assaults on Black lives she is determined to keep her family safe. She takes to the neighborhood with kids in tow.
Duration: 00:09:25

Elene (Turkey) by Sezen Kayhan

16-year-old Elene is a Georgian illegal immigrant who works at a tea plantation in Turkey. Feeling threatened by various encounters, she tries to be invisible in this foreign land. But it is not as easy as she thinks.
Duration: 00:12:00

Palehound 'If You Met Her' (United States) by Caitlin LeBlanc, Jeovana Almeida, Kiely Quinn, Michael Escobar, Rachel Newman, Sara Tesh, Tatiana Marquez, Tom Quigley

Is an empty house a home?
Duration: 00:04:13

Exit Strategy #2 (United States) by Kym McDaniel

I seek treatment for a head injury and a memory is triggered from years earlier. In resistance to my past ways of coping, I release this stored body memory.
Duration: 00:05:17

Out Back, Behind the Shrubs (United States) by Kyle Mangione-Smith

An experimental horror film following a group of masked figures through a world unknown.
Duration: 00:03:10

Train Man (United States) by Alex Barsky

A social outcast makes a home for himself inside of a train car.
Duration: 00:01:49

Mum, I'm back (Greece) by Dimitris Katsimiris

A woman returns, after 40 years, to the village where she was born. The cause is the death of her mother. She keeps an old photograph in her hands: a mother with her two sons. Arriving at the cemetery, she encounters the faces of all those she left behind.
Duration: 00:04:40

Turquoise (United States) by Gabby Follett
'The beautiful difference between turquoise and diamonds is the black cracks. You don't necessarily want turquoise that is flawless and smooth. It wouldn't have the same character as one with the variations in it. That's what makes it uniquely beautiful.' - Jessica Sumney
Duration: 00:02:46

Super 8 Daze (United States) by John Morgan, Rob Hampton

1970s teenagers Rob Hampton and John Morgan filmed Super 8 epics while growing up in New England. Decades later, these mini-blockbusters gained a whole new audience once they hit the Internet, attracting the attention of numerous major websites. The two men recount all the fun, ingenuity, and mischief of their childhood filmmaking adventures--a time when dinosaurs, aliens, and killer sharks ruled the backyard!
Duration: 00:14:00

Unspoken thoughts (Sweden) by Edvin Eriksson

Unspoken thoughts is a dreamlike film about the up and downsides of a close relationship between four friends.
Duration: 00:10:12

Selfish, the Principle (Japan) by Anna Fujii

A short non-traditional documentary film about human relationships among four young Japanese living in America. Secret recordings of conversations with the series of visuals of those days.
Duration: 00:17:31

Flatland (Iran, Islamic Republic of) by Alireza Keymanesh, Amir Pousti

'Flatland' is a piece of video art that premiered as part of a group exhibition under the collective title Flatland. They intend to perform this piece live in an urban environment.
Duration: 00:14:35

Boiling Point (United States) by Catherine Siller

An animated short about gender, body image, and the media.
Duration: 00:04:11

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (Brazil) by Frederico Evaristo

Just another fashion shoot in our fashion world. It is an experience about the (ab)use of the power, in a critical self reflection of two photographers testing limits. You just have to swallow it.
Duration: 00:02:21

Brainless Agenda: 'Daily Life of an Actress' (United States) by Linnea Sage

A satirical animation depicting what every actress that has ever lived has experienced at least once. It happened before the news of Harvey broke and it will keep happening!
Duration: 00:01:00

Frank (United States) by Ahmari Ly-Johnson

A lone man searches for a way to fix his boombox in the wastelands of the apocalypse.
Duration: 00:03:53

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 8PM-10PM

The Velvet Underground Played at My High School (United States) by Robert Pietri, Tony Jannelli

This animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground's disastrous first public performance. While on stage for merely 20 minutes, The Velvet Underground performed three songs: 'There She Goes', 'Venus in Furs', and 'Heroin'. The Summit High School audience responded with, as a band member recalled in 1983, a 'murmur of surprise that greeted the appearance' that 'increased to a roar of disbelief as the band started to play' which'swelled to a mighty howl of outrage and bewilderment...' Half the audience walked out.
Duration: 00:08:00

Koka, the Butcher (Germany) by Bence Máté

A respected figure in Cairo’s pigeon fighting world is leading his area into a decisive battle. Under immense pressure from his conservative community to quit his passion and marry, he is faced with the possibility that the upcoming race will be his last one.
Duration: 00:38:00

Fragments 83 (United States) by Richard Millen

Fragments 83 rediscovers—and repurposes—Richard Millen’s 1983 experimental film If You Can’t Be with the One You Love, shot in Brooklyn and the West Village in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. The resulting documentary explores the hunt for sex/love, the joy of making cinema, and the inexorable passage of time.
Duration: 00:19:09

Matthew's Gift (United States) Jon Watts

A short documentary that follows photographer Oana Hogrefe as she dedicates one day a year taking remembrance photos of a child nearing the end of life.
Duration: 00:09:24

Hammer Down (United States) by Dan Pasto

Two employees endure another late night on the job. It’s a living. Contains explicit depictions of graphic cartoon violence.
Duration: 00:03:00

Soundproof (United States) by Henry Dane

From his comfortable suburban home, a reclusive freelance copywriter plies his craft for an international corporate clientele. Communicating with the outside world almost exclusively through the Internet and conference calls, the introspective scribe has little interaction with his more conventionally employed neighbors, to whom he remains an unsettling enigma.
Duration: 00:06:54

Brainbloodvolume (Germany) by John M. Carter

Inspired by the bizarre actual life events of Dutch librarian and medical student, Hugo Bart Huges, Brainbloodvolume is a stylistic interpretation of the essential moments at which Huges followed through with an operation he theorized would lead to a permanent state of higher consciousness – through the ancient mind-altering practice of trepanation. Shot without dialogue in high-contrast black and white, the film approximates the style of photographs taken of Bart Huges during and after his operation, while utilizing a surreal tone and imagery throughout the story.
Duration: 00:20:21

Meet the Artist: Melissa Glick (United States) by Melissa Glick
Melissa Glick is an artist working from the Artisan's Asylum Somerville, MA transforms old computer parts and recycled paper into assemblages, mosaics, tiles and clocks.Her work plays with pattern, perspective and illusion by combining a plethora of 3D abstract shapes, colors and materials found in e-waste with 2D imagery.
Duration: 00:00:00

Backstory (Germany) by Joschka Laukeninks

As a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.
Duration: 00:08:00



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