MVIFF 2018: International Short Films Juried Competition

| 2018 | 137 mins | |

Saturday September 08, 2018


$15 General Admission, $12 Member,
$10 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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From over 300+ entries our festival selection committee has chosen 11 finalists. We will screen each short film and our jury will select the “Best Overall” film at the conclusion of the program. The winning film will be shown again prior to the Closing Night film.

2018 MVIFF SHORT FILM FINALISTS

1) “6ate7” – (15:48) Directed by Maggie Kiley, Australia

Tim, putting the final touches on his ‘Vol 7 – Songs for and about Em’ CD mix (his annual anniversary gift to the love of his life), joyfully discovers a letter from Emma’s gynecologist. It can only mean the good news that she is pregnant – something they have been trying to do for a long time. Playful banter quickly descends into harsh accusations as they dance around each other, searching for the truth, seemingly too ugly to bear. Alone, Tim comes upon a mother and son and in their interaction, realises what Emma had really done. What appeared to be betrayal was, in truth, the highest love and greatest sacrifice.


2) “ASIA A” – (20:00) Directed by Andrew N. Reid, USA

ASIA A is the story of a recent spinal cord injury patient struggling to reconcile his sense of self-worth with his new reality as a paraplegic.


3) “The Cape” – (13:25) Directed by Andrew Olson, USA

For eleven happy years Kara was fiery and independent, leaping over tall couches, jumping off the dock, and best of all reading comic books with her Dad, especially her favorite – The Scarlet Raven, a Golden Age Heroine. Now, on her first Summer Vacation to Cape Cod after losing her father, Kara finds a gift from yesteryear in a magical kite shop – an authentic Scarlet Raven Cape, just like the ads in the back of the comics from when her Dad was a boy. Unfortunately, The Cape is priced as if it really could let you fly! Now Kara will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to find out if the magic is real, and how special a true friend can be. The Cape is an inspirational journey of love, loss, friendship and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of magic.


4) “Homecoming” – (6:30) Directed by Jennifer Blair, USA


When a college sophomore returns home to share some important news with his parents, things don’t go exactly as he had expected… until they do.


5) “Lotte the Silhouette Girl” – (9:58) Directed by Carla Patullo and Elizabeth Beecheert, Germany

Once upon a time, long before Disney and the other animation giants, Lotte Reiniger ignited the screen with shadows, light, and a pair of magical scissors.


6) “Boccamazzo Construction–We Build “Walls!”” – (6:20) Directed by Paul Riccio, USA

BOCCAMAZZO CONSTRUCTION: WE BUILD “WALLS”! is a quick, funny look at Bobby and Todd Boccamazzo, owners of a Brooklyn-based construction company that only builds walls. Just walls.


7) “Time Can Break Your Heart” – (14:05) Directed by Paul Schwartz, USA

When an older man visits a young woman in a beautiful garden, we come to understand the fragility of memory and the power of love.


8) “Samuel David” – (12:30) Directed by Nenad Cicin-sain, USA

Nearing the end of his second tour in Iraq corporal Samuel David abandons his post when his base comes under attack. His journey through the desert is juxtaposed with his return to the States, whereupon Samuel is awarded a medal. Samuel intends to then use the GI bill towards becoming a civil engineer, only to find out that he does not qualify and to do so he must serve an additional tour of duty. Feeling used and marginalized Samuel struggles for survival at home. Samuel’s desperation spirals out of control as he slowly loses all ability to distinguish right from wrong.


9) “Kenya” – (12:19) Directed by D. Giliam, USA

Hip-hop head Kenya finds difficulties in balancing her love life with her career.


10) “Under Mom’s Skirt” – (12:10) Directed by Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix, France

A young woman goes with her mother for a routine medical check-up, but this appointment will provide way too much information for her to handle… Some things should remain private, right?


11) “Still Water Runs Deep” – (15:00) Directed by Abbesi Akhami, Nigeria

Within the Nigerian family, the father is the patriarch and protector of his flock. Still Water Runs Deep tells the intimate story of a man whose concealed emotions begin to stir when faced with the portent of a missing son.


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