Opening Night Celebration
6:45pm – 8:30pm
6:45pm – 8:30pm
Please join us as we present our Opening Night slate of World Class Short Films. The festivities begin as paparazzi greet you on the Red Carpet which begins at 6pm, then doors open at 6:45pm and we begin with a selection of highlights from this year’s batch of amazing films.
Immediately following you are invited to our Opening Night After Party where we will mix and mingle with attending filmmakers as our private events kicks-off our 9th Annual San Jose International Short Film Festival (must be 21 or over to attend the After Party)*
11:30am (89 mins) – Starbright Theater
Drama & World Cinema – Each of these selections initiate their own versions of the heroic journey, of places unknown and what could be learned on the way to their final destinations.
11:45am (84 mins) – Cinearts Theater
Student Filmmakers – SJSFF is proud to present a selection of terrific films from Student Filmmakers. Dramatic, thoughtful, funny. Films that show us that these next generation of storytellers are prepared to deliver on a bold cinematic promise.
2:00pm (92 mins) – Starbright Theater
Drama, World Cinema – A story is seldom told from a single perspective, these engaging films deliver on their promise to explore much more than meets the eye and deliver the rest of the story.
2:30pm (86 mins) – Cinearts Theater
Drama – Uncovering the truth hidden within a conversation begins with the first word spoken. These films offer touching insight into the way each of us communicate and connect.
4:30pm (80 mins) – Starbright Theater
World Cinema – Our first selection of World Cinema films to delight and entertain. Brilliant stories from across the globe, true World Class Short Films.
5:00pm (95 mins) – Cinearts Theater
Drama, World Cinema – The “Road Movie” a cinematic staple going back to Hope & Crosby, these offerings deliver a new take on stories best told from where else? On the road.
7:00pm (94 mins) – Starbright Theater
Science Fiction – From the edge of space to a place both familiar and unreal, these sci-fi selections are sure to deliver you into the furthest reaches of The World Beyond.
7:30pm (85 mins) – Cinearts Theater
Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Farce – Hard to say what is truly funny, unless of course you are talking about this group of comedy shorts. Highly recommended.
9:30pm (87 mins) – Starbright Theater
Sci-Fi, Animation, Drama – We are excited to deliver a selection of films featuring Bay Area filmmakers with many of them in attendance.
9:45pm (84 mins) – Cinearts Theater
Crime, Intense Drama, Action – The scene was dimly lit, a shot rang out and the face-off began. Join us for a deep dive in to the darkness that crime and drama leave in its wake. Highly recommended.
11:00am (62 mins) – Starbright Theater
Family Focused, Children’s Animation – Highlighting films for the children in our audiences or the children in all of us.
1:30pm (80 mins) – Starbright Theater
Special Presentation – Go behind the scenes as we explore two World Class Short Films with in depth discussions with the each of the film’s directors. Highly recommended.
2:00pm (97 mins) – Cinearts Theater
Animation – From 2D to 3D, hand drawn to stop motion, animation delivers storytelling as art. Enjoy these spectacular images as they fly across the screen.
4:00pm (87 mins) – Starbright Theater
Fantasy, Drama, Horror – Enjoy this trip into the fantastic, with storytelling expressed with a bit of a magical flair and a hint of the next dimension.
4:30pm (93 mins) – Cinearts Theater
World Cinema – Join us for our second selection of World Cinema films to delight and entertain. Brilliant stories from across the globe, true World Class Short Films.
6:30pm (70 mins) – Starbright Theater
Documentary – Bringing the audience into a world that they would seldom have access to is the hallmark of a great documentary, please enjoy these outstanding shorts, each with quite the story to tell.
7:00pm (96 mins) – Cinearts Theater
World Cinema, Comedy, Drama – Brother or sister, mom & dad, each of us have a story about our family, these tales bring them to the silver screen.
9:00pm (92 mins) – Starbright Theater
World Cinema – We are proud to present out final selection of World Cinema films to delight and entertain. Brilliant stories from across the globe, true World Class Short Films.
11:30am (90 mins) – Starbright Theater
Web Series, TV Pilots – With streaming taking over the way we watch what we watch, we are excited to provide a look at new web series and television pilots.
11:45am (75 mins) – Cinearts Theater
Documentary – Bringing the audience into a world that they would seldom have access to is the hallmark of a great documentary, please enjoy this second group of outstanding documentary shorts.
2:00pm (89 mins) – Starbright Theater
Drama, Comedy, Music – With a tune in your heart, these films feature music as part of their essential core. With a special appearance by the San Jose Pop Up Choir.
2:30pm (94 mins) – Cinearts Theater
World Cinema, Drama – There is seldom a plan that goes the way we expect, life similarly delivers changes filled with interruptions. Enjoy these stories that look at life’s foibles.
12:00pm (91 mins) – Winchester Mystery House
Thriller, Comedy, Crime, Drama – Whether you are on the run, a participant in an unexpectedly violent act or just dealing with life on the wrong side of the law, this block might be for you!
5:00pm (92 mins) – Cinearts Theater
Suspense, Drama, World Cinema – A place where nothing is as it seems, secrets and lies intermingle within these remarkable World Class Short Films.
2:45pm (97 mins) – Winchester Mystery House
Horror – The San Jose International Short Film Festival is proud to partner with the Winchester Mystery House in this Special Presentation of selected horror shorts.
7:30pm (90 mins) – Cinearts Theater
Audience Choice Screenings – Each year we are excited to present a sampling of the festival’s best films – as selected by our audiences. Films to be determined.
5:30pm (90 mins) – Winchester Mystery House
Awards Ceremony & Screening – Our Closing Night screening delivers many of the Award Winning films that were featured during our four days of cinema excellence, this will include a presentation of Awards and the announcements of the the Audience Award Winners as well. Films TBD.