Opening Night Celebration

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.

Sweet Maddie Stone

24 mins

Hard-nose 15-year-old Maddie Stone, who rules the school yard under the protection of her family name, must use her influence to come up with her father’s bail money before it’s too late. (UK, Brady Hood)

How Far She Went

13 mins

A granddaughter’s strained relationship with her grandmother is put to the test. How far will she go to save the one she loves? (USA, Ugla Hauksdóttir)

Shy Guys

9 mins

FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER / Two men. Two urinals. No flow. (USA, Fredric Lehne)

Yoga for Salvador

15 mins

A prodigal sister returns home to her home in the San Juan Islands, desiring to sell an old family heirloom,but first, she must win the artwork by defeating her free-spirited sister in the way they have since they were children - a yoga battle. (USA, Stefan Hajek)

In A Nutshell

6 mins

From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell. (Switzerland, Fabio Friedli)

Boomtown

17 mins

An attorney and an electrical engineer abandon their comfortable city lives to pursue a career in fireworks. (USA, Robert Bryant & J. David LeCompte)

Opening Night After Party

9:00pm

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)*

And So It Begins

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.

Noble Creatures

20 mins

Two adversarial escaped convicts - with different ideas about how to hold onto their freedom are hunted through the Louisiana swamp by a tortured, but resolute, female corrections officer. (USA, Daniel Lafrentz)

Crush

15 mins

In a small town, a 16-year-old girl must come to terms with the fact that her two best friends might be involved with the death of a local teenager and that the boy she loves, may have caused it all. (Austrailia, Lara Kose)

Dots

16 mins

In a race to learn Braille before her vision fades completely, a teenage girl searches for new ways to see the world around her. (Taiwan, Chen-Wen Lo)

Halva

13 mins

A couple searches for a gift amongst the moving-day mess which is their apartment. Meanwhile the world interjects against the reality of their lives. (Iran, Vandad Fallah)

No Name Maddox

25 mins

A young priest tries to help a 14-year-old Charles Manson. (USA, Glenn Pack)
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Next Gen Cinema

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.

Distress

17 mins

An young impoverished woman must overcome troll roads, immigration reform, and knights with a misogynist agenda in order to save the prince from the magical tower and receive a sizable cash prize. (USA, Lane Lyle)

If

7 mins

Mourning the premature loss of his young daughter, a mentally distraught father chases alternate realities, exploring the one question that haunts him: what if she lived? (USA, Gabriel Andres Valbuena)

How Far She Went

13 mins

A granddaughter’s strained relationship with her grandmother is put to the test. How far will she go to save the one she loves? (USA, Ugla Hauksdóttir)

Gloria Talks Funny

18 mins

When a struggling voice actress discovers her agent failed to tell her that her claim-to-fame cartoon is being remade, she sets her sights on reprising her role as the famous BioBoy. (USA, Kendall Goldberg)

Spark

6 mins

A girl with no light in her life, is intrigued when someone new offers her the one thing she thought she lost, her spark. (USA, Aharonit Elior)

Head Above Water

10 mins

A devoted husband is forced to confront his doubts about remaining the caretaker of his wife suffering from Alzheimer's disease. (USA, Eric Shahiniani)
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The Rest of the Story

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.

Three Skeleton Key

10 mins

An American lighthouse crew on a small island become unnerved when a ship ignores their beacon. (USA, Andrew Hamer)

Kathmandude

11 mins

Burnt-out addict Adam flees the wreckage of his past by traveling halfway around the world to Kathmandu, Nepal. After taking a psychedelic drug at a trendy club, he embarks on a trip that will bring him face-to-face with his inner demons. (USA, Jacob Kirby)

Will and the Blue

10 mins

Will struggles to accept change at his best friend's going away party, but as the night devolves and his reality frays, his experience with an outsider guides him towards the unknown. (USA, Collin Meath, Benjamin Drew Thompson)

Runaways

5 mins

A young girl runs away from home in the dead of winter with a very personal agenda which is thwarted by her estranged older brother. (USA, Patrick Ford)

Spinosaurus

14 mins

A young girl cares for her younger brother at home, while she awaits her mother’s return. (UK, Tessa Hoffe)

HashtagWill

22 mins

FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER - A teenage video blogger struggles with the consequences of internet fame. (Sweden, Per Sundström)

Sibs

15 mins

A struggling musician in NYC, goes home for her father’s funeral and is met with the sudden reality of becoming her 12 year old, now orphaned, half-brother's guardian. (USA, Cynthia Silver)

Five Minutes with Mary

5 mins

A man speaks with a stranger named Mary during the last moments of her life. (USA, Matt Beurois)
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A Conversation Away

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.

Gema

12 mins

After an emotional day with her family, Gema comes home to face meeting her fiancé's parents for the first time, forcing an emotional confrontation filled with hidden revelations. (USA, Kenrick Prince)

Half Smile

8 mins

A seemingly casual trip to the dump sparks a bond between two strangers as they reminisce on the memories neither can seem to dispose of. (USA, Owen Royce)

Speak

16 mins

The story of a girl haunted by old traumas that threaten her ability to connect with even the most sincere suitor. (USA, Laura Seay)

Mr. & Mrs. Kim

15 mins

Joshua Kim makes up a glamorous story about his parents, but then discovers that their real story is truly something to be proud of. (USA, Jaehuen Chung)

Pickle

21 mins

After accidentally freezing the family dog, Oscar attempts to make good with his soon-to-be stepson by driving the pet’s ashes across the country. (USA, Grant Moore)

Head Wound

14 mins

While the outside world sees a put-together office worker with a normal life, Bridgett engages in self-harm and with her boyfriend, Jason, must suffer the strain on their relationship in the privacy of their home. (USA, Patrick Valenti)
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World Cinema One

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.

Backstory

8 mins

Flashes of one man’s entire lifetime is revealed from beginning to end. (Germany, Joschka Laukeninks)

Halim

30 mins

A young, shy boy befriends a quirky delightful refugee named Halim. (Austria, Werner Fielder)

The Boy by the Sea

7 mins

A young boy and an old lighthouse keeper form an unlikely friendship. (Netherlands, Vasily Chuprina)

Numbness

13 mins

Iranian females must preserve their virginity until marriage, or else… (Iran, Milad Jarmooz)

Hide and Seek

12 mins

Samira is a domestic servant working for a family of diplomats in Geneva, spending her time looking after their small daughter, until one day, a game of hide and seek presents a tempting opportunity. (Switzerland, Anastase Liaros)

For Better or For Worse

10 mins

FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER - On the night before his wedding, 20-year-old Gert spends the night at a bar with the stripper hired for his bachelor party. (Belgium, Rembert Evenepoel)
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Road Less Travelled

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.

What’s In The Box

6 mins

Best friends Maddie and Jessica are driving through the Mojave Desert on a mission. We don't know where they are headed or for what purpose but tensions sky rocket when they realize they have to deal with what's in the trunk of the car sooner than they had planned. (USA, Ross Ferguson)

Motel

15 mins

A lonely rural motelier befriends one of her guests. For one night, the lives of someone who can't move, and another who can't stop, intersect. (New Zeland, Lauren Porteous)

Split Ticket

20 mins

In 1947, newly-minted congressmen/future presidents John F. Kennedy, age 29, and Richard Nixon, age 34, travel to Pennsylvania where they must make a fateful decision. A supernatural drama based on true events. (USA, Alfred Thomas Catalfo)

The Road Between

20 mins

In a barren desert, Eli finds an unconscious girl, a malevolent stranger, and the will to survive. (USA, Brett Sorem)

Heath Takes a Trip

21 mins

When a famous writer suffers a breakdown, a willing stranger takes him on a road trip. (USA, Ted James)
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The World Beyond

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.

The Rat’s Dilemma

10 mins

In the Holocaust, a gifted Jewish physicist is forced to build a teleporter for the Nazis, but when he tells his Nazi supervisor that the machine doesn’t work yet, they suspect subterfuge. (Isreal, Naor Meningher)

Revelation: The City of Haze

14 mins

In a dystopian future, a young child must face danger and destruction in a city where hope and dissent are brutally extinguished, and where lives are worthless to the oppressors. (China, Mao Qichao)

Icarus

20 mins

When a comm satellite around Mars is damaged, Emilia Riley embarks on a seemingly harmless repair excursion. A shuttle malfunction cuts connectivity to the ground and Chris, her son, makes the knee jerk decision to go after her. (USA, Tom Teller)

FTL

16 mins

While testing the first faster-than-light spacecraft, a lone astronaut travels farther than he imagined possible. (USA, Adam Stern)

A Date in 2025

14 mins

In the year 2025, a young man's super-intelligent AI system tells him that he must go on a date or face certain suicide from loneliness. (USA, Ryan Turner)

Haley

20 mins

After an alien invasion leaves the world in chaos, a young father treks across the dying planet in a final act of humanity. (Canada, Corey Sevier)
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Make ‘em Laugh

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.

Fickle Bickle

11 mins

If you had a magnificent mansion in the Upper West Side all to yourself for two weeks, what would you do? (USA, Stephen Ward)

State of Emergency Motherfucker!

6 mins

In a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine, two young friends, Samy and Mehdi, seek to answer one crucial question: did Samy get some on the night of Valentine’s Day? (Belgium, Sébastien Petretti)

Shy Guys

9 mins

FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER - Two men. Two urinals. No flow. (USA, Fredric Lehne)

Rekindled

13 mins

After a string of failed relationships, a successful career woman gets the chance to rekindle romance with the love of her life -- her high school boyfriend by means of a magical groupon. But when she shows up to their date, he is still 16 and Kate realizes that she over romanticizes her past relationship with him. (USA, Erin Brown Thomas)

Love Me Madly

6 mins

STUDENT FILM - A bored and monotonous couple in their 40s desperately fight to revitalize their withered sex life. (USA, Emre Okten)

What’s In The Box

6 mins

Best friends Maddie and Jessica are driving through the Mojave Desert on a mission. We don't know where they are headed or for what purpose but tensions sky rocket when they realize they have to deal with what's in the trunk of the car sooner than they had planned. (USA, Ross Ferguson)

Exotic

12 mins

A Swedish woman brings her muslim boyfriend home to meet her family for the first time. (Sweden, Filippa Holm & Samir Bou-Malhab)

Life In Other Words

15 mins

When the ill tempered Mr. Kabir and the rest of his family are having an extraordinarily terrible day, a game of cricket stands as their only hope of coming together. (Bangladesh, Abrar Athar)

The Accomplice

7 mins

Arriving home from a long business trip, Jerry discovers a number of urgent messages on his answering machine from his impulsive and inept friend, Randy. Much to his surprise, Jerry is now an unwilling participant in one of Randy's boneheaded schemes. (USA, Jon Hoeg & John F. Beach)
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NorCal Filmmakers

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.

Real Artists

12 mins

Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios - who’d have thought a fan edit of one of their hit films could land her a shot at a job? Upon meeting mysterious executive Anne Palladon, she soon learns all is not as she expects. (USA, Cameo Wood)

Roadside Assistance

5 mins

The life of a girl in a car accident is left up to the unlikeliest of heroes: her dashboard bobble head. (USA, Kathy McNeal)

Coin Operated

5 mins

A story that spans 70 years in the life of one naive explorer. (USA, Nicholas Arioli)

Breathe

4 mins

Freediving tests the limits of human potential, for Rebecca Illing, this breathless ‘meditation with consequences’ released her from addition. An inspirational story of self-acceptance where peace is found at the bottom of the sea. (USA, Jonathan Remple)

Washed Away

16 mins

A man suffering from chronic pain races to create intricate sand mosaic masterpieces on the beach before the tides inevitably wash it all way. (USA, Dana Nachman)

T.B.P.

6 mins

A brave teddy bear protects a sleeping little girl from an evil monster inside her closet while she sleeps. (USA, Dave Bundtzen)

Weekends

15 mins

The story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand animated film set in 1980's Toronto. (USA, Trevor Jimenez)

Generations

24 mins

A tragedy at work forces Dr. Bill O'Connell to revisit the memories of years long past and the unspoken truth about his family and himself. (USA, Kourosh Ahari)
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Dark & Stormy Night

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.

Maki & Zorro

25 mins

The lives of two women—Maki, a runaway Ethiopian migrant worker, and Zorro, an out-of-work actress—intersect when a diamond-smuggling operation in Beirut goes terribly wrong. (USA, Rami Kodelh)

Brad Lee

18 mins

An underground MMA fighter moves from East to West coast to get away from his fighter's life and start a new one. But when he gets a job as a janitor at a gym, his old life starts to creep in and he has to choose between that and his girlfriend, who is secretly pregnant. (USA, Hao Wang)

Nocturne in Black

22 mins

In a war-ravaged Middle Eastern neighborhood, a musician struggles to rebuild his piano after it is destroyed by terrorists. (USA, Jimmy Keyrouz)

Life Saver

3 mins

The car of two American girls break down during a road trip somewhere in France. A stranger stops to help, until a request and strange behavior make them uneasy. (France, Pierre Amstutz Roch)

Pickup

16 mins

Through her banal daily routine, Megan develops an addiction that begins to unravel her carefully put together life. She is grappling with wanting more , but is feeling tremendously guilty because she already lives the "ideal perfect life". (USA, Jeremiah Kipp)
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Kids & Family

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.

Riceballs

10 mins

Kenji makes Japanese rice balls for his half-Australian son, who is used to sandwiches for lunch. The clash of cultures force them both to evaluate how they relate with each other. (Australia, Shingo Usami)

Plank

3 mins

A young carpenter is working on flooring. He is talented and confident, but maybe too confident. He believes he did the best flooring job in the world. However, starting from the first wood tilting, his nightmare begins.... (USA, Xiong Lin)

T.B.P.

6 mins

A brave teddy bear protects a sleeping little girl from an evil monster inside her closet while she sleeps. (USA, Dave Bundtzen)

Roadside Assistance

5 mins

The life of a girl in a car accident is left up to the unlikeliest of heroes: her dashboard bobble head. (USA, Kathy McNeal)

The Lost Letter

8 mins

A young boy tries to bring Christmas cheer to his neighbourhood but one old lady is having none of it. (Ireland, Kealan O' Rourke)

Stars

5 mins

Grandpa and grandson street sellers sell stars in a town near the shore. One night, they run out of the stars… (USA, Han Zhang)

Coin Operated

5 mins

A story that spans 70 years in the life of one naive explorer. (USA, Nicholas Arioli)

Everybody Else is Taken

14 mins

Meet Mika, a girl who refuses to let her gender define her place in one of the harshest environments on earth - the playground. (USA, Jessica Grace Smith)

Spark

6 mins

A girl with no light in her life, is intrigued when someone new offers her the one thing she thought she lost, her spark. (USA, Aharonit Elior)
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A Day in the Life

11:30am (86 mins) – Cinearts Theater

Drama, Comedy – Explore a day like no other, a look at lives touching, unique and heartfelt.

One Halloween

15 mins

A wounded war veteran fights to strengthen his relationship with his young daughter after returning home from war. (USA, Rebecca Murga)

Supers

28 mins

A superhero and a super-villain lose their jobs and must work together as they try to figure out what it means to be ordinary. (Canada, David Widdicombe)

Nibble

3 mins

A young woman wakes in the middle of the night to find strange bite marks on her leg. (Mexico, Jason Bynum Buff)

Penny & Paul

13 mins

Somewhere in the Mojave desert, a wayward young woman en route to a new life with a guy she just met in Vegas discovers that her new fellow isn't quite the man she thought he was. (USA, Brian Rawlins)

Spice Sisters

15 mins

Determined to break the monotony of her life in suburbia, a former Bollywood star sets her sights on winning a place on a popular reality cooking show. (Australia, Sheila Jayadev)
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Meet the Filmmakers

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.

The Ningyo

27 mins

Professor Marlowe decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo (a mythical Japanese creature), on his own terms in the hopes of bringing to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science and the understanding of the world. (USA, Miguel Ortega)

L.A. Fadeaway

19 mins

A young female musician in 1977 Los Angeles struggles to find her voice in an industry full of sellouts. (USA, Meg Sutton)
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The Ink & Paint Club

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.

The Gurgle

5 mins

A man waits for a bus. Little does he know, there’s something else waiting for him… (USA, Paul Huenemann)

Stars

5 mins

FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER - A grandpa and grandson sell stars on the street together. One night, they run out of stars. (USA, Han Zhang)

Vows

5 mins

Preparing for one of the biggest days of his life, Carl finds himself reminded of the past and the deep sadness which could plague this joyful day. Will their love be enough? (USA, Mark McKinsey)

Roadside Assistance

5 mins

The life of a girl in a car accident is left up to the unlikeliest of heroes: her dashboard bobble head. (USA, Kathy McNeal)

Coin Operated

5 mins

A story that spans 70 years in the life of one naive explorer. (USA, Nicholas Arioli)

T.B.P.

6 mins

A brave teddy bear protects a sleeping little girl from an evil monster inside her closet while she sleeps. (USA, Dave Bundtzen)

Weekends

15 mins

The story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand animated film set in 1980's Toronto. (USA, Trevor Jimenez)

Spark

6 mins

A girl with no light in her life, is intrigued when someone new offers her the one thing she thought she lost, her spark. (USA, Aharonit Elior)

Until Dawn

5 mins

A woman relives the horror of her lover’s death. (Korea, Kaylee SooHyun Lee)

Revelation: The City of Haze

14 mins

In a dystopian future, a young child must face danger and destruction in a city where hope and dissent are brutally extinguished, and where lives are worthless to the oppressors. (China, Mao Qichao)

Plank

3 mins

A young, talented carpenter becomes too confident too soon while working on his flooring.( USA, Xiong Lin)

In A Nutshell

6 mins

From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell. (Switzerland, Fabio Friedli)

First Bloom

5 mins

Tells the story of the budding love between a eunuch servant and a princess in ancient China. Crafted as a traditional Asian-styled watercolor painting brought to life, frame by frame through digital animation. (China, Tingting Liu)

Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant

7 mins

Enter the world of a teenage girl fighting daily against compulsive thoughts and urges. Layla is terrified by her potential to do harm, until she is challenged to face her darkest fears. (UK, Suraya Raja)

Scent of Geranium

5 mins

Immigration is a new chapter in one's life, a chapter with unexpected events that can take one's life down paths different from the one imagined. (USA, Naghmeh Farzaneh)
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It’s A Kind of Magic

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.

King Grandpa

15 mins

FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER - When a young boy named Clemens experiences the passing of his grandfather, whose many elaborate stories he’s cherished growing up, Clemens soon realizes that one story’s end doesn’t prevent a new one from beginning. (Germany, Martin Grau)

The Faceless Man

13 mins

An offbeat fable about a disillusioned man who must venture out into the world to reclaim his identity. (US, Jeremy Foley)

Little Heart

6 mins

A little girl walks into a bar… (Australia, Daniel Csutkai)

A Dance of Lust and Calculus

20 mins

A man whose life revolves around building computer models of the dead as a form of grief therapy opens up when he begins to form a connection with a new client. (USA, Christian Flashman)

Alfred J Hemlock

14 mins

When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her late at night in a dangerous vacant area, her only way out is through a long mysterious alleyway. (Australia, Edward Lyons)

Girl of my Dreams

19 mins

Edward Watson has been looking for something that can change his life. His challenge is to find what needs to change. Tonight he will search for answers in the most vast place anyone can explore, his own mind. (USA, Johnny Wilson)
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World Cinema Two

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.

Sweet Maddie Stone

24 mins

WINNER - BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR - Hard-nose 15-year-old Maddie Stone, who rules the school yard under the protection of her family name, must use her influence to come up with her father’s bail money before it’s too late. (UK, Brady Hood)

Laws of the Game

17 mins

Zeola is a single mother whose life alternates between her job as a prison guard and her career as a football referee in the men’s league. In her attempt to obtain the international FIFA Badge she is confronted not only with her own insecurities, but with the unfairness of the world around her. (UK, Aegina Brahim)

Disco Obu

20 mins

A journalist captures a day in the life of a former child actor turned auto rickshaw driver. Over the course of the day their relationship is tested. (India, Anand Kishore)

Noora

20 mins

Noora is raised in a strict religious sect on the west coast of Norway. When she falls in love with Siv, she upsets her family's plans to marry her with the much older Johannes. (Norway) Tommy Naess)

My Fear

4 mins

A disabled teen pursues a career in acting in order to defy his own preconceived limitations. (Mexico, Manfred López Grem)

The Lost Letter

8 mins

A young boy tries to bring Christmas cheer to his neighbourhood but one old lady is having none of it. (Ireland, Kealan O' Rourke)
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Hard DOCs Life

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.

Boomtown

17 mins

An attorney and an electrical engineer abandon their comfortable city lives to pursue a career in fireworks. (USA, Robert Bryant & J. David LeCompte)

Ramona

9 mins

The story of Ramona Fausey's courageous fight against ALS. (USA, Jason Graff)

I Promise to Remember

15 mins

An entertaining musical journey that reveals the story of Jimmy Castor, the Everything Man. (USA, Jimmy Castor Jr.)

House of Saints

14 mins

Jazz great John Coltrane once said he longed to become a Saint. Reggie Scott has thought about that response for 50 years and while he dreamed of a life as a musician, his path went in a much different direction. His story is revealed here, within his House of Saints. (USA, Gerry Melendez)

The Tables

15 mins

A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers. (USA, Jon Bunning)
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Family Matters

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.

Break in the Weather

15 mins

Jamie has unexpectedly become the live-in nurse for the person she despises most in the world - her father. With the help of her favourite ‘90s pop hits, can she overcome the betrayal in her past? (New Zealand, Aidee Walker)

The Ravens

12 mins

When young Ruby's father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect. Ruby's anxieties are projected onto a pair of ravens, vigilantly defending their nearby nest, who become a catalyst for the troubled family's journey from crisis to healing. (Australia, Jennifer Perrott)

Yoga for Salvador

15 mins

A prodigal sister returns home to her home in the San Juan Islands, desiring to sell an old family heirloom,but first, she must win the artwork by defeating her free-spirited sister in the way they have since they were children - a yoga battle. (USA, Stefan Hajek)

Spinosaurus

14 mins

A young girl cares for her younger brother at home, while she awaits her mother’s return. (UK, Tessa Hoffe)

With Child and Gazpacho

9 mins

A pregnant woman returns from the grocery to find that her terminally-ill father has scaled the roof to avoid taking his medicine. (UK, Strack Azar)

Riceballs

10 mins

Kenji makes Japanese riceballs for his half-Australian son, who is used to sandwiches for lunch. The clash of cultures force them both to evaluate how they relate with each other. (Australia) Shingo Usami)

How Far She Went

13 mins

A granddaughter’s strained relationship with her grandmother is put to the test. How far will she go to save the one she loves? (USA, Ugla Hauksdóttir)
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World Cinema Three

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.

The Last 2 Days

25 mins

This story follow the last two days of a wealthy Bulgarian family. (Bulgaria, Dimitris Georgiev)

The Cherry Tree

27 mins

Through the four seasons, a majestic cherry tree changes, along with this family. Like a poem about passing time and an ode to nature, a reflection on our changing identities... (France, Matthieu Boivineau)

Dem Dem!

26 mins

When Matar, a Senegalese fisherman reels in a Belgian passport he decides to put it to good use. (Senegal, Pape Bouname Lopy)

Wild Dances

14 mins

Ukraine wins the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, which begins an unbelievable chain of events, which fuses the lives of a shy, closeted teenager and a spirited Ukrainian-Australian girl who just want to be themselves, and dance… (Australia, Bina Bhattacharya)
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It Was a Dark & Funny Night

9:30pm (87 mins) – Cinearts Theater

Dark Comedy – Humor sometimes threads very closely to the dark & twisted, these films offer a terrific blend of both genres.

Zoe

11 mins

A low-rent hitwoman with a gift for stand-up comedy must use her special talents to get her out of a dangerous situation, like her life depends on it. (USA, Thomas Wood)

Breakdown

10 mins

Michel is desperate. He’s just been fired. He decides to rob the bar he goes to every day. But nothing is going to happen as planned. (France, Greg Tudéla)

It’s Complicated

17 mins

When lonely Andy invites a girl whom he met online to his apartment, he falls head-over-heels for her despite his flatmate Nigel's repeated attempts to point out her seemingly obvious flaw. (South Africa, Grant De Sousa)

Lost Dogs

15 mins

A woman ridiculed by her family longs for escape. She strikes a deal with her brother to clear his gambling debt, but finds herself pushed deeper into the darkness. (USA, Cullan Bruce)

Posers

29 mins

On Halloween night, Derek and his ragtag group of friends accidentally awaken a shapeshifting monster that threatens their reputations - and their lives. (USA, Sean Thiessen)

Break Down

7 mins

Charlie and David struggle to have a completely honest break up. Mostly because David is being a real shit about it. (USA, Christopher Winterbauer)
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New Media Unleashed

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.

The Ningyo

27 mins

Professor Marlowe decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo (a mythical Japanese creature), on his own terms in the hopes of bringing to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science and the understanding of the world. (USA, Miguel Ortega)

My Roommate's an Escort

4 mins

Epsode 1: The Roommate Interview - Small-town girl Heather interviews her potential new roommate Kesha, who responded to Heather’s online Vijiji ad. (Canada, Katie Uhlmann)

My Roommate's an Escort

6 mins

Epsode 2: Symptoms of Pregnancy - It’s move-in day and Heather helps Kesha carry in her boxes. The girls bond when Kesha has symptoms of pregnancy. (Canada, Katie Uhlmann)

Twentyfiveish

8 mins

When lost-in-life Rosie, her best friend Tucker and their childhood friends reunite for a long weekend, they are all forced to confront their difficult life choices. The question is, will their uncertain futures mean their friendships may not last as long as they once thought. (USA, Katie Micay)

Companion

26 mins

Disgraced NBA superstar Jay “J-Train” Tyrell has lost everything. Enter Nick Foster, a sober companion to the stars. He’s hired by Jay’s agents to keep him out of trouble and get him back on track, assuming that’s possible. (USA, Matt Ferrucci)

Shoot Me Nicely

19 mins

Photographer Sean Wheeler is searching for a lucrative celebrity photo to relaunch his career. After being laid off from his dream job and losing his supermodel girlfriend his life has hit rock bottom. An opportunity presents itself for Sean to prove he has what it takes... but will he succeed? (USA, Elias Plagianos)
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Hard DOCs Life Two

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.

Land of the Wind

18 mins

Patagonia; further South than most people ever dare to venture there's a land of endless distance and beauty. Fine-art photographer Eliseo Miciu explores this mythical place, and also learns a bit more about himself. (UK, Laura Belinky)

The Canoe

27 mins

“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.” This is the story of five paddlers as they travel across the province of Ontario, Canada. (Canada, Goh Iromoto)

People of the Forest: Orang Rimba

14 mins

The ancestral forests of the nomadic Orang Rimba have vanished. In the short span of three decades oil palm plantations have replaced much of the tropical peatland rain forests in Jambi, Indonesia. The People of the Forest, have nowhere to go. (Singapore, Isaac Kerlow)

Washed Away

16 mins

A man suffering from chronic pain races to create intricate sand mosaic masterpieces on the beach before the tides inevitably wash it all way. (USA, Dana Nachman)
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Musically Inclined

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.

Just Wanna Say I Love You

30 mins

Seoyoung opens a new cafe with her best friend, but when her friend leaves for Australia, she just goes through the motions until he walks in. Is it love at first sight? It is meant to be or is she just dreaming? (South Korea, Min Kyungwon)

Chicago Toccata & Fugue

2 mins

A city of Chicago becomes a light show in this captivating timelapse set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. (UK, Geoff Tompkinson)

Rhythm

4 mins

A music video explores the rhythms of the urban landscape, set to the beat of the mechanisms and machinations of both nature and man. (Canada, Rodney Daughtrey)

How You Look At It

9 mins

Inspired by the Carl Jung quote, 'It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are themselves' this story is about how love at first sight changes a man’s perspective of the world around him, with a little help from his inner theme songs. (USA, Wendy Seyb)

Choose Love

3 mins

If you had the chance to take the dance of love, would you? (USA, Trent Whiddon & Gordana Grandosek Whiddon)

La Lune Folle (Crazy Moon)

10 mins

After the loss of a loved one, timid Carly struggles to face an audition at a prestigious music conservatoire. As she awaits her turn, a picture of a 19th Century young & confident woman on the wall catches her eye, granting her a chance to escape into something beyond. (UK, Meneka Das)

Marz

12 mins

At the brink of success, a young rapper must come to terms as his past and present collide. Faced with the difficult position of following his heart or running away from it as hidden feelings are uncovered. (USA, Bobby Yan)

L.A. Fadeaway

19 mins

A young female musician in 1977 Los Angeles struggles to find her voice in an industry full of sellouts. (USA, Meg Sutton)
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Life Interrupted

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.

Love Examined

9 mins

Clark's anger has begun to affect his relationship with Lauren. Now she needs answers, even if Clark doesn't want to talk about his new bruises. (USA, Alexander Vesely)

Don’t Think About It

12 mins

Ron and Casey are expecting a child, but things get out of hand when they both try to protect each other from an inevitable break-up. (USA, Niv Klainer)

Halim

30 mins

A young, shy boy befriends a quirky delightful refugee named Halim. (Austria, Werner Fielder)

Love, Song

17 mins

When your brother is not your brother, but still grows up as part of your family, does that really change how your heart feels? (USA, Qingge Gao)

Jessica

11 mins

A young, bubbly cleaner finds herself left unattended in a house that is not hers. If the dress fits… (USA, Jessica Kingdon)

Small Steps

15 mins

After a young woman suffers a miscarriage, she tries to continue her day as if nothing had happened. (UK, Philip Staal)
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Crimes and Misdemeanors

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!

Through the Haze

11 mins

When a hazing ritual at a construction site goes horribly wrong, things quickly spiral out of control. (Australia, Kieran Wheeler)

Breakdown

10 mins

Michel is desperate. He’s just been fired. He decides to rob the bar he goes to every day. But nothing is going to happen as planned. (France, Greg Tudéla)

The Son, The Father…

13 mins

On the day of his 11th birthday, a young boy must deal with his alcoholic mother. (USA, Lukas Hassel)

Sure Fire

15 mins

Tells the story of a New York City con man, played by the hilarious PJ Marshall ("Luke Cage," "American Horror Story," "Underground"), who stumbles into becoming a movie producer to pay off gangsters threatening to kill him. (USA, Michael Goldburg)

Consent

13 mins

After meeting online, a woman allows a stranger into her home to fulfill an unconventional agreement. (Australia, Clare Sladden)

Crush

15 mins

In a small town, a 16-year-old girl must come to terms with the fact that her two best friends might be involved with the death of a local teenager and that the boy she loves, may have caused it all. (Australia, Lara Kose)

It’s Just a Gun

14 mins

Imagine the life of a gun and all the lives it touches. When a young boy named Gabe finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, it will set in motion a series of events that will change him forever. (USA, Brian Robau)
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I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This

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.

Lockdown

15 mins

When an active shooter is reported, high school misfit Julian hides in the boys bathroom, where he is unexpectedly joined by the shooter, Brandon. (USA, Max Sokoloff)

Frederick

15 mins

Frederick is the story of a high profile painter and art gallery owner, who suffers from an intense version of “artist’s block.” However, his passion reignites when he has an idea for a new controversial project. (USA, Traci Hays)

Rabbit Punch

15 mins

Brutalized at home and bullied at school, a teenage boy from the Congo tries his best to assimilate, but finds that his new life comes with a price. A telling tale of the refugee experience - based on a true story. (UK, Keith Farrell)

Sweet Maddie Stone

24 mins

Hard-nose 15-year-old Maddie Stone, who rules the school yard under the protection of her family name, must use her influence to come up with her father’s bail money before it’s too late. (UK, Brady Hood)

Pushing the Night Away

23 mins

A meeting between Eddie, who wants to kill himself, and Kate, who is fighting to keep herself alive. (Norway, Jade Aksnes)
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A Bump in the Night

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.

Hush

23 mins

A single mother (Rachel Barker, Miss New Hampshire 2007) struggles to raise her 8 year-old son, Caleb (Luke Bedsole), who seems to be going out of his way to make her life a living hell. (USA, Michael Lewis Foster)

Daughters of Virtue

12 mins

With her husband always away on business, Alice, a lonely, bored housewife and mother, hosts a local women's prayer group to help suppress her feelings of isolation. What begins as a routine meeting soon morphs into a fanatical intervention when the group confronts Alice over a dark secret she is hiding. (USA, Michael Escobedo)

Born of Sin

9 mins

A father leaves his eight-year-old daughter in their car while he enters a bar for a drink. Little do either of them know what awaits her. (USA, William Boodell)

Creswick

10 mins

While a young woman helps her father pack up his house, they both become increasingly aware of the mysterious presence that they always knew was there. (Australia, Natalie Erika James)

Hag

23 mins

Inspired by true events. Scott Somers mysteriously experiences sleep paralysis when his wife Marie sleepwalks at night. Unbeknownst to him, she lives with a horrible secret that slowly begins to eat away at their relationship. (USA, Erik Gardner)

Niles Canyon

20 mins

On a desolate road, a troubled man encounters a mysterious teenage girl in distress. He makes a decision to help her, not realizing it will forever alter the course of their destinies. (USA, Sallyanne Massimini)
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Best of the Festival

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.

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Closing Night Screening

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.

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