SLIFF 2012 Short Film Programs
Shorts 2: Animation 2
Animation examining relationships of all kinds.
(Udo Prinsen, Netherlands, 2011, 6 min.): A young Auschwitz prisoner auditions for the camp’s orchestra.
The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete
(Uri Lotan, U.S., 2012, 6 min.): Poisonberry Pete, the baddest pie in the yeast, is in town and looking for trouble.
(Anna Matacz, Germany, 2012, 6 min.): A simple story about love, passion, and blindness.
Brad & Gary
(Pierre Coffin, France, 2011, 4 min.): Two creatures living in an unknown world join forces to overcome their shortcomings.
(Jonah D. Ansell, U.S., 2011, 8 min.): A macabre nursery rhyme hand-drawn with Sharpie markers.
Colosse: A Wood Tale
(Yves Geleyn, U.S., 2012, 3 min.): A very tall robot puppet made of wood doesn’t know his own strength.
Drawing for Memory
(Andy Glynne, U.K., 2012, 03;16): A story of separation about Ali and his grandmother, who were forced to flee Afghanistan.
(Corinne Ladeinde, U.K., 2011, 7 min.): Ernesto feels left out when he realizes he’s the only kid in school who still has a full set of milk teeth.
First Time I Ran Away
(Joel Trussell, U.S., 2012, 3 min.): A runaway has an encounter with a character in the woods.
From Dad to Son
(Nils Knoblich, Germany, 2011, 5 min.): A prisoner receives the message that his elderly father needs help tilling his field.
(Iria Lopez, U.K., 2012, 8 min.): Jose is a teenage pig living in a Spanish town.
Head Over Heels
(Timothy Reckart, U.K., 2012, 10 min.): After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: He lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling.
I’ll Stop Crying If You Stop Crying
(Andy Glynne, U.K., 2012, 4 min.): Hamid describes the struggles of coming to terms with his father’s death.
The Man with the Stolen Heart
(Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith, U.K., 2011, 8 min.): Asan wakes up one day to discover his heart has left.
My Heart Belongs to You
(Lev Polyakov, U.S., 2012, 4 min.): A hamster falls in love with an elementary school teacher and dreams about rescuing her from evil demons.
My Little Friend
(Eric Prah, U.S., 2012, 2 min.): A hungry hobo gets his food taken by a greedy little pigeon.
(Nicolas Villarreal, Argentina, 2012, 8 min.): While conducting experiments on a quiet night, a scientist receives an unexpected visitor.
Please Don’t Let Me Go
(Andy Glynne, U.K., 2012, 4 min.): Juliane spent years in an orphanage, surviving on barely any food and experiencing bullying from other children.
(Anthony Straus, Canada, 2011, 4 min.): In post-apocalyptic New York, a lone robot’s only companion is a screw.
(Bill Plympton, U.S., 2011, 2 min.): A man wonders what horrors could be lurking in his backyard swimming pool.
Tiffany: Death on the Runway
(Bill Plympton, U.S., 2012, 9 min.): Young, earnest Tiffany makes her debut in an attempt to be the most unlikely of supermodels.
Waiting for Her Sailor
(Bill Plympton, U.S., 2011, 1 min.): A woman watches the ocean as a ship approaches.
Shorts 3: Crime
A program of crime-themed shorts that never let up.
The Devil’s Dosh
(Zach Guerra, U.S., 2012, 29 min.): In the ruins of 1949 East London, an unassuming young man works as a custodian in a notorious brothel.
Franky and the Ant
(Billy Hayes, U.S., 2012, 10 min.): Franky, a professional killer, abducts a woman and puts her in the trunk of his car.
Her Next Door
(Sasha Ransome, U.K., 2012, 10 min.): When Alice pops round to her neighbors to escape a gas leak in her own house, she puts herself in a different form of danger.
In the Still of the Night
(Alexander Ronnberg, Sweden, 2012, 20 min.): Boy meets girl. Boy kidnaps girl. Girl makes her own demands.
(Greg Rom, South Africa, 2012, 11 min.): Armed with little more than a plan, a man seeks to get away with the contents of a bustling bank’s vault.
(Simon Toy, Australia, 2010, 10 min.): An ex-con finds redemption when he meets a woman who is desperate to rid herself of her past.
Shorts 4: Absurd Animation
Animation that’s a little on the weird side.
(Julia Pott, U.K., 2011, 7 min.): As he comes of age, Oscar must face the necissity of leaving something behind.
(Ülo Pikkov, Estonia, 2011, 9 min.): A body remembers the sorrow and pain of predecessors.
(Zina & Petros Papadopoulos, Greece, 2012, 8 min.): Everyone must ride on a unicycle. Every assignment must be accomplished within the deadline. And every inconsistency has severe consequences.
(Santiago Menghini, Canada, 2012, 4 min.): A journey through brief moments in time and space.
The Great Rabbit
(Atsushi Wada, France, 2012, 7 min.): If you believe in the Rabbit, you will believe anything.
(Guusje Kaayk, Netherlands, 2011, 3 min.): Whimsical, terrifying tones alternate with rounded, organic sounds.
(Micah Gallagher, U.S., 2012, 12 min.): A puppet travels through four rooms representing different stages of intellectual and spiritual development.
(Ines Sedan, France, 2011, 6 min.): A man must hide his homosexuality and dance until he finds the strength to reveal who he really is.
(Joseph Pierce, U.K., 2012, 8 min.): As the booze flows, the line between who belongs behind and in front of the bar becomes increasingly blurred.
RE:AX aka Peace Starts with Me
(Max Hattler, U.K., 2011, 2 min.): An exploration of mirroring and feedback through abstract shapes.
The Seventh Room
(Elizabeth Willy, U.S., 2012, 9 min.): A visit to an old house in the wilderness.
(Max Hattler, U.K., 2010, 9 min.): An underlying, unchanging sync is at the center of everything.
(Michaela Pavlotova, France, 2012, 7 min.): It’s another humdrum daily routine for a tram’s conductress.
Via Curiel 8
(Mara Cerri & Magda Guidi, France, 2011, 9 min.): A man and woman retrace a distant moment of their life.
(Joe Schenkenberg, U.S., 2011, 8 min.): What happens around the house when you’re not there?
Shorts 5: Comedy
The laughter never stops once the program starts.
(Jonathan Browning, U.S., 2012, 4 min.): A couple clean their house in preparation for a very special guest.
(Zack Bornstein, Eric Binswanger & David Shuck, U.S., 2012, 9 min.): When Milo’s father and grandfather tell him he’s too young to go hunting, he takes matters into his own hands.
(Joshua Clark, U.S., 2011, 7 min.): Dan Redding faces difficulties in his first session at group therapy.
(Josh Levy, Canada, 2011, 20 min.): After being deported back to his native Canada, once-famous comedian Bob London attempts a Hollywood comeback.
Long Distance Information
(Douglas Hart, U.K., 2011, 8 min.): Da always said not to talk to strangers, but you’ve got to phone home sometimes.
(Mark Slutsky, Canada, 2011, 11 min.): Surrounded by angry Hassids, Josh is astonished to find himself accused of anti-Semitic violence.
Take a Seat
(Richell Morrissey, U.S., 2011, 9 min.): A newly acclaimed Executive of the Year spirals into a panic while preparing for a day filled with employee cutbacks.
Talking Dog for Sale, 10 Euros
(Lewis-Martin Soucy, France, 2012, 8 min.): When a man sees an advertisement for a talking dog, he pursues the offer with natural skepticism.
(Jared Varava, U.S., 2011, 7 min.): The true and historically accurate tale of one tumbleweed that did not tumble.
The White Mosquito
(Marco Gadge, Germany, 2011, 16 min.): In a quiet provincial town, two policemen lead a contemplative life until the mayor has an ominous idea.
(Brian McGinn & Rod Blackhurst, U.S., 2012, 8 min.): Two old friends play a game of “Would You Rather,” and their choices begin to come true.
Shorts 6: Absurd/Experimental
A mind-bending collection of strange stories and stranger films.
The Big Tree
(Andrew Struthers, Canada, 2012, 5 min.): To get his fishing boat back, Dave agrees to cut down the tallest fir tree.
(Renaud Hallée, Canada, 2011, 4 min.): Fire is used as a visual and musical tool.
(Oleg Borshchevskiy, Ukraine, 2011, 10 min.): One man’s hand is all that one women can be happy with.
(Pedro Pires, Canada, 2011, 11 min.): The fragmented violence of war is seen through the eyes of a general on his deathbed.
How to Raise the Moon
(Anja Struck, Germany, 2011, 8 min.): Sleep and death fight over a woman’s life, discovering the secret of how to raise the moon.
(Daniel Seideneder, Germany, 2011, 4 min.): Like a hurdygurdy, an enclosed cosmos starts over to play its song anew.
(Floris Kaayk, Netherlands, 2011, 4 min.): Various organisms try to gain terrain by conquering parts of each other’s bodies.
The Last Bus
(Ivana Laucikova & Martin Snopek, Slovakia, 2011, 15 mins.): The true nature of man and beast is revealed as a bus shuttles forest animals out of their natural environment.
(Kaveh Nabatian, Canada, 2011, 7 min.): A film about unprotected sex, destiny, and soul music.
(Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 2011, 7 min.): Have you ever wondered who was the last person sleeping in a hotel bed?
(Nicolas Provost, Belgium, 2011, 7 min.): Two passengers adventure towards a mysterious future.
(Momoko Seto, France, 2011, 10 min.): Vegetation is peacefully taking roots on the planet and everything seems to live in harmony.
(Johan Rijpma, Netherlands, 2011, 3 min.): The secret life of tape.