International Spotlight

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As an adjunct to Master Class: Editing with Karen Pearlman, SLIFF offers a…

Directed by Uluç Bayraktar

Based on the novel “9,75 Square Centimetres” by acclaimed Turkish author Mehmet Eroğlu, the film tells the…

Directed by Mona Zandi Haghighi

Middle-age Shokoo finds out that her elderly ex-husband, Fereydoun, has been placed in a nursing home by…

Directed by Barbara Vekarić

Aleksi, a troubled 28-year-old who has failed to find a job as a photographer after graduating from…

Directed by Eran Paz

“And I Was There” provides a distinctive and potent take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that feels…

Directed by Ruthy Pribar

In her debut feature film, Israeli filmmaker Ruthy Pribar focuses on a pair of Russian immigrants in…

Directed by Jason Loftus & Eric Pedicelli

“Ask No Questions” offers a fascinating and damning investigation of the Chinese government’s concerted…

Directed by Erwan Le Duc

“The Bare Necessity” — which debuted at Cannes last year — is an ebullient high point in the recent spate…

Directed by Kim Yong-Hoon

A wild, fast-paced crime thriller that deftly crosses the Coen Bros. with “The Grifters,” “Beasts Clawing…

Directed by Rodd Rathjen

“Buoyancy,” the moving coming-of-age story of a Cambodian teenager sold into forced labor, offers…

Directed by Marlén Viñayo

In “Cachada,” which screened at last year’s SXSW, five El Salvadoran women who have lived difficult lives…

Directed by Gianni de Gregorio

Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy’s laconic answer to Larry David, returns to the humanist comic territory of…

Directed by Johanne Helgeland

“The Crossing” — a film about the confidence, uncompromising loyalty, and great courage found in even the…

Perspectives on animals, the environment, and the natural world.

Glimpses of family life both fraught and inspiring from around the globe.

Stories of deportees, asylum seekers, and undocumented immigrants from Latin America.

A collection of real-life stories told through a variety of animated techniques.

An anthology of films about the lives of musicians.

A trio of nonfiction shorts examining hard-won triumphs and continuing challenges in the LGBTQ community…

A global survey of the myriad challenges faced by women both past and present.

Directed by Jiayan "Jenny" Shi

“Finding Yingying” chronicles the search for Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old Chinese student who had only…

Directed by Darby Duffin & Adam Jones

“Fish & Men” explores the high cost of cheap fish in the modern U.S. seafood economy, exposing the…

Directed by Michal Szczesniak

In this unsettling and hypnotic Polish thriller, young scientist Anna Waterman (Julia Kijowska) is…

Directed by Donna Serbe-Davis

How can the endangered city of Venice be preserved? Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy’s most famous living…

Directed by Koji Fukada

One of Japan’s current cinematic masters, Koji Fukada follows up his critically acclaimed “Harmonium” with…

Directed by Itay Tal

In Itay Tal’s “God of the Piano,” Anat (Naama Preis, winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival award for Best…

Directed by Adam Knapp & Kenneth Linn

“God Save the Wings” offers a rousing, highly entertaining look at the brief history of Wichita’s MISL…

Directed by Nir Bergman

Aharon has devoted his life to raising Uri, his autistic son. They have established a gentle routine,…

Directed by Sonia Nassery Cole

“I Am You” offers an insider’s look at the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan and the tragedy of its refugees.…

Directed by Stefano Mordini

“When I woke up, the nightmare began.” So begins the account of Adriano Doria (Riccardo Scamarcio), a…

Directed by Elena Horn

German schools mandate that students learn about National Socialism and its devastating impact on the…

Directed by Michael Hewitt & Dermot Lavery

Skillfully adapting a massive book of the same name that chronicles every one of the 3,700 deaths…

Directed by Ezequiel Radusky

For 30 years Lila (Liliana Juárez) has been a cleaner in a provincial municipality building. She’s an…

Directed by Justin Krook

“Machine” examines artificial intelligence (AI) — the most radical new technology of our time — from…

Directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

At the outset of “Madre,” Elena (Marta Nieto) receives a call from her 6-year-old son, who tells her that…

Directed by Anca Damian

This poetic and touching animated film from director Anca Damian follows an optimistic stray dog named…

Directed by Pietro Marcello

In this Italian adaptation, Jack London’s 1909 novel becomes a sprawling tale of an idealistic young…

Directed by David Osit

A real-life political saga, “Mayor” follows Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second…

Directed by Maite Alberdi

Rómulo is a private investigator hired to investigate a retirement home in Chile where a resident may be…

Directed by Yvan Attal

In this adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novella by cult American author John Fante — found in the…

Directed by Stéphanie Chuat & Véronique Reymond

Lisa (the wonderful Nina Hoss of “Phoenix” and “Barbara”), once a brilliant playwright, no longer writes.…

Directed by Yee-Lam Wong

Serving countless newlyweds in Hong Kong’s go-to one-stop shop of cheap wedding supplies doesn’t exempt…

Rousing adventures, complex introspections, and unconventional families highlight this animated collection…

Take a break from the weight of the world with this laugh-filled collection.

A second helping of hilarious shorts.

An eclectic mix of crowd-pleasing shorts that includes animation, dark comedy, and horror.

Powerful films making strong statements comprise this collection of dramatic shorts.

A collection of mind-bending, form-expanding work.

Shorts to make your skin crawl and your spine tingle.

Tales from around the globe about people seeking — but not always finding — better lives in new countries…

Animated tales from around the world.

Janet "Lovey" Herrmann, who programmed the first SLIFF shorts program and continues to help evaluate…

These dramatic shorts transport you to a specific moment in time.

Short films that prove a picture is worth a thousand words.

Directed by Mauricio Leiva Cock

Using some of Iron Maiden’s most famous tracks, including “Aces High” and “The Trooper,” first-time…

Directed by Midi Z

After toiling for years in bit parts, aspiring actress Nina Wu (Wu Ke-Xi) finally gets her big break with…

Directed by Icko Gonzalez & John Valdes Tan

“Oligase” tells the story of a “no-read and no-write” indigenous Matigsalug girl who rebels against her…

Directed by Mehmet Bahadir Er & Maryna Er Gorbach

Turkish soldier Ismet (Cem Bender), who served at the border as a commander of the Coast Guard, has…

Directed by Cam Cowan

In Buenos Aires at the age of 16, Pedro Opeka declined an opportunity to become a professional soccer…

Directed by Charlotte Dauphin

“The Other” — the directorial debut of Charlotte Dauphin, producer of Mia Hansen Love’s “Bergman Island”…

Directed by Allan Deberton

Russas, a small town in northeastern Brazil, is the home of Pacarrete, a grumpy retired dance teacher who…

Directed by Mounia Meddour

In 1997 Algiers, when the country falls into the hands of terrorist groups seeking to establish an Islamic…

Directed by Nick Brandestini

On the Georgia barrier island of Sapelo — accessible only by boat —  preteen brothers JerMarkest and…

Directed by Batan Silva

Based on a true story, this inspiring dramedy chronicles the slow rescue from despair of Miguel, the…

Directed by Viesturs Kairiss

“The Sign Painter” is a tragicomedy about Ansis, a young Latvian man with simple goals: to marry the free-…

This eclectic program is tailored for children ages 4 to 8.

This program of family films will appeal to kids ages 8 to 13.

Directed by Gabriel Range

In 1971, a 24-year-old David Bowie (Johnny Flynn) embarks on his first road trip to America with…

Directed by Marie-Sophie Chambon

Sixteen-year-old physics whiz Lois wants only one thing: to travel into space. But heavy-set people like…

Directed by Attila Szász

In 1945 Hungary, shortly after the end of World War II, chaos and insecurity reign supreme in the country…

Directed by Mariko Bobrik

In this story about love, misunderstanding, and food, Vietnamese cook Long struggles to fit into a…

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

“There Is No Evil” relates a quartet of stories — about the military executioners Heshmat, Pouya, Javad,…

Directed by Mauro Mancini

In “Thou Shalt Not Hate” — which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival — Simone Segre (Alessandro…

Directed by Abel Ferrara

In his first dramatic feature since 2014’s “Pasolini,” Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant,” “King of New York…

Directed by Filippo Meneghetti

Pensioners Nina (Barbara Sukowa) and Madeleine (Martine Chevallier) have hidden their deep and passionate…

Directed by Christian Petzold

In “Undine” — the story of a life-or-death love, splendidly and effortlessly told — Christian Petzold (“…

Directed by Steven J. Mihaljevich

When a suspicious death remains unsolved, three boys suspect a reclusive Indigenous man named Bobby (…

Directed by Hique Montanari

“Yonlu” incorporates animation, music, and video clips to tell the story of an extraordinarily creative…