Official Selection 2018

The 17th Annual Miami short Film Festival takes place over the course of 5 days at the new, state-of-the-art Silverspot Cinemas in Downtown Miami. Here is the information of the 7 different blocks we are screening at the week of Nov 07 – 11, 2018. Tickets are available for purchase following the links provided. Discount tickets available. For ticketing questions, please contact us directly at info@miamishortfilmfestival.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH | 7PM | SILVERSPOT CINEMA

300 SE 3rd St #100, Miami, FL 33131

TRIBUTE TO CANADA

This year, we are honoring Canada with this selection of shorts by Canadian filmmakers that present a powerful sample of the talented, innovative, and artistic films from our neighbors to the north.

Bait And Switch

Dir. by Phil Moniz - Short short - 06 Min - Canada

A young woman’s perception of beauty is challenged when she discovers that her tinder date lied in his profile.

March Fool

Dir. By Pierre-Marc Drouin - Narrative - 14:10 Min - Canada

Struggling with depression, Louis finds out that his family is planning a prank on him for April Fools’ day. Problem is: we’re still in March

Marguerite

Dir. By Marianne Farley - Narrative - 19:09 Min - Canada

An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.

Fauve

Dir. By Jeremy Comte - Narrative - 15:52 Min - Canada

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Heads Or Tails

Dir. By Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargas - Narrative - 15:00 Min - Canada

Panicked at the idea of losing his position, incumbent mayor Joseph L’Heureux refuses to accept the result of his hometown’s municipal election.

Tapping Tango

Dir. By Nancy Snipper - Animation - 03:11 Min - Canada

Meet Henry and Abigail, two pay phones in a Montreal metro station who tap dance and tango their way into love.

Three Pages

Dir. By Roger Gariépy - Narrative - 14:57 Min - Canada

An unassuming middle-aged accountant learns he has only weeks to live. Rather than tell everyone, Martin determines to learn the three pages of a Bach adagio for piano he’d abandoned as a child.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH | 8PM | SILVERSPOT CINEMA

300 SE 3rd St #100, Miami, FL 33131

EARLY AWAKENING

The depths one goes to awaken their mind, body, and soul.

Silent Campine

Dir. By Steffen Geypens - Narrative - 15:00 Min - Belgium

Flanders, Post World War I. A traumatised ex-soldier and his obedient son go hunting every day in order to survive and take care of the mortally ill mother. Daily pushed to their limits, until there’s a point of no return.

Weird

Dir. By Fausto Montanari - Short/Short - 02:00 Min - Italy

Weird” It is a shout of a girl usual to be judged weird and different. She express in the monologue her sufferance and her dream to make possible to delete the concept of weird. Weirdness is only a point of view and that we are all the same.

Game Of Chicken

Dir. By Karina Hajdamowicz - Narrative - 15:00 Min - Poland

Desperate to gain his classmates’ acceptance, Tony, 14 , tries his hand at beating Frank at his own game. Before long, the ’war of pixels’ takes a sharp turn. Tony’s mum can only look on and wonder.

Endangerhood: Orangutans

Dir. By Ryan Flynn - Environmental - 01:50 Min - United States

A young family gets revenge for endangered animals.

Milk And Cookies

Dir. By Andrew Scott-Ramsay - Narrative - 07:30 Min - United States

Grace is five. She wants milk and cookies. Every day. Real bad.

Tits Up (The big save episode 6)

Dir. By Jamie Maule-Ffinch - Web / New Media - 05:30 Min - United Kingdom

Vix is in a failing relationship so she does what everyone would do: have a mucky dance floor experience with a random guy and propose to her boyfriend out of guilt.

Be Triton

Dir. By Jose Birchenall - Experimental - 05:00 Min - United States

A man exhausted of the routine of the work  who  on a  good day  feeling tired of everything, decides to risk and to descend to the depths of the sea in where he finds himself.

Béa

Dir. José Esteban Pavlovich Salido – Narrative -13.22 Min – Mexico

Seven-year-old Béa’s world changes as her young mother tries to reconnect with her estranged aunt in this love-letter to misunderstanding.

Unexpected Discoveries

Dir. By James Mabery - Animation - 02:01 Min - United States

A young fellow finds himself stumbling upon an ordinary flashlight that allows him to explore other places. Unexpected Discoveries reminds us to always be present. You never know what is around the corner or what is directly in front of you.

Rex Orange County 'Loving Is Easy'

Dir. By Chris Ullens - Music Videos - 03:11 Min - United Kingdom

Miniature Rex and Benny chill and perform together in stop-motion from their dreamy living room that comes to life to the sound of their lovely tune.

Mamartuile

Dir. By Alejandro Saevich - Narrative - 11:40 Min - Spain

The president of Mexico spends his final days in office making plans for his future. Everything looks in order until an international conflict interrupts his pleasant rest.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH | 8PM | SILVERSPOT CINEMA

300 SE 3rd St #100, Miami, FL 33131

UPDATE TIME

The exploration of life and all its journeys in the ever-changing world.

Singularity

Dir. By Mike Williamson - Animation - 02:10 Min - Australia

Evolution is the ultimate journey, always in the now and always moving forward. Film explores the journey of life, showing its complexity and scale. Creating synthetic life ourselves… especially one that has the potential to exceed our intelligence?

Sola

Dir. By Jonathan - Music Video - 03:15 Min - Australia

As the world collapses around them, humanity walks on oblivious, compulsively editing selfies and updating profiles

The Masseuse

- Dir. By Ce Ding Tan - Narrative - 20:00 Min - Malaysia

In a world where cutting edge robots are coveted, a fledgling human technician is torn between pursuing his feelings towards an outdated android and placating his abusive, android-aversive father.

Compatible

Dir. By Pau Bacardit - Narrative - 14:46 Min - Spain

In the immediate future, where technology increasingly invades human existence, the Renewed® company offers personality and interest updates to live connected to the rest of the society.

Alone

Dir. By Esteban Valdez - Animation - 06:04 Min - United States

With the world hellbent on annihilation, we’ve gathered all the brilliant minds of our time to create a robotic proxy which we send into the void of space and time in search of a new home. But… Is it too late?

Homo Celularis Metro

Dir. By Joaquin Gonzalez - Short short - 01:00 Min - Uruguay

Underground, in the Beijing Metro, we seem to be witnessing the transition and transformation of Homo Sapiens into a new species: Homo Celularis.

Fauve

Dir. By Jeremy Comte - Narrative - 15:52 Min - Canada

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Salvation

Dir. By Karim Sherif - Experimental - 02:40 Min - Egypt

“Salvation” was a challenge of self-expression to portray emotions.”

The Shins "Half A Million"

Dir. By Lamar+Nik - Music Video - 03:23 Min - United States

Filmed on a white backdrop, edited, then printed out. “Half A Million” was created with 5,566 stickers, hand cut from the 4,868 frames and animated by sticking them down on top of each other at each of the 40+ locations.

Sand

Dir. By Arjan Brentjes - Animation - 04:48 Min - Netherlands

You get up at five, eat your vitamins, take some water with your coffee, work for a few hours, eat your omegas and flavonoids, work a little more, get some exercise and then take a shower. But don’t bother trying to wash the sand out of your hair.

Double Exposed

Dir. By Julie Buck - Short short - 03:36 Min - United States

Working from an 8mm film from 1960, Double Exposed is about nostalgia and the images that bind a family together.

In Traverse

Dir. By Daniel Yankiver - Short short - 04:39 Min - United States

‘In Traverse’ is a visual duet that displays a universal yet personal quest for fulfillment.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH | 4PM | SILVERSPOT CINEMA

300 SE 3rd St #100, Miami, FL 33131

BUILDINGS WALLS

When dealing with personal relationships, you can either build a wall or a bridge. These shorts explore the choices people make in these situations and the outcomes they face.

Beffroi - Faint

Dir. By O'Nonto Zaman - Music Video - 04:17 Min - Belgium

A bully of about twenty-five has a tumultuous daily life where violence and the sale of drugs with his friends mingle. But as soon as he has a moment of respite, he escapes this house and what binds him to this family that opposes everything.

Boy Boy Girl Girl

Dir. By Ross Kauffman - Narrative - 10:40 Min - United States

A gay couple attempts to adopt from a pregnant meth addict and her criminal girlfriend.

French

Dir. By Josza Anjembe - Narrative - 20:00 Min - France

At seventeen, Seyna, a teenager from Cameroon is passionate about France history, the country where she was born and she is deeply in love. Seyna only desire one thing: to acquire French nationality.

Juan Gabriel Is Dead

Dir. By Tavo Ruiz - Narrative - 14:50 Min - Germany / Mexico

On the day famous mexican singer JUAN GABRIEL dies, best friends Beto and Daniel will redefine their friendship. Daniel imagines how his day would be if he were a girl. Maybe this way his feelings toward Beto would be seen as normal.

2Nd Class

Dir. By Jimmy Olsson - Narrative - 13:52 Min - Sweden

Charlotte has got a new job as a second grade teacher. One night she is attacked by a nazi and is severely injured. When she comes back to her students she discovers that one of her students is the son of that nazi.

Wilson

Dir. By John Ogunmuyiwa - Short short - 03:26 Min - United Kingdom

This is a film about being trapped behind fake words and the disconnect between our feelings and our surroundings.

Curl

Dir. By Chih Chieh Wu - Short/Short - 02:59 Min - United Kingdom

In a hair salon, a girl sees an incident happened next to her, what would she do?

Indochine

Station 13 - Dir. By Bouha Kazmi - Music Video - 06:29 Min - United Kingdom

“Station 13” depicts the representation of what initially appears to be ordinary men persecuted by society, men who are later revealed to be angels on earth.

Brunettes Shoot Blondes

Dir. By Andrii Kovalov - Music Video - 04:00 Min - Ukraine

Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes new self-directed and self-produced video for “HIPS” begins with a model putting a coin into the head of a pigeon character, taking a polaroid with two models before pushing out the finished.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH | 7PM | SILVERSPOT CINEMA

300 SE 3rd St #100, Miami, FL 33131

PERCEPTION

How we perceive life determines how we experience it.

Kcpk - The End

Dir. By Loïc Andrieu - Music Video - 06:10 Min - France

The cinematic video is capturing a teenage girl’s worst nightmare through adolescent angst, bathed in underlying sexual tension, and depicts the inevitable end of youth and purity.

Mad Rush

Dir. By Hee-Jun Lee - Narrative - 16:05 Min - Republic of Korea

Suffering from a contamination obsession and panic disorder, Byunghoon is battling through the little things every day. Regardless of the outcome of a day is a true gift all along but has been forgotten at some point. Just grateful as it is.

Fils

Dir. By Cyrus Neshvad - Narrative - 14:10 Min - Luxembourg

Sébastien, who cannot come to terms with his son being in a coma, begins to question his reality.

Ari

Dir. By Sangbeom Koo - Narrative - 13:03 Min - Republic of Korea

Nara, an 8-year-old girl, and her mother meet Gaeun, an 8-year-old girl.

Dr. Mantis

Dir. By Brandon Mikolaski - Animation - 02:36 Min - United States

Dr. Mantis is a practicing psychotherapist but a full time praying mantis. Often, she doesn’t know where one ends and the other begins. But the truth is, she doesn’t really care. Fred is a transitioning caterpillar who bugs her.

Come Correct

Dir. By Alex Russell, Dominic Russell - Narrative - 11:51 Min - Australia

A loveable Bogan challenges a pompous Bartender to a cocktail duel after he is unfairly evicted.

Hi, I'M Dan

Dir. By Rosa Rodriguez - Short/Short - 04:30 Min - United States

An oddball office worker falls apart as he prepares for an interview with a new company.

Metasystox-R

Dir. By Feodor Borka - Experimental - 02:33 Min - United States

“How can I take a parked car, with two people in it, and make it interesting?” -Feodor Borka

My First Time

Dir. By Asaf Livni - Narrative - 09:30 Min - Israel

The First time always hurts

Mondays

Dir. By Michael Thelin - Documentary - 01:55 Min - United States

Have you seen a grandma?

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH | 4PM | SILVERSPOT CINEMA

300 SE 3rd St #100, Miami, FL 33131

PERFECT TOXIC RELATIONS

When two people, destined for disaster, collide.

An Abstract Room

Dir. By Gökhan Bulut - Narrative - 10:15 Min - Turkey

A film about how a woman, left alone after her husband locks himself up in a room, is haunted by intrusions of the janitor and invasion of crows in her balcony.

Adam & Esra

Dir. By Achmed Abdel-SalMin - Narrative - 19:03 Min - Austria

Upon meeting the very down-to-earth Esra, narcissistic Adam sets out to conquer her. But his superficiality soon becomes a stumbling block – and bit by bit, his facade starts to crack.

The Master Of Cuchillo

Dir. By Rodrigo Sebastian Gonzalez - Narrative - 11:26 Min - Mexico

Each mind has its own rules, passions, obsessions and ways of loving. But no matter whom you are, you should accept yourself as you are, and learn to dance with your darkest version of yourself. The story of chef Timoteo who knows what he doesn’t want.

Somnium

Dir. By Zaina Salameh - Short short - 05:00 Min - Germany

Two strangers engage in an outer-body experience at a train station through a shared ‘dream-landscape.’ Conflicting forces of imagination and reality ensue.

Yesterday Or The Day Before

Dir. By Hugo Sanz - Narrative - 09:14 Min - Spain

Words are the perfect seed to harvest the best things in life.

Tits Up (episode 1)

Dir. By Jamie Maule-Ffinch - Web / New Media - 04:33 Min - United Kingdom

Vix feels guilty about the little “mishap” of the night before and makes an impromptu decision that makes things go tits up…

Everything Mattress

Dir. By Chase Joliet - Narrative - 32 Min - United States

“How can I take a parked car, with two people in it, and make it interesting?” -Feodor Borka

Two Balloons

Dir. By Mark C. Smith - Animation - 09:08 Min - United States

Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH | 7PM | SILVERSPOT CINEMA

300 SE 3rd St #100, Miami, FL 33131

MYTHS & LEGENDS

What makes someone’s life story great?

Leftovers

Dir. By Yael Arad Zafrir - Narrative - 19:22 Min - Israel

An elderly devoted wife, tries to maintain a normal life for her and her paralyzed husband in Tel Aviv. A French tourist reminds her of all she has left aside for her marriage. She is swept away for a moment, to face the consequences of her actions.

Zona

Dir. By Toofan Nahanghodrati - Narrative - 20:00 Min - Iran

Zona is about a man who is summoned to the court by charges placed against him by a woman who claims pregnancy. A DNA test is taken to prove this claim and the result emerges something different out of his life.

Ulises

Dir. By Jorge Malpica - Narrative - 07:55 Min - Mexico

Warned by Circe, the Goddess, Ulysses ordered his men to tie him to his ship’s mast. Thus preventing him from surrendering to the enchanting mermaid’s call, which devoured the unwary men seduced by it.’ The Odyssey.

Think Of Something Blue

Dir. By De Mars - Experimental - 06:23 Min - Netherlands

Think of something blue is based on a Dutch Poem by Martijn den Ouden. It portrays a man, dealing with loneliness and mourning, comforted by memories of his loved one.

Ovum

Dir. By Luciano Blotta - Narrative - 17:08 Min - Argentina

Far off in the recesses of a secluded coast, an isolated fisherman makes a discovery that will change his life forever.

Zerø

Dir. By Peter Darley Miller - Ocean - 02:39 Min - United States

Featuring professional surfer Danny Fuller, a brief glimpse into the day you don’t go surfing.

The Rabbit's Foot

Dir. By Charlie Brafman and Magnus McCullagh - Narrative - 19:12 Min - United Kingdom

Under the auspices of a mystical rabbit’s foot, the fortunes of a card sharp, a former bandit leader and a luckless prospector intertwine with fatal consequences in this pitch-black comic fable.