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SFFILM Festival

Shorts 7: Youth Works

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Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


Young filmmakers from throughout the world offer up fresh and daring voices in this selection of narrative, documentary, and animated films. From a lighthearted and comedic vision of the apocalypse to a documentary about working and living in Kozan, Adana, Turkey, to earnest treatises on growing up through the COVID-19 pandemic, these films are an introduction to the cinematic future. Recommended for ages 11 and up.

Total running time 77 min
Titles listed alphabetically rather than in order of play. All films are in competition.

A Cure for Humanity
Two high schoolers put the perilous and disastrous events of 2020 into a larger context of the historical oppression of marginalized people around the world, delivering their message with vigor. The short includes a spoken word piece by Iziyah Robinson.
(Jared Fontecha, Iziyah Robinson, USA 2019, 7 min)
Open captioning will be available for this film.

Sofie Verweyen’s short dramatizes the internal life of a young Greta Thunberg, the film encouraging the viewer to interrogate the ways in which we trivialize the ongoing climate crisis and asks what lessons society can learn from our activist youth.
(Sofie Verweyen, USA 2020, 8 min)

i hate winters.
In a film that takes a diaristic approach, a young woman expresses an earnest longing for a love that has ended too soon and left her whole world cold
(Shivesh Pandey, India 2020, 9 min)
Closed captioning will be available for this film.

In this futuristic short, a young woman, Lyra Bishop, fights the deep expanse of space through intellect and initiative. From her deeply mediated and indoor life, Lyra protects and connects with family through years of separation by navigating one-sided forms of communication.
(Samuel Correa, USA 2020, 12 min)

Just as I Am
In the form of a personal statement, Emma asserts her thoughts and opinions outright, encouraging us to express ourselves in ways most true to who we are, no matter what traditional feminine stereotypes and gender roles may dictate.
(Arianna Azzaro, Italy 2021, 3 min)
Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Following not only the everyday life of a farmer but also her frustrations and feelings, this film portrays a life in Kozan, Adapazarı, Turkey.
(İlayda İşeri, Turkey 2020, 6 min)

A Loco Vivid Dream
In a dreamlike series of reflections, time itself seemingly pauses as a teenager documents vistas left vacant by a quarantine in Gydnia, Poland
(Marek Ścibior, Poland 2020, 10 min)

Music for the End of the World
Emmanuel Li’s uplifting and hilarious short dares to dance in the face of certain demise through a sun-drenched apocalypse with colorful animation and enchanting imagery of the last teenager on Earth.
(Emmanuel Li, UK 2020, 7 min)
Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Stranger Strings
A violin virtuoso battles increasingly difficult obstacles as her stunning performance crescendos to an unexpected comic finale. You can hope for the best but always prepare for the worst.
(Ava Salomon, USA 2020, 2 min)

Through Their Eyes
Through stop-motion animation, US, Alisha Heng renders an idyllic setting for a cohabitating wolf and a rabbit that harbors tension at every turn as the days tick by and charming pretense comes crumbling down.
(Alisha Heng, USA 2020, 11 min)

What’s that sound?
Animated with style and wit, Tanya Cyster crafts a short depicting a frustrated cat inspecting every corner of a house to find and stop a mysterious and aggravating sound.
(Tanya Cyster, USA 2020, 2 min)

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