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2023 SFFILM Festival

2023 SFFILM Festival

2024 SFFILM Festival

Shorts 2: Of Body and Mind

Saturday April 27 at 12 pm PT at Marina Theatre

Saturday April 27 at 12 pm PT at Marina Theatre

Saturday April 27 at 12 pm PT at Marina Theatre

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A woman smoking a cigarette at night.

Shorts

Thirstygirl

Thirstygirl

A sex-addicted young woman sneaks away periodically to cope with her desire while on an important road trip with her sister.

Alexandra Qin

USA | Shorts | 10 min

A group of men smoking in front of a wall.

Shorts

Playground

Playground

Amidst a pulsing crowd at a Barcelona rave, Uri tries to find a rhythm and pieces of themselves in others.

Raul Villalba

Spain | Shorts | 16 min

A bird squawking at a smaller bird.

Shorts

La Perra

La Perra

Ink and watercolor surrealist illustrations explore what it’s like to inhabit an oversexualized body and how to make sense of our desires in a society that shames them.

Carla Melo Gampert

Colombia | Shorts | 14 min

A blue stuffed toy bear on a chair.

Shorts

I Did Not Wake Up Dead Today

I Did Not Wake Up Dead Today

Using a teddy bear as a stand-in for themself, a director expounds candidly about their depressive episodes.

Erin Macpherson

Belgium | Shorts | 18 min

A woman with earbuds looking out to the ocean.

Shorts

Don’t Look Down

Don’t Look Down

A serious brain injury dashes Kiana Davis’s dream of competing in the Olympics. Who is an athlete when they can no longer perform? Confronted with that question, Davis finds a new dream and sense of purpose.

Ilanna Barkusky

USA | Shorts | 8 min

Two girls standing on a grass field.

Shorts

Choices

Choices

Under the bleachers of a Los Angeles high school, three friends reflect on their decisions surrounding pregnancy and motherhood, and the freedom to choose their path.

Kameishia Wooten

USA | Shorts | 12 min

Two women sitting by a pool.

Shorts

Punta Salinas

Punta Salinas

A 16-year-old awaits her period after having sex for the first time, learning to own her power as she becomes more familiar with her body.

Maria del Mar Rosario

Puerto Rico | Shorts | 16 min

Program Description

A kaleidoscope of stories examines the sacred, visceral, and deeply personal experience that is our relationship with our bodies. Whether it is uplifting the gender expansive, depicting sexual awakenings or needs, challenging taboos around bodies that menstruate, or addressing inner struggles and resilience, these films navigate what it means to inhabit a body, learn from our limitations, and encourage us to embrace and love the darkest parts of ourselves. Keeping mind and body in sync is an ongoing process and existing in our bodies and honoring our most authentic sense of self in a world not made for the vulnerable is an act of courage.

Directors Alexandra Qin, Raul Villalba, Ilanna Barkusky, Kameishia Wooten, Maria del Mar Rosario, and Erin Macpherson are expected to attend

Total Runtime 94 min

Thirstygirl
Alexandra Qin (USA 2023, 10 min) A sex-addicted young woman sneaks away periodically to cope with her desire while on an important road trip with her sister.

Playground
Raul Villalba (Spain 2023, 16 min)
Amidst a pulsing crowd at a Barcelona rave, Uri tries to find a rhythm and pieces of themselves in others.

La Perra
Carla Melo Gampert (Colombia, France 2023, 14 min)
Ink and watercolor surrealist illustrations explore what it’s like to inhabit an oversexualized body and how to make sense of our desires in a society that shames them.

I Did Not Wake Up Dead Today
Erin Macpherson (Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, South Africa 2023, 18 min)
Using a teddy bear as a stand-in for themself, a director expounds candidly about their depressive episodes.

Don’t Look Down
Ilanna Barkusky (USA 2023, 8 min)
A serious brain injury dashes Kiana Davis’s dream of competing in the Olympics. Who is an athlete when they can no longer perform? Confronted with that question, Davis finds a new dream and sense of purpose.

Choices
Kameishia Wooten (USA 2022, 12 min)
Under the bleachers of a Los Angeles high school, three friends reflect on their decisions surrounding pregnancy and motherhood, and the freedom to choose their path.

Punta Salinas
Maria del Mar Rosario (Puerto Rico 2023, 16 min)
A 16-year-old awaits her period after having sex for the first time, learning to own her power as she becomes more familiar with her body.