Eleven short films have been selected as finalists for the Juried Short Film competition at the 2017 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival. More than 300 entries from 25 countries were submitted for review. To be eligible, the films must have been completed within the past year and be under 20 minutes in length.
All eleven films will be screened the night of Saturday, September 9, at the Capawock Theater. At the conclusion of the shorts program, a panel of judges will announce the winning film. A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning filmmaker(s).
2017 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival Juried Short Film Lineup
5 Films About Technology
Directed by Peter Huang (Canada)
Time: 4:39 minutes
A look at the dumber side of technology.
El Atraco (The Robbery)
Directed by Alfonso Díaz (Spain)
Time: 9:53 minutes
What’s going to happen when these tough times get worse and there are more robbers than bars?
Caramel Mou (Unleavened Bread)
Directed by Wilfried Méance (France)
Time: 8:30 minutes
Vanessa is in love with Rémi. Rémi is in love with Vanessa. Only one damper: his bread won’t rise…
disillusionment of 10 point font
Directed by Greg Condon (USA)
Time: 1:12 minutes
A collection of playfully animated words, created on a typewriter.
Directed by Linda Kuriloff (USA)
Time: 5:27 minutes
Aiden Walker has a chance encounter gone wrong with Maggie Reynolds with whom he ends up stuck on the elevator.
Directed by Chris Carfizzi (USA)
Time: 10:08 minutes
A guy’s simple injury has an unexpected and profound effect on his special evening with his girlfriend.
If We Must Die
Directed by Giovanni Ferrari (USA)
Time: 18:37 minutes
Adapted from a short story by the internationally acclaimed author Kurt Vonnegut, IF WE MUST DIE tells about the unforgettable day of three destinies who collide in the wake of a small town murder. A police chief, his prime suspect, and a ten-year-old paperboy all defend their versions of the truth. Nature will be the final judge.
Once Upon a Line
Directed by Alicja Jasina (USA)
Time: 7:05 minutes
A man leads a monotone, humdrum existence until he meets somebody.
Directed by Keith Farrell and Hannah Salt (UK)
Time: 15:00 minutes
Rabbit Punch is a redemption tale, based on a true story of a teenage boy who has come to Manchester, UK from the Congo as a young refugee. When a chance encounter leads him to his local boxing club, his life takes an unexpected turn, but can this club help him to escape his past?
Time Flies When I Am Having Fun
Directed by John Tappert (Sweden)
Time: 4:30 minutes
From personal experience Marianne knows that time passes too quickly when she is having fun. She therefore tries to live as boring as possible, which turns out to be harder than she thought.
La Vista (The Visit)
Directed by: Romina Scheduler (USA)
Time: 12:30 minutes
During an encounter with his aging mother, a man must face an unsettling truth about himself.