APRIL 17TH-22ND, 2017
Olivia and Arthur spend their days away from home. The day Olivia discovers a stray cat in the woods is the first step into a journey of loss of innocence.
Maju de Paiva was born in 1996, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2014, she started the Cinema and Video Program at Universidade Federal Fluminense. Stray Animals is her first film as a director and screenwriter.
Movie night at home. At the end of the film, the two women start a conversation about the idea of traveling. While smoking and drinking wine, they exchange their ideas, desires, and expectations.
Violette is a
Two pirate ships, one Chinese, one European, drive alongside each other in the
wide ocean. A ferocious battle rages between the two crews. Only up on top of the
tallest masts is an island that is surprisingly calm.
Tobi Trebeljahr was born 1987 in Darmstadt. As an autodidact skilled in 2D and 3D graphics he has worked as a designer for movies and videogames. He is now an animation student.
A stoner comedy about a day in the life of Jogi and his friend Davor. They try to return a lost shipment but encounter a grumpy postal worker. Good music, sunshine, and every day struggle ensue.
Aron Horvath was born in Slovenia. He studied fine arts for three years in Ljubljana, then applied to AFRFT for film directing. He is now finishing his third year and preparing for his diploma work.
Evan would enjoy nothing more than to spend his day inside playing with his toys. He’s 7 years old, Chinese, living with his soon-to-be widowed mother. After visiting his father in the hospital, Evan learns he must come to grips with impending death while watching as his mother tries to cope.
Lin Wang is a writer and director from Shanghai. She recently graduated from Chapman University in California, and has begun her career traveling and directing.
Other people eat cake for their birthdays. The four Friedemann women go on a hike.
In Corsica, a tiny island in the Mediterranean, four friends enjoy the last days of an endless summer. As they tell each other their secrets, Camille, the youngest, tell her friends she is pregnant. She must make a decision, and grow up, at last.
Marie Léa Regales was born in Paris in 1993. After a few years studying editing, she directed her first short film, Les Sirènes (Mermaids.)
Late night at a chawl in central Mumbai, a prostitute finds the courage to leave her sterile and meaningless life. A hostage escapes her kidnappers, a shootout occurs between gangsters, and a paralysed war veteran tries to walk after years of a sedentary life. All of this happens next door to each other in a single uninterrupted shot.
A story about the end of a relationship. From entanglements to the end of the story, the girl finally lets go of the past and lives in the moment.
Hsin Lin was born in 1993. She is from Tainan, Taiwan, a slow-paced city with ancient buildings.
Pooch tells the story of a Ahmet, a Turkish factory worker, and a refugee child being smuggled from Syria.
Osman Yaziki was born in Trabzon, Turkey. He has worked as an assistant director in the advertising industry. So far he has directed five short films. He is a student of the fine arts faculty of design and film.
After witnessing a murder, Elia finds herself kidnapped in the back of a truck, fleeing on country roads, by Tarek, the impulsive misunderstood driver, Yann, a giant body to a child's mind, and Marie, a young woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown about to give birth.
Born in Chevreuse, Fabien Luszezyszyn attended acting school, then studied directing at Ecole de la Cite, and has produced numerous short films including Until Death Do You Part.
Human beings try to tame genetics, polish the animal, perfect the beast. A species is far from its nature. An ideal is imposed on the forms. It is a celestial candy.
Juliana Fochtman studies image and sound design in the Architecture, Design, and Urbanism Faculty at UBA.
Yuppie is a historical and contemporary exploration of race relations and gentrification in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Clark Burnett attends Yale University. He's interested in sociology (race and class issues), music, and telling stories.
Clark has interned at Ken Burns's production company and has edited viral videos for Genius.com. From thrillers to documentaries, his work has been screened in film festivals around the country.
From Flint: Voices from a Poisoned City tells the story of the Flint water crisis from the perspectives of those who have experienced this tragedy first hand and from activists working through grass-root organizations.
Elise Conklin is a break out documentary director from MSU. She has an extensive background in editing. After being mentored by Bob Albers, Elise has taken it into her own hands to start creating new and powerful works.
Photographs capture special moments of our lives, at the same time reminding us of their impermanence. Remember? is a journey through a space of memories.
Sanna Liljander, studied cinematography and editing at Metropolia UAS, Degree Programme in Film and Television for two years. In 2014 she started documentary filmmaking studies at Aalto University, ELO Film School Helsinki.
An exploration of the lives of the aboriginal people of a small fishing community in the remote village of Kampung Kuala Masa, Jahor.
Omar Eldib is originally from Egypt and now studies in Nusajaya, Jahor.
Baba Usta is a graveyard worker. When his office is threatened, he has to face both the municipality and a mysterious rival with powerful connections.
Bastug has directed several short films and has helped with independent film projects. He has been in a band since 2011.
Kabakcioglu was born in Ankara and raised in Istanbul. He has worked on numerous short films. He is currently focusing on new projects in visual storytelling
A satirical journey that takes us through the mind cells of Maria Sikias, a Lebanese woman who’s going through a casting session with a German casting director. With each emotion requested, her subconscious is revealed, haunted by her reality and by the system that we live in as human beings.
Perla Joe Maalouli grew up in Lebanon. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design, but then decided to study Cinematography.
Intermittent Continuity is a movie about relations between people and urban spaces they live in.
A powerful tale about love faced with darkness.
In her Directing Animation studies, Anushka was pushed to nurture her very visual and emotive style. She has an eye for detail and is very playful but critical with her approach to animation.
The artificial flavor of banana is based on a fruit that no longer exists. Gross Michelle was, until 1960, America’s most popular strand of bananas. Its obituary is bleak, gooey, and speaks about the past, present and future global food politics.
Ana Pérez López is a Spanish filmmaker and journalist who is currently in the Experimental Animation MFA Program of CalArts. Her work questions the role of truth in the days of the Internet.
A family memory affects three generations of women, who have had to deal with separations in their lives. This film mixes non-fiction and fiction storytelling, through visualizing ancient Chinese poetry and cultural symbols and a voiceover transcending time and space.
Lingyun Zheng is a filmmaker born and raised in China. With years of hands-on experience, she is determined to explore the new meaning of Chinese culture in global cultural environment.
A call to save a nest from burning leads a certain bird to strange and unfamiliar territory.
Daniel Wesseik is an illustrator and an animation director now based in Breda, The Netherlands. He recently graduated with a Masters in Animation Studies.
Doors of Perception is a fairy tale in black light. In a world where the unknown is black infinity an person wakes up and has to look for her ways in darkness. She sets off to search for the familiar. But does the truth lie in the visible?
Since high school Caroline has been learning from images: from ads to experiments, from her own short films to educational projects. She studies at filmArche, the biggest self-governed film school in Europe.
Organs are harvested from plants fertilized with dead bodies.
The film is about the disconnect between the elder son and his family. It looks at the other family members and explores their desires from an absentee protagonist’s point of view, like time travel in one’s mind. It explores the notion of ever changing nature of relationships and the process of making way for new ones formed at different times and places.
Maisam is in his final year studying film direction. This is his first short film.
We live in the city, fish live in the fish tank, it’s the same.
Frank is not a person but rather an idea of working together to create art and film.
In the beginning of them She created us.
Evelyn Ross grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is interested in creating work out of tactile media such as sand, ink droplets, and clay. She has a background in dance and subconsciously uses that knowledge to choreograph movement in her work. She is a student at RISD.
Yale Filmmaker's Block
Benjy Steinberg is a writer, director, and producer from Palo Alto, California. He is a senior Film & Media Studies major.
Director's Bio: TJ is a freshman film studies major, originally from Hartford, CT. He hopes that this will be the first of many films he will make.
This film involves choreography and performance to depict an imaginary pool sermon where themes of ideology and struggle emerge.
Bianca Boragi is a sculptor, filmmaker and actress. She recently graduated with an MFA in Sculpture from Yale School of Art and works as an archivist and craftsman for the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings Archive at Yale University Art Gallery.
Rebecca Shoptaw is a junior at Yale. She has created a number of award-winning short films featuring LGBTQ+ characters, along with the currently airing web series Middlemarch: The Series.
When freshman TJ Sanders shows up late to the first day of his first section, he mishears a student who asks, "Are you the TA?" This simple misunderstanding spirals into a web of lies, and TJ sets off on a series of misadventures while masquerading as a graduate student.
Jackie is a senior.
When the world's greatest hero is defeated, his five ex-sidekicks gather together to mourn, air longstanding grievances, and, perhaps, figure out a successor.
Russell Cohen is a senior in Jonathan Edwards College from Cleveland. He’s a Film & Media Studies and History double major, and a proud (trombone-playing) member of the Yale Precision Marching Band.
Benjy Steinberg is from Palo Alto, California. Outside of Yale, he’s studied writing and directing at the UCLA School of Film, Theater, and Television, and at the FAMU Academy in Prague. Benjy’s films have screened at festivals in Los Angeles, New York City, New Haven, and Fort Lauderdale.
Originally from Cleveland, Jeff Ding is a graduating film studies and computer science student at Yale University. Sometimes at Night is the first film he has directed and written.
Gian-Paul is a senior American Studies major concentrating in Visual, Literary, and Performance Cultures. He is a member of The Good Show, Yale’s late-night style comedy video sketch group, and The Control Group, Yale’s experimental theatre ensemble. He acts in and directs theater productions.