BFF has added 33 short films to its lineup, 26 with a female director. Get tickets here.
“Short filmmaking is truly a unique form of storytelling,” said Wendy Guerrero, BFF’s President of Programming. “To be able to show a full story arc in twenty minutes or less, is an impressive feat. We are so thrilled with the quality of this year’s selected short films, and the fact that they represent so many female filmmakers, accurately reflects our mission. We look forward to championing the careers of these creators for many years to come.”
BFF 2018 OFFICIAL SHORT FILM SELECTIONS
Abby The Spoon Lady, USA, 10m., Director Justin Johnson
North Carolina-based Abby Roach is one of a few in the world who makes a living clacking a pair of flatware together. This is her story.
Allen, USA, 24m.,Director Nayip Ramos
A day in the life of a group of teens as they party, smoke, and learn a lesson about skin color.
Brooklynn, USA, 12m, Director Charlie Mysak
A deeply personal look into how gun violence impacts a family long after the media spotlight fades away.
Buttercup, USA, 12m., Director Megan Brotherton
Maggie is struggling with the aftermath of her mother’s death when her old friend Janie unexpectedly swoops in to help her process her grief.
Candy Apple Red, USA, 4m., Director Brenna Malloy
A portrait of a sickness rendered by its haunted witness.
Control, USA, 15m., Director Kimmy Gatewood
A depressed woman’s suicide note turns into a suicide binder.
Cowboy and Indian, USA, 8m., Director Sujata Day
In an unlikely encounter in the desert, a cowboy chances upon a young Bengali bride and the two develop a dynamic where both come to realize that things should not be taken at face value.
Dojo Girl, USA, 13m., Director Joy Millana
A teenage girl’s predominantly white peer group bullies her due to her Japanese ethnicity.
Empire on Main Street, USA, 25m.,Director Jessica Congdon
A tireless entrepreneur jump-starts the transformation of a neglected vacation town, until her ambition pushes her to the brink.
Fee, UK, 10m., Director Guen Murroni
A woman deals with her past on the night of her legal name change.
For Muriel, USA, 14m.,Director Rebecca Shapiro
A comedy about Elaine and Helen, two ladies pushing 70, and their younger friend, Jenn, as they plot to rob a bank. Because none of them has ever robbed a bank, they each suggest a different movie to model their robbery on, “Point Break”,
Great Muy Bien, Cuba, 15m.,Director Sheyla Pool Pástor
Being prepared for the political and economic reality that is looming in Cuba is a priority today for many Cubans who live on the island.
Here Now, USA, 9 mins., Director Rachel Feldman
Marla thinks that the death of her husband has sent her daughter Audrey into a dangerous psychological decline, but what if the things her daughter imagines are real?
Kill Off, Australia, 16 mins., Director Genevieve Clay-Smith
A woman with an intellectual disability forms an unlikely friendship with a Sudanese refugee through their mutual love of street dance.
La Peluqueria, USA, 15mins., Director Abitha Ramachandran
Two women with very different backgrounds are forced to come together in order to save a struggling hair salon – and their last shot at the American Dream.
Laboratory Conditions, USA, 16 mins., Director, Jocelyn Stamat
A physician investigating her missing patient uncovers an unlawful experiment.
Lady M.,UK, 12 mins., Director Tammy Riley Smith
Hell hath no fury like an older woman scorned An ageing actress summons the spirit of Lady Macbeth in order to win the part in an upcoming production.
Lullaby, USA, 5 mins.,Director Dale Fabrigar
A young Filipino mother receives a mysterious package in the middle of the night. Her curiosity unleashes a chain of events that threaten her life and her baby forever.
Lunch Ladies, USA, 19 mins., Director JM Logan
Two burnt out high school Lunch Ladies do whatever it bloody takes on their quest to become Johnny Depp’s Personal Chefs.
Maude, USA, 10 mins., Director Anna Margaret Hollyman
Teeny thought it was just another routine babysitting job—until she’s shocked to meet the client. As the day goes on, Teeny decides to become the woman she had no idea she always wanted to be … until she gets caught.
Moving Violation, USA, 12 mins., Directed by Laura Waters Hinson
A jilted bride finally faces the truth about her ex-fiancé after a newly-installed speed camera on her street pushes her to the edge.
Mr. Connolly Has ALS, USA, 32 mins., Director Dan Habib
A high school principal is embraced by his community as he continues to lead the school, despite rapidly losing his ability to walk and speak due to the debilitating effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Mud (Hashtł’ishnii), USA, 9 mins., Directed by Shaandiin Tome
On her last day, Ruby faces the inescapable remnants of alcoholism, family, and culture.
Parade, Cuba/USA, 6 mins., Directed by Kira Akerman
High school musicians from New Orleans travel to Santiago de Cuba on a cultural exchange, collaborating with their Cuban peers on a parade to celebrate President Obama’s open border policy with music in the streets.
Refill, USA, 11 mins., Directed by Carese Bartlett
An elderly woman is forced to confront her anxiety when it appears as a stressed out, twenty year-old, ready to prove her worth.
Rikers: Innocence Lost, USA, 14 mins., Directed by Garrett Hubbard
Rikers: Innocence Lost tells the stories of the men and women whose lives have been upended and forever changed by incarceration at New York City’s infamous jail.
The Dark of Night, USA, 8 mins., Directed by Robin Wright
A mysterious woman with a dark secret seeks refuge from a driving storm where no one and nothing is as it seems.
The Brownlist, USA, 6 mins., Directed by Kelly Walker and Ryan Garcia
A smart, satirical comedy that explores race and what it means to be “diverse” in Hollywood. It’s the story of a girl blessed with two races, but isn’t enough of either to fit in. To the Hollywood box.
The Counter: 1960, USA, 11 mins., Directed by Tracy Twinkie Byrd
Three “WOKE” Black Students from 2017 find themselves seated at the Lunch Counters in 1960. Will they be served?
The Matchmaker, USA, 11 mins., Director Leonora Pitts
Terrified that his mother may not find the important mental stimulation he believes will stave off Alzheimer’s Disease, Sam sets out to find her the Perfect Best Friend within her new retirement community, with hilarious and poignant results.
Tiger By The Tail, Hong Kong, 16 mins.,Director Nicola Fan
A teenage girl’s first day out of juvenile detention center in Hong Kong.
Wonder Buffalo, USA, 18 mins., Directed by Christine T. Berg
A coming of age story of a Thai American teen finding acceptance and empowerment cosplaying as her favorite superhero.
Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber, USA, 6 mins., Director Svetlana Cvetko
A stylish tribute to the prolific and trailblazing American silent film director Lois Weber, told through the character of a young magazine photographer who hopes to impress her.