Taos Shortz Film Fest
11th Edition ..... March 9th-11th, 2018
Taos, New Mexico

Official Selections 2018

After many trials and tribulations and over 1111 submissions, we’re proud to bring you the Best of the Best. We want to thank each and every filmmaker who submitted and we’re honored to screen these outstanding global short films… Join Us March 9-11, 2018

 

33 of the BEST SHORT FILMS on the PLANET

 

 

100 RUBLES FOR A DREAM
Russia  … 18:00
Ivan Artemov

A young contestant on the first-ever crowd funding  TV game show, must convince the world to donate money to his dream.

 

A DATE IN 2025
USA  … 14:00
Ryan Turner

In the year 2025, a young man’s super intelligent AI system tells him that he must go on a date or face certain suicide from loneliness.

 

ADAM
USA / NM  … 2:27  … Animation
Evelyn Ross

In the beginning of them She created us.

 

ALLERGIC TO THE TRUTH
Russia  … 14:00
Olga Ryashina

A quite unusual day for Ivan who sneezes every time he hears the truth.

 

ALZHAÏMOUR
Belgium  … 14:36
Pierre Van de Kerckhove

The arrival of a new patient in the home (Leo, 82), who is also suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, will upset Louise’s life … but also that of her son.

 

BONBONÉ
Palestine  … 15:00
Rakan Mayasi

A Palestinian couple resorts to an unusual way to conceive as the husband is detained in an Israeli jail where visits are restricted.

 

GARDEN PARTY
France  …  6:12
Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts

 

GAME
USA  … 15:00
Jeannie Donohoe

A new kid shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team once they discover a secret?

 

IT’S JUST A GUN
USA  … 14:05
Brian Robau

When a young boy named Gabe finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, it will set in motion a series of events that will change him forever.

 

KILL OFF
Australia  … 15:46  …
Genevieve Clay-Smith

American Horror Story’s Jamie Brewer stars as Sonja, a woman with an intellectual disability who forms an unlikely friendship with a Sudanese refugee through their mutual love of KRUMP.

 

MADRE
Spain  … 18:00
Rodrigo Sorogoyen

A single mother gets a phone call from her seven-year-old son, who is on holiday with his father in the French Basque Country.

 

MARY MOTHER
Afghanistan  … 19:20
Sadam Wahidi

Mary along with her two daughters live in a remote village of Afghanistan, the only son and young man of her family is serving for military in Kunduz province. One day she hears the news of fall of Kunduz province to the hand of Taliban on radio, since the authorities have no news of her son, she decides to start her own journey to Kunduz to find her son.

 

MATO TWILIGHT
China  … 20:00
Tang Peiyan

A retired music teacher and her young tenant who solve their own problems via a common musical connection.

 

MONDAY
USA  … 18:15
Dinh Thai

“What can I get to you?” That’s the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he code-switches through various cliques, he’s forced to confront racism as well as the immorality of his occupation.

 

NEEMKOMOK’
USA  … 22:22
Douglas Cushnie

Isadora, an Indigenous Californian (Gabrielino/Tongva) woman, faces a battle to survive after being emancipated from the abusive Los Angeles mission where she was raised in the early 1800’s. She’s helped by Domingo, a Franciscan friar, on the journey to bring her to a Native village where she can finally be safe.

 

NEGATIVE SPACE
France  … 5:00
Max Porter / Ru Kuwahata

My dad taught me how to pack.

 

NIGHT CALL
USA  … 17:39
Amanda Renee Knox

When on a routine patrol, a  female cop living in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance she is forced to make an unprecedented life altering decision.

 

NUMBNESS
IRAN  … 12:30
Milad Jarmooz

A young Iranian woman is accused of infidelity on the day after her wedding.

 

PRE-DRINK
Quebec  … 23:00
Marc-Antoine Lemire

ALEXE is a young trans woman, and CARL a gay man. Best friends since forever, they decide to have an early drink before heading out on the town.

 

REAL ARTISTS
USA  … 12:00
Cameo Wood

Against all odds, Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios. Every instinct she has ever had about art in filmmaking is about to be challenged.

 

RED TALE
France  … 5:00
Natacha Thomas

RED RIDING HOOD and BLUE BEARD are opposed in a dark fairytale of lights .”Curiosity, in spite of its appeal, often leads to deep regret….it is these gentle wolves who are the most dangerous ones of all”  Charles Perrault

 

ROBOT & SCARECROW
UK  … 15:23
Kibwe Tavares

A fairy tale set against the backdrop of a heady summer music festival, where a robot and a scarecrow meet and fall in love.

 

 

ROOTED IN LOVE
USA / TAOS, NM  … 6:00
Jody McNicholas

Day in the life of long-time Taos, New Mexico food activist, organic farmer, restaurant owner and educator Micah Roseberry  (aka Farmer Micah),  on a crusade to save our most precious resource…our children.

 

RUNNING EAGLE
USA  … 13:00
Konrad Tho Fiedler

Blackfeet Indian girl who escapes from sex traffickers in oil fracking boom North Dakota and braves the brutal Plains winter, hitchhiking back to her home country: the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.

 

SHE’ERIOT  (LEFTOVERS)
Israel   … 19:22
Yael Arad Zafrir

Ruchama, a well-kept 65 years old woman cares for her paralyzed husband who has  ALS disease. He understands everything but can’t do anything on his own

 

STARRY NIGHT
USA  … 20:00
Paxton Farrar

Inspired by the night skies of the high desert, a teenage girl struggles to escape poverty and rural isolation to become an astronomer

 

STATUS QUO
Lebanon  … 20:00
Marie-Rose Osta

In the midst of a boiling Middle East, while the Lebanese borders are under constant terrorist attacks, a Beiruti couple is battling their midnight anxiety.

 

STEALING SILVER
UK  … 19:46
Mark Lobatto

A young woman is forced to confront a painful time in her life when she discovers just how wrong she’s been about the mysterious old man across the road.

 

THE LAST VIRGIN
Spain  … 17:29
Bárbara Farré

Sara, a 13-year-old-girl, has the need to leave her innocence in order to get inside the adult world, so that she can fit into her circle of friends.

 

THE ROBBERY
Spain  … 10:00
Alfonso Díaz

What’s going to happen when these though times get worse and there are more robbers than bars?

 

TO WENDY WHO KICKED ME WHEN I SAID I LOVE YOU
UK  … 10:30
Dan Castella

A strange romance about two lost souls; Wendy (one good eye) & Sidd (short for Siddartha) try to connect in a mid-range airport hotel.

 

TWO STRANGERS WHO MEET FIVE TIMES
UK  … 12:12
Marcus Markou

Two strangers meet at five key turning points over the duration of their lives. Initial conflict gives way to compassion and eventual friendship.

 

TRIBAL RADIO
USA  … 20:35
Sean Owen

There are over 35 tribal radio stations scattered throughout the United States on Native American reservations that serve their local communities. This the story of KSUT.

 

WASHED AWAY
USA  … 16:27
Dana Nachman There are many days that Brandon Anderton cannot get out of bed. But on the days he can, he creates sand mosaic masterpieces only to see them enveloped by the tides hours later.

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