Here Are The 58 Short Films Screening At TFF 2014

Featuring 29 world premieres, this year’s Shorts program includes new works from filmmakers like Steve James, Bill Morrison, Ondi Timoner and the return of Edoardo Ponti, winner of Best Narrative Short Film at TFF 2013.

Here Are The 58 Short Films Screening At TFF 2014

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, is pleased to announce its lineup of 58 short films, 29 of which are world premieres.

This year’s short film selections were curated from 3,074 submissions and include films from 16 countries. The 2014 shorts will be presented in 9 thematic programs —5 narrative categories, 3 documentary categories, and 1 experimental category. Last year’s popular genre-specific program returns this year as “Totally Twisted.” It includes some unusual comedies that exemplify this program theme. 

The 2014 shorts program is thrilled to welcome back filmmakers Steve James, Bill Morrison, Anita Thacher, Ondi Timoner, and Edoardo Ponti, the 2013 winner of Tribeca’s Best Narrative Short film with The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars. This year, Ponti will present the world premiere of Human Voice, featuring a powerful performance by Sophia Loren and cinematography by Academy Award®-winner Rodrigo Prieto.  Writer/director Anders Walter's recent Academy Award®-winning Live Action Short, Helium, will also be included in this year's program.  

The 2014 lineup also features performances by Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jon Huertas (Castle), Seamus Dever (Castle), and voiceovers by Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen.

After Words

These short documentaries are at times political, occasionally provocative, and always personal, reflecting the past and illuminating the present.

  • Duke and the Buffalo, directed and written by Alfredo Alcantara and Josh Chertoff, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Nae Pasaran, directed by Felipe Bustos Sierra, (Scotland) – North American Premiere
  • Nocturnity, directed and written by Alexandra Liveris, (USA) – World Premiere
  • The Next Part, directed and written by Erin Sanger, (USA) – World Premiere
  • In Guns We Trust, directed and written by Nicolas Lévesque, (Canada) – U.S. Premiere
  • Life After Manson, directed and written by Olivia Klaus, (USA) – World Premiere

Before Long

Time waits for no one in these short documentaries. From serious to “showbiz”; they run the gamut of emotion.

  • Ghost Train, directed and written by Kelly Hucker and James Fleming, (Australia) – North American Premiere
  • A Place Called Pluto, directed by Steve James, (USA) – New York Premiere
  • True Gladiators, directed by Kevin Donovan, (USA) – World Premiere
  • AMANDA F***ING PALMER ON THE ROCKS, directed and written by Ondi Timoner, (USA) – World Premiere
  • The Pink Helmet Posse, directed by Benjamin Mullinkosson and Kristelle Laroche, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Showfolk, directed and written by Ned McNeilage, (USA) – World Premiere

City Limits

This year our New York Shorts program “gets real” with four world premiere documentaries relatable to anyone who calls this city home.

  • My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It, directed and written by David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and Elizabeth Swados, (USA) – World Premiere, An HBO Documentary film
  • 70 Hester Street, directed and written by Casimir Nozkowski, (USA) – World Premiere
  • One Year Lease, directed by Brian Bolster, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Of Many, directed by Linda G. Mills, (USA) – World Premiere

Digital Dilemma

As the commercial movie industry is rapidly shifting on a global basis to digital distribution and exhibition, moving image artists continue to celebrate the material qualities of the film medium.

  • A Film Is A Film Is A Film, directed and written by Eva von Schweinitz, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Acetate Diary, directed and written by Russell Sheaffer, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Romance Sans Paroles, directed and written by Christophe Guérin, (France) – International Premiere
  • CUT, directed and written by Anita Thacher, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Optical Sound, directed and written by Elke Groen and Christian Neubacher, (Austria)  – North American Premiere
  • Two Points of Failure, directed and written by Michael Moshe Dahan, (USA) – New York Premiere
  • All Vows, directed and written by Bill Morrison, co-written by Michael Gordon, (USA) – New York Premiere
  • Noise Reduction II: Chinatown, directed and written by Rahee Punyashioka, (India) – North American Premiere

Flight Delays

Things don’t always go as planned for the characters in this group of narrative short films. Often thwarted but always resilient, these characters reflect dreams, desires, and the need to escape.

  • The Boy Scout, directed and written by Patrick Brooks, (USA) – New York Premiere
  • Pour Retourner, directed by Scooter Corkle, written by Zack Mosley, (Canada) – World Premiere
  • La Carnada, directed and written by Josh Soskin, (USA) – World Premiere
  • The Kiosk, directed and written by Anete Melece, (Switzerland) – U.S. Premiere
  • Sweepstakes, directed and written by Mark Tumas, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Sker, directed and written by Eyþór Jóvinsson, (Iceland) – International Premiere
  • Helium, directed and written by Anders Walter, co-written by Christian Gamst Miller-Harris, (Denmark) – New York Premiere (2014 Academy Award® winner Live Action Short film)

Handle With Care

  • Scratch, directed and written by Philip Kelly, co-written by Liam Ryan, (Ireland) – New York Premiere
  • App, directed and written by Alexander Berman, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Contrapelo, directed and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, co-written by Liska Ostojic, (USA) – World Premiere
  • For Spacious Sky, directed by Coy Middlebrook, written by Kevin Allen Jackson, (USA) – North American Premiere
  • The Phone Call, directed and written by Mat Kirkby, co-written by James Lucas, (UK) – New York Premiere

Moral Fibers

Decisions confront the characters in these narrative shorts. This plethora of predicaments deals with work, family, and friends, though not necessarily in that order.

  • Love in the Time of March Madness, directed by Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, written by Melissa Johnson, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Firstborn, directed and written by Leah Tonic, (Israel) – North American Premiere
  • Rúbaí, directed by Louise Ni Fhiannachta, written by Antoin Beag O’Colla, (Ireland) – New York Premiere
  • Today’s The Day, directed and written by Daniel Campos, co-written by Tamara Levinson-Campos, (USA) – North American Premiere
  • Parachute, directed by Peter Stebbings, written by Peter Mooney, (Canada) – World Premiere
  • Stew & Punch, directed and written by Simon Ellis, (UK) – North American Premiere
  • Record, directed and written by David Lyons, co-written by Brook Hely and Trent Roberts, (Australia) – New York Premiere

Soul Survivors

Life isn’t always easy, and this is exemplified by the shorts with both small and large conundrums; human interaction is life preservers in these turbulent waters.

  • Kakara, directed and written by Kimmo Yläkäs, (Finland) – New York Premiere
  • Day Ten, directed and written by Arian Moayed, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Tinto, directed and written by Felix Solis, co-written by Liza Fernandez, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Sequestered, directed and written by Lucas Spaulding, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Cycloid, directed and written by Tomoki Kurogi, (Japan) – New York Premiere
  • Nesma’s Birds, directed by Najwan Ali and Medoo Ali, written by Najwan Ali and Yaser Karim, (Iraq) – North American Premiere
  • Human Voice, directed and written by Edoardo Ponti, co-written by Erri De Luca based on Jean Cocteau’s play, (Italy) – World Premiere

Totally Twisted

Fun. Creepy. Weird. That pretty much sums up the feel of this program designed especially for our late-night loving audience. This program is a real killer, literally.

  • The 30 Year Old Bris, directed and written by Michael D. Ratner, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Trust Me, I’m A Lifeguard, directed by Tony Glazer, co-written by Christian Keiber and Tyler Hollinger, (USA) – World Premiere
  • Peepers, directed by Ken Lam, written by Laura Grey and Jordan Klepper, (USA) – New York Premiere
  • Remora, directed and written by Dylan Marko Bell, co-written by Russell August Anderson, (USA) – World Premiere
  • The Body, directed and written by Paul Davis, co-written by Paul Fischer, (UK) – New York Premiere
  • One Please, directed and written by Jesse Burks, (USA) – New York Premiere
  • Sequence, directed and written by Carles Torrens, (USA) – New York Premiere

The short film, Incident Urbain, will be screening before Karpotrotter in the Viewpoints Section.

  • Incident Urbain, directed and written by John Lalor, (France, Ireland) – North American Premiere


Awards in the Shorts program are given out for Best Narrative Short; Best Documentary Short; and the Student Visionary Award; all films are eligible. 

Recipients of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short Awards will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® provided the film complies with the Academy rules. 

Check out more of the slate:

TFF 2014: World Narrative Competition
TFF 2014: World Documentary Competition
TFF 2014: Viewpoints
TFF 2014: Spotlight
TFF 2014: Storyscapes
TFF 2014: Special Screenings 
TFF 2014: Tribeca/ESPN
TFF 2014: Midnight

Packages and passes are on sale now for American Express® cardmembers and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 10 at 11am:  Learn more about TFF 2014 Ticket Packages.

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