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I think the short gives a freedom to film-makers. What's appealing is that you don't have as much responsibility for storytelling and plot. They can be more like a portrait, or a poem. BSFF believes in short films!

Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, BSFF wants to help empower the next generation of artists. The Boston Short Film Festival is an annual event showcasing shorts films with an edge.

The BSFF focuses on the unconventional, the unusual, the underground, the intuitive, the innovative, the minimalistic and the true artists of our time. All screenings will take place in the MicroCinema theatre at the Somerville Theatre. The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and an unique focus on Boston based filmmakers.

Connecting industry and audiences, the festival celebrates the creativity, diversity and impact of short film. There will be unmissable evening screenings where audiences can watch the best new short films from the hottest new talent, and opportunities to network with the industry.

So whether you are a filmmaker looking to launch or develop your career, an Industry professional wanting to stay ahead of the game or a film lover wanting to soak up the festival atmosphere by watching great films, come along and feast your eyes.

We accept short films up to 55 minutes: drama, experimental, animation, documentary, Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival.

We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening.

Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Boston Short Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Boston Short Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Boston Short Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Boston Short Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Boston Short Film Festival.

Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses including legal fees , proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each category Narrative short, Documentary short One film will be labeled as 'best of the fest' and win the Boston Eagle Award. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free of charge. To reserve seats please send your name, number of seats and the specific night s. We'll confirm ASAP: info bostonshortfilmfestival.

Their goal is to get more subscribers on their YouTube channel. Originally from Morocco, she is in an irregular situation in France, with her father and his French partner. One evening when she returns from a training, she sees her father being arrested before her own eyes. Duration: Beefcakes United States by Andrew Madsen Jasperson He may just be the office manager of a male stripper agency, but Thad has big dreams of following in his brother's footsteps. To make that dream come true though, he's going to need some help.

Perhaps he had heard a sound, but no one could ask, as the boy could not be found. Body Echo expresses psychological fragility and fragmentation of identity. Duration: Retrieval United States by Brady Morell When the younger of two brothers has his jacket stolen, their mom sends the eldest brother out to get it back.

But as time passes, the mom and youngest son begin to wonder if he'll return at all. An invitation to repose. You deserve it. Starring Roger the Cat. Sarah has had enough. Ink animation, Xray digitized A film memorial for my cousin consisting of images of athletics and X-ray.

He was a man who loved Boston sports and who had many health problems. The linkage between impact sports and ill health is sadly an overshadowed by the entertainment of the games. Is this a harmful stereotype or a well-rehearsed monologue? The hooded figure, Ben, grapples with being typecast in the limited roles offered to African Americans while embracing his roots as a Nigerian immigrant.

This inner search for an authentic identity comes to a head when Stephanie, a well-meaning friend, gives unsolicited advice for his next audition. Diva and Astro follow parallel paths in real time, hurtling irrevocably toward the consequences of the habits they find hardest to overcome. The three brothers will be forced to face each other, in order to sell their old house and this will severely test their difficult relationship.

After a night together in their childhood house, which is full of memorabilia, the three will rediscover some values which they thought they have lost while growing up and apart from each other. Duration: My name is Mohamed and Raghad, We don't exist here anymore Australia by Ali Mousawi A one shot, twelve-minute film about a day in the life of an Iranian- Ahwazi asylum seeker family, surviving in Australia.

Mohamed is ten years old. Raghad, his sister, is eleven. They are Ahwazi asylum seekers, living with their father in Liverpool, Sydney. It is a kind of ritual for the myriad lives of women that cannot be singularly symbolized and defined.

As she fights to stand her ground, one pressing question will remain: how far will she go to get the role? The story of brothers Tim and Tyler, growing up in the coastal community of Eastern Passage, as told through the eyes of their friend Luke.

Duration: Shahkboy United States by Jake Peckar Shahkboy is a typical Boston high school kid, doing drugs and getting busted for graffiti. Oh, and he's half shark. This film was made during my senior year at MassArt as my animation degree project. Duration: Line Of Duty India by Mayank Malhotra A Young recruit of the Indian army posted at a remote bunker, is asked to forego his principals of humanity against the rigid border regulations.

With a natural calamity at hand, are all regulations applicable? Inspired by True events. In she became a journalist in Moscow. She met the world's most extreme siamese twins Masha and Dasha Krivoshlyapova. Juliet discovered that the twins had been used for human experiments by the russian physiologist Anokhin and institutionalised all their lives.

Juliet tells the incredible story of the twins who were hidden away from society for 50 years. Frequencies of flesh and electric howls. A disturbing atmosphere where the animal, the organic and the industrial blend.

Duration: Granny Knows Best United Kingdom by Stephan Nielsen A Tinder-addicted bachelor takes relationship advice from his irascible German grandma and her toy boy boyfriend with hilarious results. Duration: Diary United States by Soyeon Kim Abstract and visual expressions of a personal diary Duration: Waiting for Jupiter France by Agathe Riedinger Liane, a year-old girl, has just learnt that she was cast to be part of a reality TV show. Certain that her life will finally start, she burns everything surrounding her to embrace this long-awaited shake-up.

After her spinal surgery, she was always in pain, intense pain, unendurable pain. Painkillers have been her refuge for a long time, but one day, she decided to stop. Duration: Limbs United States by Bryce Patingre A runner attempts to beat his personal best on a training run.

But he becomes extremely aware of his own mortal limits when he must help a fellow runner who is randomly struck by a falling tree branch and at risk of dying. Surrounded by a foreign landscape, two women will understand that demons can come in different forms. Duration: Paperboy United States by Fernando Alfonso The year is and the newspaper industry is under siege financially and politically.

The life of a paperboy has become complicated, especially in Washington, D. Duration: Detached United States by Frances Love Lines warp and grids distort, a mother and daughter are brought together.

After the hospital when she gets back to her school she discovers that one of her students is the son of that nazi. At night, Elisa scratches herself raw. This drives her mother insane. However rather than to see this as a sign that something is wrong, she demands Elisa stop. Does the mother's anger provoke further scratching, or is it the other way around?

The little family begins to break apart and Elisa's mother clumsily attempts to keep their life in order, but it has gotten out of control. An undefinable force is splitting them apart. The father, Aram, is forced to decide whether he should kill the animal or attempt to rescue it. Later it becomes clear how Aram struggles to find a place both in his new country as well as within his own family.

Duration: Year of the robot France by Yves Gellie This film explores the desire and wishes humans may have to form a personal daily relationship with a robot.

It involves elderly people sometimes afflicted with Alzheimer's or dementia, or young adults with autism or neurological problems. Once past the surprise phase and aware of the artificial nature of the robot's functioning, the residents try, despite everything,to forge bonds with it.

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