May 29th - June 2nd, 2019


The Connecticut Shorts Program showcases short films that were either shot in Connecticut or made by a filmmaker from Connecticut.  This new category will celebrate local film talent and the beautiful state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Shorts Program will screen as a series twice during the 2017 Festival and is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media

Saturday, June 3rd
Bow Tie Cinemas – Theater 3

Sunday, June 4th
Cole Auditorium


Directed By: Eric Heimbold
Run Time: 17 mins
Country: USA
Category: Documentary Short

A blind adventure writer and the first sustainable sushi chef search for enlightenment in the murky depths of the New England coast. *This award is presented by The Connecticut Office of Film, Television and Digital Media.


Directed By: Sarah Lew
Run Time: 4.2 mins
Country: USA
Category: Narrative Short

When a young girl finds out the devastating truth that Santa isn’t real on the night before Christmas, she analyzes the implications of this realization.


Directed By: Alex Morsanutto
Run Time: 14 mins
Country: USA
Category: Narrative Short

Tommy Ashby, a high school senior with severe social anxiety, decides to step out of his comfort zone to learn 70’s disco dancing.


Directed By: Margaret Stapor Costa
Run Time: 29.5 mins
Country: USA
Category: Documentary Short

MY NAME IS JOAN tells the story of a woman who was born to an unwed mother in a mother and baby home in Ireland in 1949 and then illegally adopted by an American family when she was over 2 years old.  The film highlights how the Catholic Church and the Irish Government allowed the illegal exporting of babies for money to occur for decades and how the church and the government are still denying adopted children the right to access their adoption records and learn their true identities.


Directed By: Sam Ketay
Run Time: 9 mins
Country: USA
Category: Documentary Short

A WONDERFUL PLACE is a short documentary film told from the perspective of 80-year-old Greenwich, CT estate owner, Norma Asnes. We travel with Norma, via John Deere electric cart, around her property and on the journey gain insights into family and nature.


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Louisa Greene – The Avon Theatre, Director of Development and Marketing

Louisa Greene is the Director of Development and Marketing at the Avon Theatre Film Center in Stamford, CT, a member-supported, non-profit independent cinema. Louisa has helped organize several new film festivals, including the Greenwich Youth Film Festival and Stamford Youth Film Festival. She has done promotions for the Focus on French Cinema Festival and the Greenwich International Film Festival as well as hosted events at the Avon for their kick-off screenings. She was proud to represent the Avon at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Louisa is passionate about collaborating with other non-profits to use film as a vehicle to promote social change. In honor of the Avon’s 70th anniversary, she co-produced a short film, and also co-produced a short about the historic Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, CT.

Louisa has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in art history and an M.S.W. from Columbia Univ. She resides in Old Greenwich with her family and volunteers for the Greenwich Council, BSA; Junior League of Greenwich; Perrot Library and Christ Church.

Ed Ruggiero – Connecticut Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media

Ed Ruggiero administers the Digital Media and Motion Picture Tax Credit Programs for the state of CT Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media. Previously, he worked as a Commercial Producer for Cablevision. He has also worked as an editor on the feature films Yonkers Joe, starring Chazz Palminteri, Murder on Mott Street, directed by and starring Burt Young, and the 1997 Sundance selection Mr. Vincent. His short film Changing Room was awarded Best Dramatic Short at the 9th Annual New Haven Film Festival (2004).

Ellen Woolf – Connecticut Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media

Ellen Woolf Rubrich has been with the CT Office of Film, Television & Digital Media since 2005 in which time she has supported over 2000 film, television, commercial, and digital media projects in Connecticut. Prior credits include Sesame Workshop, Martha Stewart Living, and World Wrestling Entertainment. She is especially fond of storytelling that serves the greater good and believes strongly in transforming the world through planned and random acts of kindness. Ellen Woolf Rubrich is a member of the Association for Film Commissioner International, DECD Agency Chair for the CT State Employees Campaign for Charitable Giving, and Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

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