May 29th - June 2nd, 2019


The Narrative Shorts Program will screen twice as a series during the 2017 Festival. 

Friday, June 2nd
Bow Tie Cinemas – Theater 3

Sunday, June 4th
Bow Tie Cinemas – Theater 3


Directed By: Joschka Laukeninks
Run Time: 8 mins
Country: Germany

As a young child, our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.


Directed By: Paul Meschùh
Run Time: 28 mins
Country: Austria

On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran. The athletic young man is the only survivor of a disaster in the Mediterranean Sea and asks Hannes and Gerlinde to smuggle him across the border. Questioning Moussa’s true intentions, the yacht owners are torn between mistrust, fear and the urge for helping a fellow human being. A political drama of two separated worlds colliding within one global community.


Directed By: Jason Neulander
Run Time: 6 mins
Country: USA

Sheila’s new babysitter Emmie asks if there are any bedtime rituals she should know about. There are.


Directed By: Erik Ivar Sæther & Nicolai Berg Hansson
Run Time: 11.5 mins
Country: Norway

The past few months, Jens has realized that he isn’t happy. Luckily, he has chosen the suitable time and place for spilling his guts… the family dinner. GLASS HOUSE is a black comedy that will make you choke on laughter and salty duck breast.


Directed By: Jonathan Mason & Hamid Saidji
Run Time: 21 mins
Country: France/Algeria

A kaleidoscopic journey through the streets of Algiers in HOCINE FILALI’s ramshackle taxi. With dreams of setting sail for a better life in Italy, Hocine will first have to escape the grip of this magical city and its colorful cast of characters.


Directed By: Valérie Leroy
Run Time: 17 mins
Country: France

A recent divorcee moves into a new building and teaches its residents to swim, despite not having a swimming pool.


Directed By: Leandro Goddinho
Run Time: 30 mins
Country: Brazil

Claudia decides to investigate her grandmother’s past, who recently passed away. Through a letter, she comes to Marlene, an old German lady who lives in Brazil and keeps her memories inside a pool without water. During the visit, the old lady reveals details of her life that intersect with Claudia’s grandmother’s past, a German fugitive of the 2nd World War…


Directed By: Lilli Schwabe
Run Time: 33 mins
Country: Austria

Clara, an OB/GYN, supports her patients’ decisions, whether they are bringing a child into the world or terminating a pregnancy. As a wife and loving mother to her two little children, the increasing pressure of daily life and her self-imposed belief system are beginning to falter. She finds that her duties at the clinic suddenly seem insurmountable and her family is slipping away.


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Claire Tisne Haft – BAFTA

Claire Tisne Haft is a columnist for the Greenwich Times writing about motherhood and living in Greenwich. Claire is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television, after serving on their board for the East Coast chapter.  Claire is also a board member of Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities and a board member of the US Dyspraxia Foundation.  Claire worked for years in book publishing; her last gig before she left to raise kids in the backcountry of Greenwich was Vice President, Director of Subsidiary Rights, Editor for The Random House Publishing Group.  Claire also facilitated Random House Productions, a joint venture with Focus Films that was created to help writers become more integrated in film process. Claire is a proud member of Trinity Church in Greenwich as well as the Chabbad of Greenwich, and has taken a leadership role in “Interfaith Conversations,” a group started by The Jewish Family Services of Greenwich. 

Michael Mailer – Director

Michael Mailer has been producing independent films for over two decades. His productions have been presented at some of the world’s best-known film festivals and released by companies including Sony, Universal, Fox, Lionsgate, and IFC. Through his dozens of films, Mailer has worked with actors such as Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr, Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Bruce Dern, Adrien Grenier, Kyra Sedgwick, Neve Campbell, Burt Reynolds, and many more. Mailer’s films include Two Girls and a Guy, Black and White, Empire, The Ledge, Seduced and Abandoned, and his directorial debut, Blind.

Melissa Shahbazian – Producer

Melissa Hook Shahbazian co-founded ManDown Pictures in 2007, where she has developed feature film and television projects within and outside of the major studio system. Amongst the projects she developed and produced is the BAFTA Award and Indie Spirit Award-nominated AMERICAN HONEY, from auteur Andrea Arnold, and starring Shia LaBeouf, Sasha Lane, and Riley Keough. Prior to ManDown, Melissa worked in the development ranks of MTV and management/production shingle, Benderspink. Melissa is a graduate of the USC Film School’s Production Program, where she produced director Jon M. Chu’s showcase short, WHEN THE KIDS ARE AWAY.

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