2020 SBIFF Short Films

Youth CineMedia

Youth CineMedia is a local Santa Barbara non-profit founded by filmmaker, activist, and educator Osiris Castañeda. YCM teaches documentary filmmaking to diverse children, teens, and young adults-- with projects focusing mostly on social justice issues. HIV Orphans...

You Got the Part

You Got the Part

An affable actor (Koz McRae) lands a role on a popular gladiator TV show, but there's just one catch: full-frontal nudity. *FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY* Directed by Jason SerenoCountry: USA46 minutes

Wonder

Wonder

Sammy, an 11 year-old growing up in “the hood,” secretly dreams of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman for Halloween.Directed by Javier MolinaProduced by Gabriel Furman, Javier Molina, Paolo Monico, Eva MinemarWritten by Gabriel FurmanStarring Benji Siegel, Gabriel...

Wild Love

Wild Love

While on a romantic getaway, Alan and Beverly cause a fatal accident. This crime won't remain unpunished.Directed by Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Léa Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin YvergniauxProduced by Julien DeparisCountry: France7 minutes

Whales Without Walls

Whales Without Walls

A proposed sanctuary for captive whales and dolphins will provide respect and autonomy in an environment in which they can thrive.Directed by Charles Vinick, Dr. Lori Marino, Michael Mountain, Matt StammProduced by Charles Vinick, Dr. Lori Marino, Michael...

The Way Home

The Way Home

Chasing the American dream, two Chinese immigrants realize dreams are nightmares when the price is too high to pay.Directed by Yiran ZhouProduced by Summer Xinlei YangWritten by "Nathan" Zheng Nie, Yiran ZhouStarring Zhan Wang, Henggao Li, Zhanghuan Zhang, Grace...

The Watchmaker

The Watchmaker

Master Japanese watchmaker Takumi Oshiro nears the completion of one of his greatest masterpieces.Directed by Charlie FonvilleProduced by Charlie FonvilleWritten by Charlie FonvilleStarring Hidetoshi ImuraCountry: USA5 minutesUS Premiere

Tribes

Tribes

Three young hoodlums trying to rob a subway car learn that self-identity is a bitch.Directed by Nino AldiProduced by Jake Hunter, Jeion Green, Charlie Burt, Adam Waheed, Patricia Chica, DeStorm PowerWritten by Andy MarlettStarring Adam Waheed, DeStorm Power, Jake...

Then They Laid Themselves Down

Then They Laid Themselves Down

In 1903, the U.S. government removed the Cupeño Indians from their ancestral homeland.Directed by Andrew BaxtProduced by Andrew BaxtStarring Gordon Lee Johnson, Ruth NolanCountry: USA6 minutesWorld Premiere

Tattoo

Tattoo

To renew her driver's license, a young girl needs psychological approval at the police hospital because of her tattoos.Directed by Farhad DelaramProduced by Dena RassamWritten by Farhad Delaram, story by Dena RassamStarring Behdokht Valian, Alireza Sanifar, Anahita...

The Takeback

The Takeback

Kobi takes things from others to avoid giving himself to anyone--until he gets caught.Directed by Jesse D. TurkProduced by Jesse D. TurkWritten by Jesse D. TurkStarring Wolfie Trausch, Chad Westbrook, Andrew GeorgeCountry: USA14 minutes

State Street Serenade

State Street Serenade

Playing in an echoing city parking lot for over a decade, a guitarist casts a musical spell over downtown Santa Barbara.Directed by Michael LoveProduced by Michael LoveStarring Bruce Goldish, Shannon Goldish, John Mooy, Hale Milgrim, Lisa DanhiCountry: USA22...

Sophie’s Quinceañera

Sophie’s Quinceañera

A building manager dealing with his own grief must help his tenant perform a messy task at her daughter's quinceañera.Directed by Keith PowellProduced by Keith Powell, Jeremy O'Keefe, Graham Patrick Martin, Matt MillerWritten by Keith PowellStarring Bashir Salahuddin,...

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

The freezing temperature of a smuggler’s truck turns refugees’ hopes for a better future into a struggle for survival.Directed by Farzaneh OmidvarniaProduced by Farzaneh OmidvarniaWritten by Farzaneh Omidvarnia, Mehdi RostampourCountry: Denmark11 minutes

Sky West and Crooked

Sky West and Crooked

A young girl is forced to grow up when she runs into her absent father at the local bowling alley.Directed by Heather EdwardsProduced by David Linke, Kevin LinkeWritten by Heather EdwardsStarring Matt Jones, Martha MacIsaac, Vivienne Rutherford, Ethan JonesCountry:...

Sixth of June

Sixth of June

For 75 years, people have come to Sainte-Mère-Église to commemorate D-Day. With few veterans left, who will preserve their legacy?Directed by Henry RooseveltProduced by Rylan Soref, Nicole Galovski, Ross Kauffman, Raeshem NijhonStarring Susan Eisenhower, Helen...

Sin Cielo

Sin Cielo

In the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, two teenagers pursue young love in a region where violence may be inescapable.Directed by Jianna MaartinCountry: USA25 minutes

Shoot

Shoot

In an absurdist story inspired by real events, two renowned auction houses battle for a $20 million art collection.Directed by Veronica RodriguezProduced by Jay Ellis, Aaron Bergman, Kara Durrett, Veronica Rodriguez, Christina Norman, Christy Spitzer Thornton, Kate...

Second Sight

Second Sight

A Filipino man cares for his family and his blind wife who has cataract surgery and sees her family for the first time in years.Directed by Cole SaxProduced by Phil Hessler, Cole SaxWritten by Cole SaxCountry: USA, Philippines27 minutesSubtitled

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

Inspired by a 1980s soap opera, the director’s mother came to Santa Barbara from the Soviet Union as a mail-order bride.Directed by Diana MarkosianProduced by Jacob HalajianWritten by Lynda MylesStarring Ana Imnadze, Gene JonesCountry: USA, Russia13 minutesWorld...

Saguaro

Saguaro

The loneliest saguaro cactus in the world befriends a tumbleweed, falls in love, and experiences loss—all in one day.Directed by Damon SteaProduced by Cassandra N. ChowdhuryWritten by Damon SteaCountry: USA5 minutes

Ride in Progress

Ride in Progress

When Sarah’s long-term relationship abruptly ends, she and her friend embark on the post-breakup Uber trip of a lifetime.Directed by April MoreauProduced by Emily Hanley, April Moreau, Casey Hanley, Ted StevensonWritten by Emily Hanley, April MoreauStarring Mandie...

Please and Thank You

Please and Thank You

A single mother raising her 8-year-old son in the Bronx attempts to save her apartment before winter.Directed by Jake OlesonWritten by Daniel Antebi, Jake OlesonCountry: USA7 minutes

Pizza

Pizza

José is a pizza deliverer. He delivers a small margherita for Edu, a customer with an unusual request.Directed by Iñaki Rikarte, Aitor de KintanaProduced by Iñaki RikarteWritten by Iñaki RikarteStarring José Dault, Edu CárcamoCountry: Spain9 minutesUS...

Not For Sale

Not For Sale

At his yard sale, a man watches a young couple reenact memories from his life.Directed by Julia KupiecWritten by Julia KupiecCountry: USA9 minutes

North Country

North Country

In the rugged White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, Lahout’s has been open 365 days a year since 1920.Directed by Nick MartiniStarring Joe LahoutCountry: USA20 minutes

No Hard Feelings

No Hard Feelings

Rodney’s crumbling ego is at a breaking point, and he needs his best pal Slim to help him before a big date.Directed by James Ballard, Paul HenriProduced by Paul Henri, Frank Magree, James BallardWritten by Paul Henri, James BallardStarring Paul Henri, James Ballard,...

The Name of the Son (Le nom du fils)

The Name of the Son (Le nom du fils)

Tina and Fred, a couple in their fifties, are desperate in their search for a boy's name.Directed by Louis DelvaWritten by Jennifer DelvodèreStarring Lionel Abelanski, Anne Marivin, Angèle MetzgerCountry: France10 minutesSubtitled

Musical Voyage

Musical Voyage

MUSICAL VOYAGE documents French/American surfer and musician Lee-Ann Curren, exploring the intersections of sound and surf. This tri-lingual expose follows her roots; taking us from the Basque Country to California.Directed by Patrick TrefzPreceding "OUTDEH"Country:...

Mother of Chernobyl

Mother of Chernobyl

After the Chernobyl disaster, a woman who remained in the radiation zone with her newborn baby must fight to survive.Directed by Alexander ShuryepovStarring Alyona KhmaraCountry: USA30 minutesSubtitled

Monsters in the Dark

Monsters in the Dark

A boy with an abused past fears the love of his new family and runs away, meeting a monster that will change his life.Directed by Apollonia ThomaierProduced by Apollonia Thomaier, Aizen Chiu, Tina HuangWritten by Apollonia ThomaierCountry: USA7 minutes

Mochitsuki

Mochitsuki

A close-knit, intergenerational community revels in the ceremonial creation of mochi as they prepare for Japanese New Year.Directed by Sky BergmanProduced by Sky BergmanStarring Alan Eto, Janis Eto, Ron Kikuchi, Jean KikuchiCountry: USA4 minutesWorld Premiere

A Million Eyes

A Million Eyes

A gifted young photographer, grappling with his alcoholic mother, sets out to capture something he loves.Directed by Richard RaymondProduced by Josh Reinhold, Richard Raymond, Nousha Raymond, Erin CharlesWritten by Curt Zacharias Jr.Starring Josh Reinhold, Richard...

Marsha!

Marsha!

Thanks to a mix of bad luck and bad behavior, Aiden finds himself stuck in a hole in his little brother’s directorial debut.Directed by Rowen KahnProduced by Aiden Kahn, Matt ElisofanWritten by Rowen KahnStarring Aiden Kahn, Rowen Kahn, Rachel ColwellCountry: Canada17...

Margaret Singer: Seeking Light

Margaret Singer: Seeking Light

With courage and purpose, 97-year-old Margaret Singer bent darkness into light utilizing her gifts as an artist and a poet and her innate sense of truth and joy. Margaret's art, journey and wisdom will inspire generations.Directed by Louise Palanker Country: USA 20...

The Love Bugs

The Love Bugs

Married 55 years, two entomologists explore a love of nature and the nature of love--and devote themselves to both.Directed by Allison Otto, Maria ClintonProduced by Caryn Capotosto, Jane Julian, David and Linda CornfieldCountry: USA34 minutes

A Little Piece of Earth

A Little Piece of Earth

In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife moved to a ranch in a redwood forest. Now 86, Charles reflects on his life’s work.Directed by Ryan MalloyProduced by Ryan MalloyStarring Charles BelloCountry: USA15 minutes

Lean Against The Wind

Lean Against The Wind

Conquering a 45 mile stretch of stacked waves, crashing currents, and blistering winds — 13 times with just a paddle in hand — is just one way Lauren Spalding is considered a champion. Add Olympian and working parent to the list, and it’s safe to say she’s fully...

Last Week at Ed’s

Last Week at Ed’s

In the final emotional week of a beloved West Hollywood diner, staff and customers say goodbye to the 60-year-old institution.Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, Meg KasdanProduced by Lawrence Kasdan, Meg KasdanCountry: USA40 minutes

The Last Ride

The Last Ride

Randy Johnson, a 65-year-old bronc rider, defies his age as he prepares for what could be his last rodeo.Directed by Andrew SchonebergerProduced by Brett WilliamsWritten by Andrew Schoneberger, Brett WilliamsStarring Randy JohnsonCountry: USA6 minutes

Lady Samurai

Lady Samurai

Samurai sword performer, singer, and motion capture actor, Kaori Kawabuchi, keeps ancient Japanese traditions alive.Directed by James LatimerProduced by James Latimer, Mikul ErikssonWritten by James LatimerStarring Kaori KawabuchiCountry: Japan6 minutesSubtitled

Kopitiam

Kopitiam

An exploration of a Malaysian chef’s life on the Lower East Side shows how relationships are cultivated by food.Directed by Sancheev RavichandranProduced by Kazuki Akiba, Aja EvansStarring Kyo PangCountry: USA9 minutesUS Premiere

The Kite (Šarkan)

The Kite (Šarkan)

Showing that death doesn’t mean the end of our journey, a little boy and his grandpa share a special relationship.Directed by Martin SmatanaWritten by Martin SmatanaCountry: Czech Republic13 minutes

In the Dark Room (En cuarto oscuro)

In the Dark Room (En cuarto oscuro)

A famous Spanish photographer recalls memories while processing photos in her darkroom.Directed by Luigi Abanto VareseProduced by Luigi Abanto VareseWritten by Luigi Abanto VareseStarring Luigi Abanto Varese; Cristina García RoderoCountry: Spain10 minutesSubtitled

Heirloom

Heirloom

When two siblings go through their recently deceased grandfather’s things, they uncover scandalous facts about his past.Directed by Paul Walter HauserProduced by Steve AlvarezWritten by Steve AlvarezStarring Joshua Radford, Sabina KsiezopolskaCountry: USA9 minutes

Healing Hands

Healing Hands

Dr. Gloria Kaye bridges the gap between modern and alternative medicine, healing ailments that Western medicine has failed.Directed by Christopher SibleyProduced by Christopher Sibley, Gloria KayeWritten by Andrew Van WykStarring Dr. Gloria KayeCountry: USA8...

The Haunted Swordsman

The Haunted Swordsman

In a world of demons and ghosts, a lone samurai and his odd companion seek vengeance.Directed by Kevin McTurkProduced by Lisa HensonWritten by Tab MurphyStarring Jason Scott Lee, James Hong, Chistopher Lloyd, Franka PotenteCountry: USA16 minutesUS Premiere

Hannah’s Ride

Hannah’s Ride

Confined to a hospital bed until age 6, cyclist Hannah Jordan beat the odds to rise to the highest level of her sport.Directed by Andrew SchonebergerProduced by Brett WilliamsStarring Hannah JordanCountry: USA9 minutesWorld Premiere

Grizzly Country

Grizzly Country

With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies threatened, an eco-warrior reflects on why he continues to fight for wild causes.Directed by Ben MoonProduced by Shannon Ethridge, Ben SturgelewskiStarring Doug PeacockCountry: USA12 minutes

God

God

A student’s obsession with a poem and its author inform him more about his sexuality than he might be ready to accept.Directed by Greg BrunkallaProduced by Chris Cho, Matt Factor, Lisa Mayer-SommerWritten by Greg Brunkalla, Benjamin NugentStarring Tyler Young, Ili...

A Glimpse

A Glimpse

A blossoming relationship unfolds when two strangers have a chance encounter in a London cafe.Directed by Tom TurnerProduced by Rebecca HarrisWritten by Tom Turner, Sam BerrillStarring Rachel Stenton, Chris Overton, Ali FarahaniCountry: UK10 minutes

Ghost of the Towers

Ghost of the Towers

A team of experts makes an eight-day expedition to southern Chile to document the legendary and elusive puma.Directed by Michael BlakeProduced by Ian GlassWritten by Michael Blake, George Mays, Phinehas HodgesNarrated by Dr. Carola FloresCountry: USA, Chile25 minutes

A Fistful of Rubbish

A Fistful of Rubbish

The Tabernas Desert is the backdrop for many famous Westerns. Although it is being trashed, a posse has been formed.Directed by David RegosProduced by David RegosCountry: Spain13 minutesUS PremiereSubtitled

Fishbon: The Art of Interactive Theater

Fishbon: The Art of Interactive Theater

For 20 years, a local underground art collaborative has produced interactive theatrical events, parties, and performances.Directed by Justin GunnProduced by Justin GunnCountry: USA11 minutesWorld Premiere

Earache

Earache

A forbidden relationship: he’s hearing, she’s deaf. How far will they go to be together?Directed by Alara WorrickProduced by Olivia Bergman, Reidun-Margrethe SkaaheimWritten by Ethan MessecarStarring Emily Grigor, Joel Bullis, Rita Marchelya-NevilleCountry: USA25...

The Dumpling King

The Dumpling King

Wang, a Chinese fisherman and cook, fishes in Santa Barbara Harbor and owns a dumpling restaurant in Isla Vista.Directed by Zizheng LiuProduced by Zizheng LiuWritten by Zizheng LiuStarring Jinze LiCountry: USA7 minutesWorld Premiere

Debbie & Doug Drop Acid in the Desert

Debbie & Doug Drop Acid in the Desert

Debbie and Doug enlist the help of an alternative therapist to help them reignite the fire of their once passionate marriage.Directed by Scott BrownProduced by Jessica Goldstein, Dylan SachseWritten by Scott Brown, Zach GoldStarring Maria Bamford, Paul Scheer, Larry...

The Death Vendor

The Death Vendor

When a boy meets a vendor selling chicks, he believes that since the birds will die, the man is selling death itself.Directed by Jeon JinkyuProduced by Yamamura KojiWritten by Jeon JinkyuCountry: South Korea5 minutes

Dear Jane

Dear Jane

With her sister’s help, Jane, who is six months pregnant, flees the religious cult in which they were both raised.Directed by Noah KistlerProduced by Noah Kistler, Sara Lindsey, John WeselcouchWritten by Noah Kistler, Sara LindseyStarring Sara Lindsey, Annabel Steven,...

Dear Georgina

Dear Georgina

Separated from her parents at age 2, a Passamaquoddy elder tries to sharpen the blurry outlines of her identity.Directed by Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-CudlipProduced by Adam Mazo, Tracy Rector, N. Bruce DuthuCountry: USA14 minutes

Date Nite

Date Nite

In a world where love can lead to grotesque physical transformation, a lonely man risks his life for a chance at human connection.Directed by JJ ShpallWritten by JJ Shpall, Eric BrewsterStarring Josh Brener, Lauren Lapkus, Larry Hankin, Cleo KingCountry: USA15...

Cry of the Wild

Cry of the Wild

The capture of almost 100 whales destined for aquariums in China drew worldwide attention to a cruel industry.Directed by Harry RabinProduced by Harry RabinWritten by Harry RabinStarring Thatcher Cox, Amelia Dracht, Dash LilensteinCountry: USA3 minutesUS Premiere

Cosmic Fling

Cosmic Fling

An intergalactic garbage man spots a fellow astronaut on a passing comet and resorts to extreme measures to be with her.Directed by Jonathan LangagerProduced by Christian Hall, Sam Koji HaleWritten by Jonathan Langager, Ali ScherStarring Josh Fadem, Caitlin...

Con Fuerza

Con Fuerza

A Venezuelan refugee living in Colombia faces the pain of leaving home with the help of some local folk characters.Directed by Andrés EduardoProduced by Alejandro M. SiegertWritten by Andrés Eduardo, Alejandro M. SiegertStarring Madeleine de Caires, Juan Manuel...

The Coin

The Coin

On a journey to a new country, a young woman loses the lucky Chinese New Year coins she has saved since her childhood.Directed by Siqi SongProduced by Diana Ward, Ashim Ahuja, Kimberly HanWritten by Siqi SongStarring Anna PanCountry: China6 minutesSubtitled

Coffee Shop Names

Coffee Shop Names

Three Indian people imagine their personas as the names they give baristas, because their real names are hard to pronounce.Directed by Deepak SethiProduced by Valerie SteinbergWritten by Deepak SethiStarring Danny Pudi, Karan Soni, Kausaur MohammedCountry: USA8...

Chicken

Chicken

All Barbara wants to do is watch The Simpsons, but her mother was just ripped off, and Barbara must sort it out—as usual.Directed by Alana HicksProduced by Sleena WilsonWritten by Alana HicksStarring Mariah Alone, Wendy P. Mocke, Mia Evans Rorris, Greta Lee...

Carrizo Plain: A Sense of Place

Carrizo Plain: A Sense of Place

Three artists explore the beauty of the Carrizo Plain National Monument, revealing the remarkable character of this hidden corner of California.Directed by Jeff McLoughlinProduced by Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Stacey Otte-DemangateWritten by Jeff...

Calaveras Creek

Calaveras Creek

A young nurse in the 1850s is shocked to learn the true identity of the notorious gunfighter in her care.Directed by Jon ZuberProduced by Robert Rickard, Richard HoagWritten by Jon Zuber, Richard HoagStarring Anthony Miratti, Rich Hoag, Hunter HawkinsCountry: USA23...

Cabrillo Village

Cabrillo Village

Former braceros tell how they risked their lives and livelihoods to become the first farm co-op in the U.S.Directed by Chris Ward, Ben Leanos, Dyvianne Martinez, Eric Coronado, Ingrid BolioProduced by Dyvianne MartinezCountry: USA3 minutesWorld PremiereSubtitled

Blue Noise

Blue Noise

After a horrible realization, a successful university swimmer finds the courage to speak out against her abusive coach.Directed by Jonah MoshammerProduced by Jonah Moshammer, Suncé FranicevicWritten by Jonah MoshammerStarring Jazmin Monee’ Brehaut, Mariana Arôxa, Fred...

Birds of Los Baños

Birds of Los Baños

Some of Santa Barbara's most extraordinary birds have nesting sites near the City's Los Baños del Mar pool.Directed by Gail OsherenkoProduced by Gail OsherenkoWritten by Gail OsherenkoStarring Juliet Sophia Falk, Jim Hurnblad, Jim KnowltonCountry: USA14 minutesWorld...

A Battle in Waterloo

A Battle in Waterloo

During the Battle of Waterloo, Ellen searches for her missing husband and resorts to desperate measures to survive.Directed by Emma MoffatProduced by Tilly Coulson, Anna HargreavesWritten by Emma MoffatStarring Jessie Buckley, Sophia Brown, Alistair Petrie, Samantha...

Basic

Basic

Exploring the dumb, insecure, lil' ho in all of us, this dark comedy is about the worst thing you can be—basic.Directed by Chelsea DevantezProduced by Chelsea Devantez, Kevin Walsh, Yassir LesterWritten by Chelsea DevantezStarring Nelson Franklin, Georgia Mischak,...

Bad Assistant

Bad Assistant

A Hollywood assistant is pushed to the limits when her manipulative boss seeks her help in moving a dead body.Directed by Kyle CoganProduced by Brendan Garrett, Paige KloneWritten by Rachel Forman, Paige KloneStarring Jason Schwartzman, Paige Klone, Cooper...

Backyard Chefs (Wansah Waza)

Backyard Chefs (Wansah Waza)

Whether it is for weddings or funerals, these backyard chefs cook one of the most elaborate cuisines in the world.Directed by Mehvish RatherProduced by Mohammad AltafWritten by Mehvish RatherCountry: India37 minutesUS PremiereSubtitled

Attorneys at Love

Attorneys at Love

Two young lovers are given a glimpse of their future relationship and must decide if they want to continue together in life.Directed by Daniel FindlayProduced by Daniel Findlay, Joshua KashWritten by Jake PalasStarring Peter Krause, Kenneth Choi, narrated by Angela...

After Class

After Class

Marginalized by the school registration system, a mother tries to send her daughter to school at all costs.Directed by Charles Xiuzhi DongProduced by Branton Choi, Charles Xiuzhi DongWritten by Charles Xiuzhi DongStarring Youfeng Zhang, Yiyi SunCountry: China15...

Affinity

Affinity

With a focus on the role of gender in our survival, this film explores possibility and hope through women’s common bonds.Directed by Margaret LazarusProduced by Margaret LazarusStarring Hip Brazil, World Dance for HumanityCountry: USA15 minutesWorld Premiere

Abe’s Story

Abe’s Story

Abe, an overworked Irish writer, draws inspiration from his day job in the theater to write a bloody brilliant novel.Directed by Adam H. StewartProduced by Eilish KentWritten by Adam H. Stewart, Garry WalshStarring Colin O'Donoghue, David Bamber, Owen Roe, Jonathan...

10 Miles Out

10 Miles Out

In uplifting and inspiring journeys, backpackers of various skill and experience levels navigate the Los Padres National Forest.Directed by Preston MaagProduced by Nicholas Schoch, Vladen PonomarWritten by Preston Maag, Kira Finigan, Izzy CassioCountry: USA12...

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