The AutumnFest Shorts Program brings together all four winners of the juried Best Short Films Competition of the recent 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival, that took place August 1-2, 2015, along with a special encore of SJIFF8 selection "Aban & Khorshid" and a new selection with Rafael Haider's rural tale "Carry On".
Total for all short films: 105 minutes
Aban & Khorshid
Directed by Darwin Serink 24 minutes
USA. 2014. In Farsi with English subtitles. Special Encore Starring Mojean Aria, Bobby Naderi
"Two forbidden lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met, moments before their execution."
Directed by Rafael Haider 24 minutes
Austria. 2015. In German with English subtitles. Northern California Premiere Starring Haymon Maria Buttinger, Ingrid Burkhard, Karl Fischer
"This sublime tale focuses on an elderly couple who tend to what’s left of their once-thriving farm with the help of an aged donkey on its last legs. But when the time comes to face reality, can the farmer do what is called for?" Winner of the Thomas Pluch Prize for Best Short and Mid-length Film at the 2015 Diagonale Festival of Austrian Films in Graz, Austria.
SJIFF8 2015 Special Jury Award for Achievement in Animation
Directed by Konstantin Bronzit 16 minutes
Russian Federation. 2014. No dialogue. Special Encore
"Two cosmonaut friends try to do their best while training to make their shared dream come true. But this story isn't just about their dream." Winner, Cristal for a Short Film, 2015 Annecy International Animation Festival.
Yes We Love (Ja vi elsker)
SJIFF8 2015 Best Short Film
Directed by Hallvar Witzø 15 minutes
Norway. 2014. In Norwegian with English subtitles. Special Encore Starring Terje Ranes, Edvard Hægstad, Hanne Skille Reitain, Johan Fredrik Bergflødt- Johannessen
"Four generations, each with a crisis, set in four different parts of Norway on the Norwegian Independence Day." Winner, Short Film Special Distinction Award, 2014 Festival de Cannes.