37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Short Films: Feeling Dramatic


Nana (Lullaby):
2019. Spain. 17 min. Director: Roger Villarroya Featuring: Alba García, Aina Clotet, Yann Labaye, Josep Maria Alejandre, Eva Llorach

Laura is young, alone, and pregnant. She helps take care of an elderly French man, Nicolas. Sixty years earlier, in France, Nico takes care of his mother, Alice, and she takes care of him. In Laura’s dreams, a wound demands to be healed, deeper than anything that time and space define or reason explains.

Ladies Most Deject:
2019. USA. 15 min. Director: Martha Elcan Featuring: Conner Wharton, Robin Mullins, and Pepper Binkley

A teenage girl from the Appalachian Mountains struggles to protect her siblings from their drug-addicted mother.

A Purgatory Story:
2019. USA. 16 min. Director: Tom Albanese Featuring: Joey Long, Joana Metrass

Winner of the Audience Award for ‘Best After Hours Short Film’ at the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival, A Purgatory Story follows a demon stuck with Ouija board duty as he falls for a girl on the other side.

Portrait of a Woman at Dawn:
2019. USA. 15 min. Director: Cullen Douglas Featuring: Scottie Thompson, Elizabeth Roberts, Brian Letscher, Phil Abrams

A #MeToo inspired story. The put-upon wife of a charismatic art dealer in 1920’s Paris witnesses the empowering and intoxicating love of a gifted artist and his bewitching muse.

2018. Korea. 15 min. Director: Jayil Pak Featuring: Lee Yong Nyeo, Oh Ji Min, Kim Ye Jim

When the Korean Goddess of Birth prepares to grant a couple their son, a boy soul’s refusal to cooperate and an unforeseen ghost alter her plans.

COLD STORAGE (T. Freundlich):
2016. Finland. 9 min. Director: Thomas Freundlich Featuring: Valtteri Raekallio, Eero Vesterinen

On a desolate Arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.


Friday, October 25


3:00 PM


Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Film Info

Runtime: 96 min.

Genre: Shorts