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

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

Short Films: Lessons Learned


Rear View:
2019. USA. 17 min. Director: Steve Kniss Featuring: Timmy H. Barron, Callie Johnson, Bela Nikolic

To process the death of his wife, a grieving husband embarks on a road trip with his daughter to the place where it all began, the place where he and his wife fell in love.

Fermi Paradox:
2018. USA. 2 min. Director: Angie Gan Featuring: Ian Burkett

Would you ever envision an explanation of the paradox between the high probability of extraterrestrial life and the lack of evidence found that uses … claymation? In this piece, animator Angie Gan explores the use of fine art in creating accessible, educational science videos.

Demand Curve:
2019. USA. 11 min. Director: The Bragg Brothers Featuring: Bill Castrogiovanni, Nick Cassidy, Jonathan Gaietto

Offended by his kidnappers’ low demands, a university professor uses basic economics to increase his ransom and get in on the action.

My Daughter Yoshiko:
2019. USA. 16 min. Director: Brian Blum Featuring: Saori Goda, Mei-Lin Hosang, Rika Akanishi, Yoshi Amao, Amy Hoerler

After her daughter Yoshiko is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and her husband is deployed for overseas military service, Saki finds life harder and harder to manage. Too ashamed to burden others and too proud to ask for help, Saki is faced with the daunting task of giving her daughter the best life possible.

2018. USA, Greece, Italy. 10 min. Director: Federico Spiazzi Featuring: Maria Kexagioglou, Athanasios Nakos, Khaled Al Naji, Korina Gougouli, Nikos Georgiakis

Life goes slowly outside the windows of a small Greek bakery. Refugees wait in line, tourists wander, and locals browse shop windows. When a storm strikes, everybody rushes to the bakery for refuge.

The Elephant’s Song:
2018. USA. 7 min. Director: Lynn Tomlinson

Based on the true story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in America, this film is narrated by her friend, an old farm dog, through an original song that draws on American folk, blues, and spiritual musical traditions. The story of their menagerie is portrayed in colorful, handcrafted animation, created frame by frame with clay-on-glass and oil pastel animation.

Something Happy:
2019. USA. 20 min. Director: Ted Morissette Featuring: Eric Warwick, Christine Hauer, Erin Altmayer, Malik Barker, Carson Severson, Liam Wogan

Weeks before his high school graduation, with departure from his hometown looming, James is challenged by his nitpicking mother to branch out of his childhood group of friends.

Visibility Cloak:
2019. USA. 8 min. Director: Kristen Barrett Featuring: Tanaka Muvavarirwa, Payton Moledor, Avery Erskine

Jazmin struggles to stay afloat as a black girl at her “woke” predominantly white university. Everything changes, however, when she has the opportunity to turn herself white.


Thursday, October 24


3:00 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Runtime: 91 min.

Genre: Shorts