The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival announced this week its line-up for the short film program. Presented by AT&T, the 60 films selected from 3076 submissions this year will be presented in nine programs made up of five narratives, three documentaries, and one combined. The program includes a record 40 world premieres and shorts from 18 countries including Argentina, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, German, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the US.
Several TFF Alumni return this year as part of the short film program including filmmaker Stefan Nadelman, who screened his short film TERMINAL BAR at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003, with his short film LAST CALL and producer Ellen Bar with her narrative EARLY SUNDAY MORNING starring American Ballet Theatre dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside. Bar produced the documentary feature BALLET 422 which premiered at TFF 2013. Also returning is Andrew Jenks with the short documentary film ALL AMERICAN FAMILY, a personal story about four generations of star football players in California who happen to be deaf. In 2008 Jenks screened his sports documentary THE ZEN OF BOBBY V.
This year’s selection features exceptional talent on both sides of the camera. THE LAZARUS EFFECT’s Olivia Wilde produced the short documentary BODY TEAM 12 about the Ebola outbreak, directed by four-time returning filmmakers David Darg and Bryn Mooser. In the artistic and cerebral ‘Gallery Opening’ program, guerilla photograffeur JR’s LES BOSQUESTS, reveals his experience in the Montfermeil ghetto, where he created Portraits of a Generation and contemporary artist Daniel Arsham directs Juliette Lewis in FUTURE RELIC 03. Boman Modine’s MERRY XMAS stars Dick Van Dyke, Valerie Harper, Glenne Headly, and his father Matthew Modine, and Katie Holmes directs ETERNAL PRINCESS starring Nadia Comaneci. The lineup also features performances by Patrick Fugit, Tim DeKay, and SNL alums Fred Armisen and Paula Pell.
Recipients of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short Awards will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards provided the film complies with the Academy rules. Last year’s Festival winner for Best Narrative Short, THE PHONE CALL won this year’s Academy Award for the Best Live-Action Short.
“Our New York shorts return with a narrative and a documentary program, and we’ve also added a uniquely artistic program called ‘Gallery Opening,’ as well as ‘FML,’ a program that’s curated for today’s online-living audience,” said Badal. “Each year we try to do something a little different, and that is particularly reflected in this year’s programs.”
This year, audiences across the country, and around the world can experience a selection of the Short Films online. Each of the seven stories featured in ‘FML’, a program created for modern-day audiences living online, will be part of the Tribeca Online Festival. Three hours after ‘FML’ premieres in the cinema, it will be available for the world to view online at tribecafilm.com, through to April 26. These present-day and futuristic short stories confront the consequences of living a digital life, touching on many intriguing topics including wearable tech, online dating, and homeland.
For more Festival news and events, check out our dedicated TFF 2015 blog.
Here are the programs and films selected for the short film section:
Be Yourself Documentary Program – Personal stories about self-identity
Ryan Scafuro and Jarred Alterman (USA) – North American Premiere
Explores the fantastic world of Elizabethan England at one of the largest renaissance fairs in the US, and is a portrait of the characters that return annually.
Live Fast, Draw Yung
Stacey Lee and Anthony Mathile (USA) – World Premiere
Follows 7-year-old rap portraitist Yung Lenox and his dad Skip, an unconventional artistic duo navigating the tumultuous worlds of hip hop and modern day parenting.
Eternal Princess (Printesa Vesnica)
Katie Holmes (USA) – World Premiere. ESPN Film’s 30 for 30 short
Explores the extraordinary life of famed Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, who at the age of 14 scored the first perfect 10 during the 1976 Olympics, and is now a loving mother, philanthropist and sports icon.
All American Family
Andrew Jenks (USA) – World Premiere
Four generations of the Pederson family have had a star player on The Eagles, one of the best football teams in California, but unlike other teams these players are all deaf.
Genéa Gaudet (USA) – World Premiere
In 1974 when a Mormon missionary in falls in love with a handsome Italian Communist, his world turns upside down.
My Enemy, My Brother
Ann Shin. (Canada) – World Premiere
Former Iran-Iraq War enemies, Zahed and Najah, become blood brothers 25 years after one saves the other’s life.