AIFF Benefit Screening: Oscar® Nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Varsity Theatre

6 p.m. Animated Shorts
8 p.m. Live Action Shorts

Local audiences will have an opportunity to watch the Animated and Live Action Shorts that have been nominated for an Academy Award® starting Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland. Proceeds from the Friday evening screenings will benefit the non-profit Ashland Independent Film Festival. The program will run for a week at the Varsity. 

Separate tickets are required for the two screenings.

Tickets: Regularly priced tickets are $9. Ashland Independent Film Festival members receive a $2 discount off of the regular ticket price at the door for the benefit screening. Discounts are not available online. ​Become a member now!
 

Oscar® Nominated
Animated Shorts
6 p.m. | Running Time: 87 minutes

Recommended for ages 8 and up*

*Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. We’ll have a Parental Guidance warning prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like. 


Borrowed TimeBorrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
USA, 7 minutes
Featured at AIFF2016

A sheriff of the Old West returns to the scene of a tragic accident from his past that shaped his life. As memories wash over him, he is engulfed by emotion and must find the strength to carry on with his lifelong quest for redemption.

 
Photos and Trailer


Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne
USA, 6 minutes

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down, their power to carry love…and finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

 

Photos and Trailer


Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro
USA, 6 minutes

Young Piper, a sandpiper hatchling, leaves her nest for the first time to hunt for food but is too scared of the crashing waves to reach the yummy morsels hidden in the sand. After meeting an unusual ally, Piper attempts to face her fears and increase her confidence.


 
Photos and Trailer

 
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev
Canada, 8 minutes

Young Vaysha was born with unusual sight: her left eye can see only the past and her right eye can see only the future, while the present is a blind spot. Called "Blind Vaysha" by the people of her village, the girl is tormented by the two realities that she cannot reconcile.

 

Photos and Trailer


                                    The Head Vanishes                                The Head Vanishes (additional film) – dir. Franck Dion
Canada, 9 minutes

In this poetic short, animator Franck Dion (Edmond was a Donkey) invites us to share the journey of Jacqueline, an elderly woman living with degenerative dementia. Jacqueline isn’t quite in her right mind anymore, but she’s determined to take the train to the seaside, as she has done every summer. Only this year, she’s constantly being followed by some woman who claims to be her daughter, and the trip takes some unexpected and phantasmagoric turns.
 
Photos and Trailer
 


AsteriaAsteria (additional film) 
France, 5 minutes

Asteria is an animated comedy taking place in space. It was made from start to finish by a team of students of the ESMA school (École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques), one of the best animation, design and special effects schools in France.
 



Trailer


Image result for once upon a lineOnce Upon a Line (additional film) ​– dir. Alicja Jasina
USA, 7 minutes

A man leads a monotone, humdrum existence until he suddenly falls in love. His world turns upside-down after he meets a red-haired woman who manages to break his established routine. What follows is a short portrait of a difficult relationship marked by a struggle for control and preserving one's identity, and finally loss and depression. The ending gives hope for a new beginning and a change of perspective.
 
Photos and Trailer


Pear Cider and Cigarettes​* dir. Robert Valley
Canada and UK, 35 minutes

Hard-living Techno Stypes has been Robert's best friend since childhood, and over the years, Robert has been amazed by Techno's ability to sabotage himself. When Techno is hospitalized in China and needs a liver transplant, Robert goes on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver.

*Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a trouble friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. We’ll have a Parental Guidance warning prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like. Other than PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, the program is acceptable for kids.
 
Photos and Trailer

  Oscar® Nominated 
Live Action Shorts
8 p.m. | Running Time: 134 minutes

Recommended for ages 15 and up.



SingSing dir. Kristof Deak
Hungary, 25 minutes

Young Zsofi is having a hard time fitting in at her new school, and her distress grows when the choir director treats her cruelly despite her love of singing. Along with her friend Liza, Zsofi investigates the revered teacher in an attempt to reveal her true nature.

 

Photos and Trailer



Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang
Denmark, 30 minutes

Young Danish woman Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter in Copenhagen, where she meets and falls in love with Kwame, an undocumented immigrant from Ghana. The couple builds a life together, but a devastating secret from Kwame's past may undermine their happiness.
 

Photos and Trailer



TimecodeTimecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena
Spain, 15 minutes

Parking lot security guard Luna is bored with her uneventful daily routine but a call about a customer complaint leads her to discover how the night guard, Diego, alleviates his boredom. Soon the pair develops a relationship by communicating through the garage's CCTV footage.

 

Photos and Trailer


Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi
France, 28 minutes

In the 1990s, as the Algerian civil war rages and terrorists infiltrate France, a French police officer of Algerian descent conducts a rancorous interview with a French-born Algerian man seeking naturalization.

 


Photos and Trailer


La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten
Switzerland, 30 minutes

Elise has been waving at the express train as it passes by her home every day for three decades. A letter from the train's conductor begins a correspondence between the two, and when the train is detoured to another route, Elise goes in search of her man.

 

Photos and Trailer

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