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Director: Justine StevensShorts & Documentary Program A16
A raw look at the unconventional experiences of an immigrant woman trying to make it as a TV personality in Los Angeles. Starring Elma Begovic.
Director: Michael BrombergShorts & Documentary Program A16
"The Decathletes" follows the Academic Decathlon team at Granada Hills High School as they compete to win their sixth national championship. In order to win, the students must beat out thousands of other high schoolers from around the nation.
The film examines what it is about this team that makes them so good. More specifically, the film focuses on three students as they balance competition, college admissions, and family life.
Director: Max PhilisaireShorts & Documentary Program A16
A bi-racial black woman struggles on her journey to self-discovery while trying to live up to her father's expectations. Color Blind shows us the different perspectives of the word itself and how it influences someone's identity and judgement.
Director: Darryl MarshakDrama Shorts Program B16
Two athletes have an accidental meeting on the bus in 1971 Japan, a meeting that changed the world forever. This meeting brought people together for more than 47 years.
Starring Alex Neustaedter and Bai Ling.
Director: Mela HudsonDrama Shorts Program B16
Eight visceral minutes inside the head of a woman who has every reason to give up hope.
We follow Sara, from the young age of Eight. Her life as a child is traumatic and unstable. Eight years later, she is older and in high school. Her life isn't any easier... where yet again, another trauma is imposed on her. Eight years later... Sara is a woman that is fighting to figure out where her place is in life after failed relationships and still dealing with the previous traumas she's dealt with. Her hope is gone... what does the next eight years hold for her?
Should she just give up?
Director: Victoria GagievaDrama Shorts Program B16
A lonely child trapped inside the sorrow of African militant group, experiences a simple act of kindness from the person she condemned to death.
Director: Esther F. CaporaleDrama Shorts Program C16
It's Friday night and Jenny Shaw is settling in for the evening. She witnesses an event that is taking place outside her window and convinced that a crime is taking place and calls 911.
Jenny gets a strong dose of reality when she realizes how wrong her assumption was.
Director: Joanna Bartling & Antonette HudakDrama Shorts Program C16
Within the walls of the same iconic apartment, two women live in pursuit of their Hollywood dreams during different eras.
Director: Lauren FinermanDrama Shorts Program C16
Set against the backdrop of the 1950s entertainment industry, Paper Birds launches the audience into the turbulent intersection of the fading circus era and the rise of television. The film examines the desperation of entertainment performers to stay relevant in a changing landscape.
Hollywood TV starlet Virginia Day is out on her luck after being fired from her television show. Desperate to stay relevant in the public eye, she agrees to perform with the Champy Family Circus in hopes it will get her face back in the spotlight. With her career on the line, Virginia Day struggles to find her strength and identity in a foreign arena, all while attempting to make a catch on the flying trapeze 30 feet in the air.
Director: Charles PapertShorts Program D16
When cut-throat, lifelong enemies become popular co-anchors at a small town news station: they are forced work together when they’d love nothing more than to tear each other apart.
Director: Felisha Norman & David IhrigShorts Program D16
In this episode of Just Jackie in LA, Jackie (a tax accountant) is stressed out by her clients during tax season. Her friends attempt to give her suggestions to cope without losing her temper or her liver to wine. Jackie can't believe that her friend thinks a meditation cd will actually work on her, but it does until the cd goes missing.
Director: Charles BensonShorts Program D16
Along The Beds Edge Sitting tells the story of a star high school athlete who is challenged by his choice to start a family around an accidental child. The film examines love and obligation, family fractures, substance abuse, and the transition from youth into adulthood.
Starring: Nathin Butler (General Hospital), Jodi Moore Lewis (Criminal Minds), Nestor Serrano (Bad Boys), and Lily Berlina (Modern Family).
HRIFF AWARD WINNER - Best Family Short
Director: Timothy BusfieldComedy Shorts Program E16
Why does a woman need to choose between a career and love?!
Dr. Tilly Masters is a theatre professor at Midwest Central University. Now she is stepping outside her comfort zone to start a new chapter as Provost of the university. Her husband and friends are affected because her new role changes the dynamics for everybody.
Can you be a friend and lover and still be the boss?
Featuring: DYLAN BAKER (Selma, Happiness, Damages, The Good Wife), MELISSA GILBERT (Little House on the Prairie , The Miracle Worker, One Smart Fellow), TIMOTHY BUSFIELD (Thirtysomething, Field of Dreams, The West Wing, HRIFF Award Winner for One Smart Fellow).
Director: Amanda SpencerComedy Shorts Program E16
In preparation for her daughter's 10th birthday, a housewife confronts her own dreams and disappointments (and discovers that she's not alone) in a mini-musical set in suburban purgatory. The musical numbers drive the narrative which revolves around one woman reaching her breaking point and her commitment to turn her life around. It explores the feeling of losing identity through contorting to fit societal standards and expectations.
At it's heart, Pretty Pretty Prison is a film for everyone who has (or has been) a mother.
Director: Steven HelgothShorts Program F16
Trailer for the film De Sade.
Set in late 18th century France, DeSade takes place just weeks before the French Revolution, dealing primarily with the sexual fetishes of The Marquis Du Fournier which are financed through a mysterious Benefactress; a high ranking Lady of the French Court.
Lies and secrets abound, fetishes are uncovered, and treachery lurks around every corner as each pursues their own endgame, and the true nature of mankind’s darkness is revealed.
Director: Javier Colon RiosDrama Shorts Program F16
A young man seeks out to meet Alex Fisher.
Director: Mitch YapkoDrama Shorts Program F16
Marvin (Jeremy Guskin) comes home from work one day, and discovers that not everything is as it was when he left.
His wife, Lainie (Susie Abromeit), lets him know that men have had their shot at running the world, and have failed.
Now, it's time for the women to take back control, and it seems the air outside isn't for everyone anymore...
Director: Andrea BaltazarComedy Shorts Program G16
Night after night, Abel drives. And every ride is a new story.
Director: Ross WillettComedy Shorts Program G16
In a world where having light skin is glorified, Ron finds out that, in Hollywood, being of mixed-race is not the advantage he once thought it was.
Featuring: Judy Kain (The Odd Couple), Carlin James (American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace), Christopher Chen (Criminal Minds), and Andrew Thacher (American Housewife).
Director: John R. PowellComedy Shorts Program G16
Smokey, Rick, & Kiki are working at the neighborhood barbershop, when the owner, John D. Barber, goes on an extended vacation. He leaves the shop in the hands of the three young barbers and we see them each face unique challenges in the barbering business.
Smokey takes the opportunity to hatch a lucrative plan along with his sidekick Rico. Normal shop procedures are thrown out the window as things are about to get wild.
Director: Alex GrossmanComedy Shorts Program G16
Looking to spice things up, a husband sends his wife a naughty selfie, landing himself in hot trouble with law enforcement.
Director: Adam Joyce-RamirezComedy Shorts Program G16
While driving, Riley listens to a revealing butt dial conversation of her foe friends talking trash about her. When she ultimately decides to crash the "girls" Sunday brunch, Riley subtlety deconstructs the facade of the friendships. Deciding to withhold her newfound information from the rest of the girls, Riley manipulates the situation to her advantage. The moment a secret's revealed between friends, an unexpected turn of events lead to an unimaginable catastrophe.
Every intention doesn't always play out the way you planned.
Director: Hayden CroftComedy Shorts Program G16
Will and Jo have been friends for years, but their friendship is tested when new realities emerge, wreaking comedic havoc as events unfold.
Director: Jordan Auten & Eileen AbarrcaShorts Program H16
Frankie Flores, a feisty and fiercely independent single woman nearing forty, has recently learned from her doctor that, due to a long-standing infertility issue, she has an increasingly small window to conceive a child. Motherhood is suddenly a matter of now-or-never.
When the traditional fertility treatment routes are not a fit for her circumstances, Frankie attacks this challenge the only way she knows how - with pure, unadulterated grit.
Director: Tim CurcioShorts Program H16
Being able to see the future has made Maggie, a young psychic, cynical about her own life, especially when it comes to dating. However, her world gets turned upside down after she has a one night stand with someone who challenges her ideas around love, romance, and destiny.
Will she let him stick around long enough to figure out if he's her soul mate, or will she run away like she always does?
Starring Meredith Shank and Andy Ridings.
Best Actress in a Short Film - Meredith Shank
HRIFF AWARD WINNER - Best Comedy Short
Director: Nora FerraraShorts Program H16
A naive actress falls in love with a boxer, who seems to be the first to show her unconditional love, only to reveal the opposite to be true.
HRIFF AWARD WINNER - Best Social Drama Short
Director: Alessio Di Giambattista
After years of struggling with self-confidence, Gary, is anxious to figure out what went wrong in his relationship with Ann. Seeing the opportunity to set things straight with Ann, and hang with old friends, he decides to visit his best friend John’s New Year’s Eve party. Desperately trying spark Ann’s interest without letting his friends embarrass him, only to instead receive devastating news.
Defeated and depressed Gary is determined to fix things, but ultimately learns that you don’t always get what you want, …sometimes you get something better.
HRIFF AWARD WINNER - Best Comedy Film
Director: Mark Wilson
When a disturbing package shows up in his mailbox by mistake, the angry loner Mitchell sets out to find and seek retribution against its intended recipient, setting him on a collision course with the man’s twenty-year-old daughter... as well as his own dark past.
HRIFF AWARD WINNER - Best Dramatic Film
Director: Roman Wyden
When a cabin in the woods is double booked, two strangers meet …and their pasts collide
Feature length drama, starring Emmy Award Winner Chloe Lanier (General Hospital).
Celebrate the first week of screenings at LA LIVE with our HRIFF Saturday Night Event.
The HRIFF Saturday Night Reception Event takes place in Downtown Los Angeles near LA LIVE.
Have drinks and socialize in downtown Los Angeles.
Meet your fellow filmmakers and have fun and drinks after a day full of film screenings.
A fun-filled social event not-to-be-missed!