BIFF Shorts: Letters to the Future
October 6-20, 2022
Memories seared into the mind. Postcards to a future self. 119 minutes.
Sons of Toledo
Monty Cole (Dir), 20 minutes, USA, Western New York Premiere
After receiving the news of his younger brother’s murder, a mourning barber pushes through the muddy waters of grief to find the courage to do the impossible - give his brother one last cut.
Miida Chu (Dir), 15 minutes, USA, New York State Premiere
A young indentured Chinese prostitute (Ying Yue Joyce Chong) must overcome her toxic dependency on the brothel madam (Cici Lau) on the eve of the 1885 anti-Chinese riot.
Colony Collapse Disorder (הפרעת התמוטטות המושבה)
Amos Hozman (Dir), 16 minutes, Israel, New York State Premiere
Between the city and forest two young lovers (Naama Shahar and Ala Kelly) on borrowed time go to extraordinary lengths for an extra day together.
In Hebrew with English subtitles.
Paola Bohórquez (Dir), 5 minutes, Venezula, World Premiere
Jhonaikel lives in a small home made of zinc on the outskirts of the city. He and his four brothers and mother face a significant lack of resources. Little Jhon uses his conviction, anger, and hope to improve their situation.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Quando, Quando, Quando
Kuan Cao (Dir), 11 minutes, USA, Western New York Premiere
Ben wakes up in the morning and explores his house. A self-taped video on a laptop found by Ben in a dishwasher reminds him of what happened to him and who he is. Later, a phone call from Ben’s son who is in great danger helps Ben to connect himself with who he is, and his family again.
The Places I Know
Léwuga Benson (Dir), 10 minutes, USA, Western New York Premiere
This city symphony is a love letter to the streets of Buffalo.
Farzad Ranjbar (Dir), 20 minutes, Iran, New York State Premiere
Siavash joins a group for a trip to the wilderness, but he has no place in it.
In Farsi with English subtitles.
Patrick Krum (Dir), 22 minutes, USA, Western New York Premiere
A young boy named Alec forms unlikely relationship with a reclusive beekeeper, Simon. After destroying a piece of the keeper’s property and staining the man’s reputation in the process, Alec realizes that he needs to repair the damage he has caused.
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