BIFF Shorts: Racial Justice in View

Works exploring issues of race, immigration, visibility, (in)justice and more. Free, worldwide screening. 76 minutes.

La Dolce Vita

Pouya Afshar (Dir), 5 minutes, NY Premiere, USA

La Dolce Vita is the story of a displaced character. 'Hope,' decides to leave his/her war infested city to find a better life abroad. She/He goes on a journey looking for purpose in life and in a new world, but encounters a wall along the way.


Arrival Archives

Maya Bastian (Dir), 11 minutes, NY Premiere, Canada

Two families fleeing violence seek refuge in Canada to began new lives. Arrival Archives is an artful exploration of newcomer arrival stories, told through a multi-generational viewpoint. The stories intertwine as one, illustrating that Canada’s cultural landscape is a communal experience shared by many different faces.


Hues and Hidden Kings

Sydney Morgan (Dir), 7 minutes, NY Premiere, USA

A poetic performance exploring racial and political injustice in America. The redefining declaration of inheritance made by African American artist.


Right on Time

Jeremy Gonzalez (Dir), 9 minutes, NY Premiere, USA

Right on Time provides a window into the meaning of fatherly love. We watch as Kevin Davis explains the role his father played in overcoming his struggle with mental health and how he is passing that on to his own sons.


Only in Toledo

Dan Lior (Dir), 3 minutes, WNY Premiere, USA

Only in Toledo was born out of a internet meme callously targeting a young man working with what he has to provide for his family. This is the story of DeShawn Willis, a young man from Toledo, Ohio who tried to open up a landscaping business shortly after his van broke down.


To Love Your Blackness Is A Revolutionary Act

Jason "JaFLEU" Fleurant (Dir), 1 minute, WNY Premiere, USA

A Treal Toonz Poem.


Air Show

Maya Bastian (Dir), 8 minutes, NY Premiere, Canada

Reeling from loss, a refugee father and his daughter arrive in Canada, greeted by the raucous noise of the National Air Show. Pushed to relive the trauma of their past, they struggle to find meaning in this longstanding military tradition.


Jabari Keating

Stacey Larkins (Dir), 10 minutes, WNY Premiere, USA

Jabari Keating is an African American in present day America. Upon making a life altering decision, this candid, first person narrative explores his personal reflections on his life experiences and trials and tribulations.


V and The Day

Licmi (Dhwani) Sikri (Dir), 2 minutes, WNY Premiere, USA

Inspired by Langston Hughes, Roy Decarvara and their collaboration “The Sweet Flypaper of Life,” this 3d animated short highlights the daily subway commutes and leisure life of Black and Brown people in Harlem, NYC. This trip involves two characters, V and Rodney, at the moment when they both meet for the first time on the train.


Werewolf in a Gucci Sweater

Bradley Oliver Wilkinson-Vega (Dir) 2 minutes, NY Premiere, USA

Meet a werewolf in a Gucci sweater, our new friend in the city! He and his wife are super into dance parties and making friendly, dope conversation. Come grab a wine glass of orange juice and let's sit back and relax.


We Are The Revolution

Akash Dewan (Dir.), 5 minutes, NY Premiere, USA

A short look into the nature of the Black Lives Matter protests that emerged worldwide. This video was made to contrast the violent misportrayal of the protests by the media, and to show everyone that these protests are filled with love, passion, optimism, and peace. This is not just a movement, it is a revolution.


Little Man

Klementina Budnik (Dir.), 5 minutes, NY Premiere, USA

A young woman's outlook on life is changed after November 2016.


Time To Leave

Léwuga Benson (Dir), 8 minutes, Festival Premiere, USA

An encounter experienced by filmmaker Léwuga Benson in his youth inspires this personal and global meditation on the past, present and future of identity, stereotypes and privilege.


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La Dolce Vita
Arrival Archives
Hues and Hidden Kings
Right on Time
Only in Toledo
To Love Your Blackness Is A Revolutionary Act
Air Show
Jabari Keating
V and The Day
Werewolf in a Gucci Sweater
We Are The Revolution
Little Man
Time To Leave