SIFF Movie Club: ShortsFest Edition - Virtual Discussion

Delve into the cinematic short form with a Zoom-based discussion with short filmmakers and Seattle International Film Festival ShortsFest programmers.

Einstein Rosen

May 20, 2020

Virtual Events

On the eve of what would have been ShortsFest Weekend of the 46th Seattle International Film Festival, join SIFF Movie Club as we delve into the cinematic short form with seven favorites from recent past festivals. Too often, short films are viewed as apprentice works, a practical workshop for a filmmaker to ply their craft before embarking upon a career in features. And while there is certainly some truth in this observation, it belies the fact that short films possess a vitality all their own—unburdened from commercial considerations, creativity flourishes. Whether narrative, animation, or documentary, the short films we've selected represent the limitless imaginative possibilities of the form: from a feline hospice to the testing of intimate bonds to the bending of time and space, here are seven slices of life in cinematic nutshells.

After viewing the seven short films (embedded below) on your own, join us for a Zoom-based roundtable discussion with Seattle International Film Festival ShortsFest programmers Dan Doody and Megan Leonard in conversation with short filmmakers Sontenish Myers ("Cross My Heart"), Celine Held ("Caroline"), and Logan George ("Caroline").

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To best replicate the in-person SIFF Movie Club experience, we suggest starting the shorts package (85 min.) around 6:00pm PST before joining the Zoom discussion at 8:00pm PST. Please note: the Zoom discussion will be recorded.


d. Olga Osorio | Spain | 2016 | 10 min
Summer of 1982. Teo claims he has found a wormhole. His brother Óscar does not believe him ... at least not at first.


d. Celine Held & Logan George | USA | 2017 | 12 min
When plans fall through, a six-year-old is faced with a big responsibility on a hot Texas day.

Cats Cradle

d. Jonathan Napolitano | USA | 2018 | 12 min
Shortly after retiring, Bruce and Terry Jenkins transformed their home into a hospice and senior living facility for cats.

Cross My Heart*

d. Sontenish Myers | USA | 2017 | 14 min
An American teen visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves.

Hold On

d. Christine Turner | USA | 2017 | 9 min
Family bonds are tested when a young man is left to care for his grandmother one morning.

In a Nutshell

d. Fabio Friedli | Switzerland | 2016 | 6 min
From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.

Nothing Ever Really Ends

d. Jakob Rørvik | Norway | 2017 | 23 min
Seen over the course of three consecutive New Year's Eves, a couple that just can't seem to quit one another, resolve to break up only to make up again. Can a broken record of hurt feelings and happy endings lead to a healthier relationship? Superb writing records romance's reality.

*Filmmaker(s) scheduled to participate in the discussion.