ACTRA presents the MISAFF17 carefully curated shorts program this year. We had over 150 shorts submissions this year so the programmers Sally Rylett, Saba Bokhari and Mariam Bokhari had the daunting task of selecting the most appropriate titles for our MISAFF17 audience.
A Bicycle Lesson (Canada)
The Thief (India)
The Hideout (USA)
The Door (Canada)
The Joyous Farmer (Sri Lanka)
Rang Raaz: The Secret of Colour (Pakistan)
Buy your tickets to the SHORTS 1 program here.
Free World Pens (Canada)
They Live in Forests, They Are Extremely Shy (UK)
Statement After My Poet Husband's Death (Bangladesh)
Valery's Suitcase (Canada)
Light Sight (Iran)
Lunch Time (Iran)
A Secret Heart (UK)
Buy your tickets to the SHORTS 2 program here.
Please note that the film SISAK will be screening with SIGNATURE MOVE on Friday, 4th August at 9:45 PM and the film BUBBLES will be screening with THE WORKERS CUP on Sunday, 6th August at 1:00 PM.
A BICYCLE LESSON - Canada
A mother and daughter's relationship takes a new turn during a bicycle lesson.
Renuka Jeyapalan is a Toronto-based filmmaker and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her short film Big Girl premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival where it was awarded the ShortCuts Canada Best Short Film Award. Renuka was awarded the Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award by Women in Film and Television-Toronto and was mentored by director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen). Renuka recently wrote and directed the short film Arranged for TMN, Movie Central, and the Harold Greenberg Fund and is currently developing her first feature film, How to go to a Wedding Alone with Gearshift Films.
BUBBLES - India
There are different versions of Samarth, and each one has a different kind of relationship with his family.
FREE WORLD PENS - Canada
Free World Pens is a film about family and solitary confinement. The film takes shape through letters from a man incarcerated in Texas, whose words echo in the mind of his sister as she walks freely through Montreal.
Nika Khanjani is a film and video artist, writer, and activist. Her work is marked by contrasting extremes and a patient sense of beauty. She combines landscape photography, subtle sound design, and portraiture to invoke internal states responsive to political and historical forces.
The Door - Canada
A Syrian refugee family faces an unexpected and terrifying manifestation of their grief, forcing each of them to confront a loss in ways they could not fathom.
Reem Morsi is a Canadian filmmaker.
THE HIDEOUT - USA
Sammy Kaur wishes life was like a Bollywood movie. When an unexpected notice shakes up her mundane world, she’s forced to make a life-changing decision.
Rippin Sindher is a USA based director.
THE JOYOUS FARMER - Sri Lanka
After an encounter with a government official, an alcoholic farmer tries an experimental drug to enhance his work ethic
Hiran Balasuriya is a filmmaker from Sri Lanka.
LUNCH TIME - Iran
A 16-year-old girl deals with the responsibility and harsh bureaucracy of having to identify the body of her mother.
Alireza Ghasemi, born in 1990 Iran, received his bachelor degree from Tehran University of Art in film directing. He is currently a film studies master student at the Cinema and Theater Department of Tehran University of Art. He was the director of the 11th Nahal Student Short Film Festival, and later became a member of the Nahal Academy. In addition to writing and directing several short films, he has founded The Globe International Silent Film Festival in 2015.
LIGHT SIGHT - Iran
M.E., the imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.
Seyed M. Tabatabaei is a professional architect and 3d visualizer in architectural firms in Dubai. His passion for multimedia activities encouraged him to devote a major amount of his time to photography, film editing and production of short documentaries. In 2012 He was accepted to study MA. in Animation at Tehran University of Art & Light Sight is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for this degree.
RANG RAAZ - Pakistan
A Hindu-Muslim couple elope one night in Karachi. As the night wears on, they must reckon with the consequences of their socially taboo union.
Hamza Bangash is a Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker.
THEY LIVE IN FORESTS - United Kingdom
An Indigenous Australian man is invited to London for the Colonial Exhibition of 1886.
Saeed Taji Farouky is a Palestinian / British filmmaker and artist. In 2011 he was selected to be a TED Senior Fellow, and has been previously named Artist-in- Residence at Tate Britain and The British Museum. His film Tell Spring Not to Come This Year premiered at the Berlinale 2015 where it won 2 awards, including Panorama Documentary Audience Choice Award.
SISAK - India
Two men keep meeting on the train. They eyes speak louder than words.
Faraz Ansari is a Mumbai-based director. His film Sisak has been winning awards all over the globe.
A SECRET HEART - United Kingdom
Two strangers meet on a rainy night leading to mysterious occurrences.
A Secret Heart is the third film of Writer & Director Cary Rajinder Sawhney. His previous films graduation short Looking For You (2010) and KHAANA (2013) have been screened at festivals internationally.
STATEMENT AFTER MY POET HUSBAND'S DEATH - Bangladesh
A woman is unable to mourn the death of her husband who lays besides her.
Tasmiah Afrin Mou is a filmmaker based in Bangladesh.
THE THIEF - India
A thief must grapple with his conscience now that he is gainfully employed.
Aasmaan Bhardwaj is an Indian student of cinema in New York City.
Navid is nosy. He refuses to face reality but instead falls in love with the idea of the woman whose diary he has come upon
Arshad Khan is a Montreal based director and happens to also run the MISAFF film festival.