July 13-14, 2018


Showcasing innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

In association with the Boston Short Film Festival.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

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Get ready for the 2018 Somerville International Film Festival, an annual film festival meant to showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

The 2018 edition of the Somerville International Film Festival will be part of the Somerville Artbeat Festival (photos). ArtBeat is one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities. In association with the Somerville Arts Council. Entry to the screenings is free of charge.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent, The Somerville Film Festival will take place in the bustling Davis Square neighborhood of Somerville (MA). As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts, the festival will bring diverse international films to our community (The Somerville Theatre) and showcase the best regional and international filmmakers. Somerville Film Festival aims to expand the artistic image of our region, engage new audiences in the world of film, and inspire creativity in all of us.

Highlights from the previous editions were 'MeTube 2' by Austrian filmmaker Daniel Moshel, a slice of campy weirdness that premiered at Sundance, Thomas Vernay's short film wonder Dryad, Keil Troisi’s ‘Mono Generation’ starring Lena Dunham, Eliane Lima’s controversial documentary ‘Sherry’, Luciana Canton’s multi awarded drama ‘Public Intimacy’ and Tomislav Zaja's award winning documentary ‘Free’. The festival has hosted many noteworthy filmmakers: Riccardo Torresi, Hans Olson, Jannis Lenz, Ishan Shukla, Pol Ponsarnau, Noemi Schneider, Isabella Carbonell, Faiyaz Jafri, Roman Hill, CJ Gardella, Çağıl Harmandar, Vladimir Todorov, Luis Campos, Wojtek Skowron, Maik Schuster, Max Paschke, Maik Schuster, Marie Nicholson, Iván Sáinz-Pardo, Philippe McKie, Guli, Melina Maraki, Susan DeLeo, Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit, Mark Franz, Marinah Janello, Patrick Johnson, Tatyana Bronstein, Sasha Gransjean, Kate Raney, Jeremy Bessoff and Perry Lam.

Every year Somerville International Film Festival teams up with the Boston Short Film Festival. Two very different film festivals in their respective fields combine forces while retaining their distinct and target audiences. The move will create one distinctive audience festival with a focus on quality, diversity and dialogue. Check out the 2016 'back stage' video: https://vimeo.com/190623406



The Somerville Film Festival (in association with Boston Short Film Festival) will screen during 4 days at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free of charge.

Tuesday, July 11 - 2017, 8PM-11PM
Boston Shorts // BSFF
Swedish Caravan (United States) by Peiqi Peng

Duration: 00:04:00

Underground Film // SIFF
Elegy (United States) by CJ Gardella

A film, in the wilderness gothic tradition, set in a crumbling estate, where strange visions and paranoia afflict its occupants.
Duration: 00:20:00

Animated short film // BSFF
Schirkoa (India) by Ishan Shukla

In the city of bag-heads, a senate member faces a tough choice between political career, brothels and love for a mysterious woman. A choice that will transform his life and the city in unimaginable ways.
Duration: 00:13:31

Boston Shorts // BSFF
Desolation (United States) by Alexander Bickford

The destruction of a home.
Duration: 00:06:55

Underground short film // BSFF
RAMONA REY - JAK TY (LIKE YOU) (Poland) by Bartosz Brzeziński

Official music video of Ramona Rey song 'Jak Ty'
Duration: 00:04:38

Boston Shorts // BSFF
Personal (Iran, Islamic Republic of) by Sonia K. Hadad

Your hidden personal life seems adventures and exciting, but the earthquake will occur and reveal everything.
Duration: 00:13:04

Underground short film // BSFF
Metamorphosis (Slovenia) by Lana Bregar

Gregor Samsa is a travelling salesman, a lone individual, excluded from society and family, which we feel in his monologue. While Gregor is actually transforming into a bug and when experiencing his nightmare, he alienates from himself, as time flies while watching the world through the window, which is his peace and security.
Duration: 00:01:56

Narrative short film // BSFF
Banlieue War (Canada) by Audrey Chevrier

Thomas and Emilie skip school to pick up empty cans. At the request of their video games lover neighbor, they get a new mission : the delivery of an odd package without asking any questions.
Duration: 00:12:12

Animated short film // BSFF
RAGNAROK (Lithuania) by Johan Oettinger, Urtė Oettinger

The storm is coming. The Eagle is captured by the spirit of the doom. A bullet is fired to the eagle’s fatal battle.
Duration: 00:07:48

Animated short film // BSFF
Vernon and Violet (United States) by Nikoletta Kanakis

Violet, a taxidermist, falls in love with a mortician named Vernon. Does Violet have the right stuff to preserve their love forever?
Duration: 00:09:30

Narrative short film // BSFF
Birds In The Mouth (Brazil) by Gustavo Ribeiro

Martin is a divorced man and hasn’t lived with his daughter Sara for a long time. When she is back in his care, he begins to wonder if there is something wrong with her teenage behavior. Based on the short story by argentine writer Samanta Schweblin.
Duration: 00:14:50

Experimental short film // BSFF
Orange Band (United States) by Sarah Bliss

A contemporary landscape exploring the posthuman and post-industrial that searches out new ways to engage the body on the land, bridging interior and exterior worlds and blurring the edge of what is "me" and what is "outside me." This experimental short encompasses not only what is in front of the camera, but also the body that operates it, and the technological interfaces through which we perform landscaping.
Duration: 00:04:44

Experimental short film // BSFF
The 3rd Woman (France) by Benjamin Nicolas

If you look at yourself too much, you loose yourself.
Duration: 00:01:53

Animated Short Film // SIFF
Stretch (Turkey) by Çağıl Harmandar

Strange morning rituals.
Duration: 00:02:16

Boston Shorts // BSFF
In This Place Where We Lie (United States) by Art Parnitudom, Justus Wrede

Jacob and Amelia grapple with the lost of their unborn child.
Duration: 00:04:54

Animated Short Film // SIFF
FLUTTER (United States) by Vladimir Todorov

FLUTTER is a short animated film about despair, hope and the power of love. FLUTTER ’s main character, Fleo, is trapped in a body that keeps him pinned to the ground. While others can defy the laws of gravity and fly freely above his head, Fleo can only watch from a distance. He is an outcast, destined to trudge through life. But desperation leads to innovation, and then to an unexpected discovery. With a pair of wings strapped to his back, Fleo’s first attempt at flying becomes a heart-stopping rescue mission. After saving the life of a helpless stranger, Fleo has to make a choice. Does he continue on his flight path, or does he go back to being “grounded”? Realizing that love and companionship are more powerful than the laws of gravity, Fleo embraces his impediment, and lets his heart do the soaring instead.
Duration: 00:10:00

Experimental short film // BSFF
Echoes of a Forgotten Embrace (Italy) by Antonella Mignone, Cristiano Panepuccia

"Echoes of a Forgotten Embrace" takes inspiration from the concept of emotional memory, depicting the encounter of two lovers in a liminal dimension, a place where movements preserve the memory of the past and create a synthesis of the entire action. The work has been created with a mix of body projection, light painting, real time randomization and CGI animation techniques. "Echoes of a Forgotten Embrace" is one of the chapters that constitute DROP, a project divided into several autonomous works focusing on the dialectical relationship between the concept of Infinity and Control as a fundamental issue of human nature.
Duration: 00:04:00

Animated Short Film // SIFF
Le chat vilain - ep. 54 (Canada) by Luis Campos

A statue and its internal struggles in our post-modern society.
Duration: 00:00:16

Animated Short Film // SIFF
Beetles in Boxes (Germany) by Wojtek Skowron

This films is an ironic visual interpretation of a part of Ludwig Wittgenstein's 'private language argument'.
Duration: 00:04:00

Narrative Short Film // SIFF
WALLS (Germany) by Maik Schuster, Max Paschke, Maik Schuster

WALLS - a short film dealing with the energy generated through human confrontations with walls. The urge for freedom and fulfillment is just as human as the urge to build walls for everyday order. Three individuals in different countries are struggling under this tension - and finally decide to go all in. The soundtrack features music by rising french producer Phazz.
Duration: 00:07:03

Animated Short Film // SIFF
The Love of Parsites (United States) by Marie Nicholson

Parasites need hosts, they must feel some sort of affection for the host, a host that needs company embraces the harm, and returns the love. These feelings create cycles of self destruction.
Duration: 00:03:15

Narrative Short Film // SIFF
SAVE (Spain) by Iván Sáinz-Pardo

Dawns. A baby breaks the silence.
Duration: 00:03:54

Underground short film // BSFF
UP AND ARISE (Israel) by Raanan Berger

Likey is a man who was raised by his Master as a dog. When he succeeds to escape from his Master's home, he discovers that the outside world conducts itself differently than we would aspect.
Duration: 00:21:30

Wednesday, July 12 - 2017, 8PM-11PM
Underground Film // SIFF
BREAKER (Japan) by Philippe McKie

In tomorrow's Tokyo, the technologically-enhanced body of a young mercenary hacker is overrun by a sentient data weapon. Wanted, the parasitic A.I becomes her only ally as she is chased across the city by those seeking to salvage it.
Duration: 00:10:43

Underground short film // BSFF
SOULFINGER vs GOLDFINGER (United States) by Crazy Legs Conti

It's an epic battle between Soulfinger (Denzel Washington) and Goldfinger (Al Pacino.)
Duration: 00:01:58

Experimental short film // BSFF
Soft skin, violence in the eyes (Spain) by Marc Nadal

Alma bears Duna's abuses because of the attraction she feels for her, until one night when Alma breaks her silence and intends to show that she is capable of inflicting the same pain.
Duration: 00:07:40

Experimental Film // SIFF
Stuff As Dreams (United Kingdom) by Guli

Panicked news reports from scenes of terror that may or may not have happened, and family and travelling images that might have been a dream or maybe not, are intertwined into a painterly collage breaking-up and collapsing into itself, exploring both personal and public perceptions of an increasingly fractured world.
Duration: 00:05:52

Narrative Short Film // SIFF
Tricks (Australia) by Melina Maraki

A mysterious girl keeps visiting a bookshop, showing interest for its young male attendant. By nightfall it's clear her motives are eminently dubious.
Duration: 00:06:58

Boston Shorts // BSFF
Strange Harvest (United States) by Stee McMorris

Two strangers wake up under mysterious and slimy circumstances, unable to move, and with no memory of how they got there.
Duration: 00:05:55

Animated short film // BSFF
THE SCARLET WHALE (Colombia) Jimmy Cho (Cho Jim San)

This is the story of a whale hunter, Coming from a family that for generations has been dedicated to kill this giant and noble creature. A series of unfortunate events will make lose the most precious: his wife and son. At the same time, he gets a second chance, he suffers a transformation that makes him into a whale, this way he see the world differently and begins to understand why his punishment. The last flashes of memory that still remain, give him a reason to stay alive in their new condition of cetacean. The daily subtracts a portion of his humanity, and as a last desire embarks on a journey to the sea in search of his destiny.
Duration: 00:15:00

Experimental Film // SIFF
Prison Island (United States) by Susan DeLeo

Prison Island is an exploratory journey through an island previously inhabited by prisoners of war. It is a portrait of a place conceived through 3 rolls of super 8mm film and the impressions left on the filmmaker from a days visit to this abandoned and fascinating site.
Duration: 00:03:46

Experimental short film // BSFF
Spanish Sahara (United States) by Peiqi Peng

a person's outer and inner world before crying.
Duration: 00:02:14

Animated short film // BSFF
DON'T CRY (Japan) by Tomoya Takashima

A story of people living in a world prohibited from giving birth. Sci-Fi Thriller animation. In this era, artificial intelligence, AI has come to power. Birthing limits were implemented in order to manage the AI population that has grown too much. Although AI’s threatening, illegal birth laws are no end of mankind’s desire. The parents and children would be killed if exposed by government. The couple are heading the port toward the resistance force called the ‘Human Tribe’to save the children. AI was approaching behind them.
Duration: 00:12:20

Narrative Feature Film // SIFF
Halumim / Beneath the Silence (Israel) by Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit

1973, a small family crumbles due to the father’s PTSD, on the verge of the Yom Kipur War.
Duration: 01:46:00

Thursday, July 13 - 2017, 8PM-11PM
Documentary short film // BSFF
Sisterly (United States) by Nina Vallado

Nina and Lisa are two sisters destined to be the best of friends, but with a diagnosis autism at the age of 2, Lisa’s voice disappears. Without communication, Nina and Lisa set out to find connection and sisterhood.
Duration: 00:28:00

Experimental short film // BSFF
Flies (Greece) by Nadia Zygouri, Aris Pavlidis

Two people are feasting. They are discommoded by flies. Time draws to a close. The rude awakening occurs when they realise where they are currently standing.
Duration: 00:06:52

Underground short film // BSFF
Daydreams of Wilderness (Philippines) by Amaya Han

Joy Love is a mentally-ill patient with anthropophobia, the fear of people. She is only friends with Chickie, a talking eagle stuffed toy. Although Chickie talks to her, she never talks back to him. And then one day, as Joy Love’s birthday approaches, Chickie plans to surprise her along with his friends leading to the revelation of their secrets.
Duration: 00:13:30

Animated Short Film // SIFF
body without organs (United States) by Mark Franz

"body without organs" is an experimental animation that explores the mystical singularity of the body in terms of its separate functioning parts. Philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari use this term to refer to the "cosmic egg" of life.
Duration: 00:02:34

Experimental short film // BSFF
Bambi (United Kingdom) by Sam Boullier

A small child and her father come to terms with the loss of her mother.
Duration: 00:03:05

Experimental short film // BSFF
It Woke Me Up (Singapore) by Thomas Goh Chao Teck

An individual suffering from insomnia, gets disturbed by what she calls The Girl.
Duration: 00:05:51

Boston Shorts // BSFF
The Bazooka (United States) by Rob Apse

Boston is known for its rich history in boxing and at 15-0 with 10 knockouts, Mark De Luca is taking the tradition to the next level.
Duration: 00:03:48

Animated short film // BSFF
Purpleland (United States) by Carly Lieberman

Two interviews weave together in this animated documentary short. One features Frank, a 34 year old white male from the historic coal mining town of Wilkes- Barre, PA, who voted red this past election term. The other is the voice of Anjelica, a 23 year old first generation immigrant from the Dominican Republic, who voted blue. He talks about the economic struggles of his community as she recounts her parents sacrifices so she could live a life of opportunity. Both interviews leave blanks that beg for answers. Frank emphasizes the importance of a crackdown on illegal immigration as Anjelica emphasizes the importance of education. Both Frank and Anjelica’s parents endured laborious jobs to carve for themselves their idea of the American dream. But as Anjelica discusses how far her family has come there is the sense that Frank is motionless. What surfaces is that the idea of the American dream, which seems like the promise of a constant incline in prosperity if you work hard enough, spurs feelings of neglect in Frank and hope in Anjelica’s family.
Duration: 00:06:20

Experimental short film // BSFF
4TH HOUSE (United States) by Cameron Stetz

In astrology, the fourth house rules the home; your upbringing, your roots, the place where life begins and where you return to in the end.
Duration: 00:04:20

Documentary short film // BSFF
Tiphany (United States) by Justin Ferrato

"Tiphany" a 5 minute short film that is emotional, tragic and heartwarming as Tiphany shares her story. An inspirational story about hope and perseverance visualized through the graceful style of Producer and photographer Kai York. A short documentary character portrait about a fitness model - also a paraplegic woman- as she shares her devastating story about her past and present. Tiphany just had it's world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California. We've submitted to a handful of festivals this year, including Sidewalk, Hot Springs, Big Sky and Napa Valley throughout the year. We'd love to screen the film on the east coast.
Duration: 00:05:00

Documentary Short Film // SIFF
Troll: A Southern Tale (United States) by Marinah Janello

An eccentric artist navigates self-expression through his experiences living and growing up in the South.
Duration: 00:11:30

Documentary Short Film // SIFF
Honk: A Festival of Activist Street Bands (United States) by Patrick Johnson

Honk! is a festival of activist street bands who reclaim public spaces with their brash sound, political messages, and outrageous community oriented performances. Originating in Somerville Massachusetts and celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival has spread to cities throughout the world. Watch as these bands work to change the world through their music and activism, and learn about their cultural impact from festival organizers and participants.
Duration: 00:06:39

Documentary Short Film // SIFF
Black Rat (Australia) by Perry Lam

BLACK RAT is a documentary about Sydney's own Real Life Superhero, The Black Rat, who prowls the streets of Newtown at night in his crusade against crime. The documentary reveals his motivations and his past trauma that drove him to not only improve himself but the community he lives in. BLACK RAT was made as Perry Lam's student film as part of his film course in Macquarie University.
Duration: 00:03:55

Documentary short film // BSFF
Undefinable girl, Unacceptable fact (United States) by Codie Yan

To raise the voice of the young women of color who refuse to be identified as stereotypes of their skins instead of their individual beauty.
Duration: 00:03:32

Documentary short film // BSFF
Team of Brothers (United States) by Kathryn Dietz

TEAM OF BROTHERS tells the story of Jenna, a young woman who spent her childhood being bullied and isolated, first for her life-threatening peanut allergy that required a separate table at school, Tourette’s syndrome and OCD. She had no friends but her parents, who struggled to help her even as they dealt with their own disabilities. They took her for neurological testing at age fourteen, and she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The diagnosis qualified her to receive appropriate educational services, but did little to help her find friends, especially since her school was nearly 20 miles from home. And girls like Jenna often fall through the cracks. As she noted after one especially easy life skill session, “It’s hard to practice social skills with people who have poor social skills.” Where does a person like Jenna find the friendships and social connections everyone craves? One day her mother got a call from Coach Ray of the East Coast Jumbos, a team he started to accommodate his own autistic son. His players were a lot like her and had a variety of disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, and deafness. Jenna tried out and made the team – their only female player (although not by design). Her hockey skills made her a popular teammate, and she gradually gained confidence and began to thrive. At the end of the film she tells us: “When you find something you love, you fit in. And being different can be hard, but it’s definitely okay.”
Duration: 00:11:00

Documentary Feature Film // SIFF
Make Me Dance (United States) by Tatyana Bronstein

Make Me Dance is a documentary that takes an in depth look at one of the most prestigious dance schools in the United States, The Boston Conservatory. World-renowned choreographer, Moultrie, a proud New Yorker, born and raised in Harlem, and a proud graduate of the Juilliard School, has chosen to hold residency at the Boston Conservatory to craft his new work, “Winds of Now” for young students. Darrell Moultrie brings all his energy, his convictions to break the stereotypes of body type, i.e., the “ballet look", to redefine what it means to be a “Dancer”, and to have these new views be accepted into the ballet and modern dance world.
Duration: 01:00:13

Friday, July 14 - 2017, 8PM-11PM
Documentary Short Film // SIFF
Mono Generation (United States) by Keil Troisi

In 2005, Lena Dunham starred in a short video by Keil Troisi and A.W. Strouse. Endless problems plagued production—from the scatterbrained script, to the cast’s dorm-room partying, to Strouse’s seedy romance with Dunham. Eleven years later, Troisi and Strouse have reunited to spawn “Mono Generation.” This poetic short documentary reframes their original footage into a nostalgic commentary about celebrity, the War on Terror, and mononucleosis.
Duration: 00:03:45

Narrative Short Film // SIFF
Be my first (Japan) by Philippe McKie

A young Japanese girl riding the train posts a message from her phone to an online thread: 'I'm a high-school student and I'm a virgin, does anyone want to pay to be my first? It has to be tonight'
Duration: 00:10:53

Narrative Short Film // SIFF
Sun Valley (United States) by Sasha Gransjean

Privacy is obliterated as a young girl is unable to compromise between creativity, intimacy, and spirituality.
Duration: 00:06:50

Boston Shorts // BSFF
Kinnari (United States) by Christopher Di Nunzio

Looking for an escape from life a man rediscovers a beauty that holds the key to his enlightenment.
Duration: 00:04:43

Animated short film // BSFF
Tehran, USA (United States) by Alex Sarabi-Daunais

Tehran, USA is an animation that shows the dominos that fell in my life that caused me to meet my wife Homa Sarabi. This is ONE channel of a TWO channel video. The second channel is my wife's personalized journey to meeting me. This is a film about an American who embraces the culture of Iran.
Duration: 00:02:01

Documentary short film // BSFF
My Life is Not a Show (United States) by Hailey Millar

Matt Siegel has hosted Boston's #1 morning radio show for nearly 40 years. In this short documentary, we will explore what makes "Matty in the Morning" so unique and why his brash persona continues to resonate with generations of Bostonians.
Duration: 00:22:38

Documentary short film // BSFF
Stephen King on Childhood (United States) by Patrick Smith

Animated interview of Stephen King, as he discusses childhood, storytelling, and imaginary friends.
Duration: 00:04:00

Experimental short film // BSFF
65,5 women (Norway) by Liv Mari Mortensen

To understand a recent failure, a young man writes a statistic of all the women he ever slept with. As he tries to simplify all of his affairs into simple characteristics the memories start to take over, leaving him to face the only one he truly wanted.
Duration: 00:05:46

Experimental short film // BSFF

This strange and joyful music video unleashes the work of choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and four of Canada’s most exciting dancers/performers onto the streets of Vancouver with their weird and cool interpretation of The Royal Oui’s song “All About You”. Dancers wearing suits and running shoes perform a quirky and distintive modern dance piece (somewhat interactive with passerbys/onlookers) consisting of “pedestrian” movements and gestures that moves them in and around the city, rendering the pedestrian surreal.
Duration: 00:03:20

Experimental short film // BSFF
Tone (Canada) by John Graham

A hypnotic dance of transformation in a metaphorical forest.
Duration: 00:02:00

Experimental short film // BSFF
Look of Death (Kazakhstan) by Max Shishkin

Experimental fashion video shooting after watching "Neon demon" by Nicolas Winding Refn. Video about last minutes before man die: about sexuality and beauty of death.
Duration: 00:01:45

Documentary Short Film // SIFF
Sherry (United States) by Eliane Lima

Sherry is an experimental documentary film which witnesses the private life of Robert, a 75 years old gentleman from Orange County. Every day, Robert transforms himself into a living doll, Sherry. Info: This project began in Fall 2014 when Lucrecia Martel (visiting filmmaker) took a group of CalArts' students to Robert Sherry's house.
Duration: 00:23:38

Animated Short Film // SIFF
Lingua Absentia (United States) by Kate Raney, Jeremy Bessoff

Lingua Absentia is a paper cut-out animation, about a mother and her schizophrenic daughter, Abby. Guided by the mother’s voice-over narration, the film takes the viewer through Abby's severe cancer treatment and her long process to recovery.
Duration: 00:10:00

Underground short film // BSFF
Es Rêver (United States) by Sean Carmichael

Charles has his curiosities. His curiosities have their consequences.
Duration: 00:02:13

Underground short film // BSFF
In the park (Spain) by Cristina Lladosa, Joaquín Vallet

In a park, a girl sends a message to her boyfriend. Something interrupts her.
Duration: 00:02:00

Narrative Feature Film // SIFF
PUBLIC INTIMACY (Brazil) by Luciana Canton

Public Intimacy is a movie about how we deal with sexuality and love on public and private levels. The four stories of "Public Intimacy" deal with urgent and profound themes, like homofobia, prostitution, transsexuality and madness. "Public Intimacy" proposes a cinema that is focused on its characters. They struggle to become who they really are.
Duration: 01:10:26



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