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2023 SMIFF Film Program

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Friday, Feb 3


6-8:30 PM   Narrative Film Program

8:30 PM      Opening Reception

Saturday, Feb 4


 5-6 PM  Reception

 6-8 PM  Documentary Program

Sunday, Feb 5


 6-8 PM  Short Film Program

 8    PM  Reception

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Friday, February 3rd 


6-8:30 PM   Narrative Film Program

8:30 PM   Opening Reception

Reaching Four
Director: Katherine Press
United Kingdom, 10min

Following a horrific accident, young mum Clare, a chronic OCD sufferer, has become isolated from her family. She's at tipping point, trapped by her overpowering condition yet terrified of losing those she loves.

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The Bathtub
Director: Sergi Marti Maltas
Spain, 19min

Ramon Riera is taking a well-deserved bath when his cell phone suddenly rings. On the other side of the line is Clara, a girl who insistently tries to sell him a life insurance.


Six Fucking Words
Director: Michael Iuzzino
Italy, 14min

After the death of their son, a couple is no longer able to live their relationship peacefully. Carla decides to disappear from Ale's life, leaving only a note with six cold words. The man is unable to face the situation and decides to go in therapy, but despite this he continues to look for Carla.


Director: Akbar Shahbazi
Iran, 15min

A story of a woman who nurses her husband, who was shot and had his spinal cord amputated.


Director: Sergey Arsin
Russian Federation, 14min

Sixteen-year-old Sanya, as her father calls her, is her daddy's daughter. She is going to bring her father his lunch, but he is not at work. When she finds him, everything will change. Having to make a difficult decision brings her closer to her mother, but the truth of the adult world turns out to be more destructive than Sanya expects.


Director: Jimmy Condaminas
France, 3min

A man locked in with a hostile intruder has only one phone number to save him. The problem ? His interlocutor is a 4 years old girl and the only way to get her attention is to pass the situation off as a game.


La Nueva (The Newcomer)
Director: Ivan Villamel
Spain, 15min

Maria is the new teacher who arrives at an old religious school. On her first day, she will have to teach a group of rebellious kids who are part of a punishment class. An unexpected event will turn the classroom into a real hell.

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Table for 3
Director: Álvaro G. Company, Meka Ribera
Spain, 13min

Five friends go to dinner at a high-end restaurant. Upon arrival, they discover that the reserved table, initially for five people, is now a table for three. An unforeseen situation that will test friendship and the bonds that exist within this group of friends.


Director: Rechna Varma
United States, 9min

Two sisters reconcile their past to define their futures after their mother’s wake.


72 Hours
Director: Christian Durán
Mexico, 18min

Jesus is accused of murder, he has 72 hours to prove his innocence. Rosario mother of Jesus is willing to sacrifice what little she has to avoid going to jail. Before the trial, Jesus confesses the truth to his mother. Now Rosario has to decide between saving her son or declaring the truth.

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Saturday, February 4th


5-6 PM  Reception

6-8 PM  Documentary Program

Friday Night Blind
Director:Scott Krahn, Robb Fischer
United States, 13min

It’s another Friday night at Burnham Bowl. Strikes, spares, gutter balls. With no shortage of trash talking and victory dancing. But the group that’s making all the noise isn’t just another bowling league. The Milwaukee Beer Barrels Blind Bowling League is an eclectic mix of visually impaired and sighted bowlers with a simple focus. Making friends, having fun, taking life one frame at a time. 


Dating Internet Strangers
Director: Eduardo Wahrhaftig
Brazil, 11min

Tens of millions of people are using some kind of dating app. This is a compilation of good and bad date stories shared by some of these users, and their impressions about online dating in the smartphone era.


Marsh Clouds: the oysters of Harris Neck.
Director: Kevin Mannens
United States

The Timmons family has been picking oysters in Harris Neck, GA for more than 100 years. The land they call home has a tragic history. Marsh Clouds tells a story of trauma and racism - and the perseverance to overcome against all odds.

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The Beatles Vs The Stones
Director: Andrew Kelleher 
United Kingdom, 3min

The battle of the bands, at last. Animated slapstick and anarchy as two bone-fide giants of music attempt to outdo each other with trickery, silliness and cake fights. With a specially made music track that takes from both bands to make something brand new. Why don't we do it in the road?


The Sea No Longer Stops Here
Director: Pedro Augusto Almeida
Portugal, 8min

Caldeira, Sado estuary. A clam picker and his friend spend the morning collecting up the bounty of the tide. The day is full of surprises.

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9/11: One Man's Journey
Director: Joseph Maddalone
Unitee States

South Country Ambulance Chief of Department, Gregory Miglino, recounts his experience where he and his crew were recruited to Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001.

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Soul Lines
Director: Rafa Arroyo
Spain, 14min

Even if the wounds of the past are closed and you forgive all those who have hurt you, the pain always remains in your heart. An intimate portrait of María José Arroyo's life, tracing the scars of her past and discovering the medicine of her soul.


Three Armies
Director: Kadir Can Arabaci
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16min

Zoran Laketa is the only survivor of the war-torn family in Mostar. His father, older brother and himself fought on three different fronts in the Bosnian War. He divided members of a family of ordinary workers into different fronts of the war, with his brother in the Bosnian Army, himself in the Croatian Defense Council, and his father in the Army of the Republika Srpska.


Three Latina Muslimas
Director:Sana Attiq Haq
United States, 12min

Three recently converted muslim women from South Florida face rejection and acceptance from their loved ones.

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Sunday, February 5th 


6-8 PM  Short Film Program

8  PM    Reception

In the Deathroom
Director: Nemanja Ceranic

When a television network refuses to broadcast Rasko's television show, Rasko decides that it should be sold over the internet in order to expose the truth about the death of his brother, and face the consequences.

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Message, Movement, Fear
Director: Danilo Mladenović
Serbia, 6min

Experimental found footage short film made from collected old Ex-Yugoslovenian experimental and obscure movies.

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My Own Private Refugee Camp
Director:Petar Lakić
Serbia, 6min

A portrait of a family made from achive footage of life in a refugee camp. 

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Director: Ana Djurović 
Serbia, 19min

On the last day of their summer holiday, right before they start high school, two best friends decide to finally meet the guy from their neighborhood they've been stalking for a while. 


Way back
Director: Aleksandar Adzic

Dunja and Jasna are traveling with their mother Jovana to visit their father who lives alone in the cottage. DUNJA and JASNA are convinced that he had abandoned their mother because of the affair with another woman. 

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Director: Ognjen Rakcevic
Country, 9min



Director: Vanja Vujin
Serbia, 18min

The short film “Vacuum” is a social drama that tells about the cause-and-effect sequence of events that leads the characters to collapse, in a society where their problem, the unavailability of “medicine”, becomes an everyday strugle. 

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