Online Film Festival (Hopefully just this year)
December 5th & 6th 7 Blocks of Films,
4 2hr Blocks
Sat 5th 11AM – 8:30 Q&A 9PM
3 2hr Blocks
Sun 6th 10AM- 5PM Q&A 5:30PM
Q&A via zoom
65 Films, with Special Guest Comedian Tara Cannistraci
Awards Sun Dec 6th 6:30 PM
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THE CLOAKING (2:18)
Best Trailer: Director Sam Bradford -
Former Foreign Intel. Officer Ross Pursifull must get to scientist (Doc. Thompson) a highly functioning Autistic, who is the only person on earth with the working knowledge of DNAC (DNA Cloaking) technology before the DEEP STATE'S global web of mercenaries can.
I WIN (2:30)
International Short Drama:
Director Pierre Audouin A young girl get’s arrested by the police. Instead of keeping a low profile, she defies the policemen, stay arrogant and does not seem to accept to calm down.
The situation is going to get worse.
Director - Jeremiah Kipp
Set in the 60's in the countryside of New York, the seemingly tranquil life of an Italian mother, NINA and her daughter ANNABEL, is disrupted when ANNABEL brings home her new boyfriend MARCO, an handsome young Italian man whose presence throws their lives into irreparable upheaval.
Short Thriller: Director Gui Agustini -
Malcolm and Liam are finishing up their shift at the Red Lighthouse, but the discovery of a lying body will change the course of their lives, forever.
CHATEAU SAUVIGNON (13:10)
Student Short: Director D.M. Night Maire - Terror follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. When a doting woman and her indifferent son arrive seeking a tasting and tour of the winery.
THE KEEPER (14:00)
Drama Short: Director Bob Celli - What happens when two people, who are looking for two different things, meet? Living in a hectic world we can easily lose sight of the fact that we yearn for connection. Does the longing for these connections make us take more risks? At what cost?
INTO GRAY (22:00)
TV Web Series:
Director Andrew Froening -
When a new drug hits the streets of Trenton, New Jersey, an undercover cop crosses the line to win the drug war.
I'M HERE (13:00)
Student Short: Director Dylan Pantaleo- A young man struggles on the edge between reality and delusion. As he tries to navigate everyday frustration.
International Short Short Drama: Director Francisco Palacios Reyes -
A young man cheats his mother by stopping to go to school and staying at home, but when he thinks he has accomplished his task, everything will become a big nightmare for him.
Director Seth Kozak -
An opportunistic congressman schemes to have his much younger wife killed, but she's already a step ahead of him.
Drama/Thriller: Director Piers Hunt, Michael Jinks - With Canal, we set out to see how much tension we could create in a short. We felt like 35mm was the way to go, and this is what we came up with.
Drama: Director Justin Ciccotelli - When four friends, all 20 years old, find out their combustible best friend Ricky's sister has been raped they fear Ricky's vengeance will go too far and put him in prison. These four friends, buzzed from a night of drinking, battle over the best solution.
BENS ENTANGLEMENT (15:05)
Sci Fi Short: Director Gerard Mendez - What if the future can influence the past in an endless feedback loop? For Ben (Ignacyo Matinya), a physics grad student who finds himself being interrogated by a Detective (Lucio Fernandez), it may be hard to explain. However, when fate unknowingly transports him back and forth in time to re-live the tragic event, it begins to feel like dé·jà vu.
International Sci Fi Short: Director Haonan Wang - This is an urban tale of love and sacrifice set in a mysterious restaurant hidden in an alleyway. On an ordinary night, a man eats a lot of herbal plants in front of a woman, transforming himself into the woman’s food.
MONARCH BUTTERFLY (16:39)
Drama Short: Director Clyde Baldo - What would you do and how far would you go to keep a loved one?
MAGIC MAN (15:00)
LGBTQ DOC/Drama Short: Directors Alice Millar, Nile Tracer - Repressed by her father’s ideals, Masie hides her true self in order to try to meet his expectations - expectations effortlessly met by her brother. Unable to remain true to herself and her father’s dated opinions of life, she disappears leaving him distraught and concerned for her welfare. Unable to remain true to herself and her father’s dated opinions of life, she takes flight leaving him distraught and concerned for her welfare
BENSONS PLAYGROUND (8:29)
Student Short: Director Jad Jacob - A children's TV show host comes back home to visit his dying father.
BATHTUB CHRONICLES (28:13)
Drama Short: Director Rebecca Ruhm -
Arriving home from the mental hospital, still broken from being raped by an ex, Robby begins a wild healing journey with her therapist to reconnect with herself, her parents and current boyfriend.
Student Short: Director Faith Elizabeth Fleming - Boxes is a short visual poem that explores the hardships of dealing with anxiety. The narrative is delivered through the lens of a young adult female feeling trapped yet comforted by her apartment. This juxtaposition is designed to be relatable yet vague; being trapped in a box can look different for everybody.
Short Drama: Director Andres Irias -
Perception tells a story on immigration from two points of view- Daniela, a Honduran mother who is pressured to migrate from Honduras with her young daughter; and Alan, an American teen, son to a family who teaches him to view and treat immigrants as less.
Short Drama: Director Anthony Grasso -
Inspired by real people and recent political events, an expat Russian hacker, wanted for extradition back to Russia, finds himself trapped in a triangle. An attractive Ukrainian Counsellor and a powerful US Senator both require his services to reach their political goals.
WINDOWS TO NOWHERE (25:00)
Director Tamara Hansen -
A woman haunted by her past struggles to live a normal life after the death of her daughter.
EVELYN AND ACE (20:26)
Comedy Short: Director Alex Lobera -
Evelyn and Ace are an unmarried, elderly couple that have been together for over 25 years. The story begins at a bridal shop when Evelyn and Ace are there with their granddaughter, Isabelle. While there, Ace brings up that idea of him and Evelyn getting married. Evelyn makes it very clear that she doesn't want to do this. Ace agrees to leave it alone and to stop asking.
Drama Short: Director Debra Markowitz : A mother confronts her son, a down-on-his-luck stunt man with a broken marriage, to help him move forward with his life.
GIFTS OF THE HEART (22:10)
DRAMA SHORT: Director Chris Craymer -
A sensitive portrayal of a young widow's emotional journey as she comes to realize that the recipient of her husband's heart holds the secret to her new life.
Un ritratto sensibile del viaggio emotivo di una giovane vedova quando si rende conto che il destinatario del cuore di suo marito custodisce il segreto della sua nuova vita.
-Director Luca Cutini Italy, between 1943 and 1944: many Italian cities are bombed by the US air fleet. To protect themselves from attacks, hundreds of men, women and children are forced to take refuge in the underground tunnels of a small town, remaining confined to the bowels of the earth.
PLAYBOY EDDIE (00:33)
Drama Short Trailer: Director Brett Puglisi Edward - A determined father struggling with anger issues and a coke addiction, searches for his daughter at his druggie brother’s crazy party, he must keep her from making the same mistakes he made and reconnect with them both.
MEANS OF EXPRESSION (20:25)
Intn'l Doc: Director Vida Lercari - Modos de Expresión, (Means of Expression) is a film that explores illegal public art in Cuba through the eyes of street artist Yulier P. As of December 2018
WISDOM OF CHINA (17:03)
INT'L DOC: Director Denis Paul Circo , Ishma Yusaf Valenti I - China today as seen through the eyes of 5,000 years of Chinese wisdom.
LA VITA DE'NA VOTA Memorie di un Abruzzo Montano (30:00)
INT'L DOC: Director Julian Civiero - An Anglo-Italian filmmaker living between London and the interior of Abruzzo. Filmed in Fagnano Alto over the course of a year and a half .
YOU CAN'T SEE ME (3:00)
Director Anna Zoll: Documentary about the work as Air Traffic Controller. 50 year old Agnieszka Lus that has been working for 25 years at the Control Air Tower in Poznan/Poland.
MY FAMILY TREES (17:56)
Int'l Documentary: Director Roshi Givechi - Family Trees is a bittersweet tale about a man from Iran who took unconventional measures to stitch his family back together in Kansas...one single tree at a time. It's a short documentary that spotlights the ways love, duty, and inexplicable hope make us uniquely human, and beautifully resilient.
STATUE ISLAND (3:15)
Documentary: Directed by Princess and The Cowboy -
"Statue Island" leads viewers through a truly fascinating tour of statues around the New York City borough of Staten Island.
Int'l Documentary: Director Andrew Wall - The death of a child is an unimaginable tragedy but sometimes good and constructive things can follow.
UNCLAIMED REMAINS (30:00)
Documentary: Director Thomas Phillips - Sometimes the living must help the dead. In funeral homes throughout the United States and the UK, there are untold numbers of unidentified and unclaimed remains, 20% of these are Military Veterans. They rest above copiers, on shelves, in lockers, and even in utility closets, unnamed and forgotten. Men, Women, Children and War Veterans. How is it that we know nothing about thousands of unclaimed remains?
LOST AND FOUND (11:57)
LGBTQ DOC/Drama Short: Director Adam DeCarlo - After leaving his phone in a cab, a millennial New Yorker accepts a bet from two friends that he can't make it through an entire weekend without his device, forcing him to look up and enjoy life untethered from his screen.
LGBTQ DOC/Drama Short: Director Runar Thor Sigurbjornsson - Andri, an anxious teenage boy, hides and represses his sexuality in fear of his masculine father's reaction but, on the eve of Andri's first date, he finds a clever way to reveal his secret.
LGBTQ DOC/Drama Short: Director Andrew Schwarz - Adrienne is a hapless college graduate who just can't seem to catch a break. After a frustrating attempt to find a job, she happens upon a box of abandoned artwork; several sketchbooks filled with strikingly beautiful art. Immediately taken by the drawings, Adrienne impulsively embarks on a journey to find the artist responsible for these mysterious sketchbooks.
Student Short: Director Slav Velkov - A doorbell on a college student's dorm room rings. A teenager opens the door and spots a cardboard box on the floor. Looks around - nobody. Hesitant, he grabs the box and opens it. Inside he discovers a big red button. He presses it. Boom! An Instagram notification pops on screen: "You have 152 new followers." Soon the button fulfils every wish.
SIX DAY BACK (3:40)
Animation Short Short: Director Scott Cierski - Three bodybuilders sing about a revolutionary new workout regimen.
MR. CARROTMAN - DON'T CALL ME CRAZY (3:40)
Animation Short Short: Director Michael Das - Gods Kitchen is a heaven for all the fruits, vegetables, and plants. Though, its a much different than the heaven you'd expect, things can get very strange.
THE WINTER (5:00)
International Animation Short Short: Directer Xin Li - Walking in a snowy forest, a peasant sees an unusual deer and goes to follow it. The deer allures him and the peasant even wants to catch it.
RANCH UP (2:00)
Animation Short Short: Director Curtis Johnson - A small rock from earth and a dim pessimistic star from the galaxies book the same Air BNB in the Middle realm; located between earth and the galaxies. Despite their differences, they both decide to share the rental until the unexpected happens. The Roc & Ctar Show provides a humorist twist on situation experiences between two opposite
characters that explore the factors of social acceptance.
CALL WAITING (7:28)
Smartphone Short Short: Director Anthony Bradford - A man with social anxiety must summon the nerve to make a phone call.
IDENTITY CHECK (17:46)
Sci Fi Short:
Director Patrick Devaney-
Patrick McKinney and his attorney, Magdalene Walsh, offer little resistance to the takeover.But will this be so quick and easy a deal?
Director Bob Klein-
When a middle-aged “nice guy” is taken into a police interrogation room by a female officer, he soon realizes that perhaps he hasn’t been such a nice guy after all.
WHO'S A GOOD MAN?
Director Rhonda G. Robinson
Girl meets boy. Or does she?
Short Short Comedy: Directer Anatoly Ivanov - He engages in playing card fraud while hiding from the stalkers and developing a new scam. His girlfriend interrupts him of this process, and he must decide what is more important to him.
BOY EATS GIRL (7:10)
Comedy Short: Director Sarah Gurfield -
A short romantic comedy about two zombies who meet-cute while fighting over a dead woman’s intestines. Their brains have died...but not their hearts.
Short Short Comedy: Director Clifford Milner - Sam arrives home to find her pet hamster has gone for a spin.
Comedy Short: Director Jonathan Kehoe - After another morning of mundane interactions with her boyfriend, a woman reaches her breaking point and throws a fork across the room.
TV/Web Series Trailer: Director Greg Contaldi - Charlie, Jude, and Eddie who become best friends after meeting as extras on a movie set. In their pursuit for fame, they find themselves in the middle of a mafia conspiracy while trying to remake one of the greatest disco movies ever made.
Short Comedy: Director Amanda Thickpenny, Mollie Vogt-Welch - Tim is disenchanted with his NYC life and the world in general until the dog-walking app he works for brings him to the perfect apartment, potential housemate, and dog. He decides he needs to find a way to make all these things permanent fixtures in his life.
DINE AND DASH DATER (14:00)
Comedy Short: Directors Quinn Cavin, Ryan Cairns - A True-ish Story on the Perils of Online Relationships
MR NICE GUY (14:00)
Comedy Short: Director Mark Daniel Cade -
Jim is a single guy who doesn't want to be single. He believes that if he approaches dating in a logical, rational way that he will surely find his soulmate. Jim as a few things to learn.
SAME TIME NEXT WEEK (5:37)
Short Comedy: Director Gigi Burgdorf: During a series of high-stakes virtual meetings, Tom discovers an option in the software settings that may help his team win the pitch and save their jobs.
TV web series Comedy:
Director Matthew Klaus Esolda, Brian Goodheart -
A CIA analyst plunges her life and career into chaos when she saves her brother, a recently deposed dictator, from an assassination attempt and lets him crash on her couch.
THE ERASER (7:27)
Comedy Short: Directors Philip Snyder, Robert M. Snyder - Young sketch artist realizes world changing powers.
INSTAGRAM BETCHES (3:08)
Director Andy Zou, Patricia Sabulis -
Being an Influencer isn't as easy as it seems....
DROWNING IN PARADISE (5:14)
Music Video: Director Drue de Milo - With a surfer’s centered gaze and an ultra feminine touch, Drue de Milo is both star and director of her video. Visuals akin to the best of Herb Ritts’ work on this very same stretch of beach in Montauk, with the spice of a little Tarantino-esque drama, evoke the sensation of being invincible.
A NEW SOUND
Director Michael C Perry -
The trailer / teaser for the upcoming film, A New Sound.
Music Video: Director Lee Milby- A young man wakes up in a mysterious warehouse with blood on his face and no memory of how he got there. Stalked by nefarious entities, he slowly remembers his fate and the nightmare begins again.
GOING TO GERMANY (3:55)
Director Ian Matthews -
The scars of war haunt a young solider as he tries to reenter life back home.
Director Xiangyun Li -
This is a girl who wants to escape from her boyfriend and the devil, but ends up unable to escape.
Comedy Short Script :
Writer Gio Forlenza -
When a slovenly teenage boy doesn’t listen to his mother’s sensible advice, he turns into a giant cockroach in this dark comedy homage to Franz Kafka’s novel, The Metamorphosis.
SCRIPT: Author Doug Mcquire- One bad game sends Maguire on a journey of uncontrollable fail.
Drama Script Short: Writer Timothy Paul Coderre - When he comes for the last living man on earth, Death is faced with the sudden realization that the end of all life is also the end of death... the end of him.
Comedy Short Script: Writer Gio Forlenza -
A roadside, greasy spoon diner gives new meaning to the phrase "tourist trap" in this dark comedy horror short.
JESUS THE TEXAS RANGER
Comedy Short Script : Writer Drew Henriksen :
Jesus and his sidekick Peter raid Judas' meth lab.
MEDUSA VS BAGHDAD’S LAST DJ
Comedy Script: Writer Joey Fama -
Baghdad searches through some of New York's roughest bars to find the mythical lady DJ "Medusa."
Horror Short Script: Writer Alicia Ocana -
There's a house painted in black on the corner of the block. A teenager is dared to enter the house and take a memento. He never returns. The kids who challenged him to go to the house and the detectives investigating the kid's disappearance also go to the house. They all die. The mastermind of all the deaths is a surprise.
Drama Short Script : Writer Alicia Ocana -
A little girl slips in the house and her brother thinks she has died. He then does the unthinkable. He buries her but he realizes at the last second that she's not dead. He doesn't change what he is doing and buries her alive.
MANUAL OF THE TYRANT
Short Drama Script: Director Andy Barreca, Cataldo De Palma - Dr Landis, a shy psychologist and researcher,conducts an academic experiment on the physiological reaction of the human being to emotional inputs.
LUNA AND SAMSON LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER
Drama Short Script: Director Jennifer L DiOrio - Luna and Samson are video-conferencing while self-quarantining. They seem perfect for each other, but are they?
DONATING IN VEIN
Romantic Comedy Script : Director Joey P Fama - Donating in Vein follows Tom as he tries to conquer his fear of needles and all things related to donating blood. Along the way he meets Jackie, a no nonsense kinda girl who decides she will help him succeed at his goal, whether he wants her help or not.
THE TRIP OF SWEET PANDA
Drama Short/Screenplay: After using magic mushrooms for the first time, Soko hallucinates that a part of him transfers into his friend’s body. While the part of him that left his body tries to reconnect with it again, his other part thinks that he saw his long-gone mother and tries to find her in the forest.
NURTURE IN THE DARK
Horror Short Screenplay: Writer Adam Fidler -
An artist looks to push the boundaries of contemporary art by torturing himself online, but when he doesn’t get the recognition he thinks he deserves, he seeks the assistance of a fan, who will push him to the brink of insanity in order to immortalize him.
The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival
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THE CUTTING ROOM INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Welcomes hundreds of Indie Filmmakers to our Online Festival. The Festival is focused on emerging, yet overlooked filmmakers and aims to show quality film of true indie filmmakers and honor their hard work and dedication. C.R.I.S.F.F. will be providing an Online Event for the best independent cinema, from NYC and around the world, to the public and entertainment industry Dec 5,6 with potential distribution and funding, as well as awarding the top films across numerous categories,.The 3rd annual C.R.I.S. Film Festival NYC will be Online Via Zoom,
” The 3rd Cutting Room International Short Film Festival!”
Performing After The Films
Comedian Tara Cannistraci
is an Italian-American stand-up comedian born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She uses her New York upbringing as the foundation for her take on observational comedy. She has taken her talents to stage, television, film & off-Broadway. She wrote for and and was featured on SportsNet New York’s (SNY) “Oh Yeah”. Tara is the co-creator of We Stand Comedy, an LLC that produces live shows and digital content. Tara is a proud member and regular performer at the world famous Friars Club. She produces and performs for fellow Friar Chazz Palminteri’s Child Reach Foundation and tours regionally with Danny Aiello’s Italian Chicks. Tara performs regularly in NYC, throughout the country and Canada. Tara