Gig Harbor Film Festival 2017


Congratulations to the Gig Harbor Film Festival
Official Short Film Selections! 



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"There's a thin line between love and hate."

Two macho shepherds – men divided by hate, history and a national border fence – suddenly find that they have a chance be the last two human survivors of an impending world wide catastrophe. However, their survival depends on one of them being man enough to dress up as a woman.

Directed by: Mark Playne

A Matter of Prejudice

A Matter of Prejudice takes a modern twist on an 1893 short story by Kate Chopin and explores the beauty of love and acceptance when an aging woman finally overcomes her prejudice. Relevant in today’s society and sensitive to the struggles of the LGBTQ community, this story shows what can happen when we simply open our hearts. Our hero is a French speaking African immigrant named Madame Carambeau. Because of her religious beliefs and fears, she hasn't spoken to her gay son in seven years even though it pains her. Her mindset begins to change after a chance encounter with a sick little girl during her grandson’s seventh birthday party. Madame C’s story is worth the watch; It's a sweet yarn with a lot of heart.

Directed by: Sandra Lince

A Wheel Predicament

A young man discovers using the restroom in roller skates is more difficult than he imagined.

Directed by: Alec Weaver

All the Marbles

A timid little boy challenges a villainous bully to a game of marbles in a bizarre and fantastical world where marbles are as precious as gold.

Directed by: Carl Petersen

Annie Waits

Based on, you know - life.

We’ve all waited for ‘the one’. The one who catches our eye, the one who keeps our interest, the one who won’t expect us to trudge down that conventional path. Annie Waits tells the story of lust and disappointment, as a twenty-something waits for her adult life to begin.

Directed by: Marnie Paxton-Harris

Apocalypse Rock

Tom Harper is the last man alive. Surviving alone in an emergency broadcast radio station, he broadcasts a rock and roll fueled radio show each and every day in hopes that someone out there might hear him.

Directed by: Brian Pennington

Art Rocks

A look at the new hobby sweeping the nation, painted rocks. From young to old, rich to poor, this hobby is bringing together those who have little to nothing in common. Rock painting groups are popping up in communities across the country, and bringing people together everyday. Learn how painting, hiding, and finding rocks is positively impacting communities and the people in them.

Directed by: Katie Nesbitt

Au Revoir Balthazar

A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever.

Directed by: Rafael Sommerhalder


Before You Woke

An African-American woman is kidnapped and must decide whether she will act to escape or wait.

Directed by: David Bradburn

Blood Brothers

Two brothers disagree on how best to leave the violent family business.

Directed by: Damon Shalit


BORDERLINE is a short realistic drama that offers a provocative look at the consequences of addiction. Haunted by an abusive relationship with her mother, Esme struggles to keep her walls up around her new, perceptive partner Aaron, even as her world spins out of control.

Set in Boston, the film follows the newly partnered paramedics over the course of two distinct emergency calls. Thrust into the immediacy of an emergency, Esme is forced to confront the personal demons that threaten to cloud her judgement. Will she crumple under the pressure or will she delve into the darkness within and find something worth saving?

Directed by: Emily Sheehan



Jon and Sofia are a stable couple. One day, Sofia decides to end the relationship. Jon is destroyed. They are both customers at Rafael´s Bar where Beatriz starts working. Jon strikes up a friendship with Beatriz. She begins falling in love. When everything seems to fall into place, Sofia shows up once again and Jon has to make a decision.

Directed by: Mar Olid

Breathing Through Trees

Upon hearing that his ex-girlfriend is now engaged, an amateur pornographer finds himself torn between memories from his past and the fresh new applicant sitting before him.

Directed by: Stephen Takashima



Short film highlighting the importance of mutual appreciation and depth in a relationship.

Directed by: Nate Hapke

Cellar Door

When a teenage girl goes missing in the woods, it’s up to an aging sheriff to find her. With his deputy questioning his every move, this small town sheriff will have to face the wrath of the girl’s abusive father in order to bring her home safe before it’s too late.

Directed by: Philip S. Plowden


After being subjected to a cataclysmic meteorite impact, a small dinosaur attempts to battle the horrific aftermath both physically & psychologically. A tale about life, death & rebirth, told from a unique, prehistoric perspective.

Directed by: Andreas Feix

Dear George

When his high school sweetheart sends him an epic break-up letter and moves out of state for a job, a heartbroken gamer decides to face his fears to get her back. He sets off on a cross country trip filled with a TSA shakedown, Acapella group, bad decisions and a "borrowed" chicken costume - all for love!

Directed by: Emily Skyle



In 2197, Ridley, the "first true" sentient robot, is stranded on a desert planet, searching for his Omni drive, hunted by scavengers, haunted by his memories.

Directed by: Matt Esteron



A young man and woman hold the key to restoring Earth, but are being hunted down by a murderous gang intent on stealing it for themselves.

Directed by: Joe Ptasnik


Falling South

Charlotte puts Rochester in the rear view as she runs away from her husband. She has never been on her own and doesn't know if she'll make it as her resources are stripped away. She meets diverse women who offer connection, insight, and laughter on the road to Florida and a possible new life.

Directed by: Lorraine Portman


Huevos Rancheros

Lifelong friends, Danny and Marcus must confront their differences or allow it to finally drive a wedge in their relationship.

Fear of change and the unknown can cripple forward momentum. At the end of the day, hot-button issues debated in public forum affect day to day lives with real consequences.

Directed by Brian C. Miller Richard


I Love You So Much It's Killing Them

A pitch-black comedy about Vivian, a lonely serial killer whose three loves in life are math, accounting, and killing random people. This all changes when she meets the handsome Alex, a colleague at the insurance company where she works. Now Vivian has a new lease on life and a new reason to commit her gruesome acts.

Directed By: Joel Ashton McCarthy

In Exile

In Exile is the story of a boy who lives with his grandmother in an Eastern European village. His parents are both working abroad, so the boy is left to his own devices. He fills his time by playing in an abandoned shed on the river bank. Inside the shed he toils away at a mysterious project - a powerful ‘flying machine’ that would take him to his parents. This project keeps him going, until one day he makes an unexpected friend who needs his care and protection. So the boy has to choose between his all consuming dream of re-uniting with his parents or taking care of another living soul.

Directed by: Alexander Kurilov

Interview with a Zombie

A 12-year-old student attempts to interview a zombie for his video class assignment, but his little sister spoils his plan.

Directed by: David Parks

Jello Underground

Jello Underground is a documentary short that introduces viewers to the unique and exciting world of underground jello wrestling. Chronicling a Seattle-based event that was founded in 2009 and continues to thrive with a dedicated fan base. Jello Underground is the only female-produced jello wrestling show in the world. Destroying preconceived notions with an epic and empowering presentation of high-octane athletic combat and stage theatrics. The film features wrestlers of varying backgrounds discussing public perception, how the event has impacted nightlife culture, and what it feels like to be a part of something so extraordinary. With cast interviews, tons of wrestling action, and an intimate look behind-the scenes.

Directed by: Gracie Garnet

King Grandpa

Clemens lives and breathes his grandfather's stories. When his grandfather passes away, it is difficult for him to understand that it is now his turn to continue telling his stories. Story-telling becomes a way for him to not only keep the stories but also the memory of his grandfather alive.

Directed by: Martin Grau



See how a lottery ticket changes lives as it passes through different hands.

Directed by: Thomas Clapper

Last Halloween

A short documentary about Halloween, the most wonderful day of the year.

Directed by: O. Corbin Saleken

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor

Everything spirals out of control as two young woman struggle to keep a dead body out of sight. This film was made as part of the Okc 48hr Film Project.


Little Rebel

Little Rebel is about Isatou Jallow — a remarkable West African woman from The Gambia, and now Seattle resident. Since seeking asylum in the USA in 2012, Isatou has pursued graduate degrees at the UW Law School while she continuously advocates for women, asylees and people with disabilities. Dimensions of Isatou’s epic journey—from her origins and physical hardships to scholarship, becoming a lawyer and leader, demonstrating an ultimate resiliency and altruism— are deeply human, harrowing, transcendent, tenacious…and part of the American immigrant story.

Directed by: Aimie Vallat and Guido Ronge

Man in Ceiling

Working late one night, an anxious, young Temp discovers a man hiding in the ceiling of his office.


A couple will see their relationship tested by the use of new technologies.

Directed by: Pedro del Río

Movie Magic

An 11-year-old movie buff receives a visit from his Fairy Godfather and discovers he's destined to take the prettiest girl at school to the movies.

Directed by: Chris Oz McIntosh

Mr. Night Has a Day Off

Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don't like something, you change it.

Directed by: Ignas Meilūnas

My Bakery Blossom

An extremely shy young man is in love with the girl at his local bakery, but he doesn't have the courage to tell her how he feels. On the morning of her last day at work, he realizes it's now or never. A tragicomedy based on the German tweets of @Naum_Burger.

Directed by: Michel Vriten

My Brother Logan

Life is full of things that we regret doing, but inevitably there are also things we regret not doing. My Brother Logan follows the story of a family that so desperately needs to right what has been wronged.

Directed by: Coleman Anderton

Nino & Felix

Nino and Felix are two kids very different from each other and forced to live together like brothers. During a walk, they bring out all their differences and mistrusts, and have a clash that will lead them to discover a mystery they have in common!

Directed by: Lorenzo Latrofa


North & Nowhere

A girl, a gun, and a last chance.

Directed by: Scott Ballard



Iris and Finn are two sisters with a special affinity for hot dogs and sexy cartoon animals. Devastated by Iris's recent diagnosis, the two are left to navigate their short time left together while looking to a childhood fantasy to brighten what future they have left. Their plans are cut short, however, when Iris suddenly takes a turn for the worst, leaving Finn to somehow recreate the light her sister has been so desperate to see.

Directed by: Dana Shihadah


Off Book

OFF BOOK is an offbeat comedy about living the scripted life.

Natalie is an ambitious small-town girl looking for love. Steve is a leather jacket-wearing city guy that has life figured out. They meet for a first date at a Chicago cafe, but their date takes an unexpected turn when Steve brings something with him that leaves them both changed. OFF BOOK examines the complexities of social structures and dating in the twenty first century.

Directed by Robert Bruce Carter

Out of Town

Three vexed friends set out on a trip to find clarity. But clarity might be closer than they think, and out to rob them.

Directed by: Leann Lei


A teen living in rural Indonesia struggles between the traditions of his upbringing and his romantic idealization of the freedom of the west.

Directed by: Yudho Aditya



After a bio-chemical attack renders earth infertile, mankind is forced to colonize mars, and mine the earth of its remaining resources. Among the miners is David Cain, who has grown tired of earth and longs for a new life. One day after the company decides to relocate to the red planet, David is given the option to transfer, or remain on earth with his family. As tension rises between him and sister as they care for their dying father, David must weigh his commitment to family and his desire for a better life.

Directed by: Benjamin Crane


Kenji makes Japanese riceballs for his half-Australian son. Eventurally, those riceballs strengthen their bond and help them overcome the pain of losing their loved one.

Directed by: Shingo Usami



John’s wife is killed in a car accident. He is trying to hold his family together by the skin of his teeth in a society that does not appreciate single parents. He is a facet of each of us. Join us on a journey of love, loss, grief, and moving forward.

Directed by: David Bradburn

Samedi Cinema

In a small town in the north of Senegal, two young avid cinephiles Baba and Sembene are desperate to see a movie on the big screen of their local cinema before it closes its door forever.

Directed by: Mamadou Dia

Shoot Me Nicely

Photographer Sean Wheeler is searching for a lucrative celebrity photo to re-launch his career. After being laid off from his dream job and losing his supermodel girlfriend his life has hit rock bottom. An opportunity presents itself for Sean to prove he has what it takes... but will he succeed?

Directed by: Elias Plagianos

Smokiam: Calling the Healing Waters

A small town garden club commission the construction of a beautiful sculpture that would unite their community and bring two nations back together.

Directed by: John Carter

Spring Jam

A young stag, lacking impressive antlers, knows he needs to improvise sweet music if he’s to have any chance during the mating season.

Directed by: Ned Wenlock

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Springtime for Thomas

A man is haunted by a dark ominous figure and decides to finally confront his demons - with a baseball bat.

Directed by: Titus Richard


In SUBCULTURE, a psychiatric session turns in a very twisted direction. A woman, Ivy leads a man named Julius into a dungeon intent on quenching his every desire. Inside the dungeon, he meets some interesting people who become hell bent on impeding his quest for satisfaction. In the end, Julius finds himself in an existential crisis of his own making.

Directed by: Jason Kartalian

Sun Up Sun Down

A dramedy about a middle aged woman coming to terms with loss.

Directed by: Reese Lane



"You can love a person very much, and still be surprised by what you don't know about them."

Two people - Javi and LeighAnn - live together in LeighAnn's trailer home. Exploring racism and love, TEXICAN is a huge moment in the lives of two people in love in Texas. White? Mexican? TEXICAN explores racism through the lenses of love that allow Javi and LeighAnn to poke holes in their relationship and in their humanities.

Directed by: Allyson West

The Arcade Creek Project: A Mosaic of Sustainability

This 29-minute documentary film tells the story of a small, deteriorated creek and one group's effort to bring it back to its natural beauty from over a hundred years ago.

Directed by: Jierel Almario

The Bench

A teenage runaway now in his twenties who is the father of a seven year old boy runs into his reminiscing father at a nearby park.

Directed by: Robert Herbolich

The Dark Hunger

They took away his memory and his life, but gave him something worse in death. Now he must embrace the monster he’s become to regain his humanity.

Directed by: Anthony Williams

The Forest of Light

The Forest of Light is about a boy who is trying to understand why his heart hurts.

Directed by: Nathan Garduno

The Gift

The emotional journey of a 12-year-old boy who is forced to choose between the acceptance of his new friends, and a treasured gift given to him by his father.

Directed by: Lisa Belcher

The Mender

Directed by: Greg Leslie

The Opera Singer

A woman is haunted by unfulfilled dreams.

Directed by: Steve Kahn

The Owl and the Lemming

The oral history of Inuit is filled with many folktales, legends, and myths. In this traditional story, a young owl catches a lemming to eat. Inuit stories are often instructive, and with this fable, children quickly learn the value of being clever and humble, and why pride and arrogance are to be avoided.

This short puppet film utilizes composited photographs and a set made with actual Arctic plants and lichen to create an authentic retelling of this ancient Arctic fable. This short film provides a glimpse of traditional Inuit values and beliefs.

Directed by: Roselynn Akulukjuk

The Pirate Cruncher

One night in Port Royal a band of pirates meets an old fiddler with a map leading to treasure. As they set out across the sea they learn that the treasure is guarded by a monster called the Pirate Cruncher and that not everything is what it seems.

Directed by: Paul Conner, Stephen Baker and Tripp Vroman

The Pits

In a world full of pears, what can you find to fill your pit? A story about longing, love, and finding your other half...

Directed by: Mike Hayhurst

The Servant

A bug became servant, servant became master.

Directed by: Farnoosh Abedi

The Telemarketer

A young telemarketer can't handle his job anymore and takes the extreme way out.

Directed by: Jeremy Decker

The Usual Silence

An everyday Joe with his everyday problems happens upon a man experiencing true grief. Whether he can help or not, he won’t walk away unchanged.

Directed by: Samuel Z.P. Thomas

The Vehicle

A man tries to convince a woman that they have a future together.

Directed by: O. Corbin Saleken

Think Twice

Tess runs into a building to find her boyfriend Tony grappling with another man for a gun. Will Tess' "double vision" be the end of Tony or will he save the day by proving his identity?

Directed by: Eliaz Rodriguez

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing is a story of two unlikely friends--a lemming and an Arctic hare--that decide to spend the day together ice fishing. The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those that live in the Arctic. This is contrasted with the well-meaning, but impatient Arctic rabbit. This is a fun, educational story that shows how important it is to be kind, thoughtful, and prepared for whatever comes.

Directed by: Nadia Mike


Ya Albi

A Syrian refugee adapts to life in an unfamiliar country after her husband’s immigration visa is unexpectedly rejected.

Directed by: Christine Chen


Yes, We're Open

A story about an unlikely friendship between a convenience store owner and a shy, young girl.

Directed by: Yousef Kazemi

Yoga for Salvador

A prodigal sister returns home to her home in the San Juan Islands, desiring to sell an original Dali, the family heirloom, to save the world she and her husband have built. But first, she must win the artwork by defeating her free-spirited sister in the way they have since they were children - a yoga battle.

Directed by: Stefan Hajek