FILM FEST PETALUMA
May 6, 2023, Mystic Theatre
Film Fest Petaluma returns to the historic Mystic Theatre with its signature annual showcase of the best short films from around the world. Filmmakers will be in conversation at all four programs (12, 3, 7, & 10). Patrons can make a day of the fest with a $40 Shorts Pass or purchase tickets to individual shows.
SATURDAY MATINEE SHORTS - 12:00pm
Andrew Carniglia, USA, 3 minutes
Using mixed media and clever production design, a space man reflects on personal and social expectations. Awarded Best of Show at the Sonoma County Student Film Festival.
João Gonzalez, Portugal, 15 minutes
An ice-peddling father and son engage in an extraordinary daily ritual as they travel from their cliffside ice house to the village below until one day when a disaster changes everything. Nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 2023 Academy Awards.
Joshua Harding, Adam Hobbs, & Matt Klug, USA, 19 minutes
This charming portrait of eccentric Alabama artist Butch Anthony peels back the layers of the man who created a quirky drive-thru museum, a trophy-covered Cadillac, and a pontoon pirate ship known as Llatikcuf (read it backwards).
ANDY: A DOG'S TALE
Jamy Wheless, USA, 8 minutes
Petaluma’s Ignite Animation Studios collaborated with Jean Schulz (of the Charles M. Schulz Museum) to deliver this uplifting tale of how one puppy overcomes a series of obstacles to find his purpose in life: becoming a Canine Companion.
Zahida Pirani, USA, 15 minutes
Nelly barely makes ends meet by working as a street vendor from dawn to dusk until an unexpected event jeopardizes her livelihood and the ability to care for her father. Audience Award Winner at the 2022 Palm Springs International Shortfest.
Tom Salvaggio, USA, 9 minutes
Panic erupts when the citizens of Bellingham, Washington notice strange cracks in their car windshields. Tom Salvaggio combines experimental film techniques with a retro-style voiceover to create a completely original neo-noir sci-fi mystery.
ON THE RIDE
Jen McGowan, USA, 13 minutes
In writer Jeremy Glazer’s expertly constructed narrative, Scott is haunted by the memories of his past during an early morning bike ride, until he reaches a most unexpected destination.
Priit Tender, Estonia, 14 minutes
Awakened by the barking of his dog-apartment, a middle-aged ballet dancer travels through a rain-drenched wasteland to his most unusual job in this surreal stop-motion animation inspired by an Andres Ehin poem.
Caleb Teicher, USA, 4 minutes
A diverse cast of New York City dancers reimagines tap in the city with this updated take on “Moses Supposes” from the film Singin’ in the Rain.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SHORTS - 3:00pm
Zane Boban-Bennett, USA, 14 minutes
A day at the laundromat spins Wesley into a state of psychotropic self reflection. Awarded Best of Show at the Sonoma County Student Film Festival.
Bao Truong, USA, 11 minutesWhen Kat shows up for an interview at Intrinsic Recruiting, she experiences one strange turn after another until she slowly loses grip on what is reality and what is fantasy in this surreal allegory on social anxiety.
A MOST EXQUISITE MAN
Jonas Taul, Estonia, 15 minutes
One man’s hubris is called into question as his true position in the universe is slowly revealed in this exquisitely animated Estonian fable. Grand Prix Winner at the Fredrikstad Animation Festival.
Johnny Kirk, USA, 12 minutesOffering a fresh take on an all-too-familiar tale, a group of young Black and Latino friends, eager to celebrate the 4th of July, experience a police encounter that shatters the meaning of the holiday.
Stephanie Patrick & Ben Lee, USA, 4 minutes
Eight artists must decide whether to stay within the boxes that confine them or break free in this experimental screendance film, featuring music from the Austin-based hip-hop duo Magna Carda
THE SEINE'S TEARS
Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, & Alice Letailleur, France, 9 minutes
This stunning stop-motion reconstruction of a 1961 Algerian protest in Paris over mandatory curfews imposed by the police during the Algerian war is a tribute to what people will sacrifice when they believe in a cause. Best Animated Student Short
Winner at the 2022 Palm Springs International Shortfest.
Alec Pronovost, Canada, 8 minutes
The value of Charles-Olivier’s degree in history and civilization is called into question when he ends up working at a pool supply store. Official selection of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.
Farnoosh Abedi, Iran, 9 minutes
Set in a post-apocalyptic fascist state where its citizens are forbidden from growing plants, a seed is planted that initiates an unexpected uprising.
Jörgen Scholtens, Netherlands, 8 minutes
In this absurdist comedy about a lonely man who lives inside a cuckoo clock, all hell breaks loose when a radio quiz disrupts his hourly routine.
WORLD SHORTS SHOWCASE - 7:00pm
Mandy Miller, USA, 2 minutes
A quirky pop duo offers a little tune to tickle your fancy. Awarded Best of Show at the Sonoma County Student Film Festival.
Walter Woodman, Patrick Cederberg, & Matthew Hornick, Canada, 6 minutes
An Amazon delivery drone named JEFF muses on the monotony of life until an unexpected system failure brings about a seismic change in his world view.
Sander Joon, Estonia, 16 minutes
A father and his shapeshifting son enter into the surreal world of car racing in this crowd-pleasing festival favorite, loosely inspired by the director’s childhood. Best Animated Short Winner at the 2022 San Francisco International Film Festival.
Ricardo Muñoz Senior, Mexico, 14 minutes
When Albertini reaches out to The National Institute of Games and Leisure Activities for the People to complain about the missing last piece of his puzzle, he becomes embroiled in a Kafkaesque struggle with the state. The result is a funny and absurd socialist satire about one man’s rage against the machine.
Katherina Harder, Chile, 18 minutes
Antay and his friends struggle to make ends meet in their neglected and drought-stricken town in the Atacama Desert. Official Selection of the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.
THE SPACE BETWEEN US
Julianne Martin, USA, 3 minutesA lonely spaceman’s desire for company may be about to come true when a mysterious ship arrives at his space station.
AN EVENING WITH TAGLIONI
Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple, UK, 14 minutes
When legendary ballerina Marie Taglioni, the first woman to ever go en pointe retired, her pointe shoes were bought by a fan, cooked at a lavish dinner party, and served to 35 guests with quite unexpected results.
DREAM ON, LEON
Roger Gariépy, Canada, 8 minutes
With humor, warmth, and impressive visual flair, we journey into the dream life of Leon, man’s best friend. Official Selection of the 2022 Palm Springs International Shortfest.
Riley Sugars, Australia, 12 minutes
In this hilarious dark comedy from Down Under, Vince attempts to dispose of a dead body for the mob, but when he reluctantly enlists the help of his dim-witted brother-in-law Ted, things don’t go according to plan. Best Short Film nominee at the 2022 Australian Academy Awards.
LATE NIGHT SHORTS - 10:00pm
Ben Lohrentz, USA, 8 minutes
In this fresh take on body horror, a business executive with itchy teeth will stop at nothing to find relief. Awarded Best of Show at the Sonoma County Student Film Festival.
Jayden Rathsam Hua, Australia, 18 minutes
Trapped in the care of her lonely uncle, a young girl’s nightmares about a bizarre kitchen appliance manifest into reality.
Josema Roig, Spain, 10 minutes
In this tense thriller, a startled young girl hears a noise outside in the middle of the night and fears a monster, but the real danger may be lurking inside closer than she thinks.
CHRISTOPHER AT SEA
Tom CJ BROWN, France, 21 minutesChristopher embarks on a transatlantic voyage as a passenger on a cargo ship with the hope of finding out what lures so many men to sea. Instead, he finds himself on a surreal journey into fantasy, solitude, and obsession. Jury Award Winner at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival.
JUST A REHEARSAL
Hugo Sanz, Spain, 9 minutes
Two sisters, seven and eleven years old, are hiding in a wardrobe. The little sister thinks they are rehearsing for a game but the older one knows that a terrible threat lurks outside.
PRUITT AND IGOE
Rachael Daniels, USA, 10 minutes
An undead white supremacist targets an African American teenager on the harsh, impoverished streets of North St. Louis in this fresh take on the horror genre.
Caroline Lindy, USA, 14 minutes
Rosemary embarks on a journey of sexual liberation as an antidote to the heartbreak she experiences chasing Mr. Right, until one day a casual hookup puts her newfound persona to the test. Audience Award Winner at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival.