Discovery: First Time Shorts Program

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  • 7 Short Films

This program will be available for viewing March 1st - 31st

Fall in love with new voices. Celebrate the inspiring new works of first time and student filmmakers as they discover and unlock their creativity, and support a filmmaker on the brink of success with our second annual Breakthrough Award. It has been a difficult year for filmmakers with theater closures and production halts — among those hit hardest are emerging filmmakers. But as you’ll see here, emerging filmmakers are resilient and the future of the industry is bright.

Short Films

Breathe (Neefso) - Directed by Aisha Jama

Raha’s special day comes to a halt when her anxiety (un)expectedly takes center stage.

New York Premiere

Patriot Day - Directed by Nailah Robinson

As tragedy strikes down the street in Washington DC on 09/11/2001, stoic Jamila navigates her preteen life and waits from her mom to come home from work so that they can celebrate her birthday.

NAPS - Directed by Martinique Watson & Tarik Smith

A young black woman faces conflict when going against what is normal in her community.

Closing Annisa - Directed by Sophie Luo

In this intimate portrait, filmmaker Sophie Luo follows Chef Anita Lo as she closes down her Michelin-starred restaurant Annisa after 17 years. As the restaurant gets auctioned off and Chef Lo faces the crossroads of what comes next, conversations with the chef and her team show that Annisa’s legacy extends far beyond food.

New York Premeire

Jamie - Directed by Esmé Creed-Miles

A struggling nineteen year old is contemplating ending her life. On the train to her nan’s, her journey is interrupted by another young woman’s death.

New York Premiere

Adullam - Directed by Regina Hoyles

Everybody on the block knows Rasheeda. On a typical day in the Chicago Southland, she bumps into her close friend Femi at the park, checks out the newest dance craze, and chills with friends at your usual kickback. But while Rasheeda revels in Black joy, she also comes to terms with her reality, unsure if who she is will ever truly be accepted.

The Cuddler - Directed by Lurdes Maswanganye

This film is a light hearted drama-comedy which follows Dikeledi, a young woman who finds purpose and happiness as a cuddle partner to the lonely and misunderstood. She lies about her career to her father to keep him “happy”. When he discovers the truth about her profession he gives her an ultimatum to either quit this “disgraceful” vocation, which has given her more happiness and purpose than she has ever known, or leave her father’s house and risk the end of their relationship. Her decision only become more complicated with the arrival of a highly “problematic” client.