It’s September at Austin Film Festival, which means we’re only a few weeks away from announcing our full 2015 slate of films! Hold on to your seats, because it’s a going to be a great one (as you might be able to tell from our First Ten Sneak Peek). And to help you through these final few weeks of waiting, we’re carrying on our tradition of announcing some of our standout short films early. That’s right, it’s time for #MovieMonday and #FilmFriday! Every Monday and Friday, we will be announcing these short films through our Twitter account (@austinfilmfest). Follow us to get the inside scoop before anyone else. And keep on checking back here for the most up-to-date list of announced shorts.
And if you’re excited about these shorts, and want to watch them in October, get yourself a Film Pass for 8 days of feature films, short films, red carpets, and Q&As.
Check out the list below!
Frieda and Eddie, A Jersey Shore Love Story
They dated briefly before World War II, and now, after nearly 70 years of living their own lives, Frieda and Eddie have rekindled their old spark to spend their final years together reminiscing and taking care of each other.
In a post-apocalyptic deserted city, a lonely woman faces difficult challenges in her desperate quest to prepare a perfect cup of coffee.
The story of Percival Pilts
While playing on stilts, young Percival Pilts vows, “Never again shall my feet touch the ground!” Compelled ever higher, he builds his stilts so tall that he no longer fits into normal society.
This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer
A poor Mississippi sharecropper escapes debilitating abuse to become an indomitable force against the political elite and a voice for millions fighting for the right to vote in 1964.
Hasta La Vista
After mistakenly offending someone at a party, a hopelessly awkward young man goes to desperate lengths to prove it was a simple misunderstanding.
Stuck on a night from 16 years ago, an anxious shut-in has a plan to give herself a second chance with someone from her past.
A woman is haunted by the memory of a heinous crime and the youthful face of its perpetrator.
Obsessive visionary and inventor Kubo Dzamba believes he’s found a way to save humanity from worldwide famine: farming crickets for food.
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Chau, a 16-year-old boy living in a Vietnamese peace camp for kids disabled by Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional clothing designer.
The Last Words
After years of silence, a deaf man struggles to say goodbye to his dying mother.
A young man finally moves in with his girlfriend, but he finds out a secret about her that could make this new living situation difficult for him.
Chrissa yearns for her boyfriend’s affection, but when greed shifts his attention to her little sister, Chrissa’s delusion of love sends her twisted world spiraling.
A man must say goodbye to his mother, who is now at the end of her life.
An old and pragmatic farmer must navigate unexplored emotions after learning that his longtime donkey is nearing death.
The Tender Dark
A young girl’s first crush leads her into an uncharted world of hidden desires.
Central Texas Barbecue
Pitmasters of central Texas barbecue joints offer perspective on a world that is uniquely American.
In the small town of Gonzales, Texas, a cattle auction serves as the cultural focal point, bringing everyone together and carrying the community’s heritage.
A struggling painter takes on a commission that promises fame but may cost him his soul.
Two young thugs target elderly couple Philipe and Emile, but a simple miscalculation could have fatal consequences.
Jorge Mendoza is a New York City building super who dreams of becoming a dictator.
Sara & Dennis
A young, interracial couple confronts their differences through a seemingly innocent game of “would you rather.”
A naive roll of toilet paper awakens in a disgusting gas station bathroom, and is horrified to discover what fate has in store for his kind.
A young couple’s remote holiday cottage comes under attack from malevolent forces when they give refuge to a mysterious young girl.
Coyote and the Rock
Based on Native American folklore, two mischief-makers of the Great Plains get into trouble when they bid defiance to Iya, the sleeping magic rock.
After having to fire 15 people, Ed recalls an almost forgotten incident from his childhood, and in telling it reveals larger ideas of pain and loss that have shaped his entire life.
After 9 months on a mission as a doctor in war-torn Central African Republic, Susanna returns to Sweden only to find that everything is … just the same.
Klan on Trial: How Dan Moody Broke the Back of the KKK in Texas
In 1923, at the height of the KKK’s power in Texas, one community chose to stand up to the KKK’s vigilante justice, convicting its members and sentencing them to prison for the first time in US history.
Jennifer is meeting her boyfriend’s parents for the first time and is about to have dinner at their house; they just need to bless the food first.