7 SHORT FILMS.
90 EPIC MINUTES.
The 2023 Short Film Tour program is a sampling of Festival offerings and a testament to the unique storytelling potential that the format holds – a mix of fiction, documentary, and animated shorts that are funny, sad, inspirational, and full of strong characters.
Considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers, the Festival includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world. Throughout its almost 40 years of history, the Festival has always supported short films, providing a platform for both established and new filmmakers to connect with audiences.
OPENS FRIDAY, JAN. 5
$13.25 General | $9.75 Senior • Youth • Matinée | $7.75 CFI Members
HELP ME UNDERSTAND
Six women come to a consensus.
Fiction | United States | Director and Screenwriter: Aemilia Scott, Producers: Paul Feig, Laura Fischer, Kesila Childers, Erica Fishman, Amy Geist. Cast: Dana Powell, Dierdre Friel, Rachael Harris, Nicole Michelle Haskins, Kate Flannery, Ken Marino, Kali Racquel
On the night of a big party for Lucie, Maya, and their friends, Jimmy has also come. Everyone knows he is here for Maya, but does she have the same feelings for Jimmy?
Fiction/Animation | France/Belgium | Directors and Screenwriters: Chloé Alliez, Violette Delvoye, Producers: Jean-François Le Corre, Mathieu Courtois, William Henne. Cast: Evmorfia Spanoudis, Hélène Bolenge Boteku
Three generations of a Kansas City family are finally unified when they do something that countless other Black Americans could not — choose their own last name.
Non-Fiction | United States | Directors: Catherine Hoffman, Sharon Liese, Producers: Sharon Liese, Funmi Ogunro, Samantha Hake
Newly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and civilization, Charles-Olivier struggles to find a job in his field and must rely on a clerk position in a pool shop. Feeling down, he navigates his gig as best he can.
Fiction | Canada | Director and Screenwriter: Alec Pronovost, Producer: Patrick Francke-Sirois. Cast: Louis Carrière, Alexis Martin, Sylvie De Morais, Sébastien Rajotte, Oussama Fares, Louis Girard-Bock
On a bus ride from New York to Oklahoma, Meyi, a young Ugandan-American girl, realizes her place in the world through her mother’s ambitious effort to reunite their family.
Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction | United States | Director and Screenwriter: Crystal Kayiza, Producers: Jalena Keane-Lee. Cast: Leeanna E. Tushabe, Alicia Basiima, Khalid Semakula, Robert Wanyama, Margaret Bisase, Olivia Nantongo
TAKE ME HOME
After their mother’s death, a cognitively disabled woman and her estranged sister must learn to communicate in order to move forward.
Fiction | United States | Director and Screenwriter: Liz Sargent, Producer: Minos Papas. Cast: Anna Sargent, Jeena Yi, Joan Sargent
WHEN YOU LEFT ME ON THAT BOULEVARD
Teenager Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous family Thanksgiving at their auntie’s house in southeast San Diego in 2006.
Fiction • Short Film Grand Jury Prize | United States | Director and Screenwriter: Kayla Abuda Galang Producers: Alifya Ali, David Oconer, Udoy Rahim, Samantha Skinner | Cast: Kailyn Dulay, Melissa Arcaya, Elle Rodriguez, Whitney Agustin, Gina May Gimongala, Allan Wayne Anderson.