It would be no exaggeration to say that the quality of work produced by teen filmmakers improves year upon year, from their technical prowess to the quality of their storytelling. And this year’s crop of emerging young filmmakers includes many SFIFF alumni, demonstrating both their consistency and their commitment to the form. Join us in celebrating today’s rising talents!
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Made entirely of LEGOs, this animated short takes an elevator ride to a whole new level—and evolutionary era. (Garry Moore, Gregory Moore, USA 2012, 6 min)
In a poignant self-portrait, an Asian American teen traces her adoption from Souzhou China to California. (Kathie Silverstein, USA 2012, 6 min) In competition for a Golden Gate Award.
There Is No Crisis in American Education
Compelling graphics and stunning statistics offer a reality check on our educational system. (Lily Yu, Jasmine Ehrhardt, Stephanie Hoang, USA 2012, 3 min) This is a Cinema by the Bay Film.
Pre-teen Taiwanese sisters create unique and eye-catching animation using an assortment of random objects. (Chien-chun Tseng, Yu-hsuan Tseng, Taiwan 2012, 3 min)
Animal activists in Florida take the law—and their lives—into their own hands by kidnapping dogs from their allegedly abusive owners. (Lance Oppenheim, USA 2012, 8 min) In competition for a Golden Gate Award.
Mesmerizing time-lapse imagery of the nighttime sky. (Scott Feuerhelm, USA 2012, 3 min)
Last Stop Livermore
Joe wants to meet up with the new girl he’s interested in. His best friend Jimmie agrees to go along. But leaving their urban world in San Francisco for the sleepy suburbs of Livermore becomes an unexpected trip to crazy town. (Nat Talbot, USA 2012, 21 min) In competition for a Golden Gate Award. This is a Cinema by the Bay Film.
Giving image to spoken word, an African American teen exposes the harsh realities of why so many of his peers drop out of high school. (Lily Yu, Jasmine Ehrhardt, Stephanie Hoang, USA 2012, 4 min) In competition for a Golden Gate Award. This is a Cinema by the Bay Film.
What would your dream boyfriend look like if you could make him up yourself? (Switch Project, England 2012, 2 min)
Living alone with Alzheimers, Grace tries to cope and stay connected with her son. (Alfie Barker, England 2012, 7 min)
The Painted Girl
Fifteen-year-old Megan struggles with her sexual and artistic identities, which both run counter to her single mother’s conservative expectations. (Ben Kadie, USA 2012, 9 min)
A talented young singer explores the roots of the Black Panther Party in Oakland through a blend of music video and historical footage. (Lily Yu, USA 2012, 4 min) In competition for a Golden Gate Award. This is a Cinema by the Bay Film.