The second season of the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will be presented at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main Street) in two parts: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
The fall program, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 12th, will feature 10 outstanding shorts (ranging from 3 to 22 minutes in length) from countries including Afghanistan, Denmark, England, Germany, Iran, Poland, and the United States.
As iFF received hundreds of submissions for the fall festival; entries were judged, selected, and curated by an esteemed jury of film professionals. Audience members will vote for the top winners at the end of the evening.
The selected films reflect diversity in subject matter as well as genre. The audience will discover new and familiar faces, such as Reed Birney who costars in “Shy Guys,” the film directorial debut of character actor Fredric Lehne. Birney, who portrays Vice President Donald Blythe on the popular Netflix show “House of Cards,” also won a 2016 Best Actor Tony Award for “The Humans.”
Viewers will be captivated by the unforgettable performances of 12-year-old twins Charlotte and Madeleine Ruley (nieces of Irvington residents Meg Ruley and David Lovett) in “Quantified Self,” directed by award-winning filmmaker Gleb Osatinksi.
The festival will present two United States premieres (“Beside Oneself,” an animated short from Polish director Karolina Specht, and “Inventor Mouse,” from Afghanistan director Hashmat Farid) and two New York premieres (Denmark director Jack Larsen’s Spaghetti-Western satire, “Enter the Cowboy,” and “How Many Farts Measure a Life?” directed by Brooklyn-based comedy writer Nate Dern).
Two films from Iran will be screened — “Fish” from director Saman Hassenpuor (who won an As iFF jury award for his film “Autumn Leaves” in November of 2015) and “Butterflies” by Adnan Zandi — as well as an animated science short from German director Tomer Eshed (“Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon”). British filmmaker Charlie Manton wrote, produced, directed, and scored the original music for “Second Skin,” which stars Lauren McCrostie (featured in Tim Burton’s 2016 film, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”).
Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with filmmakers and actors. All audience members are then invited to an in-theater after-party premiering “Short Shots at All Shorts” – featuring Slovenia Vodka, compliments of My Sherry &more Inc (129 Main Street, Irvington). This award-winning vodka is a project of celebrities Bill Murray, Mikhail Baryshnikov and As iFF special guest, restaurateur Peter Kelly (Xaviar Restaurant Group). Light refreshments will also be served.
Festival director Laurie Chock said, “As iFF received an outpouring of spectacular short film submissions from around the world. With each festival, as more and more films come in, the selection process grows increasingly competitive. The originality, artistry and quality of filmmaking that we are seeing has shown us that As iFF is recognized internationally as a sought-after festival by both acclaimed and up-and-coming filmmakers. It is very exciting for us to bring this high level of cinema to Irvington.”
As iFF tickets are $15 for general seating and $30 for “Above the Line” tickets (which include reserved seating and “special As iFF swag”). Advance online ticketing is strongly recommended as this event is expected to sell out. To order tickets, visit: www.irvington theater.com.
This year As iFF is offering a special “Above the Line” package: $50 for both fall and spring festival evenings, a 16% savings. (Processing fees apply for all ITHT tickets).
Last season, nearly 1,000 people attended As iFF. The festival producers were thrilled at the audience response and proud that the Irvington Town Hall Theater has become a ‘must go to’ venue to view top-of-the-line international short films in the greater metropolitan area.
For more information about As iFF, visit: asiffestival.com
Films (clockwise from top):
“Shy Guys” (United States); “The Quantified Self” (United States);
“Beside Oneself” (Poland); “Inventor Mouse” (Afghanistan);
“Enter the Cowboy” (Denmark); “How Many Farts Measure a Life?” (United States);
“Fish” (Iran); “Second Skin” (England);
“Butterflies” (Iran); “Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon” (Germany).