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At SIFF Film Center
Saturday, October 13, 2018


A full day of woman-centric short films celebrating diverse voices from around block and the around the world - award winners and premieres.

11:00 AM–7:30 PM
Reception to follow, until 9:00 PM
Auction, raffles, Q&As, filmtalk and movies

10:30 AM: Doors Open – Early bird film lovers enjoy Mimosas and mini quiche
11:00 AM: Seating – Aquarium by Director Stephanie Maxwell will play as you arrive in the theater – enjoy the ambience!
11:05 AM: Welcome by Virginia Bogert
11:10 AM: Program begins

*Please note: film screening order may change


Who Decides

Drama, US 2017 | 7:30
Director/Writer Mylissa Fitzsimmons
Melissa is a 2017 PAFF award winner
A woman and a young girl discuss who decides when it’s your time to die.
PNW Premiere

The Flapping of the Hummingbird

Drama, Spain 2016 | 14:00
Director/Writer Meritxell A. Valls
Spanish - Subtitles in English
The hummingbird is capable of backwards flight. Can you go back in time to correct the past? A film about the intersection of free will and fate.
US Premiere

In Wonderland

Drama, UK 2017 | 10:30
Director Chris Haydon, Writer ilona Firouzadi
Set between the ocean side and home, Alice’s bittersweet memories of her husband in time and place shift and merge. PNW Premiere

Good Day

Dramedy, Russian Federation 2017 | 18:00
Director/Writer Dasha Charusha – Directorial Debut
Russian - Subtitles in English
Abdul, a cabbie from Central Asia is caught in a Moscow traffic jam. In the backseat: a pregnant passenger. Some violent action
US premiere


Just Molly and Me

Drama, Ireland 2018 | 11:00
Director/Writer Mary Lee-Woolf – Directorial Debut
A bittersweet family tale of old age, love, addiction, and redemption.
Festival Corner Cannes
West Coast premiere

Show and Tell

Drama, Canada 2017 | 11:33
Director Reem Morsi, Writers Reem Morsi, Kaveh Mohebbi
Arabic, English - Subtitles in English
A light drama about a young Lebanese girl trying to fit her hijab-wearing family into her new community. Cannes Short Film Corner, TIFF, Bernale,
Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival
Seattle Premiere

Under Mom's Skirt

Comedy, France 2014 | 12:10
Director/Writer Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix
English and French - subtitles in English
Too much information from Mom!
SIFF 2018


Comedy, Canada 2017 | 1:30
Director/Writer Winnifred Jong
Chinese - Subtitles in English
The hardest part about buying milk is asking your grandmother about it.
West Coast Premiere
Actor Annabelle Loi in attendance



The Blue Ducks

Drama, Australia 2016 | 11:00
Director/Writer Ellen Richardson
Mean girls and reckless youth add up to a volatile sibling situation.
Mature, implied sexual content, harsh language
West Coast Premiere

The Hammond Brothers

Drama, US 2013 | 20:37
Director/Writer/Producer Melissa Marlette, Writer/Producer Jen Vestuto
Brotherly love is put to the test in this thriller mystery.
Seattle Premiere

1:20 PM – LUNCH 1 HR


The Camel Boy

Drama, France, Afghanistan 2018 | 15:00
Director/Writer Chabname Zariâb
Persian – Subtitles in English
A little boy is forced into the hostile world of camel racing, hoping everyday he’ll see his mother again. A beautifully filmed mini-epic film. David Lean would be proud.
US Premiere

Debris (Escombros)

Drama, New Zealand, UK, US 2018 | 15:00
Director/Writer Mary-Lyn Chambers
Spanish, Subtitles in English
Twelve-yr old Ana arrives at immigration detention with her little brother. Entry to the US costs her more than she realized.
Holly Shorts - Best Female Director
PNW Premiere
Director Mary-Lyn Chambers in attendance



Drama, Israel 2016 | 24:00
Director/Writer Or Sinai
Hebrew, Russian – English subtitles
It’s the hottest day of the year and Anna finds herself alone and needing the touch of a man for even just a moment in time.
Mature subject matter
Winner First Prize Cannes Cinefondation Selection, the world’s highest-profile film school student competition.
Pacific NW Premiere


Drama, Mexico 2017 | 10:00
Director/Writer Marlén Ríos-Farjat
Spanish – Subtitles in English
Rosario has become a caretaker not a wife, and wrestles with fulfilling her own life.
Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival
Seattle Premiere


Drama, Iran 2017 | 15:00
Director Fatemeh Mohammadi
Arabic – Subtitles in English
A woman tries everything to make her husband’s life worth living despite Alzheimer’s.
US Premiere

Conterfeit Kunkoo

Drama, India 2017 | 15:00
Director/Writer Reema Sengupta
Hindi –Subtitles in English
Smita escapes an abusive marriage only to find there’s a strict pre-requisite to renting a home in middle-class Mumbai.
Implied sexual subject matter


Drama, US 2017 | 16:30
Director L. Gabriel Gonda, Writers Samantha Lerman Elizabeth Heffron, L. Gabriel Gonda
Gabriel is a PAFF alumnus
Trusting her ability and perseverance, Lily escapes 1900’s New York tenement life to work on the railroad.
Director Gabriel Gonda in attendance.


Drama, Iran 2018 | 15:00
Director Sahar Sotoodeh
Arabic - Subtitles in English
On her way to school, 14 yr-old Hedieh runs away leaving her girlfriend friend torn between keeping her secret or telling what she knows. Either way spells trouble.
US Premiere


Drama, UK 2018 | 10:00
Director Paul Shamassian, Writer/actor Kirtsy Osmon
A grieving young woman loses her mother and clings to a lost child, hoping to give her life some purpose.
US premiere




Drama, Germany 2017 | 23:30
Director/Writer Gina Wenzel - PAFF alumna
Laura is of the “me, me, me” - - the Y generation: a rebel who has everything but is always looking for something. An encounter with Safi, a refugee, provides a teaching moment.
Mature subject matter
US Premiere

Fry Day

Drama, US | 16:00
Director Laura Moss, Writers Laura Moss, Brendan O’Brian
It's 1989, a young girl entrepreneur comes of age against the backdrop of Ted Bundy’s execution.
PNW Premiere

The Dark of Night

Drama, US 2018 | 8:50
Director Robin Wright, Writer Denise Meyers
Yes, that Robin Wright (House of Cards, The Princess Bride)
Actors: Leslie Bibb, Michael Godere, Nini le Huynh, Callie Thorne, and Sam Rockwell.
Violent subject matter

Club Rat$

Drama, US 2017 | 11:00
Director Jeni Jones, Writers Jamie Miller, Danene Montella
It’s a night of clubbing - a girl posse seeks out the male predators and initiates a new girl member.
Mature subject matter, violence
PNW Premiere

Farewell to Flesh

Drama, Brazil, US 2017 | 11:00
Director/Writer Julia Aquier
Portuguese – Subtitles in English
It’s Carnival in Rio! Three girl friends celebrate and revel at a drug filled party. A man decides he can take advantage. Big mistake.
Mature subject matter, Implied violence
Curator’s note: Screw your courage to the sticking post for this one.
Seattle Premiere
Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival

OK, Breathe!



Large Soldier

Comedy, Israel 2017 | 22:40
Director, Writer Noa Gusakov
Hebrew – Subtitles in English
It’s 1973, 15 yr old Sherry yearns for a boy friend so she becomes pen pals with a soldier.
PNW Premiere

Behind Closed Doors

Comedy, US 2018 | 5:00
Director/Writer Bianca Armbruster
Saturday morning habits of a loving couple. Companionship is great but some things are best left for “alone time.”
PNW Premiere
Mature subject matter

Because We Can

Comedy, US | 8:00
Director Elaine Chu, Writer Jeremy Thompson
Elaine is a 2017 PAFF Alumna and Comedy award winner Wake up call! Oops, we got married!
PNW Premiere

Woman of a Certain Age

Comedy US | 9:20
Project creators: Amanda Cowper, Kate Dearing, Sami Kriegstein, Writer Kate Dearing - Girl Team!!
Kate confronts the daily challenges of being an adult and is visited by versions of herself through time.
Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival
Seattle Premiere



Come to our reception upstairs 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Find out the results of the Audience award and silent auction winners. Raise a glass, meet the filmmakers. Join us for fun and appetizers.