FESTIVAL GUIDE

 

Shorts

A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and compelling storytelling, PIFF supports emerging and established voices, discovers emerging filmmakers, curates innovative and fresh ideas, and introduces new technology and trends through seminars, workshops, premieres, exhibitions, and live performance. Short films invited to participate in the PIFF will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion.

Tokei Maru

Based on a true story. The year is 1922 and Tokei Maru, a Japanese cargo boat arrives at Smyrna bay on the coast of Asia Minor. As the ship prepares to dock at Smyrna harbor, the city changes hands. The Greeks flee the city and the Turkish army enters in triumph. The captain is ordered by the allied fleet anchored on the bay to abandon docking and leave. As the city is burned to the ground, the Japanese captain throws all of his cargo to the sea to rescue 825 men, women and children. Almost 100 years later his name is a mystery but his act of humanity remains

Madinay Wala Jahaz

This short film revolves around the story of a father son duo who put everything at risk to follow their dream of living the BIG CITY life. Taking unexpected turns and emotional tips this family of two ends up realizing how all that glitters is not gold.

Como en la TV

One incident, many perceptions and a chain reaction as a response.

The Traffic Jam

A jam on the way to a burial allows our protagonist to enter into a deep existential reflection.

The Edge

An elderly woman lives at a small station, lost in the depth of a country. There's not a single living creature for miles away. Every day, during many years, she is making the round of the metals. The same days pass in the most ordinary way. The only event in the woman's life is a train that passes her station without a stop.

Roots only Roots

During a clandestine tour In Italy, an interview between an immigrant and two journalists takes an unexpected turn. The disclosed events prove to be dreadful.

Schoolmaster

A boy had fight with one of his friend in school and his dean wants from him that his parents come to school and he don't want to know them and...

Allurement

Alberta, 1989-Violence and mayhem ensue in the Albertan wilderness; two backpackers stumble upon a wounded man who bares a striking resemblance to one of two men wanted for a bank robbery in a nearby town. With the loot potentially buried nearby, and no one to hear his cries, how far are two seemingly average people willing to go for $150,000?

Color Madera

After many years of obtaining benefits for his particular business of coffins product of the conflict that his people lived, the Guecha family seeks to change their economic situation while the country is going through major changes.

Jaawar

This movie portray the mental condition of a common man who is living in violent surrounding of Lyari. (Oldest town of Karachi, Pakistan).

Kaali

This movie is of Heist - Noir genre where plot is set in 1980's backdrop.

Post Fata

The history of a school closed many years ago, which is now returning to life in different, new forms. Showing that stories of this kind can be realized, and dreams of a few can become heritage for many.

Shades of Grey

Early 20th century. Saint Petersburg. A boy and a girl meet at the Tsarskoselsky railway station, but get separated a few moments later. As they grow up, the two walk the same streets of Petersburg. However, only twenty years later the mystical connection which emerged between them in childhood, brings these young people back to the place where they had first met.

Manto Ki Wapsi

The story opens in year 2017 in a house that looks very old internally and externally. There are books, papers and newspapers scattered everywhere. The house is full of haze and spider webs. The drops of water can be heard from the washroom. A guy is resting on a wooden bed. As soon as he hears the voice of water dripping from the hydrant, he opens his eyes. He gets up and looks here and there. It seems as if he has gotten up after a long time. Everything is blurry. He has absolutely no idea where he was. He walks here and there and tries to find out where he was and then he sees a piece of paper on the table. He picks up that paper and starts reading. It's a note from God which says "Manto you have been sent to this world once again to see how much has changed after u left". He then meets two people in that same house. One of them is youth's representation while the other one represents the negativity in our country. Manto after meeting them and having an intense conversation writes about his experience.

Necessity has no Law

Is your place now in control of your place later? Most of the children over the world have a lot of ambitions and aspirations for their Future. But Gamal does not. Gamal is a boy from a small city in Egypt does not have any plans or even ideas for his future. It is a Day in the life of (Gamal) a child begins his life as a worker in one of the brick factory and between an old man finish his life in the same hard profession for a young boy and old man, because the Necessity Has No law or you can say the Life Has No law

The Silent Soldier

Brian has always wanted to become a United Nations Peacekeeper. But, when his one chance to fulfill his dreams is stifled by his superior, he must decide to either be an obedient soldier or risk getting court martialed.

Words Fly Away

"They flourished from books..."

The Bystander

Five people, Five stories, One incident that binds them together. As the streets turn more dangerous for the women in India, can the common man look away anymore ?? An interesting viewpoint of a bystander caught in a dangerous situation

Learning how to swim

Hasan and Ruksan are a couple who fled away from the internal war in Syria and settled in Izmir, Cesme in Turkey. They dream about leaving Cesme to go to Europe by boat for a better future. Ruksan learns how to swim so she can survive if things go wrong.

As seen on TV

One incident, many perceptions and a chain reaction as a response.

Fairy Floss

A boy who is living next to his dreams in a shantyhouse. His only dream is going to school... every morning he is going to work with the schools' bell next to his house, and coming back from work with the last bell. He has two lifes, one of is his dream and the other one is real life...

John

Matthew A young man talks about his father's Alzheimer's, sharing memories and thoughts about how he sees his father's current condition and the fears he has about their relationship as father and son.

The Sense

A father who has lost his wife and children in the war in his country has been stuck in his own world in another country and the pain keeps hurt him every day.

The Gentle Giant

An old man destroying ant's formicary in order to collect wheat for himself. One day during his lunch time he rethink about his job and...

Sea

If long to think of the sea, then the sea comes to you !

Routine

Routine is an essay about everyday life, an essay filmed without leaving a building, an essay that proposes to talk about the routine through spaces where things happen over and over.

Words of Caramel

In a refugee camp in the Sahara desert lives a deaf boy who wish to learn how to write. Welcome to Kori and his best friend the camel Caramel's silent world.

Shades of Gray

Early 20th century. Saint Petersburg. A boy and a girl meet at the Tsarskoselsky railway station, but get separated a few moments later. As they grow up, the two walk the same streets of Petersburg. However, only twenty years later the mystical connection which emerged between them in childhood, brings these young people back to the place where they had first met.

The Edge

An elderly woman lives at a small station, lost in the depth of a country. There's not a single living creature for miles away. Every day, during many years, she is making the round of the metals. The same days pass in the most ordinary way. The only event in the woman's life is a train that passes her station without a stop.

Shortly after the morning call of prayer

Turan is a failed police in his career. This failure is also reflected in the relationship with the spouse. He does not catch the killer he's been following for months and is being teased by his friends. He decides one night and asks katille to make a deal and kill his wife. Thus, the killer will catch and prove himself. But things do not go as ...

Living Dolls

This Film Shows how patriarchy determines women's lives and how they are made to perform narratives of subservience and made to play out predetermined roles and identities.

The Memory

In the 90s, We witness how childhood worlds of Serhat , Mahmut, Muttalip and Ne?min those who have been growing up under the same geographical clime , have turned dark along with their decision to collect hawthorn after school. Note: ( Original language "K?rmanckÓ -ZazakÓ'')

Roots, only Roots

During a clandestine tour In Italy, an interview between an immigrant and two journalists takes an unexpected turn. The disclosed events prove to be dreadful.

Drugged Escape - Moments of Ecstacy

He is an IT Professional whose job demands more than 10 hours in a day. Eventually his job results in the biggest stress of his life, pushing him into drugs. Its called the weekend drug. Before going to a few moments of ecstasy, this IT professional puts aside everything that connects him to his job, and inhales the best drug to have some moments of relaxation.

Shopping Spree

People feel good when they shop.The marine store will see dutyThe person holding the fishing rod is the potential customer.The one at the end of the fishing rod is what you buy.

She for Her (an eye opener)

Women, everywhere across the globe, are facing gender based violence in physical, psychological, emotional, economic, political and social forms. Often men are blamed for the GBV. But this documentary video gives another perspective to GBV. I made this video to open the eyes of the women, whose unintentional, and sometimes intentional actions, lead to violence against women. This is a message to all my sisters across the globe, that it is us who need to stand up for each other first; it is us, whose training as mothers matters; it is us, who need to speak up for our sisters; and it is us, who can fight this war, not against any specific gender, but against IGNORANCE.

The Remote

A man who lives on his own wins a TV as a gift one day.

Patrimony

The film, which is left from my father, tells an abstract expression about the pressure that people in the middle world feel in their souls. The father is an important structure for the family and tells the whole family that they carry it on their shoulders as a side meaning.

Dream

A gloomy day. Dirty downtown. The illusion of a company employee.

Genesis

A fantasy short film with a critical point of view about the horrible situation in Syria. "this is the first episode of my episodic film and I'm going to make the next three episodes. in this film, you will see a container and the story of the container will be told in the second episode"

Glance

I am from Turkey. I graduated from civil engineering. I'm currently working as an engineer. I studied cinema at istanbul Digital Film Academy for 4 months. My first short film "The Accumulation Rush" has a winner award in 3.TSPB short film competition. I continue my short film studies.

Cup of Water

A boy going to school, it's a very hot day. He walk on street, there is a small bird fly on sky she is searching for Water. She is search everywhere on street but she didn't find water anywhere. After a long time bird didn't find water so she faint on ground. The boy sees this and he gives some water in container. Bird wake up and take the container and fly in sky when she fly some water fell on ground, after travel a long distance all the water fell on ground. She is not able to take water for their children. Boy watches all action done by bird, he is feeling very bad. He opens the water bottle and gives water. We see some other bird also come and drink water. Boy is very happy to see all the bird drink water. Moral : Keep Water For Animals

CE

In a world where works of art and antiques are strictly banned by the Regime, because they lack the Esoteric Certification, Saria, a young farm girl hides under the soil an ancient Arabic terracotta, the only keepsake of her mother. Due to a series of circumstances the terracotta is found by Colonel Fischietto during an inspection of the farm. These objects, taken away from the people, with the excuse of being dangerous, are later sold through bidding to foreign collectors.

The Children of Concrete

Am I French or Chinese ? I wander in my identity questions. I face words from media people with words from thoses children of the < second generation >, trying to see more clearly. I recall France, my France.

The World, Eight Seconds

The empirical short film"The World,eight seconds"by Hassan Mokhtari is a short film without any actor which has been made just by very simple computer effects. This film narrates a baby during a war who is killed just eight seconds after being born. "The world,eight seconds"is a conceptual film. The cause of using eight,for instance,is its completion in all the religions all around the world that includes all the stages of being born,life and death and points at the Resurrectin Day. The sound of water drops reminds us of baptism in Christianity which is done in an octagonal container on the 8th day of birth.

The Beard

My diploma film is about a man who loved and adored his beard and lived with her in perfect harmony, until suddenly he meets a woman. The man turns his attention to the woman, thereby causing a love triangle.The Beard jealous man, and in every way prevents him and the girl closer.

ADDICTO

ADDICTO A girl from lower middle class finds herself addicted to her cell phone, which she excessively uses to keep in touch with her fiance. Inside this phone is an entirely unique world, ran by robots, which are under a direct influence of all that happens in the girl's world. What happens next is a story of two distinctly different worlds, inside and outside this device come into a conflict.

Agarche (What If)

AGARCHE/WHAT IFHuman mind has an infinite capacity to over think scenarios and reaching to a different conclusion every time. It is a story of a girl named Amna, who has been through a semi traumatic event and is now stuck in a limbo of interwoven thoughts for the next few minutes till she reaches a stage of satisfaction of having her unsettling inner urge came to end.

Agar

AGARThey say, "The rights of every human are diminished when the rights of one human are threatened." The objective of this film is giving equal rights to every human being no matter what gender he belongs to. According to Allah we are all entitled to live free and equal; so why not stop distinguishing people, learn to accept them the way they are and live harmoniously. AGAR is a moving story of beautiful bonding between a mom and her daughter, where the purest form of love defines endearment and tenderness of warmth between them. It has love, lies, greed, hatred, anger, grief, shame and weep. It is a story of embracing one without judging the way he is and living a happy life forever after.

88 Men

88 Men A person whose name is Wajahat. He wants to kill his wife. Before killing he comes to library to fulfill the last wish of his wife who wants to read a book. In this library he becomes a victim mystically.

The Sin

This film was shoot in one room with two characters, It has two genres Thriller and Comedy. The film is on the conversation between Police Officer and accused.

Capture

This movie is about child labor and education.

Lyari e Wrna

This movie is about a boy in Lyari and his family.

My Mom's Birthday

the film about no response for her mother but he realize his wrong .

Red is the new Pink

An employee of a news agency who is struggling against a disease and to find a place in the corrupt society, gets a life changing opportunity when he has to decide between saving a man's life and video taping him dying.

Loug - the People

An Old Couple is mysteriously held in a Police Station of Pakistan.Their crime is unknown and their insult is extreme. What have they done?

The Lyrics

The plot revolves around a recent trend of media industry, where getting fame for an artist is a matter of hours, while neglecting the old school traditions and norms. A singer has to submit his music video for audition. And he hasn't prepared for anything including music, lyrics and video till now. And the deadline is today.

Ankahi

This movie related to 2 character which revolve on their personal issues

Raat

Exposing the truth isn't always an easy task. This film is dedicated to Banksy and all the anonymous artist's. This story is about a young man named RG, who is determined to expose nerve wracking truths about the government through his art in country where any form of art is banned. Therefore, he is declared a wanted fugitive in the eyes of the law. "Raat" is the story of a battle between right and wrong namely RG who is out to expose new secret and a undercover agent Amir who is chasing him down.

Free (Mufta)

karma of life , if you did something bad in your life it will return back to you too

Jassi Pappi Da Akhrot

JASSI PAPPI DA AKHROT Comedy short film about Indian Sikhs visiting Pakistan to have some fun until they meet Rehan Pathan.