AIFF’s 2018 Opening Night Gala & Feature


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    This year, AIFF celebrates the legacy of Robin Williams with a 25th anniversary screening of Mrs. Doubtfire on Friday November 2, featuring a live interview with cast members Scott Capurro, Dick Bright, and Geoff Bolt. “Working with Robin was unforgettable,” Capurro says, “and it will be a thrill to reunite with former cast mates.” Champagne, pizza, live music, and dancing will conclude this gala event.

AIFF’s 2018 Saturday Night Feature Event


  • Shadow of a Doubt

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    Alfred Hitchcock is the subject of AIFF’s second evening. On Saturday November 3, the audience will be on the edge of their seats for a 75th anniversary screening of the classic thriller Shadow of a Doubt, with a live conversation with Hitchcock’s granddaughter Tere Carrubba about the man and his achievements.

AIFF’s 2018 Feature Docs Selections


  • The Guardians

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    An investigative documentary that examines the systemic abuse of elderly people in Las Vegas, Nevada revealing a cautionary tale where some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens are robbed of their life savings, healthcare and freedom. (104 mins.)
  • The Limits of my World

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    The Limits of My World follows a nonverbal young man’s transition from the school system into adulthood. Brian has autism and faces the daily challenges of adjusting to his new life. Filmed from the intimate perspective of his older sister Heather, this documentary seeks to understand Brian’s personality beneath his disability. The Limits of My World is an autistic coming of age story, exploring what it means to be a nonverbal disabled person in a neurotypical society. (70 mins.)

AIFF’s 2018 Short Film Programs


Shorts • Fresh Shorts #1

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Hot short films by student filmmakers tackling subjects like motherhood, killer plants, and imaginary friends. (73 mins.)
  • Agape

    Lust can only be resolved with a love feast.
  • Uncle Ivon

    Alice pretends to have an imaginary friend she calls “Tonton Ivon.”; this “friend” is not only a way of escaping from loneliness, but also a tool to revolt against others.

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  • Poppies

    While on a long-haul flight from Shanghai to New York, a despondent, American lawyer becomes seduced by the enchanting stories of a wise, Chinese woman sitting beside him; unleashing feelings he had tried to bury deep inside.
  • Je Suis (I Am)

    Disappointing everyone around her with her inability to meet mounting expectations, a working mother wishes it would all just go away.
  • When Kids Meet a Creature

    “When Kids Meet a Creature” invites viewers of all ages into the creative world of children as they explore the enigma of an unknown creature through art and storytelling.

Shorts • Eclectic Shorts Program #1

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Cutting edge shorts from around the world cover crime, gender, wine and music. (61 min.) Fiction & Documentary
  • The Velvet Underground Played my High School

    An animated short about the Velvet Underground’s first gig in 1965 in front of a crowd of shocked kids at a suburban New Jersey High School. 
  • You and Me

    Two college-time friends embark on a long drive on a Sunday morning, leaving their bustling city lives behind. As they amble through the hilly roads, they reveal to each other, their old longings and hidden pasts. Their rose-tinted nostalgia is broken and they come face to face with their imperfect lives.
  • Burning Empty

    A young modern day criminal is framed for stealing from the infamous titan of the LA underground marketplace, yet he shrewdly finds the aging mobster’s one weakness.
  • The Last Harvest

    Old Giuseppe is about to pass the winery to his son Lorenzo, but Lorenzo has other plans in mind.

  • Manicure

    After the death of a local woman in a remote Iranian village, deadly secrets emerge.

Shorts • Eclectic Shorts Program #2

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Home. Fatherhood. Fine Dining. Old friends. New beats. (65 min.) Fiction & Documentary

  • Scraper Bikes Mobbin’

    Baybe Champ of the East Oakland Scraper Bike Team has released another hit anthem/ music video.
  • Marching On

    A returning veteran struggles to care for his father while finding his own place in the new domestic world.
  • A Ferry Tale

    Fairies are hidden in some journeys.
  • Mogu and Perol

    A story about two friends living on an island, where delicious food can be found everywhere!
  • Generations

    A tragedy at work and family secrets revealed at home provoke a 70-year-old surgeon to discover the truth about himself and his lineage.



Shorts • Fictional Shorts #1

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Searing shorts from across the globe that explore vampires, dystopia, and wine! (59 mins.)
  • Those Who Can Die

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    Zoé, 15 years old, enters a strict boarding school; she meets Marie and understands what they are destined for.
  • Reflections

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    In a society close to our own, where the poor take an important role in the equilibrium of the community, Leria, a young woman in need is passing a job interview.
  • Pour 585

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    A timid character with a wine glass for a head grows larger than his numbered peers while participating in a prosaic cycle of pouring.
  • The Ticket

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    We follow the course of a ticket for Public Transportation as it passes from hand to hand. Each person that holds the ticket carries his own story and a social problem as well.  A social recording of the Greek crisis.


Shorts • Eclectic Shorts #3

Edgy shorts that deal with breaking cycles and taking control of your destiny. (71 mins. total)
  • Mirror

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    Two stories on opposite ends of time both share an identical resemblance.
  • One Last Time

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    A palliative cancer patient invites her family and friends for one last grand dinner before she gets euthanasia, but instead of getting support she is faced with the challenge of making her family understand her decision.
  • Red Paint

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    Freya wakes up alone in the desert confused and separated from her significant other. She searches for answers in an unreliable reality.
  • Sorry I Killed Your Boss

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    After his boss is murdered, a personal bodyguard tracks down the hitwoman who did it and a game of cat and mouse ensues.
  • Street Workers Unite!

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    India’s street vendors and rickshaw drivers are among the country’s most vulnerable citizens. For years they’ve lived and worked without legal protections and without access to financial services, and have been subject to harassment by the police, the mafia, and others. NIDAN is working to change all that by organizing them to stand up for their own rights and stop “feeding milk to the snake.”



Shorts • Fictional Shorts #2

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High-octane shorts that take on AI, fame, God, and fetish, and will leave you speechless. (59 mins.)
  • How to Become Famous in the Internet

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    How do I want to present myself?” The young woman Julia must face this question while uploading photos of her journeys to the internet. Her ordinary life is about to change drastically when she gets more and more attention online. Soon she reaches 50,000 followers and tries to keep one thing secret: All those pictures are fake….
  • Kill AL

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    Two female robots discover their own humanity and realize that their purpose and worth extends beyond their assigned directives with extreme results.
  • Ego

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    Where do we come from? Who do we think we are? The film Ego tries to answer these questions starting from an intuition: what if we were nothing but a breath in a balloon?
  • Tuesday Crowd

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    On an unremarkable Tuesday night, the lives of Cole (a graveyard-shift burger-flipper) and Jim (owner of a party rental company) are brought crashing together by bad luck, bad decisions, and a masked robber.