Short Film screenings

Audiences screened the short films below selected for the Albany Film Festival in the Comedic, Dramatic, Experimental, and Documentary Short film categories on the NYS Writers Institute YouTube channel.  
Each of these shorts have a connection to New York State.

Select short films were also screened at the Malta Drive-In Theatre event on Thursday, April 29, 2021. 

Visit the Albany Film Festival Short Film Awards announcement

Comedies

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DREAM CAFÉ

Director: Dasha Khritankova

Comedic Short Film

An absurd comedic drama about a young man Nick, who is obsessed with his dream of owning a café.

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SIBLING RIVALRY

Director: Don Colacino

Comedic Short Film

A small town election becomes a battle of ideals for a rivalrous brother and sister.

Earth Day 2030

Director: Joe Murphy

Comedic Short Film

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DANNY NEEDS A JOB

Director: Emma Pompeii

Comedic Short Film

Danny is reluctant to get a job and leave the comfort of his lazy life.

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EARTH DAY 2030

Director: Joe Murphy

Comedic Short Film

It’s 2030, and the environment has gone bonkers. 

Dramatic

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BOYD

Director: Michael McBride

Dramatic Short Film

27 year old Baker Boyd takes his last chance to get out of a forgotten Americana by filming his reality TV audition with his childhood friends over the course of one day.

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THE GRANDMOTHER

Director: Michael Banks

Dramatic Short Film

Director Michael Banks passed peacefully in February 2020 following a ten-year long struggle with two brain tumors. “The Grandmother” was his senior film.

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FLYING COLORS

Director: Muneib Chater

Dramatic Short Film

Joseph Evans loses his father in a tragic car crash. Since then, life hasn’t been the same, until he meets a man who claims he can change his world.

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SUDDEN

Director: Charity Buckbee

Dramatic Short Film

A senior citizen fights loneliness by becoming a home health aide and helps patients with their daily activities.

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SEVERANCE

Director: John Robert Hammerer

Dramatic Short Film

When Freddy and Martin learn that the warehouse where they work is closing down, the news throws the two friends into a tailspin.

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ONE MATCH

Director: Kewan J. Harrison  

Dramatic Short Film

A college student engulfed in crippling guilt has a life altering confession to make.

Experimental

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ALIGN

Director: Sandra Gallardo

Experimental Short Film

Artists find creative expression and personal joy in a wide variety of art forms.

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DIE GROTESKE

Director: Gemma Gallucci

 Experimental Short Film

Phil and the other two actors on their film set are having a hard time connecting with each other.

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THE PLAZA

Director: Jordan McClendon

Experimental Short Film

A music driven figure skating routine that magically conjures Albany’s Empire State Plaza ​into being.

I AM HER

Director: Sydnie Heslop

Experimental Short Film

A documentary featuring the voices of Black women talking about their experiences being both Black and woman. 

A VERY SIMPLE OBJECTIVE

Director: Brandyn Johnson

Experimental Short Film

The man’s objective is clear—to be free.

Documentary

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BUILDING A STAGE

Director: Sydnie Heslop

Documentary Short Film

In a white dominated world of theatre, what do people of color do? They carve out their own spaces, because when it comes down “to be or not to be” they choose to be!

FROM A DAUGHTER TO HER MOTHER

Director: Kassielle Pena

Documentary Short Film

A detailed interview with the daughter (Mayra Pena) of a woman (Victoria Matias) with dementia and other sicknesses.

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GIFTS OF LIFE: PROFILES IN COURAGE FROM THE TRANSPLANT COMMUNITY

Director: Michael Drucker

Documentary Short Film

Meet Shelby, Jack and Jennifer ... three young organ transplant recipients who each received the gift of life.

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RICH ATMOSPHERE: THE MUSIC OF MERCHANT-IVORY FILMS

Director: Stephen Soucy

Documentary Short Film

Oscar-winner, Director, Screenwriter, James Ivory narrates a moving tribute to his long-time composer, Richard "Dick" Robbins, in this short animated film.

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HOPE SERVED FRESH - RECOVERY FRIENDLY EMPLOYMENT

Director: Jessica Vecchione

Documentary Short Film

A pizzeria owner in Oneonta New York decides to create a "sober and recovery friendly" workplace.

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MENKES DISEASE: FINDING HELP & HOPE

Director: Daniel DeFabio

Documentary Short Film

Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell narrates this look at a rare fatal genetic disorder called Menkes Disease.