2020 Festival

Archived: American Film Institute Shorts Showcase (FREE)


The American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on film training program that educates and mentors its participants. Increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing is the primary goal of this tuition-free program. All of the short films in this block are directed by DWW alumnae. This event is free of charge at the 2016 Capital City Film Festival.

Lansing Public Media Center / 2500 S Washington Ave, Lansing MI 48910

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A competitive mother orders a clone to outshine her flawless friend, but soon realizes she purchased an unbeatable rival.

Thoranna Sigurdardottir / 2015 / 15 minutes / English / USA

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Up Here

In a world where people float when they fall in love, we meet Elizabeth who seems to be perpetually floating alone.

Kantu Lentz / 2014 / 11 minutes / English / USA

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The Tortoise

A short film about Daniel, a recovering sex offender, who breaks parole on Halloween to go on an adventure with his estranged daughter.

Jean Jee / 2014 / 14 minutes / English / USA

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The Haircut

It’s 1976, and petite eighteen-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academies. Under incredible emotional and physical strain, Amy struggles to survive her first day, battling vicious sexism, swallowing self-doubt, and fighting to prove she has what it takes in “The Haircut.”

Alexis O. Korycinski / 2014 / 14 minutes / English / USA

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A 15-year-old girl returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her.

Pippa Bianco / 2014 / 11 minutes / English / USA

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Rita Mahtoubian is not a Terrorist

When Iranian-born, lifelong loner Rita Mahtoubian sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary she accidentally captures the attention of a homeland security agent in this satirical comedy about romance terrorism and trying to be a better person.

Roja Gashtili & Julia Lerman / 2014 / 8 minutes / English / USA

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Like many couples, Katie and Skylar were trying to conceive a baby using in vitro fertilization. Unexpectedly, Katie passed away. Now a year later, Skylar approaches insurmountable grief with enduring love and decides to use one of Katie’s fertilized embryos to start their family. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. Yet, with a gender

Devon Kirkpatrick / 2014 / 11 minutes / English / USA

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Election Night

A politician’s family waits in the green room on election eve – will the speech be a celebration or a concession? The last 350 votes have yet to come in, and the nerves rattle the family into a comic whirlwind of wild theories, long-held secrets, and a revelation that nobody saw coming.

Tessa Blake / 2014 / 12 minutes / English / USA