2019 Films

The Tally Shorts Film Festival is held at Challenger Learning Center, 200 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, 32301.
Films are screened at Challenger and Sittig Hall (across the plaza from Challenger). For general information: [email protected]

The box office is located in the Challenger Learning Center Lobby. The box office opens approximately 60 minutes before the first event. For ticket information: [email protected]

Some films may not be suitable for all audiences; viewer discretion is advised. Film schedule subject to change.


Directed by: Katharina Potratz and Julian Friedrich | Germany | Animation
After a boat wreck that kills his mother, a stranded little refugee boy is found by a young woman, and together they set off on their way through a nightmare.
Directed by: Neil Fennell | USA | Drama
Anne’s mother died when she was 8, and left her the gift of 40 birthday cards that she opens for the first time each year. Today is her 40th birthday...
A Thing of Dreams
Directed by: K. Spencer Jones and Jake Wilkens | USA | Horror
A new prescription drug allows you to control your dreams, but the side effects can be deadly.
All Good
Directed by: Luisa Ricar | Switzerland | Drama
Swiss, German
All Good is a drama about a young women who couldn’t say no, and realizes that nothing is all good anymore.
Directed by: Esteban Valdez | USA | Animation
With the world hellbent on annihilation, we’ve gathered all the brilliant minds of our time to create a robotic proxy which we send into the void of space and time in search of a new home. But… Is it too late?
Are You Volleyball?!
Directed by: Mohammad Bakhshi | Iran | Drama
Arabic, English
At an English speaking border a group of Arabian asylum seekers struggle to communicate with the guards until a deaf-mute baby becomes the catalyst needed for better communication.
Directed by: Christopher Watson | India | Drama

Bagheera, a determined young leader of an Indian Girl Scout troop, equipped with amazing survival skills, courage, and determination is abducted by a terrifying psychopath and must use her skills to escape his clutches.

2019 Audience Favorite Award 1st Runner Up

Bird’s Eye
Directed by: Scott Poiley | USA | Drama

A blind music professor's rigid life upends when her brittle isolation collides with the volatile world of an at-risk urban high school.

2019 Florida Favorite Award Winner

Birth Cycle, A Flip Book by Zak Zych
Directed by: Zak Zych | USA | Animation

After nine months in the womb a baby makes a daring and dramatic entrance into the world!

Blue Light
Directed by: Alfonso Segura Ballesteros and Andres Malo Segura | Spain | SciFi

V. has a BLUE LIGHT SYSTEM, which allows you to archive good memories, and block out the negative ones. Today he finds an object from his past, an object that has a date prior to the system's registration date.

Bolero Station
Directed by: Rolf Brönnimann | Switzerland | Animation

A signalman living on one side of the tracks, and a saleswoman on the other side ignore their feelings for each other until death knocks on their door and they both seize their chance to finally be together. They do it properly – and it’s enough for a lifetime.

Burning Smell of Stone
Directed by: Zardosht Afshari | Iran | Drama
Azerbaijani, Persian
An old man, and his granddaughter, reopen his grocery store after several days away only to find a neighborhood that no longer wants to buy anything from the old man's shop.
Directed by: Mohsen Bagheri Dastgerdi | Iran | Animation
The human-like people do not accept diversities and seek annihilation of happiness to fuel their rotten thinking.
Directed by: Luis Tinoco Pineda | Spain | SciFi
After a terrible car accident, Debbie struggles to forgive herself for the last things she said to her family all while Arsys, a military fighter pilot, tries to survive a huge space battle taking place in another time...another galaxy...in a far away universe.
Directed by: Ethan Itzkow | USA | Drama
After her 25th birthday party Jess wakes up to a wicked hangover, surprise unemployment, and the biggest decision of all...should she spend her last few bucks on more weed?
Chocolate Wind
Directed by: Ilia Antonenko | Russia | Drama
Lonely and indecisive Alla feels like a Cinderella dreaming to escape her environment, and during a Skype conversation her old friend Masha pushes an option that could make all Alla's dreams come true...
Directed by: Delia Hess | Switzerland | Animation
On a small planet, caught up in their own private universe, the inhabitants perform their poetically surreal actions, which repeat themselves in an endless loop.
Directed by: Stephen Takashima | USA | Drama
A black door-to-door salesman struggles to make his first sale when he spots a Confederate flag hanging on the wall of his potential client.
Close Enough
Directed by: Mahdi Hossengholi and Mojtaba Zarghampour | Iran | Experimental
An object in a park observes the people passing by, hears their stories, and then catches their attention in the end.
Cowboys & Scientists
Directed by: Eric Bendick | USA | Documentary
Thirty years ago, a partnership between Archbold Biological Station and Buck Island Ranch inspired a new mission: cowboys and scientists working together to advance scientific discovery on a ten thousand acre working cattle ranch.
Cue Jane
Directed by: Qianzi Gao | USA | Drama

Jane's a middle-aged actress, struggling to balance her acting career with caring for her father with Alzheimer's. One the way to an important audition, she has to overcome unexpected hurdles forcing her to re-evaluate her life.

Dark Specter II
Directed by: Richard Tatum | USA | SciFi
The fiery fiend of darkness has returned to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting masses, but will responsibilities at home thwart his ambitions?
Directed by: Denver Hollingsworth | USA | Thriller
Two brothers desert their unit during the Civil War, and take refuge in an abandoned cabin. With one brother badly injured and confined to a bed, the other brother searches for help as an unknown enemy closes in on them.
Different This Year
Directed by: Meghann Artes | USA | Comedy
After one hour of training, two elementary school teachers receive their government-issued firearms and are clearly now ready to take on any perpetrator, no matter how armed. Or maybe not.
Directed by: Andrew Coll | Canada | Drama
A young musician with stage fright faces the most terrifying night of his life when he is chosen to be a page turner for his idol, an intimidating world-famous pianist. One mistake, and his worst fears will be realized.
Directed by: Mark Kerins and Elliot Mayen | USA | SciFi
What begins as an ordinary family outing quickly becomes a waking nightmare as a young mother searches for her lost children. Her journey will force her to confront the echoes of a past she cannot escape.
Directed by: Eric Garro | UK | Drama
In 1856, Eunice Newton, a female scientist has a breakthrough global warming discovery, is then introduced to renowned scientist Joseph Henry who isn't interested in a woman's scientific work until he's confronted with the truth of her discovery.
Directed by: Bismark Fernandes | USA | Animation
A stop-motion film about a man’s endless hunt for elusive energy sources in a decaying world.
Directed by: Bismark Fernandes | USA | Animation
A stop-motion film about a man’s endless hunt for elusive energy sources in a decaying world.
Directed by: Lauren Counts | USA | Drama
When Jen wants to go out for a night with her female coworkers, Travis suspects that trouble may arise. In an argument, Jen is faced with the question of whether Travis is overreacting or if he is doing more to control her actions.
Directed by: Connor Bland | USA | Horror
Charles falls into a germaphobe hysteria living under the unsanitary habits of his roommate. Narrated by the protagonist, we witness his petty yet paranoid reality unfold as he delivers a confession email to his unreliable advisor, Mr. Waters.
Directed by: Tristan Hill | USA | Drama
Reggie arrives to his younger brother Dennis’ house, for what seems to be a lovely dinner party. As Reggie begins to unravel, Dennis notices that his brother isn’t being exactly his brother. What takes place is Reggie’s attempt to explain his depression to Dennis, while still maintaining his manhood.
Directed by: Claudia Murray | USA | Comedy
English, Spanish

This bilingual short follows an overworked Cuban-American millennial rushing to pack for a trip to Havana. When her eccentric Abuelo drags her on a last-minute hunt for a rare car part, she confronts her own privilege in a race against the clock.

2019 Tally Shorts Favorite Award 1st Runner Up

Heather Has Four Moms
Directed by: Jeanette Buck | USA | Comedy
When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, her Moms struggle to decide which mom is going to give her THE TALK. It’s a mother-daughter story. It’s a mother-daughter story, times four.
Hipster Romance
Directed by: Doug Cox | USA | Comedy
Two less than thoughtful millennials meet in a diner, and discover they are in the very midst of their own genre defining movie trailer.
Hymn of Hate
Directed by: Matt Kennard | UK | Drama
Set in No Man’s Land at The Somme during WW1, Hymn of Hate is a poignant and never more relevant film, made to coincide with the centenary of the end of the Great War.
I Don’t Know
Directed by: Molly Smith | USA | Experimental

A boy contemplates his past choices in deciding where he will go in the future.

2019 Florida Favorite Award 1st Runner Up

It Gets Better
Directed by: Adi Wojaczek | Germany | Drama
English, German
When single mother Anne finds out her son Ben is a victim of cyberbullying, she fights for her sons rights amidst a tragic event.
La Benvinguda
Directed by: Carmen Puche Moré | Spain | Drama
A woman starts over in a new building, and finds a community of neighbors that can give maybe too much love...self-love, in excess?
La Migra
Directed by: William Figueroa | USA | Animation
English, Spanish
When ICE agents receive a tip that undocumented immigrants may be working at a chicken factory, the workers are left with only one choice....to hide!
Lab Rat
Directed by: Nour Wazzi | UK | SciFi
In a near future, a group of scientists trapped in a room learn that one of them is an A.I.... and it has been deceiving them. They cannot escape until they figure out who it is.
Lambeth Lights
Directed by: Luca Bertoluzzi | UK | Drama

A homeless man descends into prostitution, prize fighting, and robbery to help a blind girl's quest for an eye operation, and a chance at a better life.

Las Vegas
Directed by: Juan Beiro | Spain | Comedy

Ana finally meets Lola, the mother of her new boyfriend. But Lola isn't going to make things easy for her. She has more important things on her mind: rediscovering the past.

2019 Tally Shorts Favorite Award 2nd Runner Up

Let’s Break the Sky and Take a Piece
Directed by: Céline Dondénaz | Switzerland | Drama
Abigail, a young fearless dreamer, struggles to relate to her mother after the recent death of her father. While in her garden Abigail sees a wolf in the distance as a sign her father is still alive, and decides to stop at nothing to find him once again.
Love a Little
Directed by: Beatrice Minger | Switzerland | Comedy
Swiss, German
In search of a timecapsule they dug as teenagers, three friends realise that on the path to fulfill their hopes and dreams they not only lost their friendship but also themselves.
Directed by: Fahad Shaikh | United Arab Emirates | Documentary

A film about a Polish software engineer training in the desert for his chance to blast off to the Red Planet, and move on to the next stage of the Mars One project.

Directed by: Maxwell P. Price | USA | Drama

Two friends hang out on a rooftop after a long days work; One has a life-changing decision to make.

2019 Florida Favorite Award 2nd Runner Up

May Day
Directed by: Olivier Magis and Fedrik De Beul | Belgium | Drama
Dutch, French
Several strangers gather together in a living room with hopes of finding a job, quickly. But here in Brussels nothing goes quite as planned...
Mila and Mimi Too
Directed by: Kat Croft | USA | Comedy
The desperate attempt at inclusion by a well meaning millennial who would have had time to make a protest sign this morning, but just couldn't even.
Mind F*#k
Directed by: Sherill Turner | UK | SciFi
Two cinema ushers share a mutual crush, but they are both too shy to do anything about it until they start hearing each other's thoughts - the good and the bad.
Directed by: Destiny Ekaragha | UK | Comedy
A middle-aged single mum struggles to cope when her only child leaves home, so reinvents herself as a superhero to take on the local bullies.
Mumpsimus and Halcyon Discord
Directed by: Rolf Klein | UK | Experimental
This film explores the connections between mental health and homelessness, challenging common misrepresentations in the media. Using the medium of the spoken word, the film questions whether we can ever view issues such as these in an objective way.
No. 3: In the Absence of Angels
Directed by: Camille Hollett-French | Canada | Drama
English, French
In the brutal aftermath of being raped in broad daylight, Crystal, a streetwise community mentor, is forced to make an irreparable decision that will shape the person she’s about to become.
Once Bitten…
Directed by: Pete Tomkies | UK | Horror
Martha needs the toilet fixed in her hotel bathroom but there's one problem: her plumber may be a vampire.
Orange Man Dreams
Directed by: Shirin Jahani | Iraq | Drama
ORANGE MAN DREAMS is based on true events of ISIS invaded Iraq and Syria where many civilians hostages were often beheaded in a public display. Orange Man is one of those victims, who reminisces the good times with a lovely wife and child, while awaiting his verdict.
Directed by: Shayna Connelly | USA | Horror
Suzanne’s grief transcends the boundaries of the natural world and arouses a primordial being. She courts this ghost, using intellect and desire to forge a union between them.
Directed by: Swapna Kurup | United Arab Emirates | Documentary

In a community center in Dubai, Indian classical dancer Vonita Singh applies her art form to bring back movement in the lives of people affected by Parkinson’s.

Directed by: Shayla Racquel | USA | Drama
A former Civil Rights activist fears for the safety of her granddaughter who is determined to follow in her footsteps.
Sac de Merde
Directed by: Greg Chwerchak | USA | Comedy

Based on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love New Yorker who thinks she met the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

2019 Audience Favorite Award 2nd Runner Up

Sink or Swim
Directed by: Justin Burt | USA | Comedy
A big-hearted high school swim coach finally loses it after discovering that his ragtag swim team is being tormented by the school’s maniacal baseball coach.
Directed by: Praheme Praphet | USA | Comedy
STUCK is a romantic comedy that follows two strangers (Ebony and Dre) who become physically wedged in the act of a “one-night stand”. Their only path to separation is to be vulnerable and share a secret with one another.
The Angry Anonymous Meeting
Directed by: Jan Caplin | France | Comedy
The Angry Anonymous meeting brings 7 participants together to work through some anger exercises. The outcome of this meeting becomes more complicated as tempers begin to rise.
The Boy Who Wanted to Fly
Directed by: Jorge Muriel | Spain | Drama

In the Madrid of the 80s, Ivan, a five-year-old boy, is confronted with the birth of a new brother and struggles to find his place. What if He could fly and escape?

2019 Tally Shorts Award Winner

The Cherry Brothers
Directed by: Myriam L. Obin | Canada | Animation
Les Frères Cerise (The Cherry Brothers) follows the adventures of two attached cherry brothers who have completely different personalities.
The Chop
Directed by: Jennifer Sheridan | UK | Horror
Terry’s done a bad thing, but why?
The Girl in the Snow
Directed by: Dennis Ledergerber | Switzerland | Thriller
A day in the life of a foley artist.
The Girls Were Doing Nothing
Directed by: Dekel Berenson | UK | Drama
The Girls Were Doing Nothing is a study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equality strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom.
The Last Dance
Directed by: Chris Keller | UK | SciFi
In the not-too-distant future, an old man works alone in his garage – click-click-clicking the hours away on an old desktop computer. His name is Hugo, and he’s making something… Something great...
The Man of the Trees
Directed by: Andrea Trivero | Italy | Documentary

Daniel Balima is a senior horticulturist from Tenkodogo, a small Sub-Saharan African town in Burkina Faso, where he lives with his large family and has worked since he was born 67 years ago.

2019 Audience Favorite Award Winner

The Science of Collective Discovery
Directed by: Brett Abramsky | USA | Documentary
The Science of Collective Discovery dives into the world of citizen scientists—ordinary people with varying degrees of training who contribute to scientific research in their spare time.
The Sect
Directed by: Nick Wenck | USA | Drama
A wealthy New York congressmen, who is married with two children, has found himself in a disturbing position and must do whatever it takes to protect his family.
The Switch
Directed by: John P. Grigsby | USA | Animation
A claymation music video ruminating on the inner thoughts of a god figure in light of the waywardness of humanity.
The Traffic Separating Device
Directed by: Johan Palmgren | Sweden | Documentary
English, German, Swedish
A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm to keep normal cars out and only allow buses to pass. Disaster ensues when normal cars continue to pass, destroying hundreds of cars, and we follow this whole mess of human failures.
Thin Air
Directed by: Jonas Ulrich | Switzerland | Thriller
Swiss, German
On a skiing vacation in the Swiss Alps a father experiences unusual incidents, strange encounters, and feels as if he or his daughter are being watched.
With Me
Directed by: Azadeh Ghochagh | Iran | Drama
The indecisive story of a girl who ran from her past..