2020 Films

The Tally Shorts Film Festival is held at:
Tallahassee Community College’s Fine & Performing Arts Center
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Films are screened in Turner Auditorium and in the Classroom 104 Box Theater. For general information: [email protected]

The box office is located in the Turner Auditorium 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.


A Colourful Red
Directed by: Costa Karalis & Jack Owen | USA | Documentary
Running time: 12:06

Florida Favorite Award

Accepting a job for a high-profile client, a young photographer travels to Indonesia and unwittingly becomes a victim of a scam affecting hundreds of freelance photographers

Language(s): English
A mano (Now we’re even!)
Directed by: Andrea del Pilar Arenas Rojas | Colombia | Drama
Running time: 11:00
After Carolina's mother receives an unfair payment from working on Don Tertuliano's farm, Carolina and her friends come up with a plan to settle accounts.
Language(s): Spanish
Age of Bryce
Directed by: David Feagan | USA | Comedy
Running time: 09:50
Smothered by an adoring, over-protective mom, 12-year-old Bryce Yancy Paul (Bip) is pushed to the brink of pubescent revolution. It’s time to ripen, bloom, and break the shackles of parental paranoia.
Language(s): English
Ailin on the Moon
Directed by: Claudia Ruiz | Argentina | Animation
Running time: 5:00

The routine that allowed an overwhelmed mother and her four-year-old son to drift apart must be broken for them to find each other again.

Language(s): Spanish
And The Brave Shall Rise
Directed by: Adam Schlachter | USA | Drama
Running time: 15:00

Audience Favorite Award

In the wake of the high school shootings in Parkland, Florida, concerned citizens travel by bus to the state capital to debate legislators about an urgent issue: gun reform.

Language(s): English
As If The King
Directed by: Fahad Hussain | United Arab Emirates | Documentary
Running time: 10:39
His palace of illusions, his turf of duality. A King enslaved by his present, a commoner enthroned by his reality.
Language(s): Urdu
Behind the Clouds There Lives A Sun
Directed by: Kumar Mayank | Phillipines | Drama
Running time: 15:00
Waiting near the bus stop to take her son to a family gathering out of the town, a victim of domestic violence silently questions her way of life.
Language(s): Tagalog
Directed by: Rick Darge | USA | Comedy
Running time: 16:52

Second Runner Up - Audience Favorite Award

A brother and sister decide to sell their family farm, but things go awry when a bag of money shows up on the front doorstep.

Language(s): English
Cuban Heel Shoes
Directed by: Julio Mas Alcaraz | Spain | Drama
Running time: 17:00
Surrounded by a macho and homophobic environment, Paco and Jose must lead a double life – hiding the beginning of a love relationship and their passion for flamenco dance.
Language(s): Spanish
De Novo
Directed by: Wei-Jie Su | Taiwan | Animation
Running time: 03:55

Every fish has 33 seconds to choose if it wants to die or be put back into the water. Almost every fish chooses to be put back into the water. But one day, a fish dies without a struggle.

Language(s): English
Directed by: Ashley James | USA | Drama
Running time: 06:00

Second Runner Up - Florida Favorite Award

A young woman navigates the complexities of her abusive relationship, juggling her growing fears with her lingering feelings of desire.

Language(s): English
Directed by: Kylie Eaton | USA | SciFi
Running time: 13:54
When young Lizzie learns that her older brother is moving out, she realizes she will be left alone with her monster of a mother. Armed with the lessons of her favorite TV show, Lizzie battles to save her mother from the dark forces that have transformed her.
Language(s): English
Eat the Rainbow
Directed by: Brian Benson | USA | Comedy
Running time: 19:21

A musical fable about an odd yet kind man named Bayani who moves into a conservative suburban neighborhood and disrupts the otherwise comfortable homogeny.

Language(s): English
Directed by: Allison Mattox | USA | Drama
Running time: 12:45
While on tour in New York, a Soviet ballerina learns of her brother's plan to defect.
Language(s): Russian, English
El Balsero
Directed by: Jose Navas | USA | Drama
Running time: 20:00
After his childhood friend is violently killed in an altercation with a Castro sympathizer, 21-year-old Reinaldo realizes he must find a way out and regain his freedom at any cost.
Language(s): Spanish
EMBRACES & the touch of skin
Directed by: Sara Koppel | Denmark | Animation
Running time: 2:42

An animated poem about the vital need for embraces and contact with other beings.

Language(s): English
Directed by: John Gray | USA | Drama
Running time: 08:34

A reporter interviews a major league baseball manager in an attempt to uncover secrets from his past.

Language(s): English
Directed by: Javier Kühn | UK | Drama
Running time: 13:00
A Victorian story about life, death and everything in between.
Language(s): English
Heart Sound
Directed by: Hamid Borzooey | Iran | Animation
Running time: 02:05
A musical love poem.
Language(s): Persian
Directed by: Helena Giersz | USA | Animation
Running time: 05:00
A woman living in New York City receives a telephone call from Eastern Europe. Her grandmother has died and the woman quickly returns to her homeland.
Language(s): English
How to Say I Love You at Night
Directed by: Andree Ljutica | USA | Drama
Running time: 16:30

Second Runner Up - Tally Shorts Favorite Award

Dealing with notions of male-on-male intimacy, violence and socioeconomic differences, Benny and Paul navigate the expectations of a first date.

Language(s): English
I Will Not Say His Name
Directed by: John Taylor Timmons | USA | Drama
Running time: 05:34

First Runner Up - Audience Favorite Award

After committing a mass shooting, a young man anxiously waits to hear his name announced on the news, only to hear that he will be the first mass shooter to remain unnamed.

Language(s): English
Imaginary Friend
Directed by: Zachary Rubin | USA | SciFi
Running time: 15:42
Helen, a lonely, isolated woman disconnected from human interactions, has the opportunity to connect with people in her past using a new augmented reality device. But soon, Helen questions the true emotional awareness of her virtual companion.
Language(s): English
In Lieu of Honor
Directed by: Coco Bermudez | USA | Drama
Running time: 15:43

First Runner Up - Florida Favorite Award

Sometimes the battle is within ourselves.

Language(s): English
In the name of the strawberry, the chocolate and the holy spirit
Directed by: Karla Lulic | Croatia | Comedy
Running time: 20:00
Living in an overly Christian Mediterranean village is Priest Petar, who is completely devoted to his profession. After Sunday Mass on a beautiful first day of spring the priest is willing to do anything to enjoy an ice cream... even if it costs him his faith.
Language(s): Croatian
Directed by: Eitan Pitigliani | Italy | Drama
Running time: 20:00
When his love story with Sophia ends, Alessandro finds himself alone, face to face with reality.
Language(s): Italian
Kama’āina (Child of the Land)
Directed by: Kimi Howl Lee | USA | Drama
Running time: 16:17

Tally Shorts Favorite Award

Ater suffering abuse from her stepfather, Mahina must navigate life on the streets, until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae––Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment.

Language(s): English
King of the House
Directed by: Zige Zhang | China, United States | Animation
Running time: 10:45

A delusional man lives alone in a small dark house, believing that he is the king of the world and his supremacy is secure. However, his sovereignty is shaken by the arrival of a stranger.

Language(s): English
Little Shoes, Big Frame
Directed by: Holly Stone | USA | Music
Running time: 3:37

A ballroom dance autobiography of gender roles, size, and costuming told through music and dance.

Language(s): English
Directed by: Pedro del Río | Spain | Drama
Running time: 20:00

A homeless woman finds a set of keys and tries to find the house they belong to.

Language(s): None
Directed by: Leandro Goddinho & Paulo Menezes | Germany | Comedy
Running time: 13:40
Lolo is an openly gay 11-year-old boy trying to finally convince Max, his first love, to go public with their relationship at the school party.
Language(s): English
Directed by: Gabriel Amaral | Brazil | Drama
Running time: 22:56
When Nego discovers that the cacau farm he lives and works on is going to be sold, he must face not only the loss of his home and job, but also the daily contact he has with the land he cherishes so much.
Language(s): Portuguese
Make Me Fly
Directed by: Petr Vinokurov | France | Music
Running time: 10:24

A flight hostess meets a young and gentle man onboard her plane. She falls in love but encounters turbulence.

Language(s): English
Directed by: Zhaoxin Liu | USA | Drama
Running time: 10:48
A young boy follows a black balloon around his neighborhood on the day his father passes away.
Language(s): Chinese
Moderately Satisfied
Directed by: Hind Anabtawi | United Arab Emirates | Drama
Running time: 12:47

First Runner Up - Tally Shorts Favorite Award

An estranged daughter finds new answers about her relationship with her terminally ill mother. For the first time, the two finally meet halfway.

Language(s): Arabic
Mommy’s Little Monster
Directed by: Patrick Green | USA | Horror
Running time: 11:52
A mother and son on the run escape to an isolated mountain cabin where their fears catch up with them.
Language(s): English
Directed by: Víctor Cerdán | Spain | Drama
Running time: 11:00
A story about the prejudices and violence of the rising ultra-right movement in Europe.
Language(s): Spanish
My Daughter Yoshiko
Directed by: Brian Blum | USA | Drama
Running time: 15:00

With her daughter Yoshiko diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and her husband overseas serving in the military, Saki Omura is finding it harder and harder to cope. Saki faces the now-daunting task of giving her daughter the best life possible.

Language(s): English, Chinese
Directed by: Jonathan Schörnig | Malta | Documentary
Running time: 15:00

In 2014 Mekon had to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered.

Language(s): English, German
On Duty
Directed by: Sarit Sandler | USA | Documentary
Running time: 11:30

Using the perspectives of two female officers in the Tallahassee Police Department, “On Duty” tells the stories of women in the police force.

Language(s): English
Operation International
Directed by: Jeff Colhoun | Ivory Coast | Documentary
Running time: 13:59
Every year highly skilled doctors and medical volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures, and religions deliver groundbreaking healthcare to patients in third world countries
Language(s): English, French
Our territory
Directed by: Mathieu Volpe | Belgium | Documentary
Running time: 20:00
The same light, the same heat. A summer just like those I remember... Yet, another territory has now appeared on the landscape of my childhood.
Language(s): French, Italian
Directed by: Felipe Vega & Cécile O. Carvallo | Spain | Documentary
Running time: 12:00

In Nazi occupied Paris a shadow wanders around searching for the remains of a memory in which reality and fiction collide.

Language(s): Spanish, French
Directed by: William Mazzoleni-Vali | Canada | Drama
Running time: 14:52

After the suicide of his father, Matéo, a Métis teenager, loses his bearings and will do anything to deny his native origins.

Language(s): French
Directed by: Rene Smaal | Netherlands | Experimental
Running time: 00:54
A forest, a bicycle, a man. Where did they come from? Where do they go? And in what order? A film in the true surrealist tradition
Language(s): English
Ready To Work
Directed by: Seth Farmer & Reagan Wells | USA | Documentary
Running time: 15:20

At a local high school, three seniors attend a job fair through a career-readiness program.

Language(s): English
Directed by: Josh Kasselman | USA | Comedy
Running time: 4:55

When Megan receives a surprise social invitation from a higher-up at her company, she's worried her nerves — and her apathetic husband — will sink her.

Language(s): English
Directed by: Konstantin Rall & Zeehyun Soh | Germany | Drama
Running time: 15:00
Clara, a successful young businesswoman, does a pregnancy test after a passionate weekend with a working colleague. The positive result confuses her a lot.
Language(s): German
Directed by: Teddy Tenenbaum | USA | Comedy
Running time: 9:58

Dating is hard. Especially these days. Especially when you're married. Nothing is what appears to be in this short romantic comedy about two people who find each other on an a very special dating app.

Language(s): English
Sound Language
Directed by: Scott Poiley | USA | Drama
Running time: 12:08
In the beginning, words lead to hate, hate to war and war to destruction. Words were outlawed and soon forgotten, giving birth to the language of sound. Distant tribes have gathered in the hopes that an outcast can heal the world through the power of unity.
Language(s): English
Directed by: Samuel Perriard | Switzerland | Thriller
Running time: 13:08
A modern Western about unsettled men.
Language(s): German
Swear By Apollo
Directed by: Daniel Bethencourt | USA | Drama
Running time: 13:54
A Latina doctor sufferes a devastating personal loss during a high school shooting. Thrust into an unfathomable situation, she must choose between succumbing to overwhelming rage or staying faithful to the Hippocratic oath.
Language(s): English
Directed by: Jato Smith | USA | Comedy
Running time: 20:01

According to the Unofficial Etiquette Book for Blacks, everything but homosexuality and interracial dating is open for consideration. Kevin unwittingly learns this difficult lesson when he introduces his significant other to childhood best friends.

Language(s): English
Directed by: Cedric Vella | Malta | SciFi
Running time: 13:03
In a lawless world of finite resources, a wearied survivor makes her way to a stranger's camp, intending to negotiate a safe place at any cost.
Language(s): English
The 11th Order
Directed by: Joshua DeFour | USA | Drama
Running time: 25:00
The true story of two U.S. Marines who, in a span of six seconds, must stand their ground to stop a suicide truck bomb and protect the lives of the Marines and Iraqi police behind them.
Language(s): English
The Clinch
Directed by: Javan M Garza & Jake Dillard | USA | Thriller
Running time: 5:08

The lives of two career criminals comes to a halt when an arms deal goes horribly wrong.

Language(s): English
The Death of Mr. Tamimi’s Foot
Directed by: John Haddad | United Arab Emirates | Documentary
Running time: 9:10

Abdul Nasser tells us his story by acting out significant moments in his life where he was determined to get over his past and move on with his life.

Language(s): Arabic
Directed by: John Gray | USA | Horror
Running time: 7:48

A young morgue attendant encounters an unwelcome visitor.

Language(s): English
The General
Directed by: Sherill Turner | United Kingdom | Comedy
Running time: 8:02

Martin goes for an STI screening as a "romantic gesture" for his fiancé, but a little probing reveals there is nothing routine about this check up.

Language(s): English
The Georgia Honeys – Short Film/Music Video
Directed by: Ash von Chamier | USA | Music
Running time: 14:05
Husband and wife musicians have gradually found a large hole in their relationship stemming from the loss of music in their lives. What was once their biggest connection must be rediscovered again.
Language(s): English
The Happy Pill
Directed by: Kayla King | USA | Horror
Running time: 14:00
The story of one woman's struggle with depression and the terrible lens it puts on life.
Language(s): English
The Silence of God
Directed by: ehsan shahhosseini | Iran | Experimental
Running time: 4:46

An avant-garde film about birth, life, and death.

Language(s): None
The Window Muse
Directed by: Mamadou Diop | Senegal | Comedy
Running time: 13:00

A painter who lacks inspiration, Moussa cannot understand his neighbor from across the street. In the day she appears to him veiled, and in the night she reveals herself completely. But she may well be his new muse.

Language(s): None
Tommy: The Portrait of a Sculptor
Directed by: Chris Frazer Smith | UK | Documentary
Running time: 12:19
Sculptor John Mills marks the anniversary of the end of WWI and the impact of war by bringing to life "Tommy", a portrait of a British soldier who survived and returns home.
Language(s): English
Directed by: Mark Roush | USA | SciFi
Running time: 2:38

A young boy builds a time machine in his parent's basement with the hope of rescuing his sister.

Language(s): English
Town Hall
Directed by: Casey Lock & Ross Zuchowski | USA | Drama
Running time: 22:25
An insistent whistleblower meets a stubborn system.
Language(s): English
Under The Blade
Directed by: Javid Farahani | Iran | Drama
Running time: 14:51
Shooting a rape scene, a female director exposes the social and religious red lines no actress is willing to cross because they fear getting in trouble with the law.
Language(s): Persian
Directed by: Reza Tofighjoo | Iran | Drama
Running time: 15:00
Marjan is brutally attacked just before her young son's birthday celebration. At the party, she tries to hide what has happened, but the trauma is still fresh.
Language(s): Persian
Wolf Sheep Cabbage
Directed by: Goran Ribarić | Croatia | Drama
Running time: 14:55
Mark is a young boy who spends his free time on the bus, circling the city and trying to solve the seemingly impossible riddle that his favorite bus driver has given him.
Language(s): Croatian
Directed by: Monty Scholz | Germany | Comedy
Running time: 8:16

Moritz tells us why his last relationship ended and how it did.

Language(s): German
Directed by: Tommie Geraedts | Netherlands | SciFi
Running time: 7:19
Naive Ronnie gives up a tad too much personal information during verification questions on his computer - he receives a fully customized invitation from his OS in return.
Language(s): Dutch
…so it goes
Directed by: Jim Hall | USA | Experimental
Running time: 1:25
Surreal times call for surreal imagery and storyline: A dictator with an orange for a face comes to life...
Language(s): English