Aperture Cinema - Winston Salem, NC | Streetside Cinema | Free Short Movie Festival
We've selected 40 short films from over 1,200 submissions from around the world to bring you our free Streetside Cinema Film Festival. Starting in July, a selection of these short films will run on a loop on the tv screen just outside our theater on 4th street. New selections of short films will begin screening throughout the summer.
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street side cinema

The mission of street side cinema is to further engage and entertain the community in the magic of cinema through our free outdoor micro-cinema featuring a curated festival of short films from across the state, over the country, and around the world.

streetside cinema/ proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

Just look for the street side logo right outside of a/perture cinema on 4th street, and you’ll be in the right place. Pull up a stool, grab a mini-popcorn from the concession counter and watch a free film. Each program of short films will run on a loop throughout the day and will screen for approximately two weeks.

 

street side cinema receives a Winston-Salem Downtown Excellence Award!

street side short films

 

Out of the 2,500 submissions for our second season we received from around the world, we’ve curated a selection of nearly 100 short films, including documentaries, foreign language film, animation, kids & family, and more!

Re/cycle

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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, in the sense that only ‘found’ elements were used, and that it defies interpretation based on ordinary cause-and-effect time sequence.

Beat

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A mischievous little girl gets caught in the act while playing with her mom’s makeup.

Old Habits are Hard to Break!

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Laurine is determined to break-up with him. But it is not the first time, she has announced her decision to her friend before changing her mind. Old habits are hard to break so tonight Laurine muster the courage to do it…

Ping-Pong

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Meet sMyles Creative’s debut star, Ping-Pong! Keep an eye out for the fun to come as more magic makes its way to you all.

Toddler

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A baby is doing parkour to have his pacifier.

Pumpkin Cat

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A short film about a cat and a pumpkin

Flow

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In a time when originality often feels in short supply, creating something you can call your own can be difficult. The intent of this work is to combine two things that have remained important my entire life: visual art and dance. “Flow” was completed through the process of choreographing a dance, shooting and editing video, rotoscoping, digital painting, and the creation of audio.

Autumn

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A little girl is thinking to her dad.

Sunshine

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Sunshine is a film I created about childhood, and mine in particular. Growing up can be confusing and beautiful all at once, and this film is an abstract take, told through poetry, on the ups and downs of being young.

Saga’s Miracle

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A lone girl, Saga, is drawing in the school cafeteria and suddenly gets struck by a miracle. Amazed she realises that anything she draws will appear/ come true and she’s longing for warmth and love.

Undo

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Ever made a mistake? Undo, the app that makes it all disappear!

Diabolical Migraine

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Digressions on a migraine. Adapted from a poem by Raymond Devos

VAF 2018

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Two girls in two countries are not as different as they seem to be. Can the VAF green dog help them to realize that? In 2018 at the VAF festival, France met Denmark and together they opened each day the festival screenings.

Beginners Doing Sports

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Three short animations that focus on beginner athletes. The location is the Gellert Bath, Gellert Hill, and the park next to Margaret Island in Budapest.

One Fine Day

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It started as a regular day. A young rag picker was running his usual garbage route when he finds something unexpected. It was a treasure chest that changed the lives of this young boy and his sister in beautiful ways that, from a regular day, it became one fine day.

Capture the North

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From the small lonely islands of Lofoten to the dancing northern lights in Senja, David Jervidal travelled with his father Tommy Jervidal for 10 days in the northern part of Norway – with the aim to capture just a fraction of the untamed wilderness.

Thoughts of a Blind Man

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This video is very meaningful to me; I always dreamed of traveling and knowing many cultures (just beginning). and on this particular trip I could perceive and understand many things that I failed to do in more than 5 years. Without a doubt, I opened my head and eyes in a beautiful way to continue persisting for the beautiful things of life and travel, for this reason I worked hard on this piece to leave a nice present to those people who maybe we get entangled in things and problems that are nothing serious or over time have no importance if in a balance we accommodate situations, just opening your eyes represents too much if not one of the greatest virtues. So thank and appreciate the simple fact of walking and smiling.

June

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A mother puts her son under pressure to learn to cook instead of painting. He discovers that his sister is also interested in painting. Now he has a chance to really get to know her better.

Argemira

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An 85-year-old nun reflects about her choices in life.

Just Play

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Michal is the runner-up of Poland in badminton. His father looks over his sports career. The biggest dream of the man is his son’s success.

Boo Boo

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Chubby is a lonely 10-year-old boy who plans to celebrate his beloved dog, Boo Boo’s birthday, which passed away two years ago. Chubby finally begins to face the loss of his dearest pet.

Gotta Go

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A down-on-his-luck real estate agent discovers an amazing mystery in the men’s room.

Ho-Hum Silver Lining

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Theatre of the absurd, by way of gulls.

I Will Go Backwards of Our Path

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A backwards journey through the seasons and the units of the language. To change the prose of the world, its intact clock. There is always a place more thoroughly, lost images in minimum intervals.

For Amir

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All of my classmates know I can build it except Amir;

Fish For Life

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Fish for Life tells the story of Manolin, an outdated fisherman who lives in Norway. He has not caught anything in weeks. Manolin lives for his work. Unfortunately, he can no longer keep up with the new technology and also rejects it strictly. Then one day he has reached the point, where he leaves the safe harbor and set out to the open sea. He desperately wants to get his big catch. Far away from home – in unknown waters – the first fish finally bites. Surprisingly the creature is so strong that it is able to move the old fisherman’s boat. Manolin gets into a terrible storm. But the fisherman forgets everything around him. The fight for the fish becomes a fight for survival in the end.

Mr. Ji

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Mr. Ji is a wheelchair bound dog as eccentric as the NYC neighborhood he lives in. As he and his human companion navigate the streets of the East Village, they share sweet moments with the people they meet. While we learn about the complications that came with Mr Ji’s old age, we reflect on friendship, grief and acceptance.

Cinematic Love Story

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A boy and a girl are on a date in a movie theatre and dream of being a couple, but then reality strikes back.

Side By Side

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In Beijing, China, a blind young man (Tong Yang) is hesitant to receive help from the blind-guide running group but eventually steps into the new world of running. As he gets to know other group members and runs more and more frequently, he finds running a passionate and encouraging sport that benefits him not only physically but also mentally. Owing to the fact that he is blind, Yang used to suffer from self-doubt and insecurity. After persevering with running for two to three years, Yang gains confidence and hope, and becomes more open to people and life.

As Time Goes By

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A man returns to his seaside hometown on the edge of England, on New Years Day 2000, in the hope that an old flame might remember a promise they made to meet outside of the local cinema. It quickly becomes clear that’s he’s not the only lonely-hearted soul in town that day…

Mr. Stasiu

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A short documentary film about Stanislaw Wisniewski who, despite his age, is socially and culturally active. With smile on his face, he runs art classes for young people from Rypin. During his classes he tries to paint something, but the classes are interrupted by a ringing mobile phone.

Non-Swimmers

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An empty cracked pool, old cabins where the doors are only half-hinged, chairs and waterballs are left behind. The more than 100-year-old swimming pool was once a place of recreation where now traces of the past on the bathers at that time refer. You can still hear people splashing and screaming while you see the last few pictures, just before the demolition, and look for what was left behind. Memories of hot summers are gradually disturbed by construction machinery, nothing remains.

Flame

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Lightning strikes in the desert, and Flame is born. Alone and scared, she soon realises that she is in trouble, as the same storm that brought her to life is a threat to her survival.

The Railroad with a Soul

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Ervin Sorč is a train driver, who has been dedicated to his profession for more than 30 years, on Europe’s most photogenic railroad – The Bohinj railroad. He tell’s us his life story as we travel with him in the cabin on this beautiful railroad.

Fortune Taipei

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The last night in Taipei before starting a new life with her boyfriend abroad, Yujen decides to ask advice from the fortune-telling aunt. Later, she meets a crazy diviner. Yu Jen begins to doubt her own direction…

Farewell

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The farewell of a young girl towards the city she belonged. The step into a new phase.

Mr. Indifferent

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A busy man who is always in a rush is reluctant to help others until one day he encounters an old woman in a crossroad…

Poetry of Whispers

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The emotionless life of the city is seen to make people mentally distant from each other even though they live in same space . Frustrated with his monotonous and melancholic life in a hostel located amidst a city ,Biswa gets a call from his girlfriend Mukuta who has gone home which is in a village in Assam. Mukuta’s mother is no more and her father lives alone at home when she is away. During the phone conversation, Biswa, realises the contrasting difference between Mukuta’s relationship with her home and his own relationship with his city life. He finds it interesting enough to make a film out of it.

Grandpa and Grandma are Moving to a Senior Housing

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Celebrating their 60th Anniversary and now in their 80s, Hana and Nahum are facing a common dilemma: should they stay at their current home of nearly 50 years or downsize and move to a senior housing? Their journey is depicted through the camera of their granddaughter, providing an insight to the complexity of long-term marriage and the need to directly face the multifaceted nature of aging.

Iam Twisq

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Hong Kong is known as a concrete jungle and we seek for different angle to review Hong Kong’s city landscape from the sight of a bird. The music video of “Iam Twisq” is re-creating a urban playground by animating shapes, forms and colours extracted from the original buildings.

Commander Sam

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Sam and Neil are astronauts, and their world is surrounded by space inspired creations. Sam spends her night in a spaceship forged from her father’s work van who works night construction, but after a dangerous close encounter, their relationship is challenged.

Gato the Cat

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This is the story of a top Cat and a talking boot saving the magic world from a family of time-traveling villains! (simply put, just another cat tale)

Tie

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In this animated short film, the mother and the daughter expect a lot from each other, but lack of understanding and communication. Therefore, a fissure appears in between them. As time goes by, they are gradually aware of one another’s thoughts and learn to embrace each other. This film used cumulative pictures and consecutive long takes depict the length of time and the distance. Using negative space, describes the unspeakable sorrow that during the growth of the child, and piles of scarves present the loneliness of the mother.

The Dog

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A retired woman Marijona is struggling to fight off irresponsible dog owners. All of a sudden, the conflict is interrupted by her neighbor Vytautas. Vytautas is a retired detective. This situation with Marijona and the dogs reminds him of a good old times. Two totally different elders share a common goal and together they start working on a solution to the problem. Based on a true story.

Halal

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Since the event of 9/11 in 2001, Islamophobia has spread all over the world, especially in the United States of America. Earlier last year, President Donald Trump also banned people from a number of Muslim countries from entering the USA, with an idea to eventually ban all Muslims from coming to the USA. As a Muslim student from Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, I am amazed to encounter so many misconceptions of Islam and the concept of Halal in the United States. This short film shows about the lives of the Muslim population in Buffalo, USA, by exploring a simple question many non-Muslims have asked me: What is Halal?

Clai

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A potter shows us how it is to work in a beautiful seaside Welsh village.

Herzblut

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The traditional craft dies. And yet, there are still a few out there who cling to their craft, who live and love their convictions and their passion with their profession.
Despite to the difficult prospects, they do not give up and continue their work for decades. Herzblut is a trinational project about three people with three different and traditional professions. In this context, we accompanied the blacksmith Sepp Eybl from the Ybsstal in Austria, the fisherman Johann Rieger from the Walchensee in Bavaria and Ernst Vogel, hiking shepherd on the pasture of Andermatt in Switzerland. We want to show the fascination, stamina and passion that stands behind these professions and we want to draw attention to the fact, that these people still do something special and should not fall into oblivion.

Away

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An ice floe, a big man, a fish and a reality not quite like the others.

Mild, Mild West

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A bed time story featuring a modern take on a hero’s journey following a strong, empowered young “She-riff” in town.

Dad Jokes

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A pun filled, goofy video about the fact that I’m basically a dorky, middle aged dad… stuck in the body of a 26 year old female. The jokes are relatable and the beat is un-hateable!

Wonderland

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A young woman makes one last trip to the beach before leaving town.

Tears of the Olive

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Tears of the Olive takes the viewer on a magical journey into the ancient culture of olive oil production. What is the secret of olive oil and how is it won? What distinguishes the olive tree? And what significance does the olive have for human culture?

The Rural World is Feminist

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Carmen visits her husband every day in the cemetery. But this afternoon is special, she has something very important to tell him: she has become a feminist and she wants to fight so that the rural world is also feminist.

Rainbow Children

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In a class presentation, 5-year-old Elika, with dual origins, wants to give her classmates the most truthful image of her mother’s country, Iran. Meanwhile, she encounters many questions from her classmates. Rainbow Children, is a series of portraits from many kids in Belgium with dual origins in pursue of their identity. This time, it is Elika’s turn…

No Bad Endings

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Moments before the traditional Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, the members of Kibbutz Seridim realize that the last sane Holocaust survivor on the kibbutz has no intention to come and share her personal story. A 70 years long streak is at stake! In order to save the day, and the ceremony, a young kibbutz member and the survivor’s granddaughter head to the library, in which the survivor is entrenching herself. They are determined to change her mind, but very quickly – they discover that between the library shelves lie stories they have never heard before.

Kobor – A Community Between the Past and Future

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The fate of Kobor, like the fate of an ocean encased in a drop of water, captures the hundred-year struggle for survival of countless Eastern European communities. The effects of two world wars, of revolutions and regime changes, of dictatorships and mass emigration waves, of the aging population and the changes in its ethnic composition are all illustrated throgh individual destinies in this movie. The film attempts to go beyond the nefarious consequences of ongoing and historical events. It is looking for points of evasion from a place that many consider it has reached the point of no return; the fillmmaker is still searching for possible ways in moving forward for us all.

Thousands of Lullabies

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Everyday thousands of babies are being born. Still they are all unique to their parents.Thousands of Lullabies is a symphony of mass-productive side of birth, comparing to its uniqueness.

1995

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Kaja Powlaski has closed herself off from the world. Taking solace only in her love for photography. When her elderly neighbor Amelia arrives at her doorstep with a film camera and a script, Kaja must decide to exit her comfort zone and try something new. However, feelings of inadequacy and embarrassment may hold her back.

The Chocolate Shop

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A woman with Alzheimer’s starts to remember who she is when she walks into a Chocolate Shop.

Ayşe

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Ayşe asks from her father to swim together and to listen to his stories about stars as her report card gift, which gives life to our story.