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 short films

 

Out of the 1,200 submissions for our summer season we received from around the world, we’ve curated a selection of 40 short films, including documentaries, foreign language film, animation, kids & family, and more!

Black / Muslim

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Neel, divorced and middle aged communist who dabbles with overthrowing the government, goes on a date with a younger Black Muslim woman.

Dive In

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Dive In- An illustrated tale is an underwater journey, through revolving landscapes and unexpected monsters, a world of breathing caves and valleys, tiny fishes and huge, hiding whales. Taking inspiration from their favourite designers of all time, Fortunato Depero, Enzo Mari, Bruno Munari, the filmmaker tried to create, like them, an uncommon product for children and grown ups. With a set of 33 looping gifs, they wrote the story, designed and animated the huge canvas (5760×21120 pixel). Luigi Mastandrea created the generative music and Paula Masterton accompanied the video with her wonderful voice.

Fruit Punch

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A surrealist musically driven film on the process of creation.

A Flowering Tree

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Based on a Kannada folktale translated by AK Ramanujan, “A Flowering Tree” is about Vanaja, a young woman who can magically turn into a flowering tree at will. When her talent results in an unlikely marriage to the prince, Vanaja encounters his sister Kaikeyi, who is envious of her gift. This film uses cut out puppets manipulated by hand, to evoke the rich Indian tradition of oral storytelling. The background score is India’s national instrument, Saraswati Veena rendered by Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh from her album Mysterious Duality: Just me.

Ashmina

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Nestled between a beautiful lake and the Himalayas, Ashmina, 13, lives with her family at the outskirts of Pokhara Nepal, paragliding capital of the world. The remote and traditional town is also a busy tourist destination where the locals are profoundly affected by the swarms of tourists who visit it daily. Forced to skip school, Ashmina helps her family make ends meet by working at the landing field, packing the parachutes of foreign pilots in return of small change.

Castellers de Vilafranca

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Courage, bravery, hard work. The Castells are human towers, a very representative feature of the catalan folklore. In this video we appreciate the process by the hand of Castellers de Vilafranca.

Heaven of Children

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A boy and girl explore an abandoned cinema and find a role of film that they watch but are thrown out by security before they finish the film so they try to imagine the ending.

I Will Wake Up Tomorrow

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“I Will Wake Up Tomorrow” is about the day-to-day life of an 85-year-old woman. She talks about her fears and worries, but also about her customs and illusions. A tribute in life for a grandmother, a mother, a daughter.

Lammergeier, the wind’s beards

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Flying master and king of the skies of the Pyrenees, the lammergeier is able to rise in the most adverse weather conditions. This is a tribute to the flight of the lammergeier, the wind’s beards.

Crayona

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“Crayona” is a personal dedication to the wonderful immigrants who have found their happy kingdom-America. A land of opportunities many might say, is home to many diverse group of crowds. Like any other immigrant, the filmmaker too left her home to come to this country to pursue her dream and passion. It was one of the best decisions of their lives. She has never been to any other place that is a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicity, like America. This country is a land of immigrants that embraces individuality and uniqueness of a person, that nobody dares to question. Sadly, due to some small minded people; ignorant thoughts are being spread across regarding the immigrants. Being better than others is not what this country is about but it is about equality.Through her animation, she wants to show people the beauty of accepting change and embracing diversity. Instead of being swept by small mindsets regarding who belongs in this country, they should spread the message of collective unity and looking beyond one’s skin color. Like a box of crayons, America is a box of racially diverse people. The message she wants to send is “Diversity is beautiful”

Ice-cream and Freedom

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Neno Belchev was born in 1971 in Varna, Bulgaria. Lives and works in Varna. He graduated in Mural Painting from the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Belchev works as a video artist and filmmaker as well as in the fields of performance, installation, sculpture, new media and independent curator. In his work as an artist, Neno tries to understand the way humans perceive the world and how they interact with their surrounding environment. His video-installations provoke different points of view in the minds of the observers, in order to break their previous models of perceiving the world.

Indoor Days

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On a day the filmmaker does not want to go outside, they enjoy watching TV and watching videos on a smartphone at home. In reality, while staying in the house, consciousness goes through the door many times through the screen, their place, and their body becomes ambiguous.

life.

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Fatma is a nine-year-old girl who has lost her father and her home because of civil war. Her mother and she have struggled for their lives in a tent city. Her mother Ayşe, while carrying the pain of her martyred husband, tries to earn her family’s keep by needlework. One day when life goes through its natural course, Fatma sees a new shoe in one of the shops and wants to buy it. After hearing that they do not have that much money from her mother, she mentions to Ahmed, who is both a schoolmate and a neighbor, that she wants to buy a new shoe for herself. Thanks to the brotherly answer of Ahmed, Fatma finds a way to hold on to her dreams in spite of all the difficulties.

Milk

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Vicki buys milk and finds telling her grandmother is the hardest part.

My theatre

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The man closed the Cinema 55 years ago. Still, people are coming. The man also put a fire on the projector today. “I will never let it go!”

Le chat est parti (The cat has gone)

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Somewhere in the north of France…where one cat is lost, another is found.

Living In The Story- Short Version

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Living in the Story documents thirty-five years of art making by the distinguished photographic artist Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani, one of the most brilliant photographic artists of our era.  The film portrays an artist deeply concerned and well informed about world events who uses imagery, storytelling and narrative fiction to raise awareness about modern anxieties, with an emphasis on the threat of nuclear weapons technology. The short, 15 minute version explores three photographic series dealing with immigration/internment and nuclear issues. These issues are particularly relevant today, in light of escalating threats of war, toxic pollution and a growing refugee populations worldwide.

Oh Crow! Oh Crow!

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The crow thought the world was only darkness and shadows. But that was until a strange wind brought him a red feather, and his journey began. Oh Crow! Oh Crow! is a Native American tale from the Oji-Cree, of the strange feeling of growing up and becoming yourself.

One hundred years running

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This is the story of Giuseppe Ottaviani, a 100-year-old athlete. Step by step, when he was 70 he discovered that he could show his philosophy through athletics, as his personal answer about the meaning of life, which finds confirmation in the eternal cycle of nature.

Sent…

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A boy texts a girl he likes her and waits in his room all day for her to text back.

Spruce Woods

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A summer of snow and ice.

ON THE BORDER

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In a border village, a Chinese teenager of Korean roots aspires to join South Korea. He tries by all means to realize his dream.

One Day

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A man goes to sleep in his room.

Song of the Daughter

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Why should we be mature just as an “adult” when facing lost?

Still Moments in Tofino

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Between the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean, towering mountains, and thick forests lies a stretch of beaches thriving with a female surf community. Recognizing the power behind these women, photographer Bryanna Bradley got her camera housed and set out to capture the women who surf these cold Canadian waves. This is the story of Tofino, the women who paddle out, and surf photographer Bryanna Bradley.

Surprise Me

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Member 0815 is now 78 years old. Since his birth 4040 weeks ago, all his actions are strictly dictated by a book. Member 0815 doesn’t know any better. Living alone in an old city apartment, he is trapped in his own life. His day begins routinely as usual. But today is a special day–it’s his last.

T-POT

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A spaceship lands on a barren planet. An astronaut emerges from the ship to claim this land for themselves, but did they get more than what they bargained for?

The Cycle rickshaw

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An ageing widow bids her son goodbye as he sets out on his cycle rickshaw. The young man’s journey is fraught with many obstacles and dangers which he overcomes as he moves ahead. In time, this journey is repeated and cycle rickshaw becomes a metaphor to the monotonousness of life. As the years go by, his young daughter takes over the old rickshaw and life repeats itself.

sustainUP

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This is a story about sustainable fashion. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the environmental and social impact the industry is having on our world. sustainUp is a groundbreaking documentary film that through the eyes of NYC fashion designers makes us ask “At what cost are we buying our clothes?”

The Remedy

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A Chinese herbal doctor trying to heal herself from sickness by making a soup of memory.

The Simple Carnival – Go Away I Like You Too Much

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“The Simple Carnival-Go Away I Like You Too Much” is an animated music video about a boy who has a crush on a girl and subsequently wants to avoid her. This CG film was created by one person over the course of a year and a half.

Vacationer – Magnetism

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The music video for the song “Magnetism” by the psychedelic pop band Vacationer shows a collection of short, visually intertwined narratives, observationally following a diverse range of characters and their stories. These tales explore the sweet sensation of falling in love and the surreal magical feelings that come with it. The viewer can watch both cautious and passionate acts of love between different couples and the way they express their mutual adoration.

The Hesitator

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“The Hesitator” tells a story about a wavering man who does not have to make decisions but can follow each opportunity along his way by splitting himself.

THE LAST FISHERMAN

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A day in the life of the last professional fisherman on the island of Sikinos, Cyclades, Greece.

The Tao of Cat

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At Sweden’s ICEHOTEL, two Canadian artists have been working hard-to honor their cat.

The Vroomba of Doomba

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A hungry hamster attempts to munch on some tasty Cheetos, but keeps getting thwarted by an intimidating Vroomba.

Wishful Whiskers

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For little Ella, tagging along with her dad to his business lunch is no fun. That is, until she notices something. Her dad’s business partner has a fluffy white mustache, which wiggles when he eats. It’s fascinating. Suddenly, everyone else has a mustache too! Why doesn’t she have one? Her mission is clear: she must get her own mustache, and it must be better than what everyone else has.

With my own two hands

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The life of a man through his hands and the ones around him…

TOPRAK

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Toprak, 8, translates for his parents who can’t speak French. Today, he goes to the hospital with them for his mother’s second trimester ultrasound. He will be the first one to know if the twin babies are brothers or sisters