The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival announced today the 72 works that comprise this year’s short film competition and that include works from Bolivia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, all participating in the competition for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and the Student Visionary Award.
This year’s selection includes the Bolivian-American co-production Catch a Monster / Coger un monstruo, directed and written by Michael Y. Lei, in which a lonely boy finds himself trapped in a dark fantasy come alive in the streets of La Paz, Bolivia.
From Mexico, Winds of Furnace / Aire quemado (pictured left), directed and written by Yamil Quintana will have its world premiere. In a half-urbanized community in the Mexican tropics, Santiago and his friends, Antonio and Miguel, are having a fun afternoon sharing jokes, pranks, and dreams as they straddle the boundary between childhood and adult life.
Shooting an Elephant, directed by Venezuelan filmmaker Juan Pablo Rothie is an adaptation from George Orwell's autobiography in which a young British imperial policeman in Burma is given the no-win mission of handling a rogue work elephant, only to find that the role he is destined to play is that of public executioner.
Puerto Rican short film The Boxer / El púgil (pictured right) directed and written by Ángel Manuel Soto narrates the rags to riches story of the super feather underdog Angel 'Tito' Acosta, 'El Púgil,' a young Puerto Rican boxer from the slums of Barrio Obrero, Puerto Rico, and his ordeal to becoming World Champion.
And We All We Got, directed and written by Carlos Javier Ortiz, also from Puerto Rico is an elegy of urban America, and an intimate portrait of the people affected by violence in Chicago, contextualized in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the country’s recent focus on youth violence, police brutality, and marginalized communities.
The 15th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 13-24 in New York City.