November 12-14, 2015 Downtown New Haven


"SOLD" Keynote, VIP Party, Screening, Panel & Dessert

SOLD is the story of an extraordinary thirteen year-old girl named Lakshmi who lives in a poor village in the mountains of Nepal. When her stepfather accepts an advance for her to work as a domestic servant in Kolkata, India, Lakshmi becomes obliged to work off the debt. A common practice with human traffickers known as “debt bondage.” Lakshmi goes willingly, believing she will work as a domestic and hoping to earn enough money to buy her mother a tin roof. She is trafficked across the border to India by a city woman who tells Lakshmi to call her Auntie Bimla.



John Paul II in America: Uniting a Continent - FREE SCREENING
FREE Screening: Thursday 7:00pm New Haven Theatrical Premiere
Compliments of The Knights of Columbus - Gateway CC

John Paul II in America: Uniting a Continent explores how the papacy of St. John Paul II left an indelible mark on the American continent.


"Good Ol' Boy" Starring Jason Lee & Anjul Nigam
7:30pm Friday Night Feature - New Haven Premiere - Gateway CC

GOOD OL' BOY is the story of Smith, a ten-year-old boy from India growing up in Small Town, America in 1979. While the boy's family straddles the fine line between embracing the American Dream and preserving their Indian heritage, there are barbecues, Halloween and hunting. 


"Dogs Days of Winter" The Birth Of Hot Dog Skiing
Northeast Premiere - 8:15pm Thursday - Gateway CC

"Dog Days Of Winter" is a retrospective on the start up of organized freestyle skiing during the early 1970's in America. Told from the point of view of some of the most influential pioneers of the sport, "Dog Days" tells the story of key people and events that set the stage for the birth of the sport, the spirit that freestyle is rooted in, factors that took the "free" out of freestyle and reflections on what has become of the sport today.


Animations Mini-Festival (15 of ‘em)
15 Award Winning Animations From Around The Globe
3:00pm Friday - Gateway CC

Animations Mini-Festival (15 of ‘em) Award Winning Animations From Around The Globe: Golden Shot, Eggventure, The Sound of Road, Switch Man, Story for Mindy, The Emotional Dimensions of the James River, Level On, Xiao Tao, KiaRex, The Distant Touch, Thank You Stan, The Present, Coffee, Tethered, Like a Feather, TEARS


CT Filmmakers Shorts Program 2
Friday 8:00pm - Gateway CC
A Program So BIG it Needed To Be Split In Two (2 of 2)

CT Filmmakers Shorts Program 2 - A Program So BIG it Needed To Be Split In Two: Swimlapse, Ask Your Doctor About ... , To Touch A Nerve, The Most Bizarre Evening in Advertising History, Mr Ready, One Summer, Ghost Tour 




When Jojo and his sister Avila are left to their own devices after a car accident injures their mother, they must survive in the woods on their own. Among the travails and harrowing experiences is a deranged hobo, ravaging wolves, abandoned couches, and dirty diapers.


"The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen"
Opening Night Film - New Haven Premiere
Thursday 8:00pm - Gateway CC


Passionate Pursuits is a compelling portrait of an important figure in the evolution of contemporary Black feminist history in the United States. The extraordinary life of Angela Bowen—dancer, writer, scholar, activist, professor— provides a window on important aspects of 20th century African American history, women’s history and LGBTQ history.



"Actor For Hire" New Haven Premiere
6:00pm Friday Evening Gateway CC

Aspiring actor Jesse thinks he's not landing parts because he's bald. After several failed auditions he decides to cover his bald head with a cheap wig, head back out to the auditioning chopping block and give it a fresh new go.


"My Father's Vietnam" & "A Soldiers Story"
New Haven Premiere & Q&A

A personal documentary about a public subject, My Father's Vietnam personifies the connections made and unmade by the Vietnam War. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of the era, My Father's Vietnam is the story of three soldiers, only one of whom returned home alive.

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Welcome To NHIFF

There was a void left in the world of moving pictures and visual story telling since the loss of New Haven’s film festival in 2005. Film Fest New Haven had a great run with wonderful films and educational events. Over the years, it has been the topic of discussion at industry parties and events throughout the state. During its time, FFNH garnered great respect among other festivals and film industry professionals. It developed a huge following of passionate film lovers who looked forward to the annual event.

Since that time, a number of film and television professionals and festival producers have discussed developing a new film festival for the Elm City. So, in 2014 The Connecticut Film Festival relaunched the new New Haven International Film Festival.

This November 12-14, 2015 marks the 2nd annual NHIFF. 3 Days and Nights Of: Film Exhibition and Competition, Education, Music And Of Course - Parties & Networking! The 2015 NHIFF plans to showcase more than 100 fantastic films with an emphasis on Human Rights, Human Trafficking, ERA, LGBTQQ and Fair Trade topics. Films from numerous categories including but not limited to: Comedy, Narrative Feature, Documentary, Shorts, Student and Animation as well as web series and commercials will compete for the "Best of The Fest" awards.

The New Haven International Film Festival is sponsored by the Connecticut Film Festival. CTFF is Connecticut's umbrella organization that wants to get your film out there, seen by the world and then picked up for distribution. Each year we help many filmmakers connect with production partners and ultimately their online and theatrical distributors.

The City of New Haven IS the arts and cultural hub of Connecticut as well as a hotbed for innovation and emerging digital media and content creation. New Haven has a very hip music, club and restaurant scene with the majority of locations only a few minutes walk from one another in the downtown area.

New Haven's young populous is not by accident. The downtown area and adjoining region are surrounded by colleges and institutions of higher education including: Yale University, Gateway Community College, Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State University to name just a few.

And speaking of education, NHIFF and CTFF are known for producing more than 100 educational events a year throughout the state. NHIFF promises educational workshops, panels, roundtables and a keynote.

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