May 3–6, 2017 Downtown New Haven


Documentary Shorts 12:30 Saturday May 6
Featuring "My Name Is Joan" Q&A With Dir Marge Sapor Coasta

"My Name is Joan" tells the story of Susan Drew, a woman who was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland in 1949. While the documentary chronicles Susan's journey to find her true identity, it also highlights the illegal exporting of children by the Catholic Church to families in other countries for profit while the Irish Government looked the other way.


"Food Haven" World Premiere - 7:00pm Friday May 5
Triple Feature With Short Films "Risky Business" & "The End Of Sushi"

A “Celebration of Culture" A look into the ever-evolving food culture of New Haven, Connecticut. A city that at one point was considered one of the most dangerous in America, has focused its efforts into becoming a diverse culinary food mecca.


"GOLD STAR" New Haven Premiere 8:00pm Friday May 5
Starring Robert Vaugh & Catherine Curtin

Gold Star - New Haven Premiere - Co-Starring Connecticut Filmmaker: Victoria Negri & Robert Vaughn (Man from UNCLE, Magnificent Seven, Bullitt, Hustle) in his final film performance and Catherine Curtin (Orange is the New Black, Wolf of Wall Street, The Bourne Legacy). 8:00pm Room S211 Gateway Community College



"The Lavender Scare" CT Premiere 5:15pm Friday May 5
What McCarty Did For Hollywood Blacklists
Eisenhower Did To The Homosexual US Government Employees
Screening With "August OIn The City"

"The Lavender Scare" Directed by: Josh Howard. Screens with the short "August In The City" Directed by: Lisa Tedesco. With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that ruins tens of thousands of lives and thrusts an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.


Animations, Music Videos & Micro Shorts Mini-Fest
12:45pm Saturday May 5 - Gateway CC

Animations. Music Videos & Micro Shorts Mini-Festival - Happy Birthday Kevin, Forty Miles to Macon, Brooklyn Cowboy, Crawdad Bulgar, G.I. Hospital, Hope, CHANGE, The Fable of the Wolf, The Something", Lilly Hits the Road


Comedy Shorts II - LYAO
10:45am Saturday May 6 - Gateway CC
A Program So BIG it Needed To Be Split In Two (2 of 2)

Comedy Shorts II - Decamping, Ori & Addison, Fine, Stinky Tofu Fans Club, El Audífono (The Earpiece), Going Public, Silver Dogs




Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism
FREE Public Screening 7:00pm Thursday May 4
Sponsored By Knights Of Columbus

One of history’s greatest examples of the triumph of spiritual power over violence and oppression is vividly recounted in Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, a new documentary film that poignantly captures the intricate role played by John Paul in the collapse of communism and the liberation of Central and Eastern Europe.


"Opening Night! "The Frogmarch" CT Grown Feature
7:15pm Thursday May 4

To welcome Travis Portman home from a five-year prison sentence, his closest friends reunite for some fun at a remote lake house during a holiday weekend. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to relax and enjoy themselves. Tension mounts amongst the group as the true purpose of the trip becomes clear, to stage an intervention.




"On The 7th Date" New Haven Premiere - Lookout EHarmony
5:45pm Thursday May 4 - Gateway CC

Tara and Shawn find that their relationship is going nowhere. So, when they decide to come to terms with it, they spend their last night together being their true selves and sharing what each of them really wants from another person.


"A BOLD PEACE" - MUST SEE New HAven Premiere
2:45pm Friday May 5 - Gateway CC
Human Rights & Social Justice Series

One of the world's greatest stories of nonviolence. Costa Rica's 68 Year Experiment In Peace. A Bold Peace documents one of the most positive national experiments to ever come out of Latin America. Costa Rica's bold decision to abolish their military in 1948 has had profound social consequences in the 68 years since abolition.

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Welcome To NHIFF

The Third Annual Festival Springs Into Action With Films To Explore, Entertain And Inspire! May 4, 5 & 6 At Gateway Communitty College. This year Connecticut & International Films Dominate 2017 Festival Line Up


This year’s NHIFF line up of more than 100 films is represented by some of the most intriguing and thought provoking film projects of the year. The films cover a wide range of subjects with an emphasis on: Human Rights, Peace (without military intervention), Social Justice, LGBT, STRONG WOMEN, and many of the world’s inequalities and injustices. But, not all films are necessarily on serious topics.

There are many films to explore. Mix and match narrative features with important stories, powerful documentaries, comedy and dramatic short films, and incredible student films, animations, micro shorts and even advertisements! Be entertained, become informed and enlightened. LEARN. But, most importantly, walk away inspired and empowered. $15.00 a day is the best deal in town. And, there’s FREE Parking to boot at the Temple Street Garage. “Yes Virginia”  there is Free parking in New Haven. Just be sure to get your garage ticket validated.


So what’s playing at the movies? Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store at the 2017 New Haven International Film Festival: Connecticut and International film productions dominated the 2017 accepted submissions and hence the schedule. Three Aussie features from down under, one inventive Swedish “Bitch” (via New Delhi) of a movie and Friday Night’s Premieres of  “Food Haven” and “Gold Star”, both features by New Haven natives are followed by parties at restaurants featured in “Food Haven”.


NHIFF opens Thursday morning at 11:30am with an opportunity to become immersed in Dramatic and Comedy Shorts throughout the day. Additionally, three powerful Human Rights films including: “Crows Of The Desert” based on the memoirs of Armenian resistance leader Levon Yotnakhparian to not only stay alive but to help save his people from near extinction in the 20th Century’s first genocide. “Paper Lanterns” is the story of Shigeaki Mori and his lifelong calling to tell the story of not only the many Japanese victims of Hiroshima, but also of 12 forgotten US airmen caught in the fire bomb on that day. “The Peace Agency” educates and empowers, when handicapped single mother brings together over 500 women to overcome their religious differences to promote peace and education in the conflict torn town of Poso, Indonesia.

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