May 3 - 5, 2018 Downtown New Haven


"After Hours Trading" Narrative Feature
4:15pm Friday May 4

A shiftless malcontent teams up with a shady Eastern European con artist to make some quick cash, but ends up becoming an unlikely, and reluctant, Robin Hood when he discovers his new partner-in-crime has traveled halfway around the world to free a victim of human trafficking.


"Up To Snuff" Award Winning Doc New England Premiere
6:00pm Fri May 4 Gateway Community College

The excesses of rock and roll success lead a Texas musician to Hollywood, where he overcomes addiction and becomes one of the most beloved composers in television history, inspiring and enriching the lives of all he encounters along the way.


Ineternational Shorts I New England Premieres
11:45am Thur May 3

International Shorts I
Mary, Three August Days, Hello Sunshine, Things That Bleed, #together4likes, Limit, Be my B.


"P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend
8:15pm Thur May 3 - Gateway CC

P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend
Today, in a time when civil war statues in the south are being removed, and with what is believed to be the final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, comes a documentary film that explores why P.T. Barnum should be newly honored and remembered properly by his birthplace. P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend celebrates the Connecticut native, a philanthropist and progressive thought leader who was consistently on the right side of history.


"LGBT Experience" World Premiere
3:15pm Fri May 4 Gateway Community College

We are faced with a cultural and moral battle. Human sexuality is sitting on the bench…Have homosexuals the right to validate their sexuality as heterosexual? Should we even engage in discussing the rights of others in terms of their sexuality?


"AlphaGo" New England Premiere
10:30am Sat Gateway Community College

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match.




12:15pm Friday May 4

Colombia, 1948. Liberals and Conservatives are engaged in a bloody war. In the state of Tolima, several liberal farmers are massacred by Conservative forces, among them Rosalba Velasco’s husband. The mother of a two-year-old child, Rosalba decides to seek revenge on her own, wreaking bloody chaos on the countryside.


Tri-State Shorts NY / NJ III
7:45pm Friday May 4

Tri-State NY NJ Shorts III - Green Shoes, She's Marrying Steve, All About Rita, Sure-Fire, Sunset, AMYDEE, Lemonade Stand, STRUT Web Series Pilot, 1978




"Bullitt County" Connecticut Premiere
5:15pm Thursday May 3 - Gateway CC

BULLITT COUNTY is an action/thriller about four friends who reunite for a bachelor party in the Fall of 1977 to hunt for buried Prohibition money on the Bluegrass Bourbon Trail, only to become ripped apart by greed, corruption, and murder.     The film is an exciting mix between 'No Country For Old Men,' 'Deliverance,' and 'The Shining.'


CT Filmmaker Shorts Showcase I
6:15pm Friday May 4 - Gateway CC
An Eclectic Mix Of Nutmeg Styles

CT Filmmaker Shorts Showcase I
Brunch, The Homecoming, Vacation Rental, Healing Without Hurting: A Story of Treating Autism Naturally & Taking Control of Your Health, Charcoal, Prints

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Welcome To NHIFF

The Fourth Annual Festival Springs Into Action With Films To Explore, Entertain And Inspire! May 3, 4 & 5 At Gateway Communitty College. This year Connecticut & International Films Again Dominate 2018 Festival Line Up


This year’s NHIFF line up of more than 150 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 2018 New Haven International Film Festival: Connecticut and International film productions again dominated the 2018 accepted submissions and hence the schedule.

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