Based in London, Future Shorts calls itself the "world's biggest pop-up film festival." Whatever that means, this Thursday's event is one of only a few U.S. dates. The organization curates seasonal rosters of recent short films and then licenses them to anyone, anywhere, who wants to book a screening. The winter season coming to the Pinhook features six films from five countries.
These are not amateur films—Sam French's "Buzkashi Boys," an Afghan coming-of-age story about a version of polo played with a dead goat, received an Oscar nomination, while Finnish filmmaker Jenny Toivoniemi's "The Date" screened at Sundance. Jakub Stozek's half-hour documentary, "Out of Reach," follows two sisters on a journey to Paris to search for their lost mother, and a film from Serbia, "Rabbitland," features surreal animation.
Lindsay Cooper, a 31-year-old Durhamite whose band, TripKnight, performs with video projections at intermission, brought Future Shorts to the Pinhook following her booking of the similar Manhattan Short Film Festival there in October. "It's a really cool way to see award-winning short films that aren't available online," Cooper says. "It's also a chance for these films to get another life, because, often, shorts are only shown at one festival." —Brian Howe