January 22, 2018


2018 HBFF Schedule

(Subject to change)

Thursday, February 22nd

2:30p –  Documentary Feature

Angels of the Sky

The true-life story of WWII pilots from the 8th Air Force, who were shot down over German territory and became POWs…told through the survivors themselves!

4:30p –  Surfing Shorts Block 1 (Documentaries)

Wet Dreams

Follow the trials and tribulations of Chilean, big-wave surfer, Rafa Tapia, as he attempts to conquer and ride the biggest wave on the planet.


Wander through Sri Lanka, healed by the magical waters of the Indian Ocean.  (Italy)

6:00p – International


Mousse is a man of pride and principles and is fed up with living as a second-class citizen. What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town? (Sweden)

8:00p –  International Feature


A hunter and taxidermist, whose wife has left him, finds himself trapped in his workshop. (Iran)


Friday, February 23rd

2:00p – Documentary Feature

Perfect Bid

A Texas, math expert named Ted Slauson somehow managed to memorize every price on “The Price Is Right,” and helps a contestant place a perfect bid during a 2008 Showcase, one of the biggest controversies in game show history.

4:00p – Documentary Short

Xavier Corbero: Portrait of an Artist in Winter

The first and last glimpse into the universe of iconic Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero.  A kaleidoscopic life and career that traversed a turbulent moment of Spanish history. (United Kingdom)

4:30p – Documentary Feature

BURKINABÈ RISING: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso

A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara, killed in a coup d’état led by his best friend, who then ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years, until a massive popular insurrection led to his removal.  Today, the spirit of resistance and political change permeates every aspect of the Burkinabè life.  It is an inspiration, not only to Africa, but to the rest of the world. (Burkina Faso)

6:30p – Surfing Shorts Block 2 (Documentaries)

One Shot – An Image & An Attitude

Successful surf photographer Russell Ord wants to take that “one” shot, the one he’ll remember not because of the surfer’s name or reputation, but for the position he had to be in to capture it.  Just down the coast is a thick, evil, brute of a wave he knows will deliver the opportunity to capture just that. But as a loving husband with three kids, it’s not lost on him that his goal isn’t going to come without sacrifice. (Australia)

Börf or Die

A rare surf films that combine humor, unique cinematography and an exotic, surfing destination: Madagascar. The film explores a menagerie of obscure, German actors discovering a sport normally described as having been invented by the gods in Hawaii.

8:00p – International Documentary Feature

When I Was 6, I Killed a Dragon

A filmmaker and his artist wife are told that their daughter, aged 6, has leukemia.  Eight months later, when the daughter is finally able to return to school, the family decides to make a documentary, filled with love, poetry and humor.  (France)


Saturday, February 24th

11:00a – Drama Shorts Block

Lunch Time

A 16 year-old girl confronts a harsh bureaucracy as she tries to identify the body of her dead mother. (Iran)

Second Opinion

A woman in a waiting room struggles to come to terms with the severity of her husband’s condition.


Detailing a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of end-of-day train journeys.  (India)

They Died for Nothing

Two teenagers died in October, 2005, in an accident while trying to evade a police stop and search.  This terrible event led to unprecedented riots in Paris.  (France)

12:15p – Comedy Shorts Block


A small-town girl moves to New York City and is captivated by the high life of the big city – until she stumbles head first into the grip of its charming low-lifes.

House of the Lonesome Beings

In a mysterious townhouse that only accommodates lonely souls, three single tenants with different painful pasts, form a curious codependency.  Suddenly, one of them finds love, which causes quite a stir.

It’s You, Not Me

Two months after a tumultuous break up, two exes fight over the custody of their mutually prized possession. That is‚ before things get fishy.

The Jacket

A reclusive man tries to return a lost jacket to the woman he’s fallen for.

Send in the Sun

A jolly fellow is spawned on the shore of a beach with a mission to find the next person in need of inspiration—who happens to be a writer suffering from writer’s block.

1:30p – Animated/Music Videos/Experimental Shorts Block


A young man is introduced to the investigation of a preceding incident without knowing what will truly be investigated.

Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down

A young girl searches for a safe haven in an urban landscape and finds solace in her own creative expression.


A playful 2D pup encounters a curious new toy, a 3D basketball that unfortunately has a mind (and stomach) of its own.

The Magical Mystery of Musigny

John tries to share his enthusiasm for wine with his wife, especially for a particular Pinot Noir.

Panic Attack!

You know those nagging thoughts that start with “Did I leave the coffee on?” and turn into “Am I pregnant with a devil-baby?”  This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

The Servant

A bug becomes a servant, until the servant becomes the master.  (Iran)

Tea as a Tea

She’s done her best to capture the artistry of a cup of tea.  (Iran)

30 Cents

Solve the mystery of the strange, spy-thriller-inspired reverse music video by new wave wunderkind Eli Raybon.

Voz De Mando:  “Latin American Soldier”

New song from 2-time Latin Grammy nominee band Voz de Mando.

2:45p – Dark Comedy Shorts Block

Cursed World Problems

While visiting their parents, an expectant couple discover that there’s an evil gypsy curse on their family’s bloodline and their unborn child is in grave danger.

Don’t Think About It

Ron and Casey are expecting a child, but things get out of hand when they both try to protect each other from an inevitable break-up.

Go Paul

A bank manager, infidelity and crime converge in a darkly, comic tale.  (Germany)

Golden Time

A couple tries to make a fake documentary for the government. (Iran)


Writing obituaries is the least prestigious job at the paper, and Kelly is stuck there.  When her boss challenges her to go deeper – to learn more about her subjects – she comes up with a plan to change everything.

Those Lips

A young woman discovers the horrors of her plastic surgeon and his eerily similar patients.

4:00p – Local Shorts

Astro Zombies

Found footage horror short circa ’68. Getting lost has consequences.

Brian for Hire

An unemployed accountant accidentally records a video saying he would do anything for work.  When his slacker brother posts it online, bizarre jobs offers start coming his way.


What happens when a seemingly ordinary priest is confronted by a seemingly ordinary man?

Loss and Found

A young man is devastated after losing his best friend, his dog Russell.  Eventually he finds  hispurpose in life by saving the lives of rescue dogs.  A heartfelt comedy based on a true story that addresses issues surrounding shelter animals.

OCDA Traffic Safety PSA Series

DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze!

Saving Green

For decades, a group of volunteers have fought to improve and maintain the city parks in Huntington Beach.

Tommy & the Little Free Library

A storybook tale, with dialogue and narration entirely in verse.  A lonely young bookworm, Tommy, ventures away from his usual hangout by the Little Free Library and goes to the local park to try to make a friend.

6:30p – Surfing Feature

The Way

Tells the stories of a handful of surfers from New Zealand who have made surfing their lives and careers, including legendary charger, Peter Way, New Zealand’s first national champion.  (New Zealand)

8:30p – Narrative Feature

The Valley

Devastated by his daughter’s suicide, an immigrant entrepreneur working in high-tech seeks answers to his lingering questions.


Honorable Mentions – Non-Screening

Back for Good

Big Air Max

Boys for Sale

Choose Your Wave



Descensus ad Mortem


Driving While Undocumented


Joya Mia

Lights Out

The Love Suckers

The Making of a Champion: Gerald Washington

A Meditation


The Pause Thing

Philosophy 101

The Seahorse – Symbol of Life


Washed Away



Screenplay Finalists

The Confectionery Prince, by Jeffrey Howe

A royal midwife takes unusual steps to save the heir to the throne.

Eyes in the Fire Light, by William Brunke

Hunters of the Late Stone Age leave their peaceful tribe in search of food only to be hunted themselves by a group of mysterious marauders and a pack of curious wolves.

The Kosher Mutiny, by Jim Norman

Max Kalb owns a kosher delicatessen in Brooklyn, circa 1925. Among his regular customers are six mob hitmen for hire. Thanks to a misunderstanding, his employees form a union, which the hitmen offer to “take care of.”

Self-Storage, by Tracy Morse & Matthew Currie Holmes

A ragtag group of unlikely heroes find themselves fighting for their lives in the labyrinthine corridors of a creepy self storage facility after discovering an ancient vampire and his minions have broken out their storage-container prisons desperate to escape once the sun goes down.