There is no lack of film festivals in New York so starting a new one might seem redundant but 30UNDER30 is really one of a kind. The fest is showcasing 30 short films from 30 filmmakers under 30 years old. Running this weekend the two-day event includes three film programs, a free panel discussion, after parties and an awards ceremony. And at $7 a ticket which includes a program of short films plus a party, it is probably the best priced film fest in NYC!

Sebastian Rea, a 24 year-old Ecuadorian-born and New York-raised filmmaker founded the festival to showcase young talent, “I started this festival because I wanted to specifically spotlight young emerging directors like myself and create a platform that engages the larger community with our work. We are the next wave of talent with unique voices and perspectives and we want to share our visions with the world.”

Of the 30 short films screening at 30UNDER30 ten of them are from Latino filmmakers. We highlight these shorts below.

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OPENING NIGHT: 10 short film screenings with director Q&A + After Party at FISHBAR

Friday, Dec 13th 2013

Location: The Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave

Tickets: $7

Time: 9PM-11PM

ETHAN’S “COUGAR” EXPERIENCE directed by RICK SOSTRE – 4 min
An episodic dating story short.

DENSELY HOLLOW directed by CHRISTOPHER LOPEZ / DAVI SANTOS – 5 min
A preview of a feature about counterintelligence.
NEVERMORE directed by MELISSA RODRIGUEZ – 2 min
Obsession and love going too far.

EL NIDO VACIO (The Empty Nest) directed by FRANCISCO LUPINI – 24 min
Domestic communication and trust.
LONE PROPHET directed by SEBASTIAN REA – 5 min
A preview of a feature narrative about undocumented teenagers in NYC.
WRITER’S BLOCK directed by BRANDON POLANCO – 14 min
A vexed screenwriter, an elusive woman, and the thin line between fact and fiction. Starring Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad.

divide this-1ON THE MARGINS: screening 11 short films with director Q&A.

Saturday, Dec 14th 2013
Location: WALLPLAY, 118 Orchard St
Tickets: $7 (one ticket includes all events on Saturday)
Time: 5PM-7PM

A.P.T. 5.E – directed by JAMES DUARTE –  11 min
A psychological thriller that sheds light on the potentials of the ever-growing cyber world.
RIPENING – directed by BRIAN GONZALEZ –  5 min
An avant-garde dance/film experience.

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WOMEN IN FOCUS: screening 9 short films with director Q&A.

Saturday, Dec 14th 2013
Location: WALLPLAY, 118 Orchard St
Tickets: $7 (one ticket includes all events on Saturday)
Time: 8PM-10PM

HIJA DE PUTA directed by ALEXANDRA BAS – 13 min
Andrea, a seven-year-old girl whose mother is a prostitute, takes care of her little brother while her mother goes to work.
HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN directed by INGA MOREN – 7 min
Immersed in a surreal hospital, Chloe’s wish to die becomes an exchange for a new life that is all but ordinary.

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Awards Ceremony with cash prizes + After Party with free drinks.

Saturday, Dec 14th 2013
Location: WALLPLAY, 118 Orchard St
Tickets: $7 (one ticket includes all events on Saturday)
Time: 11PM

The 30 UNDER 30 Film Festival runs December 13 – 14 at various venues in Manhattan.

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