Official Selections of the 1st Annual International Freethought Film Festival
Check out the trailers and synopses, and click on the short film links to view them online. 

"The Nature of Existence"

"Creator of God: A Brain Surgeon's Story"

"The Evangelist"

"(R)evolution"

"The God Complex"

"The Third Testament"

"Godless"

Dark Matter Shorts

The Brighter Side Shorts

Peace it Together Shorts

 

The Nature of Existence
A Roger Nygard documentary

 

SYNOPSIS
What if you asked the religious experts, gurus, scientists, and atheists of the world why we exist, and what are we supposed to do about it? What started the Universe, and was it a mistake? Does God exist, and why does he seem so interested in our sex lives? Who do you think wins that debate? After exploring the phenomenon of Trekkies, filmmaker Roger Nygard journeyed to the source of each of the world's belief systems, to find people who have influenced, inspired, and freaked out humanity...Including high-profile atheists such as Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind (co-discoverer of string theory), Harvard Psychologist Daniel Gilbert (Stumbling on Happiness), monologist Julia Sweeney (Letting Go of God), film director Irvin Kershner (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), author Ann Druyan and wife of the late Carl Sagan), evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), and many more....

 

International Freethought Film Festival Panel Discussion: Neurosurgeon, Dr. Vivekanand Palavali, will lead a
discussion and Q&A, following the screening of his film.

Creator of God. A Brain Surgeon's Story
A documentary by Vivekanand Palavali, M.D.

 

SYNOPSIS
As humans, many a time, we wonder if God exists or not. A quest to find the answer to that question took Dr. Vivekanand Palavali on a philosophical and global journey, beginning while a teenager and ending a few years after becoming a neurosurgeon.
Being a brain surgeon helped him understand the phenomena of mysticism, spirituality and our idea of God. Finally the puzzle of God's existence is solved. One may be fascinated to know where the key to unlock the mystery of God actually lies. In these times of religious intolerance and insanity, hopefully, the definitive answer to that universal and all-important question of God's existence will help humanity to reflect on the senseless crusades and jihad, raging in almost every corner of the world. 
 

 

 

The Evangelist
A dark comedy directed by Nate Chapman

 

SYNOPSIS
Set in Provincetown, Massachusetts, gay theater director Danny Ziegfeld adopts twelve-year old Gideon Bellamont who turns out to be a religious fanatic. Danny reluctantly agrees to help Gideon on his mission to convert locals to Christianity, but Gideon's increasingly radical ideas start to create trouble in the community.

 

(R)evolution
A drama directed by Mustafa Zaveri

'North American Premier'

 

SYNOPSIS
A book is connected to the lives of three people from three different decades: 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's. Mumbai, 1997. Feroz has lost his girlfriend to an accident. He tries to find meaning in life through books. One day he comes across a book by J. Krishnamurti, in which a date, a name, and an address are written on the back of the cover. The film follows the journey of the book and its role in the lives of several people, tracing the way in which humans often wonder if it is possible to be bound together in time and space.


 

The God Complex
A comedy directed by Mark Pirro

 

 

SYNOPSIS

What if god was a 350 lb. bald man in a bowling shirt? The God Complex takes you from 'In the beginning...' to today, where God walks among us working at a toy company. You will meet the man in charge of it all, Alan Marty God - a man with a chip on his shoulder that's the size of the universe he created. Also, you will meet many of your favorite biblical characters: Adam and Eve, and their third wheel Pete; Noah and his wife Yessah; Abraham and Isaac, depicting the first case of child abuse; Moses and the burning bush, and of course, the virgin Mary, her fiance' gay Joseph and their illegitimate kid, Jesus.

 

The Third Testament
A suspense mockumentary directed by Matt Dallmann

 

SYNOPSIS

In this nail-biting feature film debut from first-time visionary writer-director Matt Dallmann, the mysterious disappearance of a Christian missionary investigating the so-called "Third Testament" sets off a chain of events that lead to the stunning revelation of a dangerous religious doctrine suppressed for years behind a murderous cover-up.

 

Godless
A documentary directed by Kelli Cooke

 

SYNOPSIS

Today in America one of the fastest growing groups are those labeled as the nonbelievers; the freethinkers, skeptics, agnostics and atheists. But what makes these people different from the rest of America? "GODLESS" provides a look at the faces of the nonreligious and gives answers to questions we have all had but did not know an atheist to ask.

 

 
Faithful Atheist
5m
Directed by
Emily Harrold
USA
Dark Matter
an
IFFF shorts
program that
reflects the
darker side of
inquiry
 

 
Simon
15m
Directed by
Brett Comden
USA
 

 
Ithaca
7m
Directed by
Konstantinos Papathanasiou
Greece
 

 
White
11m
Directed by
Will McMaster
Denmark
 

 
Telefone
5m
Directed by
Jeffrey Bliss
USA
 

 
Movember
3m
Directed by
Yongchu Suh
South Korea
 

 
In Your Words
(Get Them While
They're Young)
4m
Directed by
Seth Andrews
USA
 

 
Tent Revival
for Agnostics
16m
Directed by Matthew Taylor
USA
 

 
New York Trilogy
9m
Directed by
Tal Shamir
USA
 

 
What's Up?
8m
Directed by
Kim Sheridan
USA
 

 
Turnings
9m
Directed by
Tyler Thomas
Canada

 

 

 
The Chair Carrier
10m
Directed by
Tarek Khalil
Egypt/USA
The
Brighter Side
an IFFF shorts
program
 

 
One
9m
Directed by
Vivekanand Palavali
Turkey/USA
 

 
Genesis
5m
Directed by
Philip Bastian
USA
 

 
Natural Philosophy
2m
Directed by
Dave Fischer
USA
 

 
Surviving Hunger
3m
Directed by
Balgum Song
USA
 

 
Fu(nd) This!
11m Directed by
Oliver Houston
& Anna Edwards
United Kingdom
 
 

 
Rythm of the Heart
9m
Directed by
Dipayan Pathak
USA
 

 
Hybrid Union
5m
Directed by
Serguei Kouchnerov
USA
 

 
Quest for the
Golden Arc Rider
11m Directed by
Steve Anthopoulos
Australia
 

 
School of Yoga
1:43m
Directed by
Mandana Talieh
United Kingdom
 

 
Kidnap
4m
Directed by
Sijia Luo
USA
 

 
Lightheaded
5m
Directed by
Mike Dacko
USA
 

 
Storm
9m
Directed by
DC Turner
United Kindgom


PEACE IT TOGETHER

 

 
Burdened
7m
Created by
Avner Chamelnick
Majd Janazra
May Khen
Natasha Wehn
 

 
Turning the Lens
9:26m
Created by
Zahida Rahemtulla
Nada Anati
Gal Shaked
Hanna Bishara
 
 

 
Caped in Mist
6:25m
Created by
Sol Kauffman
Saray Yehiel
Alex deBoer
A'asem Abu Shtia
 

 
Checkpoint
of Humanity

3:48m
Created by
Chloe Clark
Zain Masri
Owen Quanstrom
Tamir Assouline
 

 
Freedom
2:25m
Created by
Jeremy Izso
Mohammed Qassas
Illy Auerbach
 

 
Heaven Forbid
4m
Created by
Alex Boskovich
Katelyn Jmaeff
Shadi Mansour
Ryan Thom
 

 
Inspired
10:31m
 Created by
Aya Abu Hamdieh
Omar Chu
Mahmoud Jabari
Ofek Ravid
 

 
These are my
Peelings
3m
Created by
Haneen Abu-Libdeh
Naama Avitzur
Chloe Edbrooke
Majdi Saleh HafiAvitzur
Chloe Edbrooke
Majdi Saleh Hafi 
 

 
No Place for
Dreamers
8m
Created by
Inbar Sofri
Ira Johnson
Nadir Abu Dalu
Saad Mahmoud
 

 
(Mis)Interpretation
4:36m
Created by
Nadav Dan Goor
Bénédicte (Benny) Etienne
Maoz Nagauger
Razan Abdel Rahman
Ellis Tregidgo
 

 
My Enemy
11:32m
Created by
Alex Rivers
Mohammed Abu Maria
Tom Leifer
 

 
Listen to This
2m
Created by
Itay Sasson
Jennifer Sarkar
Gilli Tohar
Mirna Yacoub
Abu Abara
 

 
On the Line
7:49m
Created by
Pirouz Nemati
Ala'a Abu Dawoud
Ragheb Askari
Yana Galfrin
 

 
Sweet Like
Chocolate
5:25m
Created by
Kelsey Smith
Hadil Yasin
Nir Ayalon
Nadav Strumtza
 

 
The Carrot
2m
Created by
Gideon Scanlon
Maya Sharon
Muhammed Shaura
Ofir Vaknin