Posted by Larry Gleeson

By Festival Programming Intern Payton Ewalt

I had never imagined that the scope of my connection with AFI would go further to try to complete the list of AFI 100 Greatest American Films, but I was incredibly lucky to attend an internship this semester that allowed me to work close with the fantastic AFI FEST Programming Team.

Over the last few weeks, I have been privileged enough to show incredible films, work with the film database and be part of a wonderful team that immediately welcomed me and taught me everything to know about AFI FEST.

As a first-time festival goer, I will admit that I have never been more excited about anything than finally seeing how it all comes together!

From this year’s festival lineup, I’ve had far more than a few favorites, but here are my top three short films:

MY FRIEND WHO SHINES IN THE NIGHT

A ghost afflicted with memory loss makes a fleeting friendship with Arthur, a human, and learns patience on his journey to the afterlife. Minimalist animation with striking colors is combined with the seamless blend of animation over realistic still images for a unique experience. This story becomes a film that makes you feel trapped in its comforting storytelling. It’s the ghost story that ghosts deserve to have, and one I loved to see. Learn more about the film.

Personal screening as part of Shorts Program 2 | November 12 at 18.00 | Buy personal ticket (s)

Virtual view available from November 11 at. 12:00 PST | Buy virtual tickets

SHARK

A movie that makes you wish your intuition would be wrong. A man who loves practical jokes marries a girl who loves them just as much, but their story continues with some anxious twists. With a wonderful cast and set to beautiful scenery, this provides an entertaining short film that plays perfectly out of the rest of the films in Shorts Program 4 and that should not be missed! Learn more about the film.

Personal screening as part of Shorts Program 4 | November 13 at 14:15 | Buy personal ticket (s)

Virtual view available from November 11 at. 12:00 PST | Buy virtual tickets

ONLY THE MOON STANDS STILL (The moon is still the same)

Johnson Cheng’s heartwarming and heartbreaking film beautifully captures another facet of the Sino-American experience through the relationship between a mother and daughter who choose to sacrifice for each other through trying circumstances. Sorrow, love and tradition are intertwined in this piece to transcend a culturally specific experience that becomes part of a common story for any audience. An absolute must-see! Learn more about the film.

Personal screening as part of Shorts Program 3 | November 12 at 21:00 | Buy personal ticket (s)

Virtual view available from November 11 at. 12:00 PST | Buy virtual tickets

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(SOURCE: AFI News)