This December 14-16, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts, hosts the Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest, a celebration of the art and science of the short film. This is an opportunity to view exceptional works from around the world in a historic industrial museum, whose mission is to encourage and inspire future innovation. Documentary, animated, experimental, and narrative films of one to twenty-five minutes will be screened during this three-day festival.

Details and ticketing information coming soon!


The Waltham Film Factory is a collaborative educational project of the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation created to encourage and develop filmmaking skills in our community. 

The Waltham Film Factory premiered in the Fall of 2016 with interactive Film Screenings and Filmmaking Workshops, all led by established and accomplished filmmakers in our community. All screenings and Workshops take place at the Charles River Museum.

Announcing the film selections for the
Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest!
Congratulations to everyone!

The Best Way Is By Hand


Submitted by Cathleen O’Connell, filmmaker
Waltham, MA - documentary

On a busy Saturday morning in Waltham, Massachusetts, seventh generation cobbler John Elhilow takes time to talk about the past, present and future of shoe repair. This short documentary takes you behind the counter and into the workshop as Elhilow plies his ancient craft in the modern world, saving the soles (and heels) of his customers. 

Big Boy


Submitted by Yuri Solodov, filmmaker
Russia - narrative/drama

The boy turns 6. His father for the first time sends him to the store to buy bread. The boy will receive his birthday present, a camera, as long as he completes this mission. In order to prove that he has grown up, the boy decides to take up this challenge. But he has to face many difficulties in the itinerary. Will the boy pass the test?

Blue Division


Submitted by Sergi Marti, writer/director
Spain - narrative/comedy/drama

Leningrad, summer 1943. German attempts to conquer the strategic location of Leningrad have failed miserably. Hitler, desperate, plays his last available card: Mission Spark.But to carry out the mission he will need his best men… He will need the Spanish soldiers of the… BLUE DIVISION.

Brand New Day


Submitted by Pat Wells, filmmaker
Sylmar, California - animation/experimental

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. Fractal patterns and Golden Ratio Pulses have been discovered in the stars, and we are stardust. A parents love is a strong example of chaos theory, where love is passed down from generation to generation, regardless of blood line or adoption, creating a fractal of loving family. 'Brand New Day' is a narrative short without voice over, set to the music of Big D and the Kid's Table, 'Brand New Day'. Song 'Brand New Day' is based on the solo by Brad in Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The Brick Story

Submitted by Nathan Wittkower, filmmaker
Los Angeles, CA - animation/experimental

Based on a joke, The Brick Story tells the story of a Brick Layer's unfortunate turn of events as he tries to rid some extra bricks left over from a job.

Day Off

Submitted by Nathan Hepp, filmmaker
Boston, MA - experimental

A hardworking man looks forward to relaxing on his day off. The distractions of everyday life, however, interfere with his plans.


Submitted by Raouf Zaki, filmmaker
Framingham, MA - narrative/drama

In this silent film, when a withdrawn Middle Eastern man begins frequenting a Boston café, the headwaiter grows increasingly suspicious about the true nature of his visits.

Happy Hour

Submitted by Paul Duff, producer
Los Angeles, CA - narrative/comedy/drama

A drunk young man stumbles up to the bar with an outrageous story about a magic pocket watch which he believes will solve all his troubles, put him on the path to easy street AND help him win back the love of his life.


Submitted by Radheya Jegatheva, filmmaker
Australia - animation/experimental

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology...told from the perspective of a phone.

Just Words


Submitted by Lila Antonenko, filmmaker
Russia - narrative/drama

A quiet domesticated policeman and his happy-go-lucky colleague are investigating a routine suicide. The policeman breaks the law and his own moral principles after he has heard a familiar voice from a victim’s cellphone.

The Last Time I Heard True Silence


Submitted by Tim O’Donnell, filmmaker
Waltham, MA - documentary

Noah Cass was a machine gunner for the Marine corp during the 2005 Operation Spear in Iraq. During an over-watch mission his team was ambushed and a mortar round hit his truck leaving him with permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.  When Noah returned home he dealt with issues common to veterans transitioning into civilian life: aggressive behavior, alcohol, addiction, depression, difficulty keeping a job, and relationship problems. Noah eventual hit rock bottom after 3 years and was desperate for a change. After losing more friends to suicide than in war, he decided to become sober and start running in his local woods.  Noah, now a father and husband, enters the 50-mile wilderness race with only completing one 26-mile marathon prior. This race represents the journey a young soldier has to face to help cope with a past that haunts him every day.

Life On The Ledge


Submitted by Marc Kornblatt, filmmaker
Madison, WI - documentary

In this short documentary filmed in Israel, two laughing doves nesting outside his window capture the heart and imagination of a man mourning the recent passing of his mother. Website

Memories For Sale


Submitted by Jerry Bisantz, writer/producer
Waltham, MA - narrative/comedy/drama

Charlie, a struggling young writer from Lowell, MA has finally hit pay dirt with a biography about his favorite old time comedian, the great Sidney Freedman. BUT at the 11th hour the book will be rejected unless Charlie gets Sid to expose long held secrets about his past. What price is a man's dignity? Is there any privacy in this tabloid era?



Submitted by Anna Maria Ferri, filmmaker
Ana Maria Ferri - Spain - narrative/drama

Coco is Sergio's inseparable friend since Carla left. One day Coco takes him to "Láquesis", Carla's favourite shop. It seems to emit a powerful magic. This is a dark tale about how everything that makes you happy can disappear in the blink of an eye. One moment of distraction is enough for our life to end up in the hands of a destiny that was not ours ... or maybe yes.

The Pirate Captain Toledano

Submitted by Arnon Shorr, filmmaker
Los Angeles, CA - narrative/drama

When the Pirate Captain Toledano interrogates a stowaway on his ship, he finds that the young man is a refugee from the Spanish Inquisition. The stowaway wants to become a pirate to plunder Spanish ships. The Captain must decide whether to make the stowaway a pirate, or to make him walk the plank. “The Pirate Captain Toledano” is the world’s first film set in the little-known world of Jewish piracy in the Caribbean.

Pizza Birdy Bath Waterfall

Submitted by Tim O’Donnell, filmmaker
Waltham, MA - documentary

Tommy is a young man with Landau–Kleffner syndrome, an extremely rare neurological disorder with only 100 cases diagnosed every ten years. LKS is characterized by frequent seizures and sudden aphasia (the inability to understand or express language). Over the past five years, Tommy’s caretaker, Erin, has developed a way to communicate with him using words and phrases from his favorite Disney films. Tommy and Erin take their weekly walk on Walden Pond to reflect and get away from the world.

Ready for a Baby

Submitted by Anastasia Dyakova, filmmaker
Australia - animation/experimental

A young woman in her thirties feels very happy and excited – she has a partner, everything in her life is under control, so now is the perfect time to have a baby. It should be easy and natural, with love and fun and everything else––right?

The School Of Honk

Submitted by Patrick Johnson, filmmaker
Somerville, MA - documentary

The School of Honk is an open community brass band that promotes joy and inclusivity through weekly gatherings and parades around Somerville and Cambridge.

The Tent Village


Submitted by Nilima Abrams, producer/director
Burlington, VT - documentary

A nuanced view into the lives of roadside tent dwellers in India, filmed by their teenaged children. An unflinching yet gentle exploration of the interplay between external oppression, internalized self-defeat and hope, highlighting the innate worth of all people.

What Metal Girls Are Into


Submitted by Laurel Vail, filmmaker

Three women going to a three day metal festival in the desert find something disturbing in the freezer of their isolated vacation rental.

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