Nihilist Film Festival

The 2014 Nihilist Film Festival
will be held at the Echo Park Film Center
on Friday, December 12 at 8:30
The Echo Park Film Center is located at 1200 N. Alvarado Street at Sunset in Echo Park.

For the fifteenth year, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation will present the Nihilist International Film Festival. This year’s evening of films will be presented at the Echo Park Film Center. The show will start at 8:30 pm on Friday, December 12. The festival includes two hours of short films from around the country and around the world. The films range from troubling to hilarious, from profound to completely silly. Pretty much, something for everyone (except children and clergy).

Festival Director Elisha Shapiro commented, “Fifteen years of hilariously offensive short films…I really thought we would have caused the rapture by now. Guess there’s no downside to mocking all that’s holy.”

As a special feature, all those who bring their own televisions and arrive fifteen minutes early will be able to include their appliances in the traditional ritual Blessing of the Televisions featuring the high priestess of performance art, Anna Homler.

Entries for next year:

"If you've made a video that has appalled and offended other film festivals,"
says Nihilist Film Festival organizer Elisha Shapiro, "we're looking for you."
Artists and video-makers who want to submit videos for this year should send
an unprotected DVD (ntsc) copy to the:

Nihilist Film Festival
Box 36422
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Include a self-addressed-stamped envelop if you want your DVD returned.
The deadline is September 15, 2014.
If you have questions, you can e-mail


See last year's program below.

Click here to see programs from previous years.

The 2013 Nihilist Film Festival was held at
HIghways Performance Space on Friday, December 13 at 8:30

Program 2013

Selected Films

Deborah                     2:45 minutes
Christen Bach             Germany

One day Deborah wakes up inside her own head to be faced with the demons of her imagination...
Created for and rejected from the Late Night Work Club...

Appetite         7:26 minutes
Irena Risrie      Belgrade, Serbia

"Appetite" is a short experimental film about the fear of emptiness, about the lack of empathy and the times when is too late, or simply there is no more choice, so lack of reaction becomes necessarily result of helplessness. Story about the phenomenon of forced indifference and crevice that causes, on the morning in which someone try to take a breakfast (and what else?) while in the next room / apartment / house / street / district / city / country / world / head - another one asking for help.

(without) sex (with) sense  5:28 minutes
Patricia López Rosado             Huelva,  Spain

Sex or not sex, who will win?

The Beauty of the Shadow   13 minutes
Monika K. Adler                     London, United Kingdom

Short story of tragic love between a priest and young man who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. Scandalous sex and violence drama describes the darkest desires and instincts.

Audience Favorite Award
The Arsehole Gene               13:30 minutes
Eric Romero                            Edinburgh / UK

A group of scientists discover that the vulgarly called 'arseholes' are actually suffering a genetic mutation that conditions their behaviour. This discovery opened a door to end the unfair stigmatization of this group of patients…because arseholes are just sick people.

Self Inflicted                          9:20 minutes
Ross Williams             Talent, Oregon

Jim is a likable guy, except he can't control the urge to constantly hurt himself. He believes that pain is what keeps him normal.  He wants to meet the right girl, but he keeps scaring them off with his masochistic tendencies. When he finds the girl that he considers to be Ms. Right, he vows to change his ways. The problem is that she may not be all that she seems. Find out in this dark, romantic comedy.



Funniest Nihilist  Promo                             1 minute
Kent Weishaus and Elisha Shapiro                 LA
Promo for a documentary about Elisha Shapiro

Juice Of My Heart                4:27 minutes
Carol Rhyu                              LA

It's hard to get a little respect these days. A diner waitress gets the final laugh in a gory revenge tale involving some less-than-polite customers.

GEEK ASSASSIN                28 minutes
Kenneth J. Harvey                   Canada

GEEK ASSASSIN is about a young nerdy girl, Yolanda (Emma Harvey), who is being bullied at school. She is taken under the wing of a Sadie (Natalia Hennelly), a cool, sexy assassin, who teaches Yolanda how to deal with the bullies, and it isn't through diplomacy.
Kenneth J. Harvey is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and international bestselling author.

Heartbeat                   2:30 minutes
Walter Santucci           LA

A brightly colored and upbeat animated reminder that everyone is a liar, no one can be trusted and there is no escape from misery.

KEAJAIBAN   (Miracle)       13:02 minutes
Loong Wah                             Thailand

In a night club disco bar, there is fabulous veteran Drag Queens Performer. At the same time, there will be many new young performers will be coming in to be a performers and a dancers. Are the fabulous veteran Drag Queens Performer, still has chances to continue as a performer in the night club disco bar. But at the same time, the fabulous veteran Drag Queens Performer will still found happiness.


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