2020 NYC Indie Film Festival
#Shootmenot (Greece, 05:00)
Directed by: Yorgos Ekonomou
Written by: Yorgos Ekonomou
Cast: Holden Mcneil, Monika Smiešková
A girl trying to get a selfie on a bridge, asks a guy who is ready to jump, to help her. She is fascinated by the exclusivity of the live event and broadcasts the last moments of the guy to social media.
(Un)Divided (United States, 09:13)
Directed by: Paul Raila
Cast: Amina Amdeen, Joseph Weidknecht
Amina is an Iraqi American refugee and Muslim. Joe is a Trump supporter who was afraid of Muslims in America — until he met Amina. The widening political division and polarization of our world have become so personal, and so volatile, that the very idea of civil, open-minded conversation can seem unreachable at times, and solutions scarce — until you meet Amina and Joe. Their unlikely friendship is the clearest example of how best to listen and collaborate across political divides.
A Girl From a Box (United States, 29:57)
Directed by: Alxis Ratkevich, Chloe Taylor
Written by: Alxis Ratkevich & Chloe Taylor
Cast: Jacqueline Jandrell, Josh Odsess-Rubin, Wayne Wilderson, Danielle Kennedy, Selene Luna, Tom Fitzpatrick, Chris Aquilino, Clarissa Thibeaux
Charlie is a dispirited bachelor on a losing streak whose only friends are his overbearing Catholic mother, Wendy the webcam girl, and Bill his pet fish. After countless rejections in the dating world, he stumbles upon a website selling companion robots. Intrigued by the idea of finally finding his perfect mate, Charlie designs his companion to meet all his specifications. Initially, the technologically advanced “April” fulfills all of Charlie's desires, but the honeymoon fades quickly when April's artificial intelligence allows her to evolve into a real woman
A Stone's Throw (Australia, 10:34)
Directed by: Luke Wissell
Written by: Luke Wissell, Ben Crisp
Cast: Anna Steen, Patrick Graham, Lily Pearl
With their comatose daughter suspected of manslaughter, and police on their way to the hospital, two troubled parents must decide whether to lie to protect her.
ALEITA (United States, 12:52)
Directed by: Seungwon Gio Park
Written by: Natasha Soto-Albors, Seungwon Gio Park
Cast: Nataly Santiago, NaNa Ponceleon, Maria del Mar Fernandez Gonzalez, Deshawn da Prince
With the most crucial audition of her career hanging in the balance, a young Latina dancer grapples between familial duty and artistic dedication.
All My Sons presents "Flowers" (United States, 04:10)
Directed by: Jared Hada Smith
Written by: Jared Hada Smith
Shot on location at The Flower Shop in NYC, "Flowers" is a humorous take on bar culture and different generational views of dating. Just as the single evokes 70's soft-rock and funk music, the video modernizes 70's film imagery with its costume design, production design and cinematography. Broken into three brief narratives, we witness Nolan (lead vocals, guitar), Danny (drums) and Zack (lead guitar) respectively squander romantic opportunities due to toxic behavior.
Anacronte (Argentina, 14:58)
Directed by: Raúl Koler, Emiliano Sette
Written by: Raúl Koler, Sabrina Pace
Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil, without any emotion and fulfilling their destiny, they put to test humanity's happiness in a struggle that, in short, has each of us as winners and losers.
Andean Condor (Brazil, 15:00)
Directed by: WILLIAM MAZZOLA
Written by: Carol Saraiva
Cast: VIKA MORA, SEBASTIAN LIBERCHUK
Maril is a lonely woman who recently suffered a great loss. To recover, she decides to do to the end of the world. Along the way, she meets Mano. An extrovert and optimistic guy who will help her through her journey.
anpu - ZOEA (Tiawan, )
Directed by: POWEI SU
Mitten crabs have long been viewed as an environmental index for assessing the ecological state of rivers and streams in taiwan. the species has a unique spawning migration pattern, the species has seen a gradual decline in population over the past few decades, mainly attributed to overharvesting and pollution. as a result, their existence has also faded away in the popular consciousness. the narrative for the video comes from the director's childhood memories.
Astronata - Pain (Ukraine, 04:07)
Directed by: Asya Nikolaeva
Cast: Vladislav Kozlov, Kendra McPhee
He is escaping from somebody he doesn't know, she is chasing someone she never met. Their paths will cross at the intersection.
Avenue WTF (United States, 4:49)
Directed by: Christine Driscoll
Written by: Jamie Benson
Cast: Veronica Cruz, Jamie Benson
Glenn, an uptight puppeteer is fighting with his sexually free significant other, Larry, who is a puppet. Their no-nonsense psychologist, Shonda, acts a mediator for them after a disastrous audition together. During this couples counseling session, Glenn and Larry realize they want different things from life. Shonda, after suggesting co-dependency issues, recommends they spend some time apart. Drama ensues.
Back From The Brink (United States, 29:50)
Directed by: Dustin Jones, Emma Pettinga
Cast: Dustin Jones, Emma Pettinga
Marine Corps veteran and filmmaker Dustin Jones sets out to understand the suicide epidemic among veterans through the lens of his former comrade, Bill Kirner. Bill’s marriage and life are threatened by PTSD. After intensive treatment, he and his wife Ashley are starting over and sharing their story with Dustin.
Bajo la palmera (Under the palm tree) (Spain, 20:00)
Directed by: Pau Bacardit
Written by: Pau Bacardit
Cast: Borja Espinosa, Silvia Casanova
Carlos, a journalist from the magazine 'El caso', travels to a town on the coast of Almería looking for the real protagonists who inspired the work of Lorca 'Bodas de Sangre'. After his arrival in town, the coldness of the protagonists towards the event will make him question the distorting power of fiction.
Believables (United States, 15:00)
Directed by: Joe Lombard
Cast: Makenna, Tiffany, Joe
Intense film on rape told by the victims in a very direct, raw fashion that makes their terrible story even harsher.
Benefit of Billy Hipkins (United States, 17:30)
Directed by: George Fairfield
Written by: George Fairfield
This documentary follows Billy Hipkins on his journey to discover what happened to Jennie Gourley, one of the actresses on stage the night President Lincoln was assassinated. Along the way he finds more than he ever thought possible, including himself.
Best Chance U (United States, 18:49)
Directed by: Elizabeth Jenny
Written by: Elizabeth Jenny
An inside look at the Ivy League football experience of black players at Dartmouth College.
Black Hole (Ukraine, 07:44)
Directed by: Nicholas Ovcharov
Written by: Nicholas Ovcharov
Cast: Valeriy Latko, Hordii Denysenko, Illia Kozlov, Danil Nikiforov, Nadia Boldonova , Masha Sabadash, Nicholas Ovcharov
An astrophysics professor leads a lecture about a black hole that absorbs everything around it. He doesn’t know yet that he will also be enveloped by this black hole. Because each of us is born to interact with each other, mutually absorb each other for the sake of our common development.
BOY EATS GIRL: A Zombie Love Story (United States, 07:10)
Directed by: Sarah Gurfield
Written by: Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin
Cast: Brandon W. Jones, Alexandra Ryan, Annie Abrams
A short romantic comedy about two zombies who meet-cute while fighting over a dead woman’s intestines. Their brains have died...but not their hearts.
Brave Little Army (Canada, 05:54)
Directed by: Michelle D'Alessandro Hatt
Written by: Michelle D'Alessandro Hatt
Cast: Lyla Elliott, Rosali Annikie, Amanda Cheung, Faith Vanderwerf, Samuel Matukas, Steve Kasan
The bold new girl at school inspires three classmates to follow her down a blissful path of self-realization, where they stumble upon a dark truth that forever galvanizes their friendship. Made with an all-female crew.
Brotherly Love (United States, 03:46)
Directed by: Kristen Ballard, Katie Johantgen
Written by: Katie Johantgen
Cast: Katie Johantgen, Marshall Stratton, Jay Jurden, McKylin Rowe, Laura Thomas
When Drinkle tries to join the Beta Theta Iota Fraternity, his high expectations of loving, brotherly relationships are put to the test.
Burnt Feathers, Broken Wings (United States, 11:25)
Directed by: Cady McClain
Written by: Katherine Belendez, Madison Gates, Aneles Maxwell-Carter, Jacqueline Romero-Herrara
Cast: Katherine Belendez, Madison Gates, Aneles Maxwell-Carter, Jalynn Synder, Reggie Gaskins
An artful look at the trials and triumphs of four girls in the foster system.
Butterfly (United States, 23:41)
Directed by: Bonnie Foster
Written by: Bonnie Foster
Cast: Micah Fitzgerald, Jade Lorna Sullivan, Ryan Manuel
A fashion model leaves her life for the desert...and meets a mysterious stranger who finally brings the change she's been looking for.
Call to arms (United States, 3:38 minutes)
Directed by: Karina Logothetis
Written by: Karina Logothetis
Cast: Eliza Gerontakis
A woman briefly breaks free from suppression and sends out a message to everyone. Then, she comfortably puts herself back to sleep. Call to arms is the debut music video from Club Zothique.
Cashed Out (Canada, 12:12)
Directed by: Michael Trainor
Written by: Michael Trainor
Cast: Ryan Robbins, Nicole Leier, Sharon Taylor, Tyler Burrows
A slew of questionable characters meet for an underground poker game; the stakes couldn't be higher.
Chekhov's Gun (United States, 7:30)
Directed by: Paul Cadenhead
Written by: Paul Cadenhead
Cast: Richard Riehle, Cindy Chase, Ben Diserens
One must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn't going to go off - right?
Content Guidelines (United States, 20:00)
Directed by: Omid Shabkhiz
Written by: Denise Kulawik
Cast: Peter Banifaz, Jacob Womack, Jeremiah Benjamin, Stephen Brown
A Dark Comedy about a YouTube prank that goes wrong and now they have to get rid of dead body so their channel doesn't get deleted. Winner - Best Dark Comedy - Indie X Film Fest (2019) Nominated - Best Short Film - Orlando Film Festival (2019) Semi Finalist - Los Angeles Cine Fest (2019) Selected - Lift-Off Film Festival, Los Angeles (2019) Selected - Santa Monica International Film Festival (2019) Selected - Golden State Film Festival (2020) Selected - Malibu Film Festival (2020) Selected - NYC Indie Film Fest (2020) Selected - North Hollywood Cinefest (2020)
Cool for Five Seconds (United States, 12:00)
Directed by: Dani Wieder
Written by: Calamity West
Cast: Katherine Bourne Taylor, Mary Tilden
Colleen invites Eleanor to meet her in a diner late at night. They haven’t spoken in years - and Colleen has something to say.
Couch Connections (Austria, 1:15:07)
Directed by: Christoph Pehofer
Written by: Christoph Pehofer, Manuel Pammer
Cast: Christoph Pehofer
The world seems to separate people more than connecting them. A private couch shows a place of approach and strangers becoming friends. To go on a world trip sleeping mainly on strangers’ couches has absolutely nothing to do with high standard, big expectations and comfort. The only motivation is to establish contacts and socialise with people from all over the world, who are as diverse as possible, while having a place to stay.
Crystal Horse (Israel, 24:00)
Directed by: Ronen Amar
Written by: Ronen Amar
Cast: Roi Mehabad, Sophia Ostritsky
Lior, a 12-year-old boy, tries to help his narcotic mother to quit her addiction. When he realises that her attempts are futile, he is forced to make a difficult decision.
Dearest Degenerate (United Kingdom, 09:50)
Directed by: Antonia Luxem
Written by: Antonia Luxem
This piece is an address, in the form of a letter, to the close and homophobic person. It is a deconstructed reaction to the underlying and violent, invisible and yet prevalent homophobia within our society. It was developed from material found in personal notebooks and diaries and inspired by books such as Didier Eribon’s “Insult and the Making of the Gay Self” and José Esteban Muñoz’s “Cruising Utopia”.
Dedications I-V (United States, 23:54)
Directed by: Chloe Desaulles
Written by: Chloe Desaulles
Cast: Jerry Stolzenberg, Jackie Stolzenberg, Margaret Laske, Patricia McCann, Siamak Adibi, Joan Adibi, Candy Loughney, Patrick Loughney
'Dedications I-V' is a short volumetric film by Chloé Desaulles composed of individual tales on memory as told by people with progressive memory loss. The short is based on neuroscience research, suggesting that memories can be made more resistant to degenerative disorders through the use of active recall. Through this method, agency is given back to the protagonists, who can selectively choose which memories to hold on to.
Depressed Rabbit (United States, 20:37)
Directed by: Jon Bershad
Written by: Jon Bershad
Cast: Brian McEhlhaney, Monique Moses, Jonathan Marballi, Emma Vernon, Jim Santangeli, Keisha Zollar, Taylor Ortega, Brian Fithian, Andrew Barlow, J.W. Crump, Anna Roisman, Kristin Kirkley, Jon Bershad
A man looks for hope in an increasingly hopeless world. Also, it's a cartoon and everyone's an animal.
Dojo (France, 04:06)
Directed by: Nikodem
Written by: Nikodem
Cast: Gaël RAES, Soni ANDRIANASOLO
During a judo tournament, two young boys face each other, under the gaze of their parents. The pressure rises in the room.
Don Broco - Action (United States, 5:57)
Directed by: Benjamin Roberds
Cast: Rob Damiani, Caleb Shomo, Tyler Carter, Takahiro Moriuchi, Tilian Pearson
Public access TV makes a comeback in Benjamin Roberds video for Don Broco. This live action/stop-motion hybrid features Don Broco’s lead singer Rob Damiani, and the co-vocalists on the track, depicted as Action Man-type heroes. A fantastically surreal narrative unfolds, with the characters becoming the centre of a frenzied reign of toy-based-terror featuring blood, explosions, and the ever-entertaining reappearance of the cowboy.
Down (USA, 02:30)
Directed by: Felipe Sanchez
Written by: Felipe Sanchez
After a plane explodes and sends six people hurtling out towards the sky, everyone must decide what matters most to them and act on those thoughts.
Down the River (Israel, 30:00)
Directed by: Daniel H. Jacobson
Written by: Daniel H. Jacobson
Cast: Heli Amresh Sanka, Hameis El-Sheikh , Eli Menashe, Lior Naor, Itzik Peleg, Emos Ayeno, Yaser Abdullah, Habib Oksher
Neta Tezazo is an Ethiopian-Israeli Mossad officer with a mysterious past, sent on a mission to Darfur to intercede on behalf of Gen. Musa Issa Musa; a local warlord with political ambitions. If all goes according to plan, she will not survive the mission. Can Neta catch onto the game before she's the one that gets played?
Eat (an allegory) (Canada, 07:54)
Directed by: Lisa MacLean
Written by: Lisa MacLean
Eat (an allegory) began with a vision of travel through the bardo states, a series of Tibetan afterlives through which each soul will pass on their way to eventual reincarnation. Parts of the Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, describe the besetting of the soul during this process by a cacophony of wrathful grotesque demonic hordes. The soul is urged not to turn tail and run but to face these demons and understand that they are simply karmic manifestations of his own actions.... Eat (an allegory) combines layers of found footage, including digitised celluloid, and sound, to create an hallucinogenic meditation on life under late global capitalism.
Echoes in the Rainforest (Malaysia, 02:57)
Directed by: Alwyn Tay
Written by: Judy Hong, Anthony Saleh Ngau
Cast: MOSES LENJAU VINSIEN, CHRISTIARA MARQUEZA BESAM
In a village deep in the rainforest, a young girl strives for her dream, an old man opens his heart to change, and a young boy takes on a daunting challenge. This is a story of bravery, hope and love, inspired by an indigenous people in Borneo.
Eerie Fairy Tales (Estonia, 1:33:00)
Directed by: Mart Sander
Written by: Mart Sander
Cast: Mart Sander, Lisette Pomerants, Jekaterina Novosjolova, Kadri Rämmelda, Ain Mäeots, Toomas Kolk, Märt Koik, Ott Salla, Merle Palmiste
An anthology of bizarre, fantastic and spooky tales from the past, present and future, dealing with curses, witches, perfect crime and unsolved mysteries.
Eidolon (United Kingdom, 09:34)
Directed by: Louise Milne
Written by: Louise Milne
Cast: Lucas Abrahão , Sean Martin, Louise Milne
Eidolon: dream-image, apparition, phantom, ghost. Three dreams in three voices navigate a garden of forking paths. With texts from Horace, Freud's Wolf Man and an anonymous late 20C dreamer, a film in super8 and HD about magical nightmares, memory and loss.
End Point (United Kingdom, 05:00)
Directed by: Rafael Cortes
Written by: Rafael Cortes, David Cohen
Cast: Charlie Field, Rose Lucas, Sasha Clarke, Issy Knopfler, Liam Woodlands-Mooney
Fighter pilot Avner travels back in time to prevent the assassination of his wife Eva but they become trapped in a causal loop. Since Artificial Intelligence became sentient, androids have controlled the time continuum, preventing humans from travelling through time. Eva is targeted because the AI knows that she has discovered the truth about their agenda. Avner faces a choice to either let Eva go or save her life by taking her place.
Era (USA, 06:20)
Directed by: William Matheson
Written by: William Matheson
Era is a hypnagogic experimental rumination on ecology, mutation and collapse.
Era Yo - IT'S ME (Spain, 12 minutes)
Directed by: Andrea Casaseca
Written by: Andrea Casaseca
Maria is a larger-than-life "mean girl" who believes she can do or say whatever she wants, whenever she wants, to whomever she wants. What she doesn't know is that, often in life, you might get what you give.
Exit 0 (United States, 1:36)
Directed by: E.B. Hughes
Written by: E.B. Hughes
Cast: Gabe Fazio, Augie Duke, Federico Castelluccio, Peter Greene, Daniel O'Shea
A young couple go on a weekend getaway, to help fix their struggling relationship. Things soon go bad, when he discovers a videotape of a murder that occurred in the very same hotel room.
FaceDate Commercial (United States, 2:10)
Directed by: Mary Corigliano
Written by: Mary Corigliano
Cast: Mary Corigliano, Kat Moser, Sophia Lee, Andrew Gordon, Blair Tate, Zack Watson, William Schuman
FaceApp's new feature, FaceDate, eliminates any worry of what'll happen when someone gets slapped in the face by father time.
Family Matters (Japan, 2:09:00)
Directed by: Shohei Shiozaki
Written by: Shohei Shiozaki
Cast: Hana Hizuki, Fumio Kohinata, Keiko Takeshita, Minami Tsukui, Ayane Kinoshita, Yutaka Ishii, Takeshi Matsumura
Kana, mid thirties, aimless and single, lives at home with her ineffectual parents. When her sister and her family return home after the husband’s business fails Kana is driven out of the house and seeks refuge with a nearby “commune” of misfits. There she falls under the spell of the charismatic leader of the colony, Seiji, and begins to develop a sense of purpose in life. But Seiji becomes more and more unstable and it becomes clear that his vision of the future is weirder than Kana had imagined.
FEAST (China, 1:37 )
Directed by: YUNXING NIE
Written by: CHUANFA WAN
Cast: DONGNI WU
Being deluded by the “directors”, Miss Wang decides to film her life stories. During their meal in the woods, she tells the “directors” her “legendary”.As Miss Wang tells her experiences, the “directors” become unsatisfied.They demand her to act more crazily for the needs of “art”. Miss Wang realizes that what is miserable is not her experiences, but the “stories” that the “directors” want her to have.
Festival Of The Midnight Sun (Sweden, 8:45)
Directed by: Björn Rallare, Niklas Mertel Ekelund, Peder Carlsson
Written by: Björn Rallare, Niklas Mertel Ekelund
Cast: Peder Carlsson, Björn Rallare, Bert-Åke Varg, Kristoffer Pettersson, Daniel Ogelius, Frank Sanderson, Hellsingland Underground
Two filmmakers wants to make a movie, but what story to choose? One of them pitch the idea of that true story about what was supposed to be Sweden's answer to Woodstock, set at a motorway in the Swedish countryside back in 1970. They expected 300.000 people, but only 3.000 showed up and a plethora of weirdness took place around what has been described as "Sweden's biggest music failure". As this story unfolds over a phone conversation, we see what the movie would have looked like, it they were to pick that idea. But will they?
Fondations (Canada, 09:46)
Directed by: Matthew Fournier
Written by: Matthew Fournier, Julie Renault
Cast: Julie Renault, Charles-Alexandre Dubé, Élodie Grenier, David Leblanc
Katie is inviting friends to help with renovations in the basement, but her boyfriend Benjamin seems strangely determined to push back the work at all costs.
For All The Brilliant Conversations (United States, 55:13)
Directed by: Seok Wun Au Yong
Written by: Seok Wun Au Yong, Faith Njahîra Wangarî
Cast: Seok Wun Au Yong, Faith Njahîra Wangarî
Two international graduate students in the USA - Malaysian queer filmmaker Seok and Kenyan disabled activist-scholar Faith - embark on a journey to make a film that captures their friendship, putting them in vulnerable positions as they navigate trauma and healing.
Foret - Fôret (United States, 03:48)
Directed by: Lisa Barcy
Written by: Lisa Barcy
Animated iterations and recursions made 64 with 2" x 3" collages form a hypnotic bombardment of color and shapes, accompanied by music from Malian artist Luka Productions.
FRAM (Finland, 28:00)
Directed by: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
Written by: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
Cast: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
How far would you go to pursue an idea? Why do we do incredibly difficult things that have no practical application? Is there a parallel between geographic and artistic exploration? Fram is a documentary and travel film about two friends journeying to the end of the earth, in order to make a dance film in the polar wilderness of Svalbard.
French Fly (United States, 04:28)
Directed by: Liam LoPinto
Written by: Liam LoPinto
Cast: Arthur Chaumay, Zoe Lacau, Maija Burnett, Vincent Chansard, James Molle, Tia Gilles, Cain Pickens, Kion Heidari, Liam LoPinto
A fly returns home to find his life completely changed!
Friday Afternoon (United States, 1:16:47)
Directed by: Paige Campbell
Written by: Paige Campbell
Cast: Kim Blanck, Andrew R. Butler
The day that Gus goes in for her medical abortion, an unexpected complication leaves her with four hours to kill in the East Village before she can complete the procedure. During these hours, she is forced to confront the passivity with which she has lived her life, and as the result of her decision to end the pregnancy, she finds herself reborn through the deaths of her relationships.
GARBAGE (United States, 18:00)
Directed by: Jose Muniain
Written by: Brian Broome
Cast: Tami Dixon, Antonio Jeffries, Tracey Turner
Black people have to engage White America daily to maintain some sort of life. GARBAGE turns that entire scenario on its head exploring what would happen when a White person assumes that she can come to a Black person in search of death. This film will question the stereotype of the Black male as an instrument of death and the White woman as a symbol of purity and innocence. GARBAGE is about the misconceptions our society perpetrates about race.
Generation Lockdown (United States, 16:00)
Directed by: Sirad Balducci
Written by: Sirad Balducci
Cast: Samantha Soule, Caleb Brown, Joshua Windley
GENERATION LOCKDOWN is a narrative short film, seen through the eyes of an eleven year old boy as he tries to save his friend’s life during an active shooter attack in his school. This film is based on a short story by Caleb, a 6th grader from a middle school in Teaneck, NJ. This film examines the PTSD of repeated lockdown drills and the fallout from our country's gun epidemic.
Glitches (Tiawan, 21:00)
Directed by: Annie Chen
Written by: Annie Chen
Cast: LI CHENG-TA, YUAN CHUN-YUEH
A down-on-his-luck lawyer meets a mysterious woman while waiting for his delayed flight. After she admits to causing a fatal house fire, the young lawyer becomes torn in doing the right thing while learning the reasons behind her heinous crime, and becoming sympathetic to her.
Glitter (Norway, 04:01)
Directed by: Mone Frogg Christiansen
Written by: Mone Frogg Christiansen
Cast: Nokokure Celine Dahl
The music video for the song «Glitter» tells the story of impossible love in a pet shop. When a small fish falls in love with the girl working in the shop, there is not much else he can do than to dream about a world where she is in his element - water.
Good Guys do not Look at Explosions (Brazil, 04:06)
Directed by: Douro Moura
Written by: David Ehrlich
Cast: Paulo Ribeiro, Joelma Pereira
Couple of secret agents, after breaking into a base in the jungle, are forced into an unusual situation.
Goodbye Friendly Buddy (United States, 18:04)
Directed by: Morgan Wright
Written by: Morgan Wright
Cast: Enne Goldstein, Claire Foley
Two imaginary friends have the worst day of their lives
Guns (Spain, 08:00)
Directed by: Diego Silva Acevedo
Written by: Diego Silva Acevedo
Cast: Lorenzo Yearby, Jeremiah Jenkins
John comes home from a long day at work not wanting to battles his son's game addiction. While decomposing on the phone with his wife, his son discovers the father's hidden gun. In a matter of seconds their life will change
Heads-Up: Will We Stop Making Cents? (United States, 1:07:34)
Directed by: Zach Edick , Jamie Kovach
Cast: Laurie Gallardo
Should the United States eliminate the penny? “Heads-Up: Will We Stop Making Cents?” is a documentary that explores the different sides of the debate, touching on the role of the penny in today’s economy, predictive economic models of a penniless future, and the cultural importance of the coin. Radio DJ and Actor Laurie Gallardo narrates the penny odyssey as we travel from Texas to Canada, stopping to speak with former Mint Directors, lawmakers, economists, and more than a few unique penny characters, including a coin hunter, a former President*, and one very memorable penny prankster. * “Abraham Lincoln” appears in the film
Headstream (Germany, 13:35)
Directed by: Bia Vilela
Written by: Bia Vilela
Cast: Raquel Villar, Aída Leiner, Dan Timm
A young woman comes to terms with the conventionality of her wish for marriage and finds herself caught between social pressure and her own self-destruction in a surreal process that manifests itself through her body.
Hearing Shapes (United States, 4:45)
Directed by: Saatch Rajjan
Written by: Fella Cederbaum
Cast: Fella Cederbaum
Creativity: Surrender or personal will?
Hejleh (United States, 09:40)
Directed by: Lauren Merage
Written by: Lauren Merage
Cast: Maia Nikiphoroff , Tip Scarry , Vida Ghahremani
While trying to enjoy her first night of marriage, Melinda, a first generation American, feels burdened by her Iranian grandmother's impossible request that she prove her virginity.
Hidden - (United Kingdom, 06:21)
Directed by: Jess O'Brien
Written by: Sophie Black
Cast: Shawn Kumara, Shauna Hyde, Jess O'Brien, Teresa Quigley
Solomon reads aloud a poem with a beauty that surprises his classmates except one, Katie. The poem has a meaning and two secrets only they know about.
Hobo on a Passenger Train (United States, 4:00)
Directed by: Colleen and Tom McWatters
Written by: Jake La Botz
Cast: Jake La Botz
Stop-motion animated music video for the Jake La Botz song, "Hobo on a Passenger Train"
How Countries Fight Their Wars (Netherlands, 02:00)
Directed by: Thomas Loopstra, Maurice Baltissen
Written by: Thomas Loopstra, Maurice Baltissen
How Countries Fight Their Wars
Hunger (India, 08:26)
Directed by: Katyayan Shivpuri
Written by: Katyayan Shivpuri
Cast: Uday chandra, Prince
Inspired by true events, Hunger is about a homeless man and his love for food. He is a pauper in life but at heart, he is connoisseur of "gourmet" food. He does not eat to live. He lives to eat...and eat well! Living by the railway tracks, the homeless man makes his meagre living by selling novelty items at the busy traffic signals on the streets of Mumbai. The high point of his colourless existence is passing this busy restaurant that serves the food that he dreams of.
HUNGRY TO LEARN (United States, 1:25:22)
Directed by: Geeta Gandbhir
Cast: Shaquara Peters- Lehman College Student, Sara Goldrick-Rab- Professor Temple University, Isabella Moles- Susquehanna University
This documentary film by Soledad O’Brien and Geeta Gandbhir, introduces the faces behind an American crisis -- college students so strapped to pay tuition that they don’t have enough money to eat or a place to live. It is not a life of Ramen Noodles and care packages from home; it is a life of suffering from having no food at all, eating at food pantries, or feeding off the trays of fellow students.
Ice farmers (Japan, 03:25)
Directed by: Tatsuya Ino
Written by: Tatsuya Ino
Tokujiro IV and his buddies grow natural ice. They fill ponds with the natural water from the Nikko mountain range and let it develop into ice only by taking advantage of the coldness of the winter. Why does he still use traditional technics to make natural ice? This short documentary tells a story about Tokujiro, who calls himself an ice farmer, and his belief.
Innocence (Australia, 04:52)
Directed by: Eva Collins
Written by: Eva Collins
Innocence depicts a young girl's love and devotion to Stalin, which suddenly shatters as an illusion.
Into the Sea (United States, 14:09)
Directed by: Daphne Matziaraki
Into the Sea follows the family of Suleiman Hajazzi as they are relocated from a refugee camp in Greece to more permanent housing. Suleiman, his son and wife recount their journey escaping violence in Afghanistan and their hopes and dreams for their future.
Ironrite (United States, 09:00)
Directed by: Clayton Combe
Written by: Clayton Combe
Cast: Samantha Scaffidi, Suly Sky Vining
A 1950s housewife struggles to accept her place in the world, while hiding herself and her young son from an aggressive door-to-door salesman.
Irregular (Portugal, 1:45:00)
Directed by: Diogo Morgado
Written by: Diogo Morgado, Pedro Morgado
Cast: Pedro Teixeira, Maria Botelho Moniz, Carla Chambel
Gabriel is a happy man. Great family, great job... everything going for him. One Saturday morning, on the way to take his daughter Michelle on a field trip, he stops at a gas station. After he fills the tank and gets back in the car, there is now a boy in the backseat instead of Michelle, calling him father. He freaks out, anxiously looking for Michelle, when he spots her being forced into a van that takes off.
JACKED (United States, 13:03)
Directed by: Ethan Nelson
Written by: Ethan Nelson
Cast: Jackson Burch, Steffen Stessel
In the age of fake news, a fame-hungry amateur bodybuilder must save his opioid-addicted father in the midst of a terrorist attack.
Kaada - Farewell (Norway, 5:00)
Directed by: Christian Holm Glad
Written by: Christian Holm Glad
Cast: Cherish Waters, Susanne Karin Moe, Linn Gjerstad, Patrice Demonier, John-Erik Kaada
"Farewell” is an emotional and visually impressive mosaic of personal stories from across the world that are masterfully connected to the piano driven melancholy of the track. As people, we are scared to make changes. We are afraid of being alone. We are afraid of not making money, so we do the same routines every day. We are risk adverse, but when you dare to do something else, it is often the best decision in life,” director Christian Holm-Glad says of the video.
Keep Going Joon (United States, 25:52)
Directed by: Cedar Daniels
Written by: Cedar Daniels, Brandon Beilis
Cast: Stephanie Kurtzuba, Todd Alan Crain, Jeremy Holm, Brandon Beilis, Yamaneika Saunders, Nimesh Patel
Juniper, a middle-age father, severely injures himself playing his favorite Tuesday night pick-up basketball game. After surgery to repair his torn ACL, he goes through a tedious rehab to get back to his beloved pastime; only to injure himself again ... and then again. Each surgery causes him to confront his love for the game and his wife’s hope that he’ll stop playing.
King of the Road (United States, 24:57)
Directed by: Cate Celso
Written by: Cate Celso
Cast: Rick Torres
King of the Road follows Rick Torres, a tractor trailer driver from San Jose California, who has been performing as an Elvis Presley Tribute artist for the past twenty years.
Rick’s story, while unusual, reveals a common theme which many of us share. Balancing day jobs with pursuing our passions and the strength and faith required to do so.
Kleen (United Kingdom, 14:47)
Directed by: Rafael Cortes
Written by: Rafael Cortes, David Cohen
Cast: Melora Walters, Olivia Taylor Cruz, Benjamin Barrett
A stranger, and a little kismet, give a defeated woman the courage to face her fate.
Kneeling Sheep (United States, 14:30)
Directed by: Hai Rihan
Written by: Hai Rihan
Cast: Hong Mei, Namar , Baoligao, Havrqeqege
A Mongolian single mother fights to save her son who is about to be executed, only to discover that the absence of justice is crushing her life.
L.A Tea Time (Canada, 1:25:00)
Directed by: Sophie Bédard Marcotte
Written by: Sophie Bédard Marcotte
A filmmaker stuck in an arid, jobless Montreal winter embarks on an improbable quest across the USA, taking her director of photography along for the journey. L.A. TEA TIME is an unusual travelogue, at times meditative, at times haunted, recounting the adventures of Sophie and Isabelle with humour and a little touch of magic.
Last Party (United States, 1:24:43)
Directed by: Julian Santos
Written by: Kevin Nittolo, Julian Santos
Cast: Samantha Brooks, Anna Clare Kerr, Lainey Woo, James Williams, Martin Drop, Gabriel Armentano
Over the course of one very long night and Christmas party, three college couples must sort out their tangled love lives before the semester ends. A deceptively simple ensemble movie told in non-linear order. This film is the feature directorial debut of Julian Carlo Santos and stars Samantha Brooks, granddaughter of Mel Brooks, in her first lead role in a feature film.
LIFE AFTER: A Story of Unexpected Friendships & Random Sh*tstorms (France, 23 minutes)
Directed by: Irene Nam
Written by: Irene Nam
"LIFE AFTER: A Story of Unexpected Friendships & Random Sh*tstorms" tells the story of four women across the US and Europe who should never have met but unexpectedly bond over the sudden loss of their children.
Like Daughter, Like Mother (United States, 18:31)
Directed by: Clyde Baldo
Written by: Devi Morgan
Cast: Devi Morgan, Jordan Gosnell, Steve Lichtenstein, Mike Wachs
A mother and daughter navigate the world of online dating together.
Lim Jong [Deathbed] (Korea, 15 minutes)
Directed by: Sangho An
Written by: Sangho An
Cast: Hye Jin Kim
At the moment when she was about to end her life, lady receives a call from the hospital. She is told that her father who sexually abused her is at his deathbed. As soon as lady walks into the facility, where his father lies, his heart stops. But she cannot just let him go peacefully. She chokes farther's body, breathing in her illusion as her own life fades.
Limerence (United States, 33:26)
Directed by: Dan Pedersen
Written by: Dan Pedersen
Cast: Angela Riccetti, Michaela Petro, Timmy Hart Barron
An anxious, isolated film projectionist becomes obsessed with a stranger, and falls headfirst into a terrifying fantasy.
Limits of the Sea (United Kingdom, 06:09)
Directed by: George Haydock
Written by: George Haydock
Cast: David Taylor, Sally Maguire
Two souls explore a seemingly deserted small coastal town, in this haunting meditation into place and memory.
Loretta Lynn Gives Directions (United States, 03:05)
Directed by: Malorie Cunningham
Written by: Malorie Cunningham
Cast: Malorie Cunningham, Heath Harckham, Nick Reicheld
Two city boys get lost on a backroad where the Queen of Country, Loretta Lynn, attempts to guide them home.
Lycanthropy (United Kingdom, 15:59)
Directed by: Alexander Black
Written by: Alexander Black
Cast: Paul Duncan, Stephen Clark, Daniel Knight, Jon McKenna, Laura Bayston
Lycanthropy is a dark investigative thriller short film, which follows detectives Mark Kessler and John Mills, as they search for a missing girl. The story starts in the middle of a crime investigation. We meet the detectives as they wait to search the residence of a key suspect, Mr. Johnson. In the end, it becomes difficult to tell who the real villain is...
MAELLE (France, 20:00)
Directed by: Jordi Gueyrard
Written by: Jordi Gueyrard
Cast: Gwenaël Clause, Juliette Bettencourt
At dusk, a strange girl walks alone along an endless road in a wide deserted landscape. A car passes. On board, a man who offers to drive her to her destination. The fragile girl ends up accepting and gets in the car.
Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible (United States, 1 hour 30 minutes)
Directed by: Mathew Taylor
Written by: Mathew Taylor
Duchamp: The Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.
Maria Torres: Neighborhood Artist (United States, 11:20)
Directed by: Davis Hall
Written by: Davis Hall
Cast: Maria Torres
What if making art could save your life? For this Peruvian-born New Yorker, painting helps heal physical and emotional trauma.
Me & Myself (United States, 07:26)
Directed by: Xiwen Miao
Written by: Xiwen Miao
Cast: Lino Chandler Gil, Emilee Brackenbury, Xiwen Miao
An agoraphobic young man faces his biggest fear to visit his sister and his newly born nephew.
Meet Your New Instructors: A Masterclass Parody (United States, 03:08)
Directed by: Carlos Greaves
Written by: Carlos Greaves
Cast: Sara Dion, Kiana Woodson, Carlos Greaves, Mo Nariani, Harry Phan
A parody of the Masterclass videos, made as part of our live satirical news show Real Fake News, or RF News for short.
Micro Movies - The Suspect (Germany, 01:04)
Directed by: Florian Meimberg
Written by: Florian Meimberg
Cast: Karo Matheis / Matheis Casting
Micro Movies - The Test (Germany, 00:48)
Directed by: Florian Meimberg
Written by: Florian Meimberg
Cast: Karo Matheis / Matheis Casting
Micro Movies - The Visitor (Germany, 00:36)
Directed by: Florian Meimberg
Written by: Florian Meimberg
Cast: Karo Matheis / Matheis Casting
Moderately Put Together (United States, 18:57)
Directed by: Leigh Ann Biety
Written by: Erin Alexis
Cast: Erin Alexis, Nathan Caywood, Mark Jude Sullivan, Michaela Myers, David Haack
A charmingly messy woman in her 30's comes face to face with reality when she discovers that both of her biological parents are looking for her.
Morning Smoke (United States, 15:00)
Directed by: Khalid Fahad
Written by: Sameer Butt, Khalid Fahad
Cast: Tim Torre , Katharine McLeod, Robert Axel, Sameer Butt
Jim is an aspiring actor who has moved from Atlanta to New York City in pursuit of his dreams. But naive actors like him are a dime a dozen in New York City and the doors to the brutal, cutthroat, New York acting world keep slamming shut in his face. None of what worked for him down south seems to work for him in the big city. On the gritty streets of New York, Jim learns a valuable lesson about what it takes to be an actor, and his small-town kindness opens door for him and his future.
Mother-in-law (Korea, 23:46)
Directed by: Shin Seung Eun
Written by: Shin Seung Eun
Cast: Sohn Soo Hyun, Anjella An
Hyoung-suk visits her daughter Hyun-seo’s room to give her some Kimchi and there she encounters Min-jin, her daughters friend. Hyoung-suk gets displeased with Min-jin living off at her daughter house as if it is her own house. But as she talks to Min-jin a while, she becomes to open her mind and cooks a meal for her. And then, Hyun-seo comes in to the room drunken...
Mr. You's 100th Birthday (China, 25:00)
Directed by: Ringo Ye
Written by: Patrick Phelan
Cast: Xu Caigen, Wu Yunfang
Today is Mr. You's 100th birthday. The producers from a TV program called Three Thousand Questions on Health come to interview him. They want You to share some advice on how he maintains his health and his life experience with the audience, convey hopeful message, while featuring onscreen implant placement of their sponsors. To everyone’s surprise, You’s answers were unexpected.
Murphy`s Lost (Germany, 03:00)
Directed by: Anna Gamburg
Written by: Anna Gamburg
Lenita comes to a Party and talks to 5 different people from different countries. Each person teaches her a new aspect about luck and happiness eventually leading her to her own understanding of happiness.
My Friend Frank (United Kingdom, )
Cast: Alex Moss, Ed Spence, Josh Sweeney, Georgina Elsom
Charlie loves his mum but she doesn't look after him properly, sometimes she hurts him. Charlie doesn't have friends at school but since inheriting a games console, he does online. His friends online don't bully him. Frank helps Charlie play the games better and shows him how to win. Frank is Charlie's best friend but is he who he says he is?
My Friend, The Mayor; small-town politics in the age of Trump (Netherlands, 60:00)
Directed by: Max Westerman
Cast: Sean Strub
Among the first to be hit by the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s, Sean Strub’s political ambitions took a backseat as he struggled to survive. Now 60, he is running for mayor of a conservative town in Pennsylvania. How will this liberal, openly gay ex-New Yorker and founder of POZ, a magazine for people with HIV, fare in a rural community that voted for Donald Trump?
NEVER GIVE UP (Malta, 15:00)
Directed by: Jonathan Schörnig
Written by: Jonathan Scho?rnig
Cast: Ogbonna Mekon Ebenerer, Ashby Chad
In 2014 Mekon had to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered.
No Thinking in the Shower (United States, 15:10)
Directed by: Christopher Affonco Bradley
Written by: Christopher Affonco Bradley
Cast: Nicola Quinn, Larry Mitchell, Brendan Burke
A determined woman hatches a mysterious scheme to take revenge on a piano-playing gangster.
Normal: The Documentary (United States, 18:55)
Directed by: Tari Wariebi
Written by: Tari Wariebi
Cast: Garren Edwards
Normal is a short documentary, that follows Garren, a 23 year old, black male who has set out to redefine what it means to be “normal” in this society, as we reexamine his neighborhood in South Central LA, where various pre-existing conditions prevent young men from having control over their fate. Ultimately, the goal of this film is to form a collective point of view on how young black men can transform their life by following what they deem to be true to themselves, despite what society and social infrastructure are telling them to be.
Old Fur New Teeth (United States, 07:16)
Directed by: Hannah M Stephens
Written by: Hannah M Stephens
A mother finds herself caught in a terrible trap and must confront her captor before it’s too late for her own children.
One Actor Short - 2 (United States, 09:25)
Directed by: Yuval David
Written by: Yuval David
Cast: Yuval David
In ‘One Actor Short,’ Yuval David Gives Random Strangers Chance to Star in Film on Streets of New York. After much fanfare and excitement over his pilot episode, acclaimed actor, host, and filmmaker Yuval David has now released the highly anticipated second episode of his groundbreaking new digital episodic series, ‘One Actor Short,’ in which he explores what happens when he invites random people on the streets of New York to play a role in his film, which Yuval directs and produces himself.
Our Morocco (United States, 03:07)
Directed by: Paulo Wenceslao
My wife and I travelled to Morocco for two weeks. We started in Marrakech and travelled north to the port city of Tangier. This country is extraordinarily unique and exotic, but it certainly wasn’t an easy travel. Spending nearly 30 hours in a jeep and 15 hours in a train takes a toll, but along the way we saw some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wide array of peoples and cultures.
Part of Your World (United States, 15:46)
Directed by: Sarah Goldstein, Louis Otero
Cast: Pesach Eisen, Adeena Blumenfeld, Aedin Frei
This short documentary film explores the complicated relationship between formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews and how their sudden exposure to pop culture affected their transition into the secular world. For those growing up in insular ultra-Orthodox communities in Brooklyn, with little to no access to TV, radio, or even secular books or newspapers, this transition is a stark and constant reminder of the separation between the ultra-Orthodox communities in which they were raised and the rest of New York City.
Playland USA (Germany, 88 minutes)
Directed by: Benjamin Schindler
Written by: Benjamin Schindler, Jan Wilde
Benjamin Schindler’s exceptional documentary PLAYLAND USA takes us on a time travel through the United States as a country of unlimited narratives. It explores the great myths, stories and dreams that contribute to the creation of its identity, both past and present, influenced by the world’s largest entertainment industry. Embedded in allusions to Hollywood movies and other symbols of pop culture, the film bows from the conquest of the New World to the settlement of alien planets, linking past and future, traversing various genres, epochs, and fictitious locations.
Portraitist (Luxembourg, 15:42)
Directed by: Cyrus Neshvad
Written by: Cyrus Neshvad, Guillaume Levil
Cast: Albert Delpy, Hervé Sogne, Lysa Welschen, Brigitte Urhausen, Annette Schlechter
A grandfather at the edge of despair is called to care for his dying granddaughter. Through art, he kindles a relationship with her that brings beauty to the darkness in their lives.
R.I.P. (United States, 08:24)
Directed by: Cooper Haskell
Written by: Cooper Haskell
Inspired by Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving. A procrastinating writer sleeps his life away on the New York City Subway.
Rebel (Canada, 15:03)
Directed by: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Written by: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Cast: Édouard-B. Larocque , Émile Schneider , Sasha Migliarese , Jean-Nicolas Verreault
To Alex, a naive six years old boy, the mysterious patrols lead by his father's right-wing militia are nothing but opportunities to play hide and seek out in the woods. Until he ventures too far.
REEL ME – THE FILM MUSICAL (KOPFKINO – DAS FILMMUSICAL) (Germany, 1:26:00)
Directed by: Peter Lund
Written by: Peter Lund
Cast: Markus Fetter , Linda Hartmann , Jonathan Francke , Lisa-Maria Hörl
Lennard runs away to Berlin and moves into a flat share, along with easygoing Ben and crazy Fine. Yet Lennard has a lot of roommates already…at least in his head: No wonder Lennard can’t make up his mind, with whom he is in love with: Ben oder Fine?
Rescued (Rescatado) (United States, 15:00)
Directed by: Arturo Vargas
Written by: Arturo Vargas
Cast: Aidan Morales, Daniela Vidaurre, Manny Rubio
A young boy, Anselmo, faces his fears of bullies and his drunk abusive father. He escapes reality by reading his comic book "The Mighty Blitz" and learns to stand up for himself with the help of his mother.
Residual Minority (Ireland, 06:30)
Directed by: Mieke Vanmechelen
Written by: Mieke Vanmechelen
Humans, animals and their environment are mutually dependent.
The rare cattle in this film are part of a collective cultural identity that is under threat of dying out. They symbolise the possibility of a resistance against individualistic, competitive economic order and are part of an ethical and humane residual minority.
Ride The Wave (United States, 16:52)
Directed by: Colleen Davie Janes
Written by: Scott Morrell, Sylvana Jakich, Rob Alicea
Rolenta (United States, 2:25)
Directed by: Julissa Sabino
Written by: Julissa Sabino, Jeremiah Hobbs
Cast: Maggie Politi, Spiro Marcos, Jeremiah Hobbs, Julissa Sabino
Comedic pharmaceutical drug commercial.
Rough Day, Jan (United States, 04:18)
Directed by: Phil Wilson
Written by: Phil Wilson
Cast: Becky Jo Harris, Jason Washburn
Jan desperately tries to avoid getting the traffic ticket that she deserves.
Roxanne (USA, 02:53)
Directed by: Kathryn Heady
Written by: Kathryn Heady
A toy soldier must defeat his love's abusive husband in order to save her and bring the relationship together
SACI (REMIX) - BaianaSystem ft. Tropkillaz (Brazil, 05:00)
Directed by: Rafael Kent
Written by: Rafael Kent, Renan Chagas
Originally, Saci Pererê is an important character of the Brazilian folklore. In the original version he is a young one-legged black kid who smokes a pipe and wears a red cap that supposedly gives him magical powers. He is well known for being a prankster and extremely difficult to catch even with only one leg. Although Saci is a playful, childlike, folklore character in Bahia (BaianaSystem state), the terms “Saci” or “Sacizeiro” are commonly used to refer to panic or drug abuse.
Saving Robin Williams (United States, 28:00)
Directed by: Lawrence Whitener
Written by: Lawrence Whitener
Cast: Roger Kabler, Lawrence Whitener
If you discovered time travel into the past, but could only use it once, and only for 15 minutes...Who would you save, and why?
School Crossing (United States, 16:30)
Directed by: Karla Caraballo-Torres
The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is considered among the worst in Latin American history. While much of the media coverage has focused on the political turmoil in Venezuela, “School Crossing” focuses on an unseen crisis: the education of the next generation of Venezuelan children.
Sex and Tortillas (Sexo Y Tortillas) (United States, 11:57)
Directed by: Priscilla Alvarez
Written by: Priscilla Alvarez
Cast: Christina Rabago, Celia Garza
An American woman flies to a small town in Mexico to visit her estranged auntie. She is a traveling saleswoman. What she sells shocks the culture and vibrates the town, but it also brings women together.
Sharon Is Karen (United States, 03:38)
Directed by: Miriam Katz
Written by: Miriam Katz
Cast: Bonnie Hellman, Linda Weinrib, Bruce Gale, Kenn Schmidt
In this eccentric life swap comedy, Sharon and Karen hatch a daring plan to trade lunches, occupations, husbands...
Silicon Valley, Baby. (Finland, 58:25)
Directed by: Erika Haavisto
Written by: Erika Haavisto, Heli Sirviö
Cast: Kalle Freese and Erika Haavisto
Startup founder Kalle wants to change the life of one billion people. His wife films the everyday struggle: from raising $ 3 million, to getting accepted to startup incubator Y Combinator, to losing it all, the business and the relationship. Why do so many think that going after your startup dreams in Silicon Valley is worth sacrificing everything?
SlapNuts Comedy - Dad Dome (United States, 2:20)
Directed by: Jason Ortiz
Written by: Matthew Michaud
Cast: Melaisha Belardo, Devin Murphy, Chazz Schulz, Andre De Leon
When dads need to get involved in a kid fight, they settle it in THE DAD DOME! Two dads enter, one dad leaves... but not with dignity.
Snow in the Summer (, 07:15)
Directed by: Daun Han
Written by: Daun Han
Cast: Lee Yuna, Idylle, Kim Hyun-Woo
A Veteran Magician finds a magic ring that contains the memory of her and her lover at the ruin of her old studio.
Sonny "An Angel From Hell" (United States, 2:00:00)
Directed by: Aurelio Ocampo Jr
Written by: Julie Argiunzoni
Cast: Patrick Perlaky, Peter Mendoza, Cristina Hughes, Rob Chavez, Danny Trejo
A troubled juvenile from New York was destined to become another heroin statistic. It wasn’t until he found redemption in God, that he would begin a lifelong journey to save others like himself.
South X (United States, 4:47)
Directed by: JP Olsen
Written by: Chris Morrissey, Tomek Miernowski, JP Olsen
Cast: Tomek Meirnowski, Chris Morrissey
Spacing Out (United States, 02:16)
Directed by: Jiamu Tao
Written by: Jiamu Tao
Cast: Shannon Kim, Jiamu Tao
A conversation between a girl and her spirit.
Sprinkles (United States, 08:15)
Directed by: Evan Margolis
Written by: Evan Margolis
Cast: Marcus Crawford Guy
A young queer man reflects on his estranged grandmother by 'taking care' of his elderly neighbor's deceased dog. An exploration of the strange ways in which we reconcile the past.
Sundays at The Triple Nickel (, 11:11)
Directed by: Jessica Colquhoun
On Edgecombe Avenue in Sugar Hill, Harlem, Marjorie Eliot is making sure her apartment building’s iconic jazz legacy lives on. Marjorie and her son have been hosting jazz concerts in her apartment every Sunday for the past 26 years, a pursuit of overcoming grief through music. This film tells the story of the women behind the piano, and how Marjorie’s generous vision came to be and the life it has taken on since, as she leaves behind her own legacy.
Swim Up Hill (United States, 02:36)
Directed by: John Duarte
Written by: John Duarte
Cast: Jamal Hill
A Paralympic swimmer from Inglewood, Jamal Hill has blazed through boundaries. Once fully paralyzed from the neck down, and now top ranked in the United States, he teaches us that nothing - and no one - can put a limit on his ambition if he doesn’t impose one on himself. As soon as I met Jamal, I knew I had to document his journey.
TALE OF RISING RANI (India, 2:05:00)
Directed by: PRAKASH SAINI
Cast: Stuti Agrawal, Parul Verma, Sunil Tamang, Mahesh Saini, Anant Saraswat, Sachin Dhangar, Anil Yadav
As children we are constantly warned by our elders about the hardships of life. At some point we all must overcome these obstacles that life will place between us and our destiny. Unfortunately for ‘Rani’ some of these obstacles are in the form of people, like her father ‘Mahesh’. Who is hell bent on getting ‘Rani’ married right after school.
Tarka Wolf Presents : Save the Scooters (United States, 02:07)
Directed by: Sara Lohman
Written by: Henry Hereford, Sara Lohman
Cast: Henry Hereford
Tarka heads to Venice CA to investigate to the scooter, in particular "The Bird". Where did this magical creature come from? and what does the future hold for it with over population out of control?
The Annex - Short Sketch Comedy (United States, 06:00)
Directed by: Garth Kravits
Written by: Evan Daves
Cast: Garth Kravits
A workplace comedy sketch series taking place at The Annex in NYC. Meet the administrators, teachers and students at this continuing adult education facility
The Chicken Dancer (United States, 02:09)
Directed by: Tommy Walters
Written by: Sloan Brettholtz
Cast: Sloan Brettholtz, Samantha Funk
This chicken is having a rocky start backstage. Will they be known for more than the chicken dance?
The Comedian (India, 24:16)
Directed by: Katyayan Shivpuri
Written by: Katyayan Shivpuri
Cast: Satish Kaushik, Grace Girdhar
The comedian is a film about an ageing comedic actor in the Indian film industry (Bollywood) who has no laughter left in his life. Hasmukh Lal was a superstar comedian in the 1990s. His name was synonymous with laughter and joy. Today he is a lonely, embittered old man, frustrated at what life has meted out to him. Using anger as his last defence, he is feared and loathed by his neighbours and co-workers alike. Riya is young Youtube Video blogger who moves in with her family next door to him.
The Dance (United States, 04:00)
Directed by: Prashant Naik
Desert Southwest, includes arid landscape of the Mojave, Navajo and the Sonoran. From natural sandstones in Utah to towering buttes of Arizona to the Great Basin in eastern California, this dry desert carries its own colors and rhythms. Light from the stars and that of the sun, transforms this desert terrain into even more vivid scenes that changes dramatically from one horizon to another.
The Daschund’s Show (Spain, 03:00)
Directed by: Sandra M Dustet
Written by: Maria Elena Walsh
The adventures and misadventures of a daschund in a day at the beach.
The Deep End (United States, 10:02)
Directed by: Emma Grace Wright
Written by: Emma Grace Wright
Cast: Beau Wright, Amy Wright, Tommy Sullivan, Ethan Shumate, Amy Todd
Beau wants to be just like the boys, yet most of his middle school peers won't make room for a kid with Down syndrome. An unexpected invitation from a classmate changes everything.
THE DESECRATED (United States, 07:48)
Directed by: John Gray
Written by: John Gray
Cast: Stacey Farber, Marica Moran
A young morgue attendant working the night shift encounters an unwelcome visitor.
The Desert (United States, 26:40)
Directed by: Bo Kovitz
Written by: Bo Kovitz
Years after the closure of a major public hospital in the Bay Area, patients, first responders and care providers must navigate a hospital desert and adapt to the limited options, longer distances and backlogged systems of care.
The Final Piece (United States, 3:48)
Directed by: Maris Jones
Written by: Maris Jones
Cast: Suzy Jones
60s inspired Music Video for RnB/Soul artist Suzy Jones.
The Finger on the Button (United States, 3:35)
Directed by: Jonny Lewis
Written by: Jonny Lewis
Cast: Whit Spurgeon, Patty Kelley
A pentagon General receives a call from the president ordering a nuclear strike against SOUTH Korea. A Major questions the order. Does the president have dementia? Will a nation be obliterated? Watch and see!
The Hill (United States, 02:00 minutes)
Directed by: Jordan McClendon
Written by: Jordan McClendon
The Hill is a 3D computer animation that takes place on the hill of State Street in Albany NY
The Housesitters (United States, 13:06)
Directed by: Whitney St. Ours
Written by: Joshua Morrison
Cast: Mark St. Cyr, David Lanson, Whitney St. Ours
On their last day as house sitters, a young couple is visited by a stranger who exposes the lies between them.
The Last Fishing Trip (United States, 22:00)
Directed by: Christopher Fox
Written by: Christopher Fox
Cast: Richard Malvey
An older woman's mortality is tested after she loses her brother to cancer. With nothing else to live for, she meets a young man who represents hope.
The Millennial Experience (United States, 51:34)
Directed by: Alex Crozier
Cast: Fausto Rivera Contreras, Blair Jolly Elliot, Paul Flanagan, Paul Giarratano, Nia-Amina Minor, Madison Oliver, Alexander Pham, Emily Pihlaja, Lena Silverman, Jacklyn Wheatley
The Millennial Experience is a feature length documentary that focuses on cultural appropriation, LGBTQIA+ culture, and feminism, within the Millennial generation. The dance sequences in the film are adapted from director Alex Crozier's stage production MILLENNIALS which focuses on the aforementioned themes.
The Old Man (United States, 16:13)
Directed by: Devin Peluso
Written by: Devin Peluso
Cast: Steve Coulter, Kate Pittard, Patrick Monaghan, Claudia Troy
After his daughter suggests he should move into an assisted living home, a stubborn widower must accept the fact that he's not the young and healthy man that he used to be.
The Overcoat (United Kingdom, 25:00)
Directed by: Justin Juice Black
Cast: Jeremy Stockwell, David Lemberg, Simone Mcintyre, Chris Larner
The Overcoat is a short film set in Oxford, UK, directed by Justin Juice Black and adapted by David Lemberg from a short story by Ukrainian author Nikolai Gogol. The story follows the changing fortunes of a harried Office worker who purchases an expensive new overcoat from a mysterious tailor. As soon as he puts on the coat, his life seems to change for the better. His acquaintances treat him with more respect and even invite him to social events; he now begins to excel at his work. With this upturn in fortunes, he gains a new self-confidence.
The Right Girls (United States, 1:25:00)
Directed by: Timothy Wolfer
Written by: Jonny Orlansky
Cast: Valentyna, Joanne Stefani, Chantal, Sinay
Three young transgender women from El Salvador and Honduras - Valentina, Johanna and Chantal - travel through Southern Mexico within the high-profile “Migrant Caravan”. They develop a deep friendship as they walk and hitch rides northwards; coping with long journeys, limited funds, and regular harassment. They team up with other trans girls – including Sinay – along the route, and integrate within the caravan’s LGBTQ community.
The Right Night (France, 09:24)
Directed by: Jeremias Nussbaum
Written by: Jeremias Nussbaum
Cast: Nina Mazodier, Jeremias Nussbaum
Sacha lives alone in his car by the river. One day he walks, as usually, on the cemetery walls, when his path is disrupted by Sam’s presence. Sitting alone, staring into space, she’s having dark thoughts… This bittersweet tale describes the encounter of two lost souls and tackles the question of life and death in a surprisingly light-hearted and quirky tone.
The Shadow - La sombra (Spain, 08:00)
Directed by: JUANMA MARTÍN
Written by: JUANMA MARTÍN
Have you ever felt fear walking your way back home? Celia is a 20 year old student who fell asleep in the library. When she woke up hours later, she found herself alone in the building.
The Unrecognized (Israel, 47:35)
Directed by: Anna Oliker
Written by: Anna Oliker
Cast: Othman and Aisha Abu Ajaj
When the Israeli government in 2014 forms a new plan to urbanized the Bedouin villages in the Negev, the lives of more Tha two hundred thousand citizens are on the verge of change. Othman, a local young man, takes upon himself to convince the residents of Bir-Hadaj to accept the government's offer of urbanization. He soon realizes that the true potential for change will come from within the community mainly from the women He recruits his younger sister, Aisha, to advocate for literacy and integration.
Three blades (France, 29:00)
Directed by: Matthieu MAUNIER-ROSSI
Written by: Matthieu MAUNIER-ROSSI
Cast: Davidson DUPUY, Jordany COTHIAS, Norbert ALIX
Haiti, nowadays. One day in the life of a family of three : three men, alone with their dreams and frustrations. Three generations under the burning sun. A day like every other day... And between them, everywhere, in every hand, there are blades : machetes. So when the night eventually comes…
Thud (United States, 5:18)
Directed by: Fella Cederbaum
Written by: Fella Cederbaum
Cast: Fella Cederbaum
How would you live your life if you were faced with imminent death?
Tierra (Colombia, 14:58)
Directed by: Ale Alviar
Written by: Ale Alviar
Eight year old Luisa is forcefully displaced from her rural life accompanied by her mother and older sister. Danger haunts them, altering their efforts to cope with their new life, all in the exuberance and cultural beauty of a tropical city in Colombia where violence feels inevitable.
TIME IS PRECIOUS (Spain, 1hour 33 minutes)
Directed by: Miguel Molina
Written by: Miguel Molina and Jose Luis de Damas
Cast: Miguel Molina
Tombstone Pillow (United States, 12:00)
Directed by: Daniel Lir, Bayou Bennett
Written by: Fraser Scott
Cast: Lourdes Duque Baron, Kendra Sison De Mesa
A 9-year-old girl gives the Philippines’ wealthiest widow a tour of a graveyard thousands of poor people call home, where she discovers what real riches are.
Tongue Tied (USA, 02:43)
Directed by: Anthony Jensen
Written by: Anthony Jensen
An old gymnast recounts the day he faced his biggest rival and the tragedy that soon followed.
Touch - (United States, 1:36:49)
Directed by: Aleksandra Szczepanowska
Written by: Aleksandra Szczepanowska
Cast: Aleksandra Szczepanowska, Yang Jun, Yuan Jiangyi
Fei Fei, a married Caucasian western woman living in a small town in China with her family, meets Bai Yu, a Chinese blind masseur, and the two are powerfully drawn to one another. Against all odds, they come together in an intense love affair -- a turning point in both their lives from which there is no return. While Fei Fei tries to reconcile her attraction for Bai Yu, along with the stresses of her marriage to Zhang Hua, she pulls away from the affair.
Unbecoming (Canada, 19:03)
Directed by: Navid Mashayekhi
Cast: Logan Wong
We all try to be something, to become someone. Unbecoming chronicles the life of Logan, as he fights to "unbecome" everything he's been until now, that wasn’t really him in the first place, as we follow his story from early childhood, to a traumatic adolescence, and beyond.
Directed by: Greg Kase
Written by: Lee Schatzman (created by), Brady Schatzman (created by), Greg Kase
Cast: Rebi Paganini, Ky Soto, Lee Schatzman, Barbara Moonsammy, Fidel Kisic
An ethically questionable television production exploits a motley group of homeless people by making them the subject of a docuseries that poses as a human interest story on the drug epidemic in America—all while its subjects slip deeper into the rotten underbelly of society. The show depicts the everyday struggles of survival while living life without a roof over your head, but also focuses on very human experiences and the resilience of the human spirit.
Untitled (Sans Titre) (France, 24:04)
Directed by: Clément de Dadelsen
Written by: Clément de Dadelsen
Cast: Arthur Provost, Bérénice Coudy, Christian de Dadelsen, Joffrey Monteiro-Noël, Benoît Chauvin
Jules is about to publish his first novel but cannot find the right title with his publisher. He therefore decides to go to Lisbon to convince the greatest title writer to find him one for free. The old man finally accepts but offers him a very strange deal...
Vater (Germany, 04:25)
Directed by: Bernhard Range, Eric Stehfest
Written by: Bernhard Range, Eric Stehfest, Victoria Braunholz
Cast: Conrad F. Geier, Susann Scharf, Jessica Zötl, Julian Trottner, Nathalie Escobar
A music video of Berlin-based industrial techno artist Hartbrand whose father joined the right wing party AfD of Germany. A global sympton of failing communication between generations. 'Vater' is the artist's analysis of his parent generation that lost course.
Wanderlust (USA, 2:53)
Directed by: Regina K Cicone and Angelique K Smith
Written by: Regina K Cicone and Angelique K Smith
An adventurous suitcase wants to get out and explore the world, but he’s trapped inside with his workaholic owner.
We Choose To Go (United Kingdom, 14:45)
Directed by: Marlene Emilia Rios
Written by: Marlene Emilia Rios
Cast: Sarah Flower, Carl Briedis , Jamie Forrest, Aroonsri Khamsamran, Marlene Emilia Rios, Mission Control
When Angie Miranda first awakens onboard the Horizon, she notices something seems a bit…off. After taking her first initial steps outside her cryosleep pod, she discovers her crew mates have died in their sleep, and all the food onboard the ship is beyond expired. As she explores, she discovers that the ship has undergone a fatal mission error and they’ve not only overshot their mission to Pluto—but they’ve endured 60 years of directionless drift. As Angie tries to overcome the fatal scenario she’s found herself in, she reflects back on the life she gave up on Earth in pursuit of this mission.
We Saved Private Ryan (United States, 3:35)
Directed by: Jonny Lewis
Written by: Jonny Lewis
Cast: Patty Kelley, Jonny Lewis
During World War II, an Army colonel arrives at the home of Mrs. Ryan to deliver the wonderful news that only three of her sons are dead. The Army managed to save her fourth son, and the colonel wants a pat on the back for it. When Mrs. Ryan seems less than appreciative, he points out that she's seeing the glass half empty. Or, maybe 3/4 empty.
WHITE LIGHT (Australia, 1:27:00)
Directed by: GEORGE GITTOES
Written by: GEORGE GITTOES
Cast: Comunity of Englewood South Side Chicago
Southside Chicago has worse gun violence statistics than any active war zone of the last two decades. White Light goes to the source of why these civilian deaths are happening and highlight the ways the community is working to bring peace and end the cycle of revenge and retaliation.
White Light (Art Film) (United Kingdom, 06:24)
Directed by: Richard Nik Evans
Written by: Vera Graziadei
Cast: White Light designed and directed by Richard Nik Evans is an experimental film based on a poem written and performed by Vera Graziadei. It follows an anonymous supernatural character on a journey to discover the mysteries of existence and our ephemeral connection to the printed word. The witch like character surrounds herself with text that she makes from paper, plants, cloth, photograms and butterflies. She stitches these words together to make an environment of letters which she hangs in a disused greenhouse as if trying to grow meaning. This short, philosophical film with an original score by Fiona Brice escalates as the character’s futile rituals referencing exposure, growth and mourning descend into a storm of book pages. Eventually the words, the photograms, the plants, the greenhouse and the character herself all succumb to our common destiny and dissolve into the darkness.
White Light designed and directed by Richard Nik Evans is an experimental film based on a poem written and performed by Vera Graziadei. It follows an anonymous supernatural character on a journey to discover the mysteries of existence and our ephemeral connection to the printed word. The witch like character surrounds herself with text that she makes from paper, plants, cloth, photograms and butterflies.
Windows, Windows (Poland, 1:02:00)
Directed by: Wojciech Solarz
Written by: Wojciech Solarz
Cast: Wojciech Solarz
Villages gripped by fear, families running for their lives, special ops assembled to fight the unstoppable force terrorising the countryside. And the villain- rebellious, ever evading wood grouse. It strikes from hiding and disappears never to be found. Amidst the horrors sits Wojtek in his post atop a hunting box trying to spot the bloodthirsty beast. One night he sees a blazing window in an empty expanse. But there is no house.
Woman of the Photographs (Japan, 1:28:48)
Directed by: Takeshi Kushida
Written by: Takeshi Kushida
Cast: Hideki Nagai, Itsuki Otaki, Toshiaki Inomata, Toki Koinuma
A misogynic photographer discovers for the first time in his life the joys of loving a woman, this one confused about her self-identity and self-esteem, by helping her in her perceptions of herself with his retouching skills. One day, middle-aged photographer and retouching artist Kai encounters Kyoko, a beautiful woman and model with a huge and ugly scar on her body. She asks Kai if he can erase the scar in her photographs of herself and create a perfect and flawless body by his retouching skills. Kyoko is fascinated by her new perfect looks in her photographs.
Women is Losers (United States, 1:24:00)
Directed by: Lissette Feliciano
Written by: Lissette Feliciano
Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Bryan Craig, Chrissie Fit, Simu Liu, Liza Weil, Cranston Johnson, Lincoln Bonilla, Alessandra Torresani, Ivana de Maria, Steven
WOMEN IS LOSERS is a powerful feature film starring Lorenza Izzo , Bryan Craig (GRAND HOTEL), Chrissie Fit , Simu Liu and Steven Bauer . Written and directed by Lissette Feliciano, WOMEN IS LOSERS is inspired by the true story of a single mother who endures many hardships in her pursuit of providing a stable household in order to keep her family from sinking into poverty in America pre Roe v. Wade.
World War (United Kingdom, 03:30)
Directed by: Libby Knowles
Written by: Akala
Cast: Sherine Chalhie, Chris Moses, Momin Swaitat , Sarah Boadi , Jelly Cleaver, Chloe Florence , Michael Sookham, Rosy May, Cesar Perugini
World’s War; written, performed and recorded by Akala and Directed by Libby Knowles, explores the ideas behind history and representation. The historical role of millions of colonial troops used in the bloodiest of conflicts lies buried as deeply as the motives of the war itself. A war over territorial control that has shaped the world in which we live today. History is written by the winners Sometimes though heroes are of another hue Are they remembered at all? By who? – Akala
wtv, it's cool (United States, 3:05)
Directed by: Brit Phelan
In “wtv, it’s cool” Phé and Brit explore the millennial experience and how we navigate the deterioration and transformation of our personal relationships in this ever-growing digital world.
Yellow Arrows (United States, 15:00)
Directed by: Yana Sar
Written by: Yana Sar
Cast: Elijah Guo, Jennette Nelligan
After receiving messages from a stranger, Jack follows a path into a hidden world. As he gets trapped in the maze of the unknown, answers he was looking for begin to be revealed to him.
Yet Another (United States, 3:12)
Directed by: Tim Disbrow
Written by: Tim Disbrow
Cast: Ethan DeBeus , Matt Locker
Cooped up inside and overcome with boredom, a young boy ventures out of the house to find a little excitement--but it's not the first time.
You Don't Have to be Afraid Anymore (, 09:30)
Directed by: Elizabeth Del Re
Written by: Elizabeth Del Re
Cast: Elizabeth Del Re, Ali Damji, Juliet Rusche
Megan is a stay at home mom who lives with her husband Ray and her daughter Erin. On the surface Ray seems like loving husband, but underneath he is an abusive alcoholic. Megan's eight year old daughter, Erin, unfortunately has to witness her mother being abused by her father. Faced with an uncertain future, will Erin be able to convince Megan to gather the courage to take them away from a life of violence?
Your Smile (China, 25:34)
Directed by: Haochen Yang
Written by: Haochen Yang
Cast: Fu Cheng, Youxuan Ren, Yingzi Yelin
Boyang, a retro high school teenager in Beijing, is experiencing the rebellious phase of his youth. He refuses to change himself by having a cellphone to fit in the community. He is alienated by other people and he is unwilling to open up his mind. One day, he captures an unforgettable smile on a young girl’s face through his 35mm film camera. He decides to approach that smile. After the struggling of changing himself, Boyang finally shows his long-lost smile on his face.