2020 Films

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Call to arms (United States, 03:38)

Directed 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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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King of the Road (United States, 24:57)

Directed by: Cate Celso

Written by: Cate Celso

Cast: Rick Torres

Rick Torres is a tractor trailer driver and 20 year Elvis Presley Tribute Artist whose passion is legendary.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Portraitist (Luxembourg, 15:42)

Directed by: Cyrus Neshvad

Written by: Cyrus Neshvad, Guillaume Levil

Cast: Albert Delpy, Hervé Sogne, Lysa Welschen, Brigitte Urhausen, Old Woman

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Retrieval (United States, 08:00)

Directed by: Brady Morell

Written by: Brady Morell

Cast: Ashley Williams, Na'Jae Green, Cameron Elie

When the younger of two brothers, Cameron, has his jacket stolen, their mother Katrina sends the eldest brother, Anthony out to get it back. But as time passes, Katrina and Cameron begin to wonder if Anthony will return at all.

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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.

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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.

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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. ​

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Sexo Y Tortillas (sex and 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.

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Silicon Valley, Baby. (Finland, 58:25)

Directed by: Erika Haavisto

Written by: Erika Haavisto, Heli Sirviö

Cast: Kalle Freese, Heli Sirviö

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tarka Wolf presents - Scouters (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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Flying Circus (Kosovo, 1:55:00)

Directed by: Fatos Berisha

Written by: Fatos Berisha

Cast: Armend Smajli, Afrim Mucaj, Shpetim Selmani, Tristan Halilaj, Velibor Topic

A troupe of actors from Kosovo weigh the risks of illegally crossing the border into Albania in the hope of meeting their idol, Monty Python’s Michael Palin.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Vertebrate (United States, 03:57)

Directed by: Ehud Sopher

Written by: Ehud Sopher

Cast: Greg Maziuk

An isolated man seeks fulfillment in the simple things in life.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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