2020 Films

#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.

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(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.

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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

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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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Andean Condor (Brazil, 15:00)


Written by: Carol Saraiva


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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, 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.

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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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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?

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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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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.

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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


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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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.

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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.

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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


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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Era (USA, 06:20)

Directed by: William Matheson

Written by: William Matheson

Era is a hypnagogic experimental rumination on ecology, mutation and collapse.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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FEAST (China, 1:37 )

Directed by: YUNXING NIE

Written by: CHUANFA WAN


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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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?

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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.

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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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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.

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Glitches (Tiawan, 21:00)

Directed by: Annie Chen

Written by: Annie Chen


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.

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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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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

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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

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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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Hearing Shapes (United States, 4:45)

Directed by: Saatch Rajjan

Written by: Fella Cederbaum

Cast: Fella Cederbaum

Creativity: Surrender or personal will?

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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.

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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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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"

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Micro Movies - The Suspect (Germany, 01:04)

Directed by: Florian Meimberg

Written by: Florian Meimberg

Cast: Karo Matheis / Matheis Casting

The MICRO MOVIES are „the world’s shortest feature films“.  A whole storyline compressed into a couple of seconds with a disturbing twist in the very end.

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Micro Movies - The Test (Germany, 00:48)

Directed by: Florian Meimberg

Written by: Florian Meimberg

Cast: Karo Matheis / Matheis Casting

The MICRO MOVIES are „the world’s shortest feature films“.  A whole storyline compressed into a couple of seconds with a disturbing twist in the very end.

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Micro Movies - The Visitor (Germany, 00:36)

Directed by: Florian Meimberg

Written by: Florian Meimberg

Cast: Karo Matheis / Matheis Casting

The MICRO MOVIES are „the world’s shortest feature films“.  A whole storyline compressed into a couple of seconds with a disturbing twist in the very end.

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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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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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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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?

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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, 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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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

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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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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?

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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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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.

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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...

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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?

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Sirens (United States, 2:29)

Directed by: Alina Popescu

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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!

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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

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Shadow - La sombra (Spain, 08:00)

Directed 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.

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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.

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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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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?

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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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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WHITE LIGHT (Australia, 1:27:00)



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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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wtv, it's cool (United States, 3:05)

Directed by: Brit Phelan

Cast: Phé

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.

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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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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.

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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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