2020 NYC Indie Film Festival
A Stone's Throw (Australia, 10:34)
Directed by: Luke Wissell
Written by: Luke Wissell, Ben Crisp
Cast: Anna Steen, Patrick Graham, Lily Pearl
With their comatose daughter suspected of manslaughter, and police on their way to the hospital, two troubled parents must decide whether to lie to protect her.
ALEITA (United States, 12:52)
Directed by: Seungwon Gio Park
Written by: Natasha Soto-Albors, Seungwon Gio Park
Cast: Nataly Santiago, NaNa Ponceleon, Maria del Mar Fernandez Gonzalez, Deshawn da Prince
With the most crucial audition of her career hanging in the balance, a young Latina dancer grapples between familial duty and artistic dedication.
All My Sons presents "Flowers" (United States, 04:10)
Directed by: Jared Hada Smith
Written by: Jared Hada Smith
Shot on location at The Flower Shop in NYC, "Flowers" is a humorous take on bar culture and different generational views of dating. Just as the single evokes 70's soft-rock and funk music, the video modernizes 70's film imagery with its costume design, production design and cinematography. Broken into three brief narratives, we witness Nolan (lead vocals, guitar), Danny (drums) and Zack (lead guitar) respectively squander romantic opportunities due to toxic behavior.
Anacronte (Argentina, 14:58)
Directed by: Raúl Koler, Emiliano Sette
Written by: Raúl Koler, Sabrina Pace
Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil, without any emotion and fulfilling their destiny, they put to test humanity's happiness in a struggle that, in short, has each of us as winners and losers.
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.
Benefit of Billy Hipkins (United States, 17:30)
Directed by: George Fairfield
Written by: George Fairfield
This documentary follows Billy Hipkins on his journey to discover what happened to Jennie Gourley, one of the actresses on stage the night President Lincoln was assassinated. Along the way he finds more than he ever thought possible, including himself.
Best Chance U (United States, 18:49)
Directed by: Elizabeth Jenny
Written by: Elizabeth Jenny
An inside look at the Ivy League football experience of black players at Dartmouth College.
Black Hole (Ukraine, 07:44)
Directed by: Nicholas Ovcharov
Written by: Nicholas Ovcharov
Cast: Valeriy Latko, Hordii Denysenko, Illia Kozlov, Danil Nikiforov, Nadia Boldonova , Masha Sabadash, Nicholas Ovcharov
An astrophysics professor leads a lecture about a black hole that absorbs everything around it. He doesn’t know yet that he will also be enveloped by this black hole. Because each of us is born to interact with each other, mutually absorb each other for the sake of our common development.
BOY EATS GIRL: A Zombie Love Story (United States, 07:10)
Directed by: Sarah Gurfield
Written by: Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin
Cast: Brandon W. Jones, Alexandra Ryan, Annie Abrams
A short romantic comedy about two zombies who meet-cute while fighting over a dead woman’s intestines. Their brains have died...but not their hearts.
Butterfly (United States, 23:41)
Directed by: Bonnie Foster
Written by: Bonnie Foster
Cast: Micah Fitzgerald, Jade Lorna Sullivan, Ryan Manuel
A fashion model leaves her life for the desert...and meets a mysterious stranger who finally brings the change she's been looking for.
Call to arms (United States, 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.
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.
Content Guidelines (United States, 20:00)
Directed by: Omid Shabkhiz
Written by: Denise Kulawik
Cast: Peter Banifaz, Jacob Womack, Jeremiah Benjamin, Stephen Brown
A Dark Comedy about a YouTube prank that goes wrong and now they have to get rid of dead body so their channel doesn't get deleted. Winner - Best Dark Comedy - Indie X Film Fest (2019) Nominated - Best Short Film - Orlando Film Festival (2019) Semi Finalist - Los Angeles Cine Fest (2019) Selected - Lift-Off Film Festival, Los Angeles (2019) Selected - Santa Monica International Film Festival (2019) Selected - Golden State Film Festival (2020) Selected - Malibu Film Festival (2020) Selected - NYC Indie Film Fest (2020) Selected - North Hollywood Cinefest (2020)
Cool for Five Seconds (United States, 12:00)
Directed by: Dani Wieder
Written by: Calamity West
Cast: Katherine Bourne Taylor, Mary Tilden
Colleen invites Eleanor to meet her in a diner late at night. They haven’t spoken in years - and Colleen has something to say.
Crystal Horse (Israel, 24:00)
Directed by: Ronen Amar
Written by: Ronen Amar
Cast: Roi Mehabad, Sophia Ostritsky
Lior, a 12-year-old boy, tries to help his narcotic mother to quit her addiction. When he realises that her attempts are futile, he is forced to make a difficult decision.
Dearest Degenerate (United Kingdom, 09:50)
Directed by: Antonia Luxem
Written by: Antonia Luxem
This piece is an address, in the form of a letter, to the close and homophobic person. It is a deconstructed reaction to the underlying and violent, invisible and yet prevalent homophobia within our society. It was developed from material found in personal notebooks and diaries and inspired by books such as Didier Eribon’s “Insult and the Making of the Gay Self” and José Esteban Muñoz’s “Cruising Utopia”.
Dedications I-V (United States, 23:54)
Directed by: Chloe Desaulles
Written by: Chloe Desaulles
Cast: Jerry Stolzenberg, Jackie Stolzenberg, Margaret Laske, Patricia McCann, Siamak Adibi, Joan Adibi, Candy Loughney, Patrick Loughney
'Dedications I-V' is a short volumetric film by Chloé Desaulles composed of individual tales on memory as told by people with progressive memory loss. The short is based on neuroscience research, suggesting that memories can be made more resistant to degenerative disorders through the use of active recall. Through this method, agency is given back to the protagonists, who can selectively choose which memories to hold on to.
Depressed Rabbit (United States, 20:37)
Directed by: Jon Bershad
Written by: Jon Bershad
Cast: Brian McEhlhaney, Monique Moses, Jonathan Marballi, Emma Vernon, Jim Santangeli, Keisha Zollar, Taylor Ortega, Brian Fithian, Andrew Barlow, J.W. Crump, Anna Roisman, Kristin Kirkley, Jon Bershad
A man looks for hope in an increasingly hopeless world. Also, it's a cartoon and everyone's an animal.
Dojo (France, 04:06)
Directed by: Nikodem
Written by: Nikodem
Cast: Gaël RAES, Soni ANDRIANASOLO
During a judo tournament, two young boys face each other, under the gaze of their parents. The pressure rises in the room.
Down the River (Israel, 30:00)
Directed by: Daniel H. Jacobson
Written by: Daniel H. Jacobson
Cast: Heli Amresh Sanka, Hameis El-Sheikh , Eli Menashe, Lior Naor, Itzik Peleg, Emos Ayeno, Yaser Abdullah, Habib Oksher
Neta Tezazo is an Ethiopian-Israeli Mossad officer with a mysterious past, sent on a mission to Darfur to intercede on behalf of Gen. Musa Issa Musa; a local warlord with political ambitions. If all goes according to plan, she will not survive the mission. Can Neta catch onto the game before she's the one that gets played?
Eat (an allegory) (Canada, 07:54)
Directed by: Lisa MacLean
Written by: Lisa MacLean
Eat (an allegory) began with a vision of travel through the bardo states, a series of Tibetan afterlives through which each soul will pass on their way to eventual reincarnation. Parts of the Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, describe the besetting of the soul during this process by a cacophony of wrathful grotesque demonic hordes. The soul is urged not to turn tail and run but to face these demons and understand that they are simply karmic manifestations of his own actions.... Eat (an allegory) combines layers of found footage, including digitised celluloid, and sound, to create an hallucinogenic meditation on life under late global capitalism.
Echoes in the Rainforest (Malaysia, 02:57)
Directed by: Alwyn Tay
Written by: Judy Hong, Anthony Saleh Ngau
Cast: MOSES LENJAU VINSIEN, CHRISTIARA MARQUEZA BESAM
In a village deep in the rainforest, a young girl strives for her dream, an old man opens his heart to change, and a young boy takes on a daunting challenge. This is a story of bravery, hope and love, inspired by an indigenous people in Borneo.
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.
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.
For All The Brilliant Conversations (United States, 55:13)
Directed by: Seok Wun Au Yong
Written by: Seok Wun Au Yong, Faith Njahîra Wangarî
Cast: Seok Wun Au Yong, Faith Njahîra Wangarî
Two international graduate students in the USA - Malaysian queer filmmaker Seok and Kenyan disabled activist-scholar Faith - embark on a journey to make a film that captures their friendship, putting them in vulnerable positions as they navigate trauma and healing.
Foret - Fôret (United States, 03:48)
Directed by: Lisa Barcy
Written by: Lisa Barcy
Animated iterations and recursions made 64 with 2" x 3" collages form a hypnotic bombardment of color and shapes, accompanied by music from Malian artist Luka Productions.
FRAM (Finland, 28:00)
Directed by: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
Written by: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
Cast: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
How far would you go to pursue an idea? Why do we do incredibly difficult things that have no practical application? Is there a parallel between geographic and artistic exploration? Fram is a documentary and travel film about two friends journeying to the end of the earth, in order to make a dance film in the polar wilderness of Svalbard.
French Fly (United States, 04:28)
Directed by: Liam LoPinto
Written by: Liam LoPinto
Cast: Arthur Chaumay, Zoe Lacau, Maija Burnett, Vincent Chansard, James Molle, Tia Gilles, Cain Pickens, Kion Heidari, Liam LoPinto
A fly returns home to find his life completely changed!
Friday Afternoon (United States, 1:16:47)
Directed by: Paige Campbell
Written by: Paige Campbell
Cast: Kim Blanck, Andrew R. Butler
The day that Gus goes in for her medical abortion, an unexpected complication leaves her with four hours to kill in the East Village before she can complete the procedure. During these hours, she is forced to confront the passivity with which she has lived her life, and as the result of her decision to end the pregnancy, she finds herself reborn through the deaths of her relationships.
GARBAGE (United States, 18:00)
Directed by: Jose Muniain
Written by: Brian Broome
Cast: Tami Dixon, Antonio Jeffries, Tracey Turner
Black people have to engage White America daily to maintain some sort of life. GARBAGE turns that entire scenario on its head exploring what would happen when a White person assumes that she can come to a Black person in search of death. This film will question the stereotype of the Black male as an instrument of death and the White woman as a symbol of purity and innocence. GARBAGE is about the misconceptions our society perpetrates about race.
Glitter (Norway, 04:01)
Directed by: Mone Frogg Christiansen
Written by: Mone Frogg Christiansen
Cast: Nokokure Celine Dahl
The music video for the song «Glitter» tells the story of impossible love in a pet shop. When a small fish falls in love with the girl working in the shop, there is not much else he can do than to dream about a world where she is in his element - water.
Good Guys do not Look at Explosions (Brazil, 04:06)
Directed by: Douro Moura
Written by: David Ehrlich
Cast: Paulo Ribeiro, Joelma Pereira
Couple of secret agents, after breaking into a base in the jungle, are forced into an unusual situation.
Goodbye Friendly Buddy (United States, 18:04)
Directed by: Morgan Wright
Written by: Morgan Wright
Cast: Enne Goldstein, Claire Foley
Two imaginary friends have the worst day of their lives
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.
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.
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
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.
Keep Going Joon (United States, 25:52)
Directed by: Cedar Daniels
Written by: Cedar Daniels, Brandon Beilis
Cast: Stephanie Kurtzuba, Todd Alan Crain, Jeremy Holm, Brandon Beilis, Yamaneika Saunders, Nimesh Patel
Juniper, a middle-age father, severely injures himself playing his favorite Tuesday night pick-up basketball game. After surgery to repair his torn ACL, he goes through a tedious rehab to get back to his beloved pastime; only to injure himself again ... and then again. Each surgery causes him to confront his love for the game and his wife’s hope that he’ll stop playing.
King of the Road (United States, 24:57)
Directed by: Cate Celso
Written by: Cate Celso
Cast: Rick Torres
Rick Torres is a tractor trailer driver and 20 year Elvis Presley Tribute Artist whose passion is legendary.
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.
KOPFKINO – DAS FILMMUSICAL - REEL ME – THE FILM MUSICAL (Germany, 1:26:00)
Directed by: Peter Lund
Written by: Peter Lund
Cast: Markus Fetter , Linda Hartmann , Jonathan Francke , Lisa-Maria Hörl
Lennard runs away to Berlin and moves into a flat share, along with easygoing Ben and crazy Fine. Yet Lennard has a lot of roommates already…at least in his head: No wonder Lennard can’t make up his mind, with whom he is in love with: Ben oder Fine?
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.
Loretta Lynn Gives Directions (United States, 03:05)
Directed by: Malorie Cunningham
Written by: Malorie Cunningham
Cast: Malorie Cunningham, Heath Harckham, Nick Reicheld
Two city boys get lost on a backroad where the Queen of Country, Loretta Lynn, attempts to guide them home.
Lycanthropy (United Kingdom, 15:59)
Directed by: Alexander Black
Written by: Alexander Black
Cast: Paul Duncan, Stephen Clark, Daniel Knight, Jon McKenna, Laura Bayston
Lycanthropy is a dark investigative thriller short film, which follows detectives Mark Kessler and John Mills, as they search for a missing girl. The story starts in the middle of a crime investigation. We meet the detectives as they wait to search the residence of a key suspect, Mr. Johnson. In the end, it becomes difficult to tell who the real villain is...
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.
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.
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?
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.
Normal: The Documentary (United States, 18:55)
Directed by: Tari Wariebi
Written by: Tari Wariebi
Cast: Garren Edwards
Normal is a short documentary, that follows Garren, a 23 year old, black male who has set out to redefine what it means to be “normal” in this society, as we reexamine his neighborhood in South Central LA, where various pre-existing conditions prevent young men from having control over their fate. Ultimately, the goal of this film is to form a collective point of view on how young black men can transform their life by following what they deem to be true to themselves, despite what society and social infrastructure are telling them to be.
Old Fur New Teeth (United States, 07:16)
Directed by: Hannah M Stephens
Written by: Hannah M Stephens
A mother finds herself caught in a terrible trap and must confront her captor before it’s too late for her own children.
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.
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.
R.I.P. (United States, 08:24)
Directed by: Cooper Haskell
Written by: Cooper Haskell
Inspired by Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving. A procrastinating writer sleeps his life away on the New York City Subway.
Rebel (Canada, 15:03)
Directed by: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Written by: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Cast: Édouard-B. Larocque , Émile Schneider , Sasha Migliarese , Jean-Nicolas Verreault
To Alex, a naive six years old boy, the mysterious patrols lead by his father's right-wing militia are nothing but opportunities to play hide and seek out in the woods. Until he ventures too far.
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.
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.
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.
SACI (REMIX) - BaianaSystem ft. Tropkillaz (Brazil, 05:00)
Directed by: Rafael Kent
Written by: Rafael Kent, Renan Chagas
Originally, Saci Pererê is an important character of the Brazilian folklore. In the original version he is a young one-legged black kid who smokes a pipe and wears a red cap that supposedly gives him magical powers. He is well known for being a prankster and extremely difficult to catch even with only one leg. Although Saci is a playful, childlike, folklore character in Bahia (BaianaSystem state), the terms “Saci” or “Sacizeiro” are commonly used to refer to panic or drug abuse.
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.
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.
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?
Snow in the Summer (, 07:15)
Directed by: Daun Han
Written by: Daun Han
Cast: Lee Yuna, Idylle, Kim Hyun-Woo
A Veteran Magician finds a magic ring that contains the memory of her and her lover at the ruin of her old studio.
Sonny "An Angel From Hell" (United States, 2:00:00)
Directed by: Aurelio Ocampo Jr
Written by: Julie Argiunzoni
Cast: Patrick Perlaky, Peter Mendoza, Cristina Hughes, Rob Chavez, Danny Trejo
A troubled juvenile from New York was destined to become another heroin statistic. It wasn’t until he found redemption in God, that he would begin a lifelong journey to save others like himself.
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.
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.
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?
The Annex - Short Sketch Comedy (United States, 06:00)
Directed by: Garth Kravits
Written by: Evan Daves
Cast: Garth Kravits
A workplace comedy sketch series taking place at The Annex in NYC. Meet the administrators, teachers and students at this continuing adult education facility
THE DESECRATED (United States, 07:48)
Directed by: John Gray
Written by: John Gray
Cast: Stacey Farber, Marica Moran
A young morgue attendant working the night shift encounters an unwelcome visitor.
The Desert (United States, 26:40)
Directed by: Bo Kovitz
Written by: Bo Kovitz
Years after the closure of a major public hospital in the Bay Area, patients, first responders and care providers must navigate a hospital desert and adapt to the limited options, longer distances and backlogged systems of care.
The Final Piece (United States, 3:48)
Directed by: Maris Jones
Written by: Maris Jones
Cast: Suzy Jones
60s inspired Music Video for RnB/Soul artist Suzy Jones.
The 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.
The Housesitters (United States, 13:06)
Directed by: Whitney St. Ours
Written by: Joshua Morrison
Cast: Mark St. Cyr, David Lanson, Whitney St. Ours
On their last day as house sitters, a young couple is visited by a stranger who exposes the lies between them.
The Last Fishing Trip (United States, 22:00)
Directed by: Christopher Fox
Written by: Christopher Fox
Cast: Richard Malvey
An older woman's mortality is tested after she loses her brother to cancer. With nothing else to live for, she meets a young man who represents hope.
The 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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
You Don't Have to be Afraid Anymore (, 09:30)
Directed by: Elizabeth Del Re
Written by: Elizabeth Del Re
Cast: Elizabeth Del Re, Ali Damji, Juliet Rusche
Megan is a stay at home mom who lives with her husband Ray and her daughter Erin. On the surface Ray seems like loving husband, but underneath he is an abusive alcoholic. Megan's eight year old daughter, Erin, unfortunately has to witness her mother being abused by her father. Faced with an uncertain future, will Erin be able to convince Megan to gather the courage to take them away from a life of violence?
Your Smile (China, 25:34)
Directed by: Haochen Yang
Written by: Haochen Yang
Cast: Fu Cheng, Youxuan Ren, Yingzi Yelin
Boyang, a retro high school teenager in Beijing, is experiencing the rebellious phase of his youth. He refuses to change himself by having a cellphone to fit in the community. He is alienated by other people and he is unwilling to open up his mind. One day, he captures an unforgettable smile on a young girl’s face through his 35mm film camera. He decides to approach that smile. After the struggling of changing himself, Boyang finally shows his long-lost smile on his face.