Azul (Dominican Republic, USA | 2017, 12 min)

Directed by: Víctor Grullón

Written by: Vi?ctor Grullo?n

Cast: JP Brown, Jeany Starr Simé, Manuel Sierra, Juan Lopez, José Mercado, Janer Escobar

Juan Jiménez (Azul) leaves his country in search of the American Dream, staying illegally in the United States. His people in the Dominican Republic are victims of a natural disaster and lose communication with their family.The uncertainty of not knowing about his family leads him to make the decision to return to his country, but first he will have to face his other life in the United States, assuming that once he leaves, he will not be able to set foot in the United States again.

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Bagheera (India, UK, Australia | 2017, 19 min)

Directed by: Christopher Watson

Written by: Christopher Watson

Cast: Preeti Choudhury, Rajesh Balwani

Shot in Hindi, in a disused, Mumbai shipyard, the film is inspired by true events and addresses a major issue facing Indian society. Bagheera, the sassy leader of a girl scout troop, is abducted after a meeting one evening. She employs her girl scout skills to confront her brutal assailant and serve up a scorching retribution. Whilst the subject is dark, the message is uplifting, suggesting courage and invention in the face of adversity.

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BEAST (Australia | 2016, 20 min)

Directed by: Christopher Sferrazza

Written by: Carl J. Sorheim

Cast: Marta Kaczmarek, Kashmir Sinnamon, Jane Clifton

Sophie has been a social outcast for nearly a decade in the wake of a fatal accident involving her daughter, and the dominating Bea has given Sophie hopes of rejoining the community by “weaving her magic with the girls”. Just when things are finally looking up, Sophie stumbles upon something dark and inconceivable that forces her to make an impossible decision. A decision for love...

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Bodies of Water (USA | 2017, 14 min)

Directed by: David Lykes Keenan

Written by: David Lykes Keenan

Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Roby Attal

It's 1984, Marsh is 24 years old, and struggles with a tormenting secret. One random night, he crosses paths with Rivers, a stranger so striking that Marsh is instantly smitten. Marsh pursues Rivers until an opportunity presents itself for him to take the boldest risk of his life.

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Counterfeit Kunkoo (India | 2017, 15 min)

Directed by: Reema Sengupta

In a country where marital rape is not a legal crime, it took a lot for Smita to escape an abusive marriage. She lives in a one room apartment in Mumbai, earning her living by making imitation mangalsutras (necklace worn by married women). But the recent tranquility of her life is shaken when the doorbell rings. Smita finds herself fighting beasts of a different kind as she discovers a strange pre-requisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai. Will Smita find her space? Is there any hope for liberation - societal and/or sexual? Will the doorbell ever stop ringing - again and again? Counterfeit Kunkoo isn’t a feisty feminist retort to the deep-seated misogyny that finds its way into everyday life. It is an exploration of the idiosyncrasies that come with it, the battles one must fight, and whether winning or losing those battles matters at all.

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Even Lovers Get the Blues (Belgium | 2016, 1 hour 35 min)

Directed by: Laurent Micheli

Written by: Laurent Micheli

Cast: Gabriel da Costa, Adriana da Fonseca, Marie Denys, Séverine Porzio, Arnaud Bronsart, Tristan Schotte

Ana is sleeping with Hugo, Dalhia with Graciano, Léo with Louis, and Arthur with everyone. Parties and love affairs lead to heart searching, deep desires and the craving to live life to the full. Even Lovers Get the Blues draws the portrait of the love and sexual lives of disenchanted and passionate young people.

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FACE (USA | 2017, 11 min)

Directed by: Masa Gibson

Cast: Ruby Thomas

We all wear masks; this is the story of one woman's mask, shot entirely in close-up in a single take.

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Game (USA | 2016, 15 min)

Directed by: Jeannie Donohoe

Cast: Rick Fox, Nicole Williams, Tye White, Jamie McShane, Charles Parnell, Dominique Columbus, Michael Purdie

A new kid shows up at the high school boys' basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team once they discover a secret?

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Girl A (UK | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Jess O'Brien

A teenage girl is reprimanded by the head teacher of her school following a violent incident with another student. As we follow a section of her life over three days, the reasons for her violent behaviour are slowly revealed.

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Go Tell Your Fathers (USA | 2017, 13 min)

Directed by: Amy Taylor Rosenblum

Over a family beach weekend, a young women grapples with whether to confide in her family about a recent sexual assault.

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Goodbye (USA | 2017, 9 min)

Directed by: Ali Ozan

It is the story of an aquarium fish, left over from a broken love.

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Headbutt (Kopstoot) (Netherlands | 2017, 9 min)

Directed by: Daan Bunnik

Cast: Nils Verkooijen, Felix Osinga

Tobias (15) wants to restore the old relationship he had with his brother Lucas (18). While they used to do everything together, Lucas is depressed and has no interest in him anymore. When Tobias fantasizes that Lucas will commit suicide, Tobias has no other option than reach his isolated brother.

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Hearts that Cross Borders (USA | 2017, 19 min)

Directed by: Renee Stork

Written by: Michael Ricotta

How You Are to Me (USA | 2017, 22 min)

Directed by: Aemilia Scott

Written by: Evan Bass Zeisel

Cast: Miranda Noelle Wilson, Evan Bass, Dan Berkey, Melinda Tanner, Christopher R. Grant, Thomas Grube

To love someone is to say, "I don't see you how a stranger sees you; I see you how you always were; I see you how you are to me." A story about how love and caregiving survives, even when memory begins to fade.

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Jenna (France | 2017, 25 min)

Directed by: Christian Monnier

Cast: Christine Braconnier, Laurent Lucas, Martine Francke, Chloé Berthier

After a twelve-year absence, Jenna, a transgender woman, returns to her family home on Saint Pierre and Miquelon islands for her sister’s funeral. This occasion will allow Jenna to see Armelle, her childhood friend, again, as well as her parents, Manu and Florence. But the reunion doesn’t go quite the way she could have wished.

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King Grandpa (König Opa) (Germany | 2016, 15 min)

Directed by: Martin Grau

Cast: Ezra Finzi, Itzhak Finzi, Marie Zielcke, Samuel Finzi

Clemens lives and breathes his grandfather's stories. When his grandfather passes away, it is difficult for him to understand that it is now his turn to continue telling his stories. Story-telling becomes a way for him to not only keep the stories but also the memory of his grandfather alive.

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Laws of the Game (UK/Suriname | 2017, 17 min)

Directed by: Laws of the Game

Zeola is a single mother whose life alternates between her job as a prison guard and her career as a football referee in the men’s league. In her attempt to obtain the international FIFA Badge in an official referee test, Zeola is confronted not only with her own insecurities, but also with the unfairness of the world around her.

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Let's Be Gentle (Georgia | 2017, 2 min)

Directed by: Kelly McKay

A daughter's abusive father returns home from jail and her mother must defend her.

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Lethe (UK | 2017, 20 min)

Directed by: Eric Romero

Written by: Eric Romero

Cast: Nick Cheales, Kenny Blyth, Kirsty Findlay

Lethe is a tragic suspense drama about a young amnesiac woman named Eve, who must piece together her fragmented memories while running from mysterious pursuers. Eve is a scared, desperate woman who will do whatever it takes to discover the truth.

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Like Her (USA | 2017, 9 min)

Directed by: Eliza Laytner

Written by: Cameron Kalajian

Cast: Ellyn Heald, Cameron Kalajian

After years of separation, Olivia and Harley are reunited. Brought back together by an unspeakable loss, their attempts to reconnect fall short. Unsure of what to do with their grief, they journey into a wintery forest. Where they end up and what Olivia finds isn’t what she expects.

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Lily + Mara (USA | 2017, 11 min)

Directed by: Caroline Roberts

Written by: Tracy Sayre, Caroline Roberts

Cast: Oona Laurence, Meghann Fahy

Sisters, Lily and Mara, escape to their favorite beach to steal a precious memory.

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Limbo (Incertitude) (USA | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Julien

Written by: Amy Fruchtman

Cast: Wilfried Hochholdinger, Annue Alexander Sieder, Irina Kurbanova, Linda König, John Julian, Carolina Massie

A grieving father struggling to accept the death of his teenage daughter comes face to face with her living doppelganger.

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Longing (USA | 2017, 11 min)

Directed by: Christian Mushenko

A difficult week finds a disconnected, wealthy, businessman searching for meaning in his life, only to find it revealed in a letter from his dead father.

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Lucky Day (South Korea | 2018, 17 min)

Directed by: Hyo Jin An

Cast: Ashok Chavdhry, Thomas Walsh

Ali (an immigrant, New York City cab driver) hoping to live the American Dream for his wife and son has to deal with a shady taxi dispatcher, two crooked cops and Richard a businessman who gets into his cab with a 9MM Pistol, a briefcase full of stolen money and a gun shot wound.

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Marguerite (Canada | 2017, 19 min)

Directed by: Marianne Farley

An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.

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Marina (USA | 2017, 13 min)

Directed by: Jianying Chen

Cast: Lily Brooks O'Briant, Lance R. Marshall, Mel House

Marina is a story about a girl who inherited Spinal Muscular Atrophy from her mom. Before she lose the control of her body, does she have the right to decide her own life and death?

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Mum, I'm back (Greece | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Dimitris Katsimiris

A woman returns, after 40 years, to the village where she was born. The cause is the death of her mother. She keeps an old photograph in her hands: a mother with her two sons. Arriving at the cemetery, she encounters the faces of all those she left behind.

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My Best Girl (USA | 2017, 16 min)

Directed by: John Tereick

Written by: Angela Morris, John Tereick

Cast: Anthony Stratton, Angela Morris, John Gray, Layla, Emily Chen.
Producers: Jake Winter Newberry and Carl Louis Mohr

Two ex-lovers are reunited by the death of their beloved dog.

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My First Time (Israel | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Asaf Livni

Tonight Maggie is “doing it” for the first time. She meets Kobi, a guy cute enough for the purpose. Heading to his apartment, Kobi discovers what Maggie’s real intentions are...

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Night Dancing (UK/Romania | 2016, 7 min)

Directed by: Barney Cokeliss

Cast: Jason Thorpe, Louise Tanoto, Jacob Ingham-Dodd, Alister Cameron

A short film about obsession, delusion and longing.

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Night's Still Young (USA | 2017, 15 min)

Directed by: Brian Hollars

Written by: B.J. Hollars

Cast: Shanna Vincent, Nadiyah Skyy Taylor, Adam Henslee, Hannah Alltmont

A terminally ill 26-year-old woman throws a birthday party turned farewell party to say goodbye to the world on her own terms.

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NOA (USA | 2017, 15 min)

Directed by: Angel Barroeta

Cast: Hunter Hall, Carole Wood

A spiritual journey, In the not to distant future, brings Noa to dive deep into the dark side of humanity.

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Rainmaker (USA | 2018, 19 min)

Directed by: Kristen Hester

Cast: Katherine Cronyn, Craig Ng, Kira Bennett

A young mother struggles with the demon of her eating disorder and the implication that it holds for her six-year-old daughter.

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Rey (Australia | 2017, 15 min)

Directed by: Ryan Chamley

Written by: Luke Saliba

After the death of a work colleague, Rey has a crash landing and re-evaluates his life learning to climb out of his comfort zone.

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Sadie (USA | 2017, 6 min)

Directed by: Sabrina Marki

A young girl struggles to escape the memories of her mother's death.

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Save (Spain/Germany | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Iván Sáinz-Pardo

Cast: Roland Von Kummant, Josephine Ehlert

Dawn. A baby breaks the silence.

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Seven Steps (Italy | 2017, 15 min)

Directed by: Matteo Graia

Said is an Egyptian 16 year old immigrant who earns his money dealing heroin near the train station in Rome. A girl who likes him makes him try the heroin he sells. He begins a journey into the world of addiction that leads him to live on the street. Mohammed a middle-aged Arab, takes Said under his protection, takes him to live in his home, helps him detox, teaches him and then gives him a choice. He asks Said to decide what he wants to do with his future.

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Snow (Canada | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Kim Barr

The 6th Amendment (, 13 min)

Directed by: Elika Portnoy

A jury of 12 from all walks of life come together to deliberate the capital punishment of a young extremist.

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The Prince (Canada | 2017, 12 min)

Directed by: Kyra Zagorsky

Olivia, a young tap dancer and her uncle Amir, an actor, struggle with what it means to be Middle-Eastern American and artists in today’s racially divided world.

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