2018 Films

"Grieving Tourist" Audition (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Gian-Paul Bergeron, Jacob Osborne

Cast: Jacob Osborne

An actor struggles to seem like a normal human long enough to introduce himself before an audition.

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#TAKEMEANYWHERE (USA, 43 min)

Directed by: Shia Labeouf, Luke Turner, Nastja Rönkkö

In mid-2016, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner embarked on a month-long project to hitchhike the internet, in an artwork commissioned by Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Finnish Institute in London.

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*Ba Dum Tss* (USA | 2017, 1 min)

Directed by: Evan Krumholz

Hack joke + hack reaction= pure wonder.

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10 Minutes To Show (USA | 2017, 14 min)

Directed by: Joshua DeFour

Written by: Joshua DeFour

Cast: Sarah Spurger, Maia del Mazo, Jake McDermott, Eman Esfandi

Punk-rock drummer Charlotte 'Charlie' Howe desperately wants to win an Austin battle of the bands competition, but 10 minutes before her band is set to perform everything seemingly goes to hell backstage...

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1952 (USA, 4 min)

Directed by: Paul Danhauser

A bandleader is obliged to play his gig across town despite enormous evidence that the universe is cold and indifferent to our personal search for meaning.

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A Fierce Breed (Cria Brava) (Puerto Rico, 18 min)

Directed by: Karisa Cruz, Ivan Bonilla

A revealing journey into the 'legal' cockfighting culture in Puerto Rico seen through the lives of a trainer, teacher and a veteran involved in this controversial global sport.

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A Foreign Country (Israel, 4 min)

Directed by: Shai Kedar, Sivan Malca

Written by: Shai Kedar, Sivan Malca

Cast: Ori Yadlin, Sivan Malca

A Table for All (USA, 32 min)

Directed by: Thea Piltzecker, Liz Scherffius

For many refugees and asylees, resettlement in the United States is just the beginning of the story. Finding common ground in a Brooklyn kitchen, Adwa (from Saudi Arabia) and Boubacar (from Guinea) work towards a future in the culinary industry.

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A Tear In My Heart (USA | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Fella Cederbaum

Written by: Fella Cederbaum

Cast: Music by: Fella Cederbaum

Squarely facing even the most difficult situations and feelings will inevitably take you by surprise.

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Afterword (Germany | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Boris Seewald

Written by: Philip Moore

Cast: Marama Corlett, Patrick Hanna

Approaching the microphone in a small room, a young woman prepares to make the speech of her life. Desperate to find her voice in the wake of an ended relationship, she resorts to sharing any piece of advice she can muster. Her reflection on their differences strikes up an imaginary conversation.

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All She Wrote (USA, Bulgaria | 2018, 1 hour 37 min)

Directed by: Niki Iliev

Written by: Niki Iliev

Cast: Gary Dourdan, Sanya Borisova, Orlin Pavlov, Bashar Rahal, Diana Lubenova, James Tumminia

When Aaron, an ex-fighter, turns to music after years of being knocked around and left with permanent mental disabilities, falls for Jana, an off-centered Bulgarian immigrant living in New York. While he recognizes that she is as crazy as him, Jana does not share the same opinion. But her brother, Bobby, an upcoming wannabe fighter, decides to convince her she is that crazy, in order to get Aaron in the ring against him.

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Directed by: All Types of Kinds

Cast: Cinematography: Manny Vasquez / Max Burstein Starring: All Types of Kinds and Friends

All Types of Kinds (or ATOK) is a NYC-band playing a wide variety of music ranging from rock, pop, folk, punk, funk, hip-hop, blues, jazz, and country, and sometimes all at once. The members come from diverse backgrounds that make for an amalgamation of musical textures and vibes. Their EP, "Love Songs (or songs for your ex)" debuted on Valentine's Day 2017 and they are currently gearing for dates all over the country. Ray Rubio, Billy Conahan, Berk O, and Rocco Stroker are All Types of Kinds.

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Directed by: Paul Kaplan

There's over 14,000 tribute bands world wide. There has to be one that has been the longest running in the world. I found them: The B Street Band.

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Alt Space (USA | 2017, 1 hour 20 min)

Directed by: Cody Kussoy

Written by: Cody Kussoy

Cast: Alex Boniello, Shanley Caswell, Micah Parker

Alt Space is a psychological thriller that tells a contemporary story of what it's like to have a dissolving sense of reality. The story is told through the eyes of Julian and Liv, a young couple living in New York City.

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Amended Shards (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Orlando Torres

Orlando Torres tells his experience of getting diagnosed with Testicular Cancer and the optimistic mind set he kept for his friends and family in this animated short film.

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Another Girl (USA | 2016, 22 min)

Directed by: Austin Kase

Written by: Austin Kase

Cast: Hannah Chase, Aaron Profumo

Sam's ex-lovers aren't so 'ex' to him. In fact, they always seem to re-appear at the worst possible moment, sabotaging his hopes of finding new love. Can Sam banish them from his life before they ruin his chances with the newfound girl of his dreams? Swaying delicately between dry wit and wistful vulnerability, 'Another Girl' playfully explores the way our relationships shape who we are, and offers a fresh perspective on sex, love, and self-acceptance.

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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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Directed by: Gillian Scott-Ward

Back to Natural is a 69-minute documentary film that reveals the emotional and shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in black communities and beyond. Directed by New York City based Clinical Psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward.

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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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Beastly Things (USA | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Zev Chevat

A young street artist encounters a vicious group of local schoolchildren, and learns what truly makes a monster.

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Bird Cage (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Vincent Cappellut

A story about opening up... literally.

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Blue Rise Before Demise (Germany, 15 min)

Directed by: Michael Geidel

Blue - Rise Before Demise is a 360° film about how Climate Change and (plastic) pollution have an influence on the Oceans and what can be done about it. The user follows the water and plastic life cycle from the bath tub to the sewer, the deep sea and back to witness the changing marine flora and fauna. The animated journey features real life radio news. In the end an exclusive 360° short documentary from the North Pole is shown to connect with reality. The 360° animation is rendered from Unity.

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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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Brave New World - Smiley Boy (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Joshua Shelton

Cast: Daniel Moody, Hali Cherry

A tiny lady bouts the Heavy Weight Pie Eating Champion at Brave New Bakery.

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Break (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Jacqueline Haboon

Separated on a mountain by an avalanche, a boy and his dog must each other before the elements consume them.

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Burn the River Down (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Shawn Engler

Cast: Elli Perry

Can I Wake You Up? (Hong Kong - 2017, 1 min)

Directed by: Paola Chen

The desired but unobtainable.

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Captain Hagen's Bed & Breakfast (USA | 2017, 1 hour 28 min)

Directed by: Rafael Friedan

Written by: Rafael Friedan

Cast: William Beckwith, Dino Petrera, Andrew Cornelius, Jessamine Kelley, Rhonda Ayers, Lynn Berg, Tyler Bellmon, Bri Oglu, Zach Wegner, Chris Wandell, Marilyn Seide

A comedy about four couples spending a wild weekend at an unusual Bed & Breakfast run by a German boat captain and his strange family. The eccentric Captain becomes an unexpected sage as he helps - in his own quirky way - each couple sort out their problems.

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Care (Australia | 2017, 2 min)

Directed by: Katherine Bramston

Written by: Brendan Kelly

Cast: Brendan Kelly

In a fast paced, coffee driven world of industry it's become easy to ignore other's problems and hard to keep proper perspective. Where does a man in a comfortable bubble place his care?

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Chapter 4: Ophelia (Argentina | 2017, 6 min)

Directed by: Gonzalo Moiguer

After the discovery of the pond of dreams, a distraught women contemplates the night. she floats towards a vision, a duel against the women who taught her everything she knows. Ophelia must question her place regarding her mentor and the world of nature around them. Dance is the engine that stages the confrontation between these two women.

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Chimera (USA, UAE | 2018, 1 hour 20 min)

Directed by: Maurice Haeems

Cast: Henry Ian Cusick, Kathleen Quinlan, Erika Ervin, Jenna Harrison, Karishma Ahluwalia

A brilliant but disturbed scientist decides to freeze his children alive, while he races against time to cure their deadly genetic disease by unlocking the secret of immortality encoded within the DNA of the Turritopsis jellyfish.

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Chop (USA | 2016, 3 min)

Directed by: Ida Hem

An arrogant lumberjack cuts down trees where he's not supposed to.

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Closer (USA, 3 min)

Directed by: Luke Slattery

Cast: Julia Anrather

A literal interpretation of an artist reinventing herself, this narrative music video explores the darker side of crafting a new identity.

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Clothing Swap (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Amanda Baramki

Written by: Amanda Baramki

Cast: Becky Abrams, Alex Viola, Alexandra Dickson, Janet Silverman, Evan Hoyt Thompson,

Someone accidentally brings a dildo to a clothing swap.

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Directed by: Kristian Mercado

Soundtracked by Craig Finn, taken from The Hold Steady frontman's album, We All Want The Same Things Director Kris Merc delivers a portrait of a couple's desolate lives during a road trip to temporarily escape to the Windy City. The spoken-word tale unfolds in a gritty, bare-bones style, with the backdrop of the sudden loss in their lives, as they try to find joy in a fleeting moment.

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Cut Off (USA | 2017, 1 hour 29 min)

Directed by: Jowan Carbin

Written by: Jowan Carbin

Cast: John Robinson, Jean-Marc Barr, Lew Temple, William Baldwin, Brad Dourif, Anna Margaret, Devyn A. Tyler, Laura Cayouette,

Struggling with his new life in New Orleans, Clive follows Trevor, a former professor to his country home on the bayou to gain a new perspective. While Trevor helps Clive deal with his demons, Clive is sucked into a mission to kill.

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Directed by: Frank Posillico

She's turning 90, but the Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island doesn't look a day over 25.

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Damned (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Diego Abad

A man faces his guilt in an unexpected way as he receives guests he'd rather ignore.

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De Klok (France, 6 min)

Directed by: Guilhem Machenaud

Cast: Pierre Tertacap, Thomas Tertacap

In the narrow bathroom of his barge that serves as his apartment, Pierre seems adrift, overwhelmed by his memories. He bitterly recalls the remarkable moments he lived with his twin brother; those who have brought them together and those who have separated them. Little by little, we can see why Pierre seems so lost to his own reflection, marked by the spectre of his distant double.

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Dear Mom (USA, 16 min)

Directed by: Troy Alan

A documentary about life as a New York City comedian made by a comedian for his mother who worries too much.

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Depth of Circle (South Korea, 9 min)

Directed by: Jinkyung Jeon

'Depth of Circle' is a VR & audiovisual live performance project that recreates the moment of a woman discovering she is pregnant with a baby as the scene of an astronaut discovering a new planet in the space. It provides an additional experience through the live performance by the participant. It's installed in a format where the participant and the rest of the audience can simultaneously enjoy the VR piece. The audiovisual video and VR content were created to show the different points of view in the same context, which will create a new experience for everyone. The audience can enjoy the scene that displays the mother's (astronaut's) point of view and VR participants can experience it as a baby (planet). VR participants can also view the piece by holding a sphere light with a motion tracker on it. This light symbolizes life that connects the VR participant and the audience to the same experience.

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Ding (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Xidong Lu

An experience of a Monk's meditation process. In his meditation he experiences the 4 elements, the difference of relative time between a snap, and the obliteration and formation of the world and life.

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Dr. Mantis (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Brandon Mikolaski

Written by: Andrew Smith, Bob Bartlett

Dr. Mantis is a practicing psychotherapist but a full time praying mantis. Often, she doesn't know where one ends and the other begins. But the truth is, she doesn't really care. You see, satisfied patients make very satisfied Praying Mantises. Take Dr. Mantis' patient, Fred. Fred is a transitioning caterpillar who bugs her. So much so that, this time, Dr, Mantis made Fred pay in advance.

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Dreamland (USA, 28 min)

Directed by: Dakota Lane

Written by: Dakota Lane, Jennifer Maidman

Cast: Jennifer Maidman

A fast-paced and heartwarming portrait of multiple gold record winner Jennifer Maidman, and the making of her album at Dreamland recording studio in Woodstock, Upstate New York. Shot on location in the Woodstock area, Dakota Lane's film takes an in-depth and sometimes dreamy look into Jennifer's early life as a female born in a male form, and how this shaped her destiny as musician and human. Also featuring Jennifer's partner and collaborator Annie Whitehead, and legendary Woodstock musicians David Torn and Jerry Marotta, as well as an international cast of others.

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Dryad (France, 11 min)

Directed by: Thomas Vernay Cumulus

The wind blows and lightning approaches ominously, while a knight escorts a damsel through the woods. He can sense the end is near.

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Dying Art (Australia | 2017, 8 min)

Directed by: Brendan Kelly

Written by: Brendan Kelly

Cast: Brendan Kelly, Colin Giles, Shanie-Lee Smith, Michael Ubrihien, Scott Bowcher, Amy Gilmore, Dave Turner

Cameron is an actor on a film set, about to film their final shot: his death scene. Due to the little interactions with the crew and his fellow cast, Cameron starts to suspect his director has lethal intentions for his death scene. He decides to confront the director but is surprised by the response.

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Earn Your Salt (USA | 2015, 8 min)

Directed by: Clint Braadt

Cast: George Braadt, Dominic Ventolora

Two firemen from Staten Island tell us about their jobs and what it takes to be a firefighter.

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EGO (USA | 2017, 13 min)

Directed by: Kaya, David-Simon Dayan

Eliza (Finland, 8 min)

Directed by: Mikko Löppönen

When a vicious drug gang discovers they’ve been infiltrated by an undercover cop, they move in killing him and leaving his wife stranded – little did they know that they just signed their own death warrants.

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Elsewhere (USA | 2016, 1 hour 17 min)

Directed by: Patrick James Lynch

Written by: Nick Vergara

Cast: Nick Vergara, Nikki Borges, Brian Williams, Rob Bradford, Patrick James Lynch, Katy Wright Mead, Seth Kirschner, Ryan Gielen

After bombing their LA debut at the Troubadour, a band battles demons, exes and excesses at an afterparty in the Hollywood Hills on the eve of their first west coast tour.

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End Unsung (Finland | 2017, 9 min)

Directed by: Rolf Lindblom

Cast: Jarkko Raja-Aho, Marcus Hägg, Maria Byskata

One man's journey through chaos, time, and space to find his son.

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Etch (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Madison Ridgdill

In this 2D abstract short, Etch is confined to a lonely existence within a sphere pierced by shards. After some unexpected contact with similar creatures, the peace of his world is chaotically disrupted and the horrors that follow reveal just how trapped he really is.

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Eternal Something (UK | 2017, 21 min)

Directed by: Daniel Brandt

Eternal Something is an experimental music film comprised of hundreds of Youtube videos downloaded and composed over the period of one year. The idea is to capture the anxious reaction we all feel from too much freely available information at our fingertips, especially from use and accessibility of information on social media in our current generation.

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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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Eventide (Entardecer) (Brazil | 2016, 20 min)

Directed by: Muriel Paraboni

A man and a woman relive moments of their lives transfigured on the landscape of a beach. Past, present and future merge in the cadence of the waters, which come and go revolving memories and old silences. So the characters go through a sort of trail of desire, leading the edge of the abyss of themselves, where all days born and die, the horizon of all passes, all eventides.

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Everlasting MOM (Ima Lanetzah) (Israel | 2017, 14 min)

Directed by: Elinor Nechemya

Cast: Meira Nechemya

A daughter's fantasy of her mother.

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Ex Nihilo (Finland | 2017, 8 min)

Directed by: Timo Wright

Ex Nihilo is an experimental short documentary about life, death and our attempts to control them. It tells the stories of an advanced humanoid robot, a cryonics facility, where the brains of deceased people are held and of a seed vault, where crop seed from around the world are held frozen.

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Extinguished (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Ashley Anderson, Jacob Mann

Matt who has just had his heart broken and so was burned by his own flame. He is afraid to fall in love again and feel the pain of heart break once more; when his flame ignites for a new girl he meets, he tries desperately to douse his own fire. As luck would have it though, he runs into her everywhere and must eventually accept the flame inside of him and embrace a newfound love.

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F.A.M. (USA | 2017, 30 min)

Directed by: Kyle Romanek

Written by: Anthony E. WIlliams

Cast: Acacia Leigh, Breana Cymone, Candace West, Moses Jones, Anthony E. Williams

Directed and produced by Emmy winners Kyle Romanek and Mallory Cunningham and inspired by a true story, F.A.M. is a half hour drama about a black blended family trying to live a normal life in the all-white suburb of Roswell, GA.

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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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Facebeater (USA, 8 min)

Directed by: Ali Walker

Facebeater is a short documentary that follows behind the scenes of what it is really like to be a drag queen. This film aims to educate and show what people don’t normally see, such as the process of getting ready, and the personal life of the performer.

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Feminist Campfire Stories (USA | 2016, 4 min)

Directed by: Brea Grant

Written by: Sydney Steinberg

Cast: Ashleigh Hairston, Kaitlyn Tanimoto, Ego Nwodim, Sydney Steinberg

A camp counselor tells her campers scary stories about what it's like to be a woman.

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Fern (UK | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Xiao-Wei Lu

Cast: Portia Ferrari, Liam Gardner

A visually rich fashion film crossing the boundaries of music videos and experimental filmmaking. Fern experiments with the subjective nature of reality and consciousness, telling a nightmarish tale of a relationship between two young lovers.

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Field of Facts (Argentina | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Roco Corbould

Written by: Mariano Sigal

The footage you are about to witness was conceived to go along the Golden Record included in the Voyager Spacecrafts, launched to space in 1977. Restrictions in film technology at the time, prevented its inclusion in such spacecrafts.

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Final Traces of the Abstract Expressionists (USA, Germany | 2014, 45 min)

Directed by: Caro Jost

Cast: Alex Katz, Irving Sandler, Jonathan Cramer, Rita Reinhardt, Karole Vail

Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Peggy Guggenheim et.al.,: what is left of their former studios, galleries, bars, meetings places in New York City today? Filmmaker Caro Jost (a famous artist herself) follows in the footsteps of these artists of an era. In a mixture of walk and detective hunt, she shows what has now become of these once important places, where art history was made and the Abstract Expressionism arised after WW II in NYC. The film is a juxtaposition of the past and the present, annotated with historical footage, interviews of living eye witnesses, like famous artist Alex Katz. It is not a typical documentary; it is more an investigative art film. Music by Morton Feldman.

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First Prize (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Carl B Clark

Two slackers devise their own screenplay contest.

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Float (USA | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Karli Evans

Cast: Andrea Dominique, Soraya Page

Psychological short film about coming to terms with letting go.

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Foi-se (Brazil | 2017, 6 min)

Directed by: Adriano Pinheiro

After an unexpected situation, the Grim Reaper finds himself running out of time.

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Follow Me (UAE, 1 hour 20 min)

Directed by: Asri Bendacha

After hearing that some people get paid $5000 for posting a picture on Instagram, broke and out of work director Asri Bendacha sets out on a journey to become a social media influencer and get as many followers as he can on Instagram. Little does he know that the path to fame and fortune on social media is not what it seems.

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Forgotten Man (UK | 2016, 1 hour 27 min)

Directed by: Arran Shearing

Cast: Obi Abili, Eleanor McLoughlin, Jerry Hall, Toby Wharton, Tyler Dawson

A troubled young actor in an East London Theatre Company for the homeless romances a wealthy out-of-towner in the bustling streets of contemporary London.

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FREE/LANCE (USA | 2017, 24 min)

Directed by: Eli Kooris

In need of extra money to pay rent, Lance begins accepting packages for a friend who is heading out of town, leading to increasingly bad consequences.

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Friday Night (USA | 2017, 1 min)

Directed by: Drew Luster

Written by: Anna Roisman

Cast: Anna Roisman

An anthem for millennials who like to get lit on a Friday night.

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Futuro (Argentina, 3 min)

Directed by: Rubén Albarrán, Diego Tucci

Cast: Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel del Real, Enrique Rangel Arroyo, Joselo Rangel

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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Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story (USA, 1 hour 26 min)

Directed by: James Lester

Cast: Hazel Honeysuckle, Gal Friday, Minnie Tonka, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Perle Noire, Jezebel Express, Julie Atlas Muz, James Habacker

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story peels back the curtain to reveal the sexy subculture of the neo-burlesque scene in New York City. This verite documentary intimately follows four performers, each of whom has discovered a newfound identity and belonging in a world of bawdy comedy and striptease. However, they find all that glitters is not necessarily gold, as this liberating community does not insulate from the harsh realities of sexism, illness, and existential crisis. "Getting Naked" explores what it means to be an artist, an entertainer, and a woman in the toughest city on Earth.

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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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Giving Up (USA | 2017, 30 min)

Directed by: Kris Lefcoe

Cast: Zandy Hartig, Ben Kronberg, Dave Hill, Linas Phillips, Kyle Dunnigan,Myq Kaplan

A New York couple faces their own deadline to either "make it" or give up their dreams.

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

Directed by: Amy Taylor Rosenblum, Chloe Sarbib

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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Greenport (USA | 2017, 26 min)

Directed by: Shannon Goldman

Written by: Tony Spiridakis

Cast: Dimitri Spiridakis, Rob Hancock, Ariel Eliaz, Geoffrey Owens, George Bamford, Jennifer Bassey, Michael Nouri, Tony Spiridakis

Written and shot on the North Fork of Long Island, Greenport is inspired by personal chronicles and is a story about a struggling Hollywood filmmaker who is determined to show the world that an autistic kid can do anything. This heartfelt comedy explores a common life conundrum: ambition, family and how to balance it all. Starring Dimitri Spiridakis, a teen with Autism, as 'Danny'.

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Guilty (USA | 2017, 8 min)

Directed by: Erin Conroy

Written by: Erin Conroy

Cast: Eddie Ledford, Matt Mahaffey, Katie Novotny, Emma Smith, Jesse Kendall

Guilty is a comedy anthology series that follows Katie Donovan, a 20-something in Chicago, who, despite committing all the sins, is still trying to be a good Catholic for her parents. She makes it to Mass, albeit hungover, and fresh from a one night stand, dares to date outside her religion, and has no problem judging others, constantly. But she’s still a good person, right?

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Have No Fear (USA, Poland | 2017, 18 min)

Directed by: Beata Calinska & Sarah Jacobson in collaboration with Adia Tamar Whitaker

To teach her children how to avoid becoming another police brutality victim, activist and choreographer Adia Whitaker leads her ensemble in the creation of a new stirring performance.

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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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Heads or Tails (USA | 2016, 9 min)

Directed by: Eva von Schweinitz

Cast: Nikki Calonge, Lucy Kaminsky

Lilly convinces her best friend René to join her on a nocturnal trespassing adventure.

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

Directed by: Renee Stork

Written by: Michael Ricotta

Hidden Colors (Kolore Ezkutuak) (Spain | 2017, 19 min)

Directed by: Karlos Alastruey

A group of girls interact among them. In the meantime, Elur awaits in a dark room, Sua recites Baha'i holy texts and Haizea and Ura play music. All these elements invite the viewer to reflect on the female condition and identity.

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Home in Between (Netherland, 19 min)

Directed by: Maren Gedenk

‘Home in Between’ is a 360-degree documentary about the people of Kara Tepe, a refugee-camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. Since the beginning of the 2015 refugee crisis, hundreds of thousands of people fled across the Mediterranean Sea to escape war and persecution. Some of them would choose to make the crossing from Turkey to one of the Greek islands like Lesvos, a crossing that would prove to be an even deadlier one than many other routes. Thousands of lives were lost. After arriving on the European shores life would turn for the better, or would it? In March 2016 Europe made a deal with Turkey and borders were closed. The result was that thousands of people got stuck in Greece. With nowhere to go, they would have to wait for over a year before European authorities would decide their future. Will they eventually be allowed to travel further into Europe and get asylum, or will they be sent back? 'Home in Between’ provides an insight into the daily life in Kara Tepe, a camp that was set up by the municipality of Lesvos. Organizations like Movement On the Ground do their best to make the camp an inspiring, sustainable and worthy place to live in. They realize this in many ways, for example by bringing light into the camp by installing solar stations, and setting up a football-program for the children. They believe in the knowledge and power of the residents and involve them in everything they do. Refugees and volunteers working side-by-side, and thereby creating a close community. But how do people really feel when their lives are turned upside down and put on hold? And how long can they keep hope alive?

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Hope (USA | 2017, 1 min)

Directed by: Alireza Bidar

Light and dark, beauty and beast, brutality and spirituality, are all opposite yet intertwined. In a dark ugly world, a seed strives to grow, becoming a flower, bearing a baby. Our infant, symbol of rebirth and spirituality, sows seeds of beauty, spreading more beauty, giving more hope. Our short film 'Hope', explores opposite concepts and how one leads to another.

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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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I Am Gary (USA, 35 min)

Directed by: Edgardo Mamol

Gary was bullied as a kid in the Bronx, but he trained with the Jewish Defense League to always fight back, by whatever means necessary. Now a Karate and Judo black belt, he’s strong-willed and passionate - which often gets him into unnecessary problems at work and at home. He is an ex-cop and a former rabbi, and now teaches martial arts therapy to empower disabled kids and adults. Gary’s current dilemma is his divorce from his wife Raquel; they are battling in court for custody of their three children, including a daughter with cerebral palsy. Will he ever admit he could have done things differently?

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In a Heartbeat (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Esteban Bravo and Beth David

Sherwin is an insecure middle school boy who has yet to come to terms with his sexuality. When he crosses paths with Jonathan, the most popular boy in school, Sherwin's heart pop out of his chest to go after the boy of his dreams. Now Sherwin must chase after his own heart before it reveals his true feelings to Jonathan, and the entire student body.

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In Undertow (USA, 4 min)

Directed by: Joe Garrity

Music video for Alvvays' "In Undertow," the debut single from their second album, Antisocialites.

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In Your Face (Austria, 1 hour 32 min)

Directed by: Declan Maynes

Rock music and rock photography are synonymous for the wild antics of their rockstars with one common denominator: Neil Zlozower, photographer extraordinaire and in-your-face madman. The daily dalliances of 'Zloz' as part of the rock n' roll stage show, in front and behind the stage and in the studio, are well documented and collaborated by the stars themselves...

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Directed by: Kyle South, Elyse South

Cast: Kyle South // Vocals // Guitar Elyse South // Keys // Graphics Ryan Longenecker // Drums Vince Graeber // Bass

Imagine the changes we could have. One World, no nations, no borders divide.

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Jamaica Man (USA, 1 hour 5 min)

Directed by: Michael Weatherly

Jamaica Man is a subjective documentary profile of British expat Nigel Pemberton. A biographical picaresque, inspired narratively by Spalding Gray and visually by Slim Aarons, the film is a highly stylized and unconventional portrait of a raconteur nearing the end of his life.

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Janaxpacha (Brazil | 2016, 15 min)

Directed by: Dimitre Lucho, Katherina Tsirakis

Janaxpacha is a short dance film filmed in 3D in Salar de Uyni, in the Andes Cordillera in Bolivia. With 12.000Km², Salar do Uyuni is an immense salt desert at over 3600 meters high. When flooded, the Salar do Uyuni becomes the largest mirror in the world. With the airs of "another planet," the Salar do Uyuni inspires us to seek in the images of Salvador Dalí and Magritte a meaning before the overwhelming immensity of space that imposes itself.

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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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Jillian's Peak (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Charzette Torrence and Danielle Johnson

Jillian's Peak is 15-18-minutes scripted inspirational LGBTQI woman of color drama. Episode One "The Wedding Scene" is the pilot. We will be tackling some of the African American Lesbian issues like family, community, and gay youth. The series evolves through Jillian’s marriage to Keith with twists in feelings of sexual jealousy and rivalry, expectations within relationships, and infidelity. Jillian’s career in photography causes conflict with Keith as he sees this as a threat to his vision of home life. Keith feels he is losing his wife, and in the end, the marriage dissolves. Jillian moves to New York to pursue her career as a photographer and discovers much more about herself. There are expectations commonly assumed as Jillian meets her first lesbian interest, Shana. With the help of her best friend Gail and a colorful cast of supporting characters, this story is a journey of self-discovery, challenges, and much more.

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Jilted (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Holly Hillman

JILTED is an animated student film about a princess who jilts her own prince charming in search of a different happily ever after.

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Johnny Thinks (UK | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Malcolm Rumbles

Written by: Sam Small

Cast: Sam Small

Johnny Thinks is based on a poem called What Johnny Thinks written by Sam Small. She is a woman trying to fit in a society, which rejects her. This detachment leads to further rejection, substance abuse and eventually suicide.

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Directed by: Anne-Marie Puga

Suzanne is a young blind primary school teacher. With a community of bling people, she keenly studies art history devoted to witches and to Satan’s erotology. Transformed, Suzanne tries to steal a man’s eyes to recover her eyesight. Her first attempt is a failure. Then, she chooses a more approachable and ingenue prey : her personnal reader and bashful lover, Peter.

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KCLOC (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Ninaad Kulkarni

KCLOC is a 3D animated documentary on people’s perceptions of time. A selection of brief interviews provide the voices for ten meticulously designed CGI clock head characters, in a variety of real-world settings, as they respond to a single question: “What does time mean to you?”

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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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Kingsley (USA, 11 min)

Directed by: Ingie Enan

At the age of 18, Kingsley accidentally took the life of his friend with his brother's handgun. After being sentenced 8-20 years in prison, he thought his life was over. But while serving his years, he read 400 books, graduated with honors from his prison education program and, after his release, earned Bachelor's & Master's degrees at NYU, where he now works as a re-entry coordinator. He helps facilitate life after prison for individuals going through their own prison experiences. Kingsley's story touches on the effects of gun violence and life after prison, but more importantly, on the common humanity we all share beneath our labels.

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Kiss Me (Japan, 6 min)

Directed by: Akira Furuta and Ryutaro Nakamura

This is a new-style music video created with the latest VR & 3D sound technology. This film is filmed with the latest stereo 6K 3D VR camera "Insta 360 Pro". We captured 3D real-life images with depth and presence. Through editing with 3D animation, this film gives a very real and slightly mysterious visual experience. Additionally, the ”3D Sound" combining stereophonic and binaural recording provides a more realistic feeling. Specifically, the location of the singers’ voice changes with the movement of the singer. At the same time, when you turn your head, the location of the singer’s voice will change. This gives you a realistic feeling as if hearing whispering in your ear. Furthermore, the voices of the girls surrounding you provide an intense feeling of glamor. Please watch it following the singer’s motion for the first time. Next, please watch 6 times following each girl one by one. That means you can enjoy at least 7 times a total of at least. (This film has been confirmed with Oculus VR, but it is optimized for smartphone Youtube App. We recommend fixing to 2160s with Youtube App.)

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Latino Vortex (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Oz Rodriguez

A woman keeps losing track of her boyfriend when they attempt to leave a family party.

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

Directed by: Aegina Brahim

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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Layers (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Tom Bragg

An overweight man struggles to find his place in the world.

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Leg It (Australia | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Rachel Mackey

Along a street of the aggressively moderate, a determined backward running woman accidentally leads an uprising.

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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 (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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Literally (USA | 2017, 2 min)

Directed by: Mary Rogers McMaster

Cast: Mary Rogers McMaster, Wesley Tunison

On a cold October day, Tony and Karen sit in Central Park with only their judgment to keep them warm.

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Little Acorns (Australia | 2016, 11 min)

Directed by: Christopher Benz, Trudy Hellier, Maria Theodorakis

Written by: Trudy Hellier, Maria Theodorakis

Cast: Emily Taheny, Belinda McClory, Katerina Kotsonis, Fanny Hanusin, Anna Samson, Matthew McFarlane, Genevieve Morris, Anthea Davis, Rachel Griffiths

All the laughters, tears, tantrums and endless drama of a suburban childcare centre... and then there's the kids. Little Acorns a workplace comedy where the adults act more like children than the children.

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Living My Illusion (UK, 46 min)

Directed by: Elliot Manarin

To many, Joel appears to live the perfect life. He's a successful business owner, husband and father. However, there is a side to Joel that no one knows. Believing he is the victim of social conditioning, Joel has decided it’s time for him to wake up, serve his higher purpose and give something back to the world. However this wake up call could come at a heavy price, so who is going to pay?

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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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Lorem Ipsum (USA | 2017, 2 min)

Directed by: Gabrielle Kash

A handmade look into the motivations and struggles of four artists and their creative undertakings.

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Love Road (Australia | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Mathilde Nocquet

Cast: Caitlin Burley, Baylee Ardnt

It’s 1959. During a high school prom night, two teenagers leave the party to hang out in a car. They will face one of the most important experiences of their young life: making love for the first time. Suddenly, they are shot off to a wacky world and will ride on the road of love!

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Love, Mommy (USA, 35 min)

Directed by: Tala Hadavi and Yeong-Ung Yang

Two years after being released from prison, Kilzy Gonzalez is fighting to regain custody of one of her daughters. An intimate portrait of a mother trying to overcome personal demons and prove that she is deserving of a second chance.

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Lucky Day (South Korea | 2018, 17 min)

Directed by: Hyo Jin An

Cast: Ashok Chaudhary, 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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Magic Trick (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Gerald Teaster, Kelley Cantrell

A neurosurgeon must decide whether to complete a complicated and dangerous surgery or abandon the patient to see her son who is dying from a fatal accident. Meanwhile, her dying son is having a spiritual experience of his own.

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Man-Babies (USA | 2017, 26 min)

Directed by: Tyler Hollinger

The world’s first pregnant man searches for clues that explain this miracle and uncovers a conspiracy so much greater then he ever thought.

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Marble (Marmo) (USA | 2016, 7 min)

Directed by: Nancy Allison, Laura Boato

High up on a ledge of a marble quarry a sculpture waits to emerge from the rough walls that imprison it. Flesh and stone, sculptor and sculpture, dance around the question of who's creating whom.

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March Fool (Canada | 2017, 14 min)

Directed by: Pierre-Marc Drouin, Simon Lamarre-Ledoux

Struggling with depression, Louis finds out that his family is planning a prank on him for April Fools' day. Problem is: we're still in March...

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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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Mars Two (USA | 2016, 3 min)

Directed by: Robin Deary

An animated short film of a 90's television infomercial parody about a one way trip to Mars gone horribly wrong.

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Mexicanos de Bronce (Mexico, 2016, 1 hour 40 min)

Directed by: Julio Fernandez Talamantes

Written by: Julio Fernandez Talamantes

Three young men (Rocky, Hones and Bullet) meet in prison and decide to form a musical group that lyrically shapes the past that harasses them. While anguish and desperation take over Rocky and Hones, Bullet is about to leave prison for the third time.

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Mind Game (China/UK | 2017, 2 min)

Directed by: Weisi Dai

Minor Turbulence (USA | 2016, 12 min)

Directed by: Jared Houseman

Two pilots. Two heads in the clouds.

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Monster (USA, 14 min)

Directed by: Steve Desmond

Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…

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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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Must Escape (Ukraine, 15 min)

Directed by: Vadyam Shapran

A man discovers he’s the protagonist in a cliché, short student film and struggles to get out of it.

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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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My Indiana Muse (USA, 44 min)

Directed by: Ric Serena, Jen Serena

Through an unconventional sequence of events, artist Robert Townsend discovers his muse and embarks on an ambitious and emotional project that will take more than a decade to complete.

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Directed by: Fenton Lawless

Written by: Justine Diianni

The New York Graffiti Experience was a collaboration initiated by Fenton Lawless and Justine Diianni in the mid 70’s as an art education project. It evolved from a slide show presentation with music to what was called “the first real look at street and subway graffiti” by Mass Appeal Magazine. The concept was to present the earliest manifestations of what became a worldwide phenomenon. We were fortunate to secure the help and art of Cliff, a graffiti pioneer. The film includes a rare interview with him and footage shot on location in the streets and school yards of NYC.

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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 a dystopian and chaotic society, brings Noa to dive deep into the dark side of humanity.

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Norman Pinski Come Home Short (USA | 2017, 15 min)

Directed by: Aaron Rudelson

Cast: Elaine Bromka, Ray Iannicelli, Mark Gessner, Lee Tergesen

When a lightning bolt tragically cuts short the life a Jewish plumber's son, all appears lost for the Pinski family. But luckily for them, Dr. Vanderwal, a celebrated local baldness doctor is secretly a modern day Dr. Frankenstein. Once resurrected in the form of a classic horror film monster, Norman has another chance at finding himself … if his overbearing Jewish parents don’t get in the way.

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Nosotros (Spain | 2017, 1 hour 33 min)

Directed by: Felipe Vara

“Nosotros” follows a group of friends during the weekend of the Spanish presidential election held in December 2015, probably the most important one in Spain’s recent history due to the deep political and financial crisis in Southern Europe. Our protagonists are in a crucial moment in their lives; as Spain decides its future, all of them will have to make a decision that could shake the grounds on which they are building their existence.

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Directed by: Matthew Kaplowitz

How far would you go to pursue your passion? At 87 years old, Hank Virgona commutes to his Union Square studio six days a week and makes art. Despite poor health, cancer, lack of revenue and obscurity as an artist, Hank is unrelenting in his quest to understand how life and art are the same.

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One Child Born (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Stuart Creque

A Rwandan Tutsi farmer's third child is coming. As he waits on his front porch for the midwife to do her work, his oldest son arrives home with the news that a Hutu mob is also coming.

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One Eye Small (USA | 2017, 9 min)

Directed by: Jane Stiles

Two female strangers become affectionate friends over the course of a frenetic evening in NYC.

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Other People's Problems - Episode 1 (Australia | 2017, 8 min)

Directed by: Erin White

Written by: Penelope Chai, Jane Dickenson

Cast: Maria Angelico, Ainslie Clouston

Florence ghost-writes letters for people in exchange for clothes. Her bestie and housemate Ann is a life-saving paramedic. Florence is convinced that a well penned letter can also rescue situations, but solving other people’s problems is hard when her own keep getting in the way.

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Otros Modos (USA | 2017, 1 min)

Directed by: Carolina Solarte

'Otros Modos' is a reflexive criticism of the lack of equal and diverse representation of women/gender-nonconforming people in entertainment media, specifically in animated television shows and feature films.

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Our Wildest Dreams (Germany, 1 hour 30 min)

Directed by: Marie Elisa Schiedt

Torn between society‘s expectations and their love of freedom, Foots and Torjus are on a quest for themselves in America’s asphalt jungle and in the deep woods of Norway.

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Overreacting Man (USA | 2017, 2 min)

The deep connection that only comes from face to face conversation.

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Directed by: Dawn Smith

Paid for By follows a producer, dedicated to making the world a better place by producing political commercials she believes in, who is confronted with the reality that she must compromise her ideals to please donors and candidates alike.

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Papi's Bakery (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Jen Sanchez

A short animation about a father and a daughter who own a bakery. Tragedy strikes and the daughter is left dealing with the aftermath.

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Pas Redouble (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Lorenzo Estrada

During rehearsal, a high school concert band collectively has one crazy daydream after another.

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Paws n Claws (USA | 2017, 1 min)

Directed by: Gabrielle Kash

A rock band of animals brings down the house!

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Peacock (Turkey | 2017, 13 min)

Directed by: GÖKÇE AÇIKGÖZ

The experimental and surreal film 'Peacock' focuses on the search for meaning of human who is alienated, by carrying traces of more than twenty characters from diverse cultures and history. The film is aimed at creating awareness of the existence of the trapped person and the search for reality in the world surrounded by capitalist order and rules. The Film's motto is, 'Turn your human nature, touch the soil and remove your masks; Other than your fiction identities, you have nothing to lose!

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People of Color (USA | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Raghav Arumugam

An animated documentary about race and perception in America.

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Poba (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Mary Rozzi

Cast: Shawn Theagene

A dancer relives his troubled past with a pulsating car park-set performance In a new film by image maker Mary Rozzi, Brooklyn dancer Poba, aka Shawn Theagene, delivers a captivating display of movement, soundtracked by his testimony of gang life and salvation through dance.

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Poison (USA | 2017, 2 min)

Directed by: Erica Eng

Horace Gold's poetic words personifies his past unhealthy relationship with alcohol through a fictional relationship with a woman. Inspired by the surrealist film "Meshes Of The Afternoon" -- POISON is an expression of addiction through repetition.

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Poppy Ackroyd Trains (UK, 5 min)

Directed by: Jola Kudela

Everything is a form of vibration, one needs to hear it and transform it into music. The world is a piano and the piano is the world. The musician becomes the creator of the world.

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Provenance (UK | 2017, 1 hour 33 min)

Directed by: Ben Hecking

Cast: Christian McKay, Charlotte Vega, Harry Macqueen

John Finch has fled to his holiday home in the south of France to start a new way of life. Whilst waiting for his younger lover Sophia to join him, a seemingly chance encounter with a man called Peter will threaten to destroy everything.

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Racing Against BRCA (USA, 11 min)

Directed by: Trevor Banks

Cast: Director of Photography: Trevor Banks, Editor: Trevor Banks, Music: Dan Phillipson, Emmet Cooke, Reaktor Productions, CAST: Caroline Plank

A young woman’s aspiration to run in the 2017 NYC Marathon is put to the test after she decides to undergo a life altering surgery to reduce her inevitable chances of getting cancer.

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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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Rapture (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Victor Garrido

When a spaceship crashes in the forest, a raptor's leisure turns into a pursuit for the most elusive prey.

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Directed by: Ian Forster

From his basement studio in Ridgewood, Queens, acclaimed artist Raúl de Nieves creates an epic stained glass mural for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Born in Mexico, de Nieves immigrated to San Diego at the age of nine and has been living in New York since 2008. “Growing up in Mexico was really magical because I got to see a lot of forms of celebration,” says the artist. “I got to experience death as a really young child. That’s what my work is about: it’s like seeing the facets of happiness and sadness all in one place.” His commission from the Whitney Museum of American Art gave de Nieves the opportunity to experiment with the tradition of stained glass, and combine this new light-infused installation with existing figurative sculptures. With gaffers tape, paper, and color gels, de Nieves created a narrative that begins with personal struggle and self-doubt, but ends with a celebration of life. In reflecting upon his father’s early death and his mother’s courageous decision to move their family to the United States, de Nieves sees the installation both as a form of remembrance and evidence of the achievement of an American community whose very identity is under threat.

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Reading Room (USA, 5 min)

Directed by: Sandy White

Written by: Sandy White

Driven to protect his identity, an introspective bookkeeper explores the power of thought and memory within a broken world of book burning and censorship. Drawing from Borges’ The Library of Babel, Nazi book burning parties of WWII and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, this 360VR story takes the viewer from an infinite library of free thought to the infernal scenes of it's destruction. Amongst the ashes of the written word, our bookkeeper questions what is required of us to protect and nurture our cultural identity.

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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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Rhapsody in Blueberry (France | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Gaelle Denis

Cast: India Hair

Rhapsody, a wild young woman, pushes the limits to find a deeper meaning in her life. She faces the bald reality of not being heard and seen for what she is. She learns how to cope with this struggle through the power of her imagination.

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Roar Epic (Italy | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Vincenzo Ardito

Road Epic is the title of a web series that wants to show the theme of unemployment in a funny way. The two English terms “Roar” and “Epic” are the anagram of the Italian word “precario” (unemployed).

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Rock Bottom (Australia | 2018, 7 min)

Directed by: Nick Baker, Tristan Klein

Welcome to Rock Bottom - a filthy underground bar, full of filthy underground bugs.

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Rone (Australia, 9 min)

Directed by: Lester Francois

A distinctive portrait in VR of street artist Rone, whose stunning large-scale portraits are often seen in forgotten spaces around the city.

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Rooftop Refuge (USA, 5 min)

Directed by: Andrew Leibman

A short documentary about Brooklyn local, Dave Malone, and how his passion for flying pigeons shaped his life.

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Saaba (USA | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Brandon Kramer

This new six-part digital docu-series explores a community-based attempt to fight violence in Burkina Faso in the Sahel region of West Africa. Each episode profiles a community member in the small town of SAABA: a police officer, a Muslim cleric, a leader of a vigilante security group, a women's activist, and the tribal chief. In the final episode, all of the participants come together in an attempt to build security and resilience in a community on the border of Boko Haram and ISIS strongholds in West Africa. The series is an honest, authentic, people-centered view of a peace-building effort in an area drawing increasing international attention for its role in combating violent extremism.

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Saboteur (Canada | 2017, )

Written by: Sylvia Carter

A lonely woman encounters a persistent obstacle as she tries to complete an online dating profile.

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Sacred Hair (Cheveux Sacrés) (Canada | 2017, 13 min)

Directed by: Mario Morin

A fortuitous life changing encounter between a young ill boy and a Muslim woman in a Montreal park.

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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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Sculpt the Motion (Italy, 6 min)

Directed by: Devis Venturelli

Sculpt the motion shows continuous transformations of metallic bodies through different urban plans. Contemporary architecture is a scenario for a performance, an experience as a sculptural promenade in a continuous flux. Silver strata of insulating material in action through the body change in mobile sculptures evoke Boccioni's Futurist dynamism.

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Seeking Rebirth (USA, 5 min)

Directed by: Luca Pizzoleo

"Seeking Rebirth" follows artist Antonio Del Prete as he creates his next masterpiece. We learn Antonio's process and the emotions he feels while creating.

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Segment 3 (Canada, 2 min)

Directed by: Dominik Pagacz

Segment 3's recursive flagship piece.

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Sell Your Body (USA | 2017, 11 min)

Directed by: Jaanelle Yee

Cast: Nadira Foster-Williams, Pauline Sherrow, Menuhin Hart

Student debt + Dating app = Threesome gone wrong

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Send Nudes (USA | 2017, 1 min)

Directed by: Delia Barth and Catherine Santino

Written by: Delia Barth and Catherine Santino

Cast: Martin Ellison and Catherine Santino

A web series about modern dating.

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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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Siblings (Hermanos) (UK, 1 hour 20 min)

Directed by: Laura Plancarte

Written by: Laura Plancarte

Cast: Vanessa, Chuy, Chato and Omega

Siblings (Hermanos) portrays immigration between Mexico and the US through an intimate encounter with families who, regardless of coming from Mexico or the US, face similar troubles seeking the American Dream.

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Singer (USA | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Paloma Lopez

Cast: Hannah Sharp

An isolated girl leaves her land behind to go audition for a singing TV show in the city.

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Single in Tel Aviv (Israel, 18 min)

Directed by: Tal Haimovich, Maya Markovich

The film tells the story of Emma, a single 80 years old woman living in Tel-Aviv. Emma shares her thoughts and insights on men, women, relationships, and parenthood. Her insights stem from her life experiences as well as from her unique personality. The story of Emma also echoes to the millennial singles living in big cities full of excitements and holding ambivalent attitudes about romantic relationships and family life. In a broader sense the film deals with sex, love, alienation and loneliness and raises questions about the choices we make and how those choices shape our life.

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Sinnerman (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Mazen Attalla

A boy chases a light that illuminates his world and teaches him compassion and understanding.

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Sissi without Franz (Sissi ohne Franz) (Germany | 2017, 17 min)

Directed by: Tim Garde

Sissi splits up with her beloved Franz and needs to find happiness elsewhere.

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Sister (USA , 12 min)

Directed by: Taylor Shortall

Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, "Sisters" is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera.

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Six Letter Word (USA, 16 min)

Directed by: Lisanne Sartor

An unlikely mother is forced to come to terms her young son’s autism after an unexpected encounter with one her johns.

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Slip Up (USA | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Ben Clark

A man frantically tries to hide a body when he finds himself implicated in a robbery gone awry.

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Smoot (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Emily Satterfield

Smoot tells the tale of a little leaf bunny living an idyllic life in his tree home. After tragedy strikes and everything he has is lost, Smoot must find a way to carry on and find a new home.

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Snap (USA | 2017, 1 min)

Directed by: Brittany Woodhull

A hapless cat lover tries to take the perfect picture of his pet...but it's easier said than done.

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Snow (Canada | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Kim Barr

Sola (Australia, 3 min)

Directed by: Jonathan Nix

As the world collapses around them, humanity walks on oblivious, compulsively editing selfies and updating profiles

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Song Sotto Voce (Chanson à Part) (France | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Pierre Bessette

A young woman wanders the deserted expanses with a rolling suitcase. A father appears on her skin like a tattoo. A journey between two distresses where poetry is the only salvation.

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Soul by Femdot (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Zack Gregory

The official music video for Chicago rap artist Femdot.

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Spell Claire (USA | 2016, 8 min)

Directed by: Greg Emetaz

Claire purchases an antique educational toy that reignites fond memories from childhood and lays bare the sorry state her life is now in.

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Split Second (France, 4 min)

Directed by: Guillaume Letellier

In the shade of a dark room a band is playing music and singing. The faces of men are not recognizable because of overprinted elements.

Scattered archive images give a retrofuturistic atmosphere to this arty black and white music video where opposites attract between freeze frame and movement, soft focus and close-up. The alternative style and light-dark ambiance are enhanced by a surprising visual syncretism.

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Stand Down (USA, 7 min)

Directed by: Dana Tynan

A haunted ex-soldier suffering from PTSD on a journey toward the ultimate confrontation with himself.

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StarStation LATERAL (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Nathaniel Hearns

Lionel and Janet, workers in star station maintenance aren't exactly on speaking terms anymore. They don't want this, but neither can seem to find the words to speak up first. However, the two soon find they must set aside their feeling of the past and come together in order to save their chance at a future.

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Directed by: Sébastien Petretti

This is the story of two young guys without any trouble who just want to « screw » without being disturbed. State of Emergency Motherfucker is a surrealistic comedy that depicts a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine, normal, tedious. The victims themselves are used to it. Even the police is used to it! Every day, they get back at it. Samy and Mehdi aren’t even paying attention to it anymore… the viewer neither. The real question of the movie is to finally discover if Samy did get some on the night of Valentine’s…

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Strawberries (USA | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Donggyun Han

Written by: Maggie Briggs

Cast: Josie Girand, Grace Keyt

A shy girl and her best friend accidentally gift a condom instead of candy and must retrieve it before her crush discovers their embarrassing mistake.

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Strut - Web Series (USA | 2017, 9 min)

Directed by: Michelle Cutolo

Cast: Misha Calvert, Margaret Juson, Manini Gupta, Christina Toth,

A reclusive nerd begins a journey to self-confidence by forming a successful escorting agency with her three best friends.

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Stuck (USA | 2017, 1 hour 41 min)

Directed by: Jillian Armenante

Written by: David Mickel, Heather Turman

Cast: Heather Matarazzo, Amir Talai

After getting into trouble with the law, Darby is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, and is now confined to the same house she once shared with her ex-boyfriend, who now shares it with his beautiful new fiancee.

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Supple Hearts (UK | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Samantha Casia, Kaiza-Williams

Written by: Samantha Casia, Kaiza-Williams

Cast: Sydnee Howard, Astrid Roos, Alice Marin, Louise Rebillaud

Supple Hearts is a poetic journey into the mind of a troubled young woman, following her as she explores dark memories and recounts her lascivious escapades.

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Swipe Right (USA | 2017, 25 min)

Directed by: Des Matelske

Written by: Dani Matelske, Des Matelske

Cast: Dani Matelske, Cody Kilpatrick Steele, Lance Still, Julia Langholt, Leigh A. Peterson, Claire Arble

The only thing that Liv wants in life is to be herself and live happily ever after with a beautiful woman. While her mother won't accept Liv's love interests and is stuck on finding her the perfect man, Liv's best friend Jason is out to find her the perfect girl until an unexpected blind date beats him to it.

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Tattered (USA | 2016, 6 min)

Directed by: Neil Short

Tattered is a stop-motion animation film in which a young mother returns to a place of her childhood, where she recounts the joys and heartache of time spent with her father before sharing the memories with her own son.

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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 Abyss (UK | 2017, 2 min)

Directed by: Anna Biesuz

Reminiscences of the nightmarish absence of feelings one can cope with when experiencing an affective disorder. This symptom can occur when the subject undergoes a trauma that triggers a subconscious defense mechanism that freezes the capacity of the body to feel. This experience of void can be discontinuous and censor feelings in different ways. The rigid contractions of the limbs and intensity of the touching try to communicate the excruciating frustration of this experience.

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The Best of All Worlds (Die Beste Aller Welten) (Austria | 2017, 1 hour 43 min)

Directed by: Adrien Goiginger

Cast: Verena Altenberger, Jeremy Miliker

A kid's true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other.

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The Boneyard (USA | 2017, 12 min)

Directed by: James Verdi

Hidden along the Arthur Kill, the Staten Island Ship Graveyard is home to nameless ships, decaying with each passing tide. Underneath the hulls of these ships, a museum of stories comes alive.

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The Bullish Farmer (USA, 1 hour 20 min)

Directed by: Ken Marsolais

Over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” a successful Wall Street investment banker, decided to call it quits. Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John traded in his high finance career for 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, to live a quiet life as a small farmer. John wanted to farm the way it was done 100 years ago, raising a variety of livestock and crops. His only goal was to raise delicious and nutritious food for himself and his extended network of family and friends. But John’s dream of living an uncomplicated traditional agrarian life gets complicated when he comes up against Big Agriculture (Big Ag) and realizes that his methods are not in sync with today’s prevailing agricultural methods. John, the very private farmer, becomes a passionate and outspoken activist lobbying for GMO labeling, animal rights, the preservation of crop diversity and the reduction of chemical fertilizers to help preserve small farms and rural America.

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The Chimney Sweep (USA | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Gabriella Leonhard

A man recounts his youth as a chimney sweep and the incredible visions of his friend.

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The Curtain (Canada | 2017, 17 min)

Directed by: Crystal Lowe

Two hospitalized strangers develop an unlikely friendship by revealing painful, intimate details about their lives through the safety and anonymity of the room’s curtain divider. They bond through grief and humour, encouraging one another to make brave choices that hold personal consequences.

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The Darkness Before Me (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Joseph DiFrancesco

What lurks in the darkness - hides plainly in the light.

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The Dinner Guest (USA | 2017, 14 min)

Directed by: Dale Griffiths Stamos

Cast: Julianna Robinson, Kenny Johnston, Molly Leland

Valerie Lambert arrives at the home of her boss's wife for dinner. But does the wife know her secret? And if so, why has she been invited there?

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The Dollhouse (USA, 8 min)

Directed by: Kyra Gardner

Cast: Kyra Gardner, Tony Gardner, Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Fiona Dourif, Brad Dourif

A filmmaker who grew up with the Chucky doll seeks out the other families surrounding the franchise to get their perspective on life with Chucky.

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The Feels - Season 2 (USA | 2017, 2 min)

Directed by: Naje Lataillade, Tim Manley

Cast: Tim Manley, Adepero Oduye, Tyler Ford, Tara Clancy, Peter Aguero, Rory Ferreira

The Feels follows the awkward and endearing Charlie, a bi illustrator and high school teacher trying to navigate adulthood and queerhood. Rather than present a traditional story arc, each episode of the show is more a series of tender human moments - a live-action comic strip, a daily dose of humanity.

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The Final Show (USA | 2016, 9 min)

Directed by: Dana Nachman

A woman who has lived a long life full of love and loss has to decide, based on all that she has learned, who to take along to eternity.

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The Girl in the Show (USA, 1 hour 49 min)

Directed by: Anna Fields

From female pop culture powerhouses dominating the entertainment landscape to memoirs from today’s most vocal comediennes shooting up the bestseller lists, women in comedy have never been more influential. Marking this cultural shift, "The Girl in the Show" combines amusing and honest personal narratives with the historical, political, and cultural contexts of the feminist movement. This mutually symbiotic journey explores how comedy and feminism have grown hand in hand to give women a stronger voice in the ongoing fight for equality, and ultimately reveals the urgency of our continued struggle towards a truly intersectional 4th Wave that promotes collaboration over competition.

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The Girl In The Woods (USA | 2017, 18 min)

Directed by: Sebastian Sdaigui

The Girl In The Woods is a hyper realistic dark comedy that follows Beatrix, an eccentric self destructive girl, and Charlie, her naive brother, as they try and save the orphanage they grew up in by stealing a painting from a Snuff director.

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The Last Goldfish (Australia, 1 hour 21 min)

Directed by: Su Goldfish

The Last Goldfish documents a daughter's search for her lost family. Rich with archival images, this suspenseful and surprising story – stretching from Australia to Trinidad, North America to WWII Germany – reveals the impact of war and displacement across generations.

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The Light in the Afternoon (France, 15 min)

Directed by: David Steiner

He had no family, no father, no model. No one had told him life was just... that. When he ran into her after 7 years, she suggested it.

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The Man Behind the Music (USA, 37 min)

Directed by: Evan Archerd, Bob Burton

The Man Behind The Music is the story of Henry Lewy, the unsung giant among the music producers and engineers of the rock era.

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Directed by: Quentin Lazzarotto

Patrice Jeener, one of the last artist-engravers, draws and engraves mathematical objects. For him, as for mathematicians, human imagination is not bounded by our earthly dimensions.

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Directed by: Joy Le Li

“The Musician Under New York” documents Zongli Lu, a struggling immigrant, who finally achieves his American dream in an unexpected way: by becoming a subway musician.

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Directed by: Nathaniel A Lavey

Written by: John Berger

A visual treatment of John Berger's classic 1967 essay, "The Nature of Mass Demonstrations," this film explores how demonstrations are always rehearsals for political revolution. At a time when millions are in the streets, this re-interrogation of the notion of protest, political violence, and rebellion is a necessary addition to our political imaginary.

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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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The Rascal (Der Bengel) (Germany | 2017, 29 min)

Directed by: die ausbeuter

Three young start-up entrepreneurs got exploited by a female investor. When trying to confront her, the whole thing accidentally turns into a half-assed abduction.

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The Remedy (USA | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Zilai Feng

A Chinese herbal doctor trying to heal herself from sickness by making a soup of memory.

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The Shepherd (USA | 2017, 6 min)

Directed by: Natalie Vinciguerra

A lonely shepherd struggles with turning into a werewolf.

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Directed by: Lucie Guillemot

Written by: Lucie Guillemot and Mélody Banquet

Cast: Philippe du Janerand, Isabelle Anciaux, Mélody Banquet and Arnaud Préchac

Neighbors and libido...

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The Story of Esraa (Egypt, 20 min)

Directed by: Mona El-Naggar

Esraa is looking to rent an apartment with her friends. In Egypt, where personal freedom can be routinely compromised in the name of religion, family and country, that makes her a rebel. Like many in her generation, she is gasping for change. Can she win?

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The Street of Anfok (USA | 2016, 4 min)

Directed by: Zilai Feng

A paralyzed man who always stays in bed and looks through his mirror at the window of his room, encounters something different in a rainy day.

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The Third Death (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Amanda Prager

There are three deaths. The first death is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is said for the last time.

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The Trouble with Wolves (USA | 2017, 56 min)

Directed by: Collin Monda

Death threats, court battles, and an iconic endangered species in middle, The Trouble With Wolves takes an up close look at the most heated and controversial wildlife conservation debate of our time. The film aims to find out whether coexistence is really possible by hearing from the people directly involved.

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The Vibes (USA, 6 min)

Directed by: John Peabody

How tragedy and an ethereal sound compelled one man to commit his life to playing the vibraphone.

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The Virgin (Australia | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Jack Yabsley

A sweet coming-of-age tale about murder, prostitutes, and small town Tasmania. Tonight Robbie Finn will become a man, whether he wants to, or not.

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The Wolf Guru (USA | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Mian Qin

The Animation Film 'The Wolf Guru' is an adaption of a Chinese folk tale. It is about a man is attacked by a group of wolves and their unidentified monster leader. Even though he finally gets out of the danger, the real identity of the monster is a huge surprise for him.

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Directed by: Garry Waller

A short personal 'homage' to New York celebrating the city and some of it's inhabitants, shot with iPhone 7.

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There's Something About My Sister (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Rebecca Shaw

Written by: Annie Nelson

Cast: Raffi Donatich, Charlie Lee

The trailer for a heartwarming new rom-com about dipping your toes... into the gene pool.

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Thirst (Sed) (Mexico | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Aldo Gutiérrez

Written by: Aldo Gutiérrez

Cast: Ishtar Yasin, Miriam Karina Rodriguez, Evangelina Lomelí Sánchez.

Thirst portraits the crossing of a woman in the search of water to share with her daughter. The story develops in a white and lonely desert.

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This Dinner is Full (USA, 16 min)

Directed by: Tricia Brouk

On the 100th dinner of Chris Schembra's 747 club, director Tricia Brouk takes us behind the scenes of what it takes to serve up pasta sauce and empathy.

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To Be Forgotten (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Masa Gibson

A recovering addict trying to erase the online records of his past transgressions gets a call from a mysterious company that claims it can help him be forgotten--not only by the Internet, but by all the people that ever knew him and by the natural world itself.

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TOMAT, O (USA | 2016, 17 min)

Directed by: Milo Wang

Cast: Aaron Zinder, Dalai Sholeh

A conversation between a man and a woman. "Do you like tomatoes?" "Yes."

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Touch Blue (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Joseph DiFrancesco

A woman is confronted by a sin she committed many years ago - and it confronts her in the form of a strangely precocious little girl.

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Travails to Truth (USA, 1 hour 28 min)

Written by: Roger Chiang

An idealistic civil servant, Roger Chiang, puts his belief in the system to help find his sister’s killer, but a corrupt police chief sets him up to take a fall in order to cover up a series of botched murder investigations. Now imprisoned, Roger relies on his faith to shield him from deliberate abuse and torture at the hands of prison officials, and takes the courageous step to blow the whistle on a corrupt prison drug program. Exiled to solitary confinement, Roger works hard to convince the warden that his claims are righteous to win back his freedom. Join Roger as he sheds a sobering light on and calls for reforms of America’s beleaguered criminal justice and prison systems.

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Truth (USA | 2018, 3 min)

Directed by: Fella Cederbaum

Written by: Fella Cederbaum

Cast: Music by: Fella Cederbaum

MahnoDahno questions the nature of Truth as he travels through a painting and arrives at a surprising conclusion.

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Tuna, Farofa, & Spaghetti (Atum, Farofa & Spaghetti) (Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, 1 hour 35 min)

Directed by: Riccardo P Rossi

Cast: André Matsumoto,Duca Lapenda, Joca Pontes

Three Brazilian chefs travel to France, Italy and Japan back to their roots. A road movie full of flavors and gastronomic stories.

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Undiscovered (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Sara Litzenberger

Sasquatch has always remained elusive in photos--but not for the reasons we think.

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Unknown (USA, 6 min)

Directed by: Katie Sheridan

Four young guys from Washington, D.C. make up the band The Unknowns. Completely unknown in the music industry, they are taking their future into their own hands, performing full scale 'pop-up concerts' at metro stations and public spaces that stop traffic and gather huge crowds. They have each given up jobs and school to focus on spreading their talent and spreading the love. With the help of social media, their live performances have gained fans across the country. The are just waiting for their big break.

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Until We Reach the Sun (UK | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Daisy Dickinson

Until we reach the sun is a stop-motion animation created by visual artist Daisy Dickinson and soundtracked by Grimm Grimm. Set on an otherworldly planet floating far away in a distant galaxy, it tells the story of the only inhabitant who wonders of life outside his little blue world.

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Untoward (USA | 2016, 10 min)

Directed by: Anthony Paul

Cast: Felicia Garcia, Vivian Lam, Perri Yaniv

Two women leave a party and call a ride share service. After one of them is dropped off, and now left alone in the backseat, a woman finds out her driver has bad intentions.

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UNUM (Germany | 2017, 9 min)

Directed by: David Gesslbauer & Michael Lange

[UNUM] (lat. "one") is presented in 9:16 format - flipped vertically - as a metaphor for the singularity of life. Beginning with a carnal prologue between man and woman, the figurative journey continues with a huntsman at a cave. A company by his loyal dog the huntsman discovers and delivers delicate honey to a shady merchant and his nefarious cat - as a single drop of the sweet nectar releasing the furies of fate.

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V-Card: The Film (USA, 1 hour 21 min)

Directed by: Jamaal Green

Dillon, a 23 year old virgin (not for lack of trying), sets out on a comedic journey to discover what virginity means in our society.

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Virginity and Beyond (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Yuhao Chang

Virginity and Beyond is a video installation that interprets people’s first-time experiences. The soundtrack is recorded tap dancing and the visuals are abstractions created by mixing liquids, such as milk, oil, soap water, glow sticks and more, presented as wall projections. The installation tries to recreate and reawaken in people their highly-charged/engaged and intense moments of first-time experiences.

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Vitch (USA, 1 hour 18 min)

Directed by: Sigal Bujman

Filming starts in Australia where a daughter tells the story of the controversial choices that her father, a Jewish artist from Poland, made in order to survive the Holocaust. Eddie Vitch (née Ignace Levkovitch) was a talented caricature and mime artist. His iconic drawings of the silver screen’s biggest stars covered the walls of the Brown Derby in Los Angeles - a famous backdrop to Hollywood and the stuff of celebrity lore. In the 1930’s US immigration deported him back to Europe where his mime act became a huge success. When Germany invaded France in 1940, he was performing in Paris. The Nazi officers who saw him on stage sent him to perform in Germany by orders of the Propaganda department. Throughout the war he performed in front of the Nazi elite and the Gestapo in Germany’s most prestigious theaters. His documents identified him as “Levkovitch,” a recognizably Jewish name. In other words, he was hiding in plain sight, or maybe the Nazis were protecting him? As Vitch’s mysterious life is revealed, it becomes clear that what happened decades ago still affects his family today.

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Voice (Koe) (Japan | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Takeshi Kushida

A short film about opening your ears.

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Vows (USA | 2017, 5 min)

Directed by: Mark McKinsey

Vows is the story of a man on one of the biggest days of his life - he is incredibly excited, but is suddenly reminded of a deep sadness that plagues this very happy day with the person he loves most.

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Waiting Music Video (Canada, 5 min)

Directed by: Hans Grossmann

When an age old rivalry and a tense game of bingo erupt into a full-fledged food fight, these retirement home occupants realize they haven't felt this young and alive in years!

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Wash Up (Canada | 2016, 1 hour 25 min)

Directed by: Andrew Frade

Mason O'Brien is a failed first round NHL pick who returns to his small town childhood home during the hockey season. While hiding the true reason he is home, Mason is finally forced to confront the idea that his hockey playing days may be over.

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We Persist (USA | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Christopher Roberts

In 1986, on an Earth decimated by catastrophe, two women embark on one final journey.

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Directed by: Marte Aas

What I Miss About People, and What I Don't Miss About People is a vision of a future world where people are gone and where a lone dog describes what she misses and what she does not miss with people. The film actualizes questions connected to post humanity and non-anthropocentric views of the world.

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What It Means (USA | 2017, 6 min)

Directed by: Fella Cederbaum

Written by: Fella Cederbaum

Cast: Music by: Fella Cederbaum

Do you believe in Absolutes?

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When I Walk Alone (Poland, 3 min)

Directed by: Bozena Krakowka

Aria from the 'La Boheme' opera by Giacomo Puccini. Known as the most erotic aria in history.

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White Jeans (USA, 3 min)

Directed by: Noah Ferche, GH Ridpath

Put on a pair of white jeans, and feel what it's like to be cool. "White Jeans" is a music video spoof done in the style of a Lonely Island video. It's apart of a short film entitled "The Birthday Party" in which two best friends are brain storming video ideas for their next Birthday Party invite. Shot on an Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro. Additional behind the scenes footage after end of music video. A co-opted production between AirV?z, OKP Films, and GH Media Werks.

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White Mamba (USA, 8 min)

Directed by: Sean Conrad

Based in NYC, White Mamba is a documentary that follows Brayan Leka, a first-generation immigrant who found family in the West 4th Street basketball scene.

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Why We Want a Dog (USA | 2017, 2 min)

Directed by: Alison Locricchio

Two young brothers decide to make a video for their parents to convince them to get a dog.

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Winter Claire (Canada | 2017, 1 hour 5 min)

Directed by: Sophie Marcotte

As a cargo spaceship threatens to plummet down to Earth, young artist Claire is having a difficult winter. For her début fiction, Sophie Bédard Marcotte adapts the intimacy and visual style of Chantal Akerman to the concerns of the Millennials in this daringly exploratory narrative.

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You Can't Play With Us (USA | 2017, 15 min)

Directed by: Jason Rhein

When an inquisitive dinosaur happens upon some musical unicorns at Marshmallow Mountain, they aren’t as friendly as he expects.

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Your Laughter (Dein Lachen) (Austria | 2017, 6 min)

Directed by: Falco Luneau

Your Laughter - Break Your Silence.

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[EQUILIBRIUM] (Canada | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Dejan Radovanovic

[Equilibrium] experiments with the visualization of space and its relation to human essence.

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2018 Winners

Best Director

Sebastian Sdaigui, The Girl in the Woods
Won Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K camera
iPitch.tv 1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

The Girl In The Woods (USA | 2017, 18 min)

Directed by: Sebastian Sdaigui

The Girl In The Woods is a hyper realistic dark comedy that follows Beatrix, an eccentric self destructive girl, and Charlie, her naive brother, as they try and save the orphanage they grew up in by stealing a painting from a Snuff director.

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Best Cinematography

Laura Hudock, Jamaica Man
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Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound
Complimentary Digital Intermediate Services provided by Light Iron New York

Jamaica Man (USA, 1 hour 5 min)

Directed by: Michael Weatherly

Jamaica Man is a subjective documentary profile of British expat Nigel Pemberton. A biographical picaresque, inspired narratively by Spalding Gray and visually by Slim Aarons, the film is a highly stylized and unconventional portrait of a raconteur nearing the end of his life.

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Best Narrative Feature

The Best of All Worlds, by Adrian Goiginger
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Consulting services provided by Soundview Media Partners

The Best of All Worlds (Die Beste Aller Welten) (Austria | 2017, 1 hour 43 min)

Directed by: Adrien Goiginger

Cast: Verena Altenberger, Jeremy Miliker

A kid's true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other.

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Best Documentary Feature

Jamaica Man, by Michael Weatherly
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Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound
Consulting services provided by Soundview Media Partners

Jamaica Man (USA, 1 hour 5 min)

Directed by: Michael Weatherly

Jamaica Man is a subjective documentary profile of British expat Nigel Pemberton. A biographical picaresque, inspired narratively by Spalding Gray and visually by Slim Aarons, the film is a highly stylized and unconventional portrait of a raconteur nearing the end of his life.

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Best Short Documentary

My Indiana Muse, by Ric & Jen Serena
Won iPitch.tv 1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound
Consulting services provided by Soundview Media Partners

My Indiana Muse (USA, 44 min)

Directed by: Ric Serena, Jen Serena

Through an unconventional sequence of events, artist Robert Townsend discovers his muse and embarks on an ambitious and emotional project that will take more than a decade to complete.

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Best Short Film

The Girl in the Woods, by Sebastian Sdaigui
Won ShortsTV Distribution
iPitch.tv 1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

The Girl In The Woods (USA | 2017, 18 min)

Directed by: Sebastian Sdaigui

The Girl In The Woods is a hyper realistic dark comedy that follows Beatrix, an eccentric self destructive girl, and Charlie, her naive brother, as they try and save the orphanage they grew up in by stealing a painting from a Snuff director.

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Best Super Short Film

Strawberries, by Donggyun Han
Won ShortsTV Distribution
iPitch.tv 1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Strawberries (USA | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Donggyun Han

Written by: Maggie Briggs

Cast: Josie Girand, Grace Keyt

A shy girl and her best friend accidentally gift a condom instead of candy and must retrieve it before her crush discovers their embarrassing mistake.

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Best Animation

In a Heartbeat, by Esteban Bravo & Beth David
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Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

In a Heartbeat (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Esteban Bravo and Beth David

Sherwin is an insecure middle school boy who has yet to come to terms with his sexuality. When he crosses paths with Jonathan, the most popular boy in school, Sherwin's heart pop out of his chest to go after the boy of his dreams. Now Sherwin must chase after his own heart before it reveals his true feelings to Jonathan, and the entire student body.

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Best Music Video

Closer, by Luke Slattery and Julia Anrather
Won iPitch.tv 1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Closer (USA, 3 min)

Directed by: Luke Slattery

Cast: Julia Anrather

A literal interpretation of an artist reinventing herself, this narrative music video explores the darker side of crafting a new identity.

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Best Art/Experimental Film

EGO, by Kaya & David-Simon Dayan
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Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

EGO (USA | 2017, 13 min)

Directed by: Kaya, David-Simon Dayan

Best Short Sketch Comedy Video

There's Something About My Sister, by Rebecca Shaw
Won iPitch.tv 1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing
$200 cash
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

There's Something About My Sister (USA | 2017, 4 min)

Directed by: Rebecca Shaw

Written by: Annie Nelson

Cast: Raffi Donatich, Charlie Lee

The trailer for a heartwarming new rom-com about dipping your toes... into the gene pool.

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Best Web Series

Saaba, by Brandon Kramer
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$200 cash
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Saaba (USA | 2017, 7 min)

Directed by: Brandon Kramer

This new six-part digital docu-series explores a community-based attempt to fight violence in Burkina Faso in the Sahel region of West Africa. Each episode profiles a community member in the small town of SAABA: a police officer, a Muslim cleric, a leader of a vigilante security group, a women's activist, and the tribal chief. In the final episode, all of the participants come together in an attempt to build security and resilience in a community on the border of Boko Haram and ISIS strongholds in West Africa. The series is an honest, authentic, people-centered view of a peace-building effort in an area drawing increasing international attention for its role in combating violent extremism.

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Best TV Pilot

Greenport, by Shannon Goldman
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$200 cash
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Greenport (USA | 2017, 26 min)

Directed by: Shannon Goldman

Written by: Tony Spiridakis

Cast: Dimitri Spiridakis, Rob Hancock, Ariel Eliaz, Geoffrey Owens, George Bamford, Jennifer Bassey, Michael Nouri, Tony Spiridakis

Written and shot on the North Fork of Long Island, Greenport is inspired by personal chronicles and is a story about a struggling Hollywood filmmaker who is determined to show the world that an autistic kid can do anything. This heartfelt comedy explores a common life conundrum: ambition, family and how to balance it all. Starring Dimitri Spiridakis, a teen with Autism, as 'Danny'.

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Best Short Screenplay

Magic Trick, by Gerald Teaster
Won InkTip free listing
ISA Connect membership & featured in writers showcase on ISA website
iPitch.tv 1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Magic Trick (USA | 2017, )

Written by: Gerald Teaster, Kelley Cantrell

A neurosurgeon must decide whether to complete a complicated and dangerous surgery or abandon the patient to see her son who is dying from a fatal accident. Meanwhile, her dying son is having a spiritual experience of his own.

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Best VR Video

RONE, by Lester Francois
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$200 cash
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Rone (Australia, 9 min)

Directed by: Lester Francois

A distinctive portrait in VR of street artist Rone, whose stunning large-scale portraits are often seen in forgotten spaces around the city.

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Best Actor

Obi Abili, Forgotten Man
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iPitch.tv 1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Forgotten Man (UK | 2016, 1 hour 27 min)

Directed by: Arran Shearing

Cast: Obi Abili, Eleanor McLoughlin, Jerry Hall, Toby Wharton, Tyler Dawson

A troubled young actor in an East London Theatre Company for the homeless romances a wealthy out-of-towner in the bustling streets of contemporary London.

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Best Actress

Marama Corlett, Afterword
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Afterword (Germany | 2017, 10 min)

Directed by: Boris Seewald

Written by: Philip Moore

Cast: Marama Corlett, Patrick Hanna

Approaching the microphone in a small room, a young woman prepares to make the speech of her life. Desperate to find her voice in the wake of an ended relationship, she resorts to sharing any piece of advice she can muster. Her reflection on their differences strikes up an imaginary conversation.

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2018 Interviews

2018 Interview with Aaron Rudelson of Norman Pinski Come Home

Written by: Aaron Rudelson

2018 Interview with Charzette Torrence & Danielle Johnson of Jillian's Peak

Written by: Charzette Torrence and Danielle Johnson

2018 Interview with Fella Cederbaum of What It Means, Truth, and A Tear In My Heart

Directed by: Fella Cederbaum

Written by: Fella Cederbaum

Cast: Music by: Fella Cederbaum

2018 Interview with Gillian Scott-Ward of Back to Natural

Directed by: Gillian Scott-Ward

2018 Interview with Hyo Jin An & Ashok Chaudhary of Lucky Day

Directed by: Hyo Jin An

Cast: Ashok Chaudhary, Thomas Walsh

2018 Interview with Jowan Carbin of Cut Off

Directed by: Jowan Carbin

Written by: Jowan Carbin

Cast: John Robinson, Jean-Marc Barr, Lew Temple, William Baldwin, Brad Dourif, Anna Margaret, Devyn A. Tyler, Laura Cayouette,

2018 Interview with Mary Rogers McMaster of Literally

Directed by: Mary Rogers McMaster

Cast: Mary Rogers McMaster, Wesley Tunison

2018 Interview with Nancy Allison of Marble

Directed by: Nancy Allison, Laura Boato

2018 Interview with Pierre Bessette of Song Sotto Voce

Subtitles: English

Directed by: Pierre Bessette

2018 Interview with Shawn Theagene of Poba

Directed by: Mary Rozzi

Cast: Shawn Theagene

2018 Interview with Trevor Banks & Caroline Plank of Racing Against BRCA

Directed by: Trevor Banks

Cast: Director of Photography: Trevor Banks, Editor: Trevor Banks, Music: Dan Phillipson, Emmet Cooke, Reaktor Productions, CAST: Caroline Plank

2018 Interview with Troy Alan and Victor Varnado of Dear Mom

Directed by: Troy Alan

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