OCTOBER 2020 NOMINEES

Amateur Short – Official Selection – October 2020

Insonnia | Italy | 2020 | 04’
Director: Roberto Turani
Synopsis: We keep walking through places, searching ourselves among unknown faces and shapes of the city.

Offlines | France | 2020 | 09’
Director: Vincent Deroussent
Writer: Vincent Deroussent
Producer: 20 Films
Cast: Mathilde Lesage, Olivier Le Hetet, Christian Le Hetet
Synopsis: Bernard, Joséphine, a gap of 40 years between them, two worlds apart. Everything seems to oppose them. These two generations will meet over a fishing expedition. Will the current flow through during this face-to-face on the water’ edge ?

Writing on the Wall | United States | 2020 | 07’
Director: Miya Matsumoto Lee
Producer: Miya Matsumoto Lee

Animation Short – Official Selection – October 2020

Smoking kills. | Slovenia | 2020 | 09’
Director: Jerca Oblak
Producer: Jerca Oblak
Synopsis: The writer finds inspiration for her writing in the cigarette boxes. Warning images that are on them, remind her to the story from the past. The story of her mother, that is becoming more and more real, and eventually it becomes hers. The film explores our creative process, the process from the first association to the final creation. Based on the short story “Kajenje ubija” by Mateja Arnež.

Pebbles | United States | 2020 | 04’
Director: Nathania Zaini
Writer: Randolph Zaini, Nathania Zaini
Synopsis: On September 16th I was admitted to the hospital for a few days. It was an eye opening experience, to say the least. I witnessed the tough work environment that nurses have to endure first hand, tending to too many patients, not having enough sleep, working past their work hours, sometimes not even getting a proper meal or bathroom breaks, or breaks at all, in that matter. Patients add on to the burdens too, asking for too much, being impatient and hostile, not knowing that their nurse is tending to 5 other patients at the same time. I made this animation as a small way to show my admiration and gratitude to the healthcare workers. I can’t imagine being in their shoes, the mental toll that lingers after the end of their shifts, on top of their personal issues. Coincidentally this month, we get to recognize their works as we celebrate Emergency Nurses Week. Also, 2020 has been designated as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Honk | United Kingdom | 2020 | 03’
Director: Nick Crimmen, Sam Shaw
Writer: Sam Shaw, Nick Crimmen
Producer: Nick Crimmen, Sam Shaw
Cast: Nick Crimmen
Synopsis: A man receives a parcel that grows into quite the adventure.

Tricked | United States | 2020 | 03’
Directors: Mengyuan Guo, Naicheng Liu, Suhn Young Chung
Producer: Ringling College of Art and Design
Synopsis: This is a story about a pickpocket who wants to steal a wallet from a magician but can’t get it because it is a magician’s pocket, but in the end, he gets punished / butt-slapped. And this all means do not try to steal.

Debut Short – Official Selection – October 2020

Very Merry Christmas Jerry | Brazil | 2020 | 15’
Director: Diego Rezende
Writer: Diego Rezende
Producer: Diego Rezende
Cast: Diego Giusti, Fábio Silvestre, Luiz Brambilla
Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, after the family reunions, the city falls asleep. But in an ordinary house, a boy named Jerry decides to stay awake to take a picture of Santa Claus. However, Jerry’s plans will not turn out exactly as he planned, because an unexpected guest will completely change his night.

Zarina | India | 2020 | 19’
Director: Clinton Immanuel Banze
Writer: Clinton Immanuel Banze
Producers: Timothy Banze, Candida Banze
Cast: Ananth Mahadevan, Shweta Rohira
Synopsis: Zarina a mature woman with a tumultuous past now alone forages in search of answers she never wanted because of what happened on one fateful night. Her mother’s death leaves her with a sudden unsettling energy and her desire rekindles ever so eagerly to look for this person she was so wilfully searching. Her constant endeavour to find this person helps her trace him to an old age home. Her first meeting with this disinterested and cold person soon turns out to be a bond they share like a house on fire, which keeps bringing her back. The man asks her to stop wasting her time by visiting him, to which she comes up with the idea of adoption. Zarina brings him home and familiarises him with his room. He later while unpacking stumbles upon few old pictures and is shocked to see the contents. Zarina turns to find the man standing with a knife confronting her about the picture he holds, he then learns that she is the daughter of the man in the picture whom he had murdered that fateful night.

PLACE DU TROCADERO | France | 2020 | 07’
Directors: Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Mathieu CAYROU
Writers: Mathieu CAYROU, Pierre Leon LUNEAU
Producers: Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Mathieu CAYROU
Cast: Agnès SORAL, Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Elodie WALLACE, Cecile HERCULE, Didier VINSON, Akemi FUJIMORI, Indrit MESITI
Synopsis: Paul has need for money and take a strange appointement with a guy for money and a fork. Evelyne Marieux is a well-known journalist into Paris, she is dining into the restaurant where Paul works, she seems also interessed by the forks.

Documentary Short – Official Selection – October 2020

The Toymaker Hidden Heirloom | Turkey | 2020 |24’
Director: Yağmur Kartal
Writer: Yağmur Kartal
Producers: Yağmur Kartal, Cüneyt Karakuş
Synopsis: Sabahattin Parlar, an electrical master in his 90s in Istanbul, in the 1930s, has old Ottoman figures made of electrical cables in his house on the island of Avşa. These figures, which can be played as toys, are embarked on a joyful adventure by making time in their small workshop at home and traveling to the memories of childhood days. The life of his teacher, who discovered his interest in painting at a young age, was working in the electrical business for a long time due to the difficulties of his life in the primary school and the difficulties of his life that led him to art. However, his love of art and child-minded naivety, which have remained for years, start him.

257 Down | Canada | 2020 | 12’
Director: David Porteous
Writer: David Porteous
Producer: David Porteous
Cast: Alex Abbott
Synopsis: For Alex Abbott, the moment of truth came when his dirt bike landed on his head and broke his neck. Abbott had been a winning dirt bike freestyle rider. Now he was a quadriplegic. During the months Abbott lay immobilized in hospital, the notion of ever getting back on his bike seemed so remote he barely gave it any real thought. But ten years later, with the help of friends and family, Abbott is on the verge of finding his way back onto two wheels. ‘257 Down’ is a documentary film about patience, endurance and courage. It is a story that will inspire people of all abilities to follow their dreams, no matter how inaccessible they might seem. – “A very beautiful film.” – Hilltop Film Festival of Diversity and Inclusion

I am Chuma | South Africa | 2020 | 08’
Directors: Wendy Spinks , Clea Mallinson
Writer: Wendy Spinks
Producer: Wendy Spinks
Cast: Chuma Somdaka
Synopsis: I am Chuma explores the story of how a young black woman, (having experienced numerous gender-based violence incidents) studying at a business college in Cape Town found herself homeless and living rough on a park bench for 3 years. 35 year-old Chuma Somdaka is a disabled, lesbian, isiXhosa woman, who unexpectedly finds her calling as an artist when to survive, she responds to an inner voice and embarks on an empowering journey of awakening and healing, but meets new societal challenges in her yearning to be truly seen and remain connected to her inspired state.

California Rising | United States | 2020 | 11’
Producer: RVSF Inc.
Synopsis: Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin of 3 Fish Studios reflect on the inspiration for their linocut art print “California Rising” and how it became an icon of the Golden State’s fighting spirit. This was originally filmed in early 2017 in San Francisco shortly after Donald Trump became president, but was finished and released during the 2020 Presidential Election when Trump/Pence fought for reelection against the Biden/Harris ticket. 3 Fish Studios has since moved to Amador County, CA.

A Club Called Rhonda | United States | 2019 | 06’
Director: Greg Ferro
Writer: Chiara Giuliano, Margherita Chiatti, Greg Ferro
Producer: Anna Frandino @ Officina 38
Cast: Gregory Alexander, Loren Granich, Veronica Lynn Gessa, Grace Cartier Adams, Saturn Rising, Suggie Quesada, Victor Jonas, Aaron Valenzuela, Roberto Ramone, Jonathan Brown, Blaire Augustus, Kim Anh, William Ylvsaker, Leon Yeshua, Bettie Bathhouse
Synopsis: “The only rule we follow is: do not judge. Whoever you are, welcome to the Club. ” A Club Called Rhonda is an exploration of the cultural phenomenon that hit LA in 2008 with the opening of the eponymous club. It’s an insight into the free and inclusive spirit of a unique environment, in which the social norms imposed on our daily lives no longer apply. The message behind the film is as inspirational as aspirational. Rhonda is a lifestyle open to anyone brave enough to be themselves, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. It’s an invitation to break away from the limits pre-established by society and to question how we look at family, roles and social structures. Ironic, playful and provocative, A Club Called Rhonda is a window onto a universe of uncontaminated self-expression where everyone is welcome.

Kite | United States | 2020 | 30’
Director: Yumeng He
Synopsis: Kite is the moving portrait of four Chinese women across generations. The three young Chinese women—Patrice, Viola and Yuni—allude to the intersection of mental health and one’s experience as a member of the diaspora of Chinese youth. The filmmaker’s grandmother, Suqin, speaks about the Great Chinese Famine sixty years ago and foreshadows the continuation of a collective memory of trauma in a younger generation. The film explores the relationship between time and memory, the shifting definition of health, feminine embodiment, and the question of labels. Kite is an illustration of the weight of time and responsibility, a testament to the never-ending nostalgia and regret, yet it is also a hopeful portrayal of the possibilities of changing and becoming. While witnessing how four Chinese women in different generations have responded to pain, the film also spotlights their resilience when facing overwhelming social and bodily constraints.

The third grace | France | 25’
Director: Duval Louis-Pierre
Writer: Duval Louis-Pierre
Producer: Duval Louis-Pierre
Synopsis: In Mayenne, a historic region of French heritage, there is an Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Holy Mother of God. The film is an intimate window on the life of the sisters of the monastery from morning prayer until evening vespers.

Experimental Video Short – Official Selection – October 2020

Diaphone Island | Switzerland | 2020 | 06’
Director: Yannick Mosimann
Synopsis: A recurring drone changes and reshapes the land and sea.

CONVERSATION WITH RUDAH | Sweden | 2020 | 09’
Director: Alfred Matérn
Writers: Rudah, Alfred Matérn
Cast: Rudah
Synopsis: A conversation between two men remembering a summer in Paris. Filmed in Brussels, 2019. With Rudah. Copyright by Alfred Matérn, MMXX. All rights reserved.

Sderot Kissufim | Israel | 2019 | 21’
Director: Noga Dekel
Writer: Noga Dekel
Producer: Eva Dekel
Synopsis: A casual encounter on Tinder between Michal – a film student, and Alex – a local guy from Sderot, takes an unexpected turn, while the two embark on a poetic journey between Sderot and Paris.

Why | Italy | 2020 | 03’
Director: Erica Sarah Carrubba
Writer: Erica Sarah Carrubba
Producer: Erica Sarah Carrubba
Cast: Erica Sarah Carrubba
Synopsis: In a world were beauty is effortlessly complimented, Lola wonders Why she cannot thank for being called intelligent.

KNOCK – Part I | Denmark | 2020 | 05’
Director: Marcel Zyskind
Writer: Marcel Zyskind
Producer: Edward King
Cast: Maria Kochetkova
Synopsis: A dance piece directed by Marcel Zyskind and featuring Maria Kochetkova performing choreography by Sebastian Kloborg. The title and musical inspiration draw from Kronos Quartet’s “Knock” written in 2016 by Joan Jeanrenaud for Kronos’ 50 for the Future. Shot on an early summer morning of 2020 on 35mm film with an old Russian camera (Konvas 2M) with just enough film for one full take for the dance sequence, this performance was as close to a live show as the team could get.

YOUNG, BROKE – N – BOUJEE (a film by THE YOUNG LC) | United States | 2020 | 24’
Director: MITCH PARKS
Writer: THE YOUNG LC
Producers: THE YOUNG LC, TIM LANE
Cast: THE YOUNG LC, MAZEN, TRE HALE, RAVEN MORAN
Synopsis: YOUNG, BROKE – N – BOUJEE grabs the attention of today’s young-adult audience and takes them on an exhilarating journey. During the 24-minute electrifying film, THE YOUNG LC delivers his hilarious perspective and logic on being broke and how to overcome the mental hardships of life in the digital-age. Be prepared for a wild ride as THE YOUNG LC pulls you into his YOUNG, BROKE -N- BOUJEE world.

Narstalgia | United Kingdom | 2020 | 09’
Director: Robert Chang Lun Chang Chien
Producer: Robert Chang Lun Chang Chien
Cast: Yo Bi
Synopsis: “Narstalgia” is an experimental short film concerning the phenomena related to the eco-grief happening in the Arctic, including that ‘Greenland has the world’s highest suicide rate’, and ‘Iceland holds funeral for melted glacier due to Climate Change’. The title itself is also a word coined by Director Robert based on his artistic research, which is a combination of ‘Narwhal’ and ‘Solastalgia’, with the name of narwhal having connotation of human death in Old Norse. ‘Solastalgia’ mentioned above is a term coined by an Australian environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht, to describe the relationship between climate change and mental health of people who live in rapidly changing environments; it also means feeling homesick when you are at home. Since knowing that Iceland holds a funeral for its glacier, Robert went there for a field study in 2019 to film footages and record sounds, plus interview local people and researchers in order to understand how these people feel about the dramatic changes of their home environments. “I am really afraid that Iceland would not be habitable in the near future.” Says an Icelander that he interviewed in the field study. Besides, according to the book ’Arctic Dreams’ written by Barry Lopez, the name of Narwhal has the connotation of human death since the old-time; some still call the narwhal “the corpse whale,” and the unfounded belief that it is a cause of human death, or symbol to be associated with human death. Thus, we used narwhal as the metaphor in our project to indicate those significant issues related to solastalgia in the Arctic, using multiple media including 3D animation, visual effects, and the footages and sound we filmed and recorded in Iceland, trying to visualise and audiolise the notion of Narstalgia.

Fashion Short – Official Selection – October 2020

Mirror Mirror on the wall | Italy | 2020 | 04’
Director: Qianlin Dou
Writer: Qainlin Dou
Producer: Qianlin Dou
Synopsis: IL giudizio Universale (by Michelangelo Buonarroti) describes that after the chaos of human society, God will come again for trial, and all the living and the dead will get the deserved results, and the three realms of God, man and hell will return to the original perfect order after the trial. The grand narrative and artistic techniques of this painting is like a huge mirror, reflecting the vicissitudes of human beings. In the picture, God looks like us, and the devil is no different from us. Light and darkness can be chosen, and man struggles and wanders in the gray area of the two worlds.In this anxious society, people can choose to be demon or god.

Eclectic Fashion Film | Italy | 2020 | 06’
Director: Massimo Ivan Falsetta
Writers: Massimo Ivan Falsetta, Fabio Colucci
Producer: Massimo Ivan Falsetta for Ascèt
Synopsis: Is love a wayfarer looking for the way back or a refuge? Like a modern Ulysses, stay or go? Run away from the temptations of the sirens or stay to enjoy their attentions? What if it was the wayfarer who brought them the colors of love? Eclectic by Massimo Ivan Falsetta for Ascèt Italian | Hair Beauty | Lovers

Inside out | United Kingdom | 2020 | 04’
Director: Matthew Donaldson
Writer: Matthew Donaldson
Producer: Rachel Kerr
Cast: Jess John, Bianca Henry
Synopsis: Fashion film following two actresses. One stays in and never comes out. One stays out and never comes in.

Mini Video Short – Official Selection – October 2020

Photographic Condition of Death | United States | 2020 | 03’
Director: Yimeng Yuan
Writer: Yimeng Yuan
Producer: Juefang Zhang
Cast: Elline

The little Prince 2.0 | France | 2020 | 03’
Director: Brondoni Jeremy
Writer: Neau Mily
Producer: Neau Mily
Cast: Alister Clay, Joséphine Rougier, Mily Neau
Synopsis: What if we transpose the “Little prince” of Antoine de st Exupery in 2020 ? The prince, his rose and his fox facing the new generation and this “online” way of living…

Angèle | Canada | 2020 | 03’
Director: Rachel Trudeau
Synopsis: My 58 year-old mother started rock climbing so she would spend more time with my brothers and I. Along the way, she found something just for herself.

Education for Ogilgei | United States | 2019 | 02’
Director: Ryan Morrison
Synopsis: This 2 minute short film shows what it is like to get an education in Ngata, Nakuru in the Ogilgei Secondary School. There are many barriers to education like income, gender inequality, and girls in the school were not attending school five days every month because of lack of resources to simple things like sanitary pads. This is a look at how the non-profit Rising Daisies is helping partner, empower, and equip the students with educational opportunities to be productive citizens.

Music Short Video – Official Selection – October 2020

TIME IS GOD | Spain | 2020 | 04’
Directors: Pepo Alfaro , Elena Gutierrez, Pablo Garrido
Writers: Pepo Alfaro, Eduardo Ostos
Producer: 11:11 Filmakers, Ed is Dead
Synopsis: “TIME is not real – it is a human construct to help us differentiate between now and our perception of the past, The concept of time is simply an illusion made up of human memories, everything that has ever been and ever will be is happening RIGHT NOW.

ALAMPA – STORM | Russian Federation | 2020 | 05’
Director: Artemy Ortus
Writers: Artemy Ortus, Nikolay Krok
Producers: Nikolay Krok, Egor Solomatin, Alexei Likhnitskiy
Synopsis: The animated video, on the track Alampa – Storm, shows the viewer a fictional universe, where the heroes appear in the form of the main human senses, which take part in a deadly race for survival. For four minutes, the frame plays out an exciting story of interaction between the characters and the birth of a new life in the finale.

Lost Horse – Asaf Avidan | Germany | 2020 | 03’
Director: Adi Halfin
Synopsis: Armed with their own camera, modern dance power-couple Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber set about documenting their intimate daily lives in a new genre of “Musical” style documentary. Mixing improvised choreography driven by their immediate emotions with the relentless, never-stopping rolling of the camera, the two created an abundance of scenes reflecting the many aspects of a relationship full of multitudes. A life full of beginnings and endings coexisting in us all. Following the video for “Earth Odyssey”, Director/Editor Adi Halfin’s vision for this video was another creative solution for a period where it is virtually impossible to create international collaborations due to the restrictions as a result of the global pandemic. After many ideas for the video were put down due to the inability to bring dancers and film crew together. She decided to go with the flow and have the dancers film themselves. Mixing their dance into a documentation of their personal life. In the end – this actually proved to be an advantage and allowed a more intimate and close-up view of the couple’s lives.

2 in a Million | United States | 2020 | 05’
Director: J. A. Moreno
Producer: Mondays
Cast: Emma Sofia Caymares, Tyler Schnese
Synopsis: 2 in a Million (Director’s Cut) is J.A. Moreno’s personal take on the official music video he directed for twice- Grammy-nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki, multi-award winning musician Sting, and platinum-selling trio SHAED. The video follows two dancers in one long shot, as they relay the feeling of falling in love and being soulmates. Filmed in just thirty minutes at the end of the official shoot, Moreno’s cut focuses on the dancers, seen only as silhouettes in the official version, and highlights their outstanding technical skills and chemistry. Using the original choreography as a basis, Moreno’s direction delivers a spontaneous, raw and emotionally engaging performance.

Glad | Serbia | 2020 | 04’
Director: Helena Kominac
Cast: Anisja Gavrilović

Insomniac | Romania | 2020 | 05’
Director: Cristian Balint
Writer: Cristian Balint
Producers: Cristian Balint, Iulia Dancila, Alina Caprian
Cast: Cristian Balint, Mihaela Bucurel, Katerina Lina, Alin State, Raluca Felezeu, Ana Maria, Ana Sisu, Isha
Synopsis: Official music video for the track Insomniac by CORIVAT

KNOCK – Part I | Denmark | 2020 | 05’
Director: Marcel Zyskind
Writer: Marcel Zyskind
Producer: Edward King
Cast: Maria Kochetkova
Synopsis: A dance piece directed by Marcel Zyskind and featuring Maria Kochetkova performing choreography by Sebastian Kloborg. The title and musical inspiration draw from Kronos Quartet’s “Knock” written in 2016 by Joan Jeanrenaud for Kronos’ 50 for the Future. Shot on an early summer morning of 2020 on 35mm film with an old Russian camera (Konvas 2M) with just enough film for one full take for the dance sequence, this performance was as close to a live show as the team could get.

Mobile Short – Official Selection – October 2020

Yael Danon – Dos Caras | Panama | 2020 | 04’
Director: Martin Proaño
Producer: Zvia de Danon
Synopsis: This music video was filmed at home with a cell phone during the 2020 global pandemic.
Link for Behind the Scenes video (Spanish): https://vimeo.com/415548124

Home Stream | United Kingdom | 2019 | 11’
Directors: Giulia Gandini, Lily Blackham
Producers: Giulia Gandini, Hannah Siden
Synopsis: Lily has been homeless for a year and a half. We gave her a phone to tell us her story.

Narrative Short – Official Selection – October 2020

You Promise? | Sweden | 2020 | 15’
Director: Lin Laurin
Writer: Lin Laurin
Producer: Lin Laurin
Cast: Josefine Hallin, Sylvia Helena Eliasson, Teodor Vogchumian Abréu, Tobias Lunn Nielsen
Synopsis: “You Promise?” takes place in Malmö, Sweden in 1988. The story follows Vida, 5, and her brother Alex, 3, when they get a new father figure in the family. It’s an aesthetic, poetic, and heartwarming short film about family love, divorce, and fear of change – from a five-year-old’s perspective.

NUKRYŽIAVIMAS / CRUCIFIXION | Lithuania | 2019 | 25’
Director: Danielius Minkevičius
Writer: Danielius Minkevičius
Producer: Rūta Pašukonytė
Cast: Rytis Saladžius, Aiste Marija Stankevi2i8, Darius Meškauskas

The Way To Snow | China | 2019 | 15’
Director: Fong Win
Writer: Fong Win
Cast: Run Lin, Ze Kai
Synopsis: An orphan called Run Lin in the village is taking charge of the orange garden left by his mother. He is full of yearning for the outside world at eighteen or nineteen years of age, while the villagers do not have much requirement for life, feeling nothing uncomfortable with repeating their quotidian life. However, Run Lin wants to go and see the snow.

Taste me | Spain | 2020 | 19’
Director: Kristel Rudloff
Writers: David Planell , Kristel Rudloff
Producers: Natalia O Della Ratta, Ferran Fabà, Kristel Rudloff
Cast: Lucía Quinteiro , Ferran Fabà
Synopsis: After she stops taking contraceptives, Candela (28) faces a crisis in her relationship with her boyfriend, Ferran (27). The situation pushes Candela to reconsider her tastes and her own erotic dreams & feelings, putting her emotional stability at risk.

Go South | United States | 2020 | 22’
Director: Luke Covert
Writer: Luke Covert
Producers: Luke Covert, Matas Kiskis
Cast: David Forkkio, Joshua Berger
Synopsis: “No one ever said a quiet life was easy.” A man, just trying to survive, has his world turned upside down all in the span of a few hours. GO SOUTH is a short film from director Luke Covert that was shot and edited during the COVID19 quarantine of 2020.

Loves, with love. | Hong Kong | 2020 | 16’
Director: Jomin Chan Po-man
Writers: Jomin Chan Po-man, Kung Siu-ping
Producers: Jomin Chan Po-man, Elson Chan Tsz-yan, Wylie Chan Wai-yee, Sam Ip Siu-chung, Una Wang Oi-mai
Cast: Aaric Yim Sheung-chi , Boggs Sarinna Hoiching, Kelvin Chan Kin-long , Luna Shaw Mei-kwan
Synopsis: Is it too early for underage teens to be in love? Would it be considered as a love story when it happens? Hei-Ji Wong found out by chance that his dream girl handed a love letter to Sam, her Prince Charming. Hey-Ji was left feeling heartbroken and shattered. Should Hei-Ji give up the girl of his dreams or should he fight for the girl he loves? Though he is still young, he truly understands that: One has to give his best shot to fight for what he wants, no matter how strong the opponent is.

The Gift of All | Taiwan | 2019 | 23’
Directors: 吳兆鈞 / Marco Q Wu, 李原僑 / Joe Lee
Writers: 陳亮詞 / Liang Tz Chen, 李原僑 / Joe Lee
Producers: 施文翰 / Philip W. Shih, 吳兆鈞 / Marco Q Wu
Cast: 温貞菱 / Wen, Chen-Ling, 江沂宸 / Cammy Chiang, 梁以辰 / Yi Chan Liang
Synopsis: Ko-Ching, an innocent-wannabe girl suddenly went viral due to the help of her BFF Jia-Ling. The over night sensation pushed Ko-Ching closer to the top streamer Hsiao-Hsuan. The fame Ko-Ching got from streaming grew her vanity, but the price to pay is her bound with Jia-Ling, which causes Ko-Ching gradually loses her life and identity.

LemonMilk | Hong Kong | 2020 | 15’
Director: Wylie Chan Wai Yee
Writer: Wylie Chan Wai Yee
Producers: Elson Chan Tsz Yan, Jomin Chan Po Man, Wylie Chan Wai Yee, Sam Ip Siu Chung, Una Wang Oi Mai
Cast: Ng Wing Sze
Synopsis: In the insurance exam hall, Wing is afraid of being categorized as social failures. She trains hard to be professional. However Wing is pressured by the examiner Chan and it’s been tough. With Wing’s pure heart, the system slowly malfunctions… When life gives you lemon, you make lemon tea and you swallow it. But is this our only way out?

Balance | Hungary | 2019 | 21’
Director: Hanna Csata
Writer: Hanna Csata
Producers: Monika Mécs, Ernő Mesterházy, Nóra Alföldi, Miklós Bosnyák
Cast: Andrea Waskovics, Bálint Zsigri, Krisztián Vranik, Jonathan Togay
Synopsis: Karola wants to be an acclaimed and successful electronic musician, but she has not reached a breakthrough in her career yet. She lives together with Balázs, who doesn’t have these kinds of problems in his life. As summer comes to an end, the couple plans a trip abroad, but when Karola meets the head of a club, who offers her a chance to play in front of a big crowd, she have to make a choice: stay at home and move forward in her career, or go on the holiday, and choose love instead

Dry Leaves | India | 2019 | 10’
Director: Ali Sohail Jaura
Writer: Mohammad Belaal Imran
Producer: Dheeraj Jindal
Cast: Samina Ahmed, Dr.Durdana Butt
Synopsis: Zahida arrives at a home for the old, believing her son will take her back after a week. Hesitant and apprehensive, she meets Farhat, who is full of hope but as the story unfolds she realizes that the future might be different from her expectations.

Zealandia | New Zealand | 2020 | 15’
Director: Bruno du Bois
Writer: Aline Tran
Producer: Carlos Ramirez Laloli
Cast: Laura Thompson, John Bach
Synopsis: In 2032, Zealandia has become the only virus free country left on earth but at a high cost to its population due to intrusive medical regulations. But, could the bag carried by a fearless woman be the downfall of this oppressive state?

NO LOSS HERE | United States | 2020 | 10’
Director: Nathan Brewer
Writer: Nathan Brewer
Producer: Torrance Shepherd
Cast: John Dossett, Helen Manfull , Dan Amboyer
Synopsis: Through her dementia, an elderly mother tells her gay son that she loves him for the first time.

Rifle | United States | 2020 | 10’
Director: Qi Zhu
Writers: Peter Zhou, Qi Zhu
Producers: Qi Zhu, Lily Wang
Cast: Brandon Wandell, Kimball Crossley, Arkadky Varzhapetian
Synopsi: A teenage boy takes his father’s rifle out for an adventure, showing his manipulative old-man that he has surpassed him.

No/Low Budget – Official Selection – October 2020

By the Lit(t)er | Switzerland | 2020 | 06’
Director: Flavia Reinhard
Writer: Flavia Reinhard
Producer: Zurich University of the Arts
Synopsis: It is well known that we have to save the oceans because they are full of plastic waste. But what about the waters in Switzerland? Little is spoken or reported about this. “Lit(t)erweise” / (By the Lit(t)er) is a documentary web series that deals with littering in Swiss waters. An underestimated local topic that also has global impacts. A professional fisherman, a waste diver and an environmental activist, three people who are actively doing something about waste in Swiss waters or are affected by it, lead through the problem. This is a bachelor project of Flavia Reinhard ZHdK Department of Design, Subject Cast / Audiovisual Media

Hit and Run | United Kingdom | 2020 | 05’
Director: Hannah Brewerton
Writer: Hannah Brewerton
Producer: Royal College of Art
Synopsis: Things get surreal when the Brits play baseball. A satirical film about modern British politics and tactics of distraction.

Wind | United Kingdom | 2020 | 04’
Director: Helen Walsh
Producer: Helen Walsh
Cast: Brogan Elis
Synopsis: Elsa (19), withdraws from her antidepressant medication so she can feel the world again; feel the wind on her face. But her elation quickly turns to despair as she struggles to cope without it. Over 25 million adults now take antidepressants; many of them struggle to quit. ‘Wind’ is a candid and deeply personal exploration of our complex and obsessive relationship with SSRI medications.

To Kill a Truth | Greece | 2020 | 11’
Director: KIRIAKOS KOTSINIS
Writer: KIRIAKOS KOTSINIS
Producer: KIRIAKOS KOTSINIS
Cast: KOSMAS MARKIS
Synopsis: A systemic journalist, who has selected to serve political agendas and not the public interest, as the journalistic ethics dictate, is kidnapped by a group of activists and transferred by force to a remote location, where it becomes apparent that his life is in danger. After he is informed about the cause of his present state and the ways in which his professional stance has fuelled corruption and crime, at the expense of the truth, he is subjected to a mock execution. He is left bound, gagged and blindfolded in an abandoned industrial complex, where he is set free by a homeless man.

A REAL DOCUMENTARY | United States | 2019 | 07’
Director: Yalian Li
Writer: Yalian Li
Producer: Cameron Babcock
Cast: Ben Shields
Synopsis: A struggling director decides to wear a lie detector on the set and make a documentary about it.

What Lies Within | Australia | 2020 | 08’
Director: Joshua Winnington
Writer: Joshua Winnington
Cast: Bridgette Armstrong
Synopsis: A young woman is haunted by a mysterious presence but soon discovers that she has a deep and sinister connection to it.

Short Comedy – Official Selection – October 2020

The Joy Of Growing Pineapples | United Kingdom | 2020 | 08’
Director: Simon Hutchins
Writer: Simon Hutchins
Producer: Simon Hutchins
Cast :Colin Hurley, Stuart Laws
Synopsis: Welcome to Terry’s Great Guide To Gardening- we follow Terry as he explains to us how to grow a pineapple. Things do not go as planned resulting in life changing events.

Cubi | France | 2020 | 05’
Director: PH Debiès
Cast: François Mercier
Synopsis: A man has lost his bag-in-box of wine. It won’t be that easy to get it back.

9/10 | Germany | 2019 | 11’
Director: Coffus Hoffmann
Writer: Coffus Hoffmann
Producer: Emma Magdalena Hille
Cast: Gregor Knop, Julia Rölle
Synopsis: A young man seduces woman after woman, only to exploit their trust by robbing their homes and spray painting his night’s rating on the wall. But this time things don’t go as planned …

Sugar Crash | Israel | 2020 | 13’
Director: Liat Glik
Writer: Batsheba Ringel
Producer: Batsheba Ringel
Cast: Dana Semo, Michaela Elkin, Noam Tal, Arik (Arieh) Adler
Synopsis: Aviva (60) knows that she will never be skinny. But an Actress, perhaps.

YOUNG, BROKE – N – BOUJEE (a film by THE YOUNG LC) | United States | 2020 | 24’
Director :MITCH PARKS
Writer: THE YOUNG LC
Producers: THE YOUNG LC, TIM LANE
Cast: THE YOUNG LC, MAZEN, TRE HALE, RAVEN MORAN
YOUNG, BROKE – N – BOUJEE grabs the attention of today’s young-adult audience and takes them on an exhilarating journey. During the 24-minute electrifying film, THE YOUNG LC delivers his hilarious perspective and logic on being broke and how to overcome the mental hardships of life in the digital-age. Be prepared for a wild ride as THE YOUNG LC pulls you into his YOUNG, BROKE -N- BOUJEE world.

Short Dance/Musical – Official Selection – October 2020

STATU QUO | Canada | 2020 | 10’
Directors: LAMIA CHRAIBI, MARION CHUNIAUD LACAU
Synopsis: In a world in suspense, a common history is written. Without seeing each other, without touching, bodies move to the rhythm of boredom. Locked in their existence, they become impatient and writhing. They roll and stretch. As dawn reaches its madness, they break the status quo having a singular common interest, the creative impulse of their movements. Together, they surrender to become one with the dream of a new day. In the dizziness of our thoughts, only our bodies continue to vibrate. This is why we need to go out and dance.

Armonia | France | 2020 | 08’
Directors: Jean-Pierre Olivares, Pierre-Loys Joubert
Producer: Eloïse Frammery
Cast; Marion Gallet, Luz Albàn
Synopsis: Armonia is a short film about two evolving dancers who haven’t met. Even if they live far away, Luz Albán and Marion Gallet are not unrelated. Their thoughts are linked and they dialogue with their bodies. Through their movements they wonder and through their fall they hand us an intimate portrait of themselves and their injuries. And you, what is your wound ?

Short Drama – Official Selection – October 2020

Superhero | Australia | 2020 | 20’
Director: Marshall Weishuai Yuan
Writer: Marshall Weishuai Yuan
Producer: New Order Art House Productions
Cast: Marshall Weishuai Yuan, Andrew Miatov, Grace Chim, Robyn Liu
Synopsis: Australian born Chinese father, Drew, works as a party entertainer under the alter ego ‘Red Ninja’. We delve into his daily life as we watch him struggle as a new time father whilst living in a racist society. A New Order Art House film.

TOMMY | Australia | 2019 | 20’
Director: Scott Dale
Writers: Scott Dale, Philip Cristian Claassen
Producers: Deb Morgan, Darren Mort
Cast: Ari Newman, Simone Ball, Stephen Degenar, Carissa McAllen, Alicia Attwood, Shanae Blizzard, Janet Watson Kruse, Darren Mort
Synopsis: TOMMY is the emotionally-charged story of a young boy and his imaginary friend caught in the middle of a nasty custody battle. He escapes his trauma by entering his dream-like world set inside a submarine, but as the feud between his parents reaches boiling point, both worlds collide.

Dear Mingoo | Republic of Korea | 18’
Director: Seyoung Lee
Synopsis: Min-gu (43, male), who was divorced after his business failure, knows that his ex-wife Yeon-ju (40 years old, female) will remarry with another guy in USA after five days with their sun, Ji-ho (10 years old, male). Min-gu will go on the last trip with Ji-ho to get the autograph of soccer player Lee Dong-gook who Ji-ho loves.

Danni the Champion | United Kingdom | 2020 | 10’
Director: Laura Cameron-Lewis
Writer: Iain Finlay MacLeod
Producer: National Theatre of Scotland
Cast: Francesca Taylor Coleman
Synopsis: Young Danni isn’t like the other girls in town. She’d rather be watching drag races down at the airport or tearing about behind the wheel of her brother’s car, Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes blasting on the stereo. Bored of her life on the island and stifled by her passive-aggressive parents, she dreams of hitting the road and showing everyone what she can do. A powerful short from writer Iain Finlay Macleod, starring Francesca Taylor Coleman and directed by Laura Cameron-Lewis. Produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project, An Lanntair and Studio Fir Chlis with support from Hopscotch Films.

Negative Space | Israel | 2020 | 08’
Director: Marina Bogen
Writer: Marina Bogen
Producers: Marina Bogen, Dikla Elkaslassy
Cast: Adi Rogel, Amitai Kedar
Synopsis: Ella returns home after spending some time in a hospital and finds out that her husband Avner made her a welcome back party. Ella struggles with an inner existential crisis alongside a conflict situation with her family members caused by her lack of communication.

Rebel | Canada | 15’
Director: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Writer: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Producer: Geneviève Gosselin-G.
Cast: Edouard B-Larocque, Emile Schneider, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Sasha Migliarese
Synopsis: Alex, a six-year-old boy from Quebec, is much too young to understand why thousands of refugees have been entering Canada illegally. Yet when his father takes him along to a vigilante patrol in the woods to hunt out trespassing migrants, something inside him tells him to rebel.

Split Second | United States | 2019 | 13’
Director: Julianne Donelle
Writer: Tiziana Giammarino
Producers: Sabrina Stoll, Megan Kay Jordan, Ace Salvador
Cast: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Nikhil Shukla
Synopsis: When a woman is shoved out of a cafe moments before a grenade is detonated by the very man who commits the attack, she struggles with the guilt of survival as she attempts to uncover the reason why her life was spared when so many others were taken.

You Promise? | Sweden | 2020 | 15’
Director: Lin Laurin
Writer: Lin Laurin
Producer: Lin Laurin
Cast: Josefine Hallin, Sylvia Helena Eliasson, Teodor Vogchumian Abréu, Tobias Lunn Nielsen
Synopsis: “You Promise?” takes place in Malmö, Sweden in 1988. The story follows Vida, 5, and her brother Alex, 3, when they get a new father figure in the family. It’s an aesthetic, poetic, and heartwarming short film about family love, divorce, and fear of change – from a five-year-old’s perspective.

Unconfessed | United States | 19’
Director: Andres Wolff
Writers: Andres Wolff, Gianluca Mazzanti
Producers: Andres Wolff, Gianluca Mazzanti, Stephanie Tatta, Andrea Carriero
Cast: Chiara Spoletini, Sofia Pelaschier, Vito Napolitano, Federico Baldini, Beatrice Gambogi, Olga Gallieri, Valentina Martino
Synopsis: One day, Sister Lucia woke up and found out that she was a woman before a nun. Her humanity was stronger than her vows. One day she finally decided to open her heart and confess her sin.

The Mori | Israel | 2020 | 18’
Director: Daniel Bettoun
Writer: Daniel Bettoun
Producers: Ofer Lachish , Daniel Bettoun
Cast: Yoav Cohen, Nirit Netanel, Sagiv Tzadok, Moshe Hillel
Synopsis: A hardheaded Yemenite father struggles to find a balance between his duties as a father and the traditional demands of a religious teacher.

PLACE DU TROCADERO | France | 2020 | 07’
Directors: Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Mathieu CAYROU
Writers: Mathieu CAYROU, Pierre Leon LUNEAU
Producers: Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Mathieu CAYROU
Cast: Agnès SORAL, Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Elodie WALLACE, Cecile HERCULE, Didier VINSON, Akemi FUJIMORI, Indrit MESITI
Synopsis: Paul has need for money and take a strange appointement with a guy for money and a fork. Evelyne Marieux is a well-known journalist into Paris, she is dining into the restaurant where Paul works, she seems also interessed by the forks.

The Little Pest | France | 2020 | 25’
Director: Lucas Pouliquen
Writer: Stéphanie Salomé
Producer: École de la Cité
Cast: Émilie Favre-Bertin, Léontine Doncieu, Paul Laurent, Martin Laurent
Synopsis: During a plague epidemic, a single mother raises her three children. When one of them gets ill, she has to choose between reporting him to health authorities and leaving him to his certain death, or hiding him in an attempt to treat him at the risk of infecting the rest of the family.

Short Fantasy/Sci-Fi – Official Selection – October 2020

Eurydice | Italy | 2020 | 19’
Director: Domenico De Orsi
Writers: Domenico De Orsi, Angelo Amoroso d’Aragona
Producer: Giuliano Monni
Cast: Ivan Franek, Anna Della Rosa, Livia Cocchi, Luigi Imola
Synopsis: A child is branded by the devil. Than begins his struggle through knowledge. Later he finds a way to trick the devil, but who is the real deceiver?

54 / The Blind Turtle and the Endless Sea | Greece | 2020 | 13’
Director: Isabella Margara
Writers: Isabella Margara, Achilles III
Producers: Cosmote TV , Isabella Margara, Christos Giannakopoulos
Cast: Andreas Konstantinou, Konstadina Takalou
Synopsis: A woman who cannot stop running. A mysterious man who knows everything about her life. A turtle pin. An unexpected encounter in the elevator that goes up to the 54th floor – but takes us all elsewhere.

Student Short – Official Selection – October 2020

Silver Cord | United States | 2020 | 15’
Director: Suha Toraman
Writer: Geneva Sheaffer
Producer: Urwa Zubair
Cast: Annelyse Ahmad, Bassam Abdelfattah, Steven Alonte, Heather Baskin, Michael Holding, Brendan Hutt
Synopsis: A woman copes with the loss of her father through her own near-death experience where she transcends into an ethereal, underwater state of afterlife

Musya | Canada | 2020 | 26’
Director: Maria Markina
Writers: Maria Markina, Maria Blagoveshchensky
Producer: Maria Markina
Cast: Maria Blagoveshchensky, Alexei Kryukov, Elena Mitrofanova, Anastasia Uhalova, Katherine Chaloupova, Regina Zavyalova
Synopsis: Students from a Russian school in Toronto re-enact life stories of Maria Blagoveshchensky, a living witness to Stalin’s Reign of Terror for whom “life under the Soviets was worse than under the Germans during the war”. When the truth about millions of violently repressed prisoners of war comes out, their pride in the Soviet military triumph in WWII gets shaken. Through re-enactments and interviews, students contemplate the aftermath of Stalin’s regime and grapple with an answer to the question, “What is it really like to be afraid of your own people?” The film encourages an open conversation on the mistakes of the past – the only way to critically assess the direction the country is moving in at the moment.

Before the winter | China | 2020 | 26’
Director: Bosco
Writer: Bosco
Producer: Jiang Gong qiang
Synopsis: The teacher read the student Zhou Fan’s essay-Zhou Fan killed a cat at home during the holiday, and the teacher became confused after learning about the news of Zhou Fan’s father’s recent death. Zhou Fan lives with his mother, and her mother takes him home to take care of her when she realizes that her ex-husband is seriously ill. Because of her husband’s illness in the past, her mother was burdened with financial pressure. After being introduced, Zhou Fan’s mother got a “part-time job for earning money”, and Zhou Fan, after knowing that his mother’s “part-time job” was prostitution, led to the murder of his father. The mother was late, and the mother concealed the story for her son. These were all written by Zhou Fan, only using words to write his father as a sick cat to express his distress. Through a family story, expressing the selfishness of love and the blind suspicion of people’s emotions, the story is like two sides of a coin.

An Ordinary Love Story (or a brief history of mankind) | Thailand | 2020 | 29’
Director: Kulapat Aimmanoj
Writer: Kulapat Aimmanoj
Producer: Kulapat Aimmanoj
Cast: Teeraphat Thirawat, Jirayu Suratin, Bhuthip Sukkree, Noramon Wanichkamolnant, Aan Chayothin, Pitpimprow Yanapunt, Tanbhiti Supatwanich, Waranporn Chantanayingyong
Synopsis: A Story of discovered scattered fragments of lost memories in the universe and the revelation of humanity’s true history.

Psychophonic | Spain | 2019 | 06’
Director: Aline Romero
Writers: Aline Romero, Pau Gros, Natalia Silva, Tyler Fisher, Lara Maltz, Omar Medina
Producer: Carles Isern
Synopsis: During a full moon night, a cat is trapped inside a spooky house where a gramophone is playing, the cat will discover a secret while trying to escape and run for his life.

90 Minutes Without Meat | United Kingdom | 2019 | 08’
Director: Dan Botterill
Producers: Dan Botterill, Becky Aliriza
Cast: Dale Vince, Dayle Grubb, Lloyd James
Synopsis: In the wake of a global climate crisis, a small town in Gloucestershire has received international acclaim for their environmental achievements in sport. English Football League side Forest Green Rovers are known for being the world’s first professional, carbon-neutral football club. Chairman and Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, who saved the team from bankruptcy in 2010, made unprecedented changes to make the club more sustainable; from powering the stadium with solar panels and wind turbines to exclusively serving plant-based food for home and away fans on match days. This documentary explores how the players and fans react to these extraordinary measures, which have set an exceptional standard in world football.

First Snow | United States | 2020 | 21’
Director: Jialan Lin
Writer: Jialan Lin
Producer: Jialan Lin, Jinghe Cai
Synopsis: Two strangers, amidst a cold, snowy day, find escape, liberation, and connection in a foreign land.

The Last Gaze | Taiwan | 2020 | 14’
Director: Ron Woo
Writer: Ron Woo
Producer: Amber Shen
Cast: HuanRu-Ke
Synopsis: While waiting for her husband to return home, a woman looks out the balcony and sees someone falling from the building. To her shock, the falling figure bears a striking resemblance to her husband. She rushes to identify the body, only to discover that it belongs to a total stranger. Unnerved by what has just happened, she frantically calls her husband, only to be greeted by a perpetually busy dial tone…

FACADES | United States | 2020 | 10’
Director: Gregory Foltynowicz
Writer: Gregory Foltynowicz
Producers: Gregory Foltynowicz, Alexander Baker, Jack Foltyn, Robert Foltynowicz, Jill Orschel, Paul Tan
Cast: Kaylee McGregor, Chris Kircher
Synopsis: An artistic, expressive, experimental short film that explores the dynamic, complex connections between self-awareness and relationships. Specifically, the relationship difficulties individuals may experience when there’s a lack of self-awareness and understanding of oneself.

FRIENDS | Russian Federation | 2020 | 14’
Director :Malika Mukhamejan
Writer: Malika Mukhamejan
Producer: Malika Mukhamejan
Cast: Kamilla Ratunda, Askar Iliyasov, Egor Kovalev

Sorry I ate the bell | Not Specified | 16’
Director: Jaspers Kristien
Writer: Jaspers Kristien
Synopsis: Three teachers are coming to the conclusion that all their schoolchildren achieved exactly the same results on their final exam. This phenomenon creates doubts among the teachers from which they question the points system.

Narstalgia | United Kingdom | 2020 | 09’
Director: Robert Chang Lun Chang Chien
Producer: Robert Chang Lun Chang Chien
Cast: Yo Bi
Synopsis: “Narstalgia” is an experimental short film concerning the phenomena related to the eco-grief happening in the Arctic, including that ‘Greenland has the world’s highest suicide rate’, and ‘Iceland holds funeral for melted glacier due to Climate Change’. The title itself is also a word coined by Director Robert based on his artistic research, which is a combination of ‘Narwhal’ and ‘Solastalgia’, with the name of narwhal having connotation of human death in Old Norse. ‘Solastalgia’ mentioned above is a term coined by an Australian environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht, to describe the relationship between climate change and mental health of people who live in rapidly changing environments; it also means feeling homesick when you are at home. Since knowing that Iceland holds a funeral for its glacier, Robert went there for a field study in 2019 to film footages and record sounds, plus interview local people and researchers in order to understand how these people feel about the dramatic changes of their home environments. “I am really afraid that Iceland would not be habitable in the near future.” Says an Icelander that he interviewed in the field study. Besides, according to the book ’Arctic Dreams’ written by Barry Lopez, the name of Narwhal has the connotation of human death since the old-time; some still call the narwhal “the corpse whale,” and the unfounded belief that it is a cause of human death, or symbol to be associated with human death. Thus, we used narwhal as the metaphor in our project to indicate those significant issues related to solastalgia in the Arctic, using multiple media including 3D animation, visual effects, and the footages and sound we filmed and recorded in Iceland, trying to visualise and audiolise the notion of Narstalgia.

The Little Pest | France | 2020 | 25’
Director: Lucas Pouliquen
Writer: Stéphanie Salomé
Producer: École de la Cité
Cast: Émilie Favre-Bertin, Léontine Doncieu, Paul Laurent, Martin Laurent

Short Horror – Official Selection – October 2020

Lily in the Maze | United States | 2020 | 10’
Directors: Alexandra Emmons, Andrew Juhl
Writers: Andrew Juhl, Alexandra Emmons
Producers: Alexandra Emmons, Andrew Juhl, John Morrow
Cast: Spenser Granese, Liv Lennon

NUKRYŽIAVIMAS / CRUCIFIXION | Lithuania | 2019 | 25’
Director: Danielius Minkevičius
Writer: Danielius Minkevičius
Producer: Rūta Pašukonytė
Cast: Rytis Saladžius, Aiste Marija Stankevi2i8, Darius Meškauskas

Wet Willy | United States | 2020 | 06’
Director: Nic Stanich
Writer: David Harrington
Producer: Miller
Cast: Blake H. Greenbaum

Golem | Australia | 2020 | 05’
Director: Ryan Cauchi
Writer: Ryan Cauchi
Producer: Ryan Cauchi
Cast: Jaimie Leonarder, Matt Rudduck, Matt Clayton, Steve Maresca, Rachael Brown

Trailer – Official Selection – October 2020

In the Reds | United States | 2020 | 02’
Director: Cory Dean Ford
Writer: Cory Dean Ford
Producer: Cory Dean Ford
Cast: Thomoas Blake Jr
Synopsis: A reformed drug dealer returns to his dark past to save his fleeting career as a crab fisherman.

Volkov Origin | United States | 2019 | 02’
Director: George Dibble
Writers: George Dibble, Wes Lee, Ralph G. Morse
Synopsis: In the late evening hours, Dr. Angela Perkins finds that she has a new assignment. To dive into the mind of Horton House Penitentiary’s newest and most mysterious tenant, Andre Volkov . No one can anticipate the impact that her visit will have on both of their lives as she begins her quest for the truth within his answers. Blinded by his past, Volkov slowly resurrects his tale of emotional, mental, and physical abuse through his own words. His origin story. However, through uncontrollable rage, Volkov breaks his chains only to slip back into the criminal underground where he reunites with his most trusted leader, Brutus, and his crew. What follows is a roller coaster ride of suspense in this psychological thriller that’s sure to leave you questioning your own sanity!

Zarina | India | 2020 | 02’
Director: Clinton Immanuel Banze
Writer: Clinton Immanuel Banze
Producers: Candida Banze, Timothy Banze
Cast: Ananth Mahadevan, Shweta Rohira
Synopsis: Zarina a mature woman with a tumultuous past now alone forages in search of answers she never wanted because of what happened on one fateful night. Her mother’s death leaves her with a sudden unsettling energy and her desire rekindles ever so eagerly to look for this person she was so wilfully searching. Her constant endeavour to find this person helps her trace him to an old age home. Her first meeting with this disinterested and cold person soon turns out to be a bond they share like a house on fire, which keeps bringing her back. The man asks her to stop wasting her time by visiting him, to which she comes up with the idea of adoption. Zarina brings him home and familiarises him with his room. He later while unpacking stumbles upon few old pictures and is shocked to see the contents. Zarina turns to find the man standing with a knife confronting her about the picture he holds, he then learns that she is the daughter of the man in the picture whom he had murdered that fateful night.