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A VOICE FOR WHALES
DIRECTOR : SELKET KAUFMAN
PRODUCERS: SELKET KAUFMAN
SYNOPSIS: In 2018, Pacific Whale Foundationâs founder Greg Kaufman passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. ‘A Voice for Whales’ was created to tell the story of his fight to save humpback whales from extinction by educating the public, from a scientific perspective, about whales and their ocean habitat.
DIRECTOR: TAHMINA RAFAELLA
WRITER: TAHMINA RAFAELLA
CAST: Tahmina Rafaella, Zaur Shafiyev
SYNOPSIS: Navigating the trappings of both conventional and modern female roles, a young mother straddles the space between choice and responsibility where in the course of one day she can be a mother, a daughter, a wife, and still be herself.
ALA KACHUU – Take and Run
DIRECTOR: MARIA BRENDLE
PRODUCERS: NADINE LÃCHINGER, FLAVIO GERBER
WRITER: MARIA BRENDLE
CAST: Alina Turdumamatova, Nurbek Esengazy Uulu, Madina Talipbekova, Jandat Djamanbaeva, Taalaykan Abazova, Aybike Erkinbekova
SYNOPSIS: Sezim wants to fulfill her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland where sheâs forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks for a way out.
ALINA – 2020
DIRECTOR: RAMI KODEIH
PRODUCERS: RACHELLE OWEN, JOSHUA OWEN, RUBBER DUCK FILMS
WRITER: NORA MARIANA SALIM
CAST: Alia Shawkat, Edin Gali, Rebeca Robles, Mark McCullough, Erika Soto
SYNOPSIS: As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend’s three-month-old baby to safety. Inspired by true events.
DIRECTOR: DREW ANN ROSENBERG
PRODUCERS: COLIN FREDERICK
WRITER: GIGI GASTON
CAST: Danielle Savre, Goya Robles, Aaliyah Espana
SYNOPSIS: Amy is struggling to recover from a tragic loss, when sheâs rear-ended by a strange man who helps her navigate her way forward to a new beginning.
DIRECTOR: JULIA MONAHAN
PRODUCERS: SUSAN WISE BAUER, CHRIS BAUER, LAUREN LUKOW
WRITER: JOSH BRESSLER
CAST: Emi Ellis, Lauren Tothero, Sierra Tothero, Toni Maddocks, Pim De Boer, Maya Nalli,
Daniel Tetley, Terrance Carty, Danraj Rajasansi, Ernest Keith Walker, Max Raines
SYNOPSIS: Before follows a group of not-yet-humans as they bide their time in a perpetual waiting room. Like an eternal DMV visit, every visitor in this room has waited for thousands of years for their number to be called to be assigned a life. Some are anxious, some are hopeful, and others are defeated by impatience before their earthly lives have even begun.
DIRECTOR: EMILY S. JAMES
PRODUCERS: TONY SALTZMAN
EMILY S. JAMES
CAST: Emily S. James, Shane Johnson, Courtney Nichole
SYNOPSIS: Daisy Gates, a mom of two rowdy young boys, has a seemingly normal interaction with her kids that suddenly leads to a panic attack. Rattled by her own reaction, she tries to work through it in therapy, and in an awkward attempt to connect with her husbandâ¦ but ultimately she begins to confront a past trauma with a man — and how it is affecting her parenting of two young men in the making.
DIRECTOR: JULIA COULTER
PRODUCERS: MARY ANN PIANKA
WRITER: JULIA COULTER
CAST: Sharon Lawrence, Alex Alcheh, Kevin Michael Martin
SYNOPSIS: Brothers is a short film about grief and how we move on from unimaginable loss.
DIRECTOR: ANGELINE WU
PRODUCERS: ANGELINE WU
WRITER: ANGELINE WU
CAST: Marc Vecchio, Anna Ng
SYNOPSIS: Jeff has been told he only has three months to live due to brain cancer. Instead of feeling sorry for himself he writes a bucket list so he can live the remaining days full of no regrets. Jane on the other hand is a despairing nurse who feels she canât escape her daily trauma of being abused daily by her husband.
DIRECTOR: MARYLL BOTULA
PRODUCERS: MARYLL BOTULA, JOSEPHINE ROSE ROBERTS
WRITER: MARYLL BOTULA
CAST: Angelina Andrews, Angus North, Michelle Federer, Kevin Kern, Magnolia Kern, Nora Monahan, Beckett Oliver
SYNOPSIS: A coming-of-age tale focusing on Erin, a young tomboy in the fifth grade. The softball field, playground, gymnasium and math class are the battle grounds in which we see Erin struggle with her desire to excel while managing her growing crush on Jesse, a boy in her class.
DIRECTOR: ERIKA DAVIS-MARSH
PRODUCERS: CASSANDRA JONES, LAURIE J. GARDINER, JEVON WHETTER
WRITER: ERIKA DAVIS-MARSH
CAST: Kerrynton Jones, Ryan Lane, CJ Jones
SYNOPSIS: A young dancer struggles with her bi-cultural identity when she meets a confident young Deaf drummer who stirs up old conflicted feelings about growing up hearing in a Deaf family.
DIRECTOR: KATHERINE CRONYN
PRODUCERS: KATHERINE CRONYN, SARAH BULLION, CHRISTOPHER CRONYN, DAMIEN NEWMAN
WRITER: KATHERINE CRONYN
CAST: Michael O’Neill, Derek Chariton
SYNOPSIS: Christian, a brilliant businessman, deal-maker, and self-proclaimed master-of-the-universe, receives a phone call and an offer for which he can negotiate no terms.
DIRECTOR: LORI SHOCKLEY
PRODUCERS: LORI SHOCKLEY, JOAN BIERMAN, MICHELE DENNIS, JANET DYER
WRITER: LORI SHOCKLEY, JANET DYER
CAST: Joanna Kay, Eric Lutes, Jimmie Fails
SYNOPSIS: Corked is a dramatic short film set in 1970’s Northern California wine country. It’s based on the true story of one young womenâs struggle against the status quo. Jane Dunlap is at the crossroads of asserting her independence in the male dominated industry.
DIRECTOR: CASEY GATES FREY
PRODUCERS: ERIC DERN
WRITER: CASEY GATES FREY
CAST: Manon Mathews, Kyla Garcia, Kunal Dudheker, Brick Patrick
SYNOPSIS: Crystal is a sci-fi romantic comedy about a neurotic young woman who thinks sheâll never find Mr. Rightâ¦ until she gets access to a top-secret, artificially-intelligent matchmaking app.
DIRECTOR: VERGI RODRIGUEZ, DIANA ZOLLICOFER
PRODUCERS: VERGI RODRIGUEZ, DIANA ZOLLICOFER
WRITER: VERGI RODRIGUEZ
CAST: Vergi Rodriguez, Linden Waddell, Rafael Noble, Avery Waddell, Jared Bell
SYNOPSIS: Lily Cruz, a DACA recipient, travels on a medical volunteer mission and upon returning to the USA a TSA agent isnât so welcoming.
DIRECTOR: JESS COSTA
PRODUCERS: DANIELLE BENEDICT
WRITER: JESS COSTA
CAST: Audrey Pincus, Andrea Sears, Mark A Swinson, Bodhi Foster
SYNOPSIS: 99Â¢ Dreams is a euphoric thriller about Allison who enters a video store that sells dreams and realizes what sheâs really looking for is behind the red curtain.
DIRECTOR: MIRIAM KRUISHOOP
PRODUCER: ELLEN UTRECHT
WRITER: MIRIAM KRUISHOOP
CAST: Antonio Jaramillo, Lidia Porto, Jess Meza, Goya Robles, J. Teddy Garces, Lombardo Boyar, Zuleyka Silver and Ruben Galfon
Estilo AmericanoÂ tells the timely story of a Mexican-American family divided by politics. What starts as a festive family gathering turns into an explosive showdown when siblings with opposing political views clash. As everyone struggles with their own deeply ingrained beliefs, some painful and shocking truths are revealed.
DIRECTOR: ALIA AZAMAT ASHKENAZI
PRODUCERS: ALIA AZAMAT ASHKENAZI, FRANCOIS ARNAUD
WRITER: ALIA AZAMAT ASHKENAZI
CAST: Francois Arnaud, Emma Orelove, Mary Leest
SYNOPSIS: Esther, a film composer going through a dry spell, moves in with her boyfriend Michael only to find out that he still keeps his Ex-girlfriend’s belongings in his closet. What follows is an emotional roller coaster of a film exploring the great lengths an artist chooses to go to for the sake of inspiration.
DIRECTOR: LEONOR ZUNIGA
PRODUCERS: LEONOR ZUNIGA, MARIA FELIX MORALES
WRITER: LEONOR ZUNIGA
SYNOPSIS: In 1998, ZoilamÃ©rica accused her adoptive father of rape and sexual abuse. Almost 20 years later, she lives in exile while caring for her 10-year-old son. Her adoptive father is Daniel Ortega, leader of the Sandinista revolution and current president of Nicaragua.
FLIP THE SWITCH
DIRECTOR: GRETL CLAGGETT
PRODUCERS: GRETL CLAGGETT, PAMELA CEDERQUIST, SARAH DONNELLY, SIMON TAUFIQUE
WRITER: GRETL CLAGGETT
CAST: Mary Birdsong, Stephen Plunkett, Dominic Rains
SYNOPSIS: A door-to-door saleswoman caught up in the tornado of her bossâs cultish personality unleashes a storm of violence when she realizes that she and her customers have been duped â not only by him, and his doctrine of âFlip the Switch!â, but by the whole system of disaster capitalism.
DIRECTOR: TESS FORESTIERI
PRODUCERS: TESS FORESTIERI, EDAN LANIADO
WRITER: TESS FORESTIERI
CAST: Mohammed Alshaneif, Lisa Carina Maier, Noor Hamdi, Fady Kerko, Jake Murphy, Jonas LÃ¶ffler
SYNOPSIS: Two worlds collide when unexpected guests arrive at Miaâs house party and she watches the night spiral out of control, caught in the crossfire of ignorance under the influence.
DIRECTOR: MADISON STEWART LEONARD
PRODUCERS: MADISON STEWART LEONARD, HARRISON HOLLAND-MCGOWAN
WRITER: MADISON STEWART LEONARD
CAST: Joyce Sindel, Kim Leonard, Madison Stewart Leonard, Michael Gitomer, Andres Parada
SYNOPSIS: A mother, daughter and grandmother mourn the loss of their beloved, Lou Ackerly after he is accidentally cremated
DIRECTOR: DANA RICHIE
PRODUCERS: DANA RICHIE, AMBER SEARS
MADELINE GOODING, JUSTIN HAHN, ROB SCHNAPP, ERIN DRELICK, ALYSSA SCHNEIDER
WRITER: DANA RICHIE
CAST: Becca Chudacoff, Dr. Richard Chudacoff, Jennifer Weiss-Burke, Jen Wysong
SYNOPSIS: GATEWAY is a film about three families inadvertently impacted by opioid addiction that began with a prescription to manage pain after surgery. It provides an intimate look into the struggles that can be caused by legal opioid prescriptions when the dangers of these medications are not properly understood.
DIRECTOR: ANNIE CHEN
PRODUCERS: MITCHELL ALTIERI
WRITER: ANNIE CHEN
CAST: LI CHENG-TA, YUAN CHUN-YUEH
SYNOPSIS: A down-on-his-luck lawyer meets a mysterious woman while waiting for his delayed flight. After she admits to causing a fatal house fire, the young lawyer becomes torn in doing the right thing while learning the reasons behind her heinous crime, and becoming sympathetic to her.
HIS CANNIBAL GRANNY
DIRECTOR: DESSISLAVA NIKOLOVA-BESEDIN
PRODUCERS: DESSISLAVA NIKOLOVA-BESEDIN
WRITER: DESSISLAVA NIKOLOVA-BESEDIN
CAST: Alexander Statkov, Nikola Vladimirov, Stefka Yanorova, Asen Blatechky, Gergana Pletnyova
SYNOPSIS: Radostin is the new boy at school. His peculiar charm and kindness attract everybodyâs attention and the school bullies start to feel jealous. In order to diminish his popularity, they spread a rumor about the cannibalistic past of Radostinâs grandmother.
I BRING MY OWN CHAIR
DIRECTOR: AURORA DEIANA
PRODUCERS: AURORA DEIANA, ZONE 6 FILMS, OPEN FIELDS PRODUCTIONS
WRITER: AURORA DEIANA, ELENA BRIATA
CAST: Ornella Lorenzano, Gianni Alvino, Francesco Pupa, Francesca Cavallo, Carlo Gallo
SYNOPSIS: Writer Stefania is one of the finalists for a literary competition. After her initial excited reaction, she finds out that Miss Durante– a bitter rival of her– has also reached the group of the favorites.
IF YOU PLEASE (S’IL TE PLAÃT BIEN)
DIRECTOR: LAURA NERI
PRODUCERS: LAURA NERI
WRITER: LAURA NERI
CAST: Edwige Baily, Julien De Broeyer, Olivier PrÃ©mel, OrphÃ©e Joseph, ThÃ©a Oschinsky
SYNOPSIS: IF YOU PLEASE is a short comedy about Muriel and Fabien, a Belgian couple that has lost that “special spark” over the years. When Fabien strays, he certainly does not expect the consequences which for Muriel must follow quite logically.
DIRECTOR: THERESA PICCIALLO
PRODUCERS: NIKI KOSS, THERESA PICCIALLO, ROBERT JOHNSON
WRITER: THERESA PICCIALLO
CAST: Niki Koss, Darren Barnet
SYNOPSIS: With her high school under siege, a teenage girl fights for her life in a standoff with the active shooter.
INTO THE UNCANNY VALLEY
DIRECTOR: LIZ FANIA WERNER, CARLOS MONTANER
WRITER: LIZ FANIA WERNER
SYNOPSIS: When a woman takes a new drug meant to enhance assertiveness by blocking empathy, she ends up locked in a deadly power struggle with her dismissive husband.
DIRECTOR: NADIA TASS
PRODUCERS: JOHN TASS-PARKER
WRITER: DAVID PARKER, JOHN TASS-PARKER
CAST: David Parker, Nadia Tass, John Tass-Parker, Cori Sue Morris
SYNOPSIS: During the depths of the Covid-19 quarantine, you’re cordially invited to Pascale’s Trattoria, a charming Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of a suburban living room. There, you’ll meet Pascale, a slightly deranged gentleman determined to facilitate the success of his restaurant. While his family barely indulges this isolation-induced fantasy, the tipping point might be the clientele of stuffed animals.
DIRECTOR: LISA ANN WALTER
PRODUCERS: MARGARET M. SPIRITO, LISA ANN WALTER
WRITER: MARGARET M. SPIRITO
CAST: Lisa Ann Walter, Valerie Tosi, Mayan Lopez, Vinny Faslline
SYNOPSIS: Maria and Lorelei are two best friends who escaped the drama of their New Jersey families by moving to sunny Los Angeles. The drama finds them, however, when Maria’s crass mother, Tess, and spoiled older brother, Nick, celebrate Easter with Maria and Lorelei on the west coast. After a dinner full of baby boomer judgement and millennial clapbacks, things take an exciting turn when Tess accidentally mistakes the girlsâ chocolate edibles for Easter dessert, turning what Maria was hoping to be a chill California holiday into a Jersey shit storm.
DIRECTOR: GIDEON IMAGOR
PRODUCERS: YANA RIAHI
WRITER: YUDIT KANTOR
CAST: Dania Landsberg, Razia Israeli, Daniel Engel
SYNOPSIS: Racheli, a young Orthodox woman, is leaving her house towards the Mikveh for her monthly purity immersion (Tvilah). In this stressful evening, she experiences a series of ever-increasing, unbearable insults from those around her, but she has to immerse herself for her husband. After the Tvilah, she finds a small opportunity for rescue and might decide to hide.
DIRECTOR: YERANIA DEL ORBE
PRODUCERS: YERANIA DEL ORBE, MICHAEL BONAVENTURA, ROOSEVELT DAVIS
WRITER: YERANIA DEL ORBE
CAST: Yuliana Sleme, Joseph C. Reyes, Leyla Ulerio, Ambar Luna Reyes, Arianna Wellmoney, Junior Morel, Miloska Sanchez-Valenzuela, Altagracia Del Orbe
SYNOPSIS: Graciela uses her mother’s faith in Santeria to protect her younger sister from a predator.
DIRECTOR: LYNDA REISS
PRODUCERS: LYNDA REISS, ASHLEY HILLIS
WRITER: JOHN CRAINE
CAST: Sara Arrington, Dana Koops, Paula Jean Hixson, Neil Napier, Shukri Abdi
SYNOPSIS: A single mother assumes the worst of her daughter. After destroying what she believes to be incriminating evidence she becomes lost in the desert where she learns that not everyone is as they seem.
DIRECTOR: SARAH J. SOMMERS, PRODUCERS, LORENA LOURENCO
WRITER: SARAH J. SOMMERS
CAST: Adriana Santos, Sage Kirwan, Susan Artigas
SYNOPSIS: After a tragic injury destroys her gymnastics career, Ava is trapped at home with her mom and no future. An unexpected visit from her estranged sister Nicole forces Ava to look beyond herself for a sense of direction.
DIRECTOR: FABIENNE MAHÃ, PRODUCERS, PATRICK JEANNERET, MALIKA BERTINOTTI
WRITER: FABIENNE MAHÃ
CAST: Lilly-Fleur POINTEAUX, Cyrielle DEBREUIL, Valentine FÃAU
SYNOPSIS: Like every Sunday night, Leo has the visit of her two sisters for dinner. As usually she has not prepared anything. But this night she has a secret she has trouble unveiling.
LOVE IS A LUNATIC CITY
DIRECTOR: HANNAH MOORE
PRODUCERS: LAUREN ROSE BECK
WRITER: HANNAH MOORE
CAST: Jordan Reading
SYNOPSIS: A pregnant teenager escapes from juvenile prison to find the father of her unborn baby.
DIRECTOR: YAQI TAO
PRODUCERS: YITING GAO
WRITER: YAQI TAO
CAST: Laurel Badenell, Scott Norton
SYNOPSIS: Mathilda lives happily with her 53-year-old caretaker Ethan in an isolated town. On her birthday of 15, she gets the same tattoo as Ethan’s. Before showing him the new tattoo, she sees an unexpected birthday gift.
MAKE ME THE TENNESSEE
DIRECTOR: SASHA PASTERNAK
PRODUCERS: CANDACE HAMMER, MEAGHAN JEWELL, SASHA PASTERNAK
WRITER: SASHA PASTERNAK
CAST: Annika Marks, Chris Sullivan, Jenny O’Hara
SYNOPSIS: In 1983, when the vengeful Kathy morris attempts to poison the tennessee cop who aided and abetted in the death of her sister, she gets cold feet. After all, the cop is her husband.
MIMI VANG OLSEN: PET PORTRIATIST
DIRECTOR :ANTHONY MARANVILLE
PRODUCERS: SHANA STEIN
CAST: Mimi Vang Olsen
SYNOPSIS: Mimi Vang Olsen doesnât just pain a portrait. She steps into her clients lives and uncovers their stories, creating a richly detailed time capsule of who they are.
20 MINUTES TO LIFE
DIRECTOR :VERONIKA KURZ
PRODUCERS : NACH DUDSDEEMAYTHA, MARENA DIX, VERONIKA KURZ
WRITER :VERONIKA KURZ
CAST: Eden Summer Gilmore, Sarah Houghton, Kyra Zagorsky, Rhona Rees
SYNOPSIS: 20 Minutes to Life is a short comedy about 11 year old “good kid” Olivia and her very first detention, which she imagines as a prison, complete with barred windows, guards, and a warden. Olivia must befriend the “bad kids” and figure out how to solve 20,000 math problems in 20 minutes in order to escape.
DIRECTOR :HORTENSE LINGJAERDE
PRODUCERS: ALEX RIVERS
WRITER: HORTENSE LINGJAERDE
CAST: Lilli Passero, Linda Kerns, Allan Wasserman, Natasha Tina Liu, Andy Arena
SYNOPSIS: Miranda struggles to find her place as a puppeteer until she meets a unique mentor who will push her to strive in her creative world.
DIRECTOR: SHAWN PIPKIN-WEST
PRODUCERS :JACKIE HO, MARIA-KATRE, SHAWN PIPKIN-WEST
WRITER: MARIA KATRE
CAST: Maria Katre, Atticus Woodward, Jackie Ho
SYNOPSIS: MO is a film about a determined single mother who gives up on her dream of becoming a musician and desperately takes a job as an English as a Second Language teacher to pay the rent. This job ends up opening her eyes to a familiar language and that language is called music.
DIRECTOR: ADELE BIRAGHI
PRODUCERS: DAMON LAGUNA
WRITER: ADELE BIRAGHI, LUCAS MASCHI
CAST: Lorelai Green, Stephanie Gonzales, Lucas Maschi
SYNOPSIS: A family drama about a young girlâs struggle to pursue her passion for boxing despite her momâs doubts
DIRECTOR: LAUREN BLACKWELL
PRODUCERS: OISIN NOLAN, ALEX CLEMENT, LYNA DUBARRY, MORGANE RAMET
WRITER :LYNA DUBARRY, LOU STASSEN
CAST: Lyna Dubarry, Lou Stassen, Oisin Nolan, Elliot Janks, Amelia Parillon, Hana Hrzic, Anne Hayward
SYNOPSIS: A successful young banker living in the UK is confronted with a crisis when her visa gets revoked.
NOWHERE TO GO
DIRECTOR: JULIE PACINO
PRODUCERS: SHERI SUSSMAN, ARON MEINHARDT
WRITER: SHERI SUSSMAN
CAST: Alexis Rosinsky, Kyle Kaminsky
SYNOPSIS: Two disillusioned young people connect on a level they’ve never experienced before. Through their random encounter, they’re left with a bit of hope for their future – wherever it may be.
DIRECTOR: GRACE UTHER
PRODUCERS : GRACE UTHER, SAM UTHER
WRITER: GRACE UTHER
CAST: Shanay De Marco, Courtney Varley
SYNOPSIS: A young woman senses something sinister is happening at a party on New Yearsâ Eve 1999. Should she stay and hope she’s wrong, or risk trying to get home at midnight? Amongst the hype of the new millennium and fear of the Y2K apocalypse, getting through the night is not going to be easy.
DIRECTOR: KATE HACKETT
PRODUCERS: KATE HACKETT
WRITER: KATE HACKETT
CAST: Emily Robinson, Peri Gilpin, Jennifer Lafleur
SYNOPSIS: A seventeen year old sex-positive YouTuber starts a social media war against her Christian abstinence program.
DIRECTOR: ANNALISA VOZZA
PRODUCERS: ANNALISA VOZZA
WRITER: ANNALISA VOZZA
CAST: Johan Bustos Quinche, Sandra Reyes, Gabriela Otalora
SYNOPSIS: The bus routine of a young rapper who dreams of leaving the city jungle of BogotÃ¡ is disrupted by the persistent presence of his little sister. Gang violence puts his dream of a better life to a hard test.
PHASES OF THE MOON
DIRECTOR: B. MONÃT
PRODUCERS: LAUREN GUGLIELMELLO, CIARA INGRAM
WRITER: LAUREN GUGLIELMELLO
CAST: Ana Semedo, Giovonni Naarendorp
SYNOPSIS: Two strangers meet on a bridge, in the middle of the night under what appears to be suspicious circumstances.
PIECE OF ME
DIRECTOR: BRUNA CABRAL
PRODUCERS: BRUNA CABRAL, LIGIA OSORIO, CAMILA RIZZO
WRITER: BRUNA CABRAL
CAST: Mason Wells, Roberta Sloan, Meghan K Lees
SYNOPSIS: An 8-year-old boy begins to lose his best friend, an elderly lady, as her memories fade away to Alzheimer’s. Determined to help, he embarks on a journey to rekindle the memories of their friendship.
DIRECTOR: ANJALI NATH
PRODUCERS: CASSIE CLARK, ANJALI NATH, MADISON GREEN
WRITER: ANJALI NATH
CAST: Cassie Clark, Anjali Nath
SYNOPSIS: After a night of questionable public decisions, an influencer tries to keep her relationship with her ex private the only way she knows how: by releasing a music video.
DIRECTOR: DAYNA LI
PRODUCERS: VOKEE LEE
WRITER: ANSHUMAN MITRA
CAST: Deja Soufka, Omar Amir, Michel Wakim, Therese Chbier
SYNOPSIS: Rising tensions within and outside their home threaten to tear a family of four apart during the Syrian War in Aleppo.
DIRECTOR: KATIA KOZIARA
PRODUCERS: PHOEBE DUN, STUART RUSTON
WRITER: PHOEBE DUN
CAST: Phoebe Dunn, Ben Brown, Kerry Warren
SYNOPSIS: A first date gets steamy as desire, consent and power dynamics are discussed in the most unlikely of places.
RUBBED IN PINK
DIRECTOR: KATHY ESQUENAZI-MITRANI
PRODUCERS: CONSUELO GACHA, KATHY ESQUENAZI-MITRANI
WRITER: KATHY ESQUENAZI-MITRANI
CAST: Alejandra Zoluga Rojas, Isabela Zoluga Rojas, Judith PÃ©rez S.
SYNOPSIS: The pre-teen daughter of a fashion photographer explores her femininity through the lens of her mother.
SADAK CHAAP (STREET STAMPED)
DIRECTOR: RIDDHI TALREJA
PRODUCERS : APOORVA CHARAN
WRITER: RIDDHI TALREJA, HARRIET BEANEY
CAST: Anshika Singh, Pawan Pandey
SYNOPSIS: On the streets of Mumbai, a young brother and sister try to raise money to buy a new football so they can play like the children they see on the other side of the fence. When they lose the money, the young boy risks everything for the ball, only to find that help comes from an unlikely hero
DIRECTOR: PAULA CAJIAO
PRODUCERS: MARIO CORRY, PAULA CAJIAO, JENNIFER QUESENBERY
WRITER: PAULA CAJIAO
CAST: Mario Corry, Paula Cajiao
SYNOPSIS: An amateur female boxer on the rise fights against her opponents as she deals with her father’s alcoholism.
DIRECTOR: ANNA MAUES
PRODUCERS: ANNA MAUES
WRITER: ANNA MAUES
CAST: Jessica Auguste
SYNOPSIS: A dancer finds herself lost in memories of a life that she no longer lives.
DIRECTOR: HEATHER HAWTHORN DOYLE
PRODUCERS: SARAH SURH, STEVE CHUNG
WRITER: SARAH SURH
CAST: Sarah Surh, Ryan Jinn
SYNOPSIS: A young married couple finally conceive their first child but when it ends in a heartbreaking miscarriage they discover that grieving their loss is much harder than expected.
DIRECTOR: ARTEMIS SNOW, HALEY LUCIANI
PRODUCERS: ARTEMIS SNOW
WRITER: ARTEMIS SNOW
CAST: Artemis Snow, Justin Chien
SYNOPSIS: A tender, summer-on- repeat piece that explores how we traditionally define a soulmate. We follow a contemplative Kyra before the wedding and delve into a thought-provoking conversation starter that evokes a relatable nostalgia in its portrayal of the often blurred boundaries of memory, music, and time.
DIRECTOR: TALITA MAIA
PRODUCERS: TALITA MAIA
WRITER: TALITA MAIA
CAST: Talita Maia, Evan Williams, Idalia Valles, Allie Gonino
SYNOPSIS: After moving to the US to become an illustrative artist, Laura gets sidetracked with meaningless jobs and vapid friendships. She searches for unhealthy ways to cope with the lack of real connections with people, as well as discouragement when it comes to her dreams.
By chance, she meets a stranger that reminds her of the potential she always carried within.
DIRECTOR: ANISSA DAOUD
PRODUCERS: SÃBASTIEN HUSSENOT, LOTFI ACHOUR
WRITER: ANISSA DAOUD
CAST: Mohamed Dahech, Sami Khlifi, Hela Ayed
SYNOPSIS: Imed, a young father, finding himself alone for a few days with his five year old son due to his wifeâs business trip, will have to confront his deepest fear.
THE BINDING OF ITZIK
DIRECTOR: ANIKA BENKOV
PRODUCERS: MOLLY JIANG
WRITER: ANIKA BENKOV
CAST: Eli Rosen, Malky Goldman
SYNOPSIS: In his online search for bookbinding materials, a middle aged Hasidic bookbinder stumbles across a craigslist ad offering ‘binding lessons for submissive women.’ He responds to it, becoming entangled in an emotionally intense BDSM relationship with a stranger on the internet.
THE BOOK OF RUTH
DIRECTOR: BECCA ROTH
PRODUCERS: CHEN DRACHMAN, CAITLIN GOLD
WRITER: CHEN DRACHMAN
CAST: Tovah Feldshuh, Chen Drachman, Monica Wyche, Scott Klavan, Aleksander Varadian, Housso Semon
SYNOPSIS: Margo, Dan, Jordan, and Lizzy visit grandmother Ruth for Passover. Later that night, Lizzy finds Ruth watching a midnight news story about Anne Frankâs death. Lizzy then confesses to have known a related secret for years and Ruth is left with some explaining to do.
THE FOURTH WALL
DIRECTOR: KELSEY BOLLIG
PRODUCERS: VICTORIA LACOSTE, SIMON BROOK
WRITER: KELSEY BOLLIG
CAST: Lizzie BrocherÃ©, Roby Schinasi, Victoria Lacoste, Jacqueline Bell
SYNOPSIS: ChloÃ© is a serious actress whoâs spent her life on the stages of Paris. The result? She has been chipped down into a product of the scrutiny and unfair politics that infest the entertainment industry. Doomed to star in one last performance of Shakespeareâs âA Mid-Summer Nightâs Dreamâ ChloÃ© fights for her moment in the spotlight amongst the self-serving newcomers she is forced to share the stage with.
THE GESTURE AND THE WORD
DIRECTOR: HELEN ALEXIS YONOV
PRODUCERS: ANDREA FELLERS
WRITER: HELEN ALEXIS YONOV
CAST: James Michael Tyler, Paul Dooley, Roxane Mesquida
SYNOPSIS: A lonely postman, Gilbert, secretly recreates postcards for a woman on his postal route when her boyfriend’s homemade postcards stop arriving from his travels around the world. With the help of his friend Mr. Rostalle, a blind widower and retired literary professor/poet, Gilbert learns to open himself up to the prospect of love, and in the process of trying to bring someone else happiness, discovers it for himself.
THE GODS OF SUMMER
DIRECTOR: CRISTIANA DI PALMA
PRODUCERS: RED JUNCTION PRODUCTION, CRISTIANA DI PALMA, ARIEL GARDNER
WRITER :CRISTIANA DI PALMA
CAST: Samantha Cormier, Lacy Hartselle, Caleb Barwick, Garrett C Phillips, Demorge Brown
SYNOPSIS: Sammy, 17, has been invited to spend the summer with her friend Crystal in her family cottage on the canals in Venice California, that she shares with her brother Cole. Here, between beautiful beaches and new friends, she will find her first true love, until a brutal homicide changes her life forever.
DIRECTOR: ELLIE WEN
PRODUCERS :ELLIE WEN
SYNOPSIS: An all-girls robotics team competes to smash stereotypes and prove themselves in a male-dominated field, while also trying to get through high school.
THE NIGHT COMES ON
DIRECTOR :CANDICE VAUGHN
WRITER : CANDICE VAUGHN
SYNOPSIS: Two sisters wishing to have each others’ lives fight for the attention and love of their mother in a house full of magic, and family secrets. Can they reconcile their differences, and live the lives they were intended to?
THE OTHER SIDE OF 25
DIRECTOR :BECCA HURD ,LIAM HALL
PRODUCERS ;BECCA HURD
WRITER :BECCA HURD
CAST: Becca Hurd, Kat Bramley, Louie Cordon,
SYNOPSIS: An irresponsible young woman faces challenges after becoming the surrogate mother for her sister’s baby.
THE RAIN PONCHO
DIRECTOR :ANDREA ROSEN
PRODUCERS: ANDREA ROSEN, MICHAEL EDER, WARREN ETHEREDGE, SAM GRIFFEL
WRITER: ANDREA ROSEN
CAST: Andrea Rosen, Elizabeth Sherman, Eliza Eder, Anya Eder
SYNOPSIS: A day in the life of 2 moms, Kitty (a pot smoking therapist) and Rita (an inept hair cutter). They worry that their 15 year old daughter has a secret boyfriend or worse yet, a pimp! The moms wrestle with the anxiety, hormones, and hip hop, of all of it.
THE SHALLOW END
DIRECTOR: CYNTHIA SILVER
PRODUCERS: JULIA KENNELLY, PAUL MARCARELLI, CYNTHIA SILVER
WRITER: WENDY MACLEOD
CAST: Zoe Wilson, Zoe Manarel, Parker Winston, Sanai James
SYNOPSIS: A group of teenaged girls jockey for power in the savage summer society of a community swimming pool during the summer of 1984.
DIRECTOR : HAOHAO YAN
PRODUCERS: XIAOXIAO LI
WRITER: HAOHAO YAN
CAST: Harmonie He, Gloria Xiong, Chedi Cheng
SYNOPSIS: A private boarding school is on lockdown after the Chinese government announces that SARS is real. In the school, three eight-year-old girls have to find a way to make sense of the world and in doing so, learn new things.
DIRECTOR: SUZANNE LUNA
PRODUCERS: KELLY PARKER, LAUREN ROBERTSON, BENTE ENGELSTOFT, SUZANNE LUNA
WRITER: LAUREN ROBERTSON, BENTE ENGELSTOFT
CAST: Bente Engelstoft, Lauren Robertson, Tamara Perry, Holly Laurent
SYNOPSIS: Four women in a modern day Manson-esque cult are abandoned by their leader.
DIRECTOR: ARIANE BOUKERCHE
PRODUCERS: JULIEN PICHARD
WRITER: ARIANE BOUKERCHE
CAST: Olga Riazanova, Def, Julie Sokolowski, Marc-Antoine Vaugeois, Corentin Boisgard
SYNOPSIS: “They salivate” is the story of a kiss. A couple kiss each other in their deserted living room. The party begins and one guest drinks the couple’s last kiss.
THEY WON’T LAST
DIRECTOR: PORTLYNN TAGAVI
PRODUCERS: RICHARD BAILEY
WRITER: PORTLYNN TAGAVI, BRANDON GALE
CAST: Jack De Sena, Brittany Renee Finamore
SYNOPSIS: After attending their friends’ perfect wedding, Christine is forced to consider the future of her own relationship when her hopeless romantic boyfriend Alex proposes. When Christine is unable to say yes, Alex makes it worse by giving her an ultimatum: either get engaged or break up right now.
TITUS & MIRABELLA
DIRECTOR: MELANIA CRISAN
PRODUCERS; MELANIA CRISAN
WRITER: MELANIA CRISAN
CAST: Axel Moustache, Melania Crisan, Nicolas Bach
SYNOPSIS: A romantic comedy about the first date between two quirky people who have never had a romantic relationship before but who desperately want one. A movie about fear and love.
TWO WORLDS, NOT ONE
DIRECTOR :HEMMA KEARNEY
PRODUCERS: SIMONE BENHAYON
WRITER: HEMMA KEARNEY
CAST: Ben Green
SYNOPSIS: With a regular job, regular family and regular routine to his life Toby begins to see things out of the ordinary normal. He can’t unsee what he sees and all that surrounds him starts to challenge his ‘ordinary world’.
DIRECTOR: LOUISE DE GAY DE NEXON
PRODUCERS: ELINA STREET
WRITER: LOUISE DE GAY DE NEXON
SYNOPSIS: A family dinner reunion takes an unexpected turn when the inheritance of the house is brought up. As the night unfolds, tensions rise and significant family dysfunctions are disclosed.
DIRECTOR: PORTIA HLUBI
PRODUCERS: ANTOINETTE ENGEL, TSHEGO MOLETE KHANYILE
WRITER: PORTIA HLUBI
SYNOPSIS: A concerned Xolile returns back home to ask her sick mother to return back with her. With a troubled relationship and a booming career, Xolile needs to confront issues of bitterness and resentment from her childhood in order to rebuild their relationship. Faced with hard truths that may change her life forever, Xolile must choose between her new life or her own mother.
DIRECTOR: MIRANDA MANZIANO
PRODUCERS: MIRANDA MANZIANO, SAMANTHA GRANADOS
WRITER: MIRANDA MANZIANO
CAST: Lauren T. Mack, Neena De Ville, Juan Danner, Adriane Moreno
SYNOPSIS: A queer fashion executive visits a dominatrix in an attempt to heal from sexual assault trauma.
WHAT REMAINS OF ME
DIRECTOR: NISREEN ALSBEIHI
PRODUCERS: NISREEN ALSBEIHI
WRITER: NISREEN ALSBEIH NOMAN, KAMAL ALSALAMI
SYNOPSIS: This film talks about the landmine victims in Yemen .
DIRECTOR: SERGINE DUMAIS
PRODUCERS: BO PRICE
WRITER: BO PRICE
CAST: Maxim Roy, Jeremy Sisto, Jean LeLoup
SYNOPSIS: Sara is in bed with her lover when her husband calls. When he asks for something in his sock drawer, she runs home, stalling for time, asking endless questions about Wichita, Kansas.
DIRECTOR: JORJA HUDSON
PRODUCERS: KELLY STIER, RACHEL RODERMAN, CLAIRE MATSON
WRITER :JORJA HUDSON
CAST: Charlotte Gilbert, Jenny Gorelick, Fareeha Khan, Andrea Simons
SYNOPSIS: Four friends quit their antidepressants together and all experience very different side effects.