2016 Official Selections

WARNING: Some films may contain adult content; viewer discretion is advised.

OPENING NIGHT, Friday, February 12 at 7pm

Everything For The Movies
Directed by Lukas Buys, Belgium, 00:19:44

Lize, a young actress, makes her suitcases. She rereads the scenario. A driver from the film set picks her up, Olivier. During the long trip the two start getting along quite well. He talks about the set and how the previous days have been. She says she’s nervous for her first starring role. They arrive at the location, a secluded weekend cottage. The following days they’ll both do everything for the movies.

Suddenly

Directed by Merav Elbaz Belschner, United States, 00.11.00

Suddenly… opens with A Dane (Lukas Hassel) holding a gun to a Writer’s head (Terry Kinney). The Dane demands a story. When The Writer tries to talk his way out of it The Dane leaves him no choice but to deliver. Reluctantly The Writer starts to tell his story, but as the story unfurls another character comes in, and then another, making it impossible for The Writer to finish his story.

Animation Hotline, 2015 (Documentary Version)
Directed by Dustin Grella, United States, 00:07:05

Animation Hotline is a series of over 150 crowd-sourced telephone answering machine message that have been being animated since 2011. This documentary collection focuses on real life stories.

The Night Witch
Directed by Allison Klayman, TBA, 00:04:07

This animated New York Times Op-Doc explores the life of Nadezhda Popova, known as Nadia, who became a World War II hero as part of a Soviet all-female bombing regiment.

Leo’s Love Letter
Directed by Gabriel Rhenais, United States, 00:05:05

A young man’s relationship is in serious trouble.

Jack Is Pretty

Directed by Jarek Zabczynski, United States, 00:26:24

Amid the chaos and instability of growing up with neglectful parents, and enduring the taunting of a bully, a little girl strikes out on her own to find order, happiness, and an understanding of the world around her. As the dangers surrounding her come closing in, her world brightens when she finds the solace of friendship and love with an old, discarded Jack In The Box.  https://vimeo.com/124794700  password is festival

Circus Nowhere

Directed by Lisa Svelmøe, Denmark, 00:19:09

Jenny is incapable of processing that her father is dead. In total despair she flees from the scene.  Reality and fantasy melts and she finds herself in a magical tale about a lost circus where she searches for the father. But the events in the strange   world turns her quest upside down.

Love at First Sight

Directed by Mark Playne, ,United Kingdom 14m

A heart warming story of a lonely young man’s increasingly creative attempts to attract the attention of the girl of his dreams. A gentle film of hope and optimism.

 

E FOR EVERYONE, Saturday, February 13 at 10:30am

Work Mate
Directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith, 00:16:00

When an introverted office worker is invited by a new colleague with a vision impairment to go cycling, he tries desperately to find a way out of it.

I’ve just had a dream
Directed by Javi Navarro, Spain, 00:07:25

Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream.

Kiddie Pool
Directed by Dale Frohman, United States, 00:11:00

A 12 year old boy is rewarded for confronting his fear of water. This G rated comedy stars:  Austin, a 12 year quirky boy who has many allergies and phobias. He meets a 12 year old girl, CHLOE, who helps him confront his fear of water.

LUNCHSAQ
Directed by Aubrey Danielson, United States, 00:07:03

After his junk-food junkie friend is hosed in a snack trade, nervy middle-schooler Christopher decides enough is enough and rallies a rag-tag gang of juvenile-vigilantes to bring down the slick lunchtime kingpin whose illegal munchie trading ring has gone on long enough.

All There Is
Directed by Jeroen Mourmans, TBA, 00:07:30

In a world that’s completely destroyed a father struggles not to give in to his ever growing desperation in front of his young daughter, while she on the other hand is running out of ways to make him stop worrying and show him there still is hope. But when she looses a tooth eating the last remaining food she comes up with a plan: summoning the Tooth Fairy to trade the tooth under her pillow for a coin will show her father nothing is impossible, even in this world! Childish and naive…or?

Poison Apple

Directed by Dane Neves, United States, 00:09:45

The story of Snow White told through the point-of-view of the infamous poison apple.  Featuring 5 original songs and a magical blend of live actors and puppets!

Wipeout
Directed by Paul Murphy, United Kingdom, 00:05:14

A man with chronic Obsessive Compulsive Disorder falls in love with a beautiful female jogger, and takes up running in a bid to win her heart.

 

DOCUMENTARY, Saturday, February 13 at 1pm

Denali
Directed by Ben Knight, United States, 00:07:43

There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest moments. Ben Moon reflects on a life well lived and a dog that lived up to the the name, Denali.

From Grain To Glass: An American Craft Spirits Renaissance
Directed by Han Shan, United States, 00:16:00

From bourbon to brandy and everything in between, a new generation of pioneers are forging an American craft distilling renaissance, supporting local farmers, energizing local economies, and inspiring people from every walk of life with their unique and delicious creations. Follow Hudson Whiskey Ambassador Han Shan as he sets out from the first legal whiskey distillery in New York state after prohibition to explore the obsessive, persistent, colorful characters coast to coast who are redefining the meaning of the American spirit.

SciTech Band: Pride Of Springfield
Directed by Lawrence Hott, United States, 00:28:26

SciTech High School’s spirited band and its charismatic leader are a ray of hope and a source of pride for a struggling school. Eight years ago the band didn’t exist – today, under the leadership of the young, charismatic and decidedly nerdy Gary Bernice, the 500-member band is flourishing.  Synopsis  The Science and Technology High School in Springfield, Massachusetts has its problems – its dropout rates are so high and its standard test scores so low that the state rates it Level 4. (The graduation rate was 39% but has gone up to 45% recently.) At Level 5 the state has the right to take over the school if it doesn’t make measurable improvements within three years. But the school band (yes, the school band) has proven an unlikely ray of hope and a source of pride for SciTech, and for the city of Springfield. Eight years ago the band didn’t exist – today, under the leadership of the young, charismatic and decidedly nerdy Gary Bernice, the 500-member band is flourishing. And while the school graduation rate remains a disheartening forty-five percent, band members who last at least a year with the band graduate at a rate of ninety-five percent.  What accounts for this? Leadership? Loyalty? Music? Our film asks that question as it follows the SciTech Band from the first day of practice to the winter holiday concert that takes place just three months later. In that concert, everyone performs, even the beginners who, three months earlier, had never touched an instrument.

Reinventing the Reel
Directed by Michael J. Gorlick, Canada, 00:20:00

“Reinventing the Reel” is a documentary short about contemporary independent film-makers’ attempts to change the portrayal of LGBT characters in film. The film begins with a historical perspective of the big-studio Hollywood treatment of LGBT characters, and then shows how that portrayal has changed, and why is important that it continues to change.  This brief history is followed by an inside look into how specific independent filmmakers are attempting to breaking the chain of that negative history on a small scale. The documentary follows the journey of Casper Andreas, an American independent film-maker, as he directs and produces “Kiss Me, Kill Me” a murder-mystery feature film about a group of characters in West Hollywood who happen to identify as LGBT. In the film’s story, their gayness comes secondary to the fact that they are authentically flawed human beings dealing with challenging life experiences separate from their sexuality. With the help of game-changing tools like crowd funding, film-makers like Casper Andreas can bypass the big studios and finance their films by accessing an already-existing audience.  According to the Contact Hypothesis Theory, the more times a viewer sees/interacts with a minority in film (preferably in varied depictions), the less prejudice they will have towards that group. The hope has always been that big Hollywood films would begin to include LGBT characters that had more reasons for being in the narrative than just their sexuality. The underlying message of “Reinventing the Reel” is that it may no longer be necessary to wait for that: like-minded individuals are now able to take the creative power into their own hands and bring their ideas to life with the support of a waiting and eager audience.

The Silence
Directed by Cleo Tellier, Canada, 00:13:44

Ann, Leslie, Isabelle and Jerome were four out of the two million children who live in foster care all around the world. Before their life in foster care, they were forgotten, abused, unseen and unloved. Today, they decide to break the silence surrounding child abuse, and share their story to the world in a heartbreaking way.

ANIMATION, Saturday, February 13 at 3pm

Switch Man
Directed by Hsun-Chun Chuang, TBA, 00:03:38

In a normal quiet Sunday, Dr. Evil Mantis attacted K-City unexpectedly with his gigantic claw, the entire city in panic and in danger.  At the very critical moment, one young man stood out and fight the Dr. Evil Mantis.  This is the moment for the hidden superhero, and his secret power is about to turn this chaos upside down.  The Legend is about to begin…

La botanique des Amours
Directed by Anne Sophie Cayon, Laura Nicolas Belgium, 00:04:28

some lend themselves to assumptions based at least on the most subtle observations. Plants would have an affective life. Some even go as far as speaking about « love ».

Hi-Score
Directed by Mary Jane Whiting, United States, 00:02:00

Created by Mary Jane Whiting, student filmmaker at Ringling College.  “Hi-Score” follows the story of Sam, a gamer-girl who loses her gameboy while walking through a mysterious forest. In order to get her gameboy back, Sam uses her imagination to craft a virtual world to the top of the trees. In the end, Sam must make a choice: return to her gameboy or use her imagination to fuel her next big adventure?

employee of the day
Directed by Alexander Isert, Christoph J Kellner, Germany, 00:15:00

In a world of mass consumption, overstimulation and performance pressure three people follow their day by day routine.  Two of them work on an assembly line. Two of them share a secret. Two of them are part of the show.  Only one can become EMPLOYEE OF THE DAY.

My Kingdom
Directed by Debra Solomon, United States, 00:04:04

An animated, musical, not-so-meditative meditation on the nature of personal space…

Requiem (Valsaland)
Directed by Tamara Varga, Goblin Mikkanen, Sweden, 00:04:51

Requiem is about the existential struggle to liberate ourselves from the grasp of matter. In the flow of animated images metamorphosis interchanges with scenes of peaceful beauty that leave room for contemplation. It illustrates the balance between love and pain, loneliness and connectedness, stagnation and progress. Music by Valsaland. Literal translation of the swedish lyrics are “We think we are going to die together, tonight”.

Golden Shot
Directed by Gokalp Gonen, Turkey, 00:08:40

Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan for that.

Hopkins and Delaney LLP
Directed by Sean Buckelew, United States, 00:04:32

An important client visits the law offices of Hopkins & Delaney LLP to discuss his copyright infringement suit.  This short animation explores the day to day goings on of a fictional law office handling a copyright infringement case, from inane chatter to texting on the toilet.  It attempts to take an objective look at the ubiquity of technology in modern life, and its impact on social culture.

Dji. Death Sails
Directed by Dmitri Voloshin, Republic of Moldova, 00:05:18

Dji is a terribly unlucky death who doesn’t seem good at his job. This time he has to take the soul of a pirate stuck in the middle of the ocean, but that is easier said than done!

Tiny Town
Directed by Stephen Baker, Howard Cook, TBA, 00:08:52

As the ice-cream man runs his rounds in Tiny Town he is unexpectedly met with a giant magic 8 ball. Upon further investigation of its prophetic message, he narrowly escapes a disastrous train collision. When a giant doll emerges through the wreckage, the ice-cream man tries to flee the town. When all escape routes are destroyed, he returns to his ice-cream truck, transforming into a massive robot to defeat the massive doll. Will the ice-cream man be able save his town?

The Cabinet Decision
Directed by Mayan Engelman, TBA, 00:03:54

Israel and Palestine, two entities competing over their one beating heart. Will they both survive?

Bottomless
Directed by Véronique Vanblaere, TBA, 00:02:03

A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.

The Mega Plush – Episode II
Directed by Matt Burniston, TBA, 00:05:42

The tension in the city is high as the SOC’s manhunt for the vigilante group, The Mega Plush, wages on. With the promise of a handsome sum of money dangled before them, many business owners have joined forces with the SOC cramping The Mega Plush’s extracurricular activities. Armed with his two trusty knives and an “I don’t give a stitch!” attitude, Mega Tiger welcomes any foe who dares to interrupt his hunt for booze and broads.

Grounded
Directed by Thomas de Maleingreau, United States, 00:04:30

Grounded is the heartwarming story of an old pilot who decides to teach his pet goose how to fly, and together they embark in his last great journey

COMEDY, Saturday, February 13 at 8pm

Put Down
Directed by Rick Limentani, TBA, 00:10:00

John is a socially awkward man in a downward spiral of debt, until a lucky accident propels him into a new career as a black-market pet exterminator. In these difficult times, some families can no longer afford a pet. John has some inventive ways to help them.

The Question
Directed by Sabrina Sattar, United Kingdom, 00:03:00

An interviewer asks an unusual question to prospective interns applying for a job.

DAD IN MUM
Directed by Fabrice Bracq, France, 00:06:10

The middle of the night. Moans are heard behind the parents’ door.  Two young sisters are asking questions…

Espionage 101
Directed by Noah Debonis, United States, 00:14:57

A goofy but brilliant college student is recruited to help the CIA on a top secret mission.

Total Awesome Viking Power
Directed by Morten Forland, TBA, 00:14:47

When Viking role player Vidar is sidelined to “the land of the dead” he seeks help of the god Odin, who agrees to teach Vidar the ways of the Vikings if he takes him to a mystical Runestone. Together they embark on a journey that will test Vidar’s wits, bravery and his ability to go completely berserk.

The Real Truth Behind the Real True Story: Donnie Miller
Directed by Mike Piccirillo, United States, 00:15:12

Professional charades champion Donnie Miller was at the top of the mountain in the World Charades Federation. He suffered a downfall that retired him from the sport and cast him into obscurity. ‘The Real Truth Behind The Real True Story’ examines what happened to the charades legend and tries to uncover the mystery behind his sudden downfall and disappearance.

That’s A Good Question
Directed by Chris Oddo, Doronne Perras, United States, 00:04:15

Watch, laugh, and cringe as you see ten potential applicants fail miserably in the interview process, while it also takes its toll on the employer.

The Barber’s Cut
Directed by Mark Brocking, United Kingdom, 00:11:40

Two cut off but living heads wake up in a fridge and manage to escape while trying to avoid a psycho barber.

Ronnie BoDean
Directed by Stephen Paul Judd, United States, 00:13:03

Ronnie BoDean is a larger-than-life outlaw with a short fuse and probably some loose screws. Uncouth and suffering from a mean hangover, he struggles to babysit his jailed neighbor’s precocious kids. Ronnie BoDean has seen better days, today’s not one of them.

SCI-FI / HORROR, Saturday, February 13 at 10pm

Grace
Directed by Karen Nielson, Canada, 00:09:35

A young girl, her dog and a stranger find themselves trying to hold onto their humanity when stranded together in a post apocalyptic world. When the world’s major cities are destroyed by nuclear bombs, it is crippled and survivors are left with nothing and no one to help them. Survival is not just about finding food and shelter but knowing who to trust and align yourself with. Grace has miraculously been able to survive for over a year with the help of her dog and her wits. In a cruel and unforgiving world this young girl is forced to become an adult who must survive. With her innocence ripped from her, Grace is given the chance of friendship when a weakened man reaches out to her for help. She must decide what she is surviving for and if she is willing and able to open her heart to a stranger in need who could be her salvation.

The Smiling Man
Directed by A.J. Briones, TBA, 00:07:00

A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.  This is the second film written and directed by VFX Artist / Previsualization Supervisor A.J. Briones (Avatar, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Tommorowland, Pixels).

Remedy
Directed by Tsai Chia Ying, United States, 00:12:35

Anna suffers from an unknown illness, she chose to face the illness alone, and tried to find out the best treatment to herself.

The Light Thief
Directed by Eva Daoud, Bahrain, 00:19:00

When the essence of Love is snatched from someone and locked away in a vessel with no name , what happens to those persons and how do they change? How can the broken hearted souls break that curse and recover from their pain? Can they regain their spark by overcoming dark supernatural forces?

Zero
Directed by David Victori, Spain,00:29:00

A boy and his father are emotionally and physically separated on the day earth intermittently loses gravity. The boy is wrestling with questions about his mother’s death, while his father desperately tries to find his son as the world is rising and collapsing around him.

Yo Soy Pedro
Directed by Jordan Inconstant, TBA, 00:10:35

1977 Mackenzie and Banks, two Americans cops encounter an alien that has just crash . The police take him for a film actor and decided to bring it back to Hollywood studios.

DRAMA, Sunday, February 14 at 1pm

Frontman
Directed by Matthew Gentile, United States, 00:18:12

When an emotionally self-destructive rock star starts to lose his hearing, his personal and professional lives begin to unravel.

Apocalypse Rock
Directed by Brian Pennington, United States, 00:24:20

Tom Harper is the last man alive.  Surviving alone in an emergency broadcast radio station, he broadcasts a rock and roll fueled radio show each and every day in hopes that someone out there might hear him.

Two Kinds Of People
Directed by Quincy Perkins, United States, 00:04:10

There are two types of people…those that read the synopsis and those that don’t. A story of love.

THE RUN
Directed by Stefan Najib, Germany, 00.24:47

Martin is a teacher at a local high school. He thinks of himself as a good educator, but his own son begins to rebel against him. One day both drive to school together and get into a bad row over Bastian going on a camping vacation with his buddies. Soon after, Bastian’s classmate Tom starts to shoot people in their school. Martin can stop the killing by volunteering to drive an escape car for Tom. During the escape, a harsh psychological duel begins between the teacher and the crazed student.

Mikelis
Directed by Marc Bethke, Germany, 00:15:00

Mikelis, a mathematician working for the European Union, is sitting in a hotel room in Brussels, one day after his retirement. He is waiting for what he knows will be his last visitor, Carl. But only through meeting the maid Ada, the dark secret of his lifes work is revealed. Ada is going to be Mikelis last and most personal victim.

FLORIDA FLAVOR, Sunday, February 14 at 3pm

Hashi
Directed by Mana Handel, United States, 00:08.36

After her parents move to Japan without her, a twenty-something finds comfort in cooking Japanese food in an attempt to realize her identity.

Emma’s Fire
Directed by Miguel M Matius, United States, 00:10:30

A woman goes to great lengths to hide her daily struggle.

Ruby Woo
Directed by Kendall McCrory, United States, 00:14:02

Chrissa yearns for her boyfriend’s affection, but when greed shifts his attention to her little sister, Chrissa’s delusion of love sends her twisted world spiraling out of control.

The Perfect Dish
Directed by Dale Metz, TL Westgate, United States, 00:06:53

Every man has cravings

The Art Of Villainy
Directed by James Noir, United States, 00:13:55

From Executive Producer Bill Moseley (“House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects,” “Repo! The Genetic Opera,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” film series) comes a supernatural crime thriller that follows an otherworldly criminal and the detective who has spent his entire career chasing him.

1954
Directed by Gary Grant, United States, 00:22:00

Ghost tours deliver scary stories, and that’s about it.  However, if the tour happens to bill itself as a special engagement involving the year 1954, then you can expect an experience that exceeds expectations, including those for survival.

The Watch
Directed by David Pace, United States, 00:03:00

Two mysterious cloaked figures confront over the fate of a sleeping child.

Child Services
Directed by Kristen Edgerton, United States, 00:09:23

“Child Services” is a dramatic short film following Rebecca, a timid Child Services worker whose first case proves to be a nightmare. When introduced to the troublesome David and his son Michael, she struggles to find her own voice against her timid nature.  Forced to realize the significance of her job before it’s too late!

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