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Congratulations to this season's winners

BEST FILM ~ SMALL SHORTS

Tuscany

Geoffrey Breton (United Kingdom)

A couple are clearing plastic on the banks of the Thames, when she decides to take feminist action.

BEST FILM ~ MICRO SHORTS

Finding Lines

Mattias Larson (Sweden)

A skateboarder weaving his lines through a right-angled landscape. Exploring the patterns and shapes that man has left behind.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ SMALL SHORTS

Benson's Beans

Mike Schminke (Chicago, IL)

A turn of the century beans company hires a real cowboy to sell their product but gets more than it bargained for. 

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ MICRO SHORTS

Birth Cycle, A Flip Book

Zak Zych (St. Louis, MO)

After nine months in the womb a baby makes a daring and dramatic entrance into the world!

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ~ FALL 2019

(in order of appearance at the screening)

Switzerland

Kevin Haefelin

1

Shining the shoes of a walk-in customer, a shiner discovers his client’s dark secret.

Tight Spot

Clermont, FL

Molly Smith

4

A young boy must choose between love and justice when deciding to fight in the civil war.

100 Beautiful Things

Canada

Brent Bouchard

7

Two lawyers have a serious discussion over a drink . Will they pass the bar?

Whiskey Face

United States

John Akre

10

A very short movie about the very shortness of life itself.

Blip

United States

Patrick Grady

13

Joey Cattone tells a life story in a very brief fashion.

Makin' A Livin' Fishin'

Oakland, CA

Antonio Idarraga, Ellen Wang

16

Slime the cat has an interesting day to himself.

Nyan To Five

Ireland

Cathal Feeney

19

On a short bus journey a young boy quizzes his father about the world.

Oh

Chicago, IL

Gregg Jaffe

22

A man introduces the new love of his life to an old friend. Things don't always go as you planned. (Not in award consideration)

Best Pal Best Gal

United States

Claire Kinnen

25

This is a short poem film shot on super 8 and alternately titled "The ego in a breakup."

P I C K I N G

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Pouria Ghasemipoor Nigjeh

28

The women exist

To Be

Chicago, IL

Olivia Jensen

31

A woman grieves her dead sister by trying to keep her memory alive, by taking care of both her and herself

Waiting By the Phone

Bend, OR

Taylor Morden

34

A short film about the way the world works.

reboot.

Brooklyn, NY

Wingz Wu

2

“Goldfish” is an abstract 2D looping animation about people’s deep desire for fighting the tiresome daily routine. However, no matter how hard we try, we still can’t escape from the fish tank, because the fish tank is life itself.

Goldfish

Canada

Josef Beeby, Grace Gordon

5

A tiny difference in first impressions turns into two very different first dates.

Double Date

Orland Park, IL

Robert Kelly, Ian Kranz

8

A short about the horrors of losing control at a party, a woman has a drunken encounter with a mime outside a bathroom window turns out to be more than a late-night prank.

Mime

Portugal

Diogo Andrade

11

A 1-minute documentary about how two men who live in a reception centre (residential home or homeless shelter) found a way to make a living through urban art and this changed their lives for the better.

Stones on the path

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Amir Karami

14

They had only one way to escape war - immigration. But the sea was unfaithful and unmerciful...

WET GRAVEYARD

Chicago, IL

Mike Schminke

17

A turn of the century beans company hires a real cowboy to sell their product but gets more than it bargained for.

Benson's Beans

United Kingdom

Josh Alward

20

Letting go of the past can be difficult, but Carla finds it more difficult than most. As she fondly sorts through mementos from her last relationship, we realise that her way of dealing with a break up is a little extreme...

Nostalgia's A Killer

Canada

Jesse Cote

23

A stubborn little monster named Curt receives some advice from a clever little bird named Blue.

Blue and Curt

Westwood, NJ

Gregory Roberts

26

Things don't go according to Jake's plan during his divorce settlement meeting.

Divorce Settlement Meeting

Sweden

Mattias Larson

29

A skateboarder weaving his lines through a right-angled landscape. Exploring the patterns and shapes that man has left behind.

FINDING LINES

United States

Jeffrey Madzia

32

The year the cicadas of Brood 5 hatched.

Waiting for 2032

Valencia, CA

zach dorn

35

An animated short about a trip from the LAX International Airport to Vancouver.

LAX to Vancouver

Sweden

Olof Berghe

3

"No one knows another person. No one knows mankind." Der Offizier is leading a hearing when he suddenly finds himself at a disadvantage. Will his own secret finally be revealed?

Der Offizier

St. Louis, MO

Zak Zych

6

After nine months in the womb a baby makes a daring and dramatic entrance into the world!

Birth Cycle, a flip book by Zak Zych

Los Angeles, CA

Gerard George

9

An interpretation of the monstrous enslavement of depression, it’s sneaking emergence and the lingering darkness it leaves inside.

Don't Let The Evils Consume You

Midland, MI

Jeff Vande Zande

12

Readjusting to life on the outside can be a bit irregular.

Bound

Poland

Tomasz Wiśniewski

15

A short documentary about a Chinese man who came to a village in Poland way back when.

YOURS TEETH ARE NICER

Chicago, IL

Patrick Lewtschanyn

18

An interpretive look into the spectrum of a woman’s silence.  The anguish.  The distress.  The strength to endure.

Silence Is Silver

Fort Wayne, IN

Emily Misner, Marisa Gehrig

21

An animated adventure in trying to bake from a beloved old recipe.

Crunch Time

Sweden

Olof Berghe

24

Bertil is a man whose relationships are important to him. Some he nurtures specially.

Harvest fest

Chicago, IL

Danny McCarthy

27

Family and friends gather to tell stories, say their final words and bid a farewell to their dear Sniffany. The moon is calling.

In Memoriam: Sniffany

Los Angeles, CA

Charlie S. Jensen

30

A Pizza delivery with an unusual twist (bread twist that is).

My Pizza Boy

Chicago, IL

Zach Moore

33

Odd adventures while waiting for the bus.

Transport

United Kingdom

Geoffrey Brenton

36

A couple are clearing plastic on the banks of the Thames, when she decides to take feminist action.

TUSCANY