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Congratulations to this season's winners

BEST FILM ~ SMALL SHORTS

Wali

Tobias James & Duncan Nicholls (United Kingdom)

Whilst working as an Interpreter for the British Army in his home country of Afghanistan, Wali Noori was involved in a Taliban ambush and suffered serious injuries as well as the loss of his sight. 'Wali' is a documentary sharing his story of how he found inspiration and healing through sport.

BEST FILM ~ MICRO SHORTS

Kevin & Irena

Prashanti Aswani (United Kingdom)

An animated recreation of an interview from the British Sound Library between Kevin, 1954 (male, University professor) and Irena, 1948 (female, retired) from Warwick on how they met. 

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ SMALL SHORTS

Kenya's Symphony

Carlos Douglas Jr. (Munster, IN)

A bold young girl discovers a hidden musical gift during her first symphony concert. A wild animated ride that mixes childhood emotions and a soaring score.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ MICRO SHORTS

Huh?

Phakchayot Charrunchon (Thailand)

A relationship comedy about a young girl named Sainam who gathers the courage to show her feelings for her senior crush.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ~ WINTER 2020

(in order of appearance at the screening)

 

United Kingdom

Tobias James & Derek Man

Good As Gold

1

Two friends discover a washing machine that turns everything in to solid gold. But things quickly go downhill as greed gets the better of them.

Brooklyn, NY

Naaji Adzimah

Postal

4

A film on mental illness, and the madness of those who don't understand.

Chicago, IL

Emily Ember & Zach DeNardi

Window

7

Her window is open. Was it always open? Or did something else happen while she was asleep?

Brooklyn, NY

Morgan Wynne & Roddy Hyduk

Rust Bucket

10

A portrait of a Canadian artist and his unlikely canvas.

United States

Molly Clark

Martin The Sea Turtle

13

Martin the sea turtle recalls how he turned his traumatic past of being abandoned on the beach into a thriving present working at a local resort.

Chicago, IL

Nancy Khurana

Breaking & Entering

16

Two burglars out of their element break into a house to find the occupants have just moved in, making it difficult, and awkward, to find anything valuable in the unmarked boxes.

United States

Cynthia Bravo

CUCKOO PILLS

19

A lovely granny who accidentally takes the wrong pills making her go on a fun disco-like trip.

United Kingdom

Tobias James & Duncan Nicholls

WALI

22

Whilst working as an Interpreter for the British Army in his home country of Afghanistan, Wali Noori was involved in a Taliban ambush and suffered serious injuries as well as the loss of his sight. 'Wali' tells his story and how he found inspiration and healing through sport.

Thailand

Phakchayot Charrunchon

Huh?

25

Sainam gathers the courage to show her feelings for her senior crush.

Germany

Kolja Haaf

The lost art of being mediocre

28

As a truth-or-dare game gets out of hand the players find themselves confronted with their own banality.

Los Angeles, CA

Joanna DeLane & JP Leigh

Village of the Gramned

2

A selfie taker at a party learns just how deadly social media can be!

Japan/Astoria, NY

Sanae Hayashi

Lotus, Clam, Antlion

5

I don't know how to accept but swallow.

Germany

Max Holicki, Áron Farkas & Stefan Kreller

Pizza Party

8

In a world made of pizza, unpopular toppings have to fight for equality and respect.

United States

Dylan Monroe

Trash

11

A car accident spurs an innocent man to go on an impromptu killing spree.

Australia

Evan McInnes

Urbanality

14

The city folk are about to get a wake-up call, but will they stop and listen?

United Kingdom

Geoffrey Breton

6:23 AM

17

Never forget who you've fallen in love with...

United Kingdom

Prashanti Aswani

Kevin & Irena

20

An interview from the British Sound Library between Kevin, 1954- (male, university professor) and Irena, 1948- (female, retired) from Warwick on how they met.

Netherlands

Rene Smaal

re/cycle

23

With input from actor and writer Jan Hlobil, director and cinematographer Rene Smaal presents a film in the true surrealist tradition, in the sense that only 'found' elements were used, and that it defies interpretation based on ordinary cause-and-effect time sequence.

Munster, IN

Carlos Douglas Jr

Kenya's Symphony

26

A bold young girl discovers a hidden musical gift during her first symphony concert.

United States

Aaron Roman

Cash, Credit, Or Combat?

29

A customer chooses combat as a method of payment for their coffee.

United States

Gary Hankins

Hawthorne

3

Hawthorne intersects a physical existence and sub-reality through the celluloid manipulation of space, memory and sensory systems to explore spaces cloaked within the familiar.

Denver, CO

Mack Judd & Don Markus

Uncle Jake's Place

6

A loner practices self-care with the help of his favorite childhood show.

New York, NY

Shayna Strype & Ada Defriez

Peer

9

Through use of movement and puppetry, a child imagines the progression and eventual unraveling of her parents' marriage.

Canada

Lindsay McIntyre

How to Make a Phantastik Film

12

A satirical look at a prototype retro housewife and her attempts at counter-culture. Brought to you by Phantastik!

Burbank, CA

Roshni "Rush" Bhatia

Dark Passage

15

A part time drivers last ride of the night maybe the last ride of his life.

United Kingdom

Mark Pyper, Lewis Farrow & Max Sherwin

Bacon Squares & Moondust

18

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing here's a look at some of the lesser known fun facts from the Apollo 11 mission.

Annadale, NJ

Tim Disbrow

Yet Another

21

Cooped up in the house on a beautiful fall day, a young boy sneaks out to find adventure-- but it's not the first time.

Spain

Marc Lesperut

Just Friends

24

The thrill when starting a new relationship leads to a downfall of irrepressible emotions. Our main character leaves an intimate voice message while confronting her doubts. She is looking for closure without anyone else’s approval.

United Kingdom

Josh Brown

GREENLIGHT.

27

A flashing smoke alarm sends a sleepless man into an existential crisis of self-doubt.

Spain

Txemi Pejenaute

Take it

30

He has shot his camera thousands of times and yet he has never taken a picture. Take it!