Congratulations to the winners
June 2021

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BEST FILM ~ SMALL SHORTS

Muffy

Emily Draper (New York, NY)

A woman in 1970s' suburbia gets sweet, creamy revenge when her husband flirts with another woman in front of her.

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BEST FILM ~ MICRO SHORTS

A Cold Dinner

Gulzhan Sitakhmetova (Russia)

A cold dinner is a dish with bad news. Today it will be more disgusting and destructive than yesterday; and tomorrow will not come at all.

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ SMALL SHORTS

Final Deathtination

Marika Tamura (Japan/USA)

A man who is about to hang himself
encounters Death who is a "travel agent" for finding the best place to die. The odd pair end up on a world tour.

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ MICRO SHORTS

The Mustache

Lizzy Rudakas & Clark Pavlik (Chicago, IL)

A man dares to change the style of his mustache.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ~ JUNE 2021

(in order of appearance at the screening)

 

1

BANDWIDTH

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Pat Battistini & Robert Francke

Santa Clarita, CA

Frank's important job interview on Zoom goes south due to his "stay at home" Covid precautious family using up his bandwidth.

4

DEEP FEARS

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Ryan Chu

Garden Grove, CA

A sea otter who is afraid of the ocean is challenged to face his fears when he loses his precious pink shell necklace at sea.

7

HOME

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Isobel Clark

United Kingdom

Home is a short family drama that portrays the
violent impingement of the political upon the
private. A young migrant family loses their home
as the unseen force of the state comes to detain
and deport them during a dawn raid. While life
outside goes on as usual, the lives of Munira and
her teenage son Zahir are forever changed.

10

ZACK: THE MOVIE

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Bob Finkelstein

Philadelphia, PA

Neglected in a house while his owner sleeps, Zack yearns for the freedom in the world that lies just outside his window.

13

LOVE YOUR OVEN

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Kyle Mantegna

Chicago, IL

A song about ovens (not stoves).

16

CALL ME BACK

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Melina Kiyomi Coumas

Portland, OR

Originally made just for family, the filmmaker uses the last voicemail left on her phone by her Grandmother in this experimental short that becomes a meditation on loss and haunted spaces.

19

LLAVES (KEYS)

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Nicholas Manting Brewer & Mayra A. Flores

United States

A young mother, whose family is separated by ICE, shares her story in this short animated documentary.

22

GAZE

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Jackie Teboul

United Kingdom

The male gaze: seemingly innocuous yet a tool of domination. What if ‘The Gaze’ could change women in a physical way?

25

THE LIFE & TIMES OF MURIEL THE FISH

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Lily Paris

Canada

Muriel is a small fish in a big world; unbeknownst to her, she is also someone's idea
of fine dining.

28

ANTENNA FARM

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John Akre

United States

Insects can't have all the fun! Scientists are discovering ways to grow antennas so humans can also enjoy all the advantages.

31

Final Deathtination

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Marika Tamura

Japan/USA

A man who is about to hang himself encounters Death who is a "travel agent" for finding the best place to die. The odd pair end up on a world tour.

2

LET 'ER RIP

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Mick Szal & Brian Morabito

New York, NY

A story of how love is never rational and revenge is always justified.

5

THE MUSTACHE

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Lizzy Rudakas & Clark Pavlik

Chicago, IL

A man dares to change the style of his mustache.

8

NUNTIO VOBIS

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Alberto Dessimone

Italy

The moments preceding the proclamation of the new pope.

11

SC@TTER_ME

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Alex Goddard

United Kingdom

A man contemplates his final resting place.

14

HOT DOG GUY

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Sara Bulloch

Canada

A woman in a club has an anxiety attack and is comforted by a man with a hot dog cart outside.

17

TOTAL CATCH

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Sarah Clark

Chicago, IL

Dating is hard... Zoom dating is harder. *This film is not competing in the film festival.

20

FIRST CONTACT

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Geoff Allen

United States

A team of experts argue over what to do after humanity receives a message from aliens. It doesn't go well.

23

A FISTFUL OF COINS

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Susana Piegas

Portugal

In the aftermath of a pandemic, a lovely matriarch, Judite, goes for a daily stroll with her
grandson. But she is suddenly pulled out of her suburban slumber by a liquidation sale that she simply can’t refuse.

26

FALLING IN LOVE

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Yolafilmo Productions

Spain

A scientific and personal explanation about love.

29

DADDY ISSUES?

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Tony Kelly

Ireland

A young woman brings her new boyfriend home to meet her parents for the first time as he tries to win the approval of her over protective father.

32

IT'S OVER

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Charlie Andelman

Tallahassee, FL

With only five minutes to go until the end of the world, Alice makes the unimaginably brutal decision to break up with her girlfriend, Bex.

3

A COLD DINNER

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Gulzhan Sitakhmetova

Russia

A cold dinner is a dish with bad news. Today it will be more disgusting and destructive than yesterday; and tomorrow will not come at all.

6

I WANT TO LOVE YOU IN ANALOGUE

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Paula Harris & April Lampre

New Zealand

A film about the melancholic yearning to love someone. Based on the poem "I want to love you in analogue" by Paula Harris.

9

HAPPY PEOPLE.

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Celine Freud

Canada

Welcome to a tour of the world's most mentally unwell metropolis! "happy people." is a response to the current cultural desert. In its depiction of an interlinked schizopolis (schizotypal-metropolis, schizophrenic-metropolis, schizo-metropolis; borrowed from Soderbergh’s 1996 experimental comedy, Schizopolis), the artist aims to satirize a
contemporary, postmodern era marked by irony, commercialism, and nihilism.

12

THE DAWN OF DUCK

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ZZ Satriani

Los Angeles, CA

A man is distraught over the disappearance of ducks at his local pond, until a drifter reveals the disturbing truth about the habitation of the birds.

15

GO CHASE YOURSELF

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Landon S. Popadic

Los Angeles, CA

A 1920s' engagement party infiltrated by a temptress. This film was created in the Photo-Roman style.

18

PROJECT-19

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Randy Slavin

New York, NY

A 6 year old engineering genius puts her skills to work to solve her biggest issue with lockdown. This film was shot using all five members of a multi-generational family quarantining in New York.

21

MUFFY

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Emily Draper

New York, NY

A woman in 1970s' suburbia gets sweet, creamy revenge when her husband flirts with another woman in front of her.

24

SHORT MAT MAN

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Jamie Neale & Reuben Armstrong

United Kingdom

A short film about dreaming big during isolation.

27

SURPRISE INSPECTION

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Lorenzo Benitez

United States

Frank is late for a last-minute appointment to renew his passport.

30

STUDENTS

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Adrian Dulnik

Poland

A study of anatomy in the 1930s' Soviet Russia based on Konstantin Istomin's painting
"Students."