OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ~ NOVEMBER 2021

(in order of appearance at the screening)

1

I'm Not A Robot

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Brian Olliver

United States

Desperate to find the perfect new employee during a job interview, a weary office manager discovers that his new recruit is not what he seems.

4

Kite Fest

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Laura La France

Canada

Scenes from the last running Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, captured on Kodak Super 8 film.

7

8:1-What the Hell Were You Thinking?

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B Duffy

Forest Park, IL

Mary mildly berates her friend, Charles, for being a creep.

10

Lilith

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Nicole McBride

Chicago, IL

Based on the real myth, Lilith, Adam's first wife before Eve, rejects the role fate has chosen for her.

13

Spacation

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DN Cherry & Jessica Ecarma

Charleston, SC

A thousand year old traveling couple must make a decision when faced with catastrophic elements or risk never returning home.

16

We Need To Talk

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Mishu Hilmy

Chicago, IL

A very short comedy where two friends finally confront their need to talk. Because they totally need to talk. I mean seriously. They need to talk.

19

Captive

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Jessica Ridenour

Chicago, IL

A woman is held captive by a mysterious force beyond her control.

22

My Soul To Keep

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Brian Spillane

Fullerton, CA

After reading his artist daughter a bedtime story, a single father is awoken to discover her disturbingly prescient artwork and the fate it holds for him.

25

Groove

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Mark L. Mazzeo

United States

Matt is in the zone, he's groovin'. Until the outside world intrudes.

28

Kiss The Cook

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Matt Kenny

United States

A disturbed man cooks a gourmet feast with violent vigor.

31

Crystal Lake Lager

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Chris Shern & Sean Partick Leonard

United States

The newest commercial from Crystal Lake Lager. It’s to die for!

34

The New House

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Stephen Homes, The S&M Experience

United States

A new house in a new town seems like a dream come true... or is it a nightmare??

37

Memoirs of a Mozlem

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Bayan Jarad

Willowbrook, IL

A retelling of some not-so-pleasant experiences that a Muslim American college student and her cousin faced on a public bus.

2

Mad Mask - Fury Roll

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Stéphane Berla

France

A toilet paper roll tries to survive.

5

Home

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David L Bradburn

Chicago, IL

A young couple that have nursed their careers to be well-paid and successful by the world's standards, fail at reaching any depth of intimacy. The addition of the man's father and the contempt they now harbor for each other boil over.

8

Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light

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Nadia Zeddam & Pauline Bression

France

A beautiful day is soon ended when Rose and Lucas have an argument while playing.

11

Due Tmrw

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Erik Jaman & Jack Raese

United States

A story every high schooler can relate to.

14

TarGay

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Rachel Garlin

San Francisco, CA

Lesbian adventures in shopping during the lead-up to pride month.

17

Ink

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AJ Fuller

Chicago, IL

A narrative about the anxiety of starting a creative project, facing the anxiety head-on and emerging from a dark place to a state of acceptance.

20

State of Flux

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Nick Laws

Martinez, GA

Two attractive people run into each other on the street corner and discuss theoretical physics.

23

A Is For Apple

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Adam Laughlin

United States

A worm finds a city inside and apple, but must escape the fascist government drones within.

26

An Artist's Reality

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Adam John Davis

Australia

A comedic look into the life of an artist during the COVID pandemic.

29

Windmills

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Cally Trench

United Kingdom

Eight children's windmills make a break for freedom. Original music written by composer Josh Hagley.

32

Plant Man

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John Akre

United States

A solar printed animated film about plants.

35

How to Wash your Hands during the Downfall of Civilization

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Federico Sproviero

Argentina

Luna washes her hands while everything falls apart.

38

Bottlejob

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Rhys Aaron Lewis

United Kingdom

When five mechanics meet for drinks after work, the youngest is left in a panic when he realizes he’s forgotten the bottle opener.

3

ROUGE

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Ilann Ivan-Rey

France

Red (or 'Rouge' in French) is the color of violence and love. This is a story about self-love, exposed through an explosion of anger, a liberating experience.

6

Like Father, Like Son

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Jeff Walsh

United States

What's on that old camera?

9

Sole Mates

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Brooke deRosa

United States

A micro love story told from a different perspective.

12

What Happens To Roadkill

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Joshua Gaestel

United States

A park worker recalls a traumatic encounter, and struggles to understand of the role of violence in nature.

15

The Tuesday Mid-Morning Report

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Seth Brady & Hearty White

United States

Your questions will be answered and your apprehensions will be satisfied.

18

The Martial Art of Forgiveness

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Tony Kelly

Ireland

A Karate sensei, terrorised by a young delinquent decides to try and kill him with kindness.

21

Mappatura

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Niccolò Buttigliero

Italy

"Mappatura. AKA: the city as a musealized taxonomy of human disappointments" is a film about a night of painful solitude, discovering the true nature of a city.

24

Junk

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Rose Kang

United States

Amy visits her Mother to confront her hoarding issue and address their strained relationship. Things take a turn for the worse when the two get swept into a junk realm and must resolve their misunderstandings to escape.

27

Lethologica

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Dorothy James

Brooklyn, NY

A paper-cut stop-motion piece about when the words won't come out.

30

Be Kind, Please

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Ace McColl

United States

An intimate look into a daughter's complicated relationship with her father, told through compiled voicemails and damaged analog tapes.

33

Posted No Hunting

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Alisa Stern

Brooklyn, NY

An encounter in the woods is captured on a trail cam.

36

How Much?

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Arthur Moody

France

Lise and Laurine like to play a game: "How much money would it take...?