Congratulations to the winners

October 2020

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BEST FILM ~ SMALL SHORTS

The Mother

Le Huy Anh (Vietnam)

A man's journey to find his childhood again.

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BEST FILM ~ MICRO SHORTS

The Original Fifty Cents

John Akre (Minneapolis, MN)

John F. Kennedy is no longer with us, but he can still inspire and protect us through his presence in the Kennedy half dollar.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ SMALL SHORTS

Falafel Sundays

Pracheta Ahana Alam & Fahim Arif (Bangladesh)

A short film about a connection to a time, food and a person who serves it, exploring the fleeting connections and tiny interactions that become a part of our nostalgic past.

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ MICRO SHORTS

Goldfish

Nick Szubart, Emma Henderson (Los Angeles, CA)

An exploration of a cracker shaped like a fish.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ~ OCTOBER 2020

(in order of appearance at the screening)

 

01

Fundies' First Time

Travis and Janet have been good, patient Christians and now it's their wedding night. Can they get past their deep-seated guilt?

Zachary De Nardi & Alexandra Shields

Chicago, IL

Travis and Janet have been good, patient Christians and now it's their wedding night. Can they get past their deep-seated guilt?

04

Lockdown Blues

Sophie has flouted lockdown rules to join her family in the countryside, but is she now lonelier than ever?

Sophie Barling, Nico Sersale

United Kingdom

Sophie has flouted lockdown rules to join her family in the countryside, but is she now lonelier than ever?

07

A Girl's Night In

A girl enjoys a night at home.

Timothy Haug

Cloverdale, CA

A girl enjoys a night at home.

10

I Dropped My Cookie Today

A tale about the comforting reality of inescapable loneliness and futile conversations.

Hannah Kim

United States

A tale about the comforting reality of inescapable loneliness and futile conversations.

13

Scoped Out

A sniper takes aim, but doesn't expect to spot friendship.

Urban Pebble Productions (Miles Strong-Austin, Adam Rebora)

Chicago, IL

A sniper takes aim, but doesn't expect to spot friendship.

16

Six Day Back

Three bodybuilders sing about a revolutionary new workout regimen.

Scott Cierski

Seattle, WA

Three bodybuilders sing about a revolutionary new workout regimen.

19

The Banana Manifesto

An audio/visual manifesto asking different questions about what we see on our screen, what that means, and what makes art.

Azalia Muchransyah

Indonesia

An audio/visual manifesto asking different questions about what we see on our screen, what that means, and what makes art.

22

The Sand Castle

A little girl engages in a fantasy of battling the ocean from destroying her sand castle with help from an imaginary soldier.

Eli Katzoff

Newton, MA

A little girl engages in a fantasy of battling the ocean from destroying her sand castle with help from an imaginary soldier.

25

The Original Fifty Cents

John F. Kennedy is no longer with us, but he can still inspire and protect us through his presence in the Kennedy half dollar.

John Akre

Minneapolis, MN

John F. Kennedy is no longer with us, but he can still inspire and protect us through his presence in the Kennedy half dollar.

28

Falafel Sundays

A short film about a connection to a time, food and a person who serves it, exploring the fleeting connections and tiny interactions that become a part of our nostalgic past.

Pracheta Ahana Alam & Fahim Arif

Bangladesh

A short film about a connection to a time, food and a person who serves it, exploring the fleeting connections and tiny interactions that become a part of our nostalgic past.

02

Ascension

Two businessmen do everything they can to obtain a government contract. However, an unforeseeable event will change their situation...

Anaïs Honvault Zborowski, Bob Fokoua

France

Two businessmen do everything they can to obtain a government contract. However, an unforeseeable event will change their situation...

05

Intrepidity

Two audacious people learn to overcome the standards set by society and achieve their own happiness.

Diana Gomez

United States

Two audacious people learn to overcome the standards set by society and achieve their own happiness.

08

I'm here

Kyiv Dance Guide about the eternal dreamers, boys and girls, called to inspire with their honest deeds.

Kateryna Tiurina, Artem Pavlenko

Ukraine

Kyiv Dance Guide about the eternal dreamers, boys and girls, called to inspire with their honest deeds.

11

Train

An exploration of the filmmaker's relationship to trains.

Tom Gasek

Rochester, NY

An exploration of the filmmaker's relationship to trains.

14

The Mother

An adult man's journey to find his childhood again.

Le Huy Anh

Vietnam

An adult man's journey to find his childhood again.

17

Quiet on Set

A woman struggles to keep her sanity as she deals with a neighbor that terrorizes suburbia with loud noises.

Brandie Rich

Ogden, UT

A woman struggles to keep her sanity as she deals with a neighbor that terrorizes suburbia with loud noises.

20

The Wheel of Satan

Faced by Satan demanding the ultimate sacrifice, three young satanists must make a choice of fatal consequence.

Jacob Fischer Laursen, Asger Kjeldsen, Jes Bergholt Bach, Magnus Lund

Denmark

Faced by Satan demanding the ultimate sacrifice, three young satanists must make a choice of fatal consequence.

23

Kindergarten Cop 2020

Two longtime friends search for closure over a traumatic event from their childhood.

Neal Fischer

Chicago, IL

Two longtime friends search for closure over a traumatic event from their childhood.

26

Ipecac

Ipecac is a thriller about a poker game. Eagle conspires to out-cheat a cheater with the help of Jericho, who hides in the building’s crawl space.

Daniel Feldman

Tallahassee, FL

Ipecac is a thriller about a poker game. Eagle conspires to out-cheat a cheater with the help of Jericho, who hides in the building’s crawl space.

29

Ms. Rossi

While on her way to a business meeting, Ms. Rossi takes an interesting detour.

Pat Battistini

Italy

While on her way to a business meeting, Ms. Rossi takes an interesting detour.

03

Sentimental AI

A scientist attempts to create a synthetic human body for his artificial intelligence.

Cassidy Romero

Chicago, IL

A scientist attempts to create a synthetic human body for his artificial intelligence.

06

Fragments

An exploration of how individual events synchronize with each other due to timing and nostalgia.

Mark Neeley

Cincinnati, OH

An exploration of how individual events synchronize with each other due to timing and nostalgia.

09

Goldfish

An exploration of a cracker shaped like a fish.

Nick Szubart, Emma Henderson

Los Angeles, CA

An exploration of a cracker shaped like a fish.

12

The Fear Of Finding Something Worse

A young man running from the law takes refuge in a neighborhood home. What he finds forces him to make a choice between his safety and a young girl's life.

Ronni August

Chicago, IL

A young man running from the law takes refuge in a neighborhood home. What he finds forces him to make a choice between his safety and a young girl's life.

15

Mmmm!

Parodying the 2008 Yoplait Yogurt commercial, Britt and Jess relax with a cup of creamy, refreshing yogurt until things start to get a little feisty...and weird.

Sydney O'Haire

Chicago, IL

Parodying the 2008 Yoplait Yogurt commercial, Britt and Jess relax with a cup of creamy, refreshing yogurt until things start to get a little feisty...and weird.

18

Aire

An emotional phone call of a nurse to her mother sets the tone. This short is dedicated to all health workers fighting against coronavirus all over the world.

MARC LESPERUT

Spain

An emotional phone call of a nurse to her mother sets the tone. This short is dedicated to all health workers fighting against coronavirus all over the world.

21

Cock a Doodle Don't

A story of a little bird whose day is about to get a lot worse...

Barry Chapman

Ireland

A story of a little bird whose day is about to get a lot worse...

24

How To Write Stories

Kevin, the writer, is presented with a sudden setback when writing his novel - his tool breaks! He serendipitously finds instructions on how to fix it and finish the story.

Gonzalo Torres

Los Angeles, CA

Kevin, the writer, is presented with a sudden setback when writing his novel - his tool breaks! He serendipitously finds instructions on how to fix it and finish the story.

27

Split|Filter

Brandon has resigned himself to a life unfulfilled until a single click of his camera forever changes his life. What is hidden will always come to the light.

Split Filter Short Film Team, Samantha Baptiste

Irvington, NJ

Brandon has resigned himself to a life unfulfilled until a single click of his camera forever changes his life. What is hidden will always come to the light.