A young college student still lives at home with her parents in Oceanside, California. In love with her best friend who has just married another woman, she becomes confounded by faith and ultimately must risk telling her parents who she really is in order to save herself.
Director – Rachel Earnest
A Wilted Leaf
A young woman, in the prime of her life, is surprised by a terminal disease.
Director – Darwin Reina
On New Year’s Eve, a reclusive young woman grapples with a dark secret she’s kept from her family.
Director – Adam Trad
Ein Wunsch nach Weihnacht
A woman with a mental illness finds herself home alone on Christmas eve. Her relationship has just ended and she’s desperately looking for something to hold on to. Despite her willingness, her demons get the best of her. Her cry for help seems silent to others.
Director – Stijn Koomen
One bad night for a New York City delivery driver.
Director – Azeem Bhati
Q and A with the filmmakers
Block 2 – 1pm – Masterclass
3pm – 5pm
The Lady Edison
In 1870, Margaret Knight launched a patent dispute that would be the first of its kind. She is forced to prove in court that she the designer, is the rightful owner of the patent of the machine that puts bottoms on paper bags; not Charles Annan, the man who has already built it
Director – Jaye Davidson
From A to Q
‘From A to Q’ is the story of Alex who wakes suddenly from a dream where she’s intimate with Kayla. Only problem is; Kayla happens to be Alex’s best friend and Alex has never been with a girl before…
She now has to navigate through her new found feelings, all the while trying really hard not to mess up the friendship she’s had since she was 5.
Director – Emmalie El Fadli
Brother (2021) is a short film (drama, fiction) about the impact of psychosis on a family. Brothers Ivo (16) and Tom (18) are very close. One day Ivo notices that Tom is showing unusual behaviour. His big brother Ivo who he has always looked up to is about to lose his mental sanity. When Tom’s behaviour is becoming increasingly alarming, Ivo faces a difficult decision. Will he ever get his brother back?
Director – Lisanne Sweere
This is a story about a sad and troubled girl who made her world so small and familiar that she now feels trapped and weighed down by all the emotions she’s collected to keep her safe.
A wise owl comes to visit and urges her to let go of all the things that aren’t serving her anymore, giving her the courage to sweep them all up and away in a whirlwind.
Director – Maya McAllister Demangeat
Two women discover being a surgeon can mean very different things.
Surgeons is the latest micro comedy short from the award-winning Double Yellow Productions.
After the resounding success of Best Friends (winner of three international film awards), Megan and Craig are delighted to be working together again.
Director – Craig Talbot
Marcus, a young and freshly evaporated cloud, sets out to explore the skies in the hope of finding his place. Little did he know that the sky is nothing like he imagined and can be quite hostile to the young and naïve.
Director – Julie Magnaudet
Five girls born to French families of the African diaspora are confronted with a murder. On an uninhabited island near Marseille the girls battle to find the truth and escape back to civilisation. Power dynamics within the group are tested and their mascot, partially sighted, Kassandra, could be the only one who can divine the crime and lead them back to safety.
Director – Ivar Wigan
Q and A with the filmmakers
Block 3 – 6pm – 8pm
Who Goes There
“A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality.” – ALFRED HITCHCOCK
Director – Matthew James Fackrell
Back into Your Arms
At the end of the night, a phone call from a girl about her father’s decision shocks mother. Now, she must take the most important decision about her daughter’s life.
Director – Behrad Sahebgharani
Khadiga, young 16-year-old mother lives alone with her baby after her husband left for work in a remote city; on an ordinary day she makes her way through the hustle of Cairo streets to do some visits where she feels uncomfortable with the surroundings.
Director – Morad Mostafa
All that Glitters
A desperate teenager snatches a rich woman’s handbag but in a bizarre twist of fate discovers her life is not as rosy as it seems and that they have more in common than he realises.
Director – Dan Bronzite
A small town stable man struggles with his femininity amidst a rugged rural landscape. As his favourite horse is set to be euthanised at the end of the week he is forced to make a decision. Will he continue to live like this?
Director – Rory Fleck Byrne
Censor of Dreams
Every night, The Censor and his team moderate Yoko’s dreams. Tonight nothing happens as planned.
Director – Rakan Mayasi