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2017 EDITION FILM LINEUP

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[RE] DEFINED  Quick View
Dir: Danae Grandison, United States, 10 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Two awkward Brooklyn teenagers searching for acceptance while navigating through life and the changes. Who will accept them?... more »
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7 BEDS  Quick View
Dir: Pedro Moreno del Oso, Spain, 13 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Eduardo is about to commit an infidelity but it prevents it an unexpected setback. ... more »
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ADDICTED  Quick View
Dir: Lance Reha, United States, 16 min, 2014, Short Narrative
When we meet the man simply known as 'Black', we quickly learn of his struggle against the addiction that's controlling his life. But after losi... more »
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AFRICAN BEAUTY  Quick View
Dir: Nishanth Nair, United States, 13 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Taking a close look on the ghetto streets of New York, this film based on a true story, depicts a family who migrated from Africa years ago with the... more »
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AFTER SCHOOL  Quick View
Dir: Alec Tibaldi, United States, 15 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Sisters Addie and Xandra come to terms with a dark secret from the past in one explosive afternoon. ... more »
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AMORE GRANDE (A BIG LOVE)  Quick View
Dir: Max Chicco, Italy, 29 min, 2016, Short Narrative
It takes place in Torino in the not so distant future. Osvaldo Caforio is an old watchmaker, who is still in love with his wife Rosetta. One morning... more »
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AN UNDOCUMENTED SALVATION  Quick View
Dir: Adam Vincent Wright, United States, 27 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Two years after joining a gang, Jario, and undocumented "dreamer", is searching for a way out. ... more »
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ARTS AND CRAFTS  Quick View
Dir: Nina Gielen, United States, 14 min, 2015, Short Narrative
When Misha was small, he and his mother would spend hours creating their own toys and animals out of sticks and leaves. It’s been over a year since... more »
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BINARY ELEVATION  Quick View
Dir: Eli Turk, United States, 3 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A brief discussion about computer binary and how it applies to everyday life. ... more »
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BLACK COP  Quick View
Dir: Cory Bowles, Canada, 10 min, 2016, Short Narrative
While listening to a talk radio show debating the death of an unarmed black teen by police, a black officer decides to take the privileged community... more »
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BLUEBEARD  Quick View
Dir: Rachel Garber Cole & Kimberlee Venable, United States, 10 min, 2016, Short Narrative
BLUEBEARD is a modern adaptation of the French fairy tale with the same name, and follows one night with a woman who has recently moved into the hom... more »
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BOAT PEOPLE  Quick View
Dir: Paul Meschúh , Germany, 28 min, 2016, Short Narrative
On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran. The athletic young man is t... more »
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BREAKFAST  Quick View
Dir: Tyler Byrnes, United States, 9 min, 2016, Short Narrative
When a young man suffering from anorexia is pressured to eat breakfast by his boyfriend, the couple are thrust into an otherworld where their anxiet... more »
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BRIAN MICKLER  Quick View
Dir: Michael Taylor Jackson, United States, 8 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A delusional man endeavors to heal his sick mother but first must cope with his own illness. ... more »
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BRIDGE  Quick View
Dir: Amin Ghashghaian, Iran, 20 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A teenager, fighting in Middle East, understands that his fellow is a spy and he reveals the entry to a city that is a bridge. ... more »
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BUILDING #13  Quick View
Dir: Amir Gholami, Iran, 11 min, 2016, Short Narrative
The movie is the story of human life in the sewage systems in which people from upper floors make their social environment dirty ... more »
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BURNT POPCORN  Quick View
Dir: Rafael De Leon Jr., United States, 8 min, 2016, Short Narrative
When a naive young woman is reluctant to break away from an unfulfilling dating situation, her father convinces her to handle it in an extreme way a... more »
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BUTTERFLY  Quick View
Dir: Serife Potuk, United States, 15 min, 2016, Short Narrative
The story is about an artist who befriends a down-on-his-luck man in the park. It has echoes of both scriptures and fairy/folk tales. But the main m... more »
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BY BLOOD  Quick View
Dir: Debra Markowitz, United States, 14 min, 2016, Short Narrative
On the night of his wife's burial, Vincent shares with his brother, Jimmy, information that will change their lives and their relationship, forever.... more »
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CAKE  Quick View
Dir: Anne Hu, United States, 10 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Eliza tries to explore her sexuality within her marriage with her husband Thomas by surprise ordering a female sex robot for them to share. But the... more »
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CAROUSEL  Quick View
Dir: Camelia Azar, United States, 12 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Still suffering form the loss of his family, Adam turns to unconventional methods to elude his reality. ... more »
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CRISSCROSS  Quick View
Dir: Michael Taylor Jackson, United States, 13 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Two strangers, alone in a big city, forge an unusual bond in the face of crisis and survival. ... more »
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DILLZILLA: TITAN OF TERROR!  Quick View
Dir: Elizabeth Pasieczny, United States, 19 min, 2016, Short Narrative
After being infected by a mysterious bio hazard, Pickleman grows over 100 feet tall. Can he learn to control this monstrous power before he panics... more »
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ENHANCED INTERROGATION  Quick View
Dir: Farraz Khan, United States, 18 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A Muslim-American writer struggling with writer's block is detained by two agents who mistake his terrorism satire as evidence of his involvement wi... more »
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FATA MORGANA  Quick View
Dir: Amelie Wen, United States, 20 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A middle-aged couple from China arrives in the United States for the first time to organize the funeral rites of their only daughter. In the midst o... more »
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FORGIVE ME FATHER  Quick View
Dir: Mark Datuin, Canada, 13 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Mathieu and Elise are ex-lovers that are forced to reunite at a family breakfast where a war of words and revelations threaten an otherwise peaceful... more »
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GREAT EXPECTATIONS  Quick View
Dir: Don Downie, United States, 12 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Maribeth just needs some help to finish a big project but ends up with much more than she expected! Sometimes more is less. This is the story of w... more »
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GROUNDLESS  Quick View
Dir: Eimear Callaghan, Ireland, 10 min, 2016, Short Narrative
'Groundless' tells the story of a single mother who, despite her best efforts, keeps getting sucked back into her cruel reality. ... more »
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HAPPY HERE IN NEW YORK  Quick View
Dir: Rodrigo Baumgartner Ayres , United States, 13 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Best friends reunite in New York City but their friendship will never be the same. ... more »
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HELL FOLLOWS  Quick View
Dir: Brian Harrison, Japan, 11 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Betrayed by his clan and murdered for his past evil deeds, a sadistic killer's soul possesses his identical twin's body and sets out onto the road o... more »
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HOTEL  Quick View
Dir: Mark Clauburg, United States, 29 min, 2016, Short Narrative
When Benjamin’s boss at Arkema Corp. sends him to present the annual report at the company’s national conference, not all goes as planned. ... more »
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I AM THEM  Quick View
Dir: Kel Haney, United States, 14 min, 2015, Short Narrative
I am THEM is a series of short films that explores the pivotal turning points for three different women. In the first film, a woman reveals the role... more »
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ILLUSIONS  Quick View
Dir: Julie Dash, United States, 34 min, 1982, Short Narrative
The short film depicts the life of an African American woman passing as a white woman working in the film industry during the 1940s. It calls attent... more »
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INTENT  Quick View
Dir: Murat Engiz, Turkey, 19 min, 2016, Short Narrative
In a polarized society where Fikret, a 30 year-old unemployed man, tries to find himself as an individual on who he is. ... more »
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IO NON DEVO (I DON'T HAVE TO)  Quick View
Dir: Andrea Cecchi Vannucci , Italy, 10 min, 2014, Short Narrative
Cosimo is a gifted child with a mysterious secret and a doll. His deceased father left him with an intense perspective about identity, death, and fr... more »
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KILL THE WITNESS  Quick View
Dir: Justin Ferrato, United States, 8 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A struggling musician attempts to write his perfect song, but gets lost in the process ... more »
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KIRSCHKUCHEN  Quick View
Dir: Silke Christina Engler, Germany, 24 min, 2015, Short Narrative
Don’t fill life with days, fill days with life After her husband’s death, Käthe doesn’t want to impose on anybody. She already ordered old people’s... more »
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LIMBO  Quick View
Dir: Konstantina Kotzamani, Greece, 30 min, 2016, Short Narrative
The leopard shall lie down with the goat. The wolves shall live with the lambs. And the young boy will lead them. 12+1 kids and the carcass of a... more »
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LOVESTUCK  Quick View
Dir: Ethan Van Buskirk, United States, 6 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A year in the love lives of two very different roommates. ... more »
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MANS BEST  Quick View
Dir: Seth Mctigue, United States, 15 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A depressed loner going through a rough time in his life must desperately find a way to save his dog before its to late. ... more »
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MANUEL  Quick View
Dir: Roger Grau & Maria Medinilla, Spain, 3 min, 2016, Short Narrative
An old couple eats quietly until someone knockson the door. ... more »
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MARIPOSAS (BUTTERFLIES)  Quick View
Dir: Angel Villaverde , Spain, 15 min, 2017, Short Narrative
Silvia is a 17 year old girl whose mother has just decided to hire a tutor for her, Irene. She's the one who will show her the the way to understand... more »
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ME TOO, YOU  Quick View
Dir: Travis Williams, United States, 14 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A woman on the path to forgive her sister for the death that tore them apart, searches for her estranged sister among New York City's forgotten. The... more »
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MUTE  Quick View
Dir: A Color Green & Kyle Garrett Greenberg, United States, 6 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Mute Man is a tongue-chopping madman violently chasing three kids who stumble into his neck of the woods. ... more »
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NOW  Quick View
Dir: Paul Kelly, United States, 11 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A short film starring SAG Award winner Judith Roberts. Director: Paul Kelly Editor: Celeste Balducci Lucid intervals of existential consciousness o... more »
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PARALLEL DREAMS  Quick View
Dir: Aleksandar Kostic, United States, 7 min, 2015, Short Narrative
"All that we see or seem but a dream within a dream" -Edgar Allan Poe An artist Joseph Cornell immerses himself in the music of Debussy as he makes... more »
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PISCINA (POOL)  Quick View
Dir: Leandro Goddinho, Brazil, 29 min, 2016, Short Narrative
On a quest to understand her grandmother's past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who's created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool. ... more »
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PORGIES & BASS  Quick View
Dir: Thomas Barnes, United States, 16 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Ben, a native fisherman on Long Island New York, fishes for the large striped bass. Jorge, a Latino immigrant catches the smaller fish known as ‘po... more »
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PSYCHOTIC BREAK  Quick View
Dir: Andrew Serban, United States, 21 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Idealistic but perennially troubled wanna-be writer GWEN lives with her successful older sister NIKKI, an attorney, in a northern New Jersey suburb... more »
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PUERTAS (DOORS)  Quick View
Dir: Paco Arasanz, Spain, 13 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A man destroyed by his own obsession.... more »
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QUALITY OF LIFE: THE GIULIANI YEARS  Quick View
Dir: Robert Galinsky & Thomas Moore, United States, 22 min, 2000, Short Narrative
This 22 minute film is a peculiar look at a series of 'Quality Of Life' arrests, through the eyes of everyday citizens and law enforcement during Ma... more »
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RABIE CHETWY (WINTRY SPRING)  Quick View
Dir: Mohamed Kamel, Egypt, 16 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Nour, is a schoolgirl that lives alone with her father, goes through a crisis when the unexpected arrival of puberty happened to her for the first t... more »
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ROOM SERVICE  Quick View
Dir: Joseph Matarrese, United States, 10 min, 2015, Short Narrative
Two life-long friends spend the night together for the first time. ... more »
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ROSA & JUAN  Quick View
Dir: Cándido Pérez de Armas , Spain, 3 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Loves to cover their gaps with unexpected twists.... more »
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SANKALPA (PLEDGE)  Quick View
Dir: Santosh Dahal, Nepal, 18 min, 2015, Short Narrative
Lachhmi Prasad (40) has a dilemma whether to re-marry because of his promise with villagers of not getting married again during his wife's death to... more »
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SHOOT ME NICELY  Quick View
Dir: Elias Plagianos, United States, 19 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Photographer Sean Wheeler is searching for a lucrative celebrity photo to re-launch his career. After being laid off from his dream job and losing h... more »
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SONNET 48  Quick View
Dir: Patrick Chen, United States, 3 min, 2015, Short Narrative
Sonnet 48 explores the beloved as a possession thieves might pray upon while the poet is on a journey. A photographer (poet) must take a journey, a... more »
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STITCHED  Quick View
Dir: Heather Taylor, United States, 3 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A sheltered woman, reeling from the death of her mother, shows her sister how far she will go to be heard. ... more »
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STREETWRITE  Quick View
Dir: Blanche Baker, United States, 29 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A musical about freedom of speech. Using street art as a focal point, the film examines the various ways people struggle to express themselves in si... more »
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SWISS CHEEZ BRAIN  Quick View
Dir: Pat Campo, United States, 28 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Getting texts from a sock puppet can be unsettling. ... more »
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THE GIRL ON THE MAT  Quick View
Dir: Robert Joseph Butler, United States, 27 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Hayden has been wrestling since childhood. As the daughter of a recently deceased NCAA wrestling champion, and a failed cello player named Rachel, H... more »
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THE GUY CAME ON HORSEBACK  Quick View
Dir: Hossein Rabiei Dastjerdi, Iran, 15 min, 2016, Short Narrative
When the rural man got aware of the truth that his disabled son has fallen in love with their neighbor's daughter, He decides to work around it... ... more »
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THE LAST TIP  Quick View
Dir: Patrick Chen, United States, 5 min, 2016, Short Narrative
During the course of his meal, a loyal patron reminisces into his past memories at his favorite restaurant one last time. ... more »
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THE PERFECT NOTHING  Quick View
Dir: Edward Shieh, United States, 6 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A diligent young woman receives a medical diagnosis that unexpectedly alters her path to motherhood just as she discovers that her marriage is also... more »
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THE RETURN  Quick View
Dir: Hamid Reza Mazrae Khatiri , Iran, 14 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A couple in a WAR. Unthinkable to the women of the losing side, shocking. No matter what side or what reason.... more »
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THE SEVEN MEN OF HANUKKAH  Quick View
Dir: Daryl Lathon, United States, 16 min, 2016, Short Narrative
The Seven Men of Hanukkah is a romantic comedy about a man who's experienced a major loss--and he's about to embark on the most peculiar audition he... more »
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THE SUITOR  Quick View
Dir: Alvaro Congosto, United States, 11 min, 2016, Short Narrative
October 30th, 1938. During Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, a lonely man tries to bond with a panicked young woman as th... more »
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THE SURFACE  Quick View
Dir: Jordan Berger, United States, 14 min, 2014, Short Narrative
Maintain consistency, that is key... ... more »
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THIRST FOR LIFE  Quick View
Dir: Michael Siebert, Germany, 16 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Yaya, a pregnant white woman, has been attacked by two men. Her black friend Emeka had to witness everything without being able to help. A third man... more »
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TIGHT PANTS  Quick View
Dir: and / or, United States, 7 min, 2016, Short Narrative
A woman is distressed by her TIGHT PANTS! ... more »
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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN  Quick View
Dir: Blake Rice, United States, 16 min, 2016, Short Narrative
At a chic Manhattan gallery opening, a young woman is startled to discover she bears an alarming resemblance to the subject of the photographs on d... more »
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ÚLTIMOS DÍAS (LAST DAYS)  Quick View
Dir: Arturo Leon Llerena, Peru, 15 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Ramón is a veteran tailor who has been elaborating gentlemen's clothing for decades, but in recent years his tailor shop has become anachronistic a... more »
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UNCLE BUZZY'S HOUSE  Quick View
Dir: Kristine Niven & Christina Vinsick, United States, 9 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Taken in by a loving uncle, three disparate "cousins" challenge the line between blood and chosen family. ... more »
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UNDER WATER  Quick View
Dir: Bryan Fitzgerald & Valery Lessard, Canada, 14 min, 2015, Short Narrative
A susceptible teenager, in trying to escape the tumult of his home, drowns himself in alcohol, drugs, and parties. Based on a true story. ... more »
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WADE  Quick View
Dir: Devereux Milburn, United States, 12 min, 2015, Short Narrative
A maladroit bumbler, Wade, pines after a co-worker in the vain hope of catching her eye over the advances of his superior. A brief sense of optimism... more »
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WAYS  Quick View
Dir: Alex Lora, Spain, 14 min, 2017, Short Narrative
Everyone feels sorry for Alan, including his girlfriend. During the night of the Prom he will have to deal with the pain of his loss. ... more »
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WORDS  Quick View
Dir: Emma Taylor, Germany, 12 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Two single New Yorker twenty-somethings find love and intimacy after a one-night-stand, but struggle with the insecurities resulting thereof. "Wor... more »
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WORKING POOR  Quick View
Dir: Steven Bozga, United States, 25 min, 2016, Short Narrative
Thaddeus is a single father who finds caring for his young daughter increasingly difficult in his working class neighborhood. His situation quickly... more »
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