2023 OFFICIAL SELECTION

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BEWARE OF DOG

Alienated in politically-ambiguous Moscow, a young woman deals with severe OCD, while her cousin in Berlin tries to build a romantic relationship ignoring her own condition. In a parallel New York City realm, a heartbroken boxer struggles with addiction, self worth and online anxiety.

BLOCK B – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 01:25:00
Director and writer: Nadia Bedzhanova
Producers: Lilit Abgarian, Olga Korovkina
Key cast: Buddy Duress, Kevin Iso, Paula Knüpling

BLEEDING LOVE (previously You Sing Loud, I Sing Louder)

A father takes his estranged daughter on a road trip in an effort to get her out of trouble. Along the way they meet all types of strangers, as their strained relationship is put to the test.

BLOCK E – 9 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 01:36:53
Director: Emma Westenberg
Writer: Ruby Caster
Producers: Christine Vachon, Greg Lauritano, Mason Plotts, Clara McGregor, Vera Bulder, Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff
Key cast: Clara McGregor, Ewan McGregor, Vera Bulder, Jake Weary

HAYSEED

Set in a small Midwest town, “Hayseed” follows the investigation of a church congregation after their reverend is found dead.

BLOCK H – 6 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 01:45:00
Director and writer: Travis Burgess
Producers: T. Burgess, Michael V Brown, Victor Lord
Key cast: Bill Sage, Ismenia Mendes, Jack Falahee, Nolan North, Caitlin Carver, Marta Piekarz, Kyle Klaus, Eric Cotti, Kyle Jurassic, with Amy Hargreaves, and Kathryn Morris

DAYS AND NIGHTS OF DEMETRA K.

Dimitra is a sex worker and enjoys her job. She used to own one of the oldest brothels in Athens. While observing her for twelve years, the camera chronicles the way Athens is affected by the recent financial crisis. Getting to know Dimitra, we are confronted with stereotypes about sex and personal choice.

BLOCK A – 9 am – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Documentary Feature
Country: Greece
Runtime: 01:12:00
Director: Eva Stefani
Producer: Amanda Livanou, Faliro House Productions, ERT
Key cast: Demetra K.

YOU CAN’T BE AN ARTIST! AN ONLY IN NEW YORK STORY

This is a story of a 61-year old barber shop manager from New York, who decides to follow his lifelong dream of being a painter, becoming an inspiration and an unexpected leader for the local community of artists.

BLOCK G – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 01:25:06
Directors/writers: Krystsina Sinkevich, Yaseen Alshawabkeh
Producer: Yaseen Alshawabkeh
Key cast: Michael Saviello

MOULDED
Growing disconnected from friends, family, and the world around her, a young artist finds inspiration in strangers as she slips from reality. 

BLOCK C – 3 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:12:06
Director and writer: Ahmad Bakrin
Producers: Kate Costanza, Siân Lathrop
Key cast: Emily Everhard

AUGUST

Prussia, summer 1790: Two young men, August and Karl, flee the rules and laws of their noble homes and live in their personal freedom for one day, finding out what it means for them to take responsibility and stand up for themselves. Until they reach a point where the apparent utopia becomes real, knowing that it is finite…

BLOCK C – 3 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: Germany
Runtime: 00:19:59
Director and writer: Jonathan Berlin
Produce: Jonathan Berlin
Key cast: Taddeo Kufus, Louie Betton, Attila Borlan

THE PROSPECT

Danila works as a realtor in a real-estate firm. She has arranged a meeting with Luis, a potential buyer for a historic house in the city’s center. The rigid walls, the labyrinthian space, and the echoing silence altogether with Luis’ visit awaken a state of alert in Danila, turning her job into a potential trap.

BLOCK B – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: Argentina
Runtime: 00:10:00
Director and writer: Carmela Sandberg
Producer: Javier De Pietro, Eliana Murgia, Carmela Sandberg, Ramiro Velasco
Key cast: Eliana Murgia, Luciano Suardi

THE ELECTRICITY IN ME

Years after giving up her newborn son for adoption, a woman confronts her trauma and memories of the man she calls ‘my monster’.

BLOCK C – 3 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 00:10:25
Director and writer: Mat Sheldon
Producer: Mat Sheldon, Nileema Yesmin
Key cast: Ellora Torchia

NOT THE 80S

Two people, one restaurant, some preconceptions and a bit of fish.

BLOCK D – 6 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: Germany
Runtime: 00:17:00
Director: Marleen Valien
Writer: M. Valien, Max Rauer, Christine Duttlinger
Producer: C. Duttlinger, Markus Krojer, Ludwig Meck, Lotta Schmelzer
Key cast: Deniz Orta, Merlin Rose, Joshua Jaco Seelenbinder

JULIE LAST NAME

Two old friends encounter a server over dinner who won’t disclose her last name while discussing life, love, The Berenstein Bears, and how the universe may have shifted the night the Cubs won the World Series.

BLOCK E – 9 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:16:30
Director: Alex Beh
Writers: Alex Beh, Tomas Pais
Producer: Lawrence Inglee, Randy Luddy
Key cast: Joséphine de La Baume, Greg Vrotsos

EXIT

A dangerous elevator ride tests a couple’s bond.

BLOCK B – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: France
Runtime: 00:04:59
Director and writer: Oriana Ng
Producers: Oriana Ng, Lana Bolycheva
Key cast: Federico Rodriguez, Soraya Broukhim, David Gelles, Mackian Bauman

YOUR KID

El Niño left his conservative community and loses himself to the underworld of a decaying society. A visual poem set to the rhythm of his “taconeo” that explores the individualism and alienation that comes when one leaves home.

BLOCK E – 9 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:15:00
Director and writer: Sergi Castella
Producer: Cristina Trenas
Key cast: Yiyo

BURROW

Believing himself to be one of the last survivors left in the wake of human extinction, an ex-war soldier finds unexpected comfort with the arrival of a weary traveler, forcing him to reckon with his long oppressed sexuality.

BLOCK D – 6 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:16:40
Director and writer: Leaf Lieber
Producer: Roya Alidjani, L. Lieber, Caroline Day, Gabi Novogratz
Key cast: Christian Coulson, Marc Crousillat

TOMMIES

In Regency-era London five women waiting for a carriage descend into a frenzy of vicious gossip about a notorious scandal – with devastating results.

BLOCK D – 6 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 00:14:51
Directors and writers: Brian Fairbairn, Karl Eccleston
Producer: Ioanna Karavela, Erik Pack
Key cast: Marion Bailey, Sarah Winter, Claudia Jolly, Elizabeth Roberts, Susie Trayling

KEEL

Tired of being set up, Keel focuses on her summer job at a burger joint, until one final date changes everything.

BLOCK D – 6 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Narrative
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:10:29
Director: Margaret Seid
Writers: Margaret Seid, Kumarshivam Singh
Producer: Kennedy Martin
Key cast: Anna Connelly, Meir Parent, Chloe Dos Santos, Michael Messiha, Mary Thompson

OF MONSTERS AND MEN – TÍU

It follows the band Of Monsters and Men as they commemorate the 10th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album My Head Is An Animal.

BLOCK D – 6 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Documentary
Country: Iceland
Runtime: 00:48:00
Director: Dean DeBlois
Producer: Heather Kolker

AL DIAZ: LIKE A BOMB

High School friends Al Diaz and Jean Michel Basquiat created SAMO©, the street tag that would change the course of their lives forever. Artist and graffiti legend, Al Diaz recounts this gritty coming of age story and lands us in the here and now with his poignant messages and hard won wisdom.

BLOCK F – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Documentary
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:08:00
Director: Jane Brill
Producer: Jane Brill
Key cast: Al Diaz

HEARTBREAK COUNTRY

Non-profit organization Operation Identification and the South Texas Human Rights Center attempt to locate, exhume, and identify the remains of thousands of undocumented immigrants lying undiscovered in the remote and inhospitable landscape of Brooks County, TX.

BLOCK C – 3 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Documentary
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:25:30
Director and producer: Edward Tyndall

TRUE BELIEVERS AT THE INSURRECTION: ROAD TO THE CAPITOL

First hand account of the two months after Trump lost the 2020 election, covering rallies leading up to the January 6th Capitol insurrection, and the events of that day.

BLOCK G – 2:45 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Documentary
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:18:00
Director and producer: Sandi Bachom

NEIGHBORHOODS NOW

Documentary filmmaker Kate Levy followed the Nieghborhoods now initiative by independent nonprofits the Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute and their design teams, capturing a critical moment of recovery from the pandemic in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

BLOCK F – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Documentary
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:18:00
Director: Kate Levy

WAR GAMES

War Games is a short documentary film that follows two 12-year-old football captains in Bucha and Irpin, two Ukrainian towns devastated at the start of Russia’s invasion, as they emerge from months of hiding and prepare for their first match, a game against each other.

BLOCK C – 3 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Short Documentary
Country: Ukraine
Runtime: 00:39:00
Director/Writer: Matthew Danzico
Producer: Oleksiy Oliyar, Meadowlark Media
Key Cast: Ivann, Andrii

THE ONE WHO WENT SOUTH

A young man returns to his childhood home to improve his relationship with his father. However, when he arrives, everything seems different.

BLOCK D – 6 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Experimental
Country: Iceland
Runtime: 00:08:00
Director and writer: Steiní Kristinsson
Producer: Steiní Kristinsson
Key cast: Stefán Benedikt Vilhelmsson, Pétur Eggerz

FIRE IN THE LAKE

Α performance for the camera by Eleni Mylonas. The title comes from the oracle of Hexagram #49 of the I Ching.
Fire in the lake: The image of Revolution.
Necessary action: Transformation.

BLOCK F – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Experimental
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:13:19
Director: Eleni Mylonas
Producer: Eleni Mylonas, Stefanos Bertakis
Key cast: Eleni Mylonas

K2 TOG

Two girls sit in two separate chairs deep in the woods. They knit. They make mistakes. One sneezes a few times. Anxiety grows stronger. Will they make it out unscathed?

BLOCK B – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Experimental
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:13:18
Director: Ari Veach
Writers and producers: Siena D’Addario, Cooper Gordon
Key cast: Siena D’Addario, Annie Hoeg

MARIPOSA APARTMENT

Real-life documentary soundtracks are combined with fictional images performed by actors in a domestic environment. Dance is used to explore the reality and consequences of an abusive relationship.

BLOCK C – 3 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Experimental
Country: China
Runtime: 00:14:28
Director, writer, producer: Jinglu Ji
Key cast: Huaiyu Niu, Yiyi Liu, Jingjing Han, Wei Wu

TOPIA

This work explores individuals’ different manifestations of darkness – numbness, dissociation, depression, mania – and examines the necessity of vulnerability, community, holding each other in pain and joy, and the effects that can have on the individual as well as those we let in.

BLOCK G – 2:45 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Experimental
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:15:00
Directors: Jessie Lee Thorne and Justin Thorne
Producer: David Orr
Key cast: Laja Field, Matt Luck, Annalie Gehling, Keilan Stafford, Jessie Lee Thorne

PETE

“Pete” is an animated short film based on a true story about gender identity, Little League Baseball, the people who inspire change by trying to be themselves, and the superheros who allow that change to happen.

BLOCK A – 9 am – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Animation
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:06:20
Director: Bret Parker
Writer: Bret Parker, Pete Barma
Producer: Jake Kaplan
Key cast: Denise Barma, Pete Barma, Kemma Filby

AUTUMN LEAVES

A short story about intimacy and loss is synchronized with music of the same name by Joe Pass.

BLOCK B – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Animation
Country: Poland
Runtime: 00:02:35
Director: Wojciech Ostrycharz
Producer: Wojciech Ostrycharz

US

“Us” is a short film of animation which mixes several Stop Motion techniques, proposing a journey through the conflicted human condition. War, loneliness, nature, crossings, fallen dreams are some of the recurring aspects in this animated poem on paper.

BLOCK A – 9 am – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Animation
Country: Portugal
Runtime: 00:05:00
Director: Nelson Fernandes
Producer: Nelson Fernandes, Daniel Pereira

LA PASSANTE

The Passenger is locked up and will free herself. And following in the footsteps of a being that everything opposes her, she will set out to discover the unbelievable that will shape her.

BLOCK G – 2:45 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Animation
Country: France
Runtime: 00:18:00
Director and writer: Hannah Letaif

THE EGRET RIVER

Among the tall buildings of the city, the lonely guard hides a beautiful field that no one knows, and meets an egret there; but the expansion of the city never stops, one day the field is destroyed, the egret escapes without a trace, he begin to see mysterious illusions…

BLOCK A – 9 am – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Animation
Country: Taiwan
Runtime: 00:19:56
Director: Wan-Ling Liu
Writers: Wan-Ling Liu, Jett Chang
Producer: Care Chiu

CHASE

The prey and the predator change their form in order to defeat one another.

BLOCK A – 9 am – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Animation
Country: Finland
Runtime: 00:03:47
Director, writer, producer: Pauliina Linjama

DO SPERM GET KILLED BY COFFEE?

In the context of the Covid pandemic, a large number of rumours have been created, and they are all widely circulated. Rumours, big or small, are affecting people’s lives.

BLOCK A – 9 am – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Animation
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 00:02:31
Director, writer, producer: Mojiao Zhou

PAOLO’S HAPPINESS

Paolo Piangino is a very happy man – because he can cry. He cries about stories with a sad ending and about stories with a happy ending. Paolo’s tears make other people happy, too: They can pick Paolo’s happiness like flowers. But they cannot hold on to it.

BLOCK A – 9 am – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Animation
Country: Germany
Runtime: 00:13:30
Directors: Thorsten Drößler, Manuel Schroeder
Writer: Thorsten Drößler
Producers: Grit Wisskirchen, Alena Vandasova

MORNING JOY

A recently widowed pianist has an unexpected encounter.

BLOCK B – 12 pm – 1Hotel BB (60 Furman St.)

Animation
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:07:37
Directors: John Henry Hinkel
Writer: Ethan D. Pakchar
Producers: N.G. Nash, Andrew Ostapchenko, Jessica Sporn