2024 OFFICIAL SELECTION

 

BRAVE THE DARK

A homeless teen struggles to find the courage to confront the darkness of his past. When popular drama teacher takes on a troubled kid no one quite prepared him for the journey he was undertaking or the dark secrets Nate is hiding. A heartwarming story about a teenager who finds his true father.

Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 02:02:00
Director: Damian Harris
Writer: Dale Bradley, Lynn Robertson Hay, John Spencer, Nathan Deen
Producers: Derek Dienner, Grant and Dale Bradley
Key Cast: Jared Harris, Nicholas Hamilton

UNDERGROUND ORANGE

A Californian backpacker becomes entangled in a polyamorous relationship with a gang of young actors who plot to kidnap the US Ambassador to Argentina.

Narrative Feature
Country: Argentina
Runtime: 01:24:00
Director and writer: Michael Taylor Jackson
Producers: Godfrey Reggio, Joel Pincosy, Jimena Monteoliva, Florencia Franco, James Lefkowitz
Key Cast: Sofía G. Castiglione, Vera Spinetta, Kevin Johansen, Bel Gatti, Gianluca Zonzini

RUNNER

When her father suddenly dies, 18-year-old Haas must carry out his wish to be buried in the town where he was born. She meets Will, a lonely, creative soul who is working to support his family back home. The two of them form a friendship that challenges both of their understandings of love and loss.

Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 01:13:00
Director and writer: Marian Mathias
Producers: Joy Jorgensen
Key Cast: Omar El Kadi

THE MOVIE MAN

An eccentric entrepreneur looks back on his life’s work – owning and operating an idiosyncratic multiplex in the forest of Northern Ontario.

Documentary Feature
Country: Canada
Runtime: 01:30:00
Director and writer: Matt Finlin
Producers: Ed Robertson, Karen Barzilay, Paul Atkinson

GARLAND JEFFREYS: THE KING OF IN BETWEEN

The fifty-year career of this genre-bending, biracial singer-songwriter. A once-tormented man now fulfilled and satisfied despite never reaching, as his daughter puts it, “big fame.”

Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 01:10:00
Director and producer: Claire Jeffreys
Producers: Sam Pollard, Evan Oppenheimer, Blair Foster, Remi Grellety, Evan M Johnson

PETRO

In the midst of historic upheaval in Colombia, Senator Gustavo Petro, a former M-19 guerrilla leader, is the early front runner for president in 2022.

Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 01:38:00
Director and producer: Sean Mattison
Producers: Trevor Martin, Fernando Monzon, Jeremy Garden
Key Cast: Gustavo Petro, Francia Márquez

BREAK

Shot on Black & White 35mm and set in the 60s, BREAK is the story of a young drummer who is looking to calm his nerves in front of two veteran musicians and fulfill his dream of being a drummer in a jazz trio.

Short Narrative
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:08:45
Director and writer: Sam Henderson
Producers: Sam Henderson, Ryan Romine, Rachel Jobin
Key Cast: Wes Cunningham, Bob HessKey, Calder MeisKey, Jackie Whitmill Jr.

BENNY & JAMES

A man, unsettled by his imminent life-changing decision, suspects his terrifying dream and his husband’s daunting parallel encounter might be a signal from God to cancel a long awaited arrival.

Short Narrative
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:14:50
Director and writer: Logan Vaughn
Producers: Laurie Bernhard, Ria Pavia, Mayon Denton, Robert Arnold
Key Cast: Phillip James Brannon, Calvin Leon Smith

THE SLIGHT DEVIATION OF THE ATOMS

At a party, Xavier is eagerly waiting for a girl he met the night before. But then he gets to know another girl, Alice. Atoms are flying straight through the infinite void until the slight deviation of one of them creates a series of unpredicted moves.

Short Narrative
Country: France
Runtime: 00:18:30
Director and writer: Antoine Denis
Producers: Camille Deleau
Key Cast: Andranic Manet, Clara Antoons

THE FIRE OF A FIREFLY

Pedro, an indigenous migrant, returns to his village for his mother’s funeral. When he learns of the serious problem his brother Ismael is involved in, he decides to stay and face the consequences of his absence. Mainly spoken in Náhuatl, indigenous mexican language.

Short Narrative
Country: Mexico
Runtime: 00:13:36
Director and writer: Augusto Reyes
Producer: Circe A. Rodríguez
Key Cast: Pablo Morales Xalamihua, Marely Morales Tzoyohua, Claudia Tehuintle Acahua, Cayetano Guzmán

BENEATH A MOTHER’S FEET

In a Moroccan coastal town viewers are drawn into the life of Wedad, a single mother. Balancing societal expectations and her own aspirations, the narrative weaves in elements of superstition and allegory. An ambiguous presence reflects her inner struggles and emotional landscape.

Short Narrative
Country: Morocco
Runtime: 00:15:31
Director and writer: Elias Suhail
Producer: Arij Al-Soltan
Key Cast: Nisrine Adam

THE HEART OF TEXAS

While racing to the station in hopes of winning the opening act spot on a star’s upcoming tour, aspiring singer collides her car into Jesús, an undocumented worker who refuses medical care or police assistance out of fear of being discovered and deported.

Short Narrative
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:14:45
Director and writer: Gregory JM Kasunich
Writer: Lauren Noll
Producers: Jordan Ochel, Soldad Bautista, Andy Racoti, Trey Chamness
Key Cast: Lauren Noll, Carlos M. Cravioto, Eduardo Zambrana, Peggy Schott

UNSETTLED

Amid the heat and stress, dreams bleed into reality as a young woman strives to bring her family farm back from the brink, a mysterious discovery will cause a rift between lovers, forcing one to take drastic action – from which there will be no going back.

Short Narrative
Country: Australia
Runtime: 00:10:45
Director and producer: Katrina Channells
Writer: Joe Hinchliffe
Key Cast: Emma Martin, Michael Gosden

PANTO

After a wild opening night, an actress races to the theatre late for an important performance. As she prepares to go onstage, she tries to piece together the happening from the previous night.

Short Narrative
Country: Ireland
Runtime: 00:14:01
Director,writer and producer: Kate Stanley Brennan
Key Cast: Kate Stanley Brennan, Charlene Gleeson, Stephen Brennan, Dawn Bradfield, Kate Gilmore, Lloyd Cooney

SHAKES VERSUS SHAV

This new Irish short is based on the last play completed by legendary Irish playwright and Nobel Prizewinner, George Bernard Shaw. In a knockabout Punch & Judy style, Shaw himself battles it out with William Shakespeare in a war of words to decide who is the greater writer.

Short Narrative
Country: Ireland
Runtime: 00:18:00
Directors: Damian Farrell, Gerry Hoban
Writer: Gerry Hoban
Producers: Damian Farrell, Elaine Gallagher, Martha Moloney
Key Cast: Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi

DANZONEROS

Entering a ballroom is like being on the edge of another world, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
A buoyant Gilmpse into a community of elegant dance veterans who for 40 years have been gathering in the last remaining historic ballroom in Mexico City, in honour of Danzón.

Short Documentary
Country: Mexico
Runtime: 00:07:00
Director: Chiara Bonetti
Writer: Chiara Bonetti, Alicia Fernandez
Producers: Adriá Paituví, Chiara Bonetti
Key Cast: Mario Morales, Ricardo Zamorano, Paula Tiburcio, Marry Azcanio, José Luis Mendez, David Shalom

CHASING LIGHT

Within the cultural landscape of Manhattan’s Chinatown, six business owners and community leaders reflect on the neighborhood’s evolving identity, the imperative to document its change, and the importance of bolstering future generations while honoring heritage in sustaining the neighborhood’s future.

Short Documentary
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:13:22
Director and writer: Geoff Sean Levy
Producers: Ian Kaplan
Key Cast: Wellington Chen, Sio Wai Sang, Warren Chin, Yanyun Kin, Jose Pacheco, Suemei Leung, Bayer Lee, Khanh Tran, Spencer Okada

FAR WEST

Drained by the fast-paced urban lifestyle, New York City artist Lala makes a bold decision to uproot herself and seek solace in the untamed landscapes somewhere far west. Stripped of the familiar comforts of running water, electricity, and constant connectivity, she faces the daunting challenge of building a life from scratch.

Short Documentary
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:17:45
Director and producer: Stephen Michael Simon
Key Cast: Lala Abaddon

SAFE PLACE

A Southern Indiana man endures a fatal night of torture after being arrested for a routine traffic stop.

 

Short Documentary
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:19:20
Director: Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian
Producer: Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian, Brenton Oechsle

LIMITS

In a forest he digitized, Simon runs. Running embodies the intimate link between the protagonist and a forest that has witnessed multiple personal events and that is now being destroyed by a gravel pit. Simon questions his relationship with the living world, the limits of matter, and the limits of digital representations of nature.

Experimental
Country: Switzerland
Runtime: 00:07:40
Director: Simon de Diesbach
Writer: Simon de Diesbach, Olivier Vonlanthen
Producers: Fred Truniger

CORNERBOY

A bad boy gets possessed by a fly (aka the devil/death) which confronts him with his own personality. This narration is wrapped up in a fresh genre bending experimental dance film.

Experimental
Country: Germany
Runtime: 00:06:06
Director and writer: Kai Kurve
Producers: Karina Kirschner, Kai Kurve
Key Cast: Piotr Simba Abramowicz

SOMETIMES I HEAR THE LIGHT LEAK IN THROUGH THE CORNERS OF MY ROOM

Heartbroken, Madeline goes out on the town ruminating on the cyclical nature of love. She passes from one thrill to another looking for answers. Relationships come and go but memories are forever.

Experimental
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:08:58
Director and writer: Jeremiah M. Carter
Producers: Sarah Viviana Valdez, Jeremia Carter
Key Cast: Pamela Torres, Rupert Fennessy, Meghan Mullane

THE GARDEN OF EDEN

An exploration of the sensual associations of food.

 

Experimental
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:04:19
Director: Duane Michals
Producers: Josiah Cuneo

ALL THE WILD HEARTS HERE BELOW

“All the Wild Hearts Here Below” follows a group of characters as they navigate the uncertainties of life.
We glimpse into the lives of a beautifully naive and carefree generation.

Experimental
Country: Austria
Runtime: 00:03:14
Director, writer, producer: Niklas Hugo Schwärzler

TRANSCENDING HARRY

Harry, an ordinary man, undergoes an unexpected spiritual awakening, which triggers a peculiar physical manifestation, that provides him with a profound insight into the human experience. His journey has only just begun.

Experimental
Country: Switzerland
Runtime: 00:06:00
Director, writer: Bruno Conti Wuilloud
Producer: Luzius Fischer, Michela Pini
Key Cast: Santiago Godoy-Giraldo, Kay Kysela

THE BRAVE LOCOMOTIVE

An Old West musical tale with 1940s flair about a mighty little train facing harrowing disaster.

 

Animation
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:07:18
Director/Producer: Andrew Pierce Chesworth
Key Cast: Morgana Hasil, Kari Shaw Akers, Andra Suchy, Drew Jansen, Suzie Juul, Abilene Olson, Dan Kase

 

GROWNUP

A peculiarly precocious boy whose perfectly well-adjusted life comes to a halt when his long lost father returns to make amends.

 

Animation
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:05:10
Director/Producer: Jee Kim
Key Cast: Brad Avenyou, Nicholas Contreras, Boston Mullen

PAPIROLA

Nico is an energetic 8-year-old boy who has the ability to fold all objects as if they were made of paper. On a lovely autumn morning, he happily gathers all the things he loves about his house while preparing himself for a life-changing voyage.

Animation
Country: Spain
Runtime: 00:07:00
Director: Fabián Molinaro San Martín
Writers: Manuel Zapater, Sheila Ballesteros, Violeta Just, Gabriel and Fabián Molinaro
Producer: Andrea Reche
Key Cast: Piotr Simba Abramowicz

STAGES OF LOST FREEDOM

Derek ‘Dice’ Livingston was incarcerated for nearly two decades. This animation uses Dice’s own words and narration to show the emotional journey of losing one’s identity to long term incarceration, with each entry brought to life by a different animator.

 

Animation
Country: United States
Runtime: 00:07:25
Director: Kamran S Rosen
Writers: Kamran S Rosen, Derek Livingston
Producer: Kamran Rosen
Key Cast: Derek Livingston

PURGA

Winter, 1942. Beyond the Arctic Circle, on the uninhabited island of Trofimovsk in the Laptev Sea, deported peoples struggle to survive. This is the place chosen by Soviet authorities to deport vast numbers of inhabitants from the occupied Baltic countries, Finland, Ukraine and elsewhere.

Animation
Country: Lithuania
Runtime: 00:13:21
Director and writers: Gintarė Valevičiūtė Brazauskienė, Antanas Skučas
Producers: Giedrė Burokaitė, Lauras Lučiūnas

SEVEN FRAGMENTS OF HER LIFE

A woman, alone, is shown in the intimacy of her world while exploring the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Guided by the curiosity of its deserted landscapes during the lockdown, her feelings and impressions in distinctive spots of the city are revealed through images and piano music.

Animation
Country: Argentina
Runtime: 00:09:20
Directors: Bárbara Varassi Pega, Mauricio Martínez, Omar Martínez Gianoli
Writer: Bárbara Varassi Pega