RESULTS OF THE JUNE-SEPTEMBER PRESELECTION COMPETITION

Official selection for the 2022 Dumbo Film Festival

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Runtime: 01:25:00
Director: Juan Ignacio Sabatini
Writers: Pablo Paredes, Juan Ignacio Sabatini, Enrique Videla
Producers: Rocío Gort, Ignacio Rey, Juan Pablo Sallato, Alejandro Wise
Cast: Cristián Carvajal, Juan Martín Gravina, Mario Horton, Daniela Ramírez, Gastón Salgado

KILL PINOCHET

Fifteen years into Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile, a group of men and women led by Ramiro and Tamara set out to kill the tyrant.

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Runtime: 01:12:00
Director: Jim Bernfield
Producers: Jim Bernfield and Steven Meyer
Cast: Niall Buggy, Mary Beth Coudal, Dan Moran, John Christopher Jones, Joe Grifasi, Byron Jennings, Ruth Kreshka, Carolyn McCormick

ME TO PLAY

Two actors with Parkinson’s disease put up Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” the play where Beckett said, “there’s nothing funnier than unhappiness.” Opening their lives and exposing their craft in documentary, these actors prove it.

SHORT NARRATIVE

Runtime: 00:13:42
Director: Taha Long
Writer: Taha Long
Producers: Taha Long and Jen Kim
Cast: Robert Lee Leng, Nana Ponceleon, Isaac Nevria, Hannah Andreson

HEY, NIGHT

In the dead of night, a lonely cop searching for his missing cat and an immigrant driver make an unlikely connection.

SHORT NARRATIVE

Runtime: 00:13:45
Directors: Lucas Elliot Eberl, Edgar Morais
Writers: Whitney Able, Lucas Elliot Eberl, Edgar Morais
Producers: Whitney Able
Cast: Whitney Able, John Patrick Amedori, Caitlyn Folley, Escher Holloway, Paul James, Edgar Morais

WE WON’T FORGET

A woman’s frustrations boil to the surface while hosting a party for her friends, culminating in a public freakout that turns into collective hysteria.

 

SHORT NARRATIVE

Runtime: 00:14:54
Director: Irina Storozhenko
Writer: Wilandrea Blair
Producer: Katherine D. May
Cast: Reis Alexander, Marc Hills, Trew Mullen

JULIET

Extremely shy and always in the background, transgender teenager Serena signs up to audition for the female lead role in Romeo & Juliet, which unleashes a torrent of teasing, bullying and sabotage. However, she never gives up.

SHORT NARRATIVE

Runtime: 00:19:40
Directors/Writers: Vu Minh Nghia, Pham Hoang Minh Thy
Producers: Vu Minh Nghia, Pham Hoang Minh Thy, COO-COO Production
Cast: Le Binh Giang, Huong Phung, Trung Tran, Vu Chau Khanh Vy

LIVE IN CLOUD-CUCKOO LAND

A modern tale of Kafka in Vietnam – a country in the middle of a transformation. The film feels like a piece of cultural news with daily events: a wedding, traffic congestion, a robbery, a mystical metamorphosis and a love story.

 

SHORT NARRATIVE

Runtime: 00:14:00
Director/Writer/Producer: Paavo Hanninen

I THINK I’M DYING

In the aftermath of a disastrous first date, two people re-connect during quarantine.

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Runtime: 00:30:01
Director: Michèle Stephenson
Producer: Joe Brewster

ELENA

Young Elena and her family stand to lose their legal residency in the Dominican Republic if they don’t manage to get their documents in time. Negotiating a mountain of opaque bureaucratic processes and a racist, hostile society around, Elena becomes the face of the struggle to remain in a country built on the labor of her father and forefathers.

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Runtime: 00:24:08
Directors: Philip Lauri, Steven Oliver
Producer: Philip Lauri

TAKILMA STORIES

Protests in the streets. Environmental crises. A madman in the White House. Welcome to 1970. In a quiet pocket of Oregon, a utopian community of hippies, midwives and self-taught builders reflects on being one of the last idyllic and uncompromised places in America.

EXPERIMENTAL

Runtime: 00:22:00
Director: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

KAPITA

By recoding archival footage and intertwining it with contemporary images, Kapita exposes patterns of extraction and burial to decode colonial representations—and exploitation—of central African land and people.

EXPERIMENTAL

Runtime: 00:26:39
Directors/Writers: Conrad Veit, Charlotte Maria Kätzl
Producer: Conrad Veit
Cast: Charlotte Maria Kätzl

BLASTOGENESIS X

Conrad Veit and Charlotte Maria Kätzl stage an animal documentary set in stone quarries in which hybrid creatures deconstruct all boundaries between humans and animals and masculinity and femininity. The film transports viewers on a journey to the early days of silent films that reveals itself as a utopian vision in which all forms of life are equal.

EXPERIMENTAL

Runtime: 00:05:36
Director/Writer/Producer: Martin Venier
Cast: Sarah Kofler

A CIRCLE LINE TRAIN

Seduced by the social pressure of sucsess, the aspiring and disciplined young woman Zarah tries her best to make her way in the city of london. Trapped in the treadmill of societal values, Zarah decides to take control of her own life and attempts to escape the hectic city life.

EXPERIMENTAL

Runtime: 00:03:30
Director: Arvid Eriksson
Writers: Arvid Eriksson, Louise Wallace
Producer: Arvid Eriksson, Nikhil Madhan
Cast: Donna Brookbanks

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

On a sweltering day at the pools, monotony conspires to take us on an ethereal journey. A bored front desk attendant reads the acknowledgments of a paperback while dreamily observing the swimmers.

ANIMATION

Runtime: 00:18:40
Directors/Writers: Sandrine Stoïanov, Jean-Charles Finck
Producers: Caïmans Productions
Cast: Sandrine Stoyanov, Jean-Charles Finck, Camille Condemi

LE MONDE EN SOI

While preparing for her first exhibition, a young painter commits so passionately to her creations that she loses touch with reality and descends into hallucinatory chaos. Confined in a clinic, she progressively rebuilds herself through painting and the daily observation of a squirrel under her wind.

ANIMATION

Runtime: 00:14:57
Director/Writer: Rymalena
Producer: Raynee Divjak
Cast: Cayla Hailwood, Zachary Poole, Rahcel Davis, Raynee Divjak, Tegan Andrews, Rymalena

PEOPLE PERSON

Desperate to escape her reality, a young woman discovers a program that immerses her in her own subconscious through a myriad of virtual personas.

ANIMATION

Runtime: 00:05:50
Directir: Jana Kattan
Producer: Jesse Rist
Cast: Clara Cornish, Declan Crutchfield, Henry McLaughlin, Mortan Harris, Zeina Abu-Zayed

CHECKPOINT

In the occupied territory of modern-day Palestine known as the West Bank young Leila wakes up before dawn every morning to try to get to school on time. Her obstacle is the notorious checkpoint she must cross everyday to get to her school.