2020

November program is ONLINE only. Films will be broadcast in partnership with TheMill.TV

Eyeless in Parkway

Lou Sumray

A Megabus journey from Bradford to London. Driven by the organic feel of the charcoal and Gerrard Bell-Fife’s original music, the journey twists and snakes through desolate places taking you somewhere you might not expect.

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On In 15

Joseph Archer, Jack Archer

A knockout show ... with a knocked out frontman

A band are about to perform at the biggest gig of their lives, except a monumental problem hits them 15 minutes before they go on stage, can they fix it time?

The comedy short film, set in the 1990s 'Cool Britannia' era, is filmed in one 15-minute continuous shot.

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The Circle

Lanre Malaolu

The Circle is a bold and lyrical portrayal of two brothers from inner city London, and the challenges they face daily, interpreted through dance.

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Coffee Shop Names

Deepak Sethi

Three Indian people imagine their personas as their "coffee shop names," the names they give baristas because their real names are hard to pronounce.

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MOTHER AND MILK

Ami Lindholm

Mother and Milk describes the mental process of becoming a parent - imagined as a catastrophe film. When the baby is born the new mother has to give up the life she knew. A flood of breast milk covers everything - her home, work, friends, relationship and a good night’s sleep. Only after realizing she is a part of the eternal chain of generations, Mother is able to accept the situation and start living her new life in the family. The film’s humour is sharp but warm, and the disaster turns into a newly found acceptance of the change. The film talks about the important subject of breastfeeding in a hilarious and heartwarming way. Although babies are cute, the difficult situations, sleep deprivation and and negative feelings might come as a surprise.

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THE BIG QUESTIONS IN LIFE

Ingrid Hübscher

A little girl gets bored waiting for her mother at a cafe and finds a boy to play with.

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Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa

Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Mike Attie

What is the Hyde Amendment and why is its repeal becoming a litmus test for progressive politicians? In this short documentary we see how the Hyde Amendment successfully contrived to prevent those struggling financially from access to abortion. At an abortion fund in Philadelphia, counselors arrive each morning to the nonstop ring of calls from women and teens who seek to end a pregnancy . . . and can’t afford to.

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FLOWERS

Ismene Daskarolis

A man directs, a woman follows.

When Gal opens the door to the outside, she's immediately captivated by it. She is looking for her favourite thing in the world. But outside is not for her.

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WAY BACK

Per Kasch

It is a coincidental discovery that tears a broke private detective
out of his daily routine and turns his life upside down. He embarks on a search into the
past to change his future.

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ACTING

Christine Jezior

Perfect pictures are given to us every day: The optimal body, the optimal nutrition, the optimal life – everything within reach. All we have to do is make an effort and show some discipline – so the message.
Self-tuning is necessary to belong to.
And caution: don't show any weakness.

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Firehead

Ryoji Yamada

A young boy lives in peace und protected in a cave world. His life changes rapidly when his mom doesn't come home and he is forced to seek after her.

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THE WANDERER

Julie Annlie

Marie spends her day drying sheets. Suddenly, she’s in the middle of the great unknown alongside a young man, to confront her greatest fear: herself.

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SOMEBODY AND NOBODY

Joscha Douma

The calm, reserved young cowboy Jonah wants to avenge his murdered brother - to finally step out of his shadow and prove his own manfulness to their father. But the enemy seems to be one size too big...

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Year of the robot

Yves Gellie

At the intersection of art and science, L’année du robot (Year of the robot) depicts the human being and the robot as its artificial counterpart. As a series of archival documents detailing the first contacts and dialogue between a robot gifted with an artificially created autonomy and human beings, it studies cognitive dissonance, a minute, mysterious relational space sitting between the two actors.

It involves elderly people sometimes afflicted with Alzheimer's or dementia, or young adults with autism or neurological problems.

Once past the surprise phase and aware of the artificial nature of the robot's functioning, the residents try, despite everything, to forge bonds with it.

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INSIDE

Tiago Pimentel

A man and a woman share the same space. Between them a sexual contention unravels. An impending scream that cannot be smothered. That who prevails attains lasting freedom.

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THE DISHWASHER

Nick Hartanto, Sam Roden

A chef at a fine dining restaurant in New York City asks a Mexican dishwasher to find good tortillas.

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The World's Greatest Counterfeiter

Nathan Truesdell

Meet Frank, the world’s greatest counterfeiter.

The World's Greatest Counterfeiter is part of The Art of Making Money, a three-part series looking at alternative currencies, both legal and illicit.

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PROOF

Nora Jaenicke

Iman is on a student visa and just returned from a trip to see her family. After being together for 4 years her and her boyfriend Evan get engaged and are planning to get married. However, during an interview with an immigration officer, Iman's world is about to collapse. The immigration officer is suspecting her of immigration fraud. He is asking her to present "material proof" that she is entering the marriage with a US citizen "in good faith". Some of the proof that she is being asked to provide would reveal details that not even her family knows. And what Iman considers the most important proof would make her family either kill her or have her killed.

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SPOON

Victor Velasco

In the city, a business man walks to work on a Monday morning when he's interrupted by a junkie-like kid who asks him: Do you want some soup?

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THE MAN WITH THE HAMMER

Mario Zozin

Every endurance athlete fears him. With runners, he usually waits until somewhere between kilometer 30 and 35. Then he strikes. Again and again. Legs turn to lead, cramps and stitches set in followed by the feeling of total exhaustion. This is the so- called “The Man with the Hammer”.

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The Pickup Game

Matthew O'Connor, Barnaby O'Connor

An incisive exposé of the 'pickup' industry. An industry where self-proclaimed gurus claim to be able to teach a system that guarantees success with women.

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Sev DeMy

{BLACK title here} introduces James on his day off from work. Unfortunately, James' being off from work is not the only things that is off. His current girlfriend, Shalom, and the girl he moved to LA with, Nastali, are both in need of him as he tries to find his way before he loses it all.

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UNIVERSE

Carolin Biedermann

The universe is the totality of space, time, and all matter and energy in it. We are all in it. It's all about love without any boarders! Body and mind merge into each other and lose themselves in space and time!
Origin does not matter. It's about life and love in the here and now.- to be.

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FREEZE

Maya Albanese

When Joy’s fairytale romance crashes and burns on the eve of her 35th birthday, the deafening TICK-TOCK of her biological clock pushes her into a series of romantic misadventures and provokes wild hallucinations. Pressures stack up against her, and everybody seems to have an opinion about what she should do with her dwindling egg count. As a last resort, she ends up at Dream Life Lab & Clinic, where an angry mob battles to get inside to see an eccentric egg freezing doctor who offers peace of mind in exchange for top dollar.

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Reditus Domum

Andrew Huggins

An intergalactic entity is called home to be with his family.

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TX - REVERSE

Martin Reinhart, Virgil Widrich

What is behind the cinema screen? It is not surprising that cinema-in-the-cinema scenes are often used in horror films. For they irritate and unsettle by reminding us – the immobile viewers hidden in the cosy darkness – of our own questionable position. What if the forces of unlimited imagination penetrate through the canvas into our reality? What if the auditorium dissolves and with it the familiar laws of cinema itself? In a way never before seen, "tx-reverse" shows this collision of reality and cinema and draws its viewers into a vortex in which the familiar order of space and time seems to be suspended.

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Lavender

Andrew Ball-Shaw

Emotional drama short film looking at how the lives of mother and daughter are affected by the mother's declining health, as a person living with dementia.

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SYNCHRONICITY

Michelle Brand

People come, people go - Yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We all are sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see.
The film explores the idea of how everyone is connected in a way we may not realise. By sharing time, space and movement, we overlap and create a bigger picture.

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Wallpaper

Sitanshu Datta

This is the music video of Carla Stark's song Wallpaper.

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Día de la Madre

Ashley Brandon

A band of juveniles embark on a 24-hour spree of breaking into houses and causing a ruckus.

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Short Calf Muscle

Victoria Warmerdam

Short Calf Muscle is an absurdist black comedy about Anders. And Anders is different. But he doesn’t know that. Yes, he’s also gay, but that’s not the point here. There is also this thing that others see but he doesn’t.

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THE COCAINE FAMINE

Sam McMullen

The Cocaine Famine is an Irish black comedy about cocaine and the futility of nationalism. Set in an isolated shed in rural Ireland, three characters play out an absurd scene in real time. The result is a short film full of playful humour and hard-hitting historical facts.

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CRUSH

Heather Harris

Greyson is a writer who previously attempted to commit suicide via drowning in a deserted indoor swimming pool. She survived the attempt but has been in recluse ever since and no longer leaves the house. Her only close relationship is with her girlfriend, Grace, who came into her life after the attempt. When Greyson is contacted by the Suicide Survivors Association about writing a speech she is thrilled by the opportunity and tries to get back on her feet. Unfortunately, during this time Greyson begins to experience psychosis and her partner, Grace, becomes more and more sinister and soon Greyson isn't sure of what is real or not anymore. When it is revealed that Grace isn't real, Greyson overdoses and drowns herself in her bathtub and Grace, who represents her inner struggle, triumphs.

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LIVING ROOM

Jessica Barclay Lawton

Masayuki lives with his elderly mother and spends his nights wanders the streets, drinking and gambling. He amasses enough gambled winnings to finance her foreseeable future, before his final departure. When the time comes, Masayuki confronts oblivion with the help of a mysterious stranger.

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XY

Anna Karín Lárusdóttir

Lísa is fifteen years old and lives with her mother in the suburbs in Iceland. She is different from girls her age, but she hasn’t reached puberty. She is isolated and has a big secret about herself. Regular uncomfortable doctors visits and struggling with her self image demonstrates her everyday life. She avoids her peers, especially the girls who she feels very disconnected from. One of these girls is her childhood friend Bryndís, which Lísa has pushed away over the years. When Bryndís is being bullied by some boys in their class Lísa decides to reach back out to her, the two reunite, leading her to tell Bryndís about her secret. Bryndís’s curiosity and bluntness leads Lísa to discover more secrets about her body and even darker about her medical history.

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ALI

Rain Kencana

Two brothers embark on a soulful journey through their own world of childhood memories in Anatolia. They dance between this world and the beyond and reveal a dark secret.

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Happy Ending

EunJu Ara Choi

‘Happy Ending’ is a poetic documentary animation based on an anonymous online testimony of a Korean prostitute. She is forced to feel pleasure as her job is believed to have to feel and enjoy it regardless of her will. She is suffered for her stigma. However, she explores her body and desire to abolish society’s prejudices against people with prostitutes.

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GIRLS GROW UP DRAWING HORSES

Joanie Wind

Society’s capitalist and consumerist views of women amount to little more than their views of horses. Their value is found not in their humanity, but in their appearance and their labor, and how each may be exploited. In Girls Grow Up Drawing Horses, these relationships and parallels occur to the narrator as she considers her grandma’s life as well as her own. Layers of animated colors, textures, and found footage explore these observations, the idea of healing family trauma, and the metaphorical significance of horses and women’s gender roles.

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THE HOOD

Patricia Vidal Delgado

Under the pretext of preparing for a role, an actor walks the streets of the neighbourhood of Compton, in Los Angeles, looking for information and inspiration. The actor ends up getting involved in a series of events, which the film stages as if it were a documentary, in a device that sometimes reveals that the camera observes small details that the protagonist does not see, thus making our point of view the true point of view, in an intelligent and subversive exploration of the rules of a genre.

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A PICTURE IN THE 21st CENTURY

Stefan Pecher

A painter is standing in front of a blank canvas.
People trapped in a system, blind and tied up with their view on small screens. The actors of the 21st century are screaming.
The screams won't leave the painter alone.
His creativity surrenders.
It suddenly becomes quiet and he starts to paint.

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LOLO

Leandro Goddinho, Paulo Menezes

Lolo is an openly gay 11-year-old boy trying to finally convince Max, his first love, to go public with their relationship at the school party.

GERMAN: Lolo ist 11 Jahre alt und offen schwul. Er will Max, seine erste große Liebe, davon überzeugen ihre Beziehung bei der anstehenden Schul-Party öffentlich zu machen. Max möchte auch eine Beziehung, aber ist sich nicht sicher ob Lolo der Richtige ist. Lolos beste Freunde Elena und Toby stehen ihm in dieser Situation bei und geben ihm die Unterstützung, die er braucht.

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THE DREAM OF B. SOARES

Thibault Chollet

I am like a pendulum that can’t stop waving, always moving, never reaching.

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ALTITUDE

Nicole Scherer

For two alpinists the hike up to a mountain cabin turns into a life- threatening battle between reality and illusion.

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SAFIYYAH

Mattis Ohana Goksøyr

Danish Amir connects with a local girl, Sarah, on a dance floor in central Oslo. He ends up going home with her, but, halfway into bed, he discovers that she is Jewish. Shocked, he reveals his Palestinian background and makes his exit from the now tense situation. Once outside, he sees that his phone is dead, and, alone in an unfamiliar city, he is forced to knock on Sarah’s door. He asks to borrow her charger and she hesitantly lets him back in. The film is a meeting between Danish-Palestinian Amir and Norwegian-Jewish Sarah.

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STILL HERE

Tom Pardoe

Have you ever felt stuck? Depressed? Numb? Emotionally and/or physically void of life? Nothing left but just a shell of a person with nothing left to live for? But then that one spark, that one person, that one word triggers something in you. That it brings you back to reality. That is what STILL HERE is about. Find out why a 75 year old mother is admitting her 45 year old son to an assisted living center. Find out if something triggers him back to reality. A story of Inspiration and hope.

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YEAR

Małgorzata Bosek-Serafinska

Film is dedicated to the memory of Marek Serafinski, an animation filmmaker and producer, privately the director's husband. It is a graphic and sound diary created from everyday life paper waste: labels, tickets etc. and cigarette packages of one chain smoker, accumulated by one collector within six years. It shows the degree of addiction, determination and a kind of addiction of the collector as well as a passage of time in that strange symbiosis of their shared life.

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AMALGAMA

Alejandra Wills

Alcira is a peasant woman, whose features bear her pain and sorrow. She lives alone in a peasant house. Henry, shy and demure, comes over to help with trying tasks. Their relationship is strained. Alcira becomes annoyed whenever Henry is near. Henry, for his part, is uncomfortable but tries to come nearer to her. Alcira gradually makes an effort to be kinder. She shares moments with Henry, where she excruciatingly mentions her dead son. Her talks distress Henry. For Alcira, these are moments of liberation: she releases shards of great affliction. Little by little, the tension relaxes. Henry feels increasingly comfortable. Alcira even considers Henry akin to her deceased son: the son slain by Henry in the armed conflict. Commitment and time to know him results in Alcira forgiving him.

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Made in Palestine

Mariam Dwedar

Hirbawi Textiles is the last remaining factory in Palestine that produces the traditional Palestinian scarf known as the Kuffiyeh.

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BODYMAN (EXPERIENCE REQUIRED)

Ryan R. Browne, Nick Ciffone

In the near future when gun deaths become an everyday occurance, a displaced roadkill cleanup worker applies for the newly federal-mandated position of ‘bodyman’.

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Mirror Effect

Oliver Smith

Mirror Effect is an abstract experimental film. It was made in 2018 using a section of circuit bent video. Central to the film is a figure like (head and shoulders) shape that undergoes many transformations. Electronic sounds accompany these changes. Mirror Effect is a non-narrative visual/sound exploration of light and form in the presence of time. Influences include Oskar Fischinger, Jordan Belson, Hy Hirsh and other Visual Music filmmakers.

Mirror Effect contains stroboscopic imagery.

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TEA TIME

Tara Price

Short film. Written and Directed by Tara Price. Produced by Tara Price, Katie Barrie, and Billy Hanson.

While having a tea party, a little girl loses her temper and things get bloody. Featuring pro-wrestler Rob Van Dam (WWE Champion, ECW World Heavyweight Champion.)

© 2020 Dirigo Entertainment

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They salivate

Ariane Boukerche

"They salivate" is the story of a kiss. A couple kiss each other in their deserted living room. The party begins and one guest drinks the couple's last kiss.

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Nice Shoes

Jonathan Lawrence

A sci-fi extravaganza that is as pointless as the lyrics. Over 40 classic movie references are featured in this epic music video.

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That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

Hannah Currie

Can Lindsay's love for her husband Paul sustain her through the trauma of his brain injury, which leaves him in a perpetual loop of memory loss and joke telling?

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Blocks

Bridget Moloney

An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks.

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MAMA

Simon Maria Kubiena

A father and his daughter drive to his mother's house on the countryside to bring private items to the hospital after her stroke. The father gets confronted with the fear of losing his mother. The daughter watches this realization through children's eyes.

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Steve Is Undocumented

Michael Barth, Kauai Moliterno

A white, undocumented bouncer of an LA club with hypocritical views on immigration desires his homeland after becoming the father of twins.

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The Great Toilet Paper Scare

Brian Gersten

The untold story of a notorious incident involving Johnny Carson, a lot of toilet paper, and millions of fearful Americans. In 1973, as a dire oil crisis plagued the country, Carson made a joke on "The Tonight Show" about a possible paper shortage. This off-hand remark quickly created an actual paper shortage when viewers went and bought up as much toilet paper as they could get their hands on. Compiled entirely of archival footage, and animated sequences based on contemporaneous news reports, the film explores the power and impact of misinformation in the media.

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Cynthia

Jack Hickey

A dinner party with old friends takes a shocking turn as wounds are exposed, revelations are made, and the past resurfaces. Over one tense evening, Cynthia learns that some things can never be unsaid. An emotionally bold and uplifting story about truth, love and finding the strength to move on.

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The Butterfly Cage

Hélèna Serra, Maxime Sabisik

A little boy is dead. His parents were trying to grieve until they found out about a cloning laboratory that could give them their son back.

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A Month of Single Frames

Lynne Sachs

In 1998, filmmaker Barbara Hammer had a one-month artist residency in the C Scape Duneshack which is run by the Provincetown Community Compact in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The shack had no running water or electricity. While there, she shot 16mm film with her Beaulieu camera, recorded sounds with her cassette recorder and kept a journal.

In 2018, Barbara began her own process of dying by revisiting her personal archive. She gave all of her Duneshack images, sounds and writing to filmmaker Lynne Sachs and invited her to make a film with the material.

“While editing the film, the words on the screen came to me in a dream. I was really trying to figure out a way to talk to the experience of solitude that Barbara had had, how to be there with her somehow through the time that we would all share together watching her and the film.  My text is a confrontation with a somatic cinema that brings us all together in multiple spaces at once.” — Lynne Sachs

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BROOKLYN PARK

Nikola Duravcevic

Alone in New York, Somali rideshare driver Abdi begins his nightshift with the news of a tragedy back home. The faces in the backseat change as he wrestles, unable to connect, with whether the unthinkable can be true—until a vision provides the clarity he seeks. Poetic and lyrical, BROOKLYN PARK is a modern-day immigrant tale that explores alienation, grief, and transcendence.

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QUOTES FOR LIFE

Monty Scholz

Moritz tells us why his last relationship ended and how it did.

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Hayseeds

Tyler Graham Pavey, Martha Magruder

A couple of rural gals decide to run away from their husbands, and set out on the road together. They try to rob the one convenience store in town to finance their escape, but it doesn't go quite as planned.

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W

Stelios Koupetoris

A teacher is set to do his daily routine classroom at the school he works, during one of the most difficult days to teach.

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DAWN

Valentine Lapière

Kim, 14 years old, is placed in juvenile correction centre for the first time. Deprived of liberty, she suddenly has to conform to strict rules, and she loses all her bearings. She might well try, it seems to her that it will never be enough, no matter how many efforts she makes. So she gets overwhelmed sometimes. To catch her breath back, Kim will have to find a place, to strike a new balance.

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SOPHIE

Anna Cangellaris

Sophie longs to be reborn while seeking to know her double. A party in the hills of Los Angeles offers a corporeal shift to her existence.

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THE WHITE MARBLE

Dominik Seemann

When overpopulation reaches its climax in the future a young family has to face consequences of governmental decisions. Meanwhile individuals all over the world fight the new laws. The people have to face intrigues in highest circles.

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PLAY/GROUND

Hanna Sköld

With a mix of claymation and live action we enter the world of Love, who's 2 years old and struggles to get attention from his father and connect to his Granny. But Loves father has no time, to see him or to listen, since he's totally preoccupied with trying go get grandma out of bed.

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Anna Spence

Booted from the limelight, Max Headroom now roves the video signal on the search for meaning. Once summoned to the screen, he talks to the audience in hopes of remembering his past life. As we watch Max, (and as he continues to watch us), he begins to understand what it will take to escape from his purgatory.

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Symmetry

Michele Di Rienzo

Speaking with a doctor, Ludovico relives the key moments of his life in an attempt to separate reality from the projections of his mind.

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