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Play Date

Family / USA / 15 min.

When a little girl discovers a homeless woman in her backyard she invites her inside for a play date, which goes unnoticed by her distracted parents.

Director: Paige Morrow Kimball
Producer: Paige Morrow Kimball, Terry Walters
Writer: Paige Morrow Kimball
Cast: Terry Walters, Tami Roman

Action/Adventure / USA / 8 min.

Two-year-old Jimmy, strives to draw despite his father's disapproval.

Director: Giovanna Sarquis
Producer: Giovanna Sarquis, Emma Pek
Writer: Giovanna Sarquis
Cast: Harlo Hass, Jeff Denton
Magic for Beginners

Family / USA / 15 min.

A young boy and girl join forces when they are stranded at school for the day. This charming film celebrates the joy of childhood discovery, and explores how learning to embrace adventure ultimately brings two creative misfits closer together. It reminds us how much fun it is to believe.

Director: Will Henry
Producer: Will Henry, Kerry Vaughn Miller
Writer: Will Henry
Cast: Joseph Ricci Jr., Destiny Monet Cruz
Death Loves Life

Animation / USA / 4 min.

Young and beautiful, Life is enthralled with the world around her. Death is enamored by Life's innocence and vivacity, but his attempts to connect with her are fleeting. Despite Death's awkward and destructive path, Life recovers from each loss with graceful fortitude. In Death's gloom, a passionate love for Life blossoms.

Director: Jonathan Lacocque, Clara Lehmann
Producer: Clara Lehmann, Jonathan Lacocque
Writer: Clara Lehmann
Cast: Elaine Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
Aria for a Cow

Animation / USA / 7 min.

Aria, a bovine diva, demands to be respected for more than just her dairy products. Featuring previously unreleased song by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken

Director: Dan Lund
Producer: Dan Lund, Connie Nartonis Thompson
Writer: Dan Lund
Cast: Kate Pazakis
The Ballad of the Homeless

Animation / Italy / 9 min.

The Ballad of the Homeless is a poetic and surreal journey into the lands devastated by the earthquake in Emilia (2012), through the eyes of a child (Tommy, the protagonist) and his friend, a snail. Together they face and discover the values of solidarity, hope and will see the rebirth of the land.

Director: Monica Manganelli
Producer: Monica Manganelli, Emilia Romagna Film Commission
Writer: Monica Manganelli
Let Go

Action/Adventure / USA / 19 min.

The story of two troubled teenage boys trapped in a place between life and death. They must overcome the darkness inside themselves and each other to find a way home.

Director: Kevin Kobori
Producer: Paloma Martinez, Jose Elizondo
Writer: Paloma Martinez, Kevin Kobori
Cast: Alex Neustaedter, Alex Miller

Family / USA / 15 min.

When a wind-up toy's best friend is thrown into a moving box that is headed out of town, the tiny robot must spring to life and rescue her before she is gone forever.

Director: Benjamin Freiburger
Producer: Grant Wheeler, Matthew Skala
Writer: Benjamin Freiburger, Grant Wheeler
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