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Remedial  

by Laurie J. Gardiner

The 2023 LA Shorts International Film Festival DIGITAL EDITION on The Shorts Network.

 

Watch all the films in the digital lineup for

$40.00

SHORTLIST
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Bestiary
France / Drama / 13 minutes

Director: Paul Van der Stegen

Writer: Paul Van der Stegen, Mathieu Landais

Producer: Hubert Mechin

Cast: Pauline Druenne, Julie Nicola, Rabia Ben Abdallah

When the girl they call "the dog" leaves their school for good, Pauline and her gang decide to choose for themselves a new pet hate, in spite of their friend Julie’s warning. Among unspoken words, rivalries and impulses of violence, this infernal quest might turn everything upside down.

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Bird
United Kingdom / Drama / 10 minutes

Director: Maya Asha Kotecha

Writer: Malise Rowland

Producer: Liam Bitton, Grace St George

Cast: Drew Hylton, Zhaion Prince, Tyan Ward

Maya Kotecha is an up and coming director from North London who has a fascination for telling coming-of-age stories that tackle the intricate balance of fantasy VS reality. During her 3 years at LSA she has worked on all fields of film making, with a specialist focus on camera, lighting and sound. She is now ready to embark on the biggest project of her career by promoting into the role of director, with the mentorship of Joe Wright and Stephen Woolfenden.

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Brightside
USA / Drama / 3 minutes

Director/Writer: Anabelle Corneau

A PSA on spreading the awareness of school shootings.

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Bus Stop
USA / Animation / 3 minutes

Director: Jordan Chang

Bus Stop follows a boy’s morning routine from waking up to leaving on the bus to school, and all the activities in between. The repeated actions reflect the monotonous and constant cycle of morning routine, but through the days, seasons, and years, reveals the safety, satisfaction, and comfort of repetition.

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Caught Up
USA / Drama / 8 minutes

Director: Luke McKinley

Writer: Luke McKinley, Alejandra Acosta, Adam Rodriguez

Cast: Kourtney Ann, Aubrey Smith, Cesar Renteria

Influenced by her wild best friend, a teenage girl seeks to get revenge and expose the boy who wronged her.

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I'm Thinking About Becoming A Plant.
USA / Drama / 8 minutes

Director/Writer: Orson Ford

Producer: Andrea Ramirez Romo

Cast: Paul Moore, Jennifer France, Rosvita Rauch

When Alan Berch, a hermit lost in self discovery, receives a mysterious letter from a friend he is gradually coerced into believing his life could be simpler as a plant.

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Kandyland
USA / Drama / 9 minutes

Director/Writer: Kiki McKenzie, Hope Hudson Morcomb

Producer: Kiki McKenzie, Hope Hudson Morcomb

Cast: Kiki McKenzie, Hope Hudson Morcomb

When 27 year old Amy “Kandy” Anderson’s Candyland obsession and “professional career” begins to hurt the lives of her family members and her own with her crippling debt. Her sister Deb intervenes in hopes to turn her life around, and hopefully help her sister to let go of this candy crush.

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Maya
USA / Drama / 8 minutes

Director: Sophie Harasha, Yezy Suh, Hanna Kuster, Austin Gil

Maya, an adopted teenager, struggles to understand her cultural identity and relationship with her mother after discovering her hidden baby photos.

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Reminders of You
USA / Drama / 11 minutes

Director/Writer: Drew Duncan

Producer: Passion Washington

Cast: Katie Freshman

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Return
USA / Drama / 5 minutes

Director: Kat Dubrow

Cast: Tessa Maryott, Heather Dubrow, Terry Dubrow

An independence-craving teenager brings up her desire to move out to her controlling parents.

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Room
USA / Animation / 9 minutes

Director/Writer: Ian Dani Kim

Producer: Ian Dani Kim

Cast: Ian Dani Kim

A teenager struggles with depression and social anxiety, expressing it through locking himself in his imaginary room where his life plays out. The film is shown from the boy’s perspective in his “room” showing how real life events affect him in it.

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Sharing the Floor
USA / Drama / 17 minutes

Director/Writer: Lily Brooks O'Briant

Producer: Lily Brooks O'Briant, Julia Garcia, CB Liffer

Cast: Lily Brooks O'Briant, Julia Garcia, Emma Rosales

Sharing the Floor is the emotional journey of three teen girls who find support in one another while each copes with the stress, anger, pain, and isolation from having a parent who is an addict. 

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The Sound
USA / Drama / 5 minutes

Director/Writer: Cole Willis

Producer: Cole Willis

Cast: Amira Willis

A three-song guided film that follows a young dancer who in the wake of an upcoming performance overcomes emotions of tension.

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Starstruck
Israel / Drama / 19 minutes

Director/Writer: Jonathan Gotlib

Producer: Itamar Kolker

Cast: Maayan Bloom, Yarin Oron, Nati Kluger

When a young boy's dreams of becoming a comic artist are shattered by a bully, he turns to a life of playing the recorder and grows up to be the best recorder player in the world. 

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The Tell-Tale Heart
Ireland / Horror / 8 minutes

Director: Max Hendrickson

Cast: Joseph Miller, David Hendrickson, Marc-Ivan O'Gorman

A stop motion re-telling of the classic Edgar Allen Poe short story, in which a man is driven to insanity by the presence of his older companion's pale blue eye.

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A Dishonourable Death.
United Kingdom / Drama / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Blok

Producer: Gareth Francis

Cast: Christos Lawton, Roger Thomson, Claire Rafferty

A Dishonourable Death” is a darkly comic, debut short film, satirising traditional manifestations of honour through a warped masculine lens… exploring varying degrees of prejudice across the board: class, race, sex and the perception of ’the hero’. The film toys with the concept of heroism. 

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A Matter of Choice
United Kingdom / Romance / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Louis Norton Selzer

Producer: Emily Everdee, Dārta Vijgrieze

Cast: Will Merrick, Lydia Wilson

After unexpectedly finding a connection in the waiting room of an assisted-suicide clinic, Mallory and Drystan are left with a choice: do they stay or do they go?

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A Night of Gharam
United Kingdom / Drama / 15 minutes

Director: Michael Gamarano Singleton

Writer: Hassan Abdulrazzak

Producer: Agatha EzzedineIvy Shen

Cast: Agatha Ezzedine, Nathan Altai, Sofia Assir Danu

Iman, a niqab-wearing woman, is fed up with her cheating husband. At a shopping mall an opportunity presents itself for her to impersonate another man's wife. This takes her on an unexpected adventure of self-realisation.

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Aero Orange
Canada / Animation / 11 minutes

Director: Marcus Benny Feher

Writer: Marcus Benny Feher, Dan Tonkin

Producer: Marcus Benny Feher

Cast: Joe Zieja, Yong Yea, Julia McIIvaine

Captain H’Orange leads a reconnaissance mission over hostile coordinates with his fruit aeronauts when suddenly
he and his team come under fire and their newest member; Airman Apple is taken hostage by the evil General Onion.

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Against the Silence
Germany / Documentary / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Martina Chamrad

Producer: Franziska Heinemann

"Against The Silence" focuses on the Uyghur community in exile. After the tightening of Chinese measures after 2015 in Xinjang, most Uyghur*ins in exile no longer have any contact with their families in Eastern Turkistan. They do not know if they are alive, dead or imprisoned. 

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Ageusia
USA / Drama / 18 minutes

Director/Writer: Will Schneider

Producer: Alex Janiuk, Wesley Orlowski, Claire Rennard

Cast: Courtney Hart, Steve Archer, Chandra Michaels

A depressed lunch lady finds new meaning in her mundane life when she falls for a troubled janitor.

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Alas
Kazakhstan / Horror / 24 minutes

Director: Kairat Temirgali

Writer: Talgatbek Abishev, Daler Murzagaliyev

Producer: Nurym Aidingali

Cast: Almagul Kazikhan-Sagyndyk, Aigerim Akkanat-Mustafa, Maksat Zhakyp

Rakhia, a young woman with a secret, agrees to become a surrogate mother for a wealthy married couple. The three of them move to a secluded mansion to hide the surrogacy from the public eye, but soon Rakhia begins to feel the presence of a sinister and supernatural force in the house.

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An animal
France / Drama / 27 minutes

Director: Kévin Lameta

Producer: Laurent Helas, Hugo Becker

Cast: Louis Memmi, François-joseph Culioli, Marie Murcia

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Another Dead Sailor
United Kingdom / Drama / 10 minutes

Director/Writer: Jack Lennard Willoughby

Producer: Sandra Spethmann, Joeseph Goldman, Lucy May Miles

Cast: Geoff Bell, Ben Tavassoli, Kyle Jon Shepard

A modern fable about a sceptical young Smoker who has been sat in a busy pub listening to his drunk Conspiracy Theorist friend’s countless outlandish beliefs.

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Any place
Mexico / Drama / 13 minutes

Director: Minerva Rivera Bolaños

Writer: Fanie Soto, Minerva Rivera Bolaños

Producer: Zoar Zamora Flores

Cast: Litzy Ruiz

In a society where children are not heard and traditions are not to be questioned, the peaceful life of a 5-year-old is disturbed by a terrible event that forces her to find a way to recover peace and save her loved ones.

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The Army We Had
USA / Documentary / 17 minutes

Director/Writer: Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein

Producer: Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein

Nearly 20 years after their deployment to Iraq was captured in the documentary film Gunner Palace, veterans grapple with their younger onscreen selves to make sense of a war that has yet to be fully reckoned with.

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The Art & Craft of Smile
Canada / Comedy / 10 minutes

Director/Writer: Marta Borowski

Producer: Rielle Ramos

Cast: Lucy Margey, Michelle Nolden, Chris Sandiford

A miserable dental intern's views, on the nature of genuine happiness, are challenged by the characters at her aunt's dental practice 'The Art & Craft of Smile'.

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Ashes
Australia / Comedy / 13 minutes

Director/Writer: Georgina Haig

Producer: Dean Francis, Georgina Haig, Daisy Betts-Miller

Cast: Georgina Haig, Michael Caton, Michala Banas

Bereft after the loss of her beloved Dad James, Frances misses the appointment to pick up his ashes. Through a bizarre posthumous prank, can James rectify his daughter’s habitual lateness, even after he’s gone? A darkly comedic story about grief, tough love and the unexpected ways those who have passed continue to influence us.

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Ashkasha
Spain / Animation/Sci-fi / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Lara Maltz

Producer: Lara Maltz

Ashkasha is a living being guided by curiosity. This causes her to lose her head and get trapped in the depths, where is submerged on a discovery journey.

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Bad Vintage: A Randy Tale
USA / Comedy / 17 minutes

Director/Writer: Ben Élie

Producer: Ben Élie

Cast: Shélah Larson, Quyne Mariah, Saskia Baur

A magical realist comedy about romance in our times, family baggage, and a mischievous talking car. San Francisco Bay Area millennials Lenny and Quinn have a hot date; Randy the vintage love-bug steers them way off-course, and Trent is very upset about not being invited. It's a "check yourself before you wreck yourself" trip where everybody learns a little something about how to get along.

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The Ballad of Maddog Quinn
New Zealand / Action / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Matt Inns

Producer: Matt Inns

Cast: Maggie Pirie, Jed Brophy, John Bach

An unlikely outlaw wreaks hell across the dusty dystopia of The State on a wild quest to save what is held most dear, but things aren't always what they seem on the desolate wasteland frontier.

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Before Nightfall
France / Drama / 27 minutes

Director/Writer: Hervé Freiburger

Producer: Paviel Raymont

Cast: Paul Hamy, Héloïse Bousquet, Elisa Lasowski

A lonely and desperate man no longer uses the precious gift that allowed him to heal people. Reluctantly, he agrees to help a woman and her young daughter who is tormented by nightmares of the end of the world. Together, on a freezing night, they face an anguishing darkness.

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Bent Out of Shape
USA / Animation / 3 minutes

Producer: Ringling College of Art and Design

"Bent Out of Shape" follows the story of a dull, square woman and her child living in a dull, square world. However, when a bright, circular neighbor moves in next door, the square woman begins to feel that her lifestyle is being threatened. Even worse, she worries that her child may be affected by the circular neighbor's influence..

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Blood
Australia / Drama / 10 minutes

Director/Writer: Vathana Suganya Suppiah

Producer: Daljinder Johal

Cast: Bairavi Manoharan, Shruthi Yasothan, Neelam Bakshi

Shanti finds blood in her underwear at the worst possible time. Against the backdrop of a Tamil coming-of-age ceremony
where fertility is celebrated, menstruation is shunned and infertility is silenced, Shanti struggles to keep a secret.

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Botox Fiction
France / Drama / 4 minutes

Director/Writer: Yoann Kimfoko

Producer: Yoann Kimfoko

Cast: Typhaine Barthelemy

The story takes place in the distant future. In a world with an extremely and egocentric system, which promotes appearances, glory and power. power. A world where human beings have no limit in their greed.

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The Bridge
USA / Animation / 4 minutes

Director: Gabriel Agustin Freire

With music from the legendary artist Lou Reed 'The Bridge' is a short film about mental and animal health inspired by a real life-saving friendship

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Burn Out
United Kingdom / Comedy / 14 minutes

Director/Writer: Chloe Culpin

Producer: Charlotte Beaumont, Anna Sophia Duff

Cast: Anjli Mohindra, Harriet Cains, Andrew Joshi

Heena, on the brink and desperate to get out of her soul-less, money driven job, goes on a midweek pub session with her co-workers where they all descend into animalistic chaos.

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Buzz
United Kingdom / Animation/Sci-fi / 10 minutes
Director: Bryn Chainey, Andrew Brand
Writer: Bryn Chainey

Producer: Alastair Clark

On a prairie millions of miles from home, a grumpy space farmer is having trouble with one of her hive: a robot bee called Buzz that keeps going rogue. After failing to reprogram the mischievous bee she follows him into the belly of a volcano and discovers something that will change life on Mars forever.

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Call Your Mom
USA / Comedy / 8 minutes

Director/Writer: Isaac Garza

Producer: Rebecca Mendoza

Cast: Isaac Garza, Pete Parson

Pete needs to call his mom.

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Canary
Canada / Animation / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault

Producer: Sébastien Moreau

A young boy named Sonny works in an underground coal mine with the adults, taking care of the canary that detects deadly methane gas. He teaches the bird to play dead to prank the men, risking their lives for a moment in the sunlight above.

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Captive
USA / Drama / 24 minutes

Director/Writer: Preston Peterson, Jason Boesch

Producer: Preston Peterson, Jason Boesch, Jessica Thorne

Cast: Bruce Davison, Brendan Sexton III, Amari Cheatom

An elderly trapper revisits his dark past as a serial killer when he's taken hostage by two fugitives in the wilderness of Montana.

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Caramelle
Italy / Animation / 12 minutes

Director: Matteo Panebarco

Writer: Marianna Panebarco, Matteo Panebarco, Camilla Panebarco

Producer: Panebarco, Mediterraneo Cinematografica

“Caramelle” [Italian for Sweets] is a short film that tells the tale of the inextricable tie between three generations: father/grandfather, daughter/mother, grandson/son.

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Carrion
USA / Drama / 22 minutes
Director/Writer: Yvonne Zhang
Producer: Sarah Frances Hartley
Cast: Cindy Zhu, Katerina Hung, Ty Chen

In an isolated desert motel, a young girl digs up a rotting carcass. Later that night, something mysterious is unearthed in her mother.

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Cataract
Denmark / Drama / 24 minutes

Director/Writer: Jonatan Egholm Keis

Producer: Emma Lykke, Jonatan Egholm Keis

Cast: Carla Viola Thurøe, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Johannes Kuhnke

In a highly original tale of overlooked and marginalized existences, a woman robs a gas station with her nearly-blind younger brother only to catapult herself into a claustrophobic tick-of-the-clock race for a new set of lenses for his eyes.

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Charlie's Freedom
United Kingdom / Drama / 13 minutes

Director: Rachel Tillotson

Writer: Carol Younghusband

Producer: Georgina French, Katherine Press

Cast: Olivia Pentelow, Clare Perkins, Stacha Hicks

Charlie’s Freedom is a gritty, sensitive short film with two parallel timelines that contrast Charlie’s struggles as a teenage carer with a mysterious day in her future.

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Charlotte by Rose Rose
France / Music Video / 4 minutes

Director: Noé Pradel-Fraysse

Writer: Benjamin Bouquet, Noé Pradel-Fraysse

Producer: Pierre Le Boulc'h, Samuel de Gunzburg

Cast: Agnès Tassel, Philippe Dumas

A couple in there 60's lose their passion and love for one another. But one day, Charlotte sees a TV advert for a magic ring, she hopes this will spark a second flame in her relationship..

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Childish Deano
Australia / Animation / 24 minutes

Director: Dean Thomas, David Ferrier

Writer: Dean ThomasDavid Ferrier

Producer: Amanda Reedy

Cast: Dean Thomas

CHILDISH DEANO is an Australian short-form animated comedy series about a rambunctious 8-year-old boy who's blissfully unaware of how broken the world around him is.

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The Chromakey Man
Belgium / Drama / 14 minutes

Director: William Samaha
Writer: William Samaha, Zoltan Adorjan
Producer: William Samaha, Dylan Klass
Cast: Alexander Arnold, Camille Voglaire, Vincent Santamaria

Dan always wanted to be an actor, but instead of achieving his dreams, he ends up a chromakey technician on movie sets. Covered in a bright green suit from head to toe, he is stuck in a rut until he gets offered an audition and the possibility to step into the limelight. The opportunity is potentially life-changing, and this absolutely terrifies him.

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Clone
USA / Thriller / 20 minutes

Director/Writer: Ryan M. Kennedy

Producer: Atit Shah, Kiowa Gordon, Tyler Markham

Cast: Alex Breaux, Kiowa Gordon, Devika Bhise

In the future, every U.S. citizen has the right to own one clone of themself. Clones have no rights and can only become citizens if emancipated by their original human. After 30 years together, Alex suddenly elects to emancipate his clone Richie, but his closest friends begin to question his true intentions.

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Close your Eyes
France / Drama / 7 minutes

Director: Manon Bérardengo, Audrey Defonte, Léo Depoix

Writer: Manon Bérardengo

Producer: Carlos De Carvalho

A heavy secret and oblivious parents.

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Daisy
Sweden / Comedy / 14 minutes

Director/Writer: Torbjörn Edwall

Producer: Matilda Höög, Daniel Hargot

Cast: Peter Mörlin, Emma Broomé

Two dairy farmers go out looking for a cow gone missing. Their search leads them deep into a mystery that will have them questioning themselves and their place in the milky way.

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Dancing with Rosa
Spain / Drama / 20 minutes

Director/Writer: Robert Muñoz Rupérez

Producer: Robert Muñoz Rupérez

At 84 years of age, Rosa realises that she no longer has the strength to take care of her daughter Eva who has Down syndrome, and she struggles to decide whether or not to put her into a care home. In this intimate portrait, we follow Rosa’s pain of indecision and her unique way of coping. 

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Dandelion
USA / Animation / 4 minutes

Director/Writer: Ling Zhao, Zhengwu Gu
Producer: Ringling College of Art and Design

In a dystopian world, a coal-burning robot working on a mine one day finds something that he has never seen before - a dandelion.

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Dark Cell
France / Thriller / 25 minutes

Director/Writer: Jean-Michel Tari

Producer: Jean-Michel Tari

Cast: Alain Figlarz, Juliette Tresanini, Jonathan Pineau Bonetti

Two convicts in an orbital prison are doing what they usually do, which is to say, not much. Suddenly, two panicked guards armed to the teeth burst into their cell. The guards tell them that the orbital prison has just been invaded by blood-thirsty zombie-type creatures.

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Dead Whistle Stop
United Kingdom / Thriller / 20 minutes

Director/Writer: Sean Mckenna

Producer: Jamie Macdonald

Cast: Kate Dickie, Tauren Steele

Daniel’s not going to the office today. A dying man asked him to deliver a letter. Though he’s not sure who the dying man was or where the person he’s delivering it to is. Or what, if anything, it has to do with his new neighbours, The Illuminated Brotherhood of the All Seeing Eye.

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Death Drive
Australia / Horror / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Rob Boyd

Producer: Anthony McGann, Rob Boyd

Cast: Cassie Osborne, Morgan Ortt

A young man drives along a country road in his new sports car, until he is waved down by a stranded mysterious woman, with a love of speed and a lust for death.

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Departure
USA / Drama / 8 minutes

Director/Writer: Sam Siske

Producer: Mckinnis Calderala

Cast: Liz Atwater, Iain Tucker

A young woman races to save her partner in a daring attempt to get him off world.

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Descend
Mexico / Drama / 19 minutes

Director/Writer: Alejandro Aguirre Tanus
Producer: Mitzuko Villanueva Paulette
Cast: Paulina Gaitan, Amancio Orta

Ivanna is dazed, confused, and with no recent memory in the middle of the road, next to a stranded car. Her instinct leads her towards the dirt road, where she finds an abandoned truck. A mysterious and ill-looking man surprises her while she inspects the pickup and offers to give her a ride, although she doesn't know exactly where she's going. During the journey, she starts regaining her memory and remembers the woman she's searching for. The man also seems familiar to her, increasing the tension and suspicion that he might be the one who could clarify all her doubts and, at the same time, be her downfall.

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Digital Echo
Canada / Animation / 5 minutes

Director/Writer: Felix Zheng Wu

Producer: Felix Zheng Wu

Cast: Felix Zheng Wu

In the animated film "Digital Echo," we follow the story of Alex, a talented but overworked individual who spends most of his days glued to his computer screen, immersed in his work. Frustrated with the increasing demands of his job, Alex stumbles upon an advanced artificial intelligence technology designed to assist with various tasks.

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Displaced
USA / Documentary / 27 minutes

Director: Gil Cates Jr

Producer: Gil Cates Jr, Michelle Shnaider

Cast: Petro Kovalchuk, Olga Kovalchuk

‘Displaced’ is a heartbreaking story about the Kovalchuk family, who were among the first refugees to arrive in America after fleeing Ukraine at the start of the Russian invasion.

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Dramaquin 500mg
Greece / Drama / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Alexis Mourtzanos

Producer: Alexis Mourtzanos

Cast: Maira Gravani, Laertis Malkotsis, Andromache Fountoulidou

In a world were depression and sadness are the norm, Sophia, a young woman, suffers from happiness and joy. To confront that and blend in, she tries the new promising pill Dramaquin 500 mg. The effects are unpredictable…

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Dream Maker
Turkey/Iran / Sci-fi Drama / 14 minutes

Director: Mohsen Mehri Darouei, Milad Kiaei

Writer: Mohsen Mehri Darouei

Producer: Mohsen Kiaei, Abbas Abbasi

Cast: Reza Robatjazi

A man causes his daughter's death in an inadvertent incident. In order to ease his guilty conscience he tries to replace the bitter memories of his past life with fabricated sweet ones.

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Dusty Do Good
United Kingdom / Drama / 15 minutes

Director: Jack Hughes
Writer: Jack Hughes, Billy Mullaney

Producer: Daniel Simmons, Jack Hughes
Cast: Godwin Hodges, Dean Ridge

A young boy with Down’s syndrome escapes his troubled home life through an old cowboy TV show and models himself on the main character. He roams his estate as a righteous lawman, but things take a darker turn when he runs into a local gang.

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Emily's Mountain
Israel / Action / 22 minutes

Director/Writer: Tal Somech

Producer: Tal Somech

Cast: Daniel Zahavi, Efrat Boimold, Libby Koriat

Emily celebrates her 6th birthday on a magical trip with her family and is slowly exposed to the horrifying reality that her parents are trying to conceal from her using modern technology and entertainment systems.

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The End Of Winter
China / Drama / 23 minutes

Director: Zilin Bi

Writer: Xiangyi Shi, Mengyan Shen

Producer: Mengyan Shen

Zhang and his wife lived in Northeast China at the end of last century. They struggled hard for a brighter future. But a grain of sand of The Times, falling on every ordinary person's head, is a mountain. At the ferry of fate, Zhang can only choose to go with the flow.

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Essentials
USA / Drama / 17 minutes

Director/Writer: Allison Torem

Producer: Eva Fabray, Allison Torem

Cast: Austin Pendleton, Allison Torem

Schlepping home from an ill-conceived grocery haul in early lockdown, Vivian is interrupted by a senior citizen who makes a corny joke on his nightly walk.

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Finding Our Wild
USA / Documentary / 16 minutes

Director: Sid Gopinath, Aditya Joshi

Producer: Sid Gopinath, Aditya Joshi

Cast: Prabha Gopinath, Sid Gopinath

Finding Our Wild is a doc short made in collaboration with REI-Co-Op. On a long overdue camping trip, Prabha and his son Sid find themselves working through feelings about immigration, fatherhood, and aging.

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Flutter
USA / Animation / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Adam Reed Levy

Producer: Bradford Simonsen, Adam Reed Levy
Cast: Alfred Molina

Jerry, a hummingbird of a different feather, must stand up to a hungry house cat in order to keep the flock together.

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Gene's 6th Symphony
USA / Animation / 6 minutes

Director: Jordi Garcia

Writer: Jordi Garcia, Gene Bicknell, Rick Silanskas

Producer: Rick Silanskas, Larry Wilhite

The original animated short "Gene's 6th Symphony" is based on a true story and was born with only six notes of music that became a symphonic magical story that defines true love and a life-long journey ending with a hope that lives forever

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Getting Used to Loneliness
Korea / Animation / 12 minutes

Director: Pyoung won Seo

Cast: Hoyeon Choe

A big hole gets made in Sung-joon’s heart after he becomes alone. An unfilled emptiness dominates his daily life, and one day, Min-seok, a senior at the company, takes Sung-joon to the badminton court.

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Giddh (The Scavenger)
India / Drama / 24 minutes

Director: Manish Saini

Writer: Manish Saini, Ashok Sankhla

Producer: Radhika Lavu

Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Vaibhav Biniwale, Raj Vithhapura

The old man found himself tossing his son's clothes away after watching his pyre burn all evening. He died young, succumbing to an illness and perhaps also because of hunger. The son was gone, the old man still lived as did his hunger.

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Hair or No Hair
Canada / Drama / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Janessa St. Pierre

Producer: Janessa St. Pierre, Geoff Manton, Graysen Sangster

Cast: Janessa St. Pierre, Quincy Thomas, Shaun Morse

A young black woman has been hiding behind wigs for years until her Alopecia is exposed publicly. She uses this experience as a catalyst to break free of the shame she feels towards her baldness.

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Half-witted Gnus Are A Myth
Switzerland / Comedy / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Marie-Anne Hafner
Producer: Marie-Anne Hafner, Daniel Hertli
Cast: Ursula Stäubli, Harul Ulrich, Jürg Plüss

Dystopian messages are coming from the smoke-filled radio studio. On the street, resistance takes its course. Advertisers discuss ways of spelling prosperity and equality. 

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Happy Graduation
United Kingdom / Horror / 19 minutes

Director/Writer: Robert Harold

Producer: Spandana Patanaik

Cast: Kelsey Cooke, Jamie Sefton

A young woman is literally haunted by her future at her university graduation party.

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Harvey
Canada / Animation / 9 minutes

Director/Writer: Janice Nadeau

Producer: Marc Bertrand, Christine Noël, Pierre Méloni

Told through the eyes of a child with an overflowing imagination, HARVEY is a poetic, luminous look at bereavement and coping with the loss of a parent.

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Hearsay
USA / Drama / 17 minutes

Director/Writer: Banban Cheng

Producer: Sheena Alexis Suarez

Cast: Vivian Ahn, Jessica Lee, Eleven Lee

Set in a Chinatown beauty salon, "Hearsay" follows Lili, an outgoing and talkative hairdresser who gets herself in trouble when she gossips about a customer.

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Heir of the Galaxy
Germany / Drama / 28 minutes

Director/Writer: Daniel Holzberg

Producer: Joseph Zedelmaier

Cast: Sebastian Griegel, Jule Ronstedt, Ercan Karacayli

A former child star from a popular sci-fi blockbuster tries to redefine himself twenty years later. But paparazzi, hate comments and his controlling mother won't let him forget a childhood in the spotlight.

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Home
Korea / Horror / 13 minutes

Director/Writer: Jae-hee Jeong
Producer: So-ye Paeng
Cast: Yeong-ji Cho, Mal-bok Yang

A woman sorts belongings of her deceased mother. Uncanny phenomena occur in her house, and she recalls memories of her mother.

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Hope
Singapore / Drama / 13 minutes

Director: Yvonne Lim

Writer: Kup Sin Ong

Producer: Molby Low

Cast: Natalie Mae E-En Tan, Adele, Yvonne Lim

A teenage girl misunderstands her mother’s intention to send her away and starts to display rebellious acts in school.

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Horologist
Malaysia / Animation / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Jared Lee

Producer: Eilin Lim

Cast: Steven Bones, Suling Chan, Gabriel Noel Pountney

Obsessed with time, Sand found a way to sell time itself. While his rich customers stay young, they never question Sand's discovery and the source of their youth. Find out in 'Horologist'.

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How to Succeed in Biscuits Without Really Trying.
United Kingdom / Drama / 20 minutes

Director/Writer: Tania Emery

Producer: Tania Emery, Joe Elliott, Byron McNally

Cast: Henry Goodman, Indra Ove, Charlie Rawes

BRANDING GENIUS Nic Goldstein is on the edge. His business is on the brink of collapse, his young wife is missing along with the company coffers, and his only hope is to win the Next Big Pitch, a new biscuit from China that is destined to knock the Digestive off its perch.

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I Do Not!
USA / Drama / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Yasmine Asha

Producer: Navid Navid, Lidiya Korotko

Cast: Lidiya Korotko, Navid Navid, Savannah Southern-Smith

When an overwhelmed bride runs away from her mother-pleasing groom at their wedding, the couple's culturally different families play the blame-game, unfolding each others secrets and lies...

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Il Fait Beau ( the weather is nice)
Netherlands / Drama / 19 minutes

Director/Writer: Leonardo Cariglino
Producer: Coen Van Berkel, Leonardo Cariglino
Cast: Michael Muller, Saraluna Zoric

The young french expat Jean lives isolated and alienated from human contact. But a dear voice message from his mother urges him to leave the house. 

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In Her Dream
China / Animation / 3 minutes

Director: Dan Wong

IN HER DREAM depicts a story of a girl who decides to release the balloon she has been holding tight to.

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In The Matchbox
USA / Horror / 11 minutes

Director: Mike Rae Anderson

Writer: Jermi Little

Producer: Jermi Little

Cast: Hawthorne James, Chad Ayers, Davis Osborne

Uncle Wendell shares a centuries old family secret with his great nephews. If the secret gets out, it can effect and infect the entire world. Literally.

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Incognito
India / Thriller / 25 minutes

Director/Writer: Ravi Muppa

Producer: Ravi Muppa

Cast: Vikram Singh, Ayushi Nema, Dev Chauhan

A lonely motel receptionist makes an extra buck by selling the hidden-cam videos of his unsuspecting guests on the internet. But when one such guest turns out to be a young girl at risk of being trafficked, he faces a crisis of conscience.

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Intergalactia
Japan / Animation/Music / 3 minutes

Director: Takumi Shiga

Producer: Takumi Shiga

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Klette
Belgium / Drama / 17 minutes

Director/Writer: Michael Abay

Producer: Nina Payrhuber

Cast: Jennifer Heylen, Anne-Laure Vandeputte, Stella Kitoga

The 26-year-old Morgane still lives with her mother, has not yet completed her studies, and her love life doesn’t get beyond one-night stands.

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Knight of Fortune
Denmark / Drama / 25 minutes

Director/Writer: Lasse Lyskjær Noer
Producer: Christian Norlyk Larsen, Kim Magnusson
Cast: Jens Jørn Spottag, Leif Andrée, Jesper Lohmann

The loss of a loved one, the grief, the risk of yellow skin, and a coffin, that is too much for Karl to face.

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Let Sleeping Bears Lie
Sweden / Drama / 20 minutes

Director/Writer: Oskar Willers

Producer: Oskar Willers, Shazi Özdemir, Sara Larsson

Cast: Hannes Meidal, Sofia Karemyr, Julia Marko-Nord

The night after Alex, a married father, fortieth birthday party, there is a knock on his door. There stands Hanna, a former girlfriend, soaked with a present in her hand.

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Life: 8th Chapter
Poland / Drama / 23 minutes

Director/Writer: Bartłomiej Skupień

Producer: Bartłomiej Skupień

Cast: Bartłomiej Skupień, Briana Croitoru, Alicja Miśkowiec

A small-town family's happiness is at stake when alcoholism and ambition collide.

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Lunatics
United Kingdom / Drama / 19 minutes

Director/Writer: Florian Kasperski

Producer: Nathan Matthew Legger

Cast: Cassandre Wallace, Emily Drewett, Natalia St John-Porther

A group of students with learning disadvantages break into school to erase all grades before their final submission – Ocean’s 11 meets The Breakfast Club.

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Mångata
Germany / Drama / 16 minutes

Director/Writer: Maja Costa

Producer: Antonio Padovani, Mario Nuzzo

Cast: Stefany Fruzzetti, Ayo Aloba, Afnan Ehoran

Little Alya and her father are crossing the Mediterranean Sea on a boat that takes them from Africa to Europe in search of a safe place to call home. 

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Marionettes
Australia / Animation / 10 minutes

Director/Writer: Prajdnik Awasthi
Cast: Namrata Shrestha, Anoushka Pandey

The fate of marionettes is sealed as they are stuck inside a cycle of suffering; the mother questions their existence to the god and supplicates for liberation from an unfortunate tradition.

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The Meeps - Love Louder
USA / Animation / 3 minutes

Director: Olivier Staphylas

Producer: Michelle Jurado Staphylas, Varunee Santa

Cast: Lamar Morris

Music video of Love Louder by the band "The Meeps"

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Melon Head
USA / Drama / 13 minutes

Director: Aurora Iler

Writer: Aurora Iler, Robbie Ryde

Producer: Aurora Iler, Amy Toomey-Cook

Cast: Aurora Iler, Nick Hardcastle, Cooper Alexis

Harper (Aurora Iler) is a straight A student who thinks she knows what's best for her. 

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Mgzavrebi - Waltz
USA / Music Video / 10 minutes

Director/Writer: Lado Kvataniya

Producer: Egor Solomatin, Alexander Medvedko, Margarita Sayapina

Cast: Achi Makalatia, Veronika Kalandarishvili, Dato Dvalishvili

Dramatic story of souls’ reincarnation, captured on antique movie cameras among antique Georgian villages, high in the mountains and lost in the mists of time. 

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Momma's Boy
Canada / Comedy / 8 minutes

Director/Writer: Sonny Atkins

Producer: James Swalm, Dan Slater, Adam Booth

Cast: Krista Bridges

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Most of the Time We Are Just Waiting
Canada / Drama / 20 minutes

Director/Writer: Molly Shears
Producer: Michael Mandarano
Cast: Aubree Field, Piers Bijvoet, Fegan DeCordova

Set to the backdrop of her suburban town’s evacuation, Thirteen-year old Nora enlists the help of the boy next door to search for her apathetic big sister, who has snuck out to party with an older boy with questionable intentions.

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Mother
Ukraine / Drama / 20 minutes

Director: Salomon Ligthelm

Writer: Salomon Ligthelm, Joshua Sullivan, Luca Degani

Producer: Daniel Linnik-Zhuravliov

Cast: Chris Galust

"Mother" tells the story of Vitaly Ivanov - a miner on the Ukraine/Russian border who discovers a ringing phone - and tragically so much more - in his backyard. 

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The Noble Guardian
USA / Documentary / 39 minutes

Director: Anna Coren

Producer: Anna Coren, Bahman Naraghi, Kasia Neiman

Cast: Mahbouba Seraj

Mahbouba Seraj had what every other Afghan wanted. A US passport and protected passage through the frenzied masses that had descended on Kabul International Airport in late August 2021, desperate to flee Afghanistan and the brutal Taliban regime that had just seized power, following the US withdrawal.

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The Nolberto Method
United Kingdom / Horror / 10 minutes

Director/Writer: David Winstone

Producer: David Winstone

Cast: Sarah Beck Mather, Adam Loxley

A suicidal man has a bizarre and life changing decision to make when his therapist brings out an extremely disgusting slug that she claims will solve all his problems if