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SHORTLIST
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Clairvoyant
USA / Horror / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Elijah Anthony Feigner

Producer: Elijah Anthony

Cast: MaKenzie Slechta, Shannon Slechta, Sam Slechta, Ashlynn Slechta

A girl with paranormal sensibilities moves into an old house with a traumatic history.

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Girls
USA / Drama / 3 minutes

Director/Writer: Payton Ray Daly

Producer: Payton Ray Daly

Cast: Ava Courville

"Girls" is an experimental short film inspired by the Emily Dickinson poem "After a Hundred Years." "Girls" addresses the struggles of young girls in the 1800s versus the present day. It depicts an 1800s girl, Mary, constrained by her corset, her society’s idea of perfection, and a present-day girl, Sophia, pressured to hide behind her makeup, today's idea of perfection.

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Grizz
USA / Animation / 5 minutes

Director: Cameron Staley, Shivnil Lal

Writer: Cameron Staley, Brandon Berrera

Producer: Heath Grant

Cast: Avery Grant, Jennifer Grant

After a young boys father passes away, his gift to his son comforts and looks after him in his fathers absence.

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How to Survive Your First Date
USA / Horror / 9 minutes

Director/Writer: Reese Robers

Producer: Reese Robers

Cast: Sara Drewry, Charles Meidlinger

In this dark parody of 1950's instructional films, Dotty and her date Darryl try to survive against the voyeuristic narrator manipulating them.

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Lemonade
USA / Comedy / 4 minutes

Director/Writer: Colette Samek

Producer: Sophie Weiss

A competitive, business-oriented young man meets his match in a six-year-old girl running a lemonade stand.

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Seventeen
Kazakhstan / Drama / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Amira Kopeyeva

Producer: Amira Kopeyeva

Cast: Alisher Abuov, Yana-Maria Dyagileva, Damir Seitzhanov

An independent short film about sweet youth, teenager's thoughts and feelings.

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The Butterfly Effect
USA / Drama / 22 minutes

Director/Writer: Amy Moore

Producer: Amaya Rosales

Cast: Emma Fitzgerald, Tami Terrel, Megan Becker, Elizabeth Hayashi

This soon-to-be high school junior, 16-year-old, Willow, loses herself after being sexually assaulted at a party. Beginning in a therapy office, Willow explains why she is here by flashing back to the events that led up to this moment.

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The Oubliette
Ireland / Animation / 10 minutes

Director: Max Hendrickson

After moving into a small apartment in a big city, a man notices strange and mysterious occurrences.

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When Night Falls
USA / Horror / 9 minutes

Director: Luke McKinley, Cesar Renteria

Writer: Alejandra Acosta, Alyssa Ferrell, Luke McKinley, Donny Perez

Cast: Malori Koenig-Dela Cruz, Terrance Smith, June Aston, Reece Hamby

Halloween 2016—After a night of trick-or-treating, a group of teens cut through the woods on their way home but quickly discover they’re not alone.