HIGH SCHOOL

SHORTLIST
A Night in Jail
USA / Drama / 21 mins

Director: Ethan Nahlinder

Writer: H.A. Swan

Producer: Ethan Nahlinder, H.A. Swan

Cast: Travers Tobis, Charlie Scola

After getting busted for drugs, college-bound Danny is forced to spend a night in jail with a mentally ill, homeless drug addict. Danny believes he has nothing in common with his cellmate, but as the night trudges on, he realizes he is horribly mistaken.

A Night in Jail is being used for drug prevention education in schools. 

Batteryman
China / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Kehan Chen

Producer: Ning Feng

Cast: Yu Zhang, Zhida Zhou

Zihan’s boyfriend Kaichun had a mysterious identity: He needs to be “charged” and always carried power banks, like a cell phone. What worried Ziying is that he usually sneaked out their houses and never explains to her. But they got married eventually, and that’s when the truth emerged.  

Chicken
USA / Drama / 4 mins

Director/Writer: Riley Scott

Producer: Brad Kester, Andrew Norbeck

A man faces an internal dilemma when deciding whether or not to go into a restaurant.

Darling
USA /  Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Hazel Sepenuk

Producer: Hazel Sepenuk, Vivian Wolfson

Cast:​ Adrian Sparks, Allison Andreas

Dementia affects many families in different ways. This short film tells the story of a man who suffers from dementia, as he tries navigate the disease.

Diamond Game
USA / Drama / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Nolan Hieu Trifunovic

Producer: Nolan Hieu Trifunovic, Maya Pacheco

Cast:​​ Leila Perry, Joon Paul Kim

Three high school teens have gathered to write a script about a 70s cop show but the fictional characters they have created live in a digital world that requires them to act out the story. As the script takes an unexpected turn, one of the fictional characters begins to question his masters.

Esperanza
USA / Drama / 3 mins

Director/Writer: Chloe Campos

Producer: Chloe Campos, Alfonso Campos

Cast:​​ Karina Rodriguez, Sofia Chicorelli-Serna

While attempting to migrate to the US, a mother, Esperanza, and her two children, are faced with a life altering decision.

I'm Fine
USA / Drama / 11 mins

Director: Lauren Fisher

Writer: Benjamin Erhardt

Producer: Corey Lindabury

Cast: Kyle Hastings, Lindsey Mazelin

Everyone says it, but deep down inside... are they really?

Instinct
USA / Animation / 8 mins

Director/Writer: Yinuo Wei

Producer: Yinuo Wei

This is a story about a robot who wants to have a companion of his kind, and he decides to build one himself. During a landfill scout of components, the main character met and start an unexpected relationship with a robot he met...

Living Ghosts
USA / Drama / 5 mins

Director/Writer: Charli Einhorn

Producer: Kyle Einhorn

Cast: Rachael Frost, Jennifer Sherer

When a close friend dies, a troubled young woman is forced to re-experience and re-exam parts of her past

Marble Man
USA / Drama/ 9 mins

Director/Writer: Pearl Amanda Dickson

Producer: Damian C. King

Cast: Pearl Amanda Dickson, Jayna Sweet

Marble Man is the story of a teenager who falls in love with a statue. Her love and delusion grow as she believes she can turn this statue back into a human being. After figuring out that she isn't the Pygmalion of her story (able to turn a statue into a person by simply wishing), she takes a darker turn into the readings of myths of young Greek and Roman women like herself.

Press Start
USA / Comedy / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Kelsey Yuhan Cui

Producer: Yuan Wang

Cast: Michael C. Anderson, Alejandro Cowie

Sisyphus is the hero in a video game, but the Player outside keeps giving him a hard time. Could Sisyphus take the control back and win?

Responsible Party
USA / Drama / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Maggie Budzyna

Producer: Maggie Budzyna

Cast: Charlotte Shovilin, Asher Shovilin

Seven-year-old Avery is left home alone to watch her younger siblings after childcare plans fall through.

Trash
USA / Drama / 8 mins

Director/Writer: Dusan Brown

Producer: Dusan Brown, Joyce Kelly-Brown

Cast: Maya Boyce, Jahred King

When a girl finds out the truth about her background, she goes on a search to discover the essence of her being.

Unlimited
USA / Documentary / 6 mins

Director: Nicholas Cornick, Riley Scott, James Wilkey, Gabriel Yung

A documentary covering a San Diego wheelchair basketball team and how the players are not held back by their disabilities.

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