USA / Drama / 17 minutes
Director/Writer: Erica Eng
Producer: Simran Mahal
Cast: Terry Hu, Amber Gaston, Helen Ong
Growing up in Oakland’s hip-hop culture, Eng struggles with her Chinese American identity. To her high school basketball team, she’s just that girl who sits on the bench; but to the Asian kids she’s "Americanized." As her sophomore year of high school comes to an end, Eng tries to find a sense of belonging within the two worlds that don't accept her.
Japan / Drama / 31 minutes
Director/Writer: Rayner Wang
Producer: Georgina Pope, Roy Finch
Cast: Ellery Sprayberry, Steve Marshall, Cary Elwes
Set in an American coastal town, Alice Featherston is having a hard time asking her crush, Dave, to be her high school prom date. That changes, however, when she meets a traveling circus clown, Sam. The two strike up a unique rapport.
Switzerland / Drama / 26 minutes
Director/Producer: Caroline Wloka
Writer: Joel Chavez
Cast: Joel Chavez, Sarah Baumgartner, Susanne Odermatt
Daniel has been suffering from Atopic Dermatitis since he was a child. After moving to the city, he encounters the highly superficial lifestyle of his new friends, forcing him to come to terms again with his skin condition. As his health deteriorates, Daniel has to face a suppressed chapter from his past and undergo therapy at an alpine clinic.
Israel / Drama / 14 mins
Director/Writer: Shir Eldad
Producer: Liel Sharon Sharon Gur
Cast: Aviv Pinkas, Michal Givati
Aya, a social worker in her twenties, volunteers at an "at-risk" teenage mobile unit in the city center. One night, she accidentally gets drawn into a gang of youths and their night time activities.
USA / Drama / 19 minutes
Director: JLee MacKenzie
Writer: Mitchell Graham Colley
Producer: Mitchell Graham Colley, Shardé Sargeant
Cast: Lily Oliver, Leah Zhang
As a young girl grapples with her mother's absence, a chance encounter with a woman coping with the loss of her son creates an unlikely friendship.
It Takes A Lemon
USA / Comedy / 10 minutes
Director: Corey J Gilbert
Writer: Zuri Gilbert, Curtis Gilbert
Producer: Corey Gilbert, Curtis Gilbert
Cast: Pancho Cardeña, Laila Rose Dyer
A grieving man who builds a lemonade stand in the park in honor of his daughter, and strikes an unlikely friendship with a creative young girl in the process.
UK / Drama / 6 minutes
Director: Louis Reeves
Writer: Grace Mattson, Louis Reeves
Producer: Louis Reeves
Cast: Katie Barnes, Jessie Dailey, Kya Garwood
Leah is a social realism following a confident 16 year old school girl, the film is a commentary for her life within her social class as she discusses the struggles of growing up in this world.
USA / Drama / 20 minutes
Director: Unni Rav
Writer: Emerson Morley
Producer: Pratiksha Shaw, Emerson Morley
Cast: Emerson Morley, Hannah Feldman, Keith Stevenson
A high school student Elsie as she maneuvers the college application process while struggling with her learning disabilities. Through the film, she searches for self-validation and empowerment.
Twice As Good
USA / Drama / 13 minutes
Director/Writer/Producer: Kristian King
Cast: Sojourner Brown, Dawn L. Troupe, Erinn Holmes
It's College Decision Day. Ann Pearson, a Black, high school senior and valedictorian, has finally taken her future into her hands, but she's been keeping it a secret. Now, out of time, Ann must find the courage to reveal her truth at the risk of disappointing the high expectations placed on her and the person she loves most.
USA / Drama / 15 minutes
Director/Writer: Travis Andrade
Producer: Travis Andrade, Jon Brewer, Valeria Gualdi
Cast: Jacob Sandler, Jonathan Irwin, Noah Greenly
When a young boy encounters a troubled teen with a 3D printed gun the boy desires to possess one of his own. WESLEY explores the impact of a pervasive gun culture on the developing psychology of an eleven-year-old boy.
Denmark / Drama / 23 minutes
Director: Kristian Håskjold
Writer: Malthe Jagd Miehe-Renard
Producer: Andreas Bak
Cast: Frieda Joanna Krøgholt, Mathilde Arcel Fock, Stran Ezgi Benli
After discovering a rumor has been spread about her, Pernille agrees to confront the girl suspected to be behind it at a party, but the situation quickly escalates and Pernille feels pressured into actions that cannot be undone.