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Americanized
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.

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Circus Sam
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.

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Cold Wall
USA / Drama / 19 minutes

Director/Writer: Lilly Hu

Producer: Wenjie Kong

Cast:​ Wenjie Kong

After a video of a miscarriage suffered by a student goes viral at her high school, a shocked 15-year-old Chinese girl, Katie, attempts to solve a personal crisis in unfamiliar territory.

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Crocodile
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.

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Crossing Lines
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.

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Hurricane
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.

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In Sync
USA / Drama / 12 minutes 

Director/Writer: Chaconne Martin-Berkowicz

Producer: Cailin Lobb-Rabe

Cast: Lola Daehler, Parker Love Bowling

May, 15, confronts that her best friend has a closer relationship to May's mom than her, threatening the ties that hold them all together.

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In The Weeds
Canada / Thriller / 22 minutes

Director/Writer/Producer: Nick Milczarczyk

Cast: Kenzie Spoltore, Aidan Simpson, Mark Majerski

A teenage girl suspects a local gardener's involvement in the unsolved disappearance of their childhood friend.

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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.

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Leah.
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.

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Rookie
Greece / Drama / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Alex Tsilifonis

Producer: Christina Kontogeorgou

Cast: Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos, David Edoze

A security guard in charge of locking up the basketball court each night spies potential in a young black kid.

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The Flexed Arm Hang
Canada / Comedy / 6 minutes

Director/Writer/Producer: Findlay Brown

A boy attempts to get a silver medal in the most daunting of gym class challenges, the flexed arm hang.

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The Take Him Out Special
USA / Drama / 13 minutes

Director/Writer: Julia Kern

Producer: Julia Kern, Michael Prieto

Cast: Julia Kern, Hunter Daily, Milan Anderson

Three dramatic teeny-boppers try to attract the boy-next-door.

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The Valley
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.

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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.

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Undercut
UK / Drama / 14 minutes

Director/Writer/Producer: Kelly Pike

Cast: Johnny Sequoyah, Jasmin Savoy Brown

High school female athletes become unlikely teammates in the wake of unspoken trauma.

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Valeria
Spain / Drama / 15 minutes

Director/Writer/Producer: Alejandro San Martín

Cast: Sara Vidorreta, Paula de la Nieta

Valeria, a 17 year old girl, in the face of bullying and the lack of help from the school and family, faces the decision to continue or not.

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Welcome To Prom
USA / Drama / 3 minutes

Director/Writer: Scottie Cameron

Producer: Scottie Cameron, Mike Moretti, Jonathan Biebl

Cast: Gabriel McGaha, Hailey Beth, Teri Ruiz

A young man struggles to park the family Plymouth wagon on Prom night.

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Wesley
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.

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What We Find In The Sea
USA / Drama / 13 minutes

Director/Writer: Anika Kan Grevstad, Sasha Faust

Producer: Robert Mahaffie, Lucy Houlihan

Cast: Anika Kan Grevstad

Mia, an Asian-American teenager, navigates her transition into womanhood while working on a dangerous, fast-paced Alaskan fishing boat.

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Winning In America
USA / Drama / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Amrita Singh

Producer: Leah Chen Baker

Cast: Ranjan Singh, Rithika Tudmilla

Aishwarya Narayanan clashes with her immigrant coach-father and questions the meaning of success while vying for a spot at the prestigious National Spelling Bee.

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Young 
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.

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