OFFICIAL SELECTION (11th Edition)

December 18, 2020

Bite Club
Directed by: Kim Huynh
 
Category: Horror, Action, Fantasy
 
Year & Country: 2019, Australia
 
Duration: 25 min
 
Synopsis: A young werewolf named Adron goes looking for his older brother Haydon, who has been missing for some time. He begins his search at the last place Haydon was seen. The elusive venue for supernaturals called Bite Club.
Pomodoro Feels
Directed by: Hana El Sadek
 
Category: Drama, Poetic
Year & Country: 2020, Egypt
Duration: 4 min
Synopsis: A journey with Lola, dreamy and melancholic, illustrating her loss of physical feel. We go with her on a visual journey of expression of her world while revealing her secret to her boyfriend.
Carnival
Directed by: Lia Wang
Category: Sci-Fi
Year & Country: 2020, United States
Duration: 3 min
 
Synopsis: A young, visually impaired woman — accompanied only by her guide dog — sits in a café, reading a novel as she waits for the next bus. Suddenly, a pay phone begins to ring loudly outside. Led by her trusty friend, the young woman then experiences something that can only be described as magical.
 
SAM
Directed by: Ludovica Musumeci
 
Category: Thriller, Fantasy
 
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 5 min
 
Synopsis: 'What is Mind? No Matter. What is Matter? Never Mind.' George Berkeley
Call me when you're dead
Directed by: Riccardo Tamburini
 
Category: Drama
Year & Country: 2020, Spain
 
Duration:  15 min
Synopsis: When Darren receives the tragic news that someone close to him is dead, he has to call his loved ones, while he's dealing with his grief.
A real man
Directed by: Aurélien Mathieu
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2019, France
Duration: 3 min
 
Synopsis: A father share with his son his vision of masculinity during a rugby training.
L'ORO DI FAMIGLIA
Directed by: EMANUELE PISANO
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2020, Italy 
 
Duration: 15 min
 
Synopsis:  A young petty thief and a male robbery. Among the stolen Goods, an object captures his attention: not gold, not silver and not ancient memorabilia, but something much more precious than the worth returning.
Wednesday
Directed by: Lisa Delhom, Jérémy Paquet
 
Category: Comedy, Adventure, Feel good
 
Year & Country: 2020, Canada
 
Duration: 10 min
 
Synopsis: Iris and Leo are waiting for their school bus, just like any other day. This morning, however, it does not arrive. Facing no rules but their own, the two eight year-olds embark on an urban adventure, one they shall never forget, roaming the streets of Montreal.
Parallel Worlds
Directed by: Andrei Tache-Codreanu
 
Category: Short, Student
 
Year & Country: 2019, Romania
 
Duration: 15 min
 
Synopsis:  During the protests that are taking place on August 10, 2018 in Bucharest, Alex’s parents are holding a party for celebrating his University admission. But he is trying to escape the protective medium that he belongs to and to get to know the other face of the situation, the one of rough violence on the streets and why are they happening.
Liquidation
Directed by: Sam Gordon
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2020, United States 
 
Duration: 14 min
 
Synopsis:  A multi-million dollar company sets up shop in the middle of a small town one night in an old toothpaste factory and nobody knows who they are nor what they do. When a cameraman gets the opportunity of a lifetime to cover a story on them, it's now up to him to find out all of that.
A Niggling Question
Directed by: Danielle Arden
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2020, United Arab Emirates
 
Duration: 5 min
 
Synopsis:  With too much time to sit and think, some very real worries arise for a woman stuck home alone during lockdown. "If something terrible were to happen to me here, how long would it take for someone to find out about it?"
This lighthearted comedy explores a questions most of us have asked ourselves at least once whilst home alone.
Father Time
Directed by: Thomas Pickering
 
Category: Horror, Thriller
 
Year & Country: 2020, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 12 min
 
Synopsis: When Anna and Tony visit Vincent - a mysterious man with the ability to tell people the day they'll die - they set out to prove his prediction wrong.
How to leave the dating pool in 21 days
Directed by: Laurence, Tong Kwok Ching
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2020, Hong Kong 
 
Duration: 19 min
 
Synopsis: There are 21 days left before the results of the public exam for university admission are announced.
Barry, one of this year's examinees, who has never had a date before, hopes that before the end of his secondary school life, he could find a girlfriend.
THE GESTURE AND THE WORD
Directed by: Helen Alexis Yonov 
 
Category: Drama
Year & Country: 2020, United States
Duration: 23 min
 
Synopsis: A lonely postman (Gilbert) secretly recreates postcards for a woman (Aurore) on his postal route when her boyfriend's homemade postcards stop arriving from his travels around the world. With the help of his friend Mr. Rostalle, (Paul Dooley) a blind widower and retired literary professor/poet, Gilbert (James Michael Tyler) learns to open himself up to the prospect of love, and in the process of trying to bring someone else happiness, discovers it for himself.
THE SUIT
Directed by: Maurizio Ravallese 
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2020, Italy
 
Duration: 15 min
 
Synopsis: An immigrant works in a laundry to buy a wedding suit. One day he is found stealing a suit from a sick groom who has just been left at the altar. To atone for his sins, he will have to avenge the robbed man.
The Debt 
Directed by: Andrei Redinciuc
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2020, Romania
 
Duration: 29 min
 
Synopsis: Sile and Fane, two lowlifes, living from day to day, owe a debt to a loan shark, Manole. Sile comes up with the idea to steal a valuable misterious object, sell it, pay the debt and get some money for themselves. It's just an easy 5 minute job. What could go wrong? Right?

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