OFFICIAL SELECTION (12th Edition)
June 25, 2021
Directed by: Kyle Zheng
Category: Short, Student
Duration: 5 min
Synopsis: A woman who is desperate for money receives a mysterious box with instructions that if she keeps the box and doesn't open it, she will receive money. As different sounds in the box from a dog to a human tempting her to open it, she struggles whether she should open it.
The Blue Dress
Directed by: Viktor Russel
Year & Country: 2021, Sweeden
Duration: 12 min
Synopsis: Two boys secretly plays wedding during a family dinner, but their game turns serious when they face their parents' prejudices.
Directed by: Anastasia Anagnostopoulou
Year & Country: 2020, Greece
Duration: 21 min
Synopsis: Young Marina, loses her mother and her entire world along with her. After the cremation and while she is trying to get herself to let go of her mother’s ashes, an adulterous couple, her employer and another man are orbiting around her like satellites.
Directed by: Ana Pasti
Year & Country: 2020, Romania
Duration: 20 min
Synopsis: It's a late December night. Amalia is a career driven woman in her mid thirties and a mistress in a complicated love affair with a complicated man. While waiting to hear from her lover, Amalia encounters a 12 year old boy selling used books in the parking lot of a fast food drive through. She decides to "save" him from the long hours of waiting in the cold winter's night for his bus to arrive in the morning, by giving him a ride home. The more they drive into the night the less certain it is who is saving who...
Directed by: Penny Moore
Category: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Year & Country: 2020, Australia
Duration: 33 min
Synopsis: Neighbours for many years, Frank and Rose share a distain for each other and have made a sport out of swapping barbed comments over the fence. Rose is fastidious by nature but as her dementia progresses, her tight grip on reality starts to fail her. In contrast, the bawdy Frank is a Vietnam veteran with lung cancer who has given up the fight for life.
When Rose has a bad dementia episode in public and latches onto Frank, the walls come crashing down and a friendship develops between them. Rose encourages Frank to fight cancer and Frank assists Rose to live at home unassisted. Together they find the strength and determination to go on living, but in the process of letting down their guard, they form a deep bond, proving it’s never too late to find love.