OFFICIAL SELECTION (1st Edition)

20-31 January, 2016

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Directed by: Christine Lazzarini
 
Category: Fiction, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 20 min
 
Synopsis"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." - ALBERT EINSTEIN A young couple find a unique way to purchase their dream house.
 
Website: https://www.gypsymothproductions.com/
 
 
 
3 Star Comfort
Directed by: Jonathon Gittus
 
Category: Fiction, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2015, Australia
 
Duration: 5 min
 
SynopsisAway on business, Keith seeks companionship in a way that turns out to be vacuous, fleeting and morally questionable.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Another Love
Directed by: Victor Perez
 
Category: Fiction, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 19 min
 
SynopsisA pregnant married woman struggles to tell a much older man that their affair is over.
 
Website: http://www.anotherlovefilm.com/
 
 
 
Auld Lang Syne
Directed by: Bradley Porter
 
Category: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Romance, Thriller
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 16 min
 
SynopsisIt's 2014 and time travel exists. It's New Years Eve and the only thing that gets Laura and Simon through the day are their brief flirtations. When Simon leaves for a lad's weekend to the past Laura gets caught in decade spanning black market war to save the man she might love.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/alsfilm?_rdr=p
 
 
 
Backtrack
Directed by: Ben Cohen
 
Category: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Music, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 16 min
 
Synopsis1998 was the best year of Matt's life. Given the opportunity he'd go back like a shot. But once there, will he like what he sees?
 
Website: http://backtrack-ashortfilm.tumblr.com/
 
 
 
Beneath the Surface
Directed by: Alexander Osman
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 6 min
 
SynopsisAn intensely dark psychological drama, Beneath the Surface is set between a psychiatrist's office and a public swimming pool and tells the story of Michael, a young man undergoing long-term psychiatric evaluation.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beneaththesurfacefilm/
 
 
 
Betty Boo
Directed by: Ashley Pardey
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, Australia
 
Duration: 7 min
 
SynopsisAfter the announcement of the end of hostilities of World War 2, an Australian family receive unexpected news
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
BLACK HOLE
Directed by: Benjamin Muller
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2014, Germany
 
Duration: 15 min
 
SynopsisBlack Hole is about being paralyzed in life and the courage and strength it takes to break free.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
BOUND
Directed by: Lexi St. John
 
Category: Fiction, Student
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 20 min
 
SynopsisBOUND is a thrilling drama about a teenage boy named Derrick who finds himself trapped by responsibilities, torn between the dependency of his family and the loyalty of his friends. Overwhelmed with burden, he is drawn to his best friends who free him from his home and remind him of what his childhood should feel like. But as things get out of hand, Derrick is left to pick up the pieces and face the consequences.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/BOUNDfilm?_rdr=p
 
 
 
Corpse
Directed by: Richard W. Scott
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Horror
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 16 min
 
SynopsisThe government dropped the bombs when they realised they were no longer in control. The meds didn't work, the infection took hold, and the gangs erupted from the ashes. Sam and Jason find themselves caught in the cross fire; fighting starvation, infection, and other desperate survivors. Their plan; get to the boat. Get out of Britain. What seemed like an easy task, has become their fight for survival.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
CUDDLER
Directed by: Bohdan Turok
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, Canada
 
Duration: 14 min
 
SynopsisMarie, a 28 year old university graduate, cuddles people for money. She offers affection to people of all ages and insists that her services are a symptom of a world in distress, a world ridden by isolation and severed by technology. Her business is thriving but just as she settles into her profession, she faces a client who will challenge her unwittingly beyond all her expectations. Marie discovers that the deeper into a lie you enter, the closer to truth you get.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Cyclic
Directed by: Nelson Dunk
 
Category: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2015, Canada
 
Duration: 13 min
 
SynopsisInventor John Lake has his own creation used against him. Forced to relive his past, he just might be able to fix the mistakes that haunt him.Using the skills he has developed in the corporate video realm, director Nelson Dunk has written & directed this short film about ambition, time travel and the dynamics of relationships.
 
Website: http://cyclicfilm.com/
 
 
 
Diving Deep
Directed by: Ibrahim Jacobi
 
Category: Fiction, Student, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2014, Germany
 
Duration: 22 min
 
SynopsisTobias, a jung man in his late twenties, is a superstitious person. He is almost insanely obsessed by a specific type of a woman ever since his childhood, which he never stopped chasing. One day, when his apparent dream girl crosses his road unexpectedly, he undergoes a vivid experience. Afterwards, he painfully gives up his ideal image of a woman. But life is always good for a surprise.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Dust & Resin
Directed by: Stephen Parker
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 10 min
 
SynopsisOut of money and options, twenty-something Simone apprehensively knocks on pensioner Francis’ door at the agreed time and walks into a flat seemingly frozen in time. With awkwardness thick in the air and business taken care of, she hastily moves to the bathroom to remove her clothes but when she emerges, the reality of their encounter is not what anyone expects.
 
Website: http://www.dustandresinmovie.com/
 
 
 
First Impression
Directed by: Jay Riedl
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2014, Australia
 
Duration: 8 min
 
SynopsisIn the middle of the night, Andrea has a first encounter with her boyfriend's son. At breakfast the following day, the future of her relationship is put to the test.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Forbidden Love
Directed by: A.Piotrowska
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, Zimbawe
 
Duration: 13 min
 
SynopsisThe film looks at the episode from the love affair between a white married woman Flora Veit Wild and Dambudzo Marechera, Zimbabwe's iconic writer. In the film we see that there has been a break up between the lovers. Marechera clearly tries to disavow his longing and sadness and seeks solace with another woman in a bar. he is challenged by another writer and a friend.
 
Website: http://www.marecherathemovie.com/
 
 
 
Franky and The Ant
Directed by: Billy Hayes
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Crime
 
Year & Country: 2013, United States
 
Duration: 9 min
 
SynopsisFranky is a methodical, professional killer who believes that loyalty trumps all in this crime thriller ignited by betrayal and driven by vengeance.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/FrankyandTheAnt
 
 
 
Girlfriend vs Boyfriend
Directed by: Glen Delahaye
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 4 min
 
SynopsisThe execution of a woman's elaborate plan to take revenge on her boyfriend.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
I AM IN YOUR BED
Directed by: Tsubasa Matsumoto
 
Category: Fiction, Student, Drama, Horror
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 7 min
 
SynopsisA photographer who is obsessed with a string of serial murders begins to have recurring dreams about the prime suspect.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
I Scream Your Name
Directed by: Oskar Rosetti
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Comedy, Romance, LGBT
 
Year & Country: 2015, Switzerland
 
Duration: 25 min
 
SynopsisNicolas lives in a retirement home and gets bored more and more every day. At night, he calls sexual services for homosexuals by phone to cheat his loneliness. The coming of a new lodger, Daniel, will shake up his life.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/jecrietonnom
 
 
 
It
Directed by: Cavan Clerkin
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Student, Romance
 
Year & Country: 2014, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 9 min
 
SynopsisAfter Megan is sexually assaulted she struggles to deal with the impact on her relationship with Tom. ‘It’ is a personal story about a loving young couple trying to rebuild their intimacy.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Joined At The Hip
Directed by: Niall Glennon
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2014, Ireland
 
Duration: 28 min
 
Synopsis:  N/A
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joined-At-The-Hip/473266609454950
 
 
 
K7
Directed by: Jan Inberg
 
Category: Fiction, Horror, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2015, Finland
 
Duration: 20 min
 
Synopsis:  A young woman with a difficult past, works as a cleaner in the city hospital where she does night shifts in the cellar floor K7. K7 is a psychological horror film about the gaps in our society, misuse of power, and the triumph of life over death.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Left
Directed by: Lionel Guerrini
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, France
 
Duration: 6 min
 
Synopsis:  A man in the middle of a field conflict with his left hand. She wants to go in one direction and he in another.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/maindegauche?ref=hl
 
 
 
Life's a Drag...
Directed by: Robin Royce Queree
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, Australia
 
Duration: 8 min
 
Synopsis:  Two old drag queens making up for a final show and pondering on life.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
London Medea
Directed by: Tom Branwell
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 13 min
 
Synopsis:  Holloway April 2015. A young Darfuri woman has brutally murdered her children, galvanising public opinion. So when the local Tory party candidate and a disillusioned young woman from the local council estate find themselves in the same waiting room in Holloway Prison things get messy.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Lylium
Directed by: Fabio Romanelli
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2014, Italy
 
Duration: 12 min
 
Synopsis:  N/A
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Minuto 103
Directed by: Daniel Arriola
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Fantasy
 
Year & Country: 2015, Guatemala
 
Duration: 10 min
 
Synopsis:  Ezio is an old man with a very active mind. From his bed he constantly visits places such as Ancient Greece and Italy. The doctor says these are normal hallucinations. However, all of Ezio's adventures are not a product of his imagination.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/minuto103?_rdr=p
 
 
 
Not Phillip And I
Directed by: Stacey Ann Shevlin, Kristine Muller
 
Category: Fiction, Dramady
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 14 min
 
Synopsis:  Everyone has a way of dealing with grief. As does Sylvia, who has just lost her beloved pet. She is down on her luck, exhausted from failed dreams and a string of broken relationships. She returns home as most broken hearts do to find themselves again, and to try to heal. But she soon realizes that even her own home is slipping away from her.
 
Website: http://www.notphillipandi.com/
 
 
 
One day with Chaprow
Directed by: Liza-Maria Winterhalter Pujol
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, France
 
Duration: 14 min
 
Synopsis:  Chaprow , still an old bachelor living with his mother, starts his first day as a policeman ....A day full of surprises
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Chapreau?fref=ts
 
 
 
Passing
Directed by: Adriano Ferreri
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2014, Canada
 
Duration: 8 min
 
Synopsis:  Two teen aged sisters find themselves lost in the woods and badly injured. Unable to recall how they got there, they search for answers while finding a way out.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Permission
Directed by: Roman Xing (Xing, Han)
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Comedy, Romance
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 13 min
 
Synopsis:  Chinese middle-class student Hua decides to propose to his American upper-class girlfriend Virginia, but first, he has to get her father’s permission...
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Permission-688226901296462/
 
 
 
Premedicated Murder
Directed by: Anton von Heiseler
 
Category: Fiction, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2015, Germany
 
Duration: 23 min
 
Synopsis:  A young woman lives in the never-ending circles of her everyday life, depending on medication and the security of her daily routine just to make it to the next day. Suddenly her pink rotary phone starts to ring and her world is about to break apart.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Sealed with a Kiss
Directed by: Darren Rapier
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 3 min
 
Synopsis:  Cheating Edwardian escape artist Max can escape anything, except the revenge of his wife.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/sealedwithakissfilm?_rdr=p
 
 
 
See Seven States From Rock City
Directed by: Stephanie Jane Markham
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 13 min
 
Synopsis:  A cancer scare compels a frustrated musician, whose life is in a rut, to turn off her phone and take a spontaneous road trip
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/See7States
 
 
 
SH!T
Directed by: Sarah Hallam
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, Australia
 
Duration: 7 min
 
Synopsis:  While getting ready for a date, Scott accidentally gets locked in the bathroom with his housemate Dave. When things go from bad to SH!T, the boys must take drastic measures to free themselves before Shane’s date arrives.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Sleeping Dogs
Directed by: Chris Fowles
 
Category: Fiction, Student, Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Crime
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 17 min
 
Synopsis:  Part serious crime thriller, part coming of age drama-comedy, Sleeping Dogs follows a former hard-as-nails crook struggling to settle into his dull domestic life. It all goes wrong when an enemy from his past shows up, sending him into a downward spiral of paranoia and fear, tempting him to return to his old ways.
 
Website: http://sleepingdogsfilm.weebly.com/
 
 
 
Sunshine
Directed by: Michael Tracy
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Thriller
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 13 min
 
Synopsis:  A married man has been having an affair with a younger woman, but she won't let it end without consequences.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/movieSunshine
 
 
 
TEDDY2K
Directed by: Ed Cripps, William Hitchins
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 14 min
 
Synopsis:  Disenchanted with the inane online persona that made him famous, YouTuber Teddy2K attempts to reinvent himself as a more serious performer. It does not go well.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
The Boy
Directed by: Eyup Büyükkelleci
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, Turkey
 
Duration: 7 min
 
Synopsis:  The mother kills her son who is gay. Some moments of the boy from his social life are seen: In the university, cafeteria and car. The wound is always on his chest and people recognise his wound. He goes to the coast, walks into the see.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/oglantheboy
 
 
 
The Eve
Directed by: Luca Machnich
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, Italy
 
Duration: 19 min
 
Synopsis:  Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything from life. He’s a handsome child, he’s rich yet unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off thanks to his fervid imagination. His greatest wish is to leave the materialistic world behind since he isn’t fond of it.
 
Website: https://twitter.com/THE_EVE_2015
 
 
 
The Exorcism Diaries
Directed by: Scott McCullough
 
Category: Fiction, Horror, Thriller
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 2 min
 
Synopsis:  The Catholic Church dispatch a team to investigate a epidemic of possessions that refuse to be cured.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
The Flight of Iro and Casper
Directed by: Paul Herbert
 
Category: Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 28 min
 
Synopsis:  The Flight of Iro and Casper is reminiscent of 1969 sci-fi flick, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, with smatterings of Winders, Wings of Desire combined with Wes Anderson & Terry Gillian. This short narrative film depicts the unpredictable fate of hero, Casper, who has found his perfect soul mate, Iro.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/iroandcasper?ref=hl
 
 
 
The Grayling Butterfly
Directed by: Tom Paxton
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Existential
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 22 min
 
Synopsis:  A wildlife filmmaker discovers something unsettling about the nature of his own existence.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
The Guy with the Bow Tie
Directed by: Richard Miller, John Watson
 
Category: Fiction, Comedy, Romance
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 5 min
 
Synopsis:  When boy and girl start to have problems in their relationship the unseen Guy with a Bow Tie takes control of the situation.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
The King's Guitar
Directed by: Stephen P. Sherwood
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 26 min
 
Synopsis:  A diner, a forgotten wallet, and a rare guitar lead Don to a crisis of conscience. Should he do what's right, or what's profitable?
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Kings-Guitar/1592166381061839
 
 
 
The Mourners
Directed by: Daniele Lince
 
Category: Fiction, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Horror
 
Year & Country: 2014, Italy
 
Duration: 13 min
 
Synopsis:  On the gravel bed of a river, two friends are trying to catch some fishes. One of them is feeling anxious, as if something tragic is going to happen. Meanwhile, in a damp cellar, some people - obsessed by their appearance - get familiar with a new, brilliant way to get a perfect body: the Marcy Method! Let's walk down the dark path with these characters, to discover just how far people are willing to go, to look beautiful to the others eyes.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/the.mourners.short.film.page/?ref=hl
 
 
 
The Nice House
Directed by: Louise Turley
 
Category: Fiction, Student, Crime, Women
 
Year & Country: 2014, Australia
 
Duration: 22 min
 
Synopsis:  When 11-year-old, Luke Batty finished cricket training he asked his Mum, Rosie, for ‘a few more minutes’ to hit some balls with his Dad. She agreed. A few minutes later her son was dead. The Nice House, is a very personal and evocative portrait of Rosie Batty’s (Australian of the Year, 2015) 11-year battle with what she describes as ‘the silent killer’ - family violence.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Through the Uncanny Valley
Directed by: Pasquale M. Greco
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance
 
Year & Country: 2014, Canada
 
Duration: 18 min
 
Synopsis:  A man near middle age in an 'ahead of our time period' tries to avoid his failures by ordering a new 'doll' and trying to have a successful relationship with her only to realize, like the rest of his life, he's been down this road before.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Time To Eat
Directed by: Luke Asa Guidici
 
Category: Fiction, Horror, Comedy
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 3 min
 
Synopsis:  After being sent to timeout, a mischievous boy’s trip to the basement leads to a monstrous revelation.
 
Website: http://www.timetoeatfilm.com/
 
 
 
Tomorrow
Directed by: Jonathon Gittus
 
Category: Fiction, Drama, Student
 
Year & Country: 2015, Australia
 
Duration: 7 min
 
Synopsis:  A man struggling with alcoholism, loneliness and a meaningless job has an encounter that motivates him to change.
 
Website: N/A
 
 
 
Town vs Gown
Directed by: Mark Hampton
 
Category: Fiction, Action
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 19 min
 
Synopsis:  Danny Payne, an Army veteran returns to his old boxing club in Cambridge, England to take part in the annual contest against the famous University squad. However his wartime experiences have damaged him and he needs to seek help before he can face the bright lights and intensity of the boxing ring.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/TownvsGown?_rdr=p
 
 
 
Visiting Mr Keats
Directed by: Jacqueline Pepall
 
Category: Fiction, Comedy
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 9 min
 
Synopsis:  An eager graduate student and a domineering Professor (disguised as a period-appropriate weaver and his mother) travel back in time to 1819 London in order to interview literary icon, John Keats. But present day arguments seep into the past, and the poet sits forgotten while the two academics bicker.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/greatlakefilms
 
 
Wander
Directed by: Connor O'Hara
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 14 min
 
Synopsis:  In a dystopian landscape a lone man, grown into the desolate environment around him, lives out his simple daily existence, until one day there is sight of survivors. Wander is a love story with twists and subtle turns throughout, ‘an utterly evocative thrilling short’ narrative which follows Noah and his complex relationship to the world around him with those that he has lost.
 
Website: http://www.lowkeyfilms.co.uk/wander
 
 
We'll Meet Again
Directed by: Jacqueline Pepall
 
Category: Fiction
 
Year & Country: 2015, United States
 
Duration: 4 min
 
Synopsis:  London, 1941. “We’ll Meet Again” plays at working class dancehall and a nervous young man approaches a girl to dance. As they warm to each other the air-raid siren wails, sending the terrified party into the shelter. Crowded in the torchlight, the only noise is the quick intakes of breath and the too-close bombs. It seems like this is it.
 
Website: http://www.greatlakefilms.co.uk/projects/well-meet-again
 
 
Writer's Block
Directed by: Vito Milazzo
 
Category: Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2015, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 16 min
 
Synopsis:  A recently unemployed man tries to escape from the world by writing a script, but finds his murderous characters won't stay on the page.
 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/writersblockeurope
 
 
 

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