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OFFICIAL SELECTION (15th Edition)
December 13, 2022

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Four Walls - Episode 1 
Directed by: Kgosana Monchusi, Menzi Mzimela, Juvaiś Dunn

Category: Web / New Media

Year & Country: 2022, South Africa

Duration: 6 min
 
Synopsis:
Grace Molotsi, a married nurse from the township, feels trapped and at her wits end due to an abusive husband who has made her life a living nightmare.  When she finally takes the decision to end his life, her house isinvaded by two thugs on the run from a cash-in-transit robbery gone wrong who take her hostage. Will the thugs be able to trust Grace when they discover her tied up unconscious husband in the bedroom? How will Grace be able to explain the various revelations that arise once her husband regains consciousness? Four Walls provides insight on the systematic societal issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV) posing the question, just how far do victims have to go to be heard and protected?
Lear ALone Episode 1
Directed by: Anthony Shrubsall

Category: Short, Web / New Media

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 15 min
 
Synopsis: A One Man version of Shakespeare's 'King Lear' filmed in Lockdown London in partnership with the homeless charity Crisis and produced as a web-series. Episode 1, called 'Abdication', starts with King Lear abdicating and rejecting his youngest daughter, Cordelia, and his true friend, Kent outside an old people's home in North London. By leaving, the actor makes himself homeless. The episode ends outside Goneril's castle, represented by the Globe Theatre.
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Battle Of Mechs
Directed by: Radu Theodor

Category: Animation, Short

Duration: 19 min
 
Synopsis: A new Mechagodzilla prototype goes on a rampage after being compromised by an unknown titan and Apex must use all their forces to stop it before causing even more trouble on a much larger scale.
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Get Stung 
Directed by: Nick Logsdon

Category: Web / New Media

Year & Country: 2022, United States

Duration: 7 min
 
Synopsis: A Dutch health and wellness guru who possesses the superhuman ability to communicate with living things helps a malcontented worker bee cope with his impending death.
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Future Bulk 
Directed by: Munirah Abu Bakar

Category: Web / New Media

Year & Country: 2022, United States

Duration: 2 min
 
Synopsis: In the near future, the perceived prestige of careers will invert! Or so the satirical premise of this sketch-animatic goes when a gaggle of techies encounter the celebrity bulk foods manager Desi Thibodeau. This episode "Future Bulk" is one vignette of 15 currently in the works for the ongoing animatic web series titled, "Meanwhile, in Rurbia".
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