2016 Festival Submissions
Jack is Pretty
Jack is Pretty
Amid the chaos and instability of growing up with neglectful parents, and enduring the taunting of a bully, a little girl strikes out on her own to find order, happiness, and an understanding of the world around her. As the dangers surrounding her come closing in, her world brightens when she finds the solace of friendship and love with an old, discarded Jack In The Box.
INQUEST of Desire
Inquest of Desire
1940’s Hollywood, a place of glitz and glamour, home to rich and famous, where everything has a silver lining. For every moral act in this world, there is a malevolent one. Mullerhan, veteran policeman turned PI, on the trail to find young Rebecca who has been kidnapped by what police suspect to be another victim to a serial killer. Five days gone. No body. Cops could be on their scent any day now. Mullerhan has got to be fast to find her, and seductive mother Mrs. Lewis is his only obstacle and possibly his only lead.
Idioms garnish our language, but are often hard to translate. This comedy helps to illustrate them and tells the story of two neighbours, who become enamoured. The "foam-beater" (boaster) Hanspeter throws an eye after an addleheaded Annemarie, but she just "shows him the bird" (indicates that he is chuckoo). So he has to "jump over his shadow" (take the plunge) and get a foot in her door. Amusement for all proverb fans who love to make whoopee, gaze into the pale blue yonder, or get to the point.
"Roubado" tells the story of Alain Castelo, an introverted Afro-Portuguese teen growing up in the south of France. As he suffers his parents' recent breakup, the only solace he can muster is his penchant for photography. When his mother's new live-in boyfriend crosses the line, his eyes are opened to the world and he can no longer hide behind the viewfinder of his vintage camera.
the story of the friends
the story of the friends
the film is about the dream of immigration at egypt , a lot of guys feel not happy boring not important complaining from similar days and standing still in their small circle of the friends and activities , the daily life to these guys became not interesting not important its became the most important thing to waste time , all the guys at the movie are work and earn money but still have problems and confusions about their future with Self-realization and not enjoying the life
According to Ben Adams
In 2034, Japan is divided into North and South. Yoriko is a nurse living in the north, who lost her daughter due to the northern war. One night, she gets abducted by guerrilla terrorists and learns that her daughter is still alive in a form of "information life": collective memories of the dead souls. Yoriko gets involved with the hacker resistance to meet her daughter again, in exchange of carrying a mysterious dead body from North to South. Through working with the resistance, her unquestionable will leads her to witness the conspiracy between the government and the Nephes enterprise
Taste and See
Indonesia is an amazing land of 250 million people. They inhabit massive cities as well as tiny communities scattered over thousands of remote islands. In recent years God has poured out His Spirit in the furthest reaches of this Island nation. Many thousands have encountered God and many more have been healed, set free and delivered. A revival is gathering momentum in Indonesia. This documentary, by South Australian film-maker Mark-John Winter, explores the recent outpouring of “Revival Fire” in Indonesia. It follows a mission team into the remote areas of West Papua and captures the impact of the powerful but simple message of the Father’s love. It examines the questions “Why is this happening now?”, “Why is this happening in Indonesia?” and “How can this happen in my part of the world?”
Your life may be the only Bible someone else reads. When actions speak louder than words, will they be enough to save someone? As a group of classmates train for the upcoming championship in track, swimming, gymnastics, and dance, the competition is fierce in the sport and their personal lives. These are ordinary teens with real life struggles-family, school, the pressure to be someone when others tell you that you’re no one. An unexpected tragedy changes the playing field and tests their endurance. Which of them will remain steadfast?
The King's Guitar
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. That’s why the only present he wants for Christmas is for Santa Claus to take him away to live in his fairyland toy factory. At the same time, a secret that his family has been keeping for a long time suddenly comes to the surface and it is feared that the worst might happen soon. The expectation for the stroke of midnight on the night before Christmas is transformed into reality for everyone on the eve of something truly different. Something terrible that might happen.
A Dill Pickle
In the Beginning
LUTAH explores the life of a remarkably versatile architect who left an impressive legacy. Initially eclipsed by her male contemporaries in the early 20th century, Lutah Maria Riggs navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought a freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California. Riggs blazed a trail for women, relying on the courage of her convictions and a hint of eccentricity. She pursued her passions and created a life of independence, an exceptional choice for a woman at that time. Never before seen photographs and journal entries from Riggs’s personal collection, and candid interviews, this documentary reveals a side of Lutah Maria Riggs that has gone unnoticed.
Perserverance of Love
The mismatches of love and body functions! A heart warming story about the misunderstandings that get on the way of love. The silly little things that we make big deal about and end up letting stop us from fully embracing life and love. As a child Frederica is diagnosed with a phenomenon called Reynolds Aguda, which means she will sneeze forever. She finds out that the only way to stop her affliction is to wear socks. The film unfolds the troubles that follows when she loses her socks. With close friends by her side helping her through, she might be able to find love after all. LOVE SOCKS is an entertaining look into love, family, friends and body functions conflicts. LOVE SOCKS is partly based in true events.
What Are You Looking At?
What Are You Looking At?
avier is an aurally-sensitive food court cleaner who interprets the sounds and rhythms of the urban environment into music. He is largely invisible and ignored as he goes about his work cleaning tables, until a judgemental encounter with a couple ends in the tables being turned.
A Wedding Like That
A Wedding Like That
The whole family knows that Sam Kessler's daughter Laura is gay except Sam. When same sex marriage is allowed, they tell him a week before her wedding. While trying to come to terms with this revelation, Sam learns there are more gay people in his life than he ever realized. Because of the protesters at the courthouse, his wife Tami asks Sam to go with his daughter and her partner Joan to get their marriage license. When a reporter stops Sam in front a crowd of people protesting gay marriage rights, people think he has come out at gay. Facing ridicule at work and other places, he learns first hand the type of stinging abuse his daughter and others gay people have faced. Joan’s parents, who are deeply religious, have cut her out of their lives years ago. Desperately wanting to reunite with them, Joan conveniences Tami to call Debra, Joan’s mother, and arrange for both sets of parents to meet for a friendly meeting. The get-together goes awry when Sam takes offense at an off-hand comment by Oliver, Joan’s father. Debra surreptitiously asks Tami to call her. They meet the next day and Debra reveals that she misses her daughter and wants to go to the wedding but does not have the courage to tell Oliver. Tami “gives” her the courage. Shortly before the wedding, Sam overhears Debra consoling a sobbing Joan because her father has rejected her. Sam confronts Oliver.
The title role is re-visioned as a homeless trans woman in this contemporary adaptation of 'The Little Match Girl' by Hans Christian Andersen. Trying to warm herself by the glow of matches, a young trans woman sees visions of a better world. Andersen's original story gave a face to the plight of suffering children of his time. 'Matchgirl' calls attention to the common homelessness of trans people today's world.
The Last Man on Earth
'Pan Zhog' is a sentimental narrative short film about saying goodbye. Mori-so & Gim were neighbors, friends and partners of banquet catering for decades. One day Mori-so got a mid-night phone call sending the message of her best friend's death. The end of life suddenly approached so near. Daily life seemed revolving as usual afterwards yet Mori-so was well aware of the missing one. Mori-so decide to cater a supper for Gim and her families to say goodbye in the way Mori-so and Gim both familiar with.
Niyoga is a gripping story of Malar, a middle-aged Tamil woman, a political refugee who fled Sri Lanka during the civil war. It revolves around a fractured immigrant family, people who left behind, especially a woman, without choice, without voice, and without a future. Malar’s marriage to Ranjan, a young radical journalist only lasted three days when unknown men abducted him.
For the Greater Good
Tears of Ghost
Jo-Ann is a teenage girl. She is trying to save herself from dropping out of college. She decides to start doing a final project. She finds a perfect house to work on. What she doesn't know, the perfect house has a dark secret. She meets a girl name Renata who ask her to be her friend. Suddenly, Jo-Ann is mixed between two different dimensions and the final project is not just a final project anymore. Even after she wants to stop the final project her soul doesn't want her to. Finally she finds out the truth about what is exactly happened to this girl Renata and her family. This finding leads her to a surprising, thrilling and sweet ending no one can ever imagine.
The Equation of Life
7-year old Nathan is a lively and sweet child who wants nothing else but to please his mother, but getting constantly emotionally abused at home 5 years later, 10-years old Adam moves to a new city where he meets older Nathan who becomes a violent bully and abuser himself due to the torment he continues to experience at home. Adam’s sister, Miranda, encourages Adam to ask for help but fails to convince him…after 111 days of suffering Adam makes a mistake and takes matters in his own hands. The tragedy that follows will captivate viewers hearts, show how one act of kindness could change the lives of many people and impact future generations to come and educate our youth of proper safety measures
Set on train tracks, Light Years is a dance film about a girl’s journey going though time, relationships and internal growth. In her journey, we can see fear, loneliness, confusion, drifting，transient passion, manipulation by man, we can also see her growth, her acceptance of what life offers, her moving forward, and her fighting against internal weakness and external violence.
One afternoon, six teenage friends gather around at a cemetery. They appear to be rambling: they film each other among horseplay and crossed relationships. Talking about death, drinking mate. Chatting about dreams, smoking marijuana. They compare the place with school and avoid issues. Music plays, they’re alive. The place seems familiar. But the seemingly aimless afternoon does have a point.
Lance Johnson and Drake Swanson are unlikely friends. Lance, a lost soul on perpetual unemployment has no idea what he wants to do with his life, while Drake has his sights set on being the best low level drug dealer in Hollywood. It was The Milkshake that brought them together, and it was the alcohol that made them forget where. Now, in a weekly ritual, they search for life's deepest, shake related problems, and the meaning of it all in a city that values today over tomorrow. A place to be lost in the moment. A place where everyone comes to get away... LA.
What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town? It’s during the year’s biggest horse race event and the betting center Washington’s Tobacco looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash. Mousse is a man of pride and principles and is fed up with living as a second-class citizen. But what happens when he faces principles different to his own?
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