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Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Welcome to IIFF FILM FEST ‘18 How to buy Tickets You can buy tickets at the Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 or online at www.IrvineFilmFest.com We encourage you to order early to avoid sold out shows.

Same Day Tickets You may purchase SAME DAY TICKETS ONLY IN PERSON at the Festival venue (first come, first served basis). Box office opens one hour before the first screening of the day. Arrive Early – Whether you are a pass holder or a ticket holder, you MUST arrive 30 minutes prior to your event start time to guarantee admission.

Ticket Prices General Admission $10 Day Pass DAY PASS $30 7 DAY PASS $200

Consider a Pass – A pass gets you a greater level of access and lets you bypass the regular ticketing process.

All programs and times are subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges.

Hope you enjoy the festival.

Kevin Derek - Festival Director Jack Kaprielian - Executive Director Samy Chouia - Coordinating Director Renee Hendrixson - Programming Kristin Hess Dalton - Volunteer Coordinator Vera Kaprielian - Festival Coordinator Oscar Alvarez - Youth Division Director Mike Lubetkin - Festival Operations

Special Thanks to: Tony Lyons Benjamin Cleary Jeremiah Birnbaum Alonso Mayo Phil Allocco Jeffrey Karoff Sam French Robin Hauser Timothy Reckart Selim Azzazi Angela Sun

THURSDAY JAN 25 - 4:00 PM BLOCK SOMEONE Germany, at the end of WWII. The Red Army fights for every inch of ground in the streets of the city. Greta and her family are hiding in a cellar hoping for mercy. The film is based on a true story. Drama/14 min., Germany - Directed by Marco Gadge

GO PAUL Action, Action. You have power over me, nonetheless I have no need of you and I don’t like you anymore. I will leave you now and then you can kiss my butt.“ Everybody thinks to be on top of the game and to outsmart everybody else. „Quick look, quickly shot, good action. Two men fast with him. It’s a pity.“ (from the song „Los Paul“ from Trio) Drama/17 min., Germany - Directed by Felix Karolus

GUSTAV A man wakes up with a strange tune in his head. But what is it? And how did it get there? Drama/ 11 min., Ireland Directed by Ken Williams and Denis Fitzpatrick

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When alightning bolt tragically cuts short the life a Jewish plumber’s son, all appears lost for the Pinski family. But luckily for them, Dr. Vanderwal, a celebrated local baldness doctor is secretly a modern day Dr. Frankenstein. Comedy/15 min., USA Directed by Aaron Rudelson



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Based on true events, Olivia, a young tap dancer and her uncle Amir, an actor, struggle with what it means to be Middle-Eastern American and artists in today’s racially divided world. Drama/12 min., Canada - Directed by Kyra Zagorsky

WRITTEN / UNWRITTEN Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. Pardică (50) doesn’t seem to celebrate the moment; he is very displeased with this early pregnancy, for which he blames his wife. Things get tense when the nurse asks for IDs. Drama/20 min., Romania - Directed by Adrian Silisteanu

THE PECULIAR ABILITIES OF MR MAHLER East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. Drama/29 min., Germany - Directed by Paul Philipp

ANNA Having spent her childhood in communist Czechoslovakia, Anna, now an immigrant in New York City, struggles to pursue her dream of higher education in the U.S. Drama/18 min., Czech Republic Directed by Petra Priborska

TRIUMPHERS In the afterlife, a nice girl from Earth is willing to get a new personality for her next life cycle, one that truly works: really selfish and superficial. But she is still a looser, and getting that personality won’t be easy. Comedy/8 min., Spain Directed by Joseba Alfaro

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In 1947, newly-minted congressmen/future presidents John F. Kennedy, age 29, and Richard Nixon, age 34, travel to Pennsylvania where they must make a fateful decision. A supernatural drama based on true events. Drama/19 min., USA - Directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfornia

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Antoine finds out his wife with another guy in bed. But the cheated on is not the one you think and the lover will accidentaly Antoine’s patron. Drama/20 min., France - Directed by Lionel Auguste

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It is Christmas Eve Day, 1962 and a teenage girl living on Alcatraz Island runs the risk of losing one of her best friends: an inmate. Drama/19 min., USA - Directed by Madeline Rozwat

TEST OF COURAGE During WWII, a bunch of children, with 11-year old Anton and his younger brother Rudi in the middle, meet up at a wall at the cementery. They regulary have tests of courage. As it is Rudi´s turn, he makes his way, armed with a knife, to the grave of a child murderer, where the night ends in terror. Drama/19 min., Germany - Directed by Rena Dumont


GARDEN PARTY In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instinct. Directed by Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro Animation/20 min., France

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Year 2137, animals have so long disappeared that the younger generations do not even have a memory. The reigning environmentalist dictatorship reintroduces a hen in the forest, the ecocitizens are banned on coming up to it. But Oscar, who illegally kept an ancient cookery book is planning on eating it! Drama/24 min., France - Directed by David Braun Expected to attend


Love story of Mick and Lily. After fifty years of marriage, Mick (Ed Asner) loses Lily (Patty Pell) to a chronic illness, and faces the question whether their love is eternal, while his family struggles to understand his bereavement. Drama/20 min., USA Directed by Adam Dietrich & Seraphina Nova Glass

WITNESSES Stéphane, a freelance war photographer, is covering the Syrian conflict. She follows the daily existence of a young couple: Farah, a schoolteacher, and Omar, a doctor. During fighting, Stéphane takes a photo of Omar that will alter their lives. Drama/29 min., France - Directed by David Koch

TWO STRANGERS WHO MEET FIVE TIMES Two strangers meet at five key turning points over the duration of their lives. Initial conflict gives way to compassion and eventual friendship. Drama/12 min., UK - Directed by Marcus Markou


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During an encounter with his aging mother, a man must face an unsettling truth about himself. 12 min., USA Drama/Directed by Romina Schwedler


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A teenager struggles to find courage in the face of a vicious bully when a death threat sends shock waves through her family and school. Drama/ 28 min., USA - Directed by Alex Haney

BENILLA ICE - BREAK THE ICE (BE NICE) Watch “Benilla Ice” in a positive whimsical rap, shot in 90’s USA pop/Greenscreen style. It pays homage to Vanilla Ice and RunDMC. Expected to attend Music Video - 4 min., USA - Directed by Ben Beitzel


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While visiting their parents, an expecting couple discover that there is an evil gypsy curse on their family’s bloodline and their unborn child is in grave danger. Dark Comedy/9 min., USA - Directed by Doug


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An unpopular little girl falls in love with her imagination and learns the true value of friendship. Family/12 min., USA Directed by Trevor Morgan


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After accepting her fatal diagnosis, a young woman’s life spirals out of control when she receives some unexpected news. Dark Comedy/11 min., USA Directed by Ann Hearn

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A newborn’s destiny hangs in the balance, as grownups come to terms with what they cannot have. Documentary /19 min., Austria, USA Directed by Christoph Kuschnig

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Harold pulls up to a roadside motel and can’t bring himself to check in. After a couple one-off encounters, he decides it’s time. to go home. Drama/11 min., USA - Directed by James Heiner Expected to attend


Father, Joe can’t get it together to provide for his family. Desperate for money, he runs a side hustle while working for an express mail company. Drama/24 min., USA - Directed by Ryan Egypt Expected to attend


A troubled young girl whose life is on a downward spiral, finds cutting as a means to escape and cope with the physical, verbal, and sexual abuse suffered at the hands of her drug-addicted mother. Drama/24 min., USA 14 min., USA Directed by Kimberley T. Zulkowski & Stephen Gregory Curtis


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In the fall of 1943, Pearl, the unwanted infant daughter of a society couple, is thrust into the wary arms of her beautiful, stylish Grandmother. Through the course of a lifetime, the two women learn an empowering lesson: each moment they’ve shared together is more precious than the rarest jewel. Drama/ 10 min., USA - Directed by Brandon Jameson


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Down on his luck flower seller Sandeep (played by Deep Roy) pines to make a connection with the girl of his dreams. Music Video/5 min., UK - Directed by Derek Frey


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When an infertile nail salon owner suspects her husband of sleeping with one of her employees, she decides to confront them. Drama/15 min., USA - Directed by Lu Han


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Solve the mystery of the strange, spy-thriller inspired reverse music video by new wave wunderkind Eli Raybon. Music Video/ 3 min., USA - Directed by Hanuk Lee



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Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides sprayed upwind of their homes, schools, hospitals, and shorelines. Discover what’s at stake for Hawaii from local activists, scientific experts and healthcare professionals as they expose the effects of environmental injustice on a local population. Join the international debate about pesticides that is raging around the world, as well as the people’s movement to hold corporations and governments accountable for poisoning planet Earth. Documentary /75min., USA - Directed by Keely Shaye Brosnan & Teresa Tico

BLOCK FOUR 6:00 PM DRIVING WHILE UNDOCUMENTED Expected to attend Raymundo, an undocumented immigrant, gets pulled over by a Nevada law enforcement officer for talking on the phone while driving. Tensions rise when Raymundo reveals his immigration status and his fear of deportation and separation from his family. Drama/6 min., USA - Directed by Yeon Jin Lee


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A once successful novelist grapples with his inner subconscious demons in an effort to reclaim his fading creativity.

Drama/22 min., USA - Directed by Talha


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On the day of her daughter’s funeral, a grieving ArmenianAmerican mother defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife. Drama/15 min., USA - Directed by Robert Nazar Arjoyan


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Crawling back from the edge of society, Thirsty tries to prove he’s a “changed man” to his sister in order to gain access to his daughter once again. Drama/25 min., USA Directed by Shea Sizemore

DEATH (And Disco Fries)

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After finding out he is dead, Charlie has a chance to make good on a past regret. Comedy/10 min., USA Directed by Dennis Cahlo

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Who are the roadies proudly standing in the shadow of the modern rock star? Where do they come from, why do they do it and, most of all, where are they going. Commercial /2 min., USA Directed by TJ Hoffmann

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When Martiza comes home to find her boyfriend’s college buddy visiting, she slowly begins to suspect that something is a bit...off. Drama/12 min., USA - Directed by Cory Miller


SUNDAY JAN 28 BLOCK ONE 12:00 PM K-12 SHORT FILMS TURNING TABLES - dir: Becca Meaney, Caroline Cox, Gemma Fasciano, Tara Sargent 4:49min GERM - dir: Nathan Ridings, Ryan Beard, Steven Gentry, Zach Phillips 5min LOOP - dir: Eli Hall, Ryan Beard, Steven Gentry 4:37min MAKE A WISH, MOM - dir: Holden Scott 7:22min: Sweet and touching birthday wish from young Lily to her mom. NEGLECT - dir: Olivia Rose Wallace 4:15min: A mother’s visceral outrage over an empty jug. JASMINE STUNG - dir: Partho Gupte 5min: Jasmine Stung follows a 10 year old child worker trying to sell jasmine flower strings on a hot and busy Mumbai street, in the hope of gettin his little sister her first meal of the day. STILL HEAR - dir: Evan Zeiger 9:11min: After an accident, a dedicated pianist must reassess her life. LUKE - dir: Dylan Reiss 8:14min: Luke was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a baby. Never accepting his physical limitations, he strives to be just like any other 9 year old. This inspirational film will tug at your emotions, but most importantly, it will make you view the word disability in a different light. LEGALLY DOPE - dir: Caroline Olsen 7:51pm: Legally Dope is a short documentary about recreational and medicinal cannabis/marijuana. A battle for people who really can not survive without this. DIRTY HANDS - dir: Noah Lee, Ethan Chu 7min FOX & BEAR - dir: Madeleine Arundale 1:05min TOMMY & THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY - dir: Kylie McGuire 6:52min


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New song from 2 time Latin Grammy nominee band ‘Voz de Mando’. The music film ‘Latin American Soldier’ narrates the story of young Latino soldiers taking the decision to join the army to fight for their country and protect their families. Music Video/5 min., USA - Directed by Carlos A. Hurtado


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A short animated film about despair, hope and the power of love. FLUTTER ’s main character, Fleo, is trapped in a body that keeps him pinned to the ground. While others can defy the laws of gravity and fly freely above his head. Animation /10 min., USA - Directed by Vladimir Todorov


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An eager 12 year old boy and his friends race to secretly travel back in time in the hopes of unraveling the mystery surrounding his mother’s untimely death before the rightful owner of the machine realizes it’s gone missing. Family/13 min., USA - Directed by Alan Ritchson


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Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi from “Seinfeld”) stars as a marriage therapist who gives some strange advice to a troubled couple. (Eddie Deezen, Caryn Richman) Comedy/15 min., USA Directed by Jim Politano


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A NY therapist is kicked out of his home/home office in Manhattan by his wife and now lives in New Jersey where none of his clients will go. So he decides to hold therapy sessions in his car on the streets of New York. Comedy/14 min., USA Directed by Alexandra D.Levinsohn & D.Clifford Hart

INTERGALACTIC TALES OF THE DELUSIONAL MIND A narcissistic filmmaker is given the chance to direct and change his failings as a lover after a mysterious meteorite breaks through Directed by Forrest Lorenzen & John Puckett Sci-Fi /10 min., USA Expected to attend


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A boy meets a fish in a mysterious forest. Animation/4 min., USA - Directed by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou


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Dr. Mantis is a practicing psychotherapist but a full time praying mantis. Often, she doesn’t know where one ends and the other begins. Animation /3 min., USA - Directed by Brandon Mikolaski


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An empathetic stripper plays therapist to the many damaged clientele and co-workers who frequent the popular Anywhere Bar. Drama/16 min., USA - Directed by James Kicklighter


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A farmer struggles to protect his home and loved ones amidst the violent turmoil of the Zimbabwean land seizures. Drama/18 min., USA Directed by Alexander Bedria


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An estranged father reunites with his young son in Depressionera America and the two travel town to town where Dad sketches portraits for locals to make a meager living for the both of them. It’s on this formative journey that the boy discovers not only the transformative power of art, but how to open his heart as well. Drama/10 min., USA - Directed by Sheldon Schwartz

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A homeless man witnesses a kidnapping, and when he hunts down the perpetrator he uncovers a dirty secret in suburbia. Drama/11 min., USA - Directed by Tony Gapastione

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Brad Lee, an underground MMA fighter moved from east to west coast to get away from his fighter’s life and start a new one. But when he gets a job as a janitor at a gym, his old life starts to creep in and he has to choose between that and his girlfriend, who is secretly pregnant. Drama/18 min., USA - Directed by Hao Wang Expected to attend


Post divorce and mommy-hood, Lexi Futterman uses unusual tactics to break back into the TV writing biz, and she’s taking a handsome young millennial along with her! Comedy/20 min., USA Directed by Lisa Demaine


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After two months of dating his first serious girlfriend, Ethan Lewis discovers something about her personal life that may be a deal breaker. As he anxiously waits for her to show up on what could be their final date, he looks back on their brief relationship. Drama/22 min., USA - Directed by Jordan Cooper


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As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym’s reclusive groundskeeper. Drama/11 min., USA - Directed by Johnson Cheng


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Dom is a painter. He lives in a near future world where people dating their doppelgängers is now a big trending. His resentment toward this new culture of love, will reach an outbreak point when he finds out his sister Zoe (28) is now dating her doppelgänger. Science fiction /9 min., USA - Directed by Vicente Manzan


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It’s 1945 in Germany and the War is over, Maria and her mother, find themselves working on a farm in the German countryside after they are forced out of their home. It is there that little Maria makes an unlikely friend: an American soldier. Drama/12 min., USA - Directed by Jackson Smith


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The escalating pressure of a difficult college course launches Adam into an anxiety-fueled plot to kill his professor. Drama/10 min., USA - Directed by Jonathan Pickett


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An aging drag queen must decide whether to sabotage her protege or accept her inevitable fall from drag stardom.

Musical/17 min., USA - Directed by Remy Cashman


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After an unexpected one-night-stand, Rachel is now awkwardly trapped in the house with last night’s lover because... well zombies. Comedy/14 min., USA - Directed by Sherry Y. Shi


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On the brink of graduation, American Irish dancer, Bridget Donoghue seeks independence from her overbearing mother, while training to qualify for the Irish Dance World Championships. Drama/14 min., Australia - Directed by Ellen Mulvihill

MONDAY JAN 29 -BLOCK TWO 3:00 PM RUNOFF City Council candidate Cole Sommer’s ‘law and order’ message is catching on with white voters in this fable of tribal politics in the Trump Era. Comedy/5 min., USA - Directed by Ben Krompak

GIRL CAVE Julija, Zada and Caro, three unique teenagers, who grow up in the german suburbs and have found a common bond in their geeky interests that set them apart from other kids. Teen drama/10 min., Germany - Directed by Till

THEATER 101 A once promising actress, now stuck in the world of academia, longs for one last shot at the big-time. Will she get her big break, or be doomed to an eternity of teaching Theater 101? Comedy/18 min., USA - Directed by Jonathan Rau


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Two estranged brothers with a genetic mutation that prevents them from staying dead are unwittingly reunited when one seeks to sell their immortality to the highest bidder. Comedy/30 min., USA -Directed by Owen Weber & Hunter Bradley

BLOCK THREE 5:30 PM DANGEROUS CROSSINGS After an unexpected one-night-stand, Rachel is now awkwardly trapped in the house with last night’s lover because... well zombies. Music Video/5 min., USA - Directed by Amr Salama



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Explores the process of filmmaking through the eyes of top directors (Jodie Foster, Taylor Hackford, John Badham) as they tell their story of their first time making a feature while Jonathan Baker makes his first feature with Nicholas Cage and Faye Dunaway. 90 min., USA - Directed by Neal Thibedeau

MONDAY JAN 29 -BLOCK FOUR 8:00 PM KNIFE SKILLS What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade? Documentary/40 min., USA - Directed by Thomas Lennon

FIGHT FOR THE FIRST Public officials snub and bypass reporters, using social media to control their message. How can reporters get at the truth when people in power paint them as dishonest, shifty liars? Fight for the First chronicles this battle through the eyes of students at the nation’s top journalism school. Documentary/20 min., USA - Directed by Sharon Liese

THE ROCK In the South of Iran, a woman goes to the mountain every day with her sledgehammer and crowbar, breaks rocks, and sells them to support her family. Documentary/25 min., Iran - Directed by Hamid Jafari

TUESDAY JAN 30 - BLOCK ONE 1:00 PM TOKRI (THE BASKET) Two insignificant lives lost and found in time. Animation /15 min., India - Directed by Suresh Eriyat

MARVIN In a rich and diverse city where no two characters look alike, Marvin still manages to stand out. With the unique but uncontrollable ability to take on physical characteristics of everybody he meets, Marvin quickly finds himself in a constant state of flux and with an ever-growing desire to fit in. Animation /14 min., UK - Directed by H. Rodgers 6min

REVELATION; THE CITY OF HAZE Mao Qichao, born in Sichuan Province of China in 1983, is the director and screenwriter of Magic Animation Studio. Animation /14 min., China - Directed by Mao

ROSARIO Rosario, a housewife who is the caregiver for her ill husband, silently struggles between her responsibilities and her desire for a more fulfilling life. Drama /10 min., Mexico - Directed by Marlen Rios-Farjat

POSERS Posers is a coming-of-age creature feature that’s also a story of teenage friendship, budding love, and figuring out how to fit in. Sci-Fi/27 min., USA - Directed by Sean Thiessen



For twenty years, Michel van Rijn led a cat-and-mouse chase, made millions smuggling stolen icons, artworks, and rare antiquities into Europe and the USA, evading Interpol and the CIA. Throughout the 70s and 80s Michel lived a playboy Jet-set lifestyle, bolstered by the false claim he was a descendant of Rembrandt, but was eventually captured, extradited, and imprisoned. The story doesn’t end here... Documentary/ 80 min., UK - Directed by King Adz

TUESDAY JAN 30 - BLOCK THREE 5:30 PM EDITH+EDDIE Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. Documentary /29 min., USA- Directed by Laura Checkoway

AN AMERICAN HOUSE Despite the risk of litigation, Annunciation House opened its doors to the immigrant, the refugee, those who have entered the United States illegally. Join us as we watch volunteers struggle with their place of privilege in the house while migrants prepare for the next leg of the journey: going deeper into America. Documentary/22 min., USA - Directed by Chris Trani

A UTOPIA A young Japanese woman contemplates taking her own life as she explores dead and haunted places. When the ghost of a departed family member visits her she discovers new reason to live. Documentary/6 min., Japan - Directed by Eric McEver

MARIAM In IRAQ , Military media team help and rescue a Mosul family from the rubble after their house was blown up by ISIS Documentary/28 min., Iraq - Directed by Mohammed Jaffar



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“ET CONTACT: They are here� documents the jaw-dropping stories of individuals from around the world who 94 min., USA DirectedProducer by Caroline share similar accounts of extraterrestrial and otherworldly encounters. andCory host Caroline Cory, who has her own extensive history with the supernatural, takes the viewers on an extraordinary journey to uncover whether these seemingly independent yet parallel reports may actually be scientific evidence of a greater phenomenon at work. Through a series of groundbreaking on-camera experiments on human DNA, irrefutable science, and interviews with leading scientists, viewers will find themselves pondering the nature of their own reality or yet the true origin of the human species. ET CONTACT may ultimately show that the traditionally unexplained is, in fact, far more attributable to science than fiction. Documentary/94 min., USA - Directed by Caroline Cory

WEDNESDAY JAN 31 - BLOCK ONE 12:30 PM MY BEST GIRL Two ex-lovers are reunited by the death of their beloved dog. Romance/16 min., USA Directed by John TerEick

NATIVE While on a ceremonial walkabout a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force. Sci-Fi /15 min., USA Directed by Travis Champagne & Stephen Kinigopolous

BREAKER In tomorrow’s Tokyo, the technologically-enhanced body of a young mercenary hacker is overrun by a sentient data weapon. Wanted, the parasitic A.I becomes her only ally as she is chased across the city by those seeking to salvage it. Sci-Fi /10 min., Japan - Directed by Philippe McKie

THE INTENTIONS OF F. SCOTT FITZGERALD A dark existentialist comedy that follows two Australian hitmen on a routine ‘clean up’ job. Whilst in a meaningful conversation about the Great Gatsby the two find themselves in a panic as their victim makes a run for it. Dark Comedy/17 min., Australia Directed by Jay Perry & Shaun Perry


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Elani survived her brutal childhood by carefully watching people. Now she plans to use her relationship with Mikey to get out of Cape Town for good. All she has to do is manage his ego for one more night, but the seeds of violence were planted in her early on. Action/Drama 20 min., UK - Directed by Sean Thiessen

BLOCK ONE 12:30 PM CONT’ WRITER’S BLOCK A writer in the middle of her creative process, receives a series of anonymous packages with morbidly disturbing content. This mysterious intrusion into her life ignites a war between her anxiety and the work she is struggling to create. Suspense/Thriller/8 min., USA - Directed by Alex Mendez

THE GIRLS WERE DOING NOTHING A study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equality strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom. Suspense/Thriller 11 min., USA - Directed by Johnson Cheng

FEATURE SCRIPT FINALISTS The Oriental by Joseph Ferrante The Moonbeam Fisherman by John Dummer The Border Agent by John Madill The Last Drop by Andrea Perno’ The Favorite Haunt by Edward Heckling Fire on Ice by Courtney Suttle The Tunnels by Kristie Dickerson Red Light by Dempsey Tillman & Ted Dewberry Horse Up On A Tree by Terry Lynam Madness by Cory Huizar SHORT SCRIPT FINALISTS Woods in The Cabin by Rony Franck Jamie’s Book by Roy Zafrani A Jungle Dark by Courtney Suttle The Ferryman of The Pali by Mike Gallagher


OUT OF STATE Shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. It’s from this unlikely setting that David and Hale finish their terms and return to Hawaii, hoping for a fresh start. Eager to prove to themselves and to their families that this experience has changed them forever, David and Hale struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, asking the question: can you really go home again? Documentary/80 min., USA - Directed by Ciara Lacy

WEDNESDAY JAN 31 - BLOCK THREE 6:00 PM OUR GHOSTS Two married Yorkshire pensioners have built up a garden of memories as they grow plants amongst their old bed, childhood bikes and pots and pans. Documentary/4 min., UK - Directed by Hannah Ruddle

KAYAYO, THE LIVING SHOPPING BASKETS Kayayo means “girl-carrier” in the Ga language. In Ghana, about 100 000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets - called Kayayo, Documentary/30 min., Norway - Directed by Mari Bakke


On August 21, 2009 a blowout in the Montara oilfield, off the West Australian coast, caused millions of litres of crude oil to spew into the Timor Sea. Across the sea in West Timor farmers loose their livelihood as the seaweed industry is destroyed and their fish stocks had crashed. But the polluting company, PTTEP AA, denied any responsibility. Documentary/26 min., Australia - Directed by Jane Hammond

BRUJAS A look at NYC’s female skate culture and the girls who are taking a stand to shift social norms in their city. “Brujas” is an urban, freeform, creative and autonomous organization that seeks to build radical political coalition through youth culture. The group of minority female skaters express community through skateboarding, art and political organizing. Documentary/6 min., USA - Directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte


STREAKER In order to get out of a financial crisis, high school teacher Balz Naef (53) starts recruiting and training streakers for illegal sports betting. While he and his team help streaking become the new trend sport, his situation does not improve. On the contrary: His troubles have only just begun. Comedy/94 min., Switzerland - Directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

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