TO DEATH DO US PART: USA, Maryland Filmmaker Attending: World Premiere
Short• 3 min
Till Death Do Us Part is a short film about love.
Encore: USA, PA Filmmaker Attending: Maryland Premiere
Student• 10 min
Lifelong friends November and Rosie, a popular YouTube duo, are hosting a live stream tour of November's new apartment, an event that forces them to confront their impending separation and uncertain future in real time and online in front of their 500,000 YouTube fans.
OMEGA STATION: USA, Maryland Filmmaker Attending: World Premiere
Student 19 min.
Prisons come in many forms...
The last man on Earth copes with life and isolation as he starts losing grasp of his reality.
American Zealot: USA, California Filmmaker Attending: Maryland Premiere
Feature• 90 min
As graduation approaches, a Catholic schoolgirl plots to murder her best friend's abortion doctor. She's incredibly smart, but her plan might not be.
Raising the Bar: Australia Filmmakers Attending: Maryland Premiere
Documentary 80 min.
With India providing a spectacular backdrop, the documentary follows the lives of young people with Down syndrome: as participants from India and Australia meet at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Chennai, India. Celebrating the beauty and similarities of two vastly different continents through the personal stories of families living with Down syndrome; this authentic documentary is moving, inspiring and challenging, a memorable documentary that embraces what it is to be human.
Slipaway: USA, Filmmaker Attending:
Feature• 80 min
Neglected by her family, Fall, an eclectic elder with good intentions but extreme measures, finds little companionship in our hyper-busy world. When she comes across Adam, a young street musician selling his keyboard, she buys it on a whim under the pretense of wanting to learn piano. Suspicious and wary, Adam agrees to teach her and quickly finds himself captured in an unsteady home with one feisty lady.
The Dawn, USA, Maryland Filmmaker
Animation• 4 min
What do we find, in the dark, all alone? Forgotten memories? A past remembrance making its way out of the light? Things that attack us emerge to grasp and take hold of our identities and belongings; unknown creatures flying straight out of the dawn.
Produced in just under three months on a shoe-string budget, this experimental stop-motion collaborative music video utilizes hypnotizing visuals married with an energetic electronic music score by independent musician Patrick "Necatuss" Soper of Chicago.
WONDERFUL WORLD: USA, California Finalist Student
Student• 8 min
A science fiction drama about an Apocalypse's lone survivor who tries to escape his surroundings through his imagination.
Finalist of YoungArts. 1 st place in Narrative Fiction from LA Film Festival (Future Filmmakers Program). Received a National Gold Medal from The Scholastic Art & Writing Award. Awarded with Lizzie Award for Production Design and Directors' Choice
The Ballerina, Her Shoemaker, and His Apprentice: USA, LA Filmmaker
Student • 13 min • Documentary
Set in the 1930s, a lost young man George stumbles upon the refined world of ballet pointe shoemaking and redeems his value as the apprentice under the shadow of Mr. Traynor, a talented but stuffy pointe shoe maker. George's imagination turns into a reality when he becomes smitten with the Ballerinas the shoes are built for, one named Sylvia particularly, but soon learns this magical and distant world is not beyond the reach of affliction.
Break: USA, Virginia Filmmaker Attending: World Premiere
Short• 13 min
Relationship consultant Cassidy Dixon specializes in break ups. But can she see the problems in her own love life?
IM'perfect: USA, Arizona Filmmaker Attending: Maryland Premiere
Feature• 71 min
Forgiveness is the missing peace.
Teaching Peace: The Unorthodox Legacy of Colman McCarthy: USA, Pennsylvania Filmmaker Attending: World Premiere
For more than 20 years Colman McCarthy, a self-described vegan, pacifist, and anarchist, has been teaching peace in schools across the D.C.-Metropolitan area. His subversive message and teaching style has inspired, provoked, and transformed the lives of students and faculty lucky enough to know him.
First Lady of the Revolution: USA, Washington D.C.
While visiting an aunt and uncle in the exotic countryside of Costa Rica, a young Southern belle from Alabama accepted a ride on the back of a motorcycle belonging to a charismatic local farmer—a ride that would propel her down narrow mountain roads and into history.
First Lady of the Revolution is the remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, who fell in love with a foreign land and the man destined to transform its identity. Her marriage to José “Don Pepe” Figueres in 1941 led to a decade-long journey through activism, exile, political upheaval and, ultimately, lasting progressive reforms.
First Lady of the Revolution is not only a depiction of the momentous struggle to shape Costa Rica’s democratic identity; it's also a portrayal of how a courageous woman escaped the confines of a traditional, sheltered existence to expand her horizons into a new world and live a life she never imagined.
We Have Each Other: USA, NY
Short• 19 min
A young couple try to survive a crisis, but the real danger may be far more personal than either of them realize.
ARIEL: USA, Illinois
Short• 15 min
A surreal film about a young man named Steven who has a nice quiet dinner with his beautiful wife Ariel. As he fantasizes about the good times he's had with Ariel, he begins to suspect that his wife isn't what she seems to be.
The Infinitely Generous Francis Victus: USA, Maryland Filmmaker
Mockumentary 32 min.
In this mockumentary, a small agricultural town is flipped on it’s head while searching for the truth of it’s founder.
MANGO STICKY RICE: USA, California Filmmaker Attending: Maryland Premiere
Short• 15 min •
MANGO STICKY RICE is a musical romance that focuses on Katie, a young woman who loves food, and Chris, a restaurant delivery man who has fallen for Katie, but doesn’t have the courage to tell her. For Katie, who is fiercely protective of her individuality, the concept of changing just to satisfy others is out of the question. After Katie’s family and friends pressure her to try online dating, she chooses the Thai restaurant that Chris works in as the setting for her dates. In the comfort of her favorite eatery, Katie reluctantly goes through the motions of an internet-induced courtship, while Chris longingly watches from the sidelines.
State Inspection: USA, Maryland Filmmaker Attending
Short• 8 min
An anxious young man tries to talk to a woman he meets while waiting for his car at an auto repair shop.
Winston: USA, Virginia
Short• 10 min
Alina, eager for a promotion at work, agrees to take on what appears to be a straightforward task: Housesitting and taking care of her boss Sybil’s precious dog, Winston. But confusion sets in when Alina arrives at the home only to discover that ”Winston” is in fact a stuffed animal — leading her to question both her boss’s motives and her mental state.
I'm Scared: USA, California Finalist Best Animation
Animation 5 min.
Based on the art of contemporary pop-surrealist/street-artist Greg 'Craola' Simkins, 'I'm Scared' tells the story of young insomniac Ralf, who's kept awake by all the bumps in the night. In Seussian rhyming couplets, Ralf describes to his little brother all of the dangers that lurk in the shadows, waiting to devour the two of them. 'I'm Scared' is a fun, spooky, and immersive tale, brought to life through intricate hand-crafted stop-motion animation. Featuring the first instrumental score composed by Mark Hoppus (of the band Blink-182).