Programming not suitable for kids under 14 years old
Saturday Jan 21
BLOCK ONE 11:00am
Nobody Dies Here – Director: Simon Panay
Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.
Arreo – Director: Tato Moreno
ARREO follows a family of passionate Argentine gauchos on an arduous goat herding journey through the High Andes, capturing both their reflections on the threat “progress” poses to their livelihood, and the essence and beauty of upland rural life.
BLOCK TWO 1:15pm
Gardening At Night – Director: Shayna Connelly
The period between knowing death is near and death’s arrival forms an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation for Samantha. She is powerless to help Anne, who on the eve of her death, has not come to terms with her fate and remains angry and afraid. Samantha recreates conversations between Elyse and Anne from the hospital in order to comprehend what Anne is facing and the enormity of her own impending loss. Waiting expands time to the point that it loses meaning. The world shrinks to encompass only her and her phone, which will ring soon with the news. That night she can no longer bear the stillness and despite the darkness, Samantha tries to put neglected garden in order. Caring for living things gives her a temporary sense of control. Afterwards she realizes how she can help Anne let go of her fear, which also gives her the chance to say a personal good-bye to her friend.
Timecode – Director: Juanjo Giménez
Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.
Enemies within – Director: Selim Azzazi
This close-up on France’s troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen during a turbulent period in the 1990s.
Smile – Director: Carolina Giammetta
When a husband’s abuse shifts from his wife to his small daughter, he is so consumed by guilt that he becomes the creator of his own retribution.
Moom – Director: Robert Kondo & Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi
Have you ever wondered what happens to your forgotten objects?
In this story, those objects with its 'memory' still attached end up rising from the waters of the magical lake. Scared and lost, memories need help to let go of their objects. Sometimes, it can be as simple as opening a car door or loosening a lid. Other times, memories can have a hard time letting go. Those memories might need more help. This is the story of one of those memories stuck in this world. His name is Moom.
BLOCK THREE 3:15pm
Soy Cubana – Director: Jeremy Ungar
Winners of the 2016 CUBADISCO Award for best vocal group, the Vocal Vidas are a female a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba - the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. This documentary explores their unique sound and tells the story of crafting a musical career in a society in which artistic merit is not measured solely by economic success.
Eden – Director: Brodin Plett
After a cataclysmic event makes Earth uninhabitable, clones are sent to space to preserve humanity. They are released in groups when Earth is ready to sustain life again, but due to a malfunction a clone girl lands on the planet's evolved surface alone. Forced to adapt to the forest wilderness on her own, she learns to survive but yearns for human interaction.
American Dreams – Director: Ned McNeilage
Is the American Dream exactly that: a dream? Nine young Americans share their hopes for the future and the challenges they face.
Breathe – Director: Paul Kowalski
Dr. Filip Kardel is an ambitious Polish neurosurgeon working in America, struggling to cope with the loss of his wife, Ania. As the memories of her untimely death and his neglecting her in favor of his career continue to haunt him, will he be able to escape the prison of his grief and guilt, or will it destroy him?
A Pirate's Tale – Director: Lukas Colombo
In a story told to her son, a mother relays an epic tale of adventure, romance and piracy.
Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland – Director: Bill Wisneski
Joshua Tree National Park, with its mysterious rock formations and iconic trees, has long provided a haven for those seeking an inspirational experience. But with current threats from air pollution, fires, and global warming, scientists believe the majority of Joshua Trees may be gone in less than 100 years. As the trees disappear, this amazing wonderland will be changed forever.
BLOCK FOUR 5:30pm
A King's Betrayal – Director: David A Bornstein
The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as told from the Piñata's perspective.
Burned – Director: Jaime Valdueza
Jason (Beau Knapp; 'The Signal', 'Southpaw') hides in a motel room afraid of coming out. The only person he trusts is his girlfriend Lila (Maika Monroe; 'The Guest', 'It Follows'), who takes him to meet a friend in a remote house in the desert. At their arrival, an unexpected guest asks too many questions. Jason's trust for Lila begins to fade.
Remnants – Director: Al Plancher
An elderly successful writer struggles to reveal his dark and troubled past while suffering from Alzheimer's.
The Champion – Director: Sonny Aguirre Jr
When popular high school jock Andy notices the odd behavior of the shy Miles, he contemplates whether to lend a hand or ignore the issue. Andy ultimately makes a decision that can change the course of his life, and that of Miles.
Coming to Terms – Director: David Bertran
Having to face the death of their father, Eddie and Sally try to do their best in understanding the concept of death. At their tender age of 8 and 10, they fully rely on their religious father’s teachings. When life in Heaven seems ideal, they make a decision that nobody could have expected.
Poor George – Director: Jim Harris
George lives in two worlds. One perfect, his dream world, the other, his mundane real life, a living hell. Taking drastic measures, he enacts his plan to be in his dreamworld forever with his perfect girl, Dora. But that world it is not all as it seems. He soon learns there's a fine line between dreams and nightmares.
Between Shifts – Director: Lysandra Petersson
'Between Shifts' is a short film that follows Joanne, a lonely diner waitress, as she embarks on a journey one afternoon while on break between her lunch and dinner shifts. This modern-day fairytale explores the magic that surrounds us in our everyday lives - the extraordinary in the ordinary - if we’re just willing to see it!
A Perfect Day – Director: Exceptional Minds
No matter the season, every day is a reason to let the imagination fly. (Created by young artists on the Autism spectrum)
Vicious - Director: Andrew Jeric
Set in urban Los Angeles, “Vicious” is a psychological drama that follows two rival gang members over the course of a single night: 13 year old Oscar, a Latino boy struggling with the emotional aftermath of his first drive-by shooting and 17 year old Rashad, an African-American gang-member bent on revenge after witnessing his younger brother shot in front of his eyes. As we experience their diverse, yet deeply personal journeys witness a world not of black and white, red or blue but deep shades of gray
BLOCK FIVE 7:45pm
The Tribe – Director: Roxy Shih
An isolated family of three young sisters live out their days after a pandemic has consumed most of the known world. However when a stranger shows up, their world changes in ways they never could have imagined.
Exit – Director: Babak Habibifar
A young man is waiting for something to be finished ...
Sunday Jan 22
BLOCK ONE 11:30am
Nana – Director: Serena Dykman
The filmmaker retraces her grandmother's Auschwitz survival story and investigates how her life-long fight against intolerance can be passed on to new generations in the 21st century.
AMI – Director: Gonzalo San Vicente
Little Ami finds out her mother must leave on a business trip. Mom tells her a white lie to appease her mind while she is away. Find out what happens when the innocent lie turns true in a way neither of them expected.
BLOCK TWO 1:30pm
Frame 394 – Director: Rich Williamson
Frame 394 follows a young man from Toronto who entangles himself in one of America’s most high-profile police shootings.
The Mute's House – Director: Tamar Kay
A building in Hebron, which has been deserted by its Palestinian owners, is called "The Mute's House" by the Israeli soldiers stationed there and by the tour guides who pass by. The building's only occupants are a deaf woman, Sahar, and her eight-year-old son, Yousef. The family's unique story, which unfolds against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is told through the eyes of the young and charismatic Yousef, as he goes through his daily routine in both the Jewish and Muslim areas of a city torn apart by hatred and violence.
The Bus Trip – Director: Sarah Gampel
Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip.
She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, except the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine. So instead, Sarah talks to her dead dad over a noisy phone line.
Coalville Gold – Director: Ross Bolidai
Coal has long gone from Coalville. What's left of this once thriving Leicestershire village is young men like Stevie, who dreams of glory in a now economically crippled community. Once a hardened criminal, Stevie Gold finds redemption and celebrity status through bare knuckle boxing, but when he breaks his hand, loses the love of his life, and is challenged to a rematch against a far more experienced boxer, he has only his family and himself to lead him to victory.
BLOCK THREE 3:30pm
Kill Your Dinner – Director: Bryn Chainey
Things have been tough between Rhys and his dad Lawrence since the divorce. But after meeting a new woman and discovering his “spiritual” side, Lawrence comes up with a brilliant plan to reconnect with his son: to kill and eat a cow together. It’s going to be a really meaningful experience. Unfortunately, the only thing that comes naturally to this family is disaster, and when the cow runs away they must go on a hunt to find it. Tensions reach breaking point as they’re faced with the reality of what they must do if they hope to salvage their relationship.
Living With the Dead – Director: Christine Vartoughian
Max McLean is eighteen years old and can't get out of bed. Since her boyfriend Adam killed himself over a year ago, Max has been using sex, drugs, and parties to ignore the pain until one day she wakes up in a hospital, haven taken a nearly lethal dose of sleeping pills. While being haunted by visions of Adam, Max runs away from home and ventures into the forest with a bizarre but endearing boy named Ish.