TOP 10 - TALENTED TEENS
Director: Jesse Alson-Milkman
Writer: Jesse Alson-Milkman
Synopsis: Harry, Kyle, Dylan and Mark have an idea: they want to commit a robbery. Where, when or how, they don’t know, but these four upper class college kids are sure they want to do it.
Trivia: Budget of 30 thousand dollars
Writer: Martin Saunders
Synopsis: Rodney, a reclusive overweight young man, meets beautiful Kate. They escape pimps, homelessness, death threats and ultimately conquer self-loathing.
Director: Kole Onile-ere
Writer: Kole Onile-ere
Synopsis: In the streets of inner city London, schoolboy Ishmael is threatened and harassed. He runs into two dropouts suggest he skip school.
THE YOUTH IN US
Director: Joshua Leonard
Writer: Joshua Leonard & Loren Marsh
Synopsis: A young couple confronts a painful future by looking to the past.
Director: Ian McCluskey
Writer: Ian McCluskey
Synopsis: This short is a poetic ode to a carefree summer at a mountain river where a group of friends drive through forest roads, hike a secret trail, and spend their days strumming a guitar.
Director: Nikka Lorak
Writer: Nikka Lorak
Country: UK & Moracco
Synopsis: A mute Moroccan teenager is bullied in his home village. A British tourist becomes a victim of racism during his journey. You don't need to be a foreigner to be an outsider.
Director: Simon Sliphorst
Writer: Arthur Vis
Synopsis: Eva is a quiet girl. When the flamboyant Daisy becomes friends with her, a new world opens up. But when Daisy seems to attract the attention of Misha, a boy Eva fancies, Eva is forced to take drastic measures...
I LUV MATT JOHNSON
Director: Jon Garbett
Writer: Jon Garbett
Synopsis: Teenager Zoe spends her free time in the park drinking with her friends instead of studying. But she knows she is headed for failure, and when her results come through she’s forced to make some tough decisions.
Director: Paul Makker
Writer: Paul Makker
Synopsis: Anglo-Asian drama, influenced by Bollywood, about two Bengali boys who try to make an impression on the stunningly attractive Nabeela, even at the expense of the notorious Bucksman. Shot on location in and around Brick Lane in London.
Director: Valerie Landsburg
Writer: Sara Lynne Wright
Synopsis: A high school bookworm aims to gain popularity by realizing a fantasy based on Victorian erotica. As she attempts to seduce her SAT tutor, her notions of romance clash with reality.
TOP 10 - BAD MOMS
AN EVENING WITH MY COMATOSE MOTHER
Director: Jonathan Martin
Writer: Jonathan Martin
Plot: When Dorothy is invited over to the Poe's on Halloween night, no one ever told her about their decomposing, comatose mother living in the upstairs bedroom. She'll wish somebody had when the storm hits and Mother wakes up.
Director: Rob Brown
Writer: Rob Brown
Plot: Open Skies is about a young mother who takes her six year old boy to the beach for the first time and she shows him lots of beautiful things. At sunset, she lies down on the beach embracing her boy and falls asleep. When she opens her eyes her child is gone. Now everything, which was once safe and beautiful, becomes threatening and menacing as she frantically searches for her missing child.
Director: Itamar Kubovy
Writer: Anton Chkhov & Itamar Kubovy
Plot: A neurotic mother destroys the ones she loves most--is it on purpose?
MY MOTHER DREAMS THE SATAN'S DISCIPLES IN NEW YORK
Director: Barbara Schock
Writer: Rex Pickett
Plot: A widowed housewife travels to the Big City for the first time to visit her daughter. Once there, she becomes obsessed with the Hell's Angels-ish bikers' club across the street.
OUT OF MILK
Director: Nicola Morris
Writer: Nicola Morris
Plot: A touching and funny interpretation of the adult world through the eyes of a child.
Director: P. D. Blake
Plot: The story focuses on Donna as she is interviewed by a police inspector, Matthew, in a hospital holding room. As the interview progresses, we are gradually drawn into the cold systematic nature of rare form of child abuse and the psychology behind it, leading to a shocking conclusion.
Director: Simon Sliphorst
Writer: Simon Sliphorst
Plot: It can be hard to spot the signs of abuse, and this short film proves just that.
Director: Lior Chefetz
Writer: Lior Chefetz & Ben Fast
Plot: Rosella Wu is convinced by her mother to kill her mobster husband Danny. But when Danny quits the mob and cleans up his act, she tries to cancel the hit. Except she's too late - the hit man crashes into the house, guns blazing. Now Rosella must stop the hit man, prevent Danny from finding out it was her, and stand up to her over-bearing mother who still wants Danny dead.
Director: Hugo Speer
Writer: Vivienne Harvey
Plot: When Mam won't get out of bed, twelve year-old Danny must fend for his brothers and sisters - whilst trying to protect a secret that threatens to break up the family forever.
Trivia: Director Hugo Speer is known for his role as Guy in the hit The Fully Monty.
Director: Virginia Heath
Writer: Virginia Heath & Grant Keir
Plot: Impulsive seven-year-old Cielle bursts in on her mother as she is having sex with her new boyfriend. This shocking incident is recounted from each of their perspective. But which, if any, is the truth?
TOP 10 - FRESH & NEW - MAY
Director: Patrick Boivin
Writer: Patrick Boivin
Plot: Girls use diet coke and mentos to awaken a French clown from the dead. The clown now has to learn the complexities of becoming a zombie…
Director: Richard Raaphorst
Writer: Davind de Winter & Marc Bennink
Plot: Behind the face paint of Popo The Clown lies a deformed man. Failing even as a clown, Popo is desperate to live the life of an attractive person.
THE KINGDOM OF THE INSANE
Director: Martin Jolicoeur
Plot: Pierre takes his wife Marie back home from the hospital. She has been raped. On their way home they meet by chance her rapist.
Trivia: A modernized version of Hitchcok's Revenge.
WHERE THERE'S SMOKE
Director: Andrew Brand
Writer: Andrew Brand
Plot: A couple's troubled relationship collides with a stranger's good intentions.
Director: John Robinson Irwin
Writer: John Robinson Irwin
Plot: Told through the eyes of a young journalist named Maya, who has inadvertently gotten captured into a human trafficking ring while doing an investigative article on the treatment of illegal immigrants in America.
Director: Marcus Liversedge
Writer: Daniel Higley
Plot: Ivan, an aspiring writer stumbles into the Fortune bar by chance. Here he meets the flamboyant drunk Lester Oliphant. Ivan becomes entranced by Oliphant’s stories of opportunity and the promise that he can gain the success he craves. But in the cold light of day things are not quite as they seem…
ON THE BUS
Director: Willie Ford
Writer: Jonathan Harnisch & Maureen Cooke
Plot: On the Bus is a psychological thriller about the experiences of Larry (played by Mark Schrier), a mentally disturbed man, who rides a bus and bothers passengers based on recent circumstances in his life.
Director: Zach Wechter
Writer: Jack Seidman & Zach Wechter
Plot: On the day of the election for senior class president, Michael discovers that his running mate and girlfriend is pregnant. Now, Michael must save both his shot at the High School presidency and his pregnant girlfriend’s reputation.
Director: Joel Simon
Plot: Two toys discarded from a factory production line. Coming to life, they chase the factory delivery van in the hope of rejoining their friends.
Director: Elizabeth Orne
Writer: Elizabeth Orne
Plot: A story about love and glue, and its extraordinary bonding properties for a husband and wife whose relationship has lost its magic.