I wanted to be a butterfly – dir. Raquel Rose Potenza

Original Film Title: I wanted to be a butterfly

Director’s Name: Raquel Rose Potenza

Writer’s Name: Raquel Rose Potenza

Producer: Raquel Rose Potenza

Country of Origin: Australia

Country of Filming: Australia

Language: English

Runtime: 6 minutes 41 seconds

Film Description:

A young woman copes with her father’s battle with brain cancer, through reimagining parts of their lives together from the perception of a butterfly.

INDELIBLE – dir. Shane Rock Nelson

Original Film Title: INDELIBLE

Director’s Name: Shane Rock Nelson

Writer’s Name: Laurie Criego

Producer: Lily Rains

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 8 minutes 52 seconds

Film Description:

The spirits of a cranky 97-year-old man are lifted when he plays the piano for memory care patients. His music eases their angst and elicits indelible memories, momentarily freeing them from the trap of dementia.

Brothers – dir. Pete Schilling

Original Film Title: Brothers

Director’s Name: Pete Schilling

Writer’s Name: Pete Schilling

Producer: Pete Schilling, Jeannine Thalmann, Matt Pittman, Tim Ohly

Country of Origin: Germany

Language: English

Runtime: 16 minutes 20 seconds

Film Description:

While two brothers are on a journey towards a mountain lake, they meet a stranger who helps them rediscover their desire to live.

NOAH HUNT, and his brother TOM, are hiking through the mountains. Their destination is a breathtaking mountain lake. Noah is not a fan of hiking and overall not really thrilled to be on this journey with his brother.
On the next day, they get up early to watch the sunrise. Unfortunately, they are surprised by rain and manage to find shelter in a cave. Tom starts making a small fire. Noah takes off his wet coat and reveals bandages on his wrists, he keeps on complaining about the trip. Tom loses it and asks his brother why he had to do this to himself? Noah finally opens up. We learn that he tried to kill himself just before they left and that this is the reason they are on this journey. Tom is trying to save him, he doesn’t want to leave his brother’s site because he is scared, that he’ll do it again.

Roofless Woods – dir. Trei Hill

Original Film Title: Roofless Woods

Director’s Name: Trei Hill

Writer’s Name: Trei Hill, Charles Griffin

Producer: Trei Hill, Kevin Fowlkes, Britni Griffin, Aditi Singh, Danielle Nebuluk

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 18 minutes 46 seconds

Film Description:

Once Jaime’s little brother goes missing, he and his three friends search through a rural Alabama woodland and stumble upon a community of people.

Mother Tongue – dir. Floris Ramaekers

Original Film Title: Sjeemte

Director’s Name: Floris Ramaekers

Writer’s Name: Floris Ramaekers

Producer: Reinier Selen

Country of Origin: Netherlands

Country of Filming: Netherlands

Language: Dutch

Runtime: 12 minutes 56 seconds

Film Description:

A benefits claim appointment spins out of control when Candide, 23, borrows her sister’s baby and strangely pretends like it’s her own child. A suspicious Martijn, the caseworker, attempts to unravel her lies accusing Candide of fraud. But behind her charade lies an unexpected secret.

The shards of our Love – dir. Yasemin Hickl, Friedrich Kober

Original Film Title: Die Scherben unserer Liebe

Director’s Name: Yasemin Hickl, Friedrich Kober

Writer’s Name: Yasemin Hickl, Martin Kober

Producer: Yasemin Hickl, Martin Kober

Country of Origin: Austria

Country of Filming: Austria

Language: German, Turkish

Runtime: 24 minutes 34 seconds

Film Description:

Violence in marriage, physically or psychologically – unnoticed by outsiders – regardless of nationality, culture, social class and gender: for many people it is part of their everyday lives.
For various reasons, separating victims is difficult or impossible, whether it’s financial dependence or fear of the unknown.

Take Me to the Sea Across the Grasslands – dir. Huibo Bai

Original Film Title: Take Me to the Sea Across the Grasslands

Director’s Name: Huibo Bai

Writer’s Name: Huibo Bai

Producer: Gong Li, Chen Shi

Country of Origin: China

Country of Filming: China

Language: Chinese

Runtime: 19 minutes 18 seconds

Film Description:

Fei Fei unknowingly took on a huge debt for her parents and was unable to repay it. Private loan is tightening and they can’t continue to borrow any money. The father was obsessed with the lottery but never won, their only takeaway store which makes ends meet was shut down, and the loan sharks threaten them with force, so the desperate family decided to commit suicide. Before committing suicide, Fei Fei left a suicide note online, which attracted the attention of netizens, who saved them with their help. Fei Fei’s followers also skyrocketed, and her online posts before the debt was discovered.

Blackbird – dir. Morgan Davies

Original Film Title: Blackbird

Director’s Name: Morgan Davies

Writer’s Name: Morgan Davies

Producer: Alexandra Miles

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 25 minutes

Film Description:

Alma, a young black teenager recovering from Bulemia meets Noa, new roommate at an eating disorder treatment center. Seemingly, the two could not be more different, yet they will soon find they have more in common than they realize.

Grey Hairs – dir. Xi Li

Original Film Title:白发

Director’s Name: Xi Li

Writer’s Name: Xi Li

Producer: Xi Li

Country of Origin: China

Country of Filming: China

Language: Chinese

Runtime: 10 minutes 39 seconds

Film Description:

Meng Liu, a victim of school bullying, has finally left campus. But these traumatizing experiences have built a wall in her heart that prevents her from studying and working normally. What’s more, those who bullied her has – by connections – managed to get into college and secure a job in a government organization, which only added to her anxiety and feeling of inequality. Then, taking her mother’s suggestion, Meng decided to go study in the library to find a way out for her future.

Baptism – dir. Nan Li

Original Film Title:

Director’s Name: Nan Li

Writer’s Name: Nan Li

Producer: Jing Li

Country of Origin: China

Country of Filming: China

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Runtime: 13 minutes 45 seconds

Film Description:

A new mother struggles with motherhood and returns to her happy family after being treated in hospital

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