2012 CGIFF

5th annual Columbia Gorge International Film Festival

Scroll down for Trailers, Official Selections, The Program & The Winners.

OFFICIAL FILM SELECTIONS

Title, Director, Runtime (Origin)

  • 8 Second Dance, Trey Moya 8m (Denver, CO) 
  • 1095 Days, Han Fang Pao 21m (New York, NY) 
  • 1674, Andrei Schiller-Chan 21m (Australia) 
  • Above as Below, Michelle Arbon 2m (United Kingdom) 
  • All Conditions for a Story – Thriller, Ankica Juric Tilic 16m (Croatia)
  • Alone Together, Ben Kadie 24m (Bellevue, WA) 
  • Alternate Route, Sid Widmer 18m (Madras, OR)
  • Animal Control, Kire Paputts 17m (Canada)
  • Aqua – Booty, Marta Renzi 5m (Nyack, NY)
  • Art of Dam Removal, The, Daniel Dancer 22m (Mosier, OR)
  • As Goes Janesville, Brad Lichtenstein 83m (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Balloon Man, Bob Ridgley 2m (Bellingham, WA) 
  • Banjo Bill, The Ballad, Jeffrey Hill 9m (Morehead, KY)
  • Beats “Latidos”, Miky Dubrowsky & Romina Guerrero 7m (Argentina)
  • Bell, The, Charles Roseberry 2m (Warrenton, VA)
  • Bella Nubela, Katrina Munday 9m (CA, USA)
  • Beneath the Veneer of a Murder, Angel Connell 8m (Westford, MA)
  • Between Two Points, Pedro Ferreira 5m (Portugal)
  • Billy, Bubbles & Balthar, Alastair Sutherland 10m (Canada)
  • Blood FilmKevin Walker 3m (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Blue Bike, The, Hong Zhou 14m (Carbondale, IL)
  • Blue Skies, Megan Bercaw 5m (Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Booth, Mark Esslinger 4m (Shadow Hills, CA)
  • Borders, Yilmaz Vurucu 30m (Austria)
  • Brad Fitt Will Be Mine, Shailla Quadra 9m (Australia)
  • Briefcase, The, Victor Morales 4m (Chile)
  • Bullet Ballet, Morrie Cramer 90m (New York, NY)
  • Busted Walk, Steven Tanenbaum 13m (New York, NY)
  • Caleb’s Gift, Robert Bates 12m (Westerville, OH)
  • Cancel My Two O’Clock, Glen Vivaris & Shaun Vivaris 3m (CA, USA)
  • Carbon Rush, The, Amy Miller 85m (Canada)
  • Care Farms of the Netherlands, David Heine 27m (Netherlands) 
  • Charterman, Dylan Drummond 90m (United Kingdom) 
  • Chicken and Zoe, Yael Bridge 4m (Portland, OR) 
  • Clarity, Tristan Stoch 29m (Forest Grove, OR) 
  • Code of the West, Rebecca Richman Cohen 71m (MA, USA)
  • Company of Thieves, The, Shilpa Sunthankar 17m (Portland, OR)
  • Compassion ConnectsTristan Stoch 30m (Vancouver, WA)
  • Cooking with Brain Injury, Cynthia Lopez 10m (Portland, OR) 
  • Course of Time ”au fil du temps” 8m (United Kingdom)
  • Cristiano’s Shirt Le maillot de Cristiano”, Vincent Bruno 17m (Belgium) 
  • Crocodile Nile, Javier Dampierre 19m (Spain)
  • Curvas, David Galan Galindo 5m (Spain) 
  • Date With Fate, Venetia Taylor 4m (Australia) 
  • Decent Arrangement, A, Sarovar Banka 98m (Narberth, PA) 
  • Decoys: A Duckumentary, Maria VanDyken 7m (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Defining Diversity, Creating Community, Tony Papa 49m (Canada) 
  • Delivery, Fabien Mariano Ortiz 11m (Spain)
  • Did You Kiss Anyone?, Mike Vogel 97m (Portland, OR)
  • Dinosaurs Also Cry, The Les dinosaures pleurent aussi”, Galder Arriaga Magunazelaya 2m (France) 
  • Dirty Clothes, Noah Mucci 3m (CA, USA)
  • Dislecksia: The Movie, Harvey Hubbell V 82m (Litchfield, CT)
  • Do You Really Want to Know?, John Zaritsky 72m (Canada) 
  • Dolci, Paula Bennett 12m (Seattle, WA)
  • Door to Door, Rose Waldschmidt 14m (Mishawaka, IN)
  • Dreaming Alaska, Emanuele Valla 112m (Italy) 
  • Dreams Awake, Jerry Alden Deal 105m (CA, USA) 
  • Drift, Max Helali 16m (AK, USA) 
  • Drowned Hogs, The, Yaniv Aronson 10m (Boston, MA) 
  • Drug America, Jase Haber 14m (Miami, FL) 
  • Drunken Phone Calls. Mark Kerrins 9m (Garland, TX)
  • Duck Hunter, The ‘El Cacciatore del Antare’ Egidio Veronesi 90m (Italy)
  • Dunas, Alexander Quezada 8m (Colombia) 
  • Electro-Cute!, Taryn Hough 11m (Irvine, CA)
  • Elisangela, Maria Lynch 15m (Brazil)
  • Ellas, Vanessa Batista 4m (Spain) 
  • Emptys, Joshua Leake 10m (Portland, OR) 
  • Evy in the New World, Killivalavan Solai 3m (Jersity City, NJ/India) 
  • Excuses, Ilay Roy 10m (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Fairytale, Andy Collier 5m (United Kingdom)
  • Finding Truelove, Samuel Kuhn 69m (Bainbridge Island, WA)
  • First Date, Cynthia Granville 2m (Weehawken, NJ)
  • Fold Apart, A, Lee Eubanks 35m (Boerne, TX) 
  • For You “Zuretzako”, Javi Aitor Zubizarreta 46m (Spain)
  • Forever Mankind, Howard Cook 10m (Denver, CO) 
  • Fourth World, The, Mark Volkers 55m (Orange City, IA)
  • Fractured, Terry Sasaki 5m (New York, NY) 
  • Freud, Frederico Calabuig 4m (Spain)
  • From Nomad to Nobody, Michael Buckley 15m (Canada) 
  • Future, The, Venetia Taylor 8m (Australia) 
  • Going Pro, Andre Oziol 2m (San Diego, CA) 
  • God’s Kitchen, Benjamin Kim 4m (PA, USA) 
  • Golden Ears, Jonathan Rosen 5m (San Francisco, CA)
  • Good Things are Always Happening, Steve Ledoux3m (West Hollywood, CA) 
  • Good Men, Brian Connors 12m (CA, USA) 
  • Grace Running, Jim McQuaid 15m (Durham, NC) 
  • Grand Escape, The, M. Chendler 8m (Netherlands)
  • Grandmothers “Abuelas”, Afarin Aghbal 9m (United Kingdom)
  • Great Hamburger Challenge, The, Jason Chau 12m (Beaverton, OR)
  • Greetings to the Moroccan Farmers, Andy Goldner 7m (Germany)
  • Ground Above Us, The Las batallitas del abuelo”, Cristian Scardigno 18m (Italy) 
  • Grounds for Resistance, Lisa Gilman 50m (Eugene, OR) 
  • Guitar Face, Chris Hanada 10m (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Happy Birthday, Kathrin Frey 5m (Switzerland)
  • Happy Ones, The ”Los Encantados” Ricardo Davila 14m (Spain)
  • Heathens and Thieves, Peter H. Scott 111m (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Help I am Homeless, Adrian B. Morina 18m (Sweden) 
  • Hide and Seek, Aminder Dhaliwal 3m (Canada) 
  • Hold on Tight, Anna Rodgers 12m (Ireland)
  • Holding the Line, Patrick Wells 25m (United Kingdom) 
  • Horse Soldiers of 9/11, Alex Quade 19m (NC, USA)
  • Hourglass, Pedro Collantes 16m (Norway) 
  • House, A Home, A, Daniel Fickle 7m (Portland, OR) 
  • How to Deal with Nonsense, Veronica Solomon 5m (Germany)
  • How to Lose $2400 in 24 seconds, Kurtis Hough 5m (Portland, OR)
  • HyperLightness ad Absurdum, Margarida Sardinha 26m (United Kingdom) 
  • I Am Not a Rockstar, Bobbi Jo Krais-Hart 85m (Canada)
  • I Am Rupert Caldwell, Garrett Lee 14m (CA, USA) 
  • I Love You… Me Neither, Sarah Lee Monroe 20m (Spokane, WA) 
  • In Godfather’s Movie “In Film la Nasu”, Cristina Jacob 35m (Romania) 
  • Infection, Todd Lundbohm 19m (Boise, ID) 
  • Instants “Instantes”, Marilu Carrillo 6m (Mexico)
  • Interpersonal Exopolitics, Jack Bank 15m (New York, NY) 
  • It’s As Easy As Riding A Bike, Derege Harding 10m (CA, USA) 
  • It’s Just Business, Marc Maged 7m (NY, USA)
  • Invasion from Planet Schrump, Nadine Keil 30m (Germany)  
  • Janadhaar, Jade Ajani & David Meek 93m (Portland, OR)
  • Just Like Mine “Stejně Jako Já”  Deana DiSalvio 8m (Czech Republic)
  • Keenan at Sea, Jeremy Galante 2m (Chagrin Falls, OH) 
  • Kendo Monogatari, Mauricio Escobar 10m (Cuba)
  • Kill Hole, The, Mischa Webley 90m (Portland, OR) 
  • Kingwood – Lapsed, Charles Quinn Frutos 2m (Beaverton, OR)
  • Last Day’s Rise, The, David Kulcsar 14m (Hungary) 
  • Last Wish, The, Michael Rossi 26m (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • Leo, Brenda Hilbig 17m (Germany)
  • Letting Go, Cameron MacKenzie 9m (Fargo, ND) 
  • Lever of Justice, Carlton Winston 8m (Vancouver, WA) 
  • Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, Jillian Mayer 12m (Miami, FL)
  • Life is a Wild RIver A Vida É Um Rio Selvagem”, Gabby Egito 3m (Brazil) 
  • Literally “Literalmente”, Néstor Fernández 1m (Spain) 
  • Little Moon Lost, Jennifer Treuting 6m (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • Little Push, A, Andres Moret Urdampilleta 19m (Burbank, CA) 
  • Living River, Vinit Parmar 60m (India) 
  • Loss Prevention, JP McGill 13m (NJ, USA) 
  • Love Addict, Pernille Rose Gronkjaer 81m (Denmark)
  • Machine DevaSteve Holzer 19m (TX, USA)
  • Margo and Jones, Brianna Rosen 15m (Portland, OR) 
  • Mascots, Scott Aaron Hartmann 22m (North Hollywood, CA) 
  • Mask, Fayaz Bahram 1m (Iran) 
  • Masque, Robert Hatch 40m (Beverly Hills, CA) 
  • Meeting in the HeavensRendez-vous aux cieux”, Viémont Rodolphe 11m (France) 
  • Mind Stroll, Winston James 3m (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • Misguided, Alejandro Leopardi 21m (San Diego, CA) 
  • Mishap, The, Alejandro Leopardi 18m (San Diego, CA) 
  • Moment of Truth: The Andy Meyers Story, Steven Crowley 90m (AK, USA) 
  • Mossadegh, Roozbeh Dadvand 24m (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • Most Fun Time of the Year, The, Larry Rosen 2m (Teaneck, NJ) 
  • Mr. Pleasant, John Rice 39m (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • Murray, Jordan Vogeney 9m (CA, USA) 
  • Mush, Kim Jay 16m (Canada)
  • My Apologies, Andreas Goldfuss 1m (Canada) 
  • My Film d’Azur, H. James Gilmore 18m (Ann Arbor, MI) 
  • My Grandfather’s Tales Las batallitas del abuelo”, Eduardo Moisés Escribano Solera1m (Spain) 
  • My License, Elizabeth Herrick 2m (Plantation, FL) 
  • My Mind, Jason Harrington 5m (Ithaca, NY) 
  • My Shelf, Kurtis Hough 5m (Portland, OR)
  • My Will to Live, Lara Celenza 4m (Italy) 
  • Naked Love – Ea’s Garden, Sara Koppel 7m (Denmark) 
  • Nico’s SampaguitaAaron Woolfolk 18m (San Francisco, CA)
  • Nightbumpers, Dave Paull 124m (Portland, OR)
  • No, Guillermo P. Bosch 11m (Spain) 
  • No Other, Dee Hood 5m (Ruskin, FL)
  • Not One of Us (Different is Weird), Cameron MacKenzie 2m (Fargo, ND) 
  • OceansBraden Herrera 8m (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Ode, Dawn Hollison 18m (Arvada, CO)
  • Okuyamba, Ted Mandell 30m (Mishawaka, IN) 
  • Omega Squad: Resolute, Victor Masters 15m (San Diego, CA) 
  • On the Seventh Day, Judith G. Levy 5m (Lawrence, KS) 
  • One Hell of a Story, Nick Shaw 12m (Vancouver, WA) 
  • Opening, Ciro Fusco 10m (AK, USA) 
  • Ordinary Skier, The, Constantine Papanicolaou 78m (Beverly Hills, CA) 
  • Pact, The, Matt Toronto 85m (Brookings, SD) 
  • Paradiso, Alessandro Negrini 60m (United Kingdom)
  • Past Due, Denise Plumb 20m (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • Path, Fronyard, Collapse, Silence “ Pfad, Vorgarten, Kollaps, Stille”, Kai Miedendorp8m (Germany) 
  • Patriots, Sasha Krane 11m (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Paying For It, Lauren Lillie 22m (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • Perfect Life, A, Chad Ruin87m (WA, USA) 
  • Plastic, Jose Gomez 80m (IL, USA) 
  • Possession, Dan Cordie 90m (Austin, TX) 
  • Power Up, Dan Scott 5m (Vernonia, OR) 
  • Process Alchemy, Gilles Foisy & Terrance Loychuk 26m (Canada)
  • Purple Story, The “Purpurowa Opowiesc”, Mateusz Madry 33m (Germany)
  • Reading, The, Catya Plate 22m (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • Reasons Why, Dylan de Mott 8m (Studio City, CA) 
  • Recent Memory, Alexander Espeland 7m (Hong Kong) 
  • Reflex, Andra Chiriac 15m (Romania) 
  • Rehab, Simone Shepard 16m (North Hollywood, CA) 
  • Restoring Sight in Bangladesh, Tatiana McCabe 12m (Bangladesh/Brooklyn, NY)
  • Result, The “El Resultado”, Rishi Daswani 11m (Spain) 
  • Reunion, Ivan Boutazakht 10m (Spain) 
  • Reverberation, Fernando Usón-Forniés 20m (Spain) 
  • Royal Pain, A, Viviane Oliveira 7m (Grand Rapids, MI) 
  • Salvage, Jeremy Li 7m (MI, USA) 
  • Samurai, Jaime Fidalgo 9m (Spain) 
  • Saving Our Forests, Eric Sines 10m (Long Creek, OR)
  • Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War,  Alice Day & Lincoln Day 68m (Half Moon Bay, CA) 
  • Schism, Curtis Jensen 17m (Canada) 
  • Scrap Metal, Anthony Straus 4m (Canada) 
  • Sea Flower, Michelle D. Williams 4m (Portland, OR) 
  • Seventh Day, The, Achille D’Onofrio 32m (Italy) 
  • Shakespeare Chronicles – Star-Crossed Lovers, The, Matthew Ryan Anderson 16m (USA) 
  • Shock, James Joyce 10m (Bozeman, MT) 
  • Shouting Secrets, Korinna Sehringer 88m (Switzerland)
  • Silent-Mind Silenziosa-Mente”, Alessia Travaglini 5m (Italy) 
  • Sinsis, Carmen Lloret 3m (Spain) 
  • Sixty in 60, Ronnie Cramer 60m (Denver, CO) 
  • Sleeping Dogs Schlafende Hunde”, Michael O’Connor 86m (Germany) 
  • Sneakers, Brandon Reed 20m (Gresham, OR) 
  • Soil, Meejin Hong 3m (Castaic, CA)
  • Something to Learn “Algo que aprender”, Eugenia Arteaga 15m (Spain) 
  • Spectators “Espectadores”, Roger Villarroya 15m (Spain) 
  • Speed Dating, Brian Evans & Mary Niederkorn 5m (Needham, MA) 
  • Splash, Herminio Cardiel 3m (Spain) 
  • Split Time, Fabrice Bracq 4m (France)
  • Stairway to Heaven, Serg Kozhin 15m (Russian Federation) 
  • Static, Alex Choonoo 10m (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Static, Mel Miskel 12m (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • Statue, Andrew Bryan 10m (New Orleans, LA) 
  • Story for the Grandchildren, The, Alisha Kosaka 10m (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Sucker, Ben Hlavaty 5m (Mustang, OK) 
  • Surveillant, Yan Giroux 18m (Canada) 
  • Surviving Family, Laura Thies 87m (NJ, USA/Germany) 
  • Taliya.Date.Com, Taliya Finkel 54m (Israel) 
  • Tar Pit, The, Tammy Massa 7m (Burbank, CA) 
  • Tentaklees, Peter Allen 4m (Australia) 
  • Things My Father Never Taught Me, The, Burleigh Smith 7m (Australia) 
  • This is Almon, Stuart Arden 10m (Israel)
  • This is Kelly, Andrew Loos 10m (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • Three Days (of Hamlet), Alex Hyde-White 85m (Santa Monica, CA) 
  • Through the Static, Chris Cresci & Sam Price-Waldman11m (Orange, CA) 
  • Thumb Snatchers from the Moon Cocoon, Brad Schaffer 7m (Benton City, CA) 
  • Tish Ho, Sharon Shostak 51m (Australia)
  • Titanic of Southampton, The, Justin Zimmerman 13m (United Kingdom) 
  • Treading Water, Tenika Smith 9m (Australia) 
  • Tuurngait, Alexandre Toufaili & Benjamin Flouw & Mickael Riciotti & Paul-Emile Boucher & Remy Dupont 7m (France) 
  • Twisted, Norbert Keil 4m (Germany) 
  • Two Guys in a Backyard, Tez Frost 5m (Australia) 
  • Two Rooms, Marvin Choi 20m (Norwalk, CA) 
  • Uh La La, Isaí Escalada 9m (Spain) 
  • Upon Release, Debora Lascelles 11m (Poulsbo, WA) 
  • Urge, The, Brian Barnes 8m (United Kingdom) 
  • Velvet Hammer, The, Joe Mensch 12m (New York, NY) 
  • Vernal Equinox “冬 冰雪连天霜满地 “, Haiwei Hou 2m (Canada/China)
  • Vibe, The, Cynthia Granville 3m (Weehawken, NJ)
  • Vinegar & Chocolate“Vinagre y Bombones”, Jesus Plaza3m (Spain)
  • Visitors, The, Basil Sprig 19m (WA, USA)
  • Walther, Dale Ward 109m (Eureka, MO) 
  • Watched, Larry Rosen 3m (Teaneck, NJ) 
  • Way to Heaven, Tanner Parsons 35m (OR, USA) 
  • Wearing Normal, Marc Steele 63m (Vancouver, WA) 
  • Welcome Back, Jesús Plaza 7m (Spain) 
  • Who is ForestHeightster?, Brighton West 10m (Portland, OR) 
  • Winners, The, Levi Smith 5m (Northridge, CA) 
  • Wonderland ‘A True Story’ “بلاد العجائب ” قصه واقعيه”, Dana Al Mojil 38m (Kuwait)
  • Woody the Redneck, Jack Truman 5m (Lamar, MO)
  • Workfree “Arbeitsfrei”, Tristan Gray 9m (New Zealand)
  • World of Signs, A, Shirli Nikolsburg 20m (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Year, Make, Model, Marta Renzi 8m (Nyack, NY) 
  • Yellow Card, The, Enrique Pedraza 16m (New York, NY)
  • You are the One, Ivan Valdelvira 5m (Spain) 
  • Your American Teen, Charles Taylor Gould 58m (Portland, OR)
  • Zura, Ayako Tomita 14m (Brooklyn, NY)

OFFICIAL SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS (click for script synopsis’)

Large Scripts (over 45 pages)

  • About Love, Brannon Farner (Enterprise, OR)
  • Bums, Inc., Denise Landau (Millinton, TN)
  • Chasing Rabbits, Heather Kenihan (Laguna Beach, CA)
  • Dearly Beloved, The, James DiLuzio (New York, NY)
  • Fall Out, Michael Gold (Berkeley, CA)
  • Flower City, Jack Swanstrom (New York, NY)
  • Ghost Sonata: The Winged Bridge, Jamie Read (Portland, OR)
  • Good Judge, The, Linda Friedman Ramirez (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Ishmael’s Son, Nelson Blish (Rochester, NY)
  • Legend of Madog, The, Karen Kenyon (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Loveband, Nicola Pedrozzi (Switzerland)
  • Mission Terra Sol-3, Nick ‘Chi-Shu’ Yeh (Claremont, CA)
  • Nekropolis, Jason Beever & Kevin Walker (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Purple Rain, Alina Stephanie (Fairbanks, AK)
  • Red Rust Black, Christopher Dillon (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Silent Terror, Nelson Blish (Rochester, NY)
  • Soiled Doves, Mark Esslinger (Shadow Hills, CA)
  • Superstition, Kevin Jones (Vancouver, WA)
  • Taking of the King, Nelson Blish (Rochester, NY)

Medium Scripts (15 to 45 pages)

  • Flagstone, Heidi Morrell (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Kiss, Neil Valentine (United Kingdom)
  • Our Way Out, Kate Brown (Portland, OR)
  • Transhumans, Alex Sobol (Torrance, CA)

Small Scripts (under 15 pages)

  • Accounting, Neil Valentine (United Kingdom)
  • C.I. – Hey, Neil Valentine (United Kingdom)
  • Crib, The, Samuel Laskey (Boston, MA)
  • Gunter’s List, Nick ‘Chi-Shu’ Yeh (Claremont, CA)
  • Half Shaved, Bogdan Muresanu (Romania)
  • House that Peterbilt, The, Carl B. Clark (Greenville, SC)
  • Lenny’s Luck, Colin Pierce (Carlsbad, CA)
  • Lucky Day, Larry Fernsworth (Boise, ID)
  • One, The, Nick ‘Chi-Shu’ Yeh (Claremont, CA)
  • Opening the Black Door, Robert Harney (Portland, OR)
  • Superstar, The, Kristina Mare (Italy)
  • United States of Austerity, Neil Valentine (United Kingdom)

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Best of Fest

  • Shouting Secrets

The Bullet Award

  • Bullet Ballet

The Triangle Award

  • Tish Ho

Walt Ratterman Humanitarian Award

  • The Fourth World

John Basham International Award

  • Workfree “Arbeitsfrei”

Vancouver Award

  • Nico’s Sampaguita

Local/International Collaboration

  • Care Farms of the Netherlands

Best Short

  • Busted Walk

Local Documentary Feature

  • Your American Teen

Local Documentary

  • Compassion Connects

Local Narrative Short

  • Murray

Local Documentary Short

  • Emptys

Local Student Film

  • One Hell of a Story

Local Music Video

  • A House, A Home

Narrative Feature

  • Surviving Family

Narrative Short

  • Guitar Face

Children’s Film

  • Little Moon Lost

Experimental Film

  • Machine Deva

Experimental Short

  • Blood Film

Touche´ Award

  • The Velvet Hammer

Western Short

  • Masque

Western Feature

  • Heathens and Thieves

Documentary Feature

  • As Goes Janesville

Social Message

  • Clarity
  • I Love You … Me Neither

Educational Film

  • A World of Signs

Creative Short

  • A Fold Apart

Spiritual Film

  • Dreams Awake

International Feature

  • A Decent Arrangement

International Mini

  • Hide and Seek

Creative International

  • Dreaming Alaska

International Short

  • Fairytale

Environmental Feature

  • Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War

Environmental Short

  • Saving Our Forests

Special Jury Feature Award

  • The Kill Hole

Special Jury Short Award

  • The Last Wish
  • Oceans

Student Documentary

  • The Yellow Card

Small Script

  • A Lucky Day

Jury Script

  • About Love

Feature Script

  • Nekropolis

 

 

Title, Director, Runtime (Origin) Synopsis

  • 8 Second Dance, Trey Moya 8m (Denver, CO) Meet Bart Tyler: a cocky up-and-comer in the dangerous sport of professional bull riding. Live the passion and drama as a documentary film crew records Bart’s struggle to escape the looming shadow of his father, the infamous Bill ‘The Buzzerbeater’ Tyler, and become the champion he was meant to be.
  • 1095 Days, Han Fang Pao 21m (New York, NY) What is the biggest enemy in love? Some said time would change everything. With fear of time, we forgot to talk, to hug, and to be honest to each other. This is how we lost love and found it again.
  • 1674, Andrei Schiller-Chan 21m (Australia)  An innocent man is sent to prison for the sake of societal justice. When a private detective threatens to expose the man’s innocence, it has the potential to rock the foundations of the legal system. An ambitious young lawyer must decide whether society has more rights than the individual.
  • Above as Below, Michelle Arbon 2m (United Kingdom)  Inspired by the beautiful yet haunting poetry of WWII, Above As Below follows a young soldier during his first experience of war. Filled with tales of glory and valor, Fredrick is proud to be a soldier and thrilled to be fighting for his country. However, once confronted by the harsh realities of war, he is left to make a life changing decision.
  • All Conditions for a Story – Thriller, Ankica Juric Tilic 16m (Croatia) Today we are overwhelmed with various pseudo-documentary films that focus on violence exclusively for commercial purpose. These so-called documentaries have no aesthetic, kin-aesthetic or ethical purpose except sensationalism. Exploring how such scenes work if separated from the completed film and given without a comment, and what impact they have on a regular viewer. How are they perceived, and what do these scenes now mean?
  • Alone Together, Ben Kadie 24m (Bellevue, WA) A story of shipwrecks and love. After a terrible ocean storm, Brendan finds himself on a Chilean island with Eloise, the girl of his secret dreams. Alone together for the first time the two grow close, yet Brendan worries: if they leave the island will Eloise still need him?
  • Alternative Route, Sid Widmer 18m (Madras, OR) A man decides to take an alternate route on the way home and finds himself trapped in his own private nightmare as mysterious forces make sport of him.
  • Animal Control, Kire Paputts 17m (Canada) Before he met Sammy his best friends were stuffed animals. Larry, an eccentric amateur taxidermist, works for Animal Services picking up road kill along the highway. Socially isolated, he has retreated into an emotional state where his only companions are the animals he’s stuffed.
  • Aqua – Booty, Marta Renzi 5m (Nyack, NY) A beautiful synchronized water dance explored in this creative short experimental film.
  • Art of Dam Removal, The, Daniel Dancer 22m (Mosier, OR)  Blending explosive footage, emotion, and the power of a river freed after being blocked for 100 years, this video celebrates the power of art-activism and the role it played in the second largest dam removal project in world history. The 20-year effort to remove the antiquated Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington state began when two salmon- and wild river-loving art activists dared to call for dam demolition.
  • As Goes Janesville, Brad Lichtenstein 83m (Milwaukee, WI) The front lines over the future of America’s middle class, a debate that became a battle over unions in Wisconsin. First, GM shut down Janesville’s century-old plant causing massive layoffs. Then, newly elected governor Scott Walker ignites a firestorm by ending collective bargaining unleashing a fury of protesters demanding a recall election. We tell the tale from inside, following 3 years in the lives of workers trying to reinvent themselves; business leaders aligned with the Governor to promote a pro-business agenda to woo companies to town, and a state senator trying to bring peace to his warring state and protect workers’ rights. As Goes Janesville, so goes America, a country mired in polarization and falling short of the American Dream.
  • Balloon Man, Bob Ridgley 2m (Bellingham, WA) A balloon man greets all with a gift. A delightful film for the little ones.
  • Banjo Bill, The Ballad, Jeffrey Hill 9m (Morehead, KY)
  • Beats “Latidos”, Miky Dubrowsky & Romina Guerrero 7m (Argentina) Valeria is a clever, secretive woman who takes desperate measures to protect what she loves.
  • Bell, The, Charles Roseberry 2m (Warrenton, VA) A mysterious encounter in the woods forces Joey to run for his life. He unearths a simple bell, which harbors untapped powers.
  • Bella Nubela, Katrina Munday 9m (CA, USA) A story about a bridal boutique… But you’ll soon find out it’s nor your typical bridal expedition.
  • Beneath the Veneer of a Murder, Angel Connell 8m (Westford, MA) Politically connected powerhouse Tom Buchanan and desperate lower class thug Judd have a brief yet tense phone conversation about Buchanan’s bisexual wife, Daisy; her working class lover, Lolita; and the enigmatic head of Buchanan’s personal security force, Bartlesby. This phone call results in an interlocking series of actions that culminate in a brutal murder.
  • Between Two Points, Pedro Ferreira 5m (Portugal) A psychedelic walk around Oporto’s city, a reflexion of city life and urban landscape where confusion is installed everywhere.
  • Billy, Bubbles & Balthar, Alastair Sutherland 10m (Canada) Four renegade clowns find themselves in a halfway house on the wrong side of town. Mr. Bubbles wears the nose, but Balthar does not, and Billy just wants to shake his stick.
  • Blood Film, Kevin Walker 3m (Los Angeles, CA) A short film made with Lara Salmon and Kevin Walker’s blood. Each took a paintbrush and dipped it in a cup of their blood to paint eighty feet of film. It was manipulated until they found a stopping point.
  • Blue Bike, The, Hong Zhou 14m (Carbondale, IL) A little boy’s desire for a bicycle may mean betraying his brother.
  • Blue Skies, Megan Bercaw 5m (Corpus Christi, TX) Three local skydivers in Port Aransas, Texas discuss their thoughts and opinions on their passion for skydiving.
  • Booth, Mark Esslinger 4m (Shadow Hills, CA) A little girl’s encounter with the fugitive John Wilkes Booth results in a compromise and a lecture by both parties.
  • Borders, Yilmaz Vurucu 30m (Austria) A young Middle Eastern couple escapes the turmoil of their homeland and ends up in a European metropolis. Oblivious to the realities of their new setting, constructing a new life seems within reach, even if it does require hard work and a few sacrifices. Yet their dreams come to a crushing halt when they’re confronted with the harsh reality of life on the streets. For the first time in their lives, they’re forced to confront social, racial and moral boundaries. Crossing the physical border was just the beginning.
  • Brad Fitt Will Be Mine, Shailla Quadra 9m (Australia) A quirky dark comedy about behind-the-scenes Hollywood. Hollywood has never been so cutthroat!
  • Briefcase, The, Victor Morales 4m (Chile) A young man is trying to catch a briefcase in an isolated place. Inexplicably the briefcase seems to move away when the Young Man moves closer.
  • Bullet Ballet, Morrie Cramer 90m (New York, NY) An anarchist journey of a pirate, a ballerina and rebellion.
  • Busted Walk, Steven Tanenbaum 13m (New York, NY) Busted for pot found in his school locker, a disabled teenage guitar hero limps to his punishment: working for his father.
  • Caleb’s Gift, Robert Bates 12m (Westerville, OH) An estranged father and son are forced to confront the son’s drug addiction as well as their wounded relationship when a beautiful horse prized by both men is injured in a car accident.
  • Cancel My Two O’Clock, Glen Vivaris & Shaun Vivaris 3m (CA, USA) On a rainy day a robber breaks into the wrong house.
  • Carbon Rush, The, Amy Miller 85m (Canada) A critical look at carbon trading and offset projects around the world. By spending time with people directly impacted by carbon offset projects we learn that the carbon market does little, if anything, to reduce greenhouse gases, and that these offset projects are nothing more than schemes to provide false solutions.
  • Care Farms of the Netherlands, David Heine 27m (Netherlands) Telling the story of an innovative program, that combines agriculture with social care for the mentally challenged. Beginning in 1998 with a handful of farms and only a few clients, today there are more than 1020 farms participating and over 10,000 clients. In this era of government cutbacks in assistance to our nation’s most venerable citizens this pragmatic Dutch program offers a new and hopeful vision.
  • Charterman, Dylan Drummond 90m (United Kingdom)  Charterman began as an Enterprise Challenge to create a 30-second television advertisement promoting the Children’s Charter, a document developed to address bullying and the protection of young people. Working with the feeder primaries and senior pupils from the Dundee area, the advertisements were designed not only to create awareness of the Charter, but also to emphasize that the Charter is for everyone.
  • Chicken and Zoe, Yael Bridge 4m (Portland, OR) Eating chicken takes on new meaning for 4 year old Zoe as she observes her first slaughter.
  • Clarity, Tristan Stoch 29m (Forest Grove, OR) Set in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, a teenage boy searches for an old friend he lost to methamphetamine addiction. His journey takes him to every corner of his small town, deep into the mountains, and deep into his own childhood.
  • Code of the West, Rebecca Richman Cohen 71m (MA, USA) At a time when the world is rethinking its drug policies, one state rises to the forefront of national attention. Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, the state of Montana is poised to become the first in the nation to repeal its medical marijuana law. Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the steamy lamplight of marijuana grow houses, and the bustling halls of the State Capitol, Code of the West follows the 2011 Montana State Legislature as it debates the fate of medical marijuana.
  • Company of Thieves, The, Shilpa Sunthankar 17m (Portland, OR)  In the ever-present battle of good vs. evil, a lone thief, Dex, seeks vengeance after he is left for dead in the woods by his partner. So he makes a fast deal with the Devil and goes on a mission to kill his partner and get his loot back.
  • Compassion Connects, Tristan Stoch 30m (Vancouver, WA) Against tremendous obstacles of poverty, in regions of Nepal where the struggle to survive often usurps basic medical needs, five volunteer acupuncturists set up a health clinic. Through the practice of healing, a connection between patient and volunteer emerges, transcending the physical and leading both parties into a relationship of human connection and compassion that creates long-lasting effects within their respective communities.
  • Cooking with Brain Injury, Cynthia Lopez 10m (Portland, OR) What if everyday life suddenly became confusing? Or your own kitchen was so unfamiliar you felt like you were starring in a strange TV cooking show instead of making dinner as usual? This comedy short features two brain-injured actors struggling through the real-life difficulties of cooking with a brain injury. Initially intending to lead a cooking program, they end up showing how a brain injury can turn something as straightforward as cooking a simple dinner into a confusing series of steps.
  • Course of Time “au fil du temps” 8m (United Kingdom) How we measure ourselves in the world around us. Presenting images of Alpine landscapes that, to most of us, are quite literally those of another world: giant peaks that, despite their size and seeming immutability, are continually in a state of flux and at the mercy of the weather. Presented with such out-of-the-ordinary images, if we allow ourselves to enter into a contemplative relationship with the landscape, we are prompted to reassess our self-identity. Our usual forms of measurement fail to work in this environment, and we are forced to recalibrate our position and reevaluate our means of self-awareness.
  • Cristiano’s Shirt Le maillot de Cristiano”, Vincent Bruno 17m (Belgium) Tom and Ptit Lu, two 11 year old children, dream of buying the same shirt as their idol, Cristiano Ronaldo. Unfortunately, their parents are no help, saying the economic crisis means there’s no money to spend. In the midst of a crisis they don’t really understand, our two heroes will try to get what they’re longing for: Cristiano’s shirt.
  • Crocodile Nile, Javier Dampierre 19m (Spain) Javier and Laura arrive at a hotel after a tedious trip with their son Alvarito. There, a bunch of child supervisors are promoting the famous ‘Nile rout’. Javier has just one thing in his mind: to leave his son in the big hall filled with inflatable play houses and children’s fun fairs and go up to bed with his wife. However, there’s just one little problem: Alvarito is afraid of Crocodile Nile.
  • Curvas, David Galan Galindo 5m (Spain) A man drives his car down a lonely road. He meets a strange woman wearing only a nightshirt, and she asks him if he could take her to town. When she gets into the car, an incredible search begins.
  • Custom Mary, The, Matt Dunnerstick 81m (Los Angeles, CA) A story about a translation office, a lowrider, and the cloning of Jesus.
  • Date With Fate, Venetia Taylor 4m (Australia)  Some things are meant to be whether you like it or not.
  • Decent Arrangement, A, Sarovar Banka 98m (Narberth, PA)  Ashok Khosla, an Indian-American copywriter, journeys to India seeking an arranged marriage. After he encounters an American woman traveling through India and he is set up with an Indian woman who unexpectedly captivates him, Ashok must navigate the complexity of cultural traditions and the leanings of his own heart. With subtle comedy and true-to-life drama, A Decent Arrangement shows us a side of India not commonly seen by Western audiences and delivers an affecting story that resonates with those of us in search of our place in a changing world.
  • Decoys: A Duckumentary, Maria VanDyken 7m (Grand Rapids, MI) Michigan based carver Randy Martinie enters the prestigious Ohio Decoy Collectors & Carvers Association competition.
  • Defining Diversity, Creating Community, Tony Papa 49m (Canada)  Powell River, BC is both unique and emblematic of the history of many places in Canada. First inhabited by the Tla’amin people, in the modern era it attracts people from every corner of the world seeking a better life. Defining Diversity, Creating Community weaves these personal stories in a tapestry of cultures, beliefs and lifestyles.
  • Delivery, Fabien Mariano Ortiz 11m (Spain)
  • Did You Kiss Anyone?, Mike Vogel 97m (Portland, OR) Jared is a comic book artist who can’t find a job and spends his days fantasizing about quirky women. Emily is a small-time cooking show host on the verge of her big break. Their marriage is tested after Emily continues an intimate conversation by leaving the bathroom door open, then later finds Jared’s pornographic drawings of himself with other women. They give each other one night to sleep around in weird, libertine Portland. Their parallel sex-quests get ridiculous and increasingly bizarre as they meet eccentric characters and find themselves in uncomfortably awkward situations. As the night wears on, they each wonder if maybe a little comfort and predictability isn’t such a terrible thing to share with the person you love.
  • Dinosaurs Also Cry, The Les dinosaures pleurent aussi”, Galder Arriaga Magunazelaya 2m (France) 
  • Dirty Clothes, Noah Mucci 3m (CA, USA) Shortly after moving into a new building, a mild-mannered tenant is forced to deal with an awkward social confrontation. In the common laundry room, he discovers his clothes being tampered with by a strange fellow who seems confused as to who the clothes truly belong to.
  • Dislecksia: The Movie, Harvey Hubbell V 82m (Litchfield, CT) About one in seven Americans has some degree of dyslexia. It’s a condition that makes it hard to read the way other people do. But by using special techniques, taught or self-invented, most dyslexics can learn to function normally. A lot of dyslexics are brilliant, talented, and successful. The documentary presents the latest scientific knowledge about dyslexia, and the experiences of dyslexics. Viewers will come to know dyslexicsand those who teach and study them. They’ll learn a lot about dyslexia: its causes, its effects, and what can be done about it.
  • Do You Really Want to Know?, John Zaritsky 72m (Canada) A documentary about the complex emotional, ethical and psychological issues surrounding the new frontier of predictive genetic testing. The film follows three families confronting the decision of whether or not to be tested for Huntington’s disease, a degenerative neurological illness akin to ALS, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. Huntington’s is also one of the first diseases that can be accurately and conclusively diagnosed before the onset of any symptoms. As scientists discover more ways to identify diseases before we know we have them, ‘do you really want to know?’ will be a question more and more of us will face.
  • Dolci, Paula Bennett 12m (Seattle, WA) A true story taken from Shawn Wong’s upcoming novel ‘From The Ancient and Occupied Heart of Greg Li.’ A short film shot entirely in Seattle, Dolci features recent graduates from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program and a local Seattle producer, writer, director and crew.
  • Door to Door, Rose Waldschmidt 14m (Mishawaka, IN)
  • Dreaming Alaska, Emanuele Valla 112m (Italy) A dramedy about those dreams we left in the drawer for so long. Take them and live them… now! Life is waiting just around the corner. Stop dreaming, start living.
  • Dreams Awake, Jerry Alden Deal 105m (CA, USA) While on vacation a disconnected family becomes stranded near mystical Mt. Shasta and amazing possibilities open up. A family drama expands into a spiritual mystery, finally growing into a mystical adventure. A glimpse into the subtle but intense possibilities of the human spirit, this story delves into that magical lore between reality and illusion; dreams and awake; and life, death and immortality.
  • Drift, Max Helali 16m (AK, USA)  A girl who hasn’t been able to leave her house for over a year because of a traumatic incident struggles to be normal when she falls for the boy who delivers her groceries.
  • Drowned Hogs, The, Yaniv Aronson 10m (Boston, MA) Three Boston University graduate students swim in the Atlantic Ocean in January to raise funds for a local community center.
  • Drug America, Jase Haber 14m (Miami, FL) Watch and listen as young teens from dysfunctional upbringings disclose their deep personal secrets and confess their reasons for taking the road to a lifestyle of debauchery.
  • Drunken Phone Calls. Mark Kerrins 9m (Garland, TX) A young man decides it’s time to ‘grow up’ and become a responsible adult, but his friends aren’t quite ready to let him go.
  • Duck Hunter, The “El Cacciatore del Antare” Egidio Veronesi 90m (Italy) Year1942. In the countryside of Modena, in northern Italy, the story of four friends are intertwined, each of them with their own dream to realize. The story is set at time of second world war and the tragic events of this period will end by sweeping away everyone and everything. Only one of them will realize his dream.
  • Dunas, Alexander Quezada 8m (Colombia) Roads, different times, and strange sensations represent a sentimental separation.
  • Electro-Cute!, Taryn Hough 11m (Irvine, CA) Pandora gets more than she bargained for when she uses a new electronic device that promises to ‘attract others towards her’.
  • Elisangela, Maria Lynch 15m (Brazil) A day in the life of a woman who has a sculpture for a head. Elisangela wakes up from a tormented dream, pulls herself together, gets dressed and goes to work and enjoys a most unexpected day.
  • Ellas, Vanessa Batista 4m (Spain) A dialog between women artists from different cultures who have settled in Barcelona for a decade.
  • Emptys, Joshua Leake 10m (Portland, OR)  Meet Tim, Ernie, Joe and Jenna who return bottles and cans as their principal source of income. Homeless or not, these people struggle to make ends meet with a dirty job. They help the environment every day, but many look down on them. We hope to learn from their experiences.
  • Evy in the New World, Killivalavan Solai 3m (Jersity City, NJ/India) A fantasy of a 6-year-old girl, Evy, who has just started learning the English alphabet. Evy’s fantasy is of a small girl’s imaginary alphabet world. This is a simple example of what happens when you learn or experience something interesting for the first time.
  • Excuses, Ilay Roy 10m (Brooklyn, NY) Mona is drowning in her own sorrow, looking for a easy way out. Tired of her life and sufferings Mona is about to get a second chance – just before its too late.
  • Fairytale, Andy Collier 5m (United Kingdom) It’s another perfect morning in Kate’s perfect life until reality bites hard. Fairytale is the story of a young girl who deals with an awful domestic situation by creating a perfect fantasy world for herself and her siblings to live in, and how the people she meets on an ordinary morning inadvertently conspire to tear it apart.
  • Finding Truelove, Samuel Kuhn 69m (Bainbridge Island, WA) The true story of three friends, Clay, Michael and Andrew, who find a yearbook from their favorite year and enlist the help of their filmmaker friend to infiltrate a twenty-year reunion in search of the mysterious Tim Truelove. One part documentary, two parts comedy, the film explores the curious relationship modern youths have to anachronism, false celebrity and irony.
  • First Date, Cynthia Granville 2m (Weehawken, NJ) “Tell me about yourself.”  The response is not quite what she expected…a dating nightmare.
  • Fold Apart, A, Lee Eubanks 35m (Boerne, TX) An examination of the monotonous life of a 24-year-old man as he explores his thoughts and searches for any sort of path to follow. During a night spent roaming the city he meets strange characters and experiences even stranger dream-like visions.
  • For You “Zuretzako”, Javi Aitor Zubizarreta 46m (Spain)  To support his family in the Basque Country, Joaquin must herd sheep alone in America. Burning suns and blistering winds have made him a quiet, distant man. When his son joins him herding, years of separation and sacrifice come to a head. Together, they must battle the mountains, isolation, and each other.
  • Forever Mankind, Howard Cook 10m (Denver, CO) In July of 1969, the world watched as Apollo 11 took the first men to the moon. Speechwriter William Safire was tasked with writing the contingency speech for President Richard Nixon to give should the mission end in disaster. If the worst happened, what words would their families, the nation, and the world need to hear?
  • Fourth World, The, Mark Volkers 55m (Orange City, IA) One out of every six human beings lives in the very hidden world of slums. Filmed on five continents, The Fourth World takes viewers deep inside this hidden world; the population of which the United Nations says could triple in the next 30 years. Getting past the statistics is tough. ‘One Billion’ is a figure we cannot wrap our minds around. This compelling film introduces viewers to the individuals who make up this statistic, whomay just change your perspective on slum life and the chronically poor of the Developing World.
  • Fractured, Terry Sasaki 5m (New York, NY) A woman finds more than a simple fracture when visiting a doctor, but what does the doctor find?
  • Freud, Frederico Calabuig 4m (Spain) She and Lucas. She and Brillantina. She and her brain traumas.
  • From Nomad to Nobody, Michael Buckley 15m (Canada) Shot on location in Tibet and northern India, this film is a personal take on the plight of Tibetan nomads who are being forcibly relocated by Chinese officials. Shifted off their traditional grazing lands, these nomads are placed in concrete ghettos where they are marginalized.
  • Future, The, Venetia Taylor 8m (Australia)  When you’re young and in love the future seems bright… but then what?
  • God’s Kitchen, Benjamin Kim 4m (PA, USA) A short film about a Soup Kitchen in downtown Grand Rapids from the perspectives of the administration, the people that visit, and the people that work there.
  • Going Pro, Andre Oziol 2m (San Diego, CA) A young surfer aspires to turn his dreams of being a pro surfer into reality.
  • Golden Ears, Jonathan Rosen 5m (San Francisco, CA) The peaceful Mountaineer, with mountains for ears, watches as the Electioneer, the Engineer, the Musketeer, and the Auctioneer industrialize his homeland.
  • Good Men, Brian Connors 12m (CA, USA) A short drama about two elderly Jewish men who get into a serious argument over the controversial circumstances surrounding the 9/11 attacks on The World Trade Center.
  • Good Things are Always Happening, Steve Ledoux3m (West Hollywood, CA) It was a good thing when Steve Ledoux and Mark Becktold met in 2005 and later decided to become a family. They consider themselves marriage pioneers, as they legally married in California before Prop 8 passed. In Good Things Are Always Happening they share their story and testify to the importance marriage equality holds in their lives. Since they met, good things are always happening.
  • Grace Running, Jim McQuaid 15m (Durham, NC)  Grace is fourteen. Grace makes lovely drawings. Grace is a good girl. She’s ready to change.
  • Grand Escape, The, M. Chendler 8m (Netherlands) A story, told years later by the beetle Lispy as an adult, about a colony of beetles that becomes trapped under a big leaf and has to seek shelter underground. The elders of the colony gather to plan The Grand Escape to get back to the world of light. Eventually, after a hard climb, everyone makes it up into the world of light and the beetles sing out of joy and gratitude. However, this is short lived, as a storm moves in and the beetle colony is swept away in the turbulent wind. Lispy, his friend, and the teacher fall back to the ground where they seek shelter under another leaf, and the story beings again.
  • Grandmothers “Abuelas”, Afarin Aghbal 9m (United Kingdom) In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances mean that she will be forced to wait for over 30 years. Using real-life testimonials, this animated documentary raises issues of memory, repression and loss.
  • Great Hamburger Challenge, The, Jason Chau 12m (Beaverton, OR) These boys take fast food very seriously. So when Craig questions the prowess of Stanley’s palette, it’s anything but a gentleman’s wager. They’ll have to risk their pride, their video games, and even the dignity of Craig’s smoking hot mom if they want to settle this carnivorous quandary.
  • Greetings to the Moroccan Farmers, Andy Goldner 7m (Germany) This is an experimental music underground documentary fiction film by Andy Goldner and Joe D.Lindauer based on the music of exmagma, the culture of Germany in 1974, and on the 8mm footage filmed by Joe D.Lindauer in Toronto and Montreal, Canada in 1970.
  • Ground Above Us, The Las batallitas del abuelo”, Cristian Scardigno 18m (Italy)  Cisterna di Littoria, January 22nd 1944: to escape the bombing, Francesca flees with her mother and hundreds of other people to shelter in caves located tens of meters below the ground. There, they will spend endless days of fear, pain, and hope.
  • Grounds for Resistance, Lisa Gilman 50m (Eugene, OR)  Inspired by the Vietnam-era G.I. coffeehouse movement, young American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars opened Coffee Strong 300 meters from Joint Lewis-McChord Base in November 2008. This non-profit cafe is a space where soldiers, veterans, and military families discuss politics and the impact of war.
  • Guitar Face, Chris Hanada 10m (Los Angeles, CA) An aspiring rock star and broken-hearted bartender at a burlesque club takes over the stage and sings his feelings to a perplexed audience. Through his awkward performances, he gets over his breakup and opens up to someone new.
  • Happy Birthday, Kathrin Frey 5m (Switzerland) A man goes out for a late night stroll, and makes an unexpected find.
  • Happy Ones, The “Los Encantados” Ricardo Davila 14m (Spain) There was an accident… A wake is being prepared… Everything make sense… Or does it? Living in someone’s subconscious. No one knows them, no one knows their name. They live in the dreams of one of them. Respect the mystery and just hope you never discover it…
  • Heathens and Thieves, Peter H. Scott 111m (Los Angeles, CA) In the Old West lawmen, drifters, and hired guns converge on a ranch, believing its Chinese owners possess stolen gold.
  • Help I am Homeless, Adrian B. Morina 18m (Sweden)  Based on a true story about a homeless man, who, with the help of two men he had never met before, starts a normal life again. Now he wants to help other vulnerable and homeless people all over the world.
  • Hide and Seek, Aminder Dhaliwal 3m (Canada)  Two dinosaurs play hide and seek. One hides underwater, and when an asteroid hits the Earth it kills the other. Underwater, the dinosaur continues to hide for 65 million years.
  • Hold on Tight, Anna Rodgers 12m (Ireland) Holding hands or kissing in public isn’t for everyone. When it comes to same sex relationships, showing your love outside of the home is sometimes a complicated personal choice. This documentary moves between the public and private spaces in which lesbian and gay couples live, and explores small gestures of human connectedness. These gentle interactions not only carry a huge personal significance, but also the potent power to create social change. Yet, for most people, being affectionate beyond the hall door isn’t intended as a political statement – it’s an expression of love.
  • Holding the Line, Patrick Wells 25m (United Kingdom) Solo filmmaker Patrick Wells spent three weeks living on the front line with the Martyr’s Brigade, a group of Libyan rebel fighters defending their besieged home city of Misrata. The film documents the horror and idiosyncrasies of life on the front line and explores the differences between the men’s preconceptions of war and the realities they experience. The fighters share their private reflections on the realities of killing, fear, loss and death, explaining their motivations and the ways in which the war has changed them.
  • Horse Soldiers of 9/11, Alex Quade 19m (NC, USA) It was the news the world breathlessly waited for immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks: a report of the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan. All at once, the world’s attention focused on an iconic photo of small teams of U.S. Special Operations Forces doing something no American military had done in nearly a century: ride horses into combat. That photo would go on to inspire an artist to sculpt an 18ft. tall monument at Ground Zero, ten years later. The courage of the first into battle is what guarantees the courage of those that follow.
  • Hourglass, Pedro Collantes 16m (Norway) As we grow up, friendships often fade away. Or do they?
  • House, A Home, A, Daniel Fickle 7m (Portland, OR) A love, a death, and another death are reconciled in a subterranean world.
  • How to Deal with Nonsense, Veronica Solomon 5m (Germany) Does the world seem to you coherent and comprehensible? Why struggle when you can joyfully slide through so many layers of nonsense… And then? Don’t worry, there’s a happy end.
  • How to Lose $2400 in 24 seconds, Kurtis Hough 5m (Portland, OR) A viral success with over 1.6 viewing on vimeo.
  • HyperLightness ad Absurdum, Margarida Sardinha 26m (United Kingdom)  An optical illusion afterimage deconstructs geometrical solids structures and reveals their inherent divine progressions. Dynamic symmetry interlaces self reflective mirror images of the original icon and creates a hypnotic procedure leading to extreme consciousness and visual telepathy.The symbolism of Kabbalah’s and Christian omnipotent God reveals itself as Buddhist or Taoist illusionary rotational mandalas or Yantras emphasizing Maya’s attributes. The Infinitude in Brahma and in Ein Sof being the complete Void and nonetheless being the source of endless energy is reflected at a cosmological scientific level as singularity that contains the primordial energy whose explosion originated the four visible dimensions of the universe where space-time is an illusionary phenomena and paradox is latent in every polarized assumption only culminating in Absolute absurdity ad aeternum.
  • I Am Not a Rockstar, Bobbi Jo Krais-Hart 85m (Canada) A gritty coming-of-age story of pianist Marika Bournaki whose life has revolved around becoming a world-class concert pianist since she was five. It was filmed over 8 years, covering her life from age 12 to age 20.
  • I Am Rupert Caldwell, Garrett Lee 14m (CA, USA) Rupert wakes up in a hospital with a wheelchair and no memory. After his wife Kathy brings him home, Rupert has trouble reconnecting with his old life.
  • I Love You… Me Neither, Sarah Lee Monroe 20m (Spokane, WA) A short film about an overweight woman who must gather her courage to meet the man she’s in love with but has never seen. The promise of romance tempts her, but will she let weight prevent her from fulfilling it?
  • In Godfather’s Movie “In Film la Nasu”, Cristina Jacob 35m (Romania) A beautiful tragicomedy inspired by real events that describes in a very funny way the Moldovan and Romanian bureaucracy.
  • Infection, Todd Lundbohm 19m (Boise, ID) How far would you be willing to go to stop an infection?
  • Instants “Instantes”, Marilu Carrillo 6m (Mexico) While waiting to be rescued from inside an elevator, two opposites realize that it is always possible to fall in love.
  • Interpersonal Exopolitics, Jack Bank 15m (New York, NY)  In a world where romantic communication is tough, relationships don’t last, and your government tells you what you can eat and drink, you’ve found out humans are not alone in the universe. But life’s the same no matter where you are! Taking a look at our world and asking some big questions in a satirical, surreal manner.
  • Invasion from Planet Schrump, Nadine Keil 30m (Germany)  A wicked comedy for the entire family about a little girl who is convinced that her mum is an alien.
  • It’s As Easy As Riding A Bike, Derege Harding 10m (CA, USA) ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ – a lesson two couples amusingly learn the hard way.
  • It’s Just Business, Marc Maged 7m (NY, USA) Larry and Bob are two mobsters who are forced to sell dope to a mysterious customer by their mob boss, Al ‘Gator’ Cusamano. However, the two gangsters find that their task is not nearly as easy as planned. It all comes down to a massive food chain in this wild gangster short.
  • Janadhaar, Jade Ajani & David Meek 93m (Portland, OR) This feature-length documentary, set in India’s Garwhal Himalaya, explores the struggle for community-owned ecotourism and sustainable rural development within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. Janadhaar, which means ‘grassroots’ in Hindi, highlights the efforts of one Himalayan community to make a difference in both environmental conservation and participatory economic development.
  • Just Like Mine “Stejně Jako Já”  Deana DiSalvio 8m (Czech Republic) A boy takes his younger brother shooting when his mother leaves them home alone.
  • Keenan at Sea, Jeremy Galante 2m (Chagrin Falls, OH)  An animated short featuring the indie-folk duo The Girls and their resourceful dog. After a few grim days at sea aboard the SS Keenan, the three finally welcome an ironic rescuer. The film was produced digitally, but preserves a handcrafted shadow-box style.
  • Kill Hole, The, Mischa Webley 90m (Portland, OR) The story of a troubled Iraq war vet haunted by his actions in the service. While attempting to piece together a life in the real world, he is dragged back into a shadowy world and a new mission in order to settle the score and clear his own conscience.
  • Kingwood – Lapsed, Charles Quinn Frutos 2m (Beaverton, OR) A micro avant-garde music video.
  • Last Day’s Rise, The, David Kulcsar 14m (Hungary)  In Southern Oregon in 1873, a bounty hunter tracks his next target. Along the way, however, he meets a strange girl who inadvertently joins his trek. Inspired by the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960′s and silent movies, The Last Day’s Rise is the first of three short films intended to form a collection.
  • Last Wish, The, Michael Rossi 26m (Los Angeles, CA) After suffering a recent loss, a desperate father considers undergoing a highly experimental procedure to relive a memory from his past.
  • Leo, Brenda Hilbig 17m (Germany) A day in the life of Leo, the dog.
  • Letting Go, Cameron MacKenzie 9m (Fargo, ND)  A short film about a tough-minded girl who goes through different stages of grief after the death of someone very close and important to her.
  • Lever of Justice, Carlton Winston 8m (Vancouver, WA) A young man has a job to do as executioner, yet his inner feelings compel him to have second thoughts. Can he do this? Only a secret from his past can enable him to do what’s right. But what’s right? Can he pull the lever?
  • Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, Jillian Mayer 12m (Miami, FL) A modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 French short film La Jetee, Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke recounts Luke’s (Uncle Luke, legendary rapper from the hip-hop group 2 Live Crew) rise to fame as he changes the face of hip-hop and fights for first amendment rights, and later as he ushers Miami into a golden era of peace and prosperity as Mayor. Everything changes when a nuclear meltdown at Turkey Point Power Plant turns Miami into a radioactive wasteland filled with mutants, and Luke is the only survivor left unscathed.
  • Life is a Wild RIver A Vida É Um Rio Selvagem”, Gabby Egito 3m (Brazil)  Showing the impact of the River Mundau flood crest over the lives of 500 families in the city of Rio Largo, Northeast Brazil.
  • Literally “Literalmente”, Néstor Fernández 1m (Spain)  A day hunting.
  • Little Moon Lost, Jennifer Treuting 6m (Brooklyn, NY) What’s that glowing in the grass? A boy finds the moon in a country field. It’s fallen out of the sky. After taking it home and nursing it back to health (with cheese, of course!), the boy must return the moon to the sky… but how? He tries several ideas, but nothing seems to work and it’s getting dark. Will the moon get home to the sky in time for nightfall?
  • Little Push, A, Andres Moret Urdampilleta 19m (Burbank, CA) Two elderly ladies that live in a nursing home are the only ones alive from their group of friends. The group had an agreement that, if any of them had gotten ill, the other ones would kill her to help her avoid suffering. Now that only two of them remain, one friend decides to back out of the pact and the other one wants to continue with it.
  • Living River, Vinit Parmar 60m (India) The Ganges, the iconic river of India, supports the lives of 400 million people everyday. Volunteers clean the river only to find the river is still polluted, and their cause is impaired. This is their story, following the journey of hope to the death and cancers that follow, revealing a controversy riddled with denials, disbelief, and damage caused by 25 years of delays and excuses that pollute the river and choke the nation.
  • Loss Prevention, JP McGill 13m (NJ, USA) The store is closing and Marcus, a loss prevention associate, is planning to head home until he spots a woman concealing something. Marcus stops the woman as she walks toward her car and her baby and brings her to his office, which is monitored by camera. The company policy is clear: all shoplifters are to be prosecuted. If Marcus turns her over to the police, she will surely lose her baby. If Marcus releases her, he is likely to lose his job and his ability to put food on his family’s table.
  • Love Addict, Pernille Rose Gronkjaer 81m (Denmark) Are you addicted to love? Through personal stories of love addicts and the people around them this documentary explores the nature of love addiction. It will seek to understand what happens when ‘love’ takes over your life. If you are addicted to love, love becomes more of a struggle than something great and joyful. Love addiction can rule your life in a destructive way.
  • Machine Deva, Steve Holzer 19m (TX, USA) A  very abstract love story created directly on 16 mm film, using familiar and not-so-familiar direct manipulation. Hand coloring and intervention on found footage with unusual transfer techniques put the visual experience somewhere between cave paintings and a hand held video of a dream world.
  • Margo and Jones, Brianna Rosen 15m (Portland, OR)  How high would you go for a friend? After their close friend David’s medical marijuana dispensary is shut down, Margo and Jones try to acquire his prescription the illegal way. Attempting to buy marijuana at a high school and fleeing from police, a once in a lifetime adventure is about to unfold.
  • Mascots, Scott Aaron Hartmann 22m (North Hollywood, CA)  A contemporary Native American story about a part-Native America college student and his misguided journey to protest a distant university’s cartoonish use of Native Americans as a school mascot.  His experience helps him understand that being Native is more than how other people see him.
  • Mask, Fayaz Bahram 1m (Iran) What’s real?
  • Masque, Robert Hatch 40m (Beverly Hills, CA) Defying a fate of destruction and despair, a scarred and evil prizefighter, a henchman, and a gambler conscribe the artful skills of a gifted benefactor who proffers the hope of a mythical journey of…
  • Meeting in the HeavensRendez-vous aux cieux”, Viémont Rodolphe 11m (France) A father visits his son, hospitalized after a failed suicide attempt. Communication between the two is uneasy. They are reserved, embarrassed, and soon start blaming each other. But when the young man, suffering from a migraine, turns the light off, the half-night that pervades the room prompts him, for the first time ever, to confide in his father.
  • Mind Stroll, Winston James 3m (Brooklyn, NY)  A guy walking down his block goes into deep thought after being interrupted by the usual peddlers.
  • Misguided, Alejandro Leopardi 21m (San Diego, CA) A story about a young man who seems to be doing fine until he reunites with an old college flame. At first the reunion seems innocent. Unfortunately, he unleashes all the demons he kept hidden away. His rapid mental deterioration is propelled by his inability to understand truth and reality, and he hides behind a life that does not exist. His only hope is advice from those close to him, but will he choose to listen, or continue on the path to destruction?
  • Mishap, The, Alejandro Leopardi 18m (San Diego, CA)  One wild night results in a guy hatching a plan to steal his camera back from the group’s designated driver.
  • Moment of Truth: The Andy Meyers Story, Steven Crowley 90m (AK, USA) While waiting to be rescued from inside an elevator, a man and a woman with totally opposite lives realize that it is always possible to fall in love.
  • Mossadegh, Roozbeh Dadvand 24m (Los Angeles, CA) Iran. 1959. It is six years after the CIA orchestrated coup that overthrew democratic Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from power. Now living under house arrest and suffering from a life-threatening condition, Mossadegh must decide whether or not to trust a brilliant American physician that is sent to treat him.
  • Most Fun Time of the Year, The, Larry Rosen 2m (Teaneck, NJ)  A group of children enjoy the most fun time of the year, Christmas, by having a snowball fight.
  • Mr. Pleasant, John Rice 39m (Pittsburgh, PA) One weekend in the life of Red, a college student in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in the early 1980s. Red, a working-class kid from Detroit, goes to an out-of-town party with his housemates and has a disastrous one-night stand with Robin, the party’s host. Stranded by this friends, he must rely on a ride home the next morning from Mary Jean, a gay friend of Robin’s. During the ride, he confronts his own prejudices and simplistic worldview and thinks about the aimless, self-destructive life he’s been living. As a child, he misread a map and thought ‘Mt. Pleasant’ was ‘Mr. Pleasant.’ He’ll never make that mistake again.
  • Murray, Jordan Vogeney 9m (CA, USA)  An old man, Murray, works as a volunteer in a beautiful public rose garden. The garden is his last passion and he is devoted to its protection and well being. Standing in the way of that are the numerous other volunteers who are there, who are much younger, and who have their own reasons for being there, none of which are for the benefit of the garden.
  • Mush, Kim Jay16m (Canada) Mush follows a young woman as she races her dogsled team through Northern Saskatchewan. The film looks at the bond between the dog sledder and her dogs as she travels on her journey.
  • My Apologies, Andreas Goldfuss 1m (Canada) A filmmaker apologizes for his film.
  • My Film d’Azur, H. James Gilmore 18m (Ann Arbor, MI)  Caught up in a crazy collage of popular culture, a college professor documents cinema and celebrity while working as a faculty mentor at the 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival.
  • My Grandfather’s Tales Las batallitas del abuelo”, Eduardo Moisés Escribano Solera 1m (Spain) Grandfather tells stories of when he was young.
  • My License, Elizabeth Herrick 2m (Plantation, FL) A young girl receives her new license, much to her father’s dismay.
  • My Mind, Jason Harrington 5m (Ithaca, NY) Beautifully mixing hand-drawn and digital animation, following the journey of a butterfly girl born from the imagination. Her flight takes us across oceans and through cities, and we watch her as she ‘places the sun upon the horizon’ and balances on the arm of a record player, which soulfully scratches out the melancholic rhythm of an acoustic guitar. As she transcends the confines of the mundane and dances upon the clouds, we are reminded of the joy of our own creativity and the power of our minds.
  • My Shelf, Kurtis Hough 5m (Portland, OR) A fun music video made out of paper.
  • My Will to Live, Lara Celenza 4m (Italy)  Peace and love meet Japan in Nico Greco’s first music video “My Will To Live”. Thanks to its magical colors and nostalgic vibes, you will feel like the Italian sun is pouring out of the screen.
  • Naked Love – Ea’s Garden, Sara Koppel 7m (Denmark) An erotic hand-drawn animated art film, that is a sensual trip through Era’s sexuality in a surrealistic, abstract, poetic atmosphere.
  • Nico’s Sampaguita, Aaron Woolfolk 18m (San Francisco, CA) In San Francisco’s Fillmore jazz district, a grieving woman and her teenage son struggle over her husband’s death and what his spirit has left behind. She wants to protect her son from repeating the mistakes his father made as a free-spirited musician, while he wants to preserve his father’s legacy.
  • Nightbumpers, Dave Paull 124m (Portland, OR) Val Corman is a graphic novelist whose stories revolve around creatures of the night. But one of his creations of the Dark doesn’t want to be exposed and it comes after him with a vengeance. Thus begins the battle between the Light and Dark for control of the Stories of the World.
  • No, Guillermo P. Bosch 11m (Spain) An emerging advertisement model suddenly suffers a physical defect that drives him into a process of self-destruction, a descent into hell around the obsession with looks.
  • No Other, Dee Hood 5m (Ruskin, FL) Chris plays in a middle school garage band. His band mates know he is gay because he is open about himself. Chris is a gentle, sensitive teen boy trying to be a part of a small group made up of seemingly closed-minded teens.
  • Not One of Us (Different is Weird), Cameron MacKenzie 2m (Fargo, ND)  Fourteen-year-old 8th grader Cameron MacKenzie lives in a small town that prides itself on being “family friendly” and “different than the big cities of NY and LA.” Despite that belief, bullying is a huge problem, and Cameron wanted to make a short film on the subject. Not One of Us (Different is Weird) is specifically about passive bullying, the form more difficult to prove and therefore more dangerous to the bullied.
  • Oceans, Braden Herrera 8m (Brooklyn, NY) Two young adults who feel lost find themselves one day at the beach.
  • Ode, Dawn Hollison 18m (Arvada, CO) A story of Collector and Collected, examining the human cycle of action and effect, and that cycle’s reflection in the internal experience of recognition, regret, and remembrance. Three episodes record the phases of a woman’s evolution toward a deeper understanding of her own motivations and her relation to others.
  • Okuyamba, Ted Mandell 30m (Mishawaka, IN)  Using powerful interviews with some of Uganda’s leading palliative care experts, exposing the viewer to the harsh realities of living with life-limiting illnesses in this small, land-locked East African country, where a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS or cancer is generally regarded by the recipient as a death sentence. Left without hope, these patients find life in their final days, with the help of Rose and her compassionate palliative care professionals.
  • Omega Squad: Resolute, Victor Masters 15m (San Diego, CA) As a team of villains move to steal a captured hero’s powers the other heroes race to the rescue, attempting to stop the villains and save their teammate before it’s too late. Little do they know that the villains are expecting them.
  • On the Seventh Day, Judith G. Levy 5m (Lawrence, KS)  A humorous and provocative short film that follows a woman’s daily make-up routine. Inspired by an old motion picture, she puts aside the social constraints on her day of rest to reveal her true identity.
  • One Hell of a Story, Nick Shaw 12m (Vancouver, WA) Following the trials and tribulations of Gavin, an 18 year old who, when he was 8, sold his soul to Satan.
  • Opening, Ciro Fusco 10m (AK, USA)  A tale of deception and misconception, this brief story is set against the backdrop of a sophisticated art opening. It is a discomfiting look at what occurs when an ostensibly happily married, successful couple encounters a stranger who turns out to be an old flame.
  • Ordinary Skier, The, Constantine Papanicolaou 78m (Beverly Hills, CA) For Seth Morrison, skiing is much more than a sport or a job; it’s a way of life. It’s not a privilege he was born with; it’s a passion he discovered on his own. Through hard work and dedication, Morrison has become one of the best skiers in the world. The Ordinary Skier traces his journey from the middle class suburbs of Chicago to the Colorado Rockies, and into the underground ski-bum subculture that would eventually become freeskiing.
  • Pact, The, Matt Toronto 85m (Brookings, SD) Their love lives in shambles, two brothers make a pact: no women for a year! The pact holds them under an almost magical spell as they take turns trying, but failing, to break it.
  • Paradiso, Alessandro Negrini 60m (United Kingdom) After forty years, Roy Arbuckle wants to reunite his former showband, The Signetts, the members and musicians of which are now in their seventies. The reunion is part of a high-risk effort to bring together divided Protestant and Catholic communities for a major dance night in celebration of The Fountain, the last Protestant enclave on the west bank of Derry, Northern Ireland. Paradiso is a colorful, melancholic and ironic musical journey through a ghetto that, even if it is finding itself in its last dance, doesn’t want to miss a single step.
  • Past Due, Denise Plumb 20m (Los Angeles, CA) In this dark comedy, introvert Evelyn Lester’s mundane life is turned upside down by the relentless pursuits of collection agent Scott Burgess. With nothing left to lose, Evelyn resorts to a payment plan she can comfortably afford.
  • Path, Fronyard, Collapse, Silence “ Pfad, Vorgarten, Kollaps, Stille”, Kai Miedendorp 8m (Germany) An essayistic environmental utopia, the central point of the piece is to illustrate the loss of the alliance between nature and man and the resulting climate change.
  • Patriots, Sasha Krane 11m (Los Angeles, CA) An exciting drama that takes place during the IRA uprising in 1980s England. It takes a poignant look at what three women are willing to do to fight for causes they believe in. Questions arise for each of the women as their morality clashes with their devotion to their countries and the lines of right and wrong are blurred against the backdrop of war.
  • Paying For It, Lauren Lillie 22m (Los Angeles, CA) While on a weekend getaway with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Deidre discovers a call girl passed out in their hotel hallway. She decides to help her. During their subsequent hours together, Deidre opens up to this woman in a way that she isn’t capable of confiding in anyone else. What is it that these two women learn they have in common?
  • Perfect Life, A, Chad Ruin87m (WA, USA) Brian imagines his perfect life out loud: the perfect wife, the perfect kids, the two-car garage, a white picket fence, and even a golden retriever. As he delivers his self-serving wish list, it begins to come true. He is no longer homeless: he is an architect building the perfect fantasy. This is no fantasy however. He has already lived the perfect life and he blew it. Now, he is nothing more then a homeless man telling his story to anyone who will listen.
  • Plastic, Jose Gomez 80m (IL, USA) Albert Mullin is on the prowl, again. This time he finds himself haunted down by his own ravaging demons. His house, a dumping ground of horrors, is no longer the safe haven he thought it was, and his new victim, Sarah Wilson, may be his last.
  • Possession, Dan Cordie 90m (Austin, TX) The story of a young woman who inherits land after the sudden and unexpected death of her father.
  • Power Up, Dan Scott 5m (Vernonia, OR)  Asher, a crippled and brilliant scientist, finds his beloved wife, Cinder, dead on the laboratory floor. As he mourns in front of his Victorian equipment and prepares to shut the life support systems down, a tale gives him hope and prompts him to action. He struggles to revive his wife and a moment of crisis comes. With his cane, a symbol of his weakness, he overcomes the crisis.
  • Process Alchemy, Gilles Foisy, Terrence Loychuk 26m (Canada) Following the lifelong commitment of a dedicated alchemist over a 40 year period. Following the seven ritual processes.
  • Purple Story, The “Purpurowa Opowiesc”, Mateusz Madry 33m (Germany) A young reporter named Staszek helps an old man who was beaten up by a gang of Polish hooligans. When he finally comes home his whole life seems to fall apart until he is in a situation where he needs somebody to help him.
  • Reading, The, Catya Plate 22m (Brooklyn, NY) Once upon a time a woman was awakened from a slumber and summoned to the door by a mysterious visitor – a tiny messenger – delivering an invitation most extraordinary, an invitation to a reading.
  • Reasons Why, Dylan de Mott 8m (Studio City, CA) Kate’s husband seems distant. He is recovering from cancer, which may explain his odd behavior. However, Ian has another reason. Kate’s husband, Ian, has met someone, someone far younger than he. Will his new outlook on life after beating cancer lead him to another woman? Kate has her suspicions.
  • Recent Memory, Alexander Espeland 7m (Hong Kong)  A stop-motion short about the challenges encountered by a student when facing an essay deadline.
  • Reflex, Andra Chiriac 15m (Romania)  While shadowing a soap opera star, an embittered photographer witnesses a scene that makes him choose between his job and his conscience.
  • Rehab, Simone Shepard 16m (North Hollywood, CA) A gripping tale that follows a once full of life Jane as she loses herself to what seems to be a drug addiction. We see her fight to regain her life and peace through treatment and self-discovery, all to find out in the end that Jane’s addiction was not to drugs, but to love.
  • Restoring Sight in Bangladesh, Tatiana McCabe12m (Bangladesh/Brooklyn, NY) A documentary about making a difference.
  • Result, The “El Resultado”, Rishi Daswani 11m (Spain) Javier and Marta receive a medical result.
  • Reunion, Ivan Boutazakht 10m (Spain)  Sergio makes a short trip in his mind over time, remembering his loved ones. They appear at his side while the memories are succeeding. A disturbing and confusing atmosphere surrounds this meeting.
  • Reverberation, Fernando Usón-Forniés 20m (Spain) A photographer obsessed by Belchite, a village bombed down during the Spanish civil war, meets there a mysterious woman.
  • Royal Pain, A, Viviane Oliveira 7m (Grand Rapids, MI) A well-intentioned dragon strives to keep his quick-witted princess under lock and key. The princess repeatedly devises clever methods of escape, confounding her distracted guard. To return his princess, the dragon brings his plea to the wicked witch, who begrudgingly grants his wish.
  • Salvage, Jeremy Li 7m (MI, USA)  Two men discuss their relationship as they try to salvage the situation they are in, but some relationships are more complicated than they seem.
  • Samurai, Jaime Fidalgo 9m (Spain) Among the trees at dawn, a man will have to face the truth after getting a mysterious phone call: secrets, betrayal, adultery, crime, Samurai.
  • Saving Our Forests, Eric Sines 9m (Long Creek, OR) is a short video about the threats facing Ponderosa pine forests and how we must come together to save our most beautiful and valuable natural resource.
  • Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War,  Alice Day & Lincoln Day 68m (Half Moon Bay, CA) The environmental damage occasioned by war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored. In Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives we witness the unprecedented scale of environmental damage over the last half-century. We discover that the environment remains war’s silent casualty.
  • Schism, Curtis Jensen 17m (Canada) A psychological film noir set in the 1940s that explores a tragic and inflammatory romance that develops between a young man and an abused housewife.
  • Scrap Metal, Anthony Straus 4m (Canada) In post-apocalyptic New York, a lone robot’s only companion is a screw. But can this unusual friendship survive the threat of the terrible Gigaplant?
  • Sea Flower, Michelle D. Williams 4m (Portland, OR) While riding her bike, a woman makes a discovery that sparks visions of the sea and takes her on a sun-dappled bike journey.
  • Seventh Day, The, Achille D’Onofrio 32m (Italy) A group of shepherds are busy milking and pasturing, a full commitment for their work. During their interviews, it emerges that something strange is happening. Due to a mysterious disease named ‘scrapie’, the entire herd of more than 2,000 sheep has to be put down. Even Tasha, the goat most beloved by the children, has to be killed.
  • Shakespeare Chronicles – Star-Crossed Lovers, The, Matthew Ryan Anderson 16m (USA) Many people see Shakespeare’s works as unattainable and uninteresting, but when you take away the difficult language and focus on the high points of the stories, his themes are universal. They’re stories of love and loss, of murder and intrigue, of the struggle for power, and they also contain a lot of comedy. The Shakespeare Chronicles – Star Crossed Lovers takes one of William Shakespeare’s most iconic, well loved, and oft-told stories, boils it down to its essence, places it in a contemporary setting, and tells it in about 15 minutes.
  • Shock, James Joyce 10m (Bozeman, MT) Alienated from friends and family, Christie struggles with her place in college and life after a family tragedy. As Christie works to finish a Milgram Box started by her brother, her roommate leaves town for spring break with her boyfriend, placing her pet tortoise in Christie’s care. Over the following days, Christie pushes herself to find her limits as a ‘good person’, trying to find out what it really means be responsible for one’s actions.
  • Shouting Secrets, Korinna Sehringer 88m (Switzerland) A successful Native American writer whose novel sold out his family returns home to the reservation after getting a call that his mother is in the ICU. Shouting Secrets tells a present day story about a Native American family with unique struggles containing universal truths.
  • Silent-Mind Silenziosa-Mente”, Alessia Travaglini 5m (Italy) The dreams and nightmares that we go through every day are a sort of metaphor of vision that shows the shapes of the world beyond realism. Through a series of visions and dreams that grow like a sensory journey, a kind of Alice in Wonderland, the ‘wonderful’ world is instead represented by the torments that the protagonist ‘The Red-Haired Girl’ experiences in an invented space populated by strange characters and symbolic figures that transfigure current society and forms of communication.
  • Sinsis, Carmen Lloret 3m (Spain) They strive to have the place of the other.
  • Sixty in 60, Ronnie Cramer 60m (Denver, CO) An experimental art film featuring sixty one-minute works of many types. Genres represented include abstract, animation, documentary, experimental, narrative, stop-motion, time-lapse and video art.
  • Sleeping Dogs Schlafende Hunde”, Michael O’Connor 86m (Germany) Jim is haunted by visions of his own violent death and is convinced he doesn’t have long to live. He sets out on a journey to find his son, Tom, and reconcile with him. At first Tom rejects his father, but they begin to grow closer. It seems that everything might turn out well, but past events reemerge in the form of an old friend with an ax to grind, and Jim’s visions become more and more menacing.
  • Sneakers, Brandon Reed 20m (Gresham, OR) Marion is dealing with the financial and emotional challenges of being a single working mother. She is trying everything possible to stay afloat, but the odds are stacked against her. Out of desperation and frustration Marion makes a rash decision to provide for her child. Sneakers deals with poverty, the challenges of being a single parent, and the sense of desperation that can come from it.
  • Soil, Meejin Hong 3m (Castaic, CA) He flayed his skin to feed the people who donned it for twenty days straight. A rite of passage emerged from the rot as new life sprung from the old.
  • Something to Learn “Algo que aprender”, Eugenia Arteaga 15m (Spain) Andres works as a draughtsman, but what he really likes is drawing. Daniela is looking for an illustrator for the pornographic stories she writes. Finding each other through a press advertisement, they gradually begin a telephonic game where desire, obsession and secrets become intermingled.
  • Spectators “Espectadores”, Roger Villarroya 15m (Spain)  Those who attend a public spectacle.
  • Speed Dating, Brian Evans & Mary Niederkorn 5m (Needham, MA) A neurotic woman unexpectedly encounters the man of her dreams in a chance meeting on the street. As their relationship blossoms she wonders, will she find true love this time around? Or is she setting herself up for a catastrophic failure?
  • Splash, Herminio Cardiel 3m (Spain) That night she’d rather do something different and takes him for a night swim.  She launches into the pool.  She is amazing, but he isn’t yet convinced.
  • Split Time, Fabrice Bracq 4m (France) A man and a woman in their mid-thirties; attractive, single and day-dreamers, cross each other a million times without ever meeting. Yet, they are meant to be together.
  • Stairway to Heaven, Serg Kozhin 15m (Russian Federation) The story of a citizen of the big city who has lost life sense. In an effort to find it again he decides to visit the motherland of his ancestors. And we’ll see what comes of this journey.
  • Static, Alex Choonoo 10m (Brooklyn, NY) Paul works for a law firm that protects the hospital. After the firm protects the hospital from a law suit that would save a little girl, Paul realizes that he needs to stand up for what is right.
  • Static, Mel Miskel 12m (Brooklyn, NY) Sia has returned home to a sleepy mountain town. She is frozen in an emotional twilight, carrying a secret she can’t confront. After the tragic loss of her lover she has descended into a catatonia that doesn’t seem to be dissipating with time. When a friend from the past arrives she is able to find solace and her equilibrium through their reconnection.
  • Statue, Andrew Bryan 10m (New Orleans, LA) Most of us would not choose to spend our afternoon in the French Quarter getting heckled by drunken tourists, but for a ‘living statue’ street performer it’s just another day at the office. Needless to say, distractions are welcome. This particular day has brought the best distraction yet: a beautiful girl playing her guitar down the street. Statue is a silent love story that explores the power of unspoken attraction between two people, and how they interact despite limitations in communication.
  • Story for the Grandchildren,Alisha Kosaka 10m (Los Angeles, CA) Two people from opposite sides of the country now living in hectic Hollywood, searching for fame and fortune find out they were searching for another thing. Tai and Tori are on their quest in Hectic Hollywood.
  • Stumble then rise on some Awkward Morning, Kurtis Hough 5m (Portland, OR) Hypnotic experimental animation.
  • Sucker, Ben Hlavaty 5m (Mustang, OK) Arms dealer and international fugitive Rupert Edmonds is in town to conduct a discreet business transaction, but his plans are dramatically altered after befriending aspiring rapper Gil Sargent.
  • Surveillant, Yan Giroux 18m (Canada)  It’s another quiet day in Park Dufresne. The neighborhood youths loiter about until a new park monitor shows up for his first day of work. The newcomer must first struggle to master the terrain of the park before confronting the youths who seek to entertain themselves by any means necessary. The tension mounts, and the park monitor’s world clashes with the youths’ world in an uneven struggle for territory.
  • Surviving Family, Laura Thies 87m (NJ, USA/Germany) On Terry Malone’s 13th birthday her mother committed suicide, leaving Terry’s father to raise her, her brother, and her sister. Terry blames her father’s drinking and womanizing for her mother’s untimely death. She is stil haunted by nightmares of finding her mother’s lifeless body.
  • Taliya.Date.Com, Taliya Finkel 54m (Israel) The story of Taliya’s quest to find love in the strange world of Internet dating; a world based on a mouse, a keyboard and Photoshop tricks. In this comic-tragic voyage, with the guidance of her extravagantly and cynically gay flat-mate, she wanders from hope to humiliation. This movie portrays the aspects of online dating that are well known to every single who plays the romantic internet game in order to snatch the ultimate prize: true love.
  • Tar Pit, The, Tammy Massa 7m (Burbank, CA) On the rebound from being dumped, the friendly and quirky Wendy encounters Derek, a guy with an abnormal fear of friendly people. As Wendy invades his personal space and life, Derek finds it terribly unsettling but attractive at the same time. Derek soon finds himself stuck in the tar pit.
  • Tentaklees, Peter Allen 4m (Australia) After unexpectedly appearing in a dark, grotty shower-block, a young man is confronted by a beautiful but mysterious woman. He soon discovers that she may not be at all that she seems. An experimental horror film that draws inspiration from the world of nursery rhyme and fairy tale.
  • Things My Father Never Taught Me, The, Burleigh Smith 7m (Australia) Melvin gives useless dating advice to his three-year-old son. He teaches him to dress well, act with confidence and spend time in the right places. Everything goes horribly wrong when Melvin meets Mary, an attractive single mother. After a clumsy romantic advance, Melvin is shot down and forced to reconsider his role as a romance expert.
  • This is Almon, Stuart Arden10m (Israel) An intimate portrait of Almon, Israel.
  • This is Kelly, Andrew Loos 10m (Los Angeles, CA) “Tell me I can’t do it. Please.” At just over 400 lbs, Kelly Gneiting rarely dodges anything, especially a challenge. This gentle giant from Fort Defiance, Arizona is about to show the world what a person of ponderous proportion can accomplish when heart, mind and focus are all of the same mass.
  • Three Days (of Hamlet), Alex Hyde-White 85m (Santa Monica, CA) Taking place over three days in which they rehearse and perform a staged reading of Shakespeare’s classic, an actor/manager has to deal with the ghosts of his famous father, both real and imagined. What results is a fascinating and deeply personal look at how art imitates life. By holding the mirror up to ourselves we illuminate the world around us.
  • Through the Static, Chris Cresci & Sam Price-Waldman11m (Orange, CA) Tony Samara, a meditation teacher living in northern Germany, has spent his entire life traveling the world in search of answers to chaos and disharmony. Surrounded by a troubling world, he must draw on his experiences with Buddhism and shamanism to help others find peace within. Yet, the fast-paced technological world cannot be ignored. If there is any hope for society to change on a large scale, it must embrace modernity.
  • Thumb Snatchers from the Moon Cocoon, Brad Schaffer 7m (Benton City, CA) A short-tempered Texas Sheriff who uses his cowboy logic to recklessly defeat a race of condescending, cocoon-dwelling critters.
  • Tish Ho, Sharon Shostak 51m (Australia) Guy is out of touch with his emotions, Julie is desperate to conceive a child, and the planet is being dumped with the waste of 7 billion people. All seem quite normal problems until suspicions of a strange new disease start to filter into the everyday discomforts of Guy and Julie’s life. With dark-edged humor this wonderfully absurd thriller offers a quirky solution for the state of the planet.
  • Titanic of Southampton, The, Justin Zimmerman 13m (United Kingdom) Tracing the lasting and haunting effects of the Titanic disaster on the town of Southampton a century later.
  • Treading Water, Tenika Smith 9m (Australia) Emily is struggling with a mental illness that is damaging her relationship with her boyfriend, Adam. Emily has come to realize that being underwater helps with her illness, but her worried boyfriend is far from supportive of her new method of treatment.
  • Tuurngait, Alexandre Toufaili & Benjamin Flouw & Mickael Riciotti & Paul-Emile Boucher & Remy Dupont 7m (France) An Inuit child wanders away from his village, fascinated by a wild bird. His father follows his trail, determined to find him before he gets lost on the ice floe.
  • Twisted, Norbert Keil 4m (Germany)  Two lovers are in for a big surprise.
  • Two Guys in a Backyard, Tez Frost 5m (Australia) A man puts his friendship on the line during a backyard sparring session.
  • Two Rooms, Marvin Choi 20m (Norwalk, CA) A man puts his friendship on the line during a backyard sparring session.
  • Uh La La, Isaí Escalada 9m (Spain) They have never had an easy life and now they live on the street, with the faint buzzing of flies as their life’s unwanted soundtrack. Every day he goes to beg alms and she takes care of the little home they have built with useless objects others have thrown away. Upon his return, he pauses to look at her sleeping on the tired mattress, briefly free from the drudgery of their life. With good news, he shakes her awake.
  • Upon Release, Debora Lascelles 11m (Poulsbo, WA) After a life of selling drugs landed Jake in prison, he is finally out. He goes straight back to his old habits, but when he witnesses an innocent child caught in the ugliness of his world, he struggles with his conscience. Does he look the other way and continue down his path of self-destruction, or will he take the first step towards breaking the cycle of dysfunction in each of their lives?
  • Urge, The, Brian Barnes 8m (United Kingdom) Can you handle your addictions? Or do they control you? The Urge is much more deadly. Dying for a cigarette. Don’t fight it.
  • Velvet Hammer, The, Joe Mensch 12m (New York, NY) A steel worker falls for the girlfriend of a philandering Wall Street banker and enacts a devious scheme to win her over.
  • Vernal Equinox “冬 冰雪连天霜满地 “, Haiwei Hou 2m (Canada/China) An epic battle ensues between man and the god of winter. When the battle seems to have turned for the worste the warrior regains his blade, defeats the god-beast and brings spring back to our world.
  • Vibe, The, Cynthia Granville 3m (Weehawken, NJ) Two cool guys get together to discuss a tragic turn of events. What happens when you lose your buns of steel?
  • Vinegar & Chocolate“Vinagre y Bombones”, Jesus Plaza3m (Spain)  An ordinary evening in the supermarket.
  • Visitors, The, Basil Sprig 19m (WA, USA) A crabby high school librarian is driven out of her wits by strange supernatural beings who visit her as she works alone at night. Who are The Visitors and what do they want? And more importantly for her, can she catch them in the act?
  • Walther, Dale Ward 109m (Eureka, MO) In 1839 more than 700 Saxons left their homeland to build a colony in America where they could speak freely, worship freely, and believe freely. The challenging journey across the Atlantic and up the Mississippi River is documented, as well as the colonists’ initial struggles in this new land. Out of this group emerges a great leader who guides the group through their trials and tribulations and builds the foundations for an international church body (LCMS) and a world-class Seminary, as well as establishes magazines and several churches. This film tells his story, the story of CFW Walther.
  • Watched, Larry Rosen 3m (Teaneck, NJ) Katie and Tom are having a romantic picnic when Tom disappears. Katie thinks she is being watched. She begins to wander through the woods looking for Tom. As pieces of the mystery come together, reality becomes a question for Katie to answer.
  • Way to Heaven, Tanner Parsons 35m (OR, USA) God gives the Grim Reaper a vacation and sends a tiny angel to bring the dead from Earth.
  • Wearing Normal, Marc Steele 63m (Vancouver, WA) An adult brother and sister struggle with their mother’s desire to be euthanized when her Alzheimer’s becomes too advanced. Ellen, the ultra responsible, successful sister believes only God has the right to decide life and death. Erik, the ne’er-do-well, substance-abusing brother sees it as their mother’s right. This issue, coupled with the brother and sister’s unresolved childhood issues, takes them on a dark, though often enlightening, journey through the tattered tapestry that is their life.
  • Welcome Back, Jesús Plaza 7m (Spain) A man receives a call from his wife while a person they used to know is kidnapping her. This mysterious man will make him come if he wants to get her back.
  • Who is ForestHeightster?, Brighton West 10m (Portland, OR)  The story of an anonymous online commenter who makes mean spirited comments and who draws the attention of news reporter Mike Ryerson. By reading over 200 comments made by the anonymous poster, Ryerson uncovers ForestHeightster’s identity and realizes that he’s really a prominent and well-connected local businessman. After Ryerson publishes ForestHeightster’s identity in his small neighborhood newspaper, the story goes viral on the Internet and has some unintended consequences. This film is a cautionary tale for anyone who believes they can keep their online life separate from their real life.
  • Winners, The, Levi Smith 5m (Northridge, CA) A short simple story of two friends who long for adventure that only the common board game can provide.
  • Wonderland ‘A True Story’ “بلاد العجائب ” قصه واقعيه”, Dana Al Mojil 38m (Kuwait) An adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, set in Kuwait. It highlights the similarities between modern Kuwait and Wonderland. When Alice notices that the Ace ‘in playing cards’ says one and equals 11, her mission to change it back to 1 will be what drives her through the hierarchy of change in Kuwait. On her way, for better or worse, she meets the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, Mos’ad and Mes’ed (Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum), the Caterpillar, the Joker and the Queen, which all shape the outcome of her journey.
  • Woody the Redneck, Jack Truman 5m (Lamar, MO)  A short mockumentary about a redneck in the boonies
  • Workfree “Arbeitsfrei”, Tristan Gray 9m (New Zealand) A freelancer, Rolf, feels that his part-time occupation of designing covers for self-help books is like a thin thread keeping him from joining the ranks of the unemployed. His flatmate, Jan, is amused by Rolf’s ‘work’ but at the same time he’s jealous of the freelance lifestyle. When Rolf is offered a full time job, he faces the dilemma of whether to tie himself down and save himself from self-help torture, or to maintain his freedom.
  • World of Signs, A, Shirli Nikolsburg 20m (Pittsburgh, PA) Introducing parents/caregivers and their babies/toddlers to a holistic experience that incorporates elements of play; American Sign Language; world, classical, and folk music; visual art; and multicultural traditions.
  • Year, Make, Model, Marta Renzi 8m (Nyack, NY)
  • Yellow Card, The, Enrique Pedraza 16m (New York, NY) A personal documentary that shows the lives and musical work of the musicians who spend their lives in the subway stations of New York City, entertaining passengers from around the world. The film shows two main musicians who prove that art can be found anywhere.
  • You are the One, Ivan Valdelvira 5m (Spain) In the great representation of life we all have our mirror that gives us back the echo of the question: Mirror, mirror, who is the most beautiful girl in all the kingdom?
  • Your American Teen, Charles Taylor Gould 58m (Portland, OR) A documentary about the present condition of many young adults in America. In a series of intensely honest interviews, the audience is forced to come face to face with some unfortunate truths about our kids.
  • Zura, Ayako Tomita 14m (Brooklyn, NY) Somewhere in NYC, a meeting is being held among all of the Gang Leaders to determine who should be the next Boss. It is the former Boss’s will to find his successor’s ‘right hand’ or Underboss, at this meeting. However, there is a stranger at the table.

Large Scripts (over 45 pages)

  • About Love, Brannon Farner (Enterprise, OR) Dominic Spilsner has written a self-help book about love that has made him into an unexpected love guru. Through an surprising and disastrous chain of events the teacher becomes the student in this dark romantic comedy.
  • Bums, Inc., Denise Landau (Millinton, TN) A stuck-up banker gets fired, goes to jail, does rehab, ends up homeless and, in his quest to get his life back, forms a business with bums.
  • Chasing Rabbits, Heather Kenihan (Laguna Beach, CA) A young girl goes in search of her father and winds up in the surreal and dark world of a hippie commune in the late 1960s.
  • Dearly Beloved, The, James DiLuzio (New York, NY) A Catholic priest and his twice-divorced sister negotiate crisis in the Church and in their family.
  • Fall Out, Michael Gold (Berkeley, CA) A whirlwind, 24-hour romance between two young men in Beijing, a white American expat and a Chinese local, played out against the backdrop of an underground punk-rock venue.
  • Flower City, Jack Swanstrom (New York, NY) After the brutal killing of three police officers and two young boys, the fragile peace between various groups in the Clinton section of Rochester, NY begins to unravel.
  • Ghost Sonata: The Winged Bridge, Jamie Read (Portland, OR) Set in Portland, Paris, and Shanghai, this love story of a century reunites Lu Zhang, master cellist, Chinese dentist, stuckin The Governor Hotel since 1910, and his love, Blossom, a half-French,half-Chinese ballerina. Accepting help from a ghost Chinese girl awaiting her mother and an Asperger boy longing for friends, Lu, with passion and persistence, love and faith, brings Blossom home.
  • Good Judge, The, Linda Friedman Ramirez (St. Petersburg, FL) The story of Vivian Klein, a straight arrow federal judge, who could be happy if only her son Brett, could get his life together. Vivian is shocked when Brett is arrested for having sex with a young girl in a rundown tourist hotel in Central America. Her confidence and sense of right and wrong takes a turn after she leaves the comfort of the known to try and fend off an extradition and protect her son.
  • Ishmael’s Son, Nelson Blish (Rochester, NY) An act of terrorism provokes retaliation by the United States. Iran seeks revenge and each side ups the ante as the action spirals out of control with a cruise missile attack on the President.
  • Legend of Madog, The, Karen Kenyon (Pittsburgh, PA) ’Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘Last of the Mohicans’ in this epic action adventure inspired by the legend of Madog, the historical and mythical tale of a Welsh prince who discovers America when he follows the trail of King Solomon in his search for the legendary Grail.
  • Loveband, Nicola Pedrozzi (Switzerland) Many have started a band. Few did it this way. Luke’s unoriginal idea? A new pop band to impress girls. Omar only agrees if long-lost friends and former members of his high school rock group pitch in too. Penniless Vincent lives with switched-on grandma; Successful banker Eric with his diamond-loving wife. The unwanted attentions of a cybercriminal, backed up by made-to-measure soulmate Diana, don’t make the already labored birth of the band any smoother.
  • Mission Terra Sol-3, Nick ‘Chi-Shu’ Yeh (Claremont, CA)  In the year 2070, the planet Earth becomes a totalitarian police state. A Martian is sent to Earth toliberated people on Earth. It turns out this humanitarian act is just a by-product to sugar-coat a spiral of conspiracies.
  • Nekropolis, Jason Beever & Kevin Walker (Los Angeles, CA) For a young and passionate suburban writer, the struggle to find meaning and self-worth in his life soon becomes a devastating battle against his own futility and inner demons.
  • Purple Rain, Alina Stephanie (Fairbanks, AK) In a graying world of uniformity, 15-year-old Purple and her best friend Red are forced to fight (with paintballs) for the underground world of creativity and color to which they belong. Inspired by her father, Purple leads a teenage band of outcasts against the Men in Grey in order to save the world, and her mother.
  • Red Rust Black, Christopher Dillon (Brooklyn, NY) A teen age couple in love escape their small rural Oregon town for college life and the larger world only to be pulled back home and pulled apart by the pressures of parenthood and the emergence of their true selves.
  • Silent Terror, Nelson Blish (Rochester, NY) A former KGB agent uses her charms, learned at the Russian sparrow school, to seduce and gain control of a small time group of smugglers. The woman, a former KGB agent, turns the group against each other and uses them to gain access to a mini-sub and covertly bring weapon into the United States.
  • Soiled Doves, Mark Esslinger (Shadow Hills, CA) The Good Wife meets Deadwood in this one hour drama pilot. 1897 was the last great gold rush as thousands stampeded to the Klondike passing through Skagway, Alaska, a camp conceived in lawlessness and nurtured in anarchy.
  • Superstition, Kevin Jones (Vancouver, WA) Werewolf FBI agent Jessica Sinclair and her deeply-superstitious partner track down ‘Jack Frost,’ a serial killer seemingly incarnated from a small-town legend.
  • Taking of the King, Nelson Blish (Rochester, NY) In the early 1990s the United States launched a high speed nuclear submarine, the USS Martin Luther King, which was faster than any other vessel afloat. The King gave the US a significant advantage over other countries. The new Russian Federation lacked the financial resources to develop technology to compete and made plans to steal the technology by hijacking the submarine.

Medium Scripts (15 to 45 pages)

  • Flagstone, Heidi Morrell (Los Angeles, CA) Two dysfunctional people rub together by way of same floor flats in a city neighborhood. Both are unraveling inside. She is a trendy chef, he, ex-Air Force, trying to control his mordant guilt. They shouldn’t get along but find something in their losses.
  • Kiss, Neil Valentine (United Kingdom) The tale of lost love reawakened, only to be instantly forbidden thanks to realism. We all wish we hadn’t of let that first one go years back; a man does just that, literally on chancing across his first-true love after two decades apart. They have new lives, children, families and it means nothing at all to Cupid as he snipes from the cell-phone masts.
  • Our Way Out, Kate Brown (Portland, OR) Jake is a high school Junior who enjoys playing baseball and making movies with his buddies. One day, Jake is paired up with a confident female classmate, Maria, who introduces him to her less popular friends, Willy and Martin. Later that night, Jake walks up on his friends as they’re attacking both Willy and Martin, surrounded by a crowd of students. Jake freezes up. Throughout the course of the film, Jake walks a tight line between appeasing his threatening friends and finishing the assignment with Maria. Will he lie, or will he turn them in?
  • Transhumans, Alex Sobol (Torrance, CA) A science-fiction dramedy about Ray, a man deathly afraid of machines who is unaware that technology is far closer to home than he thinks.

Small Scripts (under 15 pages)

  • Accounting, Neil Valentine (United Kingdom) An inmate on death row has a plan to escape the chamber. In a transit cell in another state he explains this to his cell mate. As the plan unfolds however we and the unsuspecting cell mate realize it will only work on one condition: if the cell mate is murdered!
  • C.I. – Hey, Neil Valentine (United Kingdom) An Agency danger man deliberately meets his three handlers in a war zone for their debrief. He wants out, and hopes the chaos and anarchy of war will provide a perfect smoke screen. But the chaos of war is by design, and he is retained by the one state of nature he is incapable of challenging: their will.
  • Crib, The, Samuel Laskey (Boston, MA) A young father must carry a crib a long distance as he struggles to provide for his wife and newborn son.
  • Gunter’s List, Nick ‘Chi-Shu’ Yeh (Claremont, CA) The country’s foreign secret agent name list is stolen. Someone needs to get it back.
  • Half Shaved, Bogdan Muresanu (Romania) Vasile, a barber, is waiting, in the empty parlor, for a client, or he doesn’t wait for anything, anymore. While waiting, a client walks in. Is he the one Vasile waited half his life? And, if so, what could happen from that moment on? The tortured Vasile turns, quite subtly, in a torturer, frightening his client.
  • House that Peterbilt, The, Carl B. Clark (Greenville, SC) Trucks and whores and how an ancient Greek playwright may have influenced the morality of a modern-day logging community.
  • Lenny’s Luck, Colin Pierce (Carlsbad, CA) Sixty-eight year old Lenny may have just found the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with, no matter how quickly it comes.
  • Lucky Day, Larry Fernsworth (Boise, ID) Harvey hopes his luck won’t run out when he gets pulled over with a loaded gun and $10,000 stashed together in his car.
  • One, The, Nick ‘Chi-Shu’ Yeh (Claremont, CA) Redek is assigned to strike a deal with a drug gang led by legendary Anglio Glady, who’s said to have never existed or have died but whose power is everywhere. Will Redek get what he goes all the way for? Maybe he can get more than what he can get? Or will he end up getting nothing? And who the hell is Anglio Glady?
  • Opening the Black Door, Robert Harney (Portland, OR) When a business owners souls departs from his body leaving his granddaughter with serious questions, the legendary Grimm Reapers reveal themselves and their true purpose.
  • Superstar, The, Kristina Mare (Italy) Laura is a nineteen years old and wants to become a star. She has clear ideas and would like to convey her true feelings to the world. Laura signs a contract with a company that she meets online, and she makes a deal with the devil.
  • United States of Austerity, Neil Valentine (United Kingdom) The President faces America’s creditors (the Chinese) in the Oval Office. America has reached critical mass, the debt must be cleared, regardless of how many monuments, states and farms are lost in the settlement. Once done America is finally declared debt-free, just before it is forced to take out another loan by the Chinese!