This year’s People’s Choice Award winners were announced at the Closing Night After-Party on October 10. Thousands of ballots were tallied and entered into our fancy schmancy spreadsheet. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s People’s Choice Award for FEATURE FILM goes to Director Damon Kwame Mason for his documentary (and his first feature film), SOUL ON ICE: Past, Present and Future.
Thursday, October 8 @ 1:10PM | 94′ | Tickets: $15
Director: Gregory Bennett & Jennifer Nikolai | 3′ | New Zealand
‘STUDY #1’ is a dance and motion capture collaboration by Gregory Bennett and Jennifer Nikolai. The piece explores choreographic prompts and improvisation utilising 3D digital motion capture technology. The live dancer is inscribed into a 3D visualisation which references both drawing practice such as the sketch, and experimental animation, particularly Len Lye and Norman McLaren and their studies in moving image and sound.
Director: Chris King | 12′ | USA | Watch TRAILER!
When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.
Director: Bennett Lasseter | 22′ | USA
Sammy is a transgender child. She was born a boy but is living in stealth, as a girl, with the support of her mother and a doctor. At her new school, Sammy finds the friends she has always dreamed of having and tells them her secret in confidence. When the threat of a betrayal arises, Sammy must decide whether to run or to live as her whole self.
Director: Benjamin Cleary | 15′ | Ireland | Watch TRAILER!
Outwardly silent due to a severe stutter, Greenwood is eloquent and charismatic on the inside. He has an online relationship with Ellie who surprises him with the news that after 6 months of communicating online, she has decided to travel to his city to meet him. Greenwood is suddenly faced with the utterly daunting task of meeting the love of his life in person for the first time.
First Love (Cead Ghra)
Director: Brian Deana | 12′ | Ireland | Watch TRAILER!
First Love is a nostalgic coming of age story about two best-friends that set out on a quest in pursuit of their first crush.
Director: Honey B Singh | 15′ | Singapore
Heer is a little North Indian rural girl whose journey of loss and acceptance begins and ends with her relationship to a baby goat.
Ball Of Hope
Director: Mayar Nouri | 18′ | Syria?
In a Syrian Refugee School, teenagers prepare for a goodbye futball match for some of their friends. As Saeed awaits this event wanting to impress his crush Layla, he sets out on a mini adventure to make the match happen.
Director: Kristina Jaeger | 7′ | Germany |Watch TRAILER!
The short film “Dustin” is an animated comedy about a pug who, much to his chagrin, has to arrange with an automatic cleaning robot as his new roommate.
Tuesday, October 6 @ 7:30PM | Tickets: $15 | Buy TICKETS!
Director: Hans Olson | 78′ | Canada | 2015 | Drama |
OH! Canada. Karin (Kelly Goetz) leads a quiet life working the front desk at a truck wash. Saving to go back to college, she spends her nights ushering at the hockey arena. Her solitary routine is broken when she meets James (Albert Cseh), a truck driver seeking work in the city. Despite an awkward first date, Karin lets her imagination lead the way. She accompanies the father of two on his job search and tries to ease his growing distress. As autumn gives way to winter, Karin opens herself up to the possibility of romance. Figurine is an observational drama filmed in Edmonton. It shared the award for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. Director Hans Olson attending. Official Website
Thursday, October 9 @ 1:30PM | Tickets: $15 | Buy TICKETS!
DISCOVERING MOSÈN BRUNO
Director: Maxi Campo| 29’ | Spain | Romance
Richard, a young American, ventures into the Pyrenees mountains, camera in hand, in search of a legendary character his grandmother told him about, and whom he wants to create a documentary around. This journey will change his life forever.
A SHORT FILM ABOUT WONG KAR WAI
Director: Omer Capoglu | 23’ | Turkey | Comedy/Romance
Harun is abandoned by his long-time lover and in seeking solace, discovers a man selling pirated videos from a roadside table. The movie-seller knows exactly how to get Harun’s mojo back – introduce him to the cinema of Wong Kar Wai
THE SOUND MAN
Director: Chip Duncan | 27’ | USA | Documentary/War
A documentary featuring 62-year-old location sound engineer Abdul Ramadhan. After graduating from a local madras in central Nairobi, Abdul works as a ‘sound man’ with photojournalists, recording the sounds of revolution, civil war, genocide and famine throughout East Africa.
Director: Jonathan Dekel | 25’ | Isreal | Mockumentary
An old tape unveils a prank gone terribly wrong. A search after the mysterious prankster is launched, during which complex questions arise- questions of the prankster’s identity, yet even harder ones regarding the identity of the one searching for him.
Thursday, October 8 @ 1:30Pm | Tickets: $15 | Buy TICKETS!
Director: Joe Ferrera | 27’ | UK
A dentist, Caroline, who is also a single mother, attempts to persuade her patient, Paul, a local deli owner who recently came in to see her for some treatment, to pretend to be her young sons ‘father’ so that she can get the toddler into a top London nursery.
Director: Serena Dykman | 17’ | USA
The day her boyfriend plans to propose to her, Anna, a young New York-based Czech doctor is held at U.S. immigration after a humanitarian trip to Uganda.
IN THE CLOUDS (En Las Nubes)
Director: Marcelo Mitnik | 21’ | USA
The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of EN LAS NUBES, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube.
POINTS OF ORIGIN
Director: Anya Leta | 19’ | USA/India
An American radio host and his wife struggle to maintain their relationship through the tribulations of an outsourced pregnancy in India.
BLAZING SUN (Plein Soleil)
Director: Fred Castadot | 24’ | Belgium
Under the blazing sun during a heatwave, Eric is driving to his workplace to present an important project. But the stress makes him forget what matters the most…