May 2-7, 2017

2017 Competition Films

Competition Narrative

A Different Sun

A Chinese family moves from their native land to a town in Germany and struggle to adjust to the different culture. Marriage hangs in the balance….

A Witches’ Ball

A young witch is ready to jump in feet first to the Witching World but not before overcoming some magical hurdles.

Axis

On the day he is set to star in a career-changing blockbuster, an Irish actor with a rocky past confronts a series of devastating events that threaten his sobriety, his loved ones, and possibly his life.

Blood Stripe

A dramatic psychological thriller about a female Marine veteran and the struggle to come home.

Girl Flu.

Bird, 12, has to become a woman whether she wants to or not when – in the worst week of her life – she gets her first period, is ditched by her impulsive, free spirited mom, and learns that you can never really go back to The Valley.

H.O.M.E.

A ‘love letter’ to New York City woven of two stories through its subways and ethnic enclaves.

Homestate

A truly homemade film about a down and out brother that shows up unannounced, altering the routine of his sister’s family.

Imperfections

A struggling actress working as a diamond courier conspires to stage a fake robbery, setting up her ex-boyfriend as the fall guy.

Let Me Go

The film is set in the year 2000 following not only Helga and Traudi’s journeys but the next two generations and how Beth, Helga’s daughter and Emily her granddaughter are confronted with the unraveling of the darkest of family secrets.

Little Pink House

A small-town nurse named Susette Kelo emerges as the reluctant leader of her working-class neighbors in their struggle to save their homes from political and corporate interests bent on seizing the land and handing it over to Pfizer Corporation.

Parker’s Anchor

When her plans for marriage and a family fall apart, Krystal finds herself back in her hometown, re-evaluating her life. Krystal soon discovers that you’re never starting over, every step of the journey seems destined in hindsight.

Quality Problems

Family To-Do-List: throw perfect eight-year-old’s birthday party, find wandering grandpa and deal with cancer in the left boob.

Saving Sally

A teenage comic book artist who secretly sees unpleasant people as cartoon-like monsters struggles to save his eccentric best friend (and love of his life) from her abusive foster parents—but she becomes involved with an older man who happens to be a monster too.

The Archer

High school archery champion Lauren has just landed in Paradise Trails, a brutal juvenile correctional facility in the wilderness, after hospitalizing a boy in self-defense. But when Lauren learns how deep corruption runs at Paradise Trails under the pernicious rule of warden and bow-hunter Bob, she plots her escape, with the aid of rebellious inmate Rebecca.

The Relationtrip

At an age when everyone around them is settling down and finding love, Beck and Liam are self-proclaimed loners. After bonding over their mutual disinterest in relationships, they decide to go away together on a ‘friend’ trip. And that’s when things get weird. Really, surreally weird.

The Space Between

A new father discovers his child is not his own and sets out on a journey to find answers.

The Sun At Midnight

Shot at the Arctic Circle, “The Sun At Midnight” tells the story of an unusual friendship between a hunter obsessed with finding a missing caribou herd and a teenage rebel who gets lost while on the run.

Unbridled

Inspired by a healing ranch for troubled girls in North Carolina, Unbridled tells a tremendous story of redemption and triumph, exposing the atrocities of abuse, neglect and sex trafficking and the healing and redemption experienced by girls and horses who have suffered the same types of abuse.

Wexford Plaza

A misunderstood sexual encounter unravels the life of a lonely female security guard and her deadbeat paramour in this slice-of-life comedy set in a dilapidated Scarborough strip mall.

Competition Documentary

An Acquired Taste

Why kill your own food? A new mindful generation of teens defy factory farming and turn to hunting as a way of connecting with the source of their sustenance. To make a humane kill, these animal lovers confront tormenting ethics and their worst nightmares, partly to eat dinner, and partly to carve out their own identities in a world increasingly at odds with reality and nature.

Blood Road

Although she’s used to pushing her body to its limit, nothing could prepare ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch for the emotional journey she took in 2015 when she pedaled 1200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail in search of the crash site that claimed the life of her father, a US Air Force pilot shot down during the Vietnam War.

Bogalusa Charm

A loving portrait of a small Louisiana town created at the site of the world’s largest lumber mill that we examine through the lens of a 27 year old charm school for girls run by Miss Dixie Gallaspy.

Cinemability

This star studded documentary takes us on a thought provoking and humorous journey to explore the evolution of disability portrayals in film and television.

Late Blossom Blues

A 1932-born hard-working poor black man from the Mississippi backwoods becomes an internationally acclaimed Blues star after he releases his debut album at age 81.

Letters From Baghdad

Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, shaped the modern Middle East after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, Bell helped draw the borders of Iraq and established the Iraq Museum. Why has she been written out of history?

Looking at the Stars

Looking at the Stars is an intimate glimpse into the lives of the extraordinary ballerinas at the world’s only ballet school for the blind—the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind.

Mothers in the Middle

Five middle-class working mothers juggle parenting and demanding jobs while contemplating major life decisions.

Served Like A Girl

Five women veterans who have endured unimaginable trauma in service create a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering into a competition that unexpectedly catalyzes moving events in their own lives to bring them full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

The Gateway Bug

Over 2 billion people on earth eat insects for protein. The Gateway Bug explores how changing daily eating habits can feed humanity in an uncertain age, one meal at a time.

Unrest

Jennifer Brea is an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Jennifer grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a mysterious illness some still believe is “all in your head.

Vegas Baby

Some think an in vitro fertilization contest sounds crazy, but countless Americans desperate to start a family believe this social media experiment is their only hope.

Woman on Fire

Brooke Guinan is the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. As a third-generation firefighter, Brooke has a passion for heroism that runs in her blood.

Women of the Silk Road

Four women. Four countries. Four stories. Stories of love, struggle, and art portraying the unknown faces of the East. “Women of the Silk Road” explores the diversity of individual lives under the broad banner of the Middle East and Central Asia; and the simple truth that all lives are about love.

Writer’s Block

Past her prime and afflicted with a severe case of writer’s block, a veteran songwriter finds new inspiration in a bird that takes up residence outside her home.

Competition Shorts

Bombing

A comedian struggles to adjust to taking care of her estranged daughter.

Code Red

What’s a girl to do when she gets an unwelcome visit from Aunt Flo? A self-conscious teenager uses technology to combat the stigma around menstruation. Inspired by a real-life story.

Deep Storage

Two loners find love in the most unromantic of places.

Flip the Record

In this 1980s coming-of-age story set to pulsing hip-hop music, a Filipino-American teen discovers her identity through a budding talent for turntablism.

Free to Laugh

A comedy workshop in Los Angeles teaches improv and stand up to women recently released from prison, culminating in a show for friends and family.

Healing River

Six years after a tragic accident, 26-year-old Andy and his family struggle to find their footing again. As Andy faces addiction and post traumatic stress, another deeper trauma emerges to threaten his course to recovery.

Jonah Stands Up

New Orleans artist and rabble-rouser Jonah Bascle faces his mortality. He leaves behind a legacy of comedy, visual art, and disability advocacy.

Kate and Lily

Kate seems cursed to make a fool of herself every time she bumps into Lily, an old friend from college. But little does Kate know, not everything is what it seems.

Little Hero

Little Hero is a documentary about a six-year-old boy’s autism as seen through his twin sister’s eyes.

Lunch in Lima

An elegant ladies lunch in Peru reveals the dark side of privilege with no conscience.

Marc Chung Protects His Address

Marc Chung buys a gun to protect his address in this comedic and highly stylized student short film.

Nacido de Nuevo

On the anniversary of his young son’s death, border patrol agent Ramon Nunez finds redemption at the hands of an illegal alien in a single polarizing and life-altering night.

Pool

On a quest to understand her grandmother’s past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who’s created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool.

The Final Show

A woman who has lived a long life full of love and loss has to decide, based on all that she has learned, who to take along to eternity.

They Charge for the Sun

In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young girl unravels the lie that has kept her and her sister in the dark.

Three Fingers

A young female Marine war veteran navigates her disintegrating life until there is nothing left but to make a choice.

Competition Episodic

Au Pair

A Chinese au pair, Min, is in America “to be the woman she can’t be in China”- a radical, outspoken feminist. But her host mother, newly divorced Cindy, intends to use Min as dating bait.

Lost & Found

When Stella and Ian host their “unwedding”, all kinds of uncomfortable truths are unearthed for this group of friends. What is intended to be a healthy way of breaking up in fact raises all kinds of issues for this group of thirty-something’s in their own relationships, especially when Stella’s unruly mother Lourdes appears unexpectedly.

Nosh: Bite-Size Adventures

In this smart and funny educational series, two pint-sized cooking show hosts and their hapless young producer prepare their favorite foods, then go on fantastic adventures through time and space to learn more about the recipes’ origins.

Wild Kitchen

Wild Kitchen is a 22-minute documentary TV series about wild food, the people who harvest it, their unique stories that compel them to live off the land.