SHORTS BLOCK 1
There will be a short break between blocks
Director Sannette Gaia, Writer Sannette Gaia, Usman Qazi
An adolescent girl loses her mother and is left to live with her distant family members. She discovers her aunt is keeping her from the last letter her mother left for her, growing her resentment toward her family.
Director Mary-Madison Baldo, Writer David L. Minard
Danny is a short film that explores the predatory tendencies of the human psyche, the scars that tragedy creates, and will leave you intrigued, disgusted, shocked, and satisfied.
Director/Writer Audree Cristine Stephens
In the social media influenced world of high school, 17-year-old Lainey struggles to find her place amongst her peers. After gaining confidence and changing her appearance to fit in, she must deal with the toxic attention that comes along with it.
Live From The Graveyard
Director Sarah Hankins, Writer Tiffany Albright
When a radio show becomes the site of a zombie outbreak, an intrepid DJ has a chance to put her nerd knowledge to work - if she can survive.
SHORTS BLOCK 2
The Strangle of Ivy
Director Tara Garwood, Writer Tara Garwood, Sara Crocoll Smith
Adapted from Sara Crocoll Smith’s story of the same name, this short film is a claustrophobic, dread-inducing work of horror that will chill your soul. "The Strangle of Ivy" evokes "Relic" while giving off "The Woman in Black" vibes.
Crazy These Days
Director Tara Karsian, Writer Virginia Reece
Weird things keep happening while Elise is alone, so when her husband, Derek, returns unexpectedly from a business trip to surprise her, it has the opposite effect. In fact, it only raises more questions to her mounting suspicions. Frustrations spill into a huge fight over Derek’s impending move to NYC, and they teeter on the cusp of major damage to their relationship. With their strong desire and trust in each other, they manage to calm the waters and realize that no matter the city, their 'home' is with each other. They’ll figure it out. Of course, it doesn’t mean that Elise was imagining things.
Director Jessica Simpson, Writers Kyle Michael Porter, Jessica Simpson
Two masked intruders interrupt each other while on very different missions.
Director/Writer Anne Welles
A young woman's trip to the park with her young child takes a dark turn when she finds they are alone with a stranger, whose motives are unknown. Could he simply be desperate to connect, or could he have ulterior motives? Caution is warranted, but is it taken?
SHORTS BLOCK 3
The Locked Trunk
Director Regan Hutton
Writer Regan Hutton
Struggling author August Bell receives a random key in the mail. After going on a hunt, he finds a lost trunk in the woods. Will his key open it? And what may lie inside?
The Waiting Room
Director/Writer Madeline Blair
After her early death, seventeen-year-old Maya has been in Purgatory waiting for seemingly an eternity to be called to her final resting place; others come and go as she remains in petulant anticipation. She soon reluctantly befriends Dean, a recent addition to the queue and a persistently friendly but troubled boy who has entered the afterlife under strangely parallel circumstances to her own. When the keeper of the waiting room, Eugene, bursts in to admit that he has misplaced the waiting list, Maya descends into a state of feverish despair as she realizes she may never move on.
Writers Walter Bender, Gintarė Ilginytė
Simonas is stranded on an island. Due to his lack of survival skills, Simonas' physical hunger begins to control his mind. Consumed by madness Simonas gives into his urges and eats his child’s corpse.
In Your Arms
Director/Writer Sienna Riley
William is a man trapped in the loneliness of everyday life. As a seemingly uneventful night unfolds, we see a more sinister side of his loneliness.
SHORTS BLOCK 4
Neither sun nor shade
Director/Writer Talia Hernando
Nerea is disoriented in the middle of the forest, a man appears behind her and proposes her. After that odd event the real relationship that bonds them will be unveiled and why Nerea is with him.
Fish Out Of Water
Director/Writer Sasha Nelson United States
A young girl is trapped at home by her delusional mother.
Director/Writer Rayna P. Buxton
Phantom hunter duo Brio and Drusilla clash with an Opera singer from another realm.
Pete & Re-Pete
Director Martha Van Garza, Writer Luke Van Garza
A zombie attack on three elderly men takes an unexpected turn when the zombie turns out to be an old friend. Again.
SHORTS BLOCK 5
Director/Writer Nicola Sercombe
With the end of the world only hours away, a dippy doomsday prepper kidnaps her lonely neighbour to ‘save him’ from the impending apocalypse.
Ask for Help
Director /Writer Gina DeAngelis
An unsuspecting woman explores an eerie antiques barn and tolerates the chatty owner, but when she rejects his proposition, he lets a sinister presence punish and objectify her.
Director Elizabeth Crummett
Writer Hamish Brown
An aspiring actress has an audition at a prestigious downtown theatre, but underestimates the sacrifice she needs to make to get the role.
Director/Writer Ian Ebright
On a barren planet, three elite warriors learn their final confrontation- a gang of 40- is waiting for them nearby.
Director/Writer Alyssa N Myers
A seemingly ordinary woman is unsatisfied with her mundane life and begins to experience dream-like flashbacks of another lifetime in a déjà vu fashion. In her visions, she is a golden-age starlet living a glamorous life of fortune and fame in 1930s Hollywood.
Filmmaker Q&A (15min)
Sins of the Father
Director Vanessa M. H. Powers, Writers Tristan M. Corrigan
After the death of his father, Aden and his mother, Sarah, find themselves responsible for the sale of his family home - a place they thought they’d left behind. When Sarah’s friends arrive to help, the task seems almost manageable. However, as they clear out the house, they uncover secrets in Sarah’s past and the sinister nature of the cultivated community Aden was raised in…. And his father’s family is not so eager to let the sins of the past go unpunished.
SHORTS BLOCK 6
She's The Protagonist
Directors/Writers Sarah Carlot Jaber
The Protagonist, by her given name, is presented to us in her natural environment : a jungle, sadly, often lacking in density. But today enough is enough! Being the mother, the secretary, the lover, the nanny, the baby bottle, the side piece of the main male character is no longer enough for our dear Protagonist ! Put on "mute" after the allocated time for female* characters in a film was reached, she runs away with her friend Voice-Over for a new journey with plenty of humor.
Director Grace Gregory, Writer Charlotte Foley
When twenty-year-old Claire finds out she’s pregnant, she knows she wants to have an abortion. With confidence in her choice, support from her family, and good healthcare, it should be straightforward. But the night before the appointment, skin-crawling hallucinations begin to shake her resolve. At the gynecologist's office, what should be a routine medical experience becomes a waking nightmare with lasting repercussions.
Directors/Writers Josie Charles, Phoebe Brooks
A young working-class Welsh woman meets her wealthy English boyfriend’s eccentric family for the first time on Christmas Eve.
Director/Writer Béatrice Vernhes
During a casual stroll in the forest, a mother and her three children go further than usual. They walk under the bridge… And discover a creepy, wrecked manor. The kids play around with a girl met in the woods. But soon, the kid’s game turns into drama..
Booth by the Window: No Smoking
Director Brea Ingram, Writer Peyton Hagerty
On a roadtrip to visit her grandchildren, Georgia, a soulful old woman, stops at the Crossroads Diner for quick refuge. When she meets Robin, a wise waiter, the two share a deeper understanding of the mortality that Georgia is struggling to face.
SHORTS BLOCK 7
Losing The Spark
Director Amanda Callas, Writer Brie Porter
A lesbian breaks up with her robot girlfriend, revisiting their emotional moments in order to permanently wipe her memories.
Director/Writer Cleo Handler
A vampire with an addictive personality finds a therapist to help him kick his blood habit. Although the therapist initially struggles with her fear, vulnerable and alone in the woods with a supposed monster, she ends up turning the tables on him, and in treating the root of his issues, she manages to help remind him how to be mortal - and reunite with his daughter. In the end, her meditation techniques help him master his hunger, and when stripped of his crutches, it turns out that he’s really the vulnerable one after all: a frightened, lonely human trying to make amends.
Director/Writer Nicole Cuschieri
A woman enters an art gallery and is captivated by all the characters in the paintings. But only one of them can set her free
My Dinner with Edie
Director/Writer Adrienne Picciotto
After a breakthrough therapy session, a young woman invites her problematic friend over for dinner to end the relationship.
The Livlic Tree
Director/Writer Sierra Hart
Isolated from most other life, save for one plant, Nyomi still lives happily within her home. She cherishes and cares for this plant, the livlic tree, through the means of a magical orb. Though it might seem mundane, Nyomi takes delight in growing the fruit of her little tree each day.
That is, she did, until she breaks her magical orb, losing both its magic and the apparent sole way of growing her tree.
With the plant’s health quickly deteriorating, Nyomi must rush to revive it, trying any and everything.
These are the methods she is quick to try – and to fail with.
Director/Writer Jamila A. Jackson
A neglected number two pencil finally joins other office supplies on a desk only to discover they are not the first pick and now they must sharpen their chances.
SHORTS BLOCK 8
Director/Writer Alfredo Uzeta
A little deaf girl is being stalked by a Sound Demon who can only be perceived by soundwave vibrations.
Director/Writer Eva Ulreich
Grim Reaper attempts to capture a lost soul.
Director/Writer Ariel Hansen
On Halloween a group of wannabe witches conjure up more than they bargained for during their dumb supper.
The Witching Hour
Director/Writer Abigail Brenker
A woman is haunted during the night by a spirit in her home.
INCH BY INCH
Director/Writer Karolina Esqueda
A douchebag develops a weird condition that makes his penis shrink.
SHORTS BLOCK 9
Director/Writer Marisa Martin, Clare Langsford
Violet and Daisy have been best friends since they were five. Total besties. BFFs. Joined at the hip. How close can two best friends get? What would they do if anyone tried to separate them?
Director/Writer Jaelyn Ellis
Two college students canvassing for a local politician find themselves in danger when they are invited into the home of a man deadly opposed to their candidate
Kid Free Weekend
Director/Writer Rozalyn Dione Mattocks
Vivian, a young mom in the 70's, finally gets a weekend away from her husband and small children and she won't let anything eat up her free time.