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SHORTS BLOCK 1 

There will be a short break between blocks

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Pyggie

Director Sannette Gaia, Writer Sannette Gaia, Usman Qazi
United States

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.

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Danny

Director Mary-Madison Baldo, Writer David L. Minard

United States

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.

 

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COME ON

Director/Writer Audree Cristine Stephens

United States

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.

 

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Live From The Graveyard

Director Sarah Hankins, Writer Tiffany Albright

United States

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.

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The Strangle of Ivy

Director Tara Garwood, Writer Tara Garwood, Sara Crocoll Smith

United States

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.

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In Search of Birds

Director/Writer Miranda Jacoby

Canada

A commercial astronaut returns to Earth in search of birds, but has trouble finding them. 

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Consumed

Director /Writer JP Bradham

United States

Tammy discovers one night that her shopping addiction might become the death of her. 

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Crazy These Days

Director Tara Karsian, Writer Virginia Reece

United States

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. 

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Margot

Director Jessica Simpson, Writers  Kyle Michael Porter, Jessica Simpson

USA

Two masked intruders interrupt each other while on very different missions.

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TRUST ME

Director/Writer Anne Welles

United States

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?

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The Locked Trunk

Director Regan Hutton

Writer Regan Hutton
United States

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?

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The Waiting Room

Director/Writer Madeline Blair 

United States

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.

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The Eucharist

Director Lithuania

Writers Walter Bender, Gintarė Ilginytė

Lithuania

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.

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In Your Arms

Director/Writer Sienna Riley
United States

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. 

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Neither sun nor shade

Director/Writer Talia Hernando

Spain

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.

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Fish Out Of Water

Director/Writer Sasha Nelson United States

A young girl is trapped at home by her delusional mother. 

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Operago

Director/Writer Rayna P. Buxton 

United States

Phantom hunter duo Brio and Drusilla clash with an Opera singer from another realm.

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Pete & Re-Pete

Director Martha Van Garza, Writer Luke Van Garza

United States

A zombie attack on three elderly men takes an unexpected turn when the zombie turns out to be an old friend. Again.

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SHORTS BLOCK 5 

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Crackpot

Director/Writer Nicola Sercombe 

Australia

With the end of the world only hours away, a dippy doomsday prepper kidnaps her lonely neighbour to ‘save him’ from the impending apocalypse.

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Ask for Help

Director /Writer Gina DeAngelis
United States

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.

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The Understudy 

Director Elizabeth Crummett

Writer Hamish Brown

New Zealand

An aspiring actress has an audition at a prestigious downtown theatre, but underestimates the sacrifice she needs to make to get the role. 

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Pinwheel Horizon 

Director/Writer Ian Ebright

United States

On a barren planet, three elite warriors learn their final confrontation- a gang of 40- is waiting for them nearby.

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Reflection

Director/Writer Alyssa N Myers
United States

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.

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Filmmaker Q&A (15min)

FEATURE FILM

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Sins of the Father

Director Vanessa M. H. Powers, Writers Tristan M. Corrigan

United States

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.

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She's The Protagonist

Directors/Writers Sarah Carlot Jaber

Belgium

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.

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Earthworm

Director Grace Gregory, Writer Charlotte Foley

United Kingdom

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.

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The Forfeit

Directors/Writers Josie Charles, Phoebe Brooks
United Kingdom

A young working-class Welsh woman meets her wealthy English boyfriend’s eccentric family for the first time on Christmas Eve.

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Red light,
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Director/Writer Béatrice Vernhes

France

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..

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Booth by the Window: No Smoking

Director Brea Ingram, Writer Peyton Hagerty

United States

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.

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Losing The Spark 

Director Amanda Callas, Writer Brie Porter

United States

A lesbian breaks up with her robot girlfriend, revisiting their emotional moments in order to permanently wipe her memories. 

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Dead Inside

Director Ashley Wimbush Writer Joanna Messineo
United States

Adam’s girlfriend, Ella, is a zombie, but he doesn’t mind.  But are there consequences for loving a monster?

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The Living

Director/Writer Cleo Handler
United States

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. 

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The Invitation

Director/Writer Nicole Cuschieri
Malta

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

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My Dinner with Edie

Director/Writer Adrienne Picciotto
United States

After a breakthrough therapy session, a young woman invites her problematic friend over for dinner to end the relationship.

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The Livlic Tree

Director/Writer Sierra Hart
United States

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.

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No. 2

Director/Writer Jamila A. Jackson
United States

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.

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Sonar

Director/Writer Alfredo Uzeta

Mexico

A little deaf girl is being stalked by a Sound Demon who can only be perceived by soundwave vibrations.

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Reaper

Director/Writer Eva Ulreich
United States

Grim Reaper attempts to capture a lost soul.

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Damned Supper

Director/Writer Ariel Hansen
Canada

On Halloween a group of wannabe witches conjure up more than they bargained for during their dumb supper.

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Last Seen Hunting

Director/Writer Denna Alece Dom
United States

A young girl goes hunting and stumbles into much more than she bargained for.

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Chicks

Director/Writer Geena Marie Hernandez
United States

A girly, cotton-candy colored slumber party unravels when a shy teen becomes the center of a bizarre nighttime ritual.

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The Witching Hour

Director/Writer Abigail Brenker
United States

A woman is haunted during the night by a spirit in her home.

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INCH BY INCH

Director/Writer Karolina Esqueda
United States

A douchebag develops a weird condition that makes his penis shrink. 

SHORTS BLOCK 9

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Violet Daze

Director/Writer Marisa Martin, Clare Langsford

Australia

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?

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Kickstart my Heart

Director/Writer Rozalyn Dione Mattocks
United States

After a brutal car accident, a young woman fights her mind's 3 levels of hell to wake up again.

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Cold Call

Director/Writer Jaelyn Ellis

United States

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

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Kid Free Weekend

Director/Writer Rozalyn Dione Mattocks
United States

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.

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