BAY AREA PREMIERE - A young woman, her face illuminated only by match light, tells the story of an Austrian serial killer who murdered 20 immigrant women - one per year. (Director Mark Tapio Kines scheduled to attend)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
THE ARID ROOM- 7min
SOUTH BAY AREA PREMIERE - Desperately thirsty prisoners plead to persevere in an enclosed man-made desert in Sean Pettis' striking THE ARID ROOM.
Genre: Thriller, Drama
BAD, BAD Men- 83min
BAY AREA PREMIERE - BAD, BAD MEN is a comedy about Josh, Royce, and Steven, three good guys and fellow realtors who are bound together by fragile egos and fierce loyalty. By morning, one thing will be proven above all else: who the bad, bad men here really are.
Genre: Comedy, Buddy movie
Cellista - 6 min
SOUTH BAY AREA PREMIERE - The relationship between artist and audience is a precarious affair. This modern day fairy tale explores a cellist confronting her fear that the work she shares with her audience can never be quite...good...enough. (lead Artist Freya Seeburger and Director Brian Favorite scheduled to attend)
Genre: Artist Profile
Charge! - 4 min
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - Music can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The right music in the right time can make things better; the wrong music in the wrong time can ruin things for you. And what happens when the music dies?
Genre: Humorous, Satire
Ecco Homo - 14min
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - When logic and reason replace feeling and emotion does the world become a colder and inflexible place? Pablo is about to find out whether he is a member of the old guard or an adherent to his new world’s orders in writer/director Dermot Daly's superbly spare sci-fi short.
Genre: Dystopian, Drama
Exceptance - 15min
WEST COAST PREMIERE - A hilarious black comedy about Johanna (Caitlin Renée Campbell), a judgmental suburban mother who risks losing her teenage daughter forever when the daughter (Meghan Martin) reveals she is dating geriatric men. As we learn more about mom, however, the more you'll understand why the filmmakers call "Exceptance" a "coming-of-RAGE traumedy."
Genre: Short, Absurdist
Foley Artist- 18min
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - A sound technician who specializes in Foley effects (recreation of sounds for a film no directly recorded during shooting) has an accident that forces him to stay home for a few days. During that time the attractive neighbour across the street who has just arrived in the neighbourhood becomes his new sound muse.
Genre: Drama, Relationships
Funny Fat Guy - 85min
WORLD PREMIERE - Charlie McStean is doing what thousands of other people are doing in Hollywood - trying to "make it in the industry". Charlie is a struggling stand-up comic searching for laughs but time is running out for him as he struggles with booze, drugs and fast food. Direcotr Ryan Pennington's "Funny Fat Guy" shows the potential reality check of trying to follow one's dreams. (Director Ryan Pennington scheduled to attend)
Genre: Humorous, L.A., Character Study
HELLO MOM! - 3 min
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - The only real choice a human being can make is the day they die according to writer/director Vlad Aksenov's wonderfully bizarre, stream-of-consciousness tone poem.
Genre: Humorous, Experimental
It Was Dali - 8min
BAY AREA PREMIERE - On Valentine’s day, a husband and wife go out to have dinner. Suddenly, they wake up alone in a huge empty house. They don’t know how they got there and the house and neighborhood are unfamiliar. As they try to figure out what happened to them, their relationship problems emerge under the pressure of the unknown
Mejillones (Mussels)- 4 min
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - Mari Carmen's strange gastronomic addiction puts a bizarre strain on her marriage to Loren.
Genre: Humorous, Surreal
Naderias - 9min
WEST COAST PREMIERE - Over coffee with a friend, Paloma talks about her daughter´s strange behavior.
Genre: Short, Surreal
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - From the makers of last year's award-winning "Big Bird" comes the intense story of a twelve year old girl playing a dangerous game with unforeseeable consequences.
Genre: Short, Drama
One Shot- 10min
WEST COAST PREMIERE - One shot. One shot is enough to trigger a series of dark events: an unsettled drug deal, a prostitute who shouldn’t have been there or even a young man who asked the wrong person at the wrong time
Genre: Short, Suspense
Palindrome - 18min
WORLD PREMIERE - Scott and Mal are a potent husband/wife scientific team on the verge of creating the most powerful technology the world has ever seen. But the impending breakthrough is very bittersweet as Mal begins to succumb to a destructive brain dementia. Her devoted husband Scott is determined to help Mal perfect the technology before she no longer recognizes it but will Scott's heart override his logic in weighing the consequences of pushing technology beyond its tipping point?
PAZUZU - 43min
WORLD PREMIERE - A sex-crazed woman and neurotic bachelor meet up for a blind date that begins awkwardly and quickly goes even further downhill as their masks come down.
Genre: Drama, LGBT
Procrastinator - 14min
CALIFORNIA PREMIERE - Mito isn't lazy or unmotivated - he's just found his perfect job...that of a professional procrastinator in director Marta Rodriguez-Alarcon's crazy sci-fi satire.
Genre: Short, Comedy, Sci-fi
WORLD PREMIERE - A local woma's body is found viciously strangled in a river. A mysterious man comes home to mysterious voices and bizarre phone calls. Is that local woman really dead? Or is this mysterious man being driven insane by his own guilt?
Genre: Short, Mystery, Horror
WORLD PREMIERE - In a posh hotel suite, two closeted Hollywood actors share a bed, life stories, and their deepest anxieties. Middle-aged Carter wryly instructs fresh-faced up-and-comer William in the realities of life as a gay man and movie star. But as the minutes tick away, the lines between naiveté and experience, cynicism and optimism, sex and romance blur.
Genre: Drama, LGBT
Thin Places- 12min
WORLD PREMIERE - A brilliant physicist is wracked with guilt because he thinks his new energy source will destroy the world. He convinces his best friend to help him investigate but they find themselves trapped in a frightening environment where unimaginable secrets become revealed.
Genre: Mystery, Sci Fi
THE VISITOR- 10min
BAY AREA PREMIERE - A young woman, Hanna, wakes after a terrifying dream. Things take a horrifying turn for the worse as it becomes more apparent that someone – or something – has crept into her apartment.