We are super excited and grateful for the hundreds of fantastic submissions we had in our second year. It was extremely hard to reach this final selection that fits in perfect harmony the purpose of the Festival: our quest for meaningful and artistic Cinema. In Total, our Finalists list for competition, features 109 titles from 32 Countries! Such a diversified mosaic allows us to bring in several creative and memorable approaches to Cinematic story-telling.
Besides the Best Feature Movie of the Year (to be revealed and screened on September, the 7th), we will also screen a very limited fine selection from all the nominees (Shorts and Feature). Here are the titles we will screen in our event:
BLIND (88″ | USA/Germany) was written by the horror standout Joe Knetter and features solid genre acting talent such as Sarah French (Rootwood), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Hatchet 3), Jed Rowen (The Ghastly Love of Johnny X), Tyler Gallant (#FollowMe), Thomas Haley (Desert Moon), Ben Kaplan (slasher.com), Michael St, Michael (The Greasy Strangler) and Jessica Galetti (Crazy Rich Asians). Directed by Marcel Walz (Blood Feast remake), the movie tells the “story of Faye, a famous Hollywood actress who was forced into early retirement after a botched laser eye surgery. She lives alone in her dream house, but the loss of her career constantly haunts her and causes her to seclude herself both from her friends and from the public. But there’s a masked stranger lurking within Faye’s basement…and he just loves Faye to death!” (in Crypt Teaze). Blind won Best Horror Film at Canadian Cinematography Awards and is part of the Official selection, among other, of Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival.
MEGAN (7″ | USA) is a textbook clinic on modern Sci-Fi. “Directed by Greg Strasz, visual effects supervisor on Independence Day: Resurgence, the film involves a deep-sea discovery of the monstrous kind – and its titular character is pitched as the daughter of John Goodman’s 10 Cloverfield Lane character Howard Stambler. You might need a degree in Clover-lore to work out all the connections, but even those only vaguely familiar with Abrams’ running references will spot Megan drinking from a Slusho cup” (in Empire). ALTITUDE (11″ | Austria) is making waves in the European short film festival panorama and follows Sarah and Thomas, whose “on their way up to a mountain cabin run into a dense mist and seem to go astray in the dangerous altitudes“. MUFFIN (17″ | Greece) is a surreal tale of man willing to pay the price for a new life. “He stops his car in the middle of nowhere and forces his father out, leaving him all alone in the woods. Haunted by his regrets, he then tries to cancel the agreement and bring his father back“. Official selection at several independent festivals such as Cinepocalypse Film Festival or Wasteland Film Festival. MOTH (17″ | USA) constructs a distorted fantasy tale around “Christine, a working actress fading into obscurity. Day by day, she works tirelessly with the futile hope of her career getting a second wind. As countless others in Los Angeles, she blindly follows her dream like a moth to flame, taking a toll on her family and herself. We observe the banality of Christine’s daily routines like a fly on the wall. Through her tasks, we get a glimpse of Christine’s deteriorating mental state and an impending transformation“. Official selection at Las Vegas Film Festival, Fear No Film Festival, Calcuta International Cult Film Festival, Niagara Falls International Film Festival, among many others. THE DISHWASHER (13″ | USA) is a funny dive into the mundane routine of “Nicolás, a Mexican immigrant, who works as a dishwasher at a fine dining restaurant in New York. When his head chef challenges him to find handmade tortillas for a surprise addition to their menu, Nicolás jumps at the opportunity to prove himself, embarking on a quest that ultimately tests the very limits of his ambition“. Special Jury Mention for Best Narrative Short at Tribeca Film Festiva and Best Short Drama at Queen Palm International Film Festival.
In the Animation specter we will screen three very distinctive shorts. SOPHIE (5″ | USA) is a frantic satirical re-imagining of the Los Angeles contemporary social fauna, created by Experimental Animation student Anna Cangellaris. Official Selection at Wasteland Film Festival, Galacticat or Anim!arte. iRONY (8″ | Australia) is a “Cautionary tale about the intrusion of technology and social media in people’s lives” (in ABC Australia) directed by 19 years old Radheya Jegatheva. Nominated for Best Short Animation at Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. THE RIBBON (5″ | USA) is a beautiful classical fable adventure where a “young girl suddenly finds herself in an imaginary world. As she explores this enchanting place, the long ribbon of her dress gets caught, holding her back. As she pulls on the ribbon to break free, a completely unexpected journey begins“. Winner of 23 awards!