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2017 Official Selection

ANIMATION 

PriPara: Prism Paradise, Japan
Directed by: Masakazu Hishida
Web-series, Japan
Prism Paradise, or “PriPara,” is the invitation-only, alternate dimension where girls become socially-savvy, fashion-forward, pop princesses. It is a rite of passage and yet taboo. PriPara: Where colorful dreams come true!

iRony
Directed by: Radheya Jegatheva
Short film, Australia
A film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone. Variously described as an Animation, an Experimental Film, a Narrative, a Documentary or a Film-Poem depending on who you speak to, this hand drawn animated film is based on the poem ‘Seven Billion’ written by the award winning writer,  Radheya Jegatheva.

Little Thing
Directed by: Or Kan tor
Short film, Israel
A tiny creature searches for companionship in an empty city.


COMEDY 

Misfits & Margaritas
Directed by: Jim Dougherty, Tracy DeCresie, Stacey Mick, Isabella Jones
Web-series, USA
Dr. Sarah Cassidy is a 28 year old veterinarian who has spent the majority of her life in pursuit of her career. Now that she has achieved that goal, she realized she forgot to enjoy the little things in life along the journey. With the help of her friends and family, Sarah is determined to find balance in life. Life is short- stop and sip the margaritas!

The End is Near
Directed by: Stacey Long
Web-series, USA
John a Gas station manager preaches to his employee and customers “The End is Near.” His employee Laurence quickly learns what that really means.

We all wanted to kill the president
Directed by: Ana Ramon Rubio
Web-series, Spain
A group of catering workers receive an unexpected visit: the arrival of the president of the government. A corrupt guy, known for his excesses and hated by much of the population. They will start joking with poisoning the food, of course, all in jest. Until, the next morning, Martinez de Ochoa is found dead in a hotel room in a mysterious way.

RILEY The Series
Directed by: Jeffrey Scott Basham
Web-series, USA
Riley is an original comedy series about a former teen pop star. Now in her thirties, she’s struggling to overcome a publicly humiliating downfall and subsequent nervous breakdown. But, it’s the power of friendship and the quirky characters she meets along the way that just might get her through…

Frapuccino Webseries
Directed by: David Trujillo, Paul-André Robin
Web-series, France
Cyril has the compulsive need to hit someone, randomly, three times a day, at fixed times. Paolo is a serial flirter with a very heavy sense of humor.  Amelie is a depressive, middle-class, heartbroken girl. Three characters off their heads. Get them in a car for a raod-trip. Shake and chill before serving.

Bounty Momma
Directed by: Wendy Keeling
Web-series, USA
The bounty hunting world will never be the same under the watch of hot tempered redneck momma Twyla Sue Dollarhide and her dim witted family. Twyla Sue Dollarhide, aka “Bounty Mama”, is a no-nonsense southern firecracker with a reality show who, despite the incompetence of her gun toting lamebrain family and film crew, proudly boasts that she “always gets her man”! This reality parody brings the viewer inside the day to day of a dysfunctional family business that turns otherwise mundane bounty escapades into mayhem and madness.

Battle For Denmark
Directed by: Hailey Buck
Web-series, USA
A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet as told through Horatio’s vlogs.

All About The Britos
Directed by: Paulo Leierer
Web-series, Brazil
Rafael Brito is a 32 year old guy with trouble leaving his youth. Brito has no job, no girlfriend, no ambitions and no perspective. A big change in his life happens when he discovers that Kelly, a former girlfriend he had not seen for 15 years, has a 15 year old daughter; with him. Forced to straighten up and relate to this “news” called Rachel, Rafael is thrown into his worst nightmare: growing up.

Other People’s Children
Directed by: Brad Riddell, Anna Maria Hozian
Web-series, USA
Margot Antler dreams of becoming a renown novelist with a three-book deal and a summer house in Ghent. Reality check: she’s a rookie second-grade teacher about to experience the insanity of parent/teacher conferences for the first time! In each episode, Ms. Antler finds herself across the table from adults behaving like children, and slowly comes to realize it’s not her students who have problems, it’s their parents. These are the worst parent / teacher conferences ever.

The Video Store
Directed by: Thomas Sainsbury
Web-series, New Zealand
A dark comedy web series following the death throes of the last video store in New Zealand


DRAMA 

THIS IS DESMONDO RAY!
Directed by: Steve Baker
Web-series, Australia
A peculiar man searches for love in a dark and troubling world.

PRIDE CALLED WORTH
Created by: Jhaneal Hector & Nothando Xulu
Web-series, USA
Four college women on their journeys to finding their Worth and creating healthy relationships in today’s world.

MR EGG
Directed by: LAI WENHUA
Short film, China
This is a dramatic film–Anna, who is a swindler, racked her brain to get the priceless treasure MR EGG, only to find out a swindler might also be swindled by someone else sometimes

It’s Not That Simple
Directed by: Danish Aslam
Web-series, India
This is a story of 4 characters, Meera, Jayesh, Sameer and Rajiv who were all surviving their existence till their lives intertwined and changed forever. A first person narrative with Meera. We break the fourth wall and take the audience on this journey along with Meera as she rediscovers love, life and her reunion with herself. The story of almost every urban marriage. A loss, an unhappiness… & a desire to have the most perfect affair… with oneself

Pipe Dream
Directed by: Normann Bjorvand
Short Film, Sweden
A fringe dream seeks out hosts for its short-lived dance of the fantastic.

History (Season Two)
Directed by: Jack Tracy
Web-series, USA
An LGBT/NYC based web series about love, loneliness and the family you choose.

Oldhead: The Webseries
Directed by: Tony Chennault
Web-series, USA
We reunite with LA as he tries to find the balance between good and evil while he is challenged with either providing for his family or falling back into the street culture. Kareem is in a tight battle trying to stay in control of the streets as new cross-town rival Bishop has made his presence known.

WOKE
Directed by: Maxime Potherat
Feature,  France
Hicham runs away from his home and comes to Lyon, looking for Thibaut, a young man who tried to kiss him a few years before. Thibaut is an activist at the local LGBT Center. Hicham discovers his world, apprehensive but enthusiast. However, as Hicham begins a journey to find his own identity, he comes to understand that Thibaut himself isn’t exactly who he appears…

Self-exile
Directed by: Arnab K Middya
Feature, India
Andarkahini is a saga of womanhood in the correlative context of human relationships and complex society. Four women. Four variations of relationships. One society with four facades.

Untag #LoseTheShame
Directed by: Ashima Chibber
Web-series, India
Fat, thin, black, short, gay, bitch, cunning…how can a single word or tag define you? You are beyond the tag. This is a Story of two best friends, Shikha and Nishchay, who travel to the dreamy city of  Mumbai from their small town, Fardiabad. They travel to the big city for a chance to live their lives free of tags that have defined them in their hometown.


FANTASY/ SCI-FI

DonJon Legacy
Directed by: Olivier Ziel
Web-series, France
Jon, a decent man, sets out on a quest for his mysterious yet promising legacy inside the ruins of a vast and eerie dungeon.

GAUNTLET RUN: Breach
Directed by: Jyo Carolino
Short Film, USA
Two atypical heroes-for-hire have finally found an ideal office space. Chaos erupts when they discover their new location is currently run by a dangerous gang. Violence, metahumor, and a few surprises are in store. Welcome to the Gauntlet Run. #welcometothegauntlet

New York 2150 (TV Pilot)
Directed by: Harry Assouline
Web-series, USA
Intergalactic bounty hunter Jayden Jaxon partners with ex-cop Mac Cole to track down a psychotic killer for a generous fee. When their search brings Jayden back to his hometown, the ghosts of his past haunt every corner of New Manhattan.

The Adventures of Brobot Johnson
Directed by: Darian Dauchan
Web-series, USA
In this Sci Fi Hip Hop web series that’s part silent film, part music video, a newly born robot that’s half droid, half brotha, with the help of his eccentric maker, learns the mundane ways of the world in New York City one miraculous experience at a time.


HORROR

You Only Die Once
Directed by: Amanda B. Goodman
Web-series, USA
You Only Die Once is a 6 episode modern horror comedy web series that tells the story of three lifelong best friends and vampire hunters from Astoria Queens as they face the biggest threat to their family yet.

Souvenir
Directed by: Eitán Sandom
Short film, Spain
A family finds out a lost old photography camera, but it’s cursed: It links our reality to an evil dimension. The father try to take a picture of his wife and son, but he just get a ghost get freed.

Fried Barry
Directed by: Ryan Kruger
Short Film, South Africa
Fried Barry is heroin junkie, that spends his days in a abandoned building walking around tripping from his latest hit, going through his ups and downs and reliving his old memories.

Nights of Contrition
Directed by: Robert Misovic
Short Film, Canada
Overcome with guilt after his fiancee dies in a car crash, Owen awakes to find himself trapped and chained shut in a tiny apartment. Owen’s about to pay the debt of his sins–he just can’t figure out who’s come to collect.


NON-FICTION

America Heard: Refuge of Hope
Directed by: Yasmin Mistry , Emmy nominated Director
Short Film, USA
Syracuse, New York is an unlikely home to over 10,000 former refugees. Two women at the forefront of this community reflect on what their presidential vote means to those whose only true home is the American town that took them in.

The Walk of Abuka
Directed by: Tofik Hussen and Yidnekachew Gashaw
Short Film,  Ethiopia
This short documentary examines the oldest Ethiopian New Year celebration and it’s values in the society.

Growing Up Guide Pup
Directed by: Matt Chapman
Web-series, USA  
Growing Up Guide Pup is a unscripted web series about two service dog maniacs named Amie and Matt. I mean who doesn’t like puppies? Follow the life of Amy and Matt as they inspire more people to want to raise puppies, get people interested in service dog issues, and bring awareness about service dogs to a higher level of consciousness.


SUSPENSE THRILLER

A.I.SHA My Virtual Girlfriend, Season 2
Directed by: Sahir Raza
Web-series, India
A.I.SHA My Virtual Girlfriend is back and this time, she’s twice as dangerous. In Season 1 we saw Sam a genius app developer working at Future Lens. Sid, his boss, is an out-and-out megalomaniac who made Sam’s life a living hell. But Sam didn’t let that come in the way of his dream project. He developed the greatest Artificial Intelligence app. But things turned for the worse when A.I.SHA develops a mind of her own.

Red Dirt
Directed by: Steven Sivan Santillan
Short Film, Australia
After their car breaks down somewhere in the Australian Bush, two unwitting backpackers are forced to face their fears and show their true colors when a mysterious driver pulls over.

SILENT VILLE
Directed by: Peter Fada Osiughwu
Short film, Nigeria
Corporal Abiodun undergoes a post war traumatic experience after losing very close Friends in battle in North Eastern Nigeria, he returns home to meet his Village plagued by the deadly Ebola Virus killing many. At night the dead started rising from their graves and Abiodun had to fight or die.