Slamdance Announces 132 Features, Shorts and Episodics; Fest Passes Free Until December 31
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The Slamdance Film Festival today announced the 132 feature films, short films and episode programs that will make up the 2021 hybrid edition. From February 12th to 25th, the festival is counting the program as “the most accessible festival of all time” with good reason. All films, Q&A and panels will be available on, AppleTV, Roku, Firestick and YouTube. "Early Adopter" passes are free until December 31st. and regular passes are only $ 10. There is also a new section, Unstoppable, which introduces creators with disabilities. The live component of the festival consists of a two-day drive-in presentation at Joshua Tree, which will be open to the public on February 13-14, and the closing performance at a drive-in in Los Angeles on February 25. Significantly, the COVID pandemic 19 has resulted in the first edition of Slamdance taking place entirely outside of Park City, Utah, and its dates are different from those of the Sundance Film Festival.

From the press release:

The festival's official theme, "Greenlight Yourself," reflects Slamdance's ongoing commitment to transforming the many obstacles filmmakers face into opportunities. “Our theme this year was inspired by the incredible resilience and creativity our community and team have shown over the past few months,” said Peter Baxter, President and Co-Founder of Slamdance. “The common journey for the filmmakers, the alumni community and the organization of Slamdance is to“ illuminate ”ourselves and not only triple who we are, but also how we can take advantage of the many opportunities that we offer the filmmakers that represent the future of independent filmmaking. ”

Slamdance's large selection of films this year includes a series of game competitions with 20 premieres, 15 world, 4 North American and 1 US debut. In addition to the USA, films from countries around the globe come to Slamdance, including Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Lithuania, Romania, Great Britain and Taiwan. Contest films in the Narrative and Documentary categories are full-length directorial debuts with a budget of less than $ 1 million and with no US distribution, while the Breakouts Contest serves directors beyond their earliest films, maintaining different visual styles and a unique cinematic voice . The films were selected by a team of slam dance alumni as part of a blind submission process and are democratically programmed. Films in both categories are also eligible for the audience award and the Spirit of Slamdance Award, which the filmmaker votes on at the festival. Photos of selected films can be found here.

The opening film, which will be shown at a drive-in in Joshua Tree on February 13, is the world premiere of No Trace (Nulle Trace) by Canadian director and screenwriter Simon Lavoie. Set in the near future, the film follows a callous, hardened smuggler who brings a pious young woman and her child to safety across the border, unaware that their fate is inevitably linked to an inhospitable land.

The festival ends with the world premiere of 18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story at a drive-in in Los Angeles on February 25th. Stephen DeBro's documentary is the story of LA told through the prism of a historic palace of battle and Aileen Eaton, the woman who ran it. With the voices of fighters, skaters and musicians like Roddy Piper, John Doe, James Ellroy and Julio Cesar Chavez, 18th & Grand is a punchy but bittersweet story about the conflicts and characters that have shaped a city.

The festival's new program, Unstoppable, will feature 22 short films by emerging disabled filmmakers, feature actors with disabilities or highlight the conversation about disabilities in today's world. Unstoppable is programmed entirely by disabled artists. The aim of the program is to increase the contributions of the disabled community and to work for their legal inclusion in our industry. As an organization known for giving voice to talented creators whose stories may otherwise not be discovered, it is in Slamdance's DNA to embrace this new purpose.

“I am honored to be part of the wonderful Unstoppable team and to embrace the idea of ​​creating a safe space for filmmakers with disabilities and taking our creativity as seriously as anyone else in the industry. I feel like we're building a bridge that others can cross and I'm so proud to be a part of it, ”said the unstoppable programmer Juliet Romeo.

The short version from 2021 shows 107 short films in eight categories from 29 countries worldwide. The lineup includes 27 world, 13 North American and eight US premieres. Short films in the narrative, documentary and animation areas are eligible for the 2020 Oscar Qualifying Shorts competition. For the third time, the short film program will include an episode category that features episodic work in all styles, genres and formats designated for broadcast – from comedy and drama to documentaries, social commentary and beyond.

Returning at the 2021 festival is The AGBO Fellowship, presented by AGBO Films in partnership with the festival – a $ 25,000 award presented in 2018 by famous festival alumni Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame, Avengers : Infinity War) was launched to provide a merit to give filmmakers the opportunity to continue their journey with mentoring from the filmmaker duo.

The full list of films from Slamdance's press release follows.


A Brixton Tale – (Great Britain, Ireland) World premiere
Directed by Darragh Carey & Bertrand Desrochers – Scriptwriters: Rupert Baynham, Darragh Carey, Chi Mai – Producers: Rupert Baynham, Dennis Gyamfi, Beau Rambaut
A voyeuristic, affluent vlogger is drawn to a handsome, shy kid from the infamous Barrier Block housing project. Their relationship with each other and with the camera leads them on a dangerous path.
Starring: Ola Orebiyi, Lily Newmark, Craige Middleburg, Jaime Winstone, Barney Harris, Michael Maloney, Rose Kerr and Dexter Padmore.

One family – (Ukraine / Australia) North American premiere
Directed by Jayden Stevens – Scriptwriters: Thomas Swinburn, Jayden Stevens – Producers: Olga Mykhalets, Clea Frost, Thomas Swinburn, Jayden Stevens
A man living in solitary confinement seeks emotional refuge in organizing and documenting family moments with inferior impersonators. When his false sister is inspired to follow his method, her relationship between the forged and the real struggles.
Actors: Pavlo Lehenkyi, Liudmyla Zamydra

Dea – (Hong Kong, Switzerland, Indonesia, France) world premiere
Direction: Alberto Gerosa – Producers: Alberto Gerosa, Jocelyne Rouch, Andrea Gerosa
Dea leaves rural Indonesia and her singing dreams to emigrate to Hong Kong as a foreign domestic worker. The script is the result of a nine-month improvisation lab with a group of Indonesian domestic workers with a migrant background who were victims of domestic violence while working in Hong Kong. The story of the protagonist merges their real life experiences into one.
Cast: Dea Panendra, Bruno Zanin, Mas Gentur, Mas Akri, Mega, Mawar, Vincent, Abe and Icy Tsui

Hurray, we're still alive! – (Poland) North American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Agnieszka Polska – producer: Anna Gawlita
An artistic community of filmmakers awaits the return of the director, who has disappeared without a trace. Despite his absence, the director appears to be in control of all the troop's actions.
Actors: Piotr Polak, Sonia Roszczuk, Marta Ojrzyńska, Arkadiusz Brykalski, Jacek Beler, Joanna Drozda, Marcin Czarnik, Bartosz Bielenia

Isaac – (Lithuania)
Direction: Jurgis Matulevičius – Scriptwriters: Saulė Bliuvaitė, Jurgis Matulevičius, Nerijus Milerius – Producer: Stasys Baltakis
A Soviet film noir about the murder of a Jew who changed the world.
Actors: Aleksas Kazanavičius, Dainius Gavenonis, Severija Janušauskaitė, Martynas Nedzinskas

Taipei Suicide Story – (Taiwan) North American Premiere
Director / Writer: KEFF – Producer: Amy Ma
Within one night, a receptionist at a suicide hotel in Taipei makes a fleeting friendship with a guest who cannot decide whether to live or die.
Actors: Yuhua Sung (宋芸樺), Tender Huang (黃騰浩))

The Sleeping Negro – (USA) World premiere
Director / Writer: Skinner Myers – Producers: Skinner Myers, Matt Palmieri, John Campbell, Alex McCarthy, Dan Funes
Faced with a series of racially motivated incidents, a young black man must overcome anger, alienation, and hopelessness in order to find his own humanity.
Cast: Rae Dawn Chong, Tunde Adebimpe, Nican Robinson, David Fumero, Julie McNiven and Skinner Myers

Teenage Emotions – (USA) world premiere
Director / screenwriter: Frederic Da – Producer: Frederic Da, Roxane Mesquida
What happens inside the walls of an American high school?
Starring: Jaya Harper, Jayden Capers, Silas Mitchell and Ava Cooper

Man under table – (USA)
Director / Writer / Producer: Noel David Taylor
In an anachronistic dystopian landscape, a distressed young man tries to move through the indie film scene in LA.
Cast: Noel David Taylor, Ben Babbit, Danny Lane, Katy Fullen, John Edmund Parcher, Robert Manion, Alisa Torres and Frank Hinterberger


A Little Wave of Hope – (USA) World premiere
Director: Jason Polevoi – Producers: Jason Polevoi, Nick Jenkins
A charismatic activist works to build a better Chicago for the teenagers in his neglected community, at the cost of his home, family, and safety.
Cast: Jahmal Cole, Dimetriana Chambers, Dominetrius Chambers, Deontae Lewis

Wing Anatomy – (USA)
Directors / Producers: Nikiea Redmond & Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander
Black and white, young and old, a group of women risk their personal identities to raise a second family as they create a documentary about the inequalities of their Baltimore City neighborhoods.
Cast: Brittany Backmon, Teshavionna "Tazz" Mitchell, Sheila Butler, Marquise Weems, Brienna Brown, Danisha Harris, Cami McCrief, Tywana Reid, Quandra Jones, and Quanisha Carmichael

Bleeding Audio – (USA)
Directed by Chelsea Christer – Producers: Erin Persley, Jannette Bivona, Chelsea Christer
From inspiring triumphs to heartbreaking setbacks, Bleeding Audio experiences the explosive career of matches and what it means to succeed in the digital age of music.
Cast: Shawn Harris, Justin San Souci, Jon Devoto, Matt Whalen, Mark Hoppus, Nick Hexum, Cassadee Pope and Justin Pierre

CODE NAME: Nagasaki – (Norway) world premiere
Director: Fredrik S. Hana – Scriptwriters: Fredrik S. Hana, Marius K. Lunde – Producer: Gunhild Oddsen
CODE NAME: Nagasaki tells the story of Marius and Fredrik, two young men who became friends through filmmaking and decided to take their skills to a unique challenge: finding Marius & # 39; long lost Japanese mother.
Actors: Marius K. Lunde, Fredrik S. Hana

Everyone wants to be the next North American premiere of Weismann – (Spain)
Director: Alberto Triano – Scriptwriters: Alberto Triano and David Cantolla – Producer: David Cantolla
In the art world, there are those who take risks and then there is Martín Solo.

Holy Frit – (USA) world premiere
Directed by Justin Monroe – Producers: Justin Monroe, Chris Saito
Tim, a talented but unknown artist from LA, is bluffing his way to win the contract to create the world's largest stained glass window of its kind despite having no idea how to make it … but he comes across someone which it could be famous glass maestro, Narcissus Quagliata.
Starring: Tim Carey, Daffodil Quagliata, David Judson, Adam Hamilton

Me To Play – (USA) World premiere
Director / Writer / Producer: Jim Bernfield
As their bodies give way to Parkinson's disease, two New York actors put their hearts into one final off-Broadway production of Beckett's "Endgame," the play that says, "There is nothing funnier than bad luck."
Cast: Dan Moran, John Christopher Jones, Joe Grifasi, Ruth Kreshka, Marybeth Coudal, Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings

Workhorse Queen – (USA, Australia) world premiere
Director / Writer / Producer: Angela Washko
After an unlikely cast on a reality television show, suburban telemarketer Ed Popil, 47, quits his job to pursue a full-time career in the entertainment industry as his drag queen alter ego, 1960s housewife Mrs. Kasha Davis.
Cast: Ed Popil (Mrs. Kasha Davis), Greg Meyer (Darienne Lake), Tom Smalley (Aggy Dune), Christopher Steckel (Ambrosia Salad), Michael Steck (Pandora Boxx), Steven Levins, Roy Haylock (Bianca Del Rio), Joey Santolini (Tatianna)


While Slamdance's main competition is reserved for first-time directors only, the BREAKOUTS program caters to directors who go beyond their earliest films and maintain different visual styles and a unique cinematic voice.

A black crack begins to yawn – (USA) world premiere
Director / Writer: Matthew Wade – Producers: Matthew Wade, Sara Lynch
As two former classmates dig into their late professor's tapes, which may contain recordings of strange signals from beyond the stars, they feel memories, the chronology of time, and their identities vanished into oblivion.
Cast: Sara Lynch, Saratops McDonald, Luke Massengill

To America – (USA) world premiere
Director / screenwriter / producer: Jake Yuzna
In 2019, a group of criminal justice de-escalation workers in Minneapolis embarked on a collaborative film project that used radical theater workshop techniques to explore their real-world struggles to escape the pressures of the American dream. The outcome, which ended days before George Floyd's murder, takes over a city seeking what lies after America.
Cast: Yvonne Freese, Theresa McConnon, Daniel Nies, Ahmed Yusuf, Dan Fox, Eli Anthony and Robert Dante

Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez – (USA) World premiere
Director / Screenwriter / Producer: Susan Stern
"Working-class Latino hoods crossed with crazy artists, crossed with radical leftists," is how legendary underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez describes his wife, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Susan Stern, in this intimate portrait.
Cast: Spain Rodriguez, R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Aline Kominsky Crumb, Ed Piskor, Ishmael Reed, Trina Robbins, Susie Bright

End of series: The Women of Standing Rock – (USA, Finland) world premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Shannon Kring – Producers: Shannon Kring, Pearl Daniel-Means, Sophia Ehrnrooth
End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock is the incredible story of Indigenous women who build a peaceful camp to protest the $ 3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. It is a shocking, never-before-seen law enforcement video handed over by a shameful official to the construction that desecrates old graves and places of worship and threatens their land, water and existence.
Starring: Phyllis Young, Wašté Win Young, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Sky Roosevelt-Morris and Linda Black Elk

Mia misses her revenge (Mia isi rateaza razbunarea) – (Romania) US premiere
Director / screenwriter: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu – Producers: Anamaria Antoci, Anda Ionescu
After a violent breakup, Mia fights to get revenge on her ex. When her plan begins, she is surrounded by a group of friends who redefine female togetherness.
Actors: Ioana Bugarin, Maria Popistașu, Ana Maria Guran, Carol Ionescu, Adrian Nicolae, Alexandru Ion, Mădălina Stoica, Ștefania Cîrcu

Zero Trace – (Canada) World Premiere – Opening Film
Director / Screenwriter: Simon Lavoie – Producer: Marcel Giroux
In the near future, a calloused, hardened smuggler will lead a pious young woman and her child to safety across the border, not knowing that their fate is inevitably linked in this inhospitable land.
Actors: Monique Gosselin, Nathalie Doummar, Martin Desgagnés and Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon


18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story – (USA) World premiere – graduation film
Director / Writer: Stephen DeBro – Producers: Stephen DeBro, Robert Benavides, Mayre McAnulty, Tony Peck
A rough, visceral tale from Los Angeles – seen through the story of a 20th-century palace of battle and the remarkable woman who ran it – reveals struggles of race, gender and identity that still haunt America.
Cast: Roddy Piper, Carlos Palomino, John Doe, Julio César Chávez, James Ellroy, Mamie Van Doren, Gene LeBell and The Destroyer

Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide – (USA, Brazil)
Directors / screenwriters: Malia Scharf, Max Basch – Producers: David Koh, Malia Scharf, Max Basch
Together with friends Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf developed from a graffiti artist into an important force in the NYC art scene in the 1980s. Obsessed with trash, cartoons, and plastic, despite the decimation of the AIDS crisis and the fickle tastes of the art world, Peter Pan's playful roller coaster career has flourished and continues to create colorful, complex work that takes him to the forefront of popular culture meets visual arts.


Autoscopy – (United Kingdom)
Director / Screenwriter: Claes Nordwall
A displaced ambient musician goes on a disoriented mushroom journey. This leads him deep into the heart of nature and ultimately deeper into himself.
Actor: Ulrik Munther

Birdland – (Japan)
Director / Writer: Takeshi Kogahara
An old man spends the rest of his life on his bed with an occasional caretaker visit. One night he sees snow outside the window, which brings back memories of his past.
Actors: Shin Furukawa, Natsuko Fuji

Blue – (Turkey) US Premiere
Director / screenwriter: Ali Şenses
A painter dedicated his life to the search for the inexplicably sublime.
Actor: Hüseyin Canpolat

Comforter – (USA) world premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Cameron Bruce Nelson
A woman gets so stoned that she disappears.
Actor: Katya Skakun; Moara Passoni

Delimitation – (Czech Republic) North American premiere
Director: Tereza Vejvodová – screenwriter: Tereza Vejvodová
A dancer moves through a city looking for a space in which to exist.
Actor: Markéta Jandová

One another – (Australia) world premiere
Director / screenwriter: Oskar Weimar
A human body emerges from a dead tree and tries to understand itself.
Actor: Jack Riley

Every day is like this – (Canada)
Director / Writer: Lev Lewis – Producers: Yonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas
A family tries to plan the medically assisted death of a loved one.
Actors: Kacey Rohl, Daniel Kash, Francis Melling and Krystina Bojanowski

Exquisite Shorts, Volume 1. – (USA) world premiere
Directors: Ariel Fish, Ben Kutsko, Winnie Cheung, Travis Stevens, Courtney Andujar, Andrew and Elsbeth Mumm, Matt Boman and Tosca Rivola, Hunter Adams, Sarah Lind, Doug Klinger and Machete Bang Bang, Theresa Desautels, Jessica Calleiro, Ben Fee, Emily Andujar and Manuel Taylor-Alcocer, Bossi Dean Baker, June Zandona, Hillary Andujar, Niles Howard and Kayli Stollak, Kevin Kearney, Mary Florence Brown Scriptwriter: Ben Fee
Based on the surrealistic drawing game “Exquisite Leiche”, this short version is put together by 19 filmmakers in a stream of consciousness with unique words that connect each of the segments and form an anthology with different visual aromas.
Cast: Ben Fee, Courtney Andujar, Hillary Andujar and Doug Klinger

In France, Michelle is the name of a man – (USA)
Director / screenwriter: Em Weinstein
Michael, a young trans man, returns to the rural American west after years of estrangement from his parents. In France, Michelle is a Man’s Name examines trans identity, masculinity and the prices we are willing to pay for acceptance.
Starring: Ari Damasco, Jerry Carlton, Olga Sanchez and Neil Green

Inside the Storm – (Israel) North American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Daniel Bloom
In the middle of the night, after a difficult breakup, Nadav visits an old friend whom he has not seen for a long time.
Actors: Ben-Oved Berkovich, Harel Glazer

Letting Go Instructions – (Mexico)
Director / screenwriter: Gustavo Gamero
Daphne and Mafer meet in a hotel, they quickly become friends and chemistry develops between them.
Actors: LD Handal, Mafer Marquez

MADA (mother) – (Jamaica) North American premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Joseph Douglas Elmhirst
A simmering conflict over Luther's nature emerges in the post-colonial, matriarchal culture of rural Jamaica, and we gain insight into two mothers, Faith and Ethel's conflicting notions of love and protection, and meditate on the effects on a child who deviates from the norm .
Actors: Asoya Smith, Brenda Farmer, Xavier Alexander-Keating

Night Visions – (England) world premiere
Director / Screenwriter: William Glass
Two friends drive into a remote forest and experiment with hypnosis, which triggers vivid dreams and serpentine hallucinations.
Actors: Lily Ashley, Hugo Nicholson, Olivier Huband.

Others – (USA)
Director / Writer: Grace Rex
Others is a collection of surreal vignettes in which people are tied to otherworldly beings in everyday moments by an umbilical cord.
Actors: Arthur French, Debargo Sanyal, Ann Carr and Sunita Mani

Post – (USA) world premiere
Directed by Courtney Loo & David Karp – Writer: Courtney Loo
When a Sino-American mother and children encounter a seemingly abandoned little girl, her attempts to help have unforeseen consequences.
Cast: Julie Zhan, Naomi Shih, Ari Shih and Xiaowan Jin

Progressive Touch – (Austria, Netherlands) North American premiere
Director / Writer: Michael Portnoy
Can you fuck to an irregular beat? Progressive Touch features three futuristic, absurd love scenes where the goal is to improve sex by complicating the rhythm and choreography.
Actors: Tizo All, Juan Felipe Amaya González, Marc Philipp Gabriel and Deva Schubert

Returns – (United Kingdom) US Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Lucy Bridger
A retired teacher faces some unexpected emotions as she struggles through the discomfort of a heatwave.
Actors: Niamh Cusack, Simon Shepherd, David Beames

Characters He Made At Home – (USA) World Premiere
Directed by Charlie Cole, Machel Ross – Writer: Micheal Norton, Machel Ross, Charlie Cole
An outsider artist spends a lifetime creating a world bigger than himself.
Starring: Ian Elton, Elianny McDonald, Chasten Harmon

There – (Taiwan) US premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Wu Yu Fen
In the absence of his children, Grandpa's Indonesian caregiver is forced to mourn for him.
Cast: Chen Shally, Yu Fan Zu Mei and Tsai Ming Shiou

Trammel – (USA)
Director / Writer: Christopher Jason Bell
Dale lives a lonely life in a small town. His only option is to talk to the local pharmacist Mohammad.
Actors: Dale Smith, Mohammad Dagman

The Ultimate (By Lou Fescano) – (USA)
Director: Daniel Jaffe – Scriptwriter: Daniel Jaffe & Michelle Uranowitz
After the death of her childhood friend Lou, filmmaker Nicole Friedman returns home to find he left a mediocre script for his family to write in his honor.
Cast: Michelle Uranowitz, Clare McNulty, Lisa Haas and Jonathan Marballi

Vision Of Wonder (Undersyn) – (Norway) North American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Aleksander Johan Andreassen
Aleksander Johan Andreassen presents a fictional and subjective portrait of his father, who struggles with a visual deficit.
Actor: Rune Andreassen

Young Forever – (USA) world premiere
Directed by Stevie Szerlip – Scriptwriters: Stevie Szerlip, Young Lee
A Los Angeles-based Korean entrepreneur is embroiled in a pyramid scheme that goes far beyond just recognizing beauty products in an elliptical thriller about risk, survival, and loss.
Cast: Young Lee, Sorel Carradine, Dana Boulos and Joseph Lopez


A family that steals dogs – (USA)
Director / Screenwriter: John C. Kelley
Strange experiences and realizations lead a grieving artist to rethink their identity and belief in this meditation on loss, family, and mental illness.

About a home – (USA) world premiere
Directors / Scriptwriters: Daniel Chein, Elizabeth Lo
The precious Sarria and her family were affected by housing insecurity for over two years. After moving into an apartment, they documented their lives in order to raise awareness of the increasing homelessness in regions around Silicon Valley.
Actor: Precious Sarria

No Time for Women – (Canada) US Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Sarra El Abed Producer: Isabelle Grignon-Francke
Tunis, November 2019. On the eve of the presidential elections, a group of women gather in Saïda's hairdressing salon, which is turning into a town square, reflecting the country's internal turmoil. In this women's home we get a detailed insight into the youth democracy of the country.

Faraway – (Canada) US premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Aziz Zoromba
After becoming estranged from his family because of his homosexuality, we observe a young Arab man from a distance for four seasons as he navigates his loneliness – while trying to reconnect with his mother.

Field Resistance – (USA)
Director / Writer: Emily Drummer
Field Resistance charges contemporary scenes with dystopian speculation, blurring the lines between documentary and science fiction to investigate overlooked environmental degradation in the state of Iowa.

I think it's enough, right? – (Israel)
Director / Screenwriter: Emily Shir Segal
Reconstruction of a last meeting with papa.

Ms. Curvy – (UK)
Director / Producer: Ghada Eldemellawy
A Ugandan mother tries to cope with her past traumas by entering the country's first beauty pageant for plus size women.

Sleep with the devil – (USA)
Director / Screenwriter: Alisa Yang
Based on a recorded Skype exorcism and found footage, the filmmaker confronts her religious trauma that grew up in the evangelical prophet and liberation ministry.
Actors: Alisa Yang, Bob Larson

The Length of the Day – (USA) World premiere
Director / Writer: Laura Conway
The Length of Day is a collaged essay film that tells an emotional story of socialism in the United States. Filmmaker Laura Conway stages a cinematic seance using archival documents to communicate with her late communist grandparents and ask them questions about the end of capitalism. An account of the dreams, struggles, and losses of revolutionaries in the United States.

Unforgivable – (El Salvador)
Director: Marlén Viñayo – Scriptwriters: Carlos Martínez, Marlén Viñayo
A ruthless gang killer on 18th Street is serving his sentence in an isolation cell in El Salvador. But in prison, Geovanny is not only guilty of his crimes, but also of an unforgivable sin under God and his bonds: being gay.


Bad Vibes – (Italy) North American Premiere
Director / screenwriter: Loris Giuseppe Nese
The mother takes care of the elderly in their homes, where the ticking clock is counting down the working day, amid the terrifying noises of heavy breathing that increase the fear of emptiness …
Cast: Rossella De Martino, Patrizia Scannapiecoro

Friend of a Friend – (France) North American Premiere
Director / Writer: Zachary Zezima
A young man is sexually assaulted and subjugated, punished, and then befriends his own assailant while grappling with his past and the ambiguities of sexuality.
Actors: Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Isaac Kessler, Shawn Stoner

Knife hanging from a tree – (USA)
Director / Writer: Jihee Nam
Sour grapes.

Lizard Ladder – (USA)
Director: TED WIGGIN
Three animals trapped between planes of existence and one egg.

Molly Dane – (USA)
Director / screenwriter: Ida Lasic
Experience the glitz and glamor of a death at the Dane's fundraiser.

Opera – (South Korea)
Director / Screenwriter: Erick Oh
Opera ist ein riesiges 8K-Animationsinstallationsprojekt, das unsere Gesellschaft und Geschichte darstellt, voller Schönheit und Absurdität.

Papa Sun – (USA)
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Noah Gallagher
Ein visuelles und akustisches Mixtape, das Sonne, Mond, Wasser und Strand feiert.
Darsteller: Noah Gallagher, Nick Knezevich, Em Jiang und Chelsea Garvey

Poise – (Portugal) Nordamerikanische Premiere
Regie: Luís Soares / Drehbuchautoren: Luís Soares, Cátia Salgueiro
Ein Mann kann keine Wahl treffen und die Welt kommt zum Stillstand. Ist die Spannung der Unentschlossenheit stärker als die Angst vor Fehlern?

Rückkehr zum nordamerikanischen Uraufführung von Peach Blossom Wonderland – (China, USA)
Regie: Haomin Peng, Yue Huang, Yuchao Luo Drehbuchautor: Yue Huang
Wenn wir uns ein modernisiertes China ansehen, befinden wir uns wieder in einem Wunderland, das in einer alten Fabel, The Peach Blossom Spring, beschrieben ist, oder treibt uns dieser Hochgeschwindigkeitszug an einen anderen Ort?

Etwas zu schätzen – (USA, Kanada)
Regie: Annapurna Kumar
Warme Duschen lassen mich Sterne sehen.

Das Land der Laune – (Polen) Nordamerikanische Premiere
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Betina Bozek
Der Film ist ein Bild eines Landes, das von einer Laune beherrscht wird. Alles, was auf dem Planeten existiert, ist nicht offensichtlich, chaotisch und verändert seine Formen und Eigenschaften.

Drängt – (USA)
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Angela Stempel
Entfessle deinen Drang! Lass sie auf dich aufpassen.

Weißes Pferd – (UK, China)
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Yujie Xu
Der Zuschauer geht nach dem Flüstern und sagt, ein Akkordeon könne niemals mit einem weißen Pferd sprechen.


Desert Air – (USA) Weltpremiere
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: ANDiLAND
Eine dunkle Reise durch das Kaninchenloch einer turbulenten weiblichen Jugend.

Brief aus Ihrem fernen Land – (USA / Indien)
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Suneil Sanzgiri
In Anlehnung an ein reichhaltiges Repository an Bildern – von digitalen Renderings der Berge Kaschmirs bis hin zur strukturierten Materialität von 16-mm-Handverarbeitungs- und direkten Animationstechniken – zeigt 'Letter From Your Far-off Country' eine verborgene Ader gemeinsamen politischen Engagements und diasporischen kreativen Ausdrucks. Verknüpfung eines Gedichts der kaschmirischen amerikanischen Schriftstellerin Agha Shahid Ali mit Interviews mit dem Vater des Filmemachers und einem Brief an den Führer der Kommunistischen Partei, Prabhakar Sanzgiri, der auch der entfernte Verwandte des Filmemachers ist.

Mountain Lodge – (USA)
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Jordan Wong
Die Kerze, der Mythos, die Legende. Berghütte.

Morgenkrankheit in den USA – (USA) Weltpremiere
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Cristine Brache
Die Großmutter des Regisseurs erzählt die Geschichte, dass sie 1961 in eine psychiatrische Klinik eingeliefert wurde, nachdem sie wegen unerklärlicher Übelkeit einen Arzt aufgesucht hatte.
Darsteller: Juliana Brache, Cristine Brache

Passage – (Deutschland) Nordamerikanische Premiere
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Ann Oren
Ein Geräuschemacher kreiert Klänge für einen Film mit einem Dressurpferd und löst sich in seine eigene Nachahmung auf. PASSAGE wurde auf einem 16-mm-Film gedreht und ist eine zeitgenössische und sinnliche Hommage an den Ursprung des Kinos mit einer aufregenden Performance des queeren Künstlers und Darstellers Simon (e) Jaikiriuma Paetau.
Darsteller: Simon (e) Jaikiriuma Paetau

Piz Regolith – (Schweiz) Weltpremiere
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Yannick Mosimann
A postmodern swiss-tyrolean ensemble ventures into remote mountainous regions, embracing the sonorous variety of local vernaculars. A poetic road movie with stunning shots and an emphatic approach to a new alpine aesthetics.
Cast: Thomas Burger, Gloria Grams, Helmuth Gufler, Ruedi Hählen

Rumi and His Roses – (USA) World Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Navid Sinaki
Using love letters tucked in bootleg DVD menus, a gay Iranian recounts his first relationship and its end.
Cast: Navid Sinaki

Something To Touch That Is Not Corruption Or Ashes Or Dust – (United States)
Director / Screenwriter: Mike Stoltz
Fences, zooms, blastbeats and oscillators search for possibility or perforation as the walls close in.

the gospel according to them – (UK) World Premiere
Director: Bury Leod
the gospel according to them, is an experimental film that explores the phenomenology of faith and its relationship to the Black body.

The Wind – (United States)
Director: Miranda Javid
The rigidity of a historical fact rolls by like clouds, or maybe like cloud-computing. Digital landscapes like desktops, trash cans, and cursors flatten the sensation of what tangibly remains: the invisible pleasure of wind on skin.

Wild Heart 1981 / 2020 – (USA)
Director / Screenwriter: Zach Dorn
While browsing YouTube at the start of the 2020 COVID pandemic, a narrator grabs a camcorder and shares their thoughts about the video platform. The narrator lingers on a video of Stevie Nicks singing “Wild Heart” in the studio of Annie Liebovitz in 1981.


Blackwater – (USA)
Director / Screenwriter: Boise Esquerra
A Native American country music star finally hits rock bottom and is court-ordered into wellness therapy with an offbeat group of misfits on her hometown reservation.
Cast: Kyla Garcia, Branscombe Richmond, Gary Farmer, Carolina Hoyos

Black Kung fu Chick – (USA) World Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Rae Shaw
A feisty young girl from South LA struggles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor with the help of her high school science teacher, a martial arts master.
Cast: Taylor Polidore, Peter Boon Koh, PJ Hubbard, Terrance Ellis

Chef Giants – (USA)
Director / Creator / Screenwriter: Troy DeWinne
Two goblins behold and scold the great chef giants.
Cast: Troy DeWinne and Ethan Dirks

Dead End – (Israel)
Director / Creator: Nir Berger – Screenwriters: Ofir Sasson, Nir Berger
In a post-nuclear-war Jerusalem, two teenage bickering siblings travel what’s left of the city in search of their little brother whom they lost in the bombing.
Cast: Ofir Sasson, Gaya Beer Gurevich, Yotam Perel, Guy Shahaf

Early To Rise – (USA)
Director: Alec Cohen / Screenwriters / Creators: Alec Cohen, Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, Katie Sicking
On the way to a distant planet, three less-than-qualified astronauts are awoken from stasis 90 years too early and trapped inside their hibernation pods. Alone in the endless void, they can’t kill themselves, and they can’t kill each other, so they’ll just have to kill time.
Cast: Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, Katie Sicking

Hustle: Episode 4 – (USA) World Premiere
Director: Matt Strickland / Creator – Screenwriter: Rekha Shankar
Two gamer best friends battle the everyday Big Bosses of “unequal opportunity” and “crappy day jobs.” In this episode, Nina’s first writing credit may spell “game over” when she realizes the publication isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, while Paige battles her own self-doubt (the biggest baddie of all).
Cast: Rachel Pegram, Bowen Yang, Jordan Myrick, Morgan Phillips

Like in Movies – (Japan)
Director / Creator / Screenwriter: Yoh Komaya
Life is full of twists and letdowns. Live it like a movie.
Cast: Takeo Ito, Eri Mori, Ryota Taniguchi, Hisayasu Fujii

Now is Not the Best Time – (United States) World Premiere
Director: Jacqueline Dow – Screenwriter: Seth Birkan
Alisa gets a chance to win $50,000 by making a half-court shot at a Knicks game but her anxiety quickly derails her when she learns the contest is going to be on TV.
Cast: Betsy Kenney, Kenneth Kimmins, Dan Erickson, Kenneth Kyle Martinez

Quarantine Quarrels: Connecting in Quarantine – (USA)
Creator / Director/ Screenwriter: Sophia Stephens
A woman struggles to maintain her sanity during the 2020 quarantine lockdown.
Cast: Sophia Stephens

Sixteen Thousand Dollars – (USA)
Director: Symone Baptiste – Screenwriters: Brodie Reed & Ellington Wells
A struggling Black college grad wakes up to find that reparations have finally been paid to descendants of slaves in America.
Cast: Brodie Reed, Ellington Wells, Alice Wetterlund, Punkie Johnson

The Anxious Taxidermist – Pilot – (USA)
Director: Jeff Dickamore / Creators / Screenwriters: Jeff Dickamore, Aurora Florence
The story of Marie, a young woman who uses her secret passion for rogue taxidermy to cope with debilitating anxiety.
Cast: Aurora Florence, Shaun Harmon Thompson, Rachael Winegar, Alex Diaz

The Little Broomstick Rider – (Italy) World Premiere
Creator / Director / Screenwriter: Matteo Bernardini
When a nine-year-old boy in 1620s Bavaria goes on trial for witchcraft, a flabbergasted court must decide the child’s fate.


A$$ Level – (USA)
Director: Alison Becker / Screenwriter: Santina Muha
A$$ Level is a comedic music video that celebrates life with a disability while paying homage to 90s dance videos.
Cast: Santina Muha, Lydia Hearst, Travis Coles, Amy Hessler

Best Friend – (United States)
Director / Screenwriter: Cory Reeder
After moving cross-country, a young girl with Down syndrome struggles to fit into her new surroundings.
Cast: Gitane Neil, Kim Kendall, Robert Buscemi, Diana Elizabeth Jordan

Committed – (United States)
Directors: Rachel Handler and Crystal Arnette – Screenwriters: Kara Moulter, Rachel Handler, Melanie Waldman
When Calvin announces that he’s proposing to Leesa…and then they’re moving to the suburbs, Rebecca enlists Dennis’s help to sabotage the proposal and keep their friends around for good.
Cast: Rachel Handler, Jaleesa Graham, Colin Buckingham, Damond McFarland

ENDOMIC – (Canada, US) World Premiere
Directors / Screenwriters / Producers: Camille Hollett-French, Ipek Ensari
An exhaustive meta-analytic review documenting a mysterious “women’s” issue, otherwise known as endometriosis1 (1term used to describe a clinical etiology that thus far has only been identified in primates with a female reproductive system, an anatomical structure of decidedly lower importance in comparison to those of the male primate.)
Cast: AJ Simmons, Ipek Ensari, Rhiannon Collett, Natasha Richards

Feeling Through – (USA)
Director / Screenwriter: Doug Roland
A teen-in-need’s reluctant act of kindness toward a DeafBlind man becomes a night-long journey, creating a bond between them that gives the teen hope for the future.
Cast: Steven Prescod, Robert Tarango

Flying Eggs – (United States)
Director: Sheldon Chau – Screenwriter: Antonio Garcia Jr.
A teenage boy in a Brooklyn apartment interrupts a man on his morning run by throwing eggs out the window.
Cast: Antonio Garcia Jr., Christopher M. Lopes

Full Picture – (USA) World Premiere
Director: Jacob Reed – Screenwriters: Santina Muha, Jacob Reed, Elizabeth Reichelt, Stephen Sanow
Santina has been in a wheelchair since she was six years old. With meetings, hangouts, and classes happening virtually due to the Coronavirus quarantine, she’s experiencing something new: Choosing when (or if) to disclose her disability.
Cast: Santina Muha

Human Helper – (United States)
Director / Screenwriter: Shaina Ghuraya
Human Helper is a sci-fi comedy short about a doctor’s mission to make artificially intelligent human-like helpers not ableist.
Cast: Nicole Evans, Alora Kinley, Anthony Golden Jr., Shauna Turnmire

How Much Am I Worth? – (United States)
Directors: Rachel Handler and Catriona Rubenis-Stevens
This stirring documentary explores the failures of the U.S. health system through the lens of four disabled women.
Cast: Rachel Handler, Andrea Dalzell, Jaleesa Graham, Denise Castelli

I Wish I Never – (USA)
Director / Screenwriter: Shaina Ghuraya
This music video tackles the reality of women with disabilities in abusive relationships.
Cast: Angela Rockwood, Lucas Maschi

My Layers – (Canada) World Premiere
Director / Screenwriter / Producer: Susanne Serres
A dance & art short film about psychosis – from mental illness to full recovery.
Cast: Kym Dominique-Ferguson

On The Outs – (USA)
Director: Jordan Melograna – Producers: Mark Stroh, David Carlson, Anna Guy, Jordan Melograna, Tina Pinedo
On The Outs follows three people with various disabilities, including vision impairment, brain injury, and mental illness, as they reenter the community from Washington State prisons.
Cast: Eldorado Fleetwood Cadillac Brown, Tyrone Gatherings, Kara Moser

Road to Zion – (USA)
Director: Andrew Reid – Screenwriters: Andrew Reid, Jeremy Palmer
A Jamaican immigrant finds his life in LA shaken by forces outside his control as he struggles to understand how far he is willing to go to protect his family.

Safety Net – (Australia) North American Premiere
Director: Anthea Williams / Screenwriter: Julian Larnach
Thirteen-year-old Terry is in emergency care with guardians after his mother’s arrest. Cheeky and living with a disability, he outwits one guardian while finding exactly the connection he needs from the other.
Cast: William Best, Nikki Shiels, Steve Rodgers

Single – (USA)
Director / Screenwriter: Ashley Eakin
A girl born with one arm gets set-up on a blind date with a guy who has one hand, and she is pissed!
Cast: Jordan Wiseley, Delaney Feener

Stilts – (United Kingdom) North American Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Dylan Holmes Williams
A young man tries to escape a surreal dystopia where everyone wears ginormous metal stilts.
Cast: Tom Glynn-Carney, Con O’Neill, Hebe Beardsall, Amanda Hale

The Bin – (Philippines) US Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Jocelyn Tamayao
A father struggles to connect with his son, who grows to love a language not native to his tongue.
Cast: Patrick Silver Padao, Brian Arda, Zernice Mae Cruz, and Juner N. Quiambao

The Butterfly Circus – (USA)
Director: Joshua Weigel – Screenwriters: Joshua Weigel, Rebekah Weigel
The story of a renowned circus troupe traveling through the devastated American landscape at the height of the Great Depression, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover a man without limbs in a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman, he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.
Cast: Nick Vujicic, Eduardo Verastegui, Dou Jones

The Co-Op – (USA) World Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Cameron S. Mitchell
A robber’s plan goes horribly awry when he realizes the store he has targeted is full of disabled people.
Cast: Josh Matthews, Emilie Krause, Emma Mitchell, David Mitchell

Union – (USA)
Director / Screenwriter: Julia Neill
A young Civil War surgeon in the Union army visits home with an unexpected companion: a soldier whose arm she amputated.
Cast: Scott Barton, Amanda Forstrom, Zack Rukavina, Evan Casey, Barbara Zablocky

Unspoken – (USA)
Directors / Screenwriters: Emma Zurcher-Long, Julia Ngeow & Geneva Peschka
A groundbreaking point-of-view documentary exploring a non-fluent speaker’s world. 14-year-old Emma challenges societal judgment surrounding autism…one keystroke at a time.
Cast: Emma Zurcher-Long

Verisimilitude – (United Kingdom)
Director: David Proud / Screenwriter: Justin Edgar
A struggling disabled actress gets a job advising a film star how to be disabled for his latest role.
Cast: Ruth Madeley, Esther Smith, Laurie Davidson, Alice Lowe


ASMR for White Liberals – (USA)
Director: John Connor Hammond – Screenwriter: Randall Otis
Liberal? White? Guilty as hell? Let me help you get through your tough, tough times with ASMR for White Liberals.
Cast: Randall Otis

Bare Bones – (United States) World Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Meryem Lahlou
Who are we when we all share the same face?

Beyond Noh – (USA/Japan)
Director: Patrick Smith – Screenwriter: Kaori Ishida
Thousands of masks from around the world, at 24 masks per second, brings us along a journey through culture, utility, and deviance.

Catastrophe Anthem – (USA) World Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Christopher Hewitt
The END OF THE WORLD isn’t going to be an apocalyptic explosion. It’s going to be our minds, descending into chaos.
Cast: Tuesday Thomas

Urban Sphinx (Esfinge urbana) – (Spain)
Director / Screenwriter: María Lorenzo
The eye that you see is not an eye because you see it; it’s an eye because he sees you. A tribute to all Street Artists from Valencia.

Everything You Need To Know About Pierogi – (USA)
Director / Screenwriter: Jon Phillips
Everything you need to know about pierogi, and more!

Just a Guy – (Germany)
Director: Shoko Hara – Screenwriter: Simon Thummet
Three women contemplate their relationship with convicted serial killer Richard Ramirez.

Life – (Iran) US Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Mohammad Mohammadian
Life is an experimental super short film about time of life. The duration of this film is only 4 seconds (not minutes) because life is very short and very fast.

Peter the Penguin – (UK)
Director / Screenwriter: Andrew Rutter
Nigel is on his way to meet his partner’s daughter Emily for the first time, and while he hopes to make a big impression, the impression she’ll leave on him is far more permanent.
Cast: Chris Butler, Alex Kapila, Mia Hemerling, Peter Terry

Run That Shit! – (USA) World Premiere
Director: Tristan Kim – Screenwriters: Tristan Kim, Will Allyn Robinson
A Satanic cult lures a no-name rapper into stealing an enchanted chamber pot from his estranged friend and now superstar rapper, Big Tobacco.
Cast: Jerome Beazer, Shaune May, Michael Rendeiro, Jimmie Cummings

The Danger in Front – (Canada) US Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Alexis Chartrand
While observing life outside his shop, a barber thinks he sees someone who is after his life and his family. Confronted with imminent danger, the barber decides to react.
Cast: Bruno Marcil, Guillaume Cyr, Guillaume Lambert

Wild Bill Horsecock – (USA)
Director: Oliver Shahery
Hayes Johnson is a Prius-driving, red-light-running vegan, who sings country, shoots DIY porn…and unfortunately, a lot more. Wild Bill Horsecock dives headfirst.
Cast: Hayes Johnson

DIG (DIGITAL, INTERACTIVE, AND GAMING) 24,483 DREAMS OF DEATH – (United States) World Premiere
Director: Chris Peters – Screenwriter: GPT-2 A.I.
An artificial intelligence (A.I.) computer watched the Mario Bava classic, La Maschera del Demonio, for six straight days, then it made its own disturbing movie.
Cast: Naomi Petit

Homage to Airway – (Denmark)
Director / Screenwriter: Sophia Ioannou Gjerding
While ‘airway’ can be a reference to air travel and human respiration alike, in this context ‘Airway’ is the name of a dog.
Cast: Aoife Slevin

Inside and Outside the Wall – (China) World Premiere
Director / Screenwriter: Yihan Lin
During the 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel room after I went back to China, I “raised” some virtual animals in my phone. Somehow, we look very alike.

To Die in the Valley I’ve Loved – (USA)
Directors: Koryn Wicks & Willing Kompany
A dance performance exploring horror movies, why we love them, and the things they reveal about our culture.
Cast: Koryn Wicks


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