2017

Home Education

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Written/Directed by Andrea Niada; Produced by Chiara Cardoso

An inquisitive girl is convinced by her controlling mother that her dead dad will resurrect if they show how much they miss him. That is, until he begins to rot…

Home Education explores fear and belief and how they can shape our perception and experience of the world around us. The characters inhabit a world within a world, in which the bizarre rules and convictions they’ve created have become their universe. Frightened of what they don’t accept nor understand, they have constructed an absurd lifestyle that constantly fights and attempts to explain it.

One of the things that interests me most is the suggestion that perhaps, these characters that appear so unhinged, might ultimately be speaking the truth.

25 minutes

Homesick

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Written/Directed by Samuel Goodwin; Produced by Samantha Osburn

A young boy, left alone as an unnatural threat ravages the world, clings to his daily routine as he waits for his mother to come back for him.

12 minutes

Hope

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Written by Adam A. Losurdo & Chris Stival; Directed by Adam A. Losurdo; Produced by Adam A. Losurdo & Anja Gundersen Gøystdal

A senseless wandering ghoul roaming through a world of the hunger-less undead and accepting yet resentful humans will soon discover a craving that leaves him completely and utterly without hope. Like the rest of his kind, Karl turned into a senseless ghoul after a mysterious disease struck the living of the modern world. While most people went about their everyday lives after some time, some that witnessed the change became hostile towards the infected without facing any consequences from the timid zombies themselves until… all hope was gone.

12 minutes

How to Make a Snuff Film

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Written/Directed/Produced by Walt Guthrie

Three clean-cut young people learn the dos and don’ts of making a murder movie from kindly Mr. Johnston in this recently unearthed instructional film from 1957.

7 minutes

Hum

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Written/Directed by Stefano Nurra; Produced by Scott Imren

A grieving plumber seeks out a disgraced quantum physicist to rid himself of a tormenting “Hum.”

15 minutes

Humbug

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Written by Milly Sanders; Directed by: Matt Thiesen & Justin Lee; Produced by Milly Sanders, Bebe Sanders, Justin Lee, Matt Thiesen, & Jesse Foudray.

A moody goth girl (Scarlet) deep in the throes of artistic creation is interrupted by her neighbor’s incessant Christmas music. When Scarlet confronts her cheery, pressed and perfect neighbor (Betty) she finds out looks can be deceiving, and to never underestimate the power of Christmas cheer.

7 minutes

Jason

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Written/Directed/Produced by Greg Kovacs

A little boy named Jason gleefully and poetically hacks and slashes his way into darkness only to discover his true calling in this short animated adventure.

1 minutes

Jedi Club

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Written by Trey Albright; Directed by Trey Albright & Casey Webb; Produced by Trey Albright, Casey Webb, Andrew Jenkins, Preston Miller, & Raymond Webb

Jedi Club is the sequel to the Comic-Con Award Winning Short Comedy, Solo Forever. The sequel puts the Star Wars fanboy back in another imaginative David Finch film. This time with some help from other fanboys he creates a club. A Jedi Club!!!

9 minutes

Kessler Syndrome

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Written/Directed/Produced by Scott Dion Brown

Astronaut Jack Harrison attempts to navigate a dense debris field that stands between him and survival, while also starting to put together the horrifying truth of what his future holds. The film explores the idea of what it means to be human in a world reliant on technology and automation, and whether human emotions of love and loneliness can transcend time and space.

19 minutes

The Key

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Written/Directed by Mark Simon; Produced by Lilly Vogelesang

An old man and his grandson battle for the keys to the contemporary family car for a night on the town.

2 minutes

Lil Bat

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Written/Directed/Produced by Justin Gorski

With the deadly threat of white-nose syndrome ravaging the population of hibernating bats in North America, a lone baby bat tries to overcome his sadness. Opening his toy box and finding his favorite teddy bear, the lil bat tries to rediscover his innocence, unaware of the danger still lurking.

3 minutes

Mad Scientists Consortium

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Written/Directed by Harry Bauer; Produced by Harry Bauer & Joe Cuomo

Mad Scientists Consortium is a semi-dark and quirky comedy about five mad scientists hell-bent on world domination. They all failed miserably.

Now, they have united forces in hopes of taking over Illinois, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. On the path to their re-calibrated goal, they sell their services as the Mad Scientists Consortium to anyone willing to pay. “Complex Solutions to Complex Problems.” However, they tend to get hired for mundane tasks and find insane ways to deal with them.

22 minutes

Meow

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Written/Directed/Produced by Chris Jopp

Meow is a bloodstained genre mash offering life lessons in demonic cats, dubious landlords and overbearing mothers. Samantha is a strong-willed young woman in her 20s, who ignores her landlord’s strict No Pets policy and takes in a stray cat from the alleyway behind her newly settled apartment. She grows attached to the kitten she dubs Meow, but amidst a series of shockingly bloody occurrences begins to think the sweet kitten may be capable of murder.

6 minutes

Mind Your Body

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Written/Directed by Silke C. Engler; Produced by Petra Clemens, KHM

Jo works as a trainer at the Fitness Company MIND YOUR BODY. His consciousness is slipped into the body of a customer and he exercises for them. During these sessions, Jo is not allowed to make any contact with the customer’s environment. Otherwise the exchange of consciousness could be disturbed–“dreams” can occur and those are strictly forbidden in this future world. One day when Jo is in a session with the famous Eddie, he meets Ery and suddenly everything changes for him .

6 minutes

Mrs. Rafferty’s Red Red Roses

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Written/Directed by Greg Kovacs; Produced by Greg Kovacs, Darren Hutchings, Brad McMillan, Nathan Hawkins, & Stephanie Christiaens

Mrs. Rafferty has a problem with her roses and her solution just might come from Mr. White, a very unusual door-to-door salesman.

6 minutes

The Night Delivery

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Written/Directed by Scott O’Hara; Produced by Ann Lommori, Tim O’Hara, Bryan Bihari, Cindy Tseng, Steve & Stacey Durant

When grocery delivery employees Max, Bryce, and Rich go on the last run of the day, their motives are anything but sincere. As they begin the theft at the Ramsey residence, they quickly discover an evil entity has already taken control of the home and its occupant. In a last ditch effort to escape, the co-workers find themselves hunted, unknowingly drawing the monster through past and present actions. With time running out and the body count rising, they are faced with one final choice. Will it be the right one?

15 minutes

Nightlight

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Written by Kyle Daly; Directed by Kyle Daly & Taylor J Martin; Produced by Taylor J Martin & Kyle Daly

Hidden in the shadows, monsters lurk just out of sight. We flip on the bedside lamp to cast them away. But if we fear the dark, how do we know they don’t fear the light? What makes our fears more legitimate than their own? In Nightlight the viewer is forced to see another perspective, realizing that what is comforting to us may be terrifying to another.

4 minutes

Nil: No Blood for Coffee

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Written by James Turner; Directed by James Turner & Andrew Foerster; Produced by James Turner

The film is a tongue-in-cheek look at the dichotomy between physical and emotional reality through an absurdest flight of fancy. Here the pursuit of a morning coffee turns into a world shattering existential crisis of war and destruction. The seemingly senseless becomes sensible through dream logic.

3 minutes

Ogress of the Gravelbank

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Written/Directed by Neil Christopher; Produced by Louise Flaherty & Neil Christopher

Inuit oral history is filled with strange beings and supernatural creatures. One of these feared land spirits is the Ogress of the Gravelbank. This cruel being was known to lure children into her lair, and trap them there. All that perish in that cave remain there as spirits or animated corpses.

This short vignette introduces viewers to this malevolent spirit who is unknown to all but the people of the far north.

3 minutes

Olfactory

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Written by Christopher Piazza & Lucas Kane; Directed by Christopher Piazza; Produced by Eli Cane, Torre Catalano, Justin Reid, & Allen Kelley

Olfactory is a system that allows users to re-experience memories. Brian, an app programmer, hacks the system so he can alter his memories, but in doing so, he loses his grip on his current reality.

26 minutes

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