PROGRAM

 

2023/24

COMPETITION


All Alone Together

Synopsis:

As a tormented filmmaker reaches new levels of success, the horrors of his film start to creep into his life.

Directors:

Maximus Jenkins

Key Cast:

Alex Nimrod, Jordan Rice, Brandon Whipple, Lisa Starrett, Brandon Gilbert, Devin Harris, Elizabeth Hadjinian, Trevor Van Auken, Lexi Minetree, Jacob Childress, Eric Eberle, Callie Skopelitis, Kyle Lacross II, Kevin M. Shiley, George Duryea, Janina Colucci, Cristina Goyeneche, Andrea Meier, Erin Lucid

Writers:

Alex Nimrod

Producers:

Jordan Rice, Alex Nimrod, Maximus Jenkins, Kaleb Manske

Other Credits:

Director of Photography: Kaleb Manske; Executive Producers: Jordan Rice, Alex Nimrod, Maximus Jenkins, Kimmi Colarossi, Jacqueline and David Gmach, Simon Jenkins; Associate Producers: Lisa Tudic, Jenna Ross, JJ Lippman, Saundra and Jason Rice, Margaret McCarthy, Gillian Callaghan; Editor: Kaleb Manske; Production Company: 4085 Productions LLC; Music: Lex Stout, Sam Mohart; Post Production Sound: Renata Finamore, Jordan Aldinger; VFX Team: Kaleb Manske, Gordon Horwitz, Milton Gourgel, Jimmy Paez, Johnny DiGiorgio; Key Crew: Dennis Morrison, Victoria Martzloff, Quinn O'Connor, Grace Gentile, Briana Brody, Sophia Grose, JJ Javier, Amelia Mackey, Charlotte Doyle, Andrew Rice; Colorist: Nathan Clark

Project Type:

Feature, Student

Genres:

Psychological Thriller, Horror

Country of Origin:

United States

Duration:

01:45:46

Language:

English

Completion Date:

2023-09-25


Anche il riccio respira (The breath of a sea urchin)

Synopsis:

An 18 years old boy starts to feel uncomfortable with his friend and the people around him. He begins to withdraw from others, leading him to take a drastic decision for his future.

Directors:

DOMENICO PIETROPAOLO

Key Cast:

ANDREA PANNOFINO, BEATRICE LOTTI, DAMIANO LEPRI, PIETRO MICHELINI, PIETRO MOSER

Writers:

DOMENICO PIETROPAOLO

Producers:

PIETRO MICHELINI

Other Credits:

1st assistant director: CARLO PIVA; Script supervisor: AURORA CATTANEO; Line producer: PIETRO MICHELINI; Set designer: CHIARA GUARINO; Sound engineer: GIANFRANCO ZANGARINI; Boom operator: GIACOMO FORNASIER; Sound editor: GIANFRANCO ZANGARINI, GIACOMO FORNASIER, RICCARDO PIZZO; Sound designer and music composer: GIACOMO FORNASIER; Sound mixer: MASSIMO FILIPPINI; Editor: AURORA CATTANEO; Costume designer: TALIA RESTREPO; Make-up artist: STEFANIA GRIGGI; Colourist: PETRO RONZONI; VFX: DANIELE TASSO; Cinematographer: PIETRO RONZONI

Project Type:

Short

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

Italy

Duration:

00:17:40

Language:

Italian

Completion Date:

2023-02-22


Carousel

Synopsis:

Jake Keller, a Dallas reporter, uncovers a "Smart City" surveillance conspiracy. Jake’s investigation takes him from the skyscraper office of an oil CEO to a drug den with guns at the ready. He discovers a network of corrupt politicians, hungry lobbyists, Deep State assassins, and gray aliens—only one of which might be a hallucination. With allies in short supply and a rising body count from suspicious accidents, the only question is which will unravel first: the conspiracy or Jake’s sanity.

Directors:

Jason Nancarrow

Key Cast:

Jason Nancarrow, George Welder, Evan Mason, Brian Hathorn, Michael Guinn

Writers:

Jason Nancarrow

Producers:

Michael J. Mills

Other Credits:

Executive Producer: Jason Nancarrow, Edmund Doherty, Nolan Shutler, Donald Lohr; Co-Producer: Natali Jones; Director of Photography: Jonathan Shahan; Production Designer: Michael Walsh; Editor: Kevin Fleming; Original Score: Bradford Nyght, Eric Daniel Meyer; Costume Designer: Kadi Uhack; Visual Effects Supervisor: Kevin Fleming; First Assistant Director: Michael J. Mills; Second Assistant Director: Natali Jones; "A" Camera: Jonathan Shahan; "B" Camera: Michael J. Mills; Drone Camera: Ryan Whitehead; Second Assistant Camera: James Hinkley, Dalton Jenks; Gaffer: Mark Johns; Script Supervisor: Jason Stark; Sound Mixer: Clint Wagoner; On-Set Dresser: Christian Alexis Vaca; Prop Master: Michael Walsh; Key Makeup Artist: Chelsea Lee; Hair Stylist: Kadi Uhack; Special Effects Makeup: Kadi Uhack; BTS Photographer: Billie Hara Sharp; CGI Artist: Kevin Fleming; Colorist: Kevin Fleming; Sound Supervisor: Clint Wagoner; Production Dialogue Editing: Clint Wagoner; Sound Design: Clint Wagoner

Project Type:

Feature

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

United States

Duration:

01:38:53

Language:

English

Completion Date:

2023-03-09


COSE DI FAMIGLIA / FAMILY MATTERS

Synopsis:

La morte di un familiare. Una riunione di famiglia, due fratelli gemelli, Fabio e Sveva, ed un terzo fratello minore, Stefano. L’appuntamento è nella villa di campagna, Sveva li aspetta tutti lì.


The death of a family member, a family reunion, two twin brothers, Fabio and Sveva, and a third younger brother, Stefano. The appointment is in the country villa where Sveva is waiting for all them.

Directors:

Martinus Tocchi

Key Cast:

FOSCA BANCHELLI, LAURA SELLARI, MARTINUS TOCCHI

Writers:

Martinus Tocchi

Producers:

Martinus Tocchi

Other Credits:

-

Project Type:

Short

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

Italy

Duration:

00:15:00

Language:

Italian

Completion Date:

2022-10-13


Dino's Dark Room

Synopsis:

The story of Dino Pedriali a roman photograph. Hi did the famous naked pictures to Pier Paolo Pasolini. In his amazing life he had relationship with artist such as Man Ray and Andy Warhol.

Directors:

corrado rizza

Key Cast:

pietro de silva, achille bonito oliva, raffaele curi, dino pedriali

Writers:

corado rizza

Producers:

corrado rizza

Other Credits:

-

Project Type:

Documentary

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

Not Specified

Duration:

01:20:00

Language:

Italian

Completion Date:

2023-06-01


Fuliggine (Foulness)

Synopsis:

Antonio is a forty-five-year-old Calabrian charcoal burner. He still lives with his father, a gruff and violent figure. In the background, job insecurity. Absence as a universal condition.

Directors:

DOMENICO PISANI

Key Cast:

ANNA MARIA DE LUCA, CARMELO GIORDANO, DOMENICO MAIOLO, GIUSEPPE VELLONE

Writers:

DOMENICO PISANI, VASCO MEDDI

Producers:

Reboto Production

Other Credits:

Cinematographer: DAVIDE MANCA; Editor: SIMONE NAZZARENO VALENTE; Set designer: Simone SETZI; Costume designer: DOMENICO PISANI; Make-up artist: SILVIA VAVALÀ; Hairstyles: MASSIMILIANO BRUNO; Line producer: CINZIA SANNA; Sound engineer: ANDREA DI MARTINO; Music: YEHEZKEL RAZ

Project Type:

Short

Genres:

drama

Country of Origin:

Italy

Duration:

00:16:00

Language:

Italian

Completion Date:

2023-07-01


Hum

Synopsis:

A recently retired woman begins hearing a strange noise her husband can’t hear. Is it all in her head or is there something out there?

Directors:

Ryan Kilbourne

Key Cast:

Dawnie Finn, Mark Starratt, Shawn Vincent

Writers:

Ryan Kilbourne

Producers:

-

Other Credits:

Producer / 1st AD: Lianne Graham; Director of Photography: Ryan Kilbourne; Camera Operator: Ash Hardman; 1st AC: Maria Glover; Drone Operator: Sam Burns; Hair / MUA: Brenda Andrade, Luka Reshmi; Costumes / Set Dresser: Chanelle Berlingeri; Grip / Electric Swing: Aaron Kothiringer, Andrew Osawe, Luka Reshmi; Boom Operator: Aaron Kothiringer, Andrew Osawe; Editor: Ryan Kilbourne

Project Type:

Short

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Country of Origin:

Canada

Duration:

00:15:11

Language:

English

Completion Date:

2023-04-14


I'm not a racist, but...

Synopsis:

The video is based on the song "I am not a racist, but ..." and was made in Brussels with the participation of the children of the "Center Communautaire Maritime (CCM)" of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean.

Some scenes were shot at the CCM, while others were shot outdoors in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean district and in the city of Brussels.


In the video, two characters confront each other in different situations: in a pub, in a car inside a parking lot, during a walk in the city. The main character gives a strong and cynical voice to prejudice and clichés, trying to convince the other who is opposed to them. The irony of the text is amplified by the caricatured behavior of the main character and the reactions of the interlocutor. The games, laughter, expressions and spontaneous attitudes of children underline the absurdity of prejudice and clichés in a world that is constantly evolving.


Halfway through the video, the main character is filmed in the intimacy of his home, in the kitchen, while preparing a dish using the tagine and wearing the djellaba. The text and other elements present in the scene reflect the inconsistency of the protagonist, torn between prejudice and attraction to other cultures. And so the video develops and enhances the message of the song, namely that we are all made of the same substance and what differentiates us, our culture, life experiences, must be considered an added value and not a divisive element.


The ballets of the children and the two characters invite you to get involved and confront each other to improve and learn to live with others, in a world that will be increasingly multicultural and multi-ethnic.

Directors:

Marco Locurcio

Key Cast:

Stefano Cinti, Guido Castellano

Writers:

Stefano Cinti, Marco Locurcio

Producers:

Stefano Cinti

Other Credits:

-

Project Type:

Music Video

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

Belgium

Duration:

00:04:14

Language:

Italian

Completion Date:

2022-04-01


Knife, Chocolate

Synopsis:

This movie is the story of a happy family!


The son of the family is antisocial, psychotic, skeptic and sexist who judges women by the smell of their cosmetics!

He believes that the smell of a decent woman’s cosmetics is different from an indecent one!

He even classifies bees.

Prostitute or chaste, that is the question!


Like an interrogator, he openly tortures his sisters mentally and emotionally.

Of course, the crime of the daughters of this family is very serious!!!

They want to makeup!

They want to get married!

They don't want to work like a servant at home!

And the funniest of all, they have bought a male doll.

A male lion!


The daughters of this family are victims similar to "Mahsa Amini" who are tried only for the crime of being a woman.

Women who may be your neighbors right now.

Can't you hear them crying?

Women looking for life and freedom!


Directors:

Hooshmand Varaei

Key Cast:

Hamid Pishghadam

Writers:

Hooshmand Varaei

Producers:

Latifeh Eine Jafari, Dr.Houshang Varaei, MOJENO Film School

Other Credits:

-

Project Type:

Experimental, Short

Genres:

Women, Black Comedy, Psychological, Drama

Country of Origin:

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Duration:

00:15:00

Language:

Persian

Completion Date:

2022-07-06


Le gemelle Eternalismo (The Twins Eternalism)

Synopsis:

The Eternalism Twins is the story of two twins during the 60’s. One of them lives on the Earth, the other one floats in space as an astronaut. Once she heads back on Earth her twin sister 50 years older than her, while she is as old as she left Earth. 

Directors:

Francesco Therese

Key Cast:

GIORGIA DARELL

Writers:

Francesco Therese

Producers:

LAURA CATALANO

Other Credits:

-

Project Type:

Short

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

Italy

Duration:

00:03:00

Language:

-

Completion Date:

2023-06-12


Letters from the Blue

Synopsis:

A documentary investigating how inmates, from their cells on Death Row, help penpals outside in their daily struggles. Through the words of the protagonists and their letters, we experience these meaningful, intimate relationships where dramatic, blood-drenched life stories mesh with every day domestic trivialities.

Directors:

Nick Calori, Nico Sersale

Key Cast:

-

Writers:

Nick Calori, Nico Sersale

Producers:

Nico Sersale, Nick Calori

Other Credits:

Music: Mimis Nikolopoulos; Executive Producer: Christopher Hird; Sound Designer: Henning Knoepfel; Graphics & Titles: Garry Waller; Associate Producer: Elettra Pizzi; Colour Grader: Alex Grigoras

Project Type:

Documentary, Feature, Television

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

Duration:

00:55:23

Language:

English

Completion Date:

2023-01-01


Little Yellow Flower

Synopsis:

Photo Retoucher A-nan returns to the old house that saddens him. The eerily beautiful yellow flowers on the loofah trellis attract a whole nest of ants. As a child, A-nan accidentally killed all these yellow flowers when spraying insecticide on them to kill the ants. In a rage, his father beat him lame. This caused a lifelong conflict between them. The elderly and paralyzed father, now wrapped in diapers and covered with ants, evokes the painful memories of A-nan’s youth. A-nan sprays and kills the ants again. But how will A-nan unravel this knotted relationship with his father, entangled for so many years? How will he restore the loving beauty of the yellow flowers that once bloomed in the courtyard?

Directors:

Chien-Ping Lin

Key Cast:

Huai-Zhong Wang, Ming-Siou Tsai, Bozhi Yang

Writers:

Chien-Ping Lin, Yun-Ju Pai

Producers:

Chien-Ping Lin

Other Credits:

Cinematograper: Chien-Ping Lin

Project Type:

Experimental, Short

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

Taiwan

Duration:

00:29:55

Language:

Chinese, Chinese - Min Nan

Completion Date:

2021-10-15


Lori and the Six Six Sixties

Synopsis:

“The Other Side of the Forest” is a fantasy Pop-Art Fairytale starring Lori Stott (BBC’s The Demon Headmaster’ and Ashley Sutherland,. It is the tale of a shy young woman seeking her fame in the dark work of the 1960s folk-music underground. Lori’s journey to stardom takes her on a journey far beyond the familiar music world she is trying to break into and instead breaks out to a forgotten past of rural landscapes, magic, myth, dead Gods and mysterious fallen angels”. 


It is a bold mix of influences covering 1960’s British Youth-Film such as “Smashing Time’, Carnaby Street news-reels and the Counter-Culture texts ‘The White Goddess’, ‘The House on the Borderland’ and ‘The Golden Bough’.


It bravely plays with structure and narrative while playing with the genre tropes and musical group performances.


It was filmed with analogue sound and film equipment, incorporating various 16mm and Super8 processing techniques – hand developing, vintage cameras, sellotaped film editing, scratching, and film looping. 


The film was edited by Andy Morrison (Lord of the Rings, The English, Outlander, The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Last Kingdom).


The soundtrack is exclusively written by Post-Punk legend, Jowe Head (Swell Maps and Television Personalities).

Directors:

Grant McPhee

Key Cast:

Lori Stott, Ashley Sutherland

Writers:

Lori Stott, Ashley Sutherland, Ben Soper

Producers:

Grant McPhee

Other Credits:

-

Project Type:

Experimental, Feature

Genres:

Fantasty, Experimental

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

Duration:

01:10:22

Language:

English

Completion Date:

2023-03-30


Rival

Synopsis:

"Rival" delves into the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on the world of photography. Through candid interviews with global photographers, the documentary unveils the profound shifts in the creative landscape. As AI blurs the lines between human and machine-generated images, "Rival" invites viewers to contemplate on the brave new world of image generation.

Directors:

Frank Oly

Key Cast:

-

Writers:

-

Producers:

-

Other Credits:

-

Project Type:

Documentary, Short

Genres:

science, technology, art

Country of Origin:

Australia

Duration:

00:30:00

Language:

English, Japanese

Completion Date:

2023-12-08


Shtander, shtander, Katya!

Synopsis:

A story about the relationship of two teenagers, who used to look at each other as friends, but this summer he fell in love with her. She can't respond the same but is afraid of losing their friendship until a silly game destroys everything.

Directors:

Alexandra Shadrina

Key Cast:

Stella Frišman, David Babayan

Writers:

Alexandra Shadrina

Producers:

Anna Miller

Other Credits:

-

Project Type:

Short

Genres:

Teenage drama

Country of Origin:

Estonia

Duration:

00:13:31

Language:

Russian

Completion Date:

2023-06-29


Soluzione Fisiologica / Pleasure

Synopsis:

ENG

What seems to be an ordinary phone call between a man and a sex worker disguises a far more complex intent. A gesture of deep understanding. An act of unconditional love.


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ITA

Quella che sembra un’ordinaria telefonata tra un uomo e un sex worker nasconde un intento ben più complesso. Un gesto di profonda comprensione. Un atto di amore incondizionato.

Directors:

Luca Maria Piccolo

Key Cast:

Stefano Accorsi, Paola Minaccioni, Edoardo Purgatori, Sandro Stefanini, Riccardo Catenacci, Andrea Rossi

Writers:

Luca Maria Piccolo

Producers:

Jacopo Pica, Elena Pedrazzini, Tomaso Pessina, Luca Maria Piccolo

Other Credits:

DOP: Cristiano Di Nicola; Editor: Marcello Saurino; Music: Jean Michel Snider, Umberto Gaudino; Sound: Jacopo Lattanzio; Costumes: Sara Fanelli; Production Design: Alessandro Iacopelli

Project Type:

Short

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

Italy

Duration:

00:15:00

Language:

Italian

Completion Date:

2023-05-01


The Concierge

Synopsis:

Akino is a trainee concierge at the Hokkyoku Department Store, an unusual department store that caters exclusively to animals. Under the watchful eyes of the floor manager and senior concierges, Akino runs around to fulfill the wishes of customers with a myriad of needs and problems in her pursuit to become a full-fledged concierge.

Directors:

Yoshimi Itazu

Key Cast:

Natsumi Kawaida, Takeo Otsuka, Kenjiro Tsuda

Writers:

Satomi Oshima

Producers:

-

Other Credits:

Character Designs: Chie Morita; Animation Production: Production I.G

Project Type:

Animation

Genres:

Animation

Country of Origin:

United States

Duration:

01:10:00

Language:

Japanese

Completion Date:

-


The Consulting Virus

Synopsis:

Who truly decided which vaccine had to be bought during the pandemic? We found out that most European governments asked for help from large global consulting firms such as McKinsey, Deloitte, Accenture or KPMG and others. Despite the existence of potential conflicts of interest and thanks to insufficient transparency legislation. But in fact, these companies have been influencing the economy and politics for decades. Pandemic has only exposed these links. Let's put it that way: while Covid-19 has infected millions of people, the consulting virus has infected governments all around the world.

Directors:

Riccardo Bagnato Bulgarelli

Key Cast:

-

Writers:

Riccardo Bagnato Bulgarelli

Producers:

Pietro Bernaschina (RSI), Antonio Civile (RSI)

Other Credits:

Collaboration: Emiliano Bos (RSI), Daniela Fabello (RSI); Legal advice: Laura Bernasconi (RSI); Graphics: Fabrizio Bernasconi (RSI); Film editing: Marilyne Zeller (RTS); Cameraman: Gilles Brisseau (Actua, Geneva), Michael Clément (Actua, Geneva), Eric Jacquin (Actua, Geneva), Massimo Incollingo (Actua, Geneva), Philippe Eveque (Actua, Geneva), François Ducobu (INS, Bruxelles), Guillaume Parent (Mammut, Paris); Mixage: Pierre Bader (RTS), Elias Siddiqui, Edgar Biondina (RTS)

Project Type:

Documentary, Feature, Television, Web / New Media

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

Switzerland

Duration:

01:00:58

Language:

English, French, Italian

Completion Date:

2023-06-12


THE CURE

Synopsis:

In the De Angelis household, days pass slowly and Federico, a bored modern prince, experiences the world by detaching himself from it. The encounter with a special friend becomes an opportunity to be able to reborn from the ancient ruins of his family.

Directors:

GIUSEPPE BURRAFATO

Key Cast:

FRANCESCO SAVINO, JANE ALEXANDER, MARTA MENEGHETTI, CHRISTOPH HULSEN

Writers:

GIUSEPPE BURRAFATO

Producers:

-

Other Credits:

DOP: SIMONE SADOCCO; MUSIC: LUCA ZADRA; MAKE UP: ELISA VALENTI; EDITOR: SIMONE MARGIOTTA

Project Type:

Short

Genres:

-

Country of Origin:

Italy

Duration:

00:12:00

Language:

-

Completion Date:

2023-01-31


The First Seal

Synopsis:

In 1873 a young pioneer family traveling through the wilderness befriends a complete stranger that says he is a rancher. However the young girl discovers that a white horse haunts the rancher. She then tries to convince her mother they are about to witness an extraordinary event of the book of revelations.

Directors:

River Roubaix

Key Cast:

Joni Adhal, Amylea Meiklejohn, River Roubaix

Writers:

River Roubaix

Producers:

Victor Pytko, Eric T Miller, Morey Reimund, Ellen Lawer Stella

Other Credits:

-

Project Type:

Feature

Genres:

Western, Religious, Drama

Country of Origin:

United States

Duration:

01:15:44

Language:

English

Completion Date:

2023-12-01


The special train

Synopsis:

On a summer afternoon, Saverio and Cataldo, a student and a teacher, find themselves in the countryside that they usually see everyday trough the train window. The meeting becomes an opportunity to get to know each other better, allowing Saverio to read a poem he has just written. 


The story is about the train crash happened between Andria and Corato, in 2016 in Puglia Italy, and it’s dedicated to the victims of this tragedy.

Directors:

Luigi Cianciaruso

Key Cast:

Franco Ferrante, Pierdomenico Minafra

Writers:

Luigi Cianciaruso