Corentin desperately tries to reach Marcelo who’s been missing in action.
The Birthday Cut
Director/Writer: Eva Midgley
Producer: Eva Midgley
Cast: Imogen Roux, Grayson Eddey, Barbara Linton
USA / Drama / 15mins
On his sixth birthday, a timid boy watches as his diametrically opposed grandmothers clash, his father bends to their will, and his fed-up mother lashes out with a long-held family secret.
Director/Writer: Peter McCully
Producer: Peter McCully
Cast: Steve Dorner, John Leigh, Emmett Skilton
New Zealand / Drama / 10mins
In pre-war Nazi Germany, projectionist Hermann Winkler is forced to screen propaganda films before the main features. But the rats of the cinema have been disrupting the screenings and Hermann is given a final warning by the SS. While the latest Nazi film is being projected, the rats cut the film and use the projector beam to perform a shadow play cabaret on the big screen.
Close Your Eyes
Director/Writer: Hannah Warry-Smith
Cast: Nina Rose Taylor, Julia Pappo
Canada / Drama / 14mins
Close Your Eyes follows Jim and Mae - two young women in the early 1970s - as they navigate their friendship, move through life, and discover what truly matters most to them.
Director/Writer: Berman Fenelus
Producer: Berman Fenelus, Seled Calderon
Cast: Seled Calderon
USA / Drama / 7mins
SELFIE explores the value of likability through social media and how sometimes people abandon their real life for the curated life they lead online. Sophie is a young mother who must choose between her addiction to drugs, attention, and selfies and being available for her child. What will she choose?
A Second Embrace
Director: Jess Costa
Writer: Nairoby Otero
Producer: Nairoby Otero
Cast: Luke Younger, Nairoby Otero
USA / Drama / 12mins
After agreeing to have dinner it becomes evident that Emilia and Kevin's unspoken past is still at the forefront of this relationship. Emilia and Kevin’s love shines through, making the audience wonder what was it that bound them and why were they estranged for three years? In the last moment of the film we see the devastating reveal of what made this reunion so palpable and haunting, making the audience finally understand why Emilia and Kevin can’t shake their past.