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400 Days Later
Canada / Drama / 10 mins

Director: Stephen Bell

Writer: Angela Bell

Producer: Stephen Bell, Angela Bell

Cast: Angela Bell, Madeline Leon

When a global pandemic hits and theaters shut down nationwide, stage actress Natalie finds herself coping with isolation, dwindling options and redefining what really matters in the wake of a changed world.
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A.R.P.U.
United Kingdom / Sci-Fi / 26 mins

Director: Phil Spencer

Writer: Lily Howkins

Producer: Cassidy Little, Lily Howkins

Cast: Cassidy Little, Lily Howkins

A.R.P.U. – which stands for ‘average revenue per user’ – is a short dystopian film inspired by the Netflix documentary ‘The Great Hack’ and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The film explores our relationship with our online data, and what could happen when we give it away so freely.
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Antique Heroes
Australia / Comedy / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Caroline McQuade

Producer: Matthew Phillips

Cast: Fletcher Kennedy, Julia Wilson

An alcoholic comedian and her 10 year old nephew discover that anyone can be a hero... with the right theme song
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Are You Okay?
USA / Animation / 9 mins

Director: Ryan Cannon

Writer: Jordan Gibler, Ryan Cannon

Producer: Amanda Carson, Ryan Cannon

Cast: Ashley Blanchet, Jason Richards

This bystander story is told through the perspective of a 15-year old girl, Raquelle, who witnesses her classmate Noah being bullied. When doing the right thing transforms Raquelle from bystander to victim, she finds herself trapped in the same emotional quicksand of her peers.
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Behind The Oak Tree
Lebanon / Drama / 18 mins

Director/Writer: Emilio Mounsef

Producer: Emilio Mounsef, Jihane Rahbani

Cast: Dima Al Ansari

In a village where no citizen is allowed to leave. Where communication with the outside world is forbidden. Where women are not allowed to have more than two children. If they dare defy the system, a forced abortion becomes the only solution. Roula, an escaped sister, returns after 10 years to save her brother, Nader, and his family from this regime.