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10 MINUTES
ADYSIB WESSEK-Director
DAVID JURNEY-Producer

10:45 Minutes

A college student with a bright future meets a woman who's long anticipated her death, moments before the world ends. Now, they're both suddenly forced to deal with the weight of mortality while an extinction event kills them and everyone they know.

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COME OUT
DEWAYNE AUSTIN-Writer/Director/Producer

3:30 Minutes

An ethereal interpretation of a particularly strange red sky day in San Francisco during the covide-19 pandemic.

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DEATH AND MAGIC CASTLE
NICO COLOMBANT-co-Writer
KARI BARBER-writer/Director
GABRIEL O'CONNOR-Animator
KATSU SUDA-Music

5:00 Minutes

On a beautiful, sunny day five year old Zizou fell to the ground and died when his heart suddenly stopped. In that moment of losing my son I was thrown into the cold reality of America's complicated relationship with death. Through animation, "Death and Magic Castles" explores traditions of mourning and loss in different cultures and follows my quest to bring death and life closer together. As the world collectively grieves this past year and a half, this short animated documentary gives hope for healing and tackles how to externalize grief in a culture where mourning is taboo and the goal is to live forever.



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FACES AFTER SUICIDE
LINDSEY DOOLITTLE-Writer/Director/Producer

6:41 Minutes



My husband died by suicide at our home and I found him.

(TRIGGER WARNING) This video contains information about suicide which may be triggering to survivors. The method is not stated in the film, but how the director's husband was found is mentioned.

This film was created to support suicide loss survivors and help promote forward thinking on raising awareness.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS
MICHAEL CHARRON-Writer/Director/Producer

8:42 Minutes



Randall wants to impress his girlfriend and her friends at their weekly game night with his favorite game, but things don't quite go as planned...

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GARDEN SPELLS
MIKE MCDONALD-Writer/Producer
JORDAN WILSON-Director

8:57 Minutes

When Claire's grandma passes away, she leaves behind a spell book that promises magical help should Claire ever need it. Years later, Claire meets Colton in the bookstore where she works and instantly falls for him but can't quite seem to tell if he reciprocates the feeling. She calls upon the book and her grandma's spirit to open his heart towards her. The following day she sees him again at the bookstore and thinks her chance has come, only this time he's there with another girl. Claire is heartbroken. However her heartbreak turns to horror when, a few days later, he reappears at the bookstore alone and asks her out to lunch. She stumbles over an excuse and retreats to the back room. That night she consults her grandmother's spirit asking if there's a way to reverse the spell she cast, full of guilt at having turned his heart towards her when he already had a girlfriend.

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GOLEM
RYAN CAUCHI-Writer/Director/Producer

5:00 Minutes



Nazi-occupied Prague, 1939. A group of German soldiers search for a fugitive Rabbi in the basement of an abandoned synagogue - unaware of the horror awaiting them.

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HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE
COLE CLARK-Writer/Director

5:42 Minutes


A short documentary about the most important musician of our time.




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I'M THERE FOR YOU
RUSLANA LEVANDOVSKA-Writer/Director/Producer

7:18 Minutes



When her husband goes on a business trip, the wife starts to live the life she desires. This story is told through a uniquely peculiar angle with fates intertwining in various degrees.

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INTO
BRIAN MORGAN-Writer
DOUG MCABEE-Director
SAVANNAH WHITE-Producer

2:42 Minutes


A young actress discovers the consequences of her habitually bad attitude during a theatrical audition. The way we treat people can come back to haunt us.




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JOHNNY CROW
XSTINE COOK-Writer//Director/Producer
JESSE GOUCHEY-Writer/Director/Animator

7:15 Minutes

A poetic and transformative journey of a young man's physical, mental, and spiritual struggle to return to his son through the criminal justice system and the layers of colonization it represents. Created by animating spray-painted murals frame-by-frame, Cree artist Jesse Gouchey painted each frame on large outdoor surfaces over a period of seven years in numerous locations across Alberta and BC.

Johnny Crow's struggle speaks to the resilience of modern day warriors surviving and resisting bureaucratic battles of written laws vs oral traditions, and is contrasted by a haunting poem written and performed by spoken word artist Mitcholos Touchie.

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LOLA
SUNNY XIAOXIN SUN-Director
EKATERINA BEHOR-Producer

6:02 Minutes

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MISTER PICKWICK
ELVIS WILSON-Director
IRISH JOHNSTON-Writer/Producer

6:46 Minutes

When an energetic niece insists on going night swimming, her exhausted uncle resorts to telling her the ghost story of Mister Pickwick, to scare her into going to bed. But strange sounds from up on deck lure the niece out into the dark night, and when she mysteriously vanishes, maybe there's some truth to the ghost story.

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MONSTER IN A BOX
JOSHUA M. THOMAS-Writer
NOAH WEISEL-Director
KARI LEE THOMAS-Producer


9:16 Minutes


He did it for the role.

When carnival hucksters pull their act in the wrong town they get help from the most unlikely of performers.

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NIGHT LIGHT
CHRISTIAN DELAVIE-Writer/Director/Producer

9:16 Minutes


Morgan and Candace move into a new apartment. There, they find out that the previous tenants left because of a ghost that causes the bathroom lamp to switch on. Neither take the story seriously until the said light inexplicably turns on.






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ON FIRE
ANDREW BROADHURST-Writer/Director
RIKKI ELIZABETH STINNETTE/HOPE CUNNINGHAM-Producer

3:45 Minutes



A comfortable man must face his indifference and apathy when a desperate neighbor seeks help.

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ONE HIT WONDER
HARKER JONES-Writer
AMANDA DOW-Director
ANDIE XIMONES/JANE PETROV-Producer

10:18 Minutes



A cab driver takes a former pop star on a one way Twilight Zone-like ride.

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PANOPTO
HARRY VALENTINE-Writer/Director/Producer/Editor/DP/C

5:29 Minutes



Panopto is a brand new security system: an all-in-one, recording, running, detaining, doorbell camera robot. When a package thief tries to escape its grasp, Panopto unravels its own part in a vast conspiracy.

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PHOTALGIA
ERIC SHALAYKO/WULF HOGAN/BOBBY NEWMAN-Writers
MICHAEL MCCALLUM-Writer/Director/Producer
WILIAM C. MCCALLUM-Producer

6:28 Minutes



An older artist is affected by a strange light at his studio that drives him to do dark things.

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RICHARD & SARAH: MASSACRE IN GREENWOOD
JOHN HAMLIN-Writer/Director/Producer

10:22 Minutes

The United States hasn't done a good job of coming to terms with its troubled history. The murder and destruction of Black Wall Street has been mostly swept under the carpet for over 100 years. "Richard & Sarah: Massacre in Greenwood" shares intimate portrayals of eyewitness testimonies to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

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SAVE ALL WHO DARE
ERIKA KIRKSTEIN-ZASTROW-Director
GRETCHEN MAHKORN-Producer

6:42 Minutes

"Save All Who Dare" is a poetic film that asks the question of what truly is right or wrong during a time of crisis. A timely yet timeless piece that follows the journey of two members of a cult questioning their faith, their leaders, themselves, and what the consequences would be. An allegory for our current political and pandemic climate.

...is walking away braver than a last stand?

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SOME WAY OUT
ZOE C. CROFT-Director

1:17 Minutes



Some Way Out is Zoe's first film. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for disabled actors and writers in the industry she decided to create her own opportunity. She combines her love of art, music and writing and has single handedly created Some Way Out during the 2020 lockdown.

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STILLNESS BRINGS ESCAPE: FROM THE PRISON OF TIME: THROUGH BONDAGE TO FLESH
D T KOFOED-Writer/Director/Producer

5:00 Minutes



A man with a rare form of paralysis is able to see beyond his current point in time, but it brings him no relief.

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STRANGER IN THE NIGHT
JEREMY GARRETT-Writer/Director
WILLIAM BYRD-Producer

9:26 Minutes


A beautiful woman knocks on the door of a detective begging for help to find her sister.




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THE FASHION DOLL FILES
NANCY MARIE-Writer/Director/Producer
DEWEY ISSACS-Producer

4;16 Minutes


The Fashion Doll Files is a collection of short, fun, little adventures with dolls. This set features Episodes 1-4 of this popular series. Includes "Mistaken Identity", "Fluffy Cows", "Magazine Photoshoot", and "Film Festival Fun"

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THE KING OF OKLAHOMA
ROBBIE REARDON/CARSON BALL BALL-Directors

8:53 Minutes


HE WAITS FOR A CHALLENGER HE DOESNT KNOW BUT KNOWS WILL COME. This is the tale of the King of Oklahoma.









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THE LOST AGE
TIM RITTER-Writer/Director/Producer

6:37 Minutes



A boy's trip to Dinosaur World with his parents won't be the biggest or last surprise the day has in store for him.

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THE RIVER
LOGAN CRAINE-Writer/Director
STEVE SNEDIKER-Producer

7:28 Minutes


After receiving mysterious message, a young man goes to fortune teller.

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TRUCKED!
PHILIP & ROBERT M. SNYDER-Co-Writer/Director/Producer

7:28 Minutes


After receiving mysterious message, a young man goes to fortune teller.

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VINDICATE
ALICIA MCCLENDON-Writer/Producer
SAMUEL K. PITTMAN-Director

5:10 Minutes


A young woman loses her dog to a drunk driver, and while dealing with the trauma, she seeks revenge.

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VODNIK MANY YEARS AFTER THE RAINSTORM
EMMA PENAZ EISNER-Writer/Director/Producer

5:58 Minutes

A singular fish-man creature, in Czech folklore the Vodník sometimes appears as a horror, other times almost comically, but always he enlivened my imagination as I grew up a Czech-American. Capturing a lovely young woman, he imprisons her in his watery abode. From there, his story unfolds to its brutal finale of terror and infanticide. Unloved and alone, repulsive to all humans, compelled to odious crimes, the Vodník nonetheless inspires a paradoxical sympathy: he has a heart, this green, sometimes ludicrous fish-man perched on a poplar above a lake while singing, stitching his little red boots, and dreaming of his wedding day. The original folktale is the springboard for my film "Vodník Many Years After the Rainstorm," which imagines the interior world of the Vodník over his full lifetime, as an entity that exists in and of itself, suspended across time.

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WORLD WAR II
RUSS FRY

2:17 Minutes



Satirical advice on how to get a historical documentary into a film festival using World War II as an example.