2021 film festival audience feedback videos.

  • IN DREAMS short film, audience reactions (with director interview)

    Filmed in 2018, shortly before the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut, In Dreams serves as a love letter to Lebanon - the home of my ancestors, and the place my spirit goes to rest in the quiet hours.

    Interview with director Nick Mery

    1. What motivated you to make this film?

    I visited...

  • The Last Champion Feature Film, audience reactions (with director interview)

    A former championship wrestler is forced to face his past when he returns to the hometown he left in disgrace twenty years earlier. Can he become the hero his town expected… or will he remain a prisoner of his past mistakes?


  • IT ALL BEGINS feature film, audience reactions

    IT ALL BEGINS, 92min., Switzerland, Documentary
    Directed by Frédéric Choffat
    Sacrificed generation? At the beginning of 2019, young people are taking to the streets all over the world to warn of the climate emergency. In Switzerland, young people are demonstrating, blocking banks and questioning ...

  • PINK INCOMERS short film, audience reactions

    PINK INCOMERS, 31min., Turkey, Documentary
    Directed by Pelin turgut, Murad Mammadov
    An informative and educational documentary experience with a high pleasure, describing the flamingos in Izmir bird paradise, their life, the opportunities offered by the Gediz delta region and the environmental p...

  • ATTACK & RELEASE short film, audience reactions

    ATTACK & RELEASE, USA,, 16min., Documentary
    Directed by Tom Attwater
    After Ranga Perera's family moved to the U.S. from Sri Lanka, he tragically lost his father to an unexpected heart attack. While coping with the loss of his father, he found himself in Montana where he was drawn to the magic of ...

  • DIRECT POSITIVE short film, audience reactions

    - DIRECT POSITIVE, 24min., USA, Documentary
    Directed by Jessica Ayala
    No negatives. No filters. Just raw honesty, as seen through the lens of an antique camera and the stories of Milwaukee women leaders. Through interviews and the portraits taken by tintype photographer Margaret Muza, these women...

  • WHORES short film, audience reactions

    WHORES, 14min, USA, Comedy
    Directed by Sydney Painter
    Disillusioned with her survival jobs and disappointed by her dating prospects, Avery, a struggling comedienne, gives gig-economy sex work a shot. With her long history, it sounds like easy money, plus a little thrill. With the help of some clo...

  • FOUR ON THE MANTLE short film, Audience reactions (with director interview)

    FOUR ON THE MANTLE, 20min., USA, Drama
    Directed by Rachel Jacob
    Two couples in the same family face a new pregnancy, one for the first time, the other with a sorrowful past. After a miscarriage, the family dynamics change and they must learn to deal with tragedy in a whole new way.

    Interview w...

  • INVISIBLE WOMAN short film, audience reactions

    INVISIBLE WOMAN, 3min., Ireland, Animation
    Directed by Cleide Regina De Oliveira
    The invisible woman continues walking towards hope. And on her way, she sows the ground with stories of love and tears.


    Director Statement

    As a...

  • 24 FILTERS short film, audience reactions

    24 FILTERS, 4min., USA, Music Video
    Directed by Rachel Kleinman
    Music video; song "24 Filters" by Nicole Mercedes. A night of Karaoke might make things better,


    Christina Garnett - producer

  • EVERGREEN short film, audience reactions

    EVERGREEN, 7min., Sweden, Drama
    Directed by Malin Barr, Christian Hillborg
    Swedish Mia suffers from anxiety induced paranoia and as she prepares for her immigration interview, the line between reality and dream starts to become blurred.


    Director Biog...

  • HIGHTAIL short film, Audience reactions

    HIGHTAIL, 13min., Canada, Drama
    Directed by Jenny Lee Gilmore
    After a drunken dispute with her boyfriend, Josie barges into her neighbours apartment. Amidst a time of isolation and fear, Mike learns of the severity of Josie’s situation after sharing an evening of connection.

    Director Biograph...

  • DANCE FOR ME short film, audience reactions

    DANCE FOR ME, 22min., USA, Drama
    Directed by Robin Hofmann
    When a 15 yr old boy does not get the support he needs from his parents he finds an unexpected friendship with a lonely, elderly neighbor.



    Director Biography ...

  • SUZANNE & CHANTAL short film, audience reactions

    SUZANNE & CHANTAL, 18min., Canada, Comedy/Drama
    Directed by Rachel Graton
    This morning, Chantal (60 years old) is picking up Suzanne (92 years old), who seems more nervous than usual. Chantal associates that behaviour to her health concerns, and the afternoon check-up Suzanne must go to the hospi...

  • DREAM SODA short film, audience reactions

    DREAM SODA, 12min., USA, Comedy/Romance
    Directed by Sawyer Pasma
    An awkward high school boy who has trouble staying in touch with reality finally finds his confidence after getting noticed by his lifelong crush and agreeing to go to homecoming with her.
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    Josiah Croasdell - wri...

  • BUMP! short film, audience reactions (with director interview)

    BUMP!, 30min., UK, Romance/Comedy
    Directed by Andrew Hollingworth
    After a crash, two lives become tangled in a romantic web, where they complete each other, just not in the way they think.

    After a crash, two lives become tangled in a romantic web, where they complete each other, just not in the...

  • BLIND FAITH short film, audience reactions (with director interview)

    BLIND FAITH, 26min., USA, Drama
    Directed by Bruce Hickey
    A homeless man, hoping to see his estranged son for Christmas is forced to steal a priceless copy of the Blind Faith album signed by Eric Clapton and The Beatles from a beautiful black blind woman, who ends up changing his life.

    Interview ...

  • Gratitude short film, audience reactions (with director interview)

    GRATITUDE, 26min., Canada, Comedy/Drama
    Directed by Sidartha Murjani
    A heartwarming comedy about appreciating what you have whether you are single, in a relationship or it's complicated.

    It's Valentine's day and none of the couples coming in have a reservation, one of them suffers from OTD. The ...

  • TATTOOED TRUCKS OF NEPAL- Horn Please short film, audience reactions

    TATTOOED TRUCKS OF NEPAL- Horn Please, 40min., USA
    Directed by Ron Ranson
    “Tattooed Trucks of Nepal – Horn Please” is an upbeat documentary that celebrates Nepalis and their culture through a vibrant new artform: the paintings on their freight trucks. Set in the context of Nepal’s artistic legacy...

  • STILL ALIVE short film, audience reactions

    STILL ALIVE, 19min., USA
    Directed by Jaehee Cheong
    After the death of her never-met senior colleague, Seol, Penelope visits her house for the first time with a special balloon made out of her breath. Going through the strange service provided by the strange funeral company Still Alive, Penelope, ...

  • GLORY & INJUSTICE audience reactions (interview with Writer Bella Zoe Martinez)

    Directed by Jamieson Tabb
    When a custody petition arrives, 13-year-old girl "Glory" must break her dad "Lord Injustice" out of a depression or they will lose each other forever.


    Director Biography - Jamieson Tabb

    As a...

  • THE EMPYREAN short film, audience reactions

    THE EMPYREAN, 17min., Australia
    Directed by Hannah Smith
    In a future world full of darkness and oppression, a young girl, inventive and determined, fights to see ‘the stars’ for the first time.


    Director Biography - Hannah Smith

    Hannah Smith is a Wr...

  • GARY short film, audience reactions

    GARY, 7min., USA
    Directed by Doug Cox
    The brave crew of the Equinox have just landed on Mars. Now inhabitants of Station Orion, they will look to each other for inspiration and survival. And then there's Gary...


    Director Biography - Doug Cox

    Doug Cox is a San Francis...

  • ROSES IN THE NIGHT short film, audience reactions

    ROSES IN THE NIGHT, 10min., Bulgaria
    Directed by Pencho Kunchev
    A story of a young girl in ancient Greece between ripening and mystery of first love. Based upon "Les Chansons de Bilitis" by Pierre Louys (1875-1920).

    Yariv Lerner - Producer