2020 Film Festival
2020 Awards
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Festival Guest of Honor
Karen Allen

Award-winning actor, director, and screenwriter, and 2020 Independent Spirit Award nominee. Karen Allen screened her short film A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud, based on a short story by Carson McCullers. Afterwards, Karen taught a masterclass on directing actors.

An American film and stage actress. After making her film debut in Animal House(1978), she became best known for her portrayal of Marion Ravenwood opposite Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), a role she later reprised for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).[1] She also co-starred in Starman (1984) and Scrooged (1988). Her stage work has included performances on Broadway, and she has directed both for stage and film.

2020 Films
Feature Films​​
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Accept the Call

 

Directed byEunice Lau

Running Time: 1h 24m

Country: USA

A father seeks to understand why his son is accused of terrorism, as they journey to repair their relationship after breaking each other's hearts.

What Lies West

 

Directed byJessica Ellis

Running Time: 1h 22m
Country:
USA

When new college graduate Nicolette takes a summer job babysitting sheltered teen Chloe, the two must overcome a wide personality gap to set off on a summer adventure to change both their lives.

Once Upon A River

 

Directed byHaroula Rose

Running Time: 1h 30m

Country: USA

After her father’s violent death, Native American teenager Margo Crane flees down Michigan’s Stark River in search of her estranged mother. On the way, she encounters allies, enemies, danger, and the beauty of nature, all while coming to grips with her past and her own identity.

Short Films​​
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Made Public

 

Directed byFoster Wilson

Running Time: 14m

Country: USA

On the eve of his wedding day, a groom’s cold feet go viral, forcing him and his bride to rely on the court of public opinion to save (or destroy) their marriage.

Strangers' Reunion

 

Directed by: Liz Sargent

Running Time: 13m

Country: Hong Kong

A Korean-American adoptee travels to meet her birth mother for the first time in this powerful family drama. Miscommunication and misunderstandings threaten their attempts to connect – until an emotional breakthrough leads to hope for them both.

The Gift

 

Directed byJacintha Charles

Running Time: 13m

Country: USA

A girl with uncommonly large ears is bullied at school, but finds solace in her friendship with a crow in the woods. She feeds the bird everyday and in exchange it presents her with gifts, until a violent encounter at school causes their ritual to take an unsettling turn.

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Sweet Sweet Kink:
A Collection of BDSM Stories

 

Directed byMaggie M. Bailey

Running Time: 13m

Country: USA

Sweet sweet kink takes a sweet, sweet peek into the kinky world of bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism.

Me También

 

Directed by: Valeria Vallejos

Running Time: 16m

Country: USA

Two women in polar opposite spheres of society are brought together by one unfortunate common denominator, sexual harassment, but when everything seems lost, destiny will have the last word.

A Normal Girl

 

Directed by: Aubree Bernier-Clarke

Running Time: 14m

Country: USA

A NORMAL GIRL brings the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light through the story of intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis.

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Gemini

 

Directed byMily Mumford

Running Time: 13m

Country: Canada

In a very near future two VR gamers coincidentally meet in real life and through their interactions expose the dark side of virtual reality and gaming

Marisol

 

Directed by: Zoe Salicrup Junco

Running Time: 15m

Country: USA

When a young mother takes a risk to provide for her daughter, a stranger turns her transgression into a nightmare.

Desaturated

 

Directed by: Marina Stepanska

Running Time: 11m

Country: Ukraine

A typical morning in a Lviv household – the family is getting ready to have breakfast. Suddenly, something terrible happens – the eldest daughter appears on the screen with a different colour correction, and is tragicall y mismatched with her perfectly saturated environment: she is desaturated.

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Farta

 

Directed bySilvia Cannarozzi

Running Time: 10m

Country: Germany

Theresa has documented all of her daughter Marta’s childhood on social media without considering the full consequences.

La Llorona

 

Directed by: Rosana Cuellar 

Running Time: 29m

Country: Germany and Mexico

"La Llorona" is a surrealistic film about a group of children who feel haunted by the ghost of the Llorona - the legendary Mexican ghost of a woman who murdered her children. Their powerful fantasy and their fear unleash a chain of events that leads them to become a part of this legend themselves.

Lego

 

Directed by: Faryarsadat Hosseini

Running Time: 19m

Country: Iran

When a couple comes back to wife’s abandoned childhood house, the woman disappears and among the ruins of the house, the man finds a baby girl who seems to be his wife.

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Play/Ground

 

Directed byHanna Sköld

Running Time: 15m

Country: Sweden

Dad fights to get grandma out of bed. But grandma can’t, she just sleeps. Love just wants to play – to be part of things and be close. This childhood portrayal blends feature film with animations to create an unforgettable experience repeatedly blackened.

The Boogeywoman

 

Directed by: Erica Scoggins

Running Time: 17m

Country: USA

In the fever of her first period, a curious teenager is drawn to her small town’s local legend, only to find that the “Boogeywoman” is flesh and blood--the mother she
never had.

We Waited Until Nightfall

 

Directed by: Wendy V. Muñiz and Guillermo Zouain

Running Time: 17m

Country: Dominican Republic

We waited until nightfall revisits repurposed cinemas through hunting images and sounds that trace the practices of belonging still embodied in the theaters’ remains.

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Lola

 

Directed byJulie Cohen and Mariah Hoffman

Running Time: 8m

Country: USA

A young woman builds her own tiny home.

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Moving

 

Directed byAdinah Dancyger

Running Time: 8m

Country: USA

One young woman's Sisyphean quest to get a mattress up a staircase and into her walk-up apartment.

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Tortillas

 

Directed byShelby Moore and Allie Levy

Running Time: 3m

Country: USA

Two women engage in a domestic dispute that escalates after a bag of tortillas is left open.

Jenny

 

Directed by: Megan Swertlow

Running Time: 3m

Country: USA

A woman in isolation discovers what is truly horrifying about being alone.

MA-5

 

Directed byAnastasia Deloret

Running Time: 3m

Country: UK

When humans believe making progress with AI, machines are already a step ahead.

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Dear Sunshine

 

Directed byNicole Lehman

Running Time: 3m

Country: USA

A young girl in groomed towards happiness by her worried mother.

The Echo

 

Directed by: Laura Drago and Samantha Macher 

Running Time: 3m

Country: USA

Two snails contemplate existence.

Last Night

 

Directed byRachel Handler

Running Time: 3m

Country: USA

Ready to eat cold pizza for breakfast *again* a disabled woman finds a hammer in her fridge and must figure out how it got there last night.

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You Are Not Alone

 

Directed byMeytar Zehavi

Running Time: 3m

Country: USA

An abused woman hides in the closet while listening to her husband looking for her outside.

(Untitled), 1977 

 

Directed by: Anna Castelaz

Running Time: 3m

Country: USA

From her apartment littered with traces of our past, my mother reflects on the painting practice she abandoned in the 1970s.

Box Mix

 

Directed byAndee Kinzy

Running Time: 3m

Country: USA

A baking misadventure.

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Breakfast

 

Directed byMarlene Ginader

Running Time: 3m

Country: Canada

A woman finds a note in her cereal with a phone number to call, when she calls it, the person doesn't seem to know why she called, just as she's hanging up, the person identifies her, is someone watching?