Festival Schedule 

Quick Guide to Individual Films & Events

Friday, February 8th
Networking Party in the Hotel Kabuki's Lobby Bar

Mingle at this social gathering with other filmmakers.

There will be food, drinks, and maybe some music.

• Filmmakers and VIP Pass holders only.

Saturday, February 9th

Filmmakers Lounge in the Hotel Kabuki's Spring Room

Light fare, coffee & beverages served, along with wifi & event table. 

• Filmmakers and VIP Pass holders only.

Doors Open

Bluestocking Shorts Program


PG: some material may not be suitable for children

Come On In


Directed by: Jody Lauren Miller

Running Time: 6 min 47 sec

Beverly is an upbeat woman hell-bent on having a meaningful relationship. But as she talks on the phone with an unknown caller, we slowly learn that Beverly isn’t all that she seems.



Directed by: Clarissa Lam & Olivia Dorrance

Running Time: 7 min 18 sec

Euphoria makes everything feel better, but what if you want to feel what's real?

Nora Ephron Goes to Prison


Directed by: Hannah Elless

Running Time: 8 min 8 sec

Friendship transcends fantasy in this musicalized love letter to Nora Ephron and New York City.

Rhonna & Donna


Directed by: Daina Oniunas-Pusić

Running Time: 15 min 45 sec

Rhonna and Donna are conjoined twin teenage sisters who are having their biggest fight to date. Donna is playing Juliet in their school's production of Romeo and Juliet while Rhonna wants nothing to do with it...



Directed by: Clare Maceda

Running Time: 12 min 3 sec

A young girl deals with her grief with the help of a new friend.

One Small Step


Directed by: Aqsa Altaf

Running Time: 13 min 18 sec

A 9-year-old girl attempts to juggle the responsibilities of school and her younger siblings after her mother goes missing.

We are proud to partner with Bluestocking Film Series to present a block featuring films from the acclaimed series, as well as some local films that adhere to the Bluestocking ethos, that requires films to feature a female protagonist and pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test.

Followed by

a 15-minute Q&A with the filmmakers.

Emerging Filmmakers Panel


Michelle Kantor


Executive Director, Cinefemme

Moderated by

Courtney Sheehan


Film Programmer & Consultant

Bola Ogun



Manon de Reeper


Founder & Chief Editor, Film Inquiry

Melinda Fox


Founder & CEO, Tanji

Ryan Ann Davis


Co-Founder & Principal, Smarthouse Creative

Cidney Hue



Building Community & Taking Action

The systemic change we need for womxn working in film can only be achieved through collective effort and action for the next generation of talent and industry leadership. We can all do our part! Join professionals from across the industry for a thoughtful discussion about creating meaningful impact and sustainability for womxn in film.

• Live social media coverage will be provided by Bitch Talk

Communiqué Shorts Program


Contains violence and offensive language

A Day


Directed by: Danielle Karagannis

Running Time: 14 min 56 sec

A Day follows an endearing child, Kit, who goes about her typical routine amongst a rapidly changing Hollywood.

Please Translate


Directed by: Kelsy Lua

Running Time: 6 min 5 sec

Language divides but eventually bridges the relationship between a mother (Wang Yu) and her daughter (Mei Lan). A film about sacrifice, hardships, and ultimately a mother's love.

The Last Walk


Directed by: Anna Hoover

Running Time: 13 min 57 sec

A woman journeys out into the vast and unforgiving wilderness in search of her sister who has been exiled for a negligent act that resulted in tragedy.

A Sari for Pallavi


Directed by: Kate Chamuris

Running Time: 10 min

When Traditional Thini gets into a fight with her cousin Promiscuous Pallavi over what to wear to an Indian wedding, a hilarious culture clash unravels.

Are We Good Parents?


Directed by: Bola Ogun

Running Time: 8 min 58 sec

Lauren and Bill question their preconceived notions of their 14-year-old daughter's sexuality and their openness as parents.

The Lost Sound


Directed by: Steffie Yee

Running Time: 1 min 46 sec

a woman looks at the matrilineal inheritance of linguistic tones in her family, mourning the parts of languages that become extinct through semantic evolution.

A Love Letter for the End of the World


Directed by: Alexi Scheiber

Running Time: 3 min 57 sec

A film which grapples with the question of how to live fully on a dying Earth.

Followed by

a 15-minute Q&A with the filmmakers.

How do we communicate our most complicated emotions, our desires, and our fears? These films leave us wondering about our interactions with the world around us.

Body(Guard) Shorts Program


Contains full nudity, violence, and some sexual situations

Mouth of Truth


Directed by: Barbara Vekarić

Running Time: 18 min 12 sec

A listening ear is also a running mouth.



Directed by: Kat Cole

Running Time: 9 min 56 sec

After an unexpected encounter in Waikiki, a young girl explores her sexuality in secret, causing new rifts between her and her religious Filipino family.

ME 3.769


Directed by: Elaine Del Valle

Running Time: 9 min

A pubescent Latina looks forward to her maturing body, but must soon cope with the sexual misconduct of someone she trusts.



Directed by: Foster Wilson

Running Time: 8 min 38 sec

Armed with an electric mixer, a Mysterious Woman gives Naked Man the battering of his life, but the sexy interrogation brings up feelings that are hard to swallow.



Directed by: Kailey & Sam Spear

Running Time: 14 min 3 sec

After a violent incident between an AI nanny and her employer, an investigative team must determine what caused the attack.


Stories about our bodies—how we perceive them, how they change, and how we protect them.

Followed by

a 15-minute Q&A with the filmmakers.

Etheria Shorts Program


Contains full nudity, violence, and some sexual situations

The Agency


Directed by: Mac Montero

Running Time: 10 min

The Agency is the best place to purchase a husband, and Mrs. Hold thought it would be fun to head down and get a new one today.



Directed by: Catherine Fordham

Running Time: 5 min 40 sec

A young woman’s fiercest self takes over to fight for her life when’s she attacked.

The Last Vacation


Directed by: Ryan Ann Davis

Running Time: 1 min 12 sec

An old slideshow reveals the dark evidence of a beach vacation that took a turn for the worse.



Directed by: Cidney Hue

Running Time: 7 min 45 sec

In the near future, a woman must make a life-changing decision after a mind-bending procedure.

Lady M


Directed by: Tammy Riley-Smith

Running Time: 11 min 47 sec

Hell hath no fury like an older woman scorned.

Atomic Spot


Directed by: Stéphanie Cabdevila

Running Time: 15 min

Left for dead after the A307 plane crash on their nuclear plant, the workers of a small coastal city have undergone a series of mutations.



Directed by: Sarah K. Reimers

Running Time: 10 min 41 sec

A mysterious & violent encounter sends a dog on a night of adventure and possibility.

We are proud to partner with Etheria Film Night to present a block featuring films from the acclaimed series, as well as local genre films that will thrill and fill you with wonder.

Followed by

a 15-minute Q&A with the filmmakers.

Closing Night Celebration



Red Carpet 

Walk the Red Carpet and get your picture taken. 

• Filmmakers and VIP Pass holders only


Awards Ceremony & Party

Come eat, drink, and be merry as we celebrate and present the award-winning Films.

• Filmmakers and VIP Pass holders only

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