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RIPPLE




United States
Drama
00:30:00
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Christian Everhard
Written by
Christian Everhard
Produced by
Dan Brown, Julie Van, Nick Foss
Edited by
Christian Everhard
Other
Ben Atkinson, Jack Vecchio

He has a dead end job. He has a dead end life. He has a dead body, stuffed in his refrigerator. A man finds purpose in his life while attempting to cover up an accidental murder.


Schlock Fish




United States
Comedy
00:06:54
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Esteban Uribe
Written by
Esteban Uribe
Produced by
Mood Swinger Films
Edited by
Esteban Uribe
Other
Kris Swinnen

Olav Zanger is a solitary fisherman that seeks revenge on the 'Dimpled Chin Schlock Fish', a psychopath creature that leaps out of water and rips his eyeball off.


Self in Silence and Solitude




United States
Drama
00:04:34
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Susan Lien Whigham
Written by
Susan Lien Whigham
Produced by
Susan Lien Whigham (aka Tierra Simbolica Productions)
Edited by
Susan Lien Whigham

A woman struggles to come to terms with her addiction to taking selfies.


Self Offense




United States
Drama
00:14:32
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Wendy Keeling
Written by
Wendy Keeling
Produced by
Wendy Keeling
Edited by
Wendy Keeling
Other
Wendy Keeling, Rebecca Lines, Carla Christina Contreras, Susannah Devereux, Levi Montgomery, David Ditmore, Barbie Clark, Judy Jackson, Christopher Bower, Caleb Shore

Self Offense is an award winning and seat gripping suspense film about the journey of four women victimized by abuse and violence. Their individual stories are woven together through the self defense course where they meet and gain tools necessary to break the cycle of abuse that has paralyzed them from moving forward. Shot as a suspense film, engaging a broader audience, the message is important and has the power to create dialogue about the issue of violence against women.


Shooting Oliver




Canada
Comedy
00:16:50
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Daniel Clements
Written by
Daniel Clements
Produced by
Tadhg McMahon
Edited by
Daniel Clements
Other
Tadhg McMahon, Jameson Kraemer, Lina Roessler, Emma Hunter

What happens when the method becomes the madness? Shakespearean actor Oliver Lawrence must defend his method amid the madness of a major blockbuster film set as a serious budget deadline looms.


Still/Running




South Africa
Documentary
00:04:45
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Wayne de Lange, Sven Harding

'Still/Running' vividly chronicles how Wings for Life World Run ambassador, Pieter du Preez, overcame a tragic cycling accident - which left him paralysed from the chest down - to become the first ever C6 quadriplegic to complete an Iron Man triathlon. It recounts this exceptional sportsman's battle with the kind of spinal cord injury that the Wings For Life foundation is aiming to cure. We witness the determination that enables Pieter to juggle a grueling training regime, a white-collar career, and the fully independent life he shares with his wife, Illse, to record-breaking effect. A truly inspirational film about the human spirit triumphing in extreme adversity.


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Stories of Alyx and Anton




Canada
Comedy
00:15:00
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Calum Smith
Written by
Calum Smith
Produced by
Calum Smith, Melinda See
Edited by
Calum Smith
Other
Paul Sutherland, Katie Fournell, Richard Meen, Michael Sutherland, Krishna Tailor

When daydreaming computer nerd Anton meets beautiful, quadriplegic Alyx, the two depart their bleak real worlds for a lively one of fantasy and adventure. But can two people lost in a fairy tale ever make it in reality? A menagerie of charming mythical characters and settings makes a visually imaginative spectacle of this heartwarming romantic comedy.


Strong Coffee with Vodka




Germany
Comedy
00:18:25
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Vladimir Scheiermann
Written by
Vladimir Scheiermann
Produced by
Vladimir Scheiermann
Edited by
Vladimir Scheiermann
Other
Cornelius Jahntz, Phillip Sponbiel, Dorothee Krüger

Louie is a waiter in a cafe who gets humorously walked all over by his dictatorial boss Kanaan and a sadistic customer when small, absurd misunderstandings become the order of the day.


Supersnackers




United Kingdom
Comedy
00:01:00
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Rahdy Elwan
Written by
Rahdy Elwan
Produced by
Rahdy Elwan
Edited by
Rahdy Elwan
Other
Nathan Hennenfent, Stewart Lockwood

What would you do if you could teleport? Play video games and dream about super-strength...


The Blacksmith




United States
Documentary
00:05:15
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Eve A. Ma
Written by
Eve A. Ma
Produced by
Eve A. Ma
Edited by
Eve A. Ma

In our rush to keep up with the latest technology, we sometimes forget the beauty and value of doing things the traditional way. Here we see a traditional blacksmith at work on one of his beautiful creations.


The Characteristics of C-Minor




New Zealand
Documentary
00:14:24
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
J.Ollie Lucks, Max bellamy
Written by
J.Ollie Lucks, Max bellamy
Produced by
J.Ollie Lucks, Max Bellamy
Edited by
J.Ollie Lucks, Max bellamy
Other
Nick Knox

Musician Nick Knox is likely to the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet. But when you see him on stage – trancelike behind the keyboard, shimmering with dark mana, growling into the microphone – that sweet character you thought you knew slips into a minor key. In "The Characteristics of C-Minor", Nick talks for the first time about his battles with his own mind. Lucid, revealing interviews, and footage of glittering live performances, build a portrait of a man who transforms his titanic internal struggles through his art. To those who know Nick now, it comes as a surprise that he spent years of his youth in painful isolation. Cut off from society and family, strangled by a dangerous mix of physical and psychological impediments, this isolation culminated in an incident that changed his life forever. Nick still carries the scars and aftermath of that metamorphic event. However, the years since the accident have seen him emerge into a truly evolved man: glowing with warmth, intelligence, and love for his creative community. What comes through strongly in "The Characteristics of C-Minor" is Nick’s ability to be radically vulnerable. This is the driving force for his music. Solitary musical explorations have enabled a real sense of self-discovery and emotional self-knowledge. This deep, new confidence, combined with the widening validation of his community, lets us see a man alive with gratitude and wonder as never before. Part biopic, part music video, part tribute to Dunedin’s gothic beauty, this affecting film pays witness to the emotional armour of a scarred man, and to the exquisite growl that emerges when he peels it off. “Beautifully realised...the story [is captured] with finesse, all the moody scenes and soaring performance pieces adding up to a concise masterpiece in miniature” – New Zealand Herald.


The Glass Owl




United States
Comedy
00:10:13
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Cathy Bible
Written by
Cathy Bible
Produced by
Cathy Bible
Edited by
Devin Connelly

Modern-day police are befuddled by an old-school burglar who speaks exclusively in prohibition-era gangster slang. When he takes the hapless homeowner hostage, they soon realize there's a language barrier that can only be overcome by one man. One very old man. The story takes an unexpected turn toward the noir as the negotiations begin.


The Mugging




United States
Drama, Suspense
00:04:08
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Tanis Cassidy
Written by
Tanis Cassidy & Dani Kay
Produced by
Shawn Dyer
Edited by
Tanis Cassidy
Other
Cinematography by Paul Hildebrandt, Script Supervising by Arlen Swanson, Boom Operation by Aamir Malik, Behind the Scenes Photo/Video by Braidon Thorn

A late evening walk to his car after a long day at work takes a sour turn for a man as he is thrust into a situation that will test his wits as well as his resolve. Suddenly threatened by a shady mugger with a deadly weapon, his unexpected course of action that follows could produce fatal results.


Tough Case




United States
Comedy
00:12:10
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Stefan Perez
Written by
Stefan Perez
Produced by
Stefan Perez, Jackson Rosenfeld, Adam Carra, Miranda Limonczenko
Edited by
Stefan Perez
Other
Stefan Perez

When loose cannon Detective Dick Murdock is called to investigate another all-too-familiar murder, he embarks on a path toward redemption and bloodshed. In his quest to find the cantankerous Shoestring Slasher, there are no rules except his rules. But he doesn't follow the rules.


You Bet




United States
Drama
00:14:02
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Sky Wang
Written by
Sky Wang
Produced by
Thomas Lounsbury, Aaqib Usman
Edited by
Sky Wang

As a lottery winner lies dying in an ambulance, a murder plot against him is slowly revealed as his friends conspire against to steal the winning ticket.


Zugzwang




United States
Comedy
00:08:50
Season:2014
Directed by
Yolanda Centeno
Written by
Yolanda Centeno
Produced by
Yolanda Centeno, Bettina Mayr
Other
Sam Sasaki, Ben Sasaki, Camille Giuffre

Zugzwang in German means obligation to move. Life and chess are not so different. There is a moment in life where you know you have to make a decision, but the best thing to do would be not to make any move. But... you must. We simply call this being screwed. In chess, they call it Zugzwang.


Anti-Hero




United States
Comedy, Action, Suspense
00:08:00
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Bo! Campbell
Written by
Bo! Campbell
Produced by
Bo! Campbell, Ray Hom
Edited by
Bo! Campbell, Matthew Devapiriam Emmanuel
Other
Alexius Franklin, Adrian Nava, Brandon Zee, Lance Gegner

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


Calvin Rhodes pulls up to the local ‘Dirt Cheap Liquor & Grocery.’ On the radio is a news report about increasing crime rates, as well as a recent string of kidnappings. Calvin’s son, Angelo (nicknamed ‘Tig’, short for tiger), calls. Tig wants milk for his cereal, but Calvin doesn’t have the cash to get anything extra. After a hostile exchange with Tig’s mom, Calvin resolves to find a way to get his son some milk. Searching for money, he comes up short. Calvin spots Tig’s toy gun, and gets a bad idea. He colors the orange tip black. He tears holes in his cap, making a mask. A few practice threats in the mirror, and Calvin is halfway to a new life as a criminal. A few steps shy of armed robbery, Calvin hears a lady in distress. Some would-be kidnappers try to force her into a van! Calvin’s conscience takes control, and before he knows it he’s waving a plastic gun at a violent kidnapper. After some choice words, the driver notices Calvin’s gun is fake, and all hell breaks loose! By sheer luck and fast reflexes, Calvin prevails, killing the kidnappers and saving the day. Unfortunately, all the woman sees is a scary guy in a mask, so she tries to shoot Calvin with her taser! Her shot is ironically deflected by the milk that Calvin is graciously returning, and that’s the final straw. Calvin decides to collect payment for his services in the form of the lady’s taser and purse, and “Anti-Hero” Enterprises has its first, satisfied customer. News reports go on to detail more adventures of “Anti-Hero."


Commonplace




United States
Comedy
00:12:45
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Colleen J. McShay
Written by
Colleen J. McShay & Kimberly Van Winkle
Produced by
Colleen J. McShay, Daniel Chawla, & Francesca Brown-Haysom
Edited by
Matthew Thayer & Kimberly Van Winkle
Other
Cinematographer: Amar Jonathan Chawla

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 3nd Place Judges Choice


A quirky dramady that finds Alice and other well know fairy tale characters living in a mundane world where dreams and imagination are outlawed.


Stick




Norway
Comedy, Animation
00:07:20
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Written by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Produced by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Edited by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Other
Composer/Sound: Anthony Barratt

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


A stray dog stumbles upon a funny guy in swimming trunks, only to get (literally) too attached. STICK is a slapstick comedy about friendship, loss and the evocations of memory.


The People Who Were Never There




United States
Drama
00:39:58
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Ben Hausler
Written by
Ben Hausler
Produced by
Ben Hausler, Ragga Thordarson
Edited by
Matt Williams
Other
Cinematography - Matt Williams

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


In a hotel room in rural Nebraska, a man spends what may well be the last 24 hours of life reminiscing about the woman he loves. That is, until She shows up.


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