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Vikaari

Vikaari

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World Premiere
Run Time: 
14 minutes 34 seconds.
Country: 
Sri Lanka
Synopsis: 
The widespread birth of babies with similar deformities triggers a worldwide panic. Disease is ruled out but the actual cause could be something more terrifying. The children, nicknamed Vikaari, all share remarkable set of characteristics and may even possess, if rumors are to be believed, paranormal abilities. In Sri Lanka, a multicultural island nation, their arrival creates an atmosphere of political and cultural unrest. Some factions want to eliminate the Vikaari while others want to use them for their own purposes. Among them three key individuals, a professor of evolutionary biology, a social activist and the leader of an extremist right wing group try to take control of the destiny of these remarkable children. In Sanskrit Vikaari means 'change' or an 'entity that can change'. The Vikaari are here and the world is about to change.
Directed by: 
Sandun Seneviratne, Charlie Bray
Produced by: 
Sandun Seneviratne, Charlie Bray
Written by: 
Sandun Seneviratne, Charlie Bray
Main Cast: 
Ashan Dias - Bandara Gamage Bimsara Premaratne - Dr. Sulakshana Jayaweera Richard Dee Roberts - Prof. David Hameroff Chevaan Daniel - Head of State
Sandun Seneviratne, Charlie Bray
About the Director(s): 

Director Biography

Sandun seneviratne

Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Sandun first studied film making under Internationally acclaimed director Sammy Pavel. His first short film 'Opinion' was about the devastation caused by the Tsunami in Sri Lanka. He then came to London Film Academy to further develop his skills in film making where he made several Short films in Super 16 and HD.

One of the short films he wrote and directed called 'The Seer', a post-apocalyptic sci/fi ac...read more

 
 
My Mother Mary

My Mother Mary

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World Premiere
Run Time: 
11:37
Country: 
United States
Synopsis: 
A young boy begins to suspect his mother may be possessed by a demonic entity.
Directed by: 
David Lee & Alex Pappas
Produced by: 
David Lee & Alex Pappas
Written by: 
David Lee & Alex Pappas
Main Cast: 
CHARLIE - Harrison Andrews MARY - Marilyn Sanabria
About the Director(s): 

Alex and David both graduated from Emerson College with majors in Film Production. Since re-connecting in Los Angeles, they've been writing / directing partners on everything from short films to music videos.

 
 
You and Me

You and Me

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World Premiere
Run Time: 
4:08
Country: 
USA
Synopsis: 
A young man notices something ominous about his mirror as he prepares for a night out with his beloved.
Directed by: 
David Willner & John Willner
Produced by: 
Russel Donahue, John Willner and David Willner
Written by: 
Russel Donahue and David Willner
Main Cast: 
Russel Donahue Abby MacInnes
David Willner & John Willner
About the Director(s): 

John Willner

John is a video producer who graduated from Cal. State Northridge with a BA in Film Production. During his time at CSUN, his interest grew to many other aspects of filmmaking, which include video/sound editing, developing skills in motion graphics, animation and VFX.

David Willner

David earned his undergraduate in Psychology at CSUN while making short videos with his brother (John) and friends. He is currently working towards his MFA in Film Production at U...read more

 
 
Things We Dig

Things We Dig

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West Coast Premiere
Run Time: 
18:46
Country: 
USA
Synopsis: 
Lucretia, Kuni, Helge and Brynn are vampires living together under one roof and seem to be settled in rather nicely, each pursuing their hobbies and other undead pleasures. However, in order to function in today’s society and pass as mere mortals, they want to earn an honest living by offering a unique ‘cleaning and disposal’ service. Hoping to boost their struggling business, they hire a small film crew to make a commercial for the dark net. Naturally, it doesn’t take long for human and vampire cooperation to dissolve over bloody creative differences. Will the commercial ever see the light of day and will it please the vampires?
Directed by: 
Pia Thrasher
Produced by: 
Pia Thrasher, Stephen Mickelsen
Executive Producer(s): 
Jeremy Katz, J.R. Thrasher
Written by: 
Pia Thrasher
Main Cast: 
Jenn Larson, Pia Thrasher, Cat Forrest, Morgan Marlow, Marc Biagi, Stephanie Scurry, Patrick Russel Burton, Deepti Kingra Mickelsen
Pia Thrasher - director/writer/actor
About the Director(s): 

Pia Thrasher is an actor, filmmaker and visual artist originally from Germany, where she studied the arts at the E.T.A. Hoffman Gymnasium. She majored in English and graduated from the Euro Sprachschule Bamberg as a Foreign Language Correspondent. Pia's acting experience started around 5th grade in school theatre and several small stage productions in her hometown in Germany. Soon after immigrating to the U.S. she tasted 'movie blood' while working on several film sets as an extra, including ...read more

 
 
 
Let the ghost pass

Let the ghost pass

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World Premiere
Run Time: 
13 min 44 sec
Country: 
USA /Shot in Sweden
Synopsis: 
A homeless man tries to keep people away from Priest Street in Stockholm every night when a furious ghost comes, but one day the man dies and becomes a ghost himself.
Directed by: 
Andreas Thelander
Produced by: 
Shelley Phillips
Executive Producer(s): 
Andreas Thelander
Written by: 
Andreas Thelander
Main Cast: 
Homeless Man - Bo G. Lyckman, Sarah - Daisy Davis, Gerton - Andreas Modig, Ghost girl Fredrika - Alma Cederquist, Jonathan - Markus Berg,
About the Director(s): 

Andreas Thelander is a Swedish film director based in Los Angeles. He is a fourth-year Graduate MFA Director at UCLA and is in postproduction with his first feature film Just like me he wrote and directed.
 2002-2003 he went to Stockholm Film School and his short film “Old in Sweden” was screened on the Swedish film channel TV1000 for almost 1,5 years. In 2010 he was part of the location team of David Fincher’s Girl with the dragon tattoo. 
Andreas has written and directed over ten short film...read more

 
 
BECKY

BECKY

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Los Angeles Premiere
Run Time: 
14 Minutes
Country: 
USA
Synopsis: 
Becky, a bullied teen, wants to be Steph and Ariel’s friend, but when she learns that these popular girls are responsible for a nasty rumor about her father, she seeks revenge. Becky and her dad take matters into their own hands... and relish every part.
Directed by: 
Nicole Ihasz
Produced by: 
Marco De Molina
Executive Producer(s): 
Cathleen Ihasz, Alastair Ramsden, Garret Blutter
Written by: 
Nicole Ihasz
Main Cast: 
Brian Krause, Joi Liaye, Katrina Schmidt, Becca Bell
Nicole Ihasz
About the Director(s): 

Nicole Ihasz is a Writer/Director/Producer, and co-founder of Raptor Films, a boutique film-finance and production company. Through Raptor Films, Nicole has executive produced numerous films including OTHER PEOPLE, POMS, THE REVIVAL, FREAK SHOW, and EATING OUR WAY TO EXTINCTION (coming soon).

In 2019, Raptor Films shifted focus to developing original, independent content. The company currently has a variety of features and television series under development, several of which are writt...read more

 
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MURDER FOR DUMMIES

MURDER FOR DUMMIES

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World Premiere
Run Time: 
12 minutes 38 seconds.
Country: 
U.S.A.
Synopsis: 
One body, two low rent strippers and a seismic “Chaingazism” of blood, guts and Splatstick fun is Murder for Dummies. After Kandy Kane kills her abusive dickhead of a husband, she recruits her BFF and fellow three dollar stripper Misty May to rid themselves of the body. As his lifeless corpse goes from trailer park to trailer park Kandy & Misty’s friendship is tested. Hiding a decomposing body is harder then red panty night at Wet Willies. “Murder for Dummies” is a guide to killing your husband without breaking a nail!
Directed by: 
Meredith Red
Produced by: 
Marie Ferro, Sonny Newman, Meredith Red
Executive Producer(s): 
Barbara Casey
Written by: 
Meredith Red
Main Cast: 
Cleo Elliott, Martha Thatcher, Doug Lane
MURDER FOR DUMMIES writer/director Meredith Red
About the Director(s): 

In 2001, Meredith wrote and co-directed a short film, Earth Day, that won several awards on the film festival circuit (including Audience Choice at Screamfest) and was featured on the IFC channel. The film was ultimately purchased by Universal Studios for online distribution, who then financed the sequel. She also developed scripts with producers and companies, including Leonard Goldberg, Disney and Gold Circle Films. Meredith lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two fur babies!

 
 
MetaVision

MetaVision

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World Premiere
Run Time: 
12:06
Country: 
UNITED STATES
Synopsis: 
Malcolm is an angry 26 year old who lives on the fringes of society. While desperately straddling the blurred lines of sanity, Malcolm receives a self-help tape in the mail from an unusual organisation called MetaVision. Soon, Malcolm finds himself slowly deconstructing his own identity as well as the societal constructs around him, as the tape might offer more than just harmless advice.
Directed by: 
Jai Love
Produced by: 
Jai Love, Basia Stefaniak
Written by: 
Spencer T. Heath, Jai Love
Main Cast: 
David Yow Spencer T. Heath Paul Ford Drew Tietz Greg Puciato
About the Director(s): 

Jai Love is an emerging filmmaker from Sydney, Australia. Jai began making short films with his friends from an early age, with an interest in the darker aspects of human behaviour. Jai interned for Tommy Lee Jones on the 2014 feature film The Homesman, before returning to Australia to study at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. During this time, Jai realised his interest in both documentary and in California's punk music scenes, resulting in Dead Hands Dig Deep (2016) working w...read more

 
 
 
My Victims of True Crime

My Victims of True Crime

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Run Time: 
5 minutes
Country: 
Canada
Synopsis: 
When two women search for vigilante justice, they are blind to the fact that they don't really know the woman offering the answer to their prayers
Directed by: 
Ryan Curtis
Produced by: 
Leslie Appleton
Executive Producer(s): 
Kassidee Campbell and Vivian Davidson
Written by: 
Ryan Curtis
Main Cast: 
Leslie Appleton, Kassidee Campbell and Vivian Davidson
About the Director(s): 

A native of Vancouver, Canada Ryan is a busy Visual Effects Supervisor working primarily on set for the American Television market. Coming from many years of experience in TV Ryan is now transitioning into Writing and Directing and hopes to continue to take on bigger and more challenging projects.

 
 
 
 
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Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Depression

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Los Angeles Premiere
Run Time: 
7m 54s
Country: 
Canada
Synopsis: 
Elisa doesn't want to go out. Vincent doesn't hear it that way.
Directed by: 
Yohann Thiou
Produced by: 
Yohann Thiou
Written by: 
Yohann Thiou
Main Cast: 
Vanessa Larose, Mathieu Lorain Dignard and Carmen Sylvestre.
About the Director(s): 

Filmmaker of French origin living in Quebec since 2015, Yohann Thiou is passionate about genre cinema.
He is the co-ideator and co-writer of the feature film Montreal Dead End, having had its world premiere at the BIFFF in 2018 and the audience award at the Montreal Fantasia Festival.
He directed the shorts Super Monsieur, A Nightmare on Chocolate and Contained.

 
 
The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

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Run Time: 
97 minutes
Country: 
USA
Synopsis: 
Dr. Bill Cortner (Patrick D. Green), a brilliant but ethically-challenged surgeon, revives the severed head of his recently deceased fiancée, Jan Compton (Rachael Perrell Fosket). Ignoring her pleas for a quick death, Bill vows to find Jan a new body by any means necessary—a task that takes him through the seedy underbelly of the city in search of “the perfect body.” All the while, Jan uses her newfound psychic abilities to communicate with another of Bill’s failed experiments. Together, they plot their revenge…
Directed by: 
Derek Carl
Produced by: 
Molly Preston, Derek Carl, Hank Huffman, Daniel Treacy, Alex Tiefenthaler
Executive Producer(s): 
Molly Preston, Derek Carl, Hank Huffman, Daniel Treacy, Alex Tiefenthaler
Written by: 
Hank Huffman
Main Cast: 
Patrick D. Green, Rachael Perrell Fosket, Jason Reynolds, Mia Allen, David Withers, Robert Blanche
About the Director(s): 

Derek Carl is a director based out of Portland, OR. He was born in Seattle, Washington, and studied Civil Engineering at Gonzaga University. But after graduating, Derek couldn't help but pursue his passion for film, and later moved to Portland, Oregon where he began his filmmaking career. Derek is the co-founder of Portland-based Flagship Features, and the founder of New York-based Coalition Studios. The Brain That Wouldn't Die is Derek's feature length directing debut.

 
 
 
 
 
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Stalkers

Stalkers

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West Coast Premiere
Run Time: 
11 minutes 3 seconds
Country: 
U.S
Synopsis: 
A story about two stalkers who are stalking each other for different purposes
Directed by: 
Dongjun Kim
Produced by: 
Jiani Zhou
Written by: 
Dongjun Kim
Main Cast: 
Jordan Carlson, Ronaldo Madera
About the Director(s): 

Writer/Director Dongjun Kim is originally from Seoul, South Korea. He is currently an international student in New York Film Academy in Burbank. He recently directed the short film, "Stalkers," that is currently in circuit. He won and nominated from several international film festivals that is represented on the record list. He is currently working on another short/feature film that he hopes to shoot in 2020.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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