• Brief Encounters

Unexpected meetings or temporary companionships – sometimes our most deeply felt experiences are drawn from the most fleeting shared moments.

Short Films

Beauty Marks

Ritchie begins to worry she shouldn’t have left her mother with a handsome drifter after wandering off with his reckless daughter.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.

Dogs Bark

An author with writer's block begins to receive letters from an anonymous neighbor. Although he seems to be stalking her, she decides to write back.

In competition for Best International Short.


Carine, a real estate agent in Beirut, finds herself in empty apartments waiting for clients to show up. She creates an intimate relationship with these empty homes that echo her loneliness and sexual dissatisfaction. Finally, she decides to go outdoors and look for a physical experience...

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under.

El Fantasma

In the fall of 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald travels to Mexico City in pursuit of a visa to the Soviet Union. At the Cuban Consulate, he meets a woman, Silvia Duran, who might be the key to getting what he wants. Based on real events.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.


Anna casually FaceTimes her best friend, Steph, but is surprised when Scott (Steph's older brother) answers instead. As they rehash old memories this accidental call leads to a precarious, unexpected incident...

In competition for Best U.S. Short.

Sales Per Hour

A young woman faces a moral dilemma when she witnesses a sexual encounter in a dressing room at the clothing store where she works.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.

Slow Vine

A series of short comedic vignettes are collected into a singular short film, linked by a specific tone and pace. They’re absurd, slow and warm—sketch comedy at reduced speed.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.

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