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A Splendid Affair (9 minutes 20 Seconds)

Roger Martin is a private investigator completely broke. A woman asks him to investigate her husband she suspects to have an affair.

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Film Type:Short
Genres:Comedy, Film noir
Completion Date:October 20, 2014
Production Budget:4,000 EUR
Country of Origin:France
Country of Filming:France
Film Language:French

Directors
Laurent Ardoint 
Stéphane Duprat

Writers
Laurent Ardoint
Stéphane Duprat
Florence Roux

Producers
Laurent Ardoint

Key Cast

Stéphane Duprat
Sabine Goldberg
Renaud Calvet
Cecile Elias 

Cinematography
Julien Gueraud

Sound
Nathan Sellam

Editing
Laurent Ardoint

Music
Stéphane Duprat
Rodolphe Perroquin

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Arrival of the Birds (6 minutes 12 Seconds)

A man wakes up in the middle of the nowhere and follows a girl that bring him memories.

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:May 31, 2015
Production Budget:3,000 USD
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:Canada
Film Language:English

Directors
Eduardo Carrasco

Writers
Eduardo Carrasco

Producers
Eduardo Carrasco

Key Cast
Evan Ferraton
Meghan Waffle

Director of Photography
Eduardo Carrasco
Diana Conelly

First Assistant Director
James Messer

Editing
Eduardo Carrasco 

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Cinnamon Skin (4 minutes 52 seconds)

To regain the trust of his girlfriend, Manuel will have to do something desperate .

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:November 30, 2014
Production Budget:100 USD
Country of Origin:Spain
Country of Filming:Spain
Film Language:Spanish

Directors
Alejandro de Vega

Writers
Alejandro de Vega

Producers
Alejandro de Vega

Key Cast
Pilar Bergés
Manuel Chacón

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Cooped (9 minutes 3 Seconds)

A sofa-bound dog is shocked to discover that a whole world waits just outside the door... The maddening, unbreakable door.

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Film Type:Animation, Short
Completion Date:May 5, 2014
Production Budget:3,600 USD
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:United States
Film Language:English

Directors
Mike A. Smith

Animation
Mike A. Smith

Music
John Morgan Askew
Cory Gray

Sound Design
Jason Edwards

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Cut and Fried (15 minutes 9 seconds)

A woman continues to have a relationship with the man she murdered.

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Film Type:Short
Genres:Comedy, Drama, Horror
Completion Date:January 21, 2015
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:Canada
Film Language:English

Writers
Barbara de la Fuente
Mark Datuin

Producers
Barbara de la Fuente
Mark Datuin

Directors
Mark Datuin

Key Cast
Barbara de la Fuente
Michael Gordin Shore

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Dennis Is Dead (12 minutes 52 seconds)

Dennis, an aging hitman, contemplates whether or not he can do a JOB for a power hungry client.

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Film Type:Short
Genres:Drama
Completion Date:January 8, 2015
Country of Filming:United States
Film Language:English

Directors
Tomasz Wysocki

Writers
Tomasz Wysocki

Producers
Tomasz Wysocki
Andrew Pemberton-Fowler

Key Cast
William Kalin
Dennis Florine
Katy Foley
Aubrey Fossen
Dom Coviello
Kyle Waddel

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Double Crossed (22 minutes 55 seconds)

Toronto, 1989. Engineer Jonathan Moran knows his government-funded plant energy project is going nowhere, but no one will back his proposal for a flying motorcycle. To EARN enough money to build it himself, he sells the plant energy plans to American and Russian spies. Things get complicated when the agents find out about each others' interest in plant energy and order Jonathan to eliminate the 'traitor' in his office... himself!

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Film Type:Short
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:Canada
Film Language:English

Directors
Dennis Alexander Nicholson

Writers
Katrina Nicholson

Producers
Heather Young
Marianne Jenny
Evert Houston

Key Cast
Evert Houston
Vienna Hehir
Katriina Isberg
Andre Sills
Steve Boyer
Stephanie Belding

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EUTHANAS, INC. (10 minutes)

Would you like to die the same way your icon did? Would you like to imitate the death of some memorable scene? Euthanas Inc. For those who need or want to put a legitimately spectacular end to their lives.

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:March 16, 2013
Production Budget:8,000 USD
Country of Origin:Spain
Country of Filming:Spain
Film Language:Spanish

Directors
VICTOR NORES

Writers
VICTOR NORES

Producers
BORJA DE LA FUENTE

Key Cast
AMPARO BARÓ
BALBINO LACOSTA
ALBA FERRARA

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Five-Card Draw. (21 minutes 45 seconds)

They did not call it the 'Wild West' for nothing. A hand of POKER, a bottle of cheap whiskey and life is sweet enough. But all the fun is over when Calvin Sharp and his gang roll into town looking for a particular man.

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Film Type:Short
Genres:Western
Completion Date:February 17, 2015
Production Budget:4,000 GBP
Country of Origin:United Kingdom
Country of Filming:Spain, United Kingdom
Film Language:English

Directors
Pedro Rudolphi

Writers
Pedro Rudolphi

Producers
Pedro Rudolphi
Sthefany Luna

Director of Photography
Ronalds Mezmacs


Key Cast
Todd Kramer
James Dallimore
Rebel Dean
Paulo Rivera
Benjamin Murray
Chris Beaumont

Production Designer
Lili Lea Abraham


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Forgetting Charlie Flynn
Forgetting Charlie Flynn (24 minutes 28 seconds)

Forgetting Charlie Flynn is a story that raises questions about consciousness, reality and LOVE. It shows the human struggle with moving on and letting go of things and at its core this film is meant to paint a picture of the beauty in transience.

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Film Type:Short, Student
Completion Date:May 4, 2015
Production Budget:0 USD
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:Canada
Film Language:English

Directors
Carter Belanger

Writers
Carter Belanger

Producers
Canadore College

Key Cast
Morgan Bedard
Jim Calarco
Kristen Fiss
Merlyn Barrett


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Fridge
(9 minutes 30 seconds)

The cycle of A RELATIONSHIP seen from the inside of a fridge

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:September 14, 2014
Production Budget:15,000 USD
Country of Origin:Spain
Country of Filming:Spain
Film Language:English

Directors
Pepe Botías

Writers
Pepe Botías

Producers
Kiko Medina
Alicia Ortíz
Paco Durban

Key Cast
Alejo Sauras
Alba García


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Gracie
(10 minutes 27 seconds)

Gracie is an emotive 11 minute social drama, which follows the experience of an elderly dementia patient longing to return home to her native soil in Jamaica. And her Grandson’s attempt to make this a reality…

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Film Type:Short
Genres:Drama, Social Drama, Family Drama, Period Drama, Ageing
Completion Date:May 12, 2015
Production Budget:6,000 GBP
Country of Filming:United Kingdom
Film Language:English

Directors
Matthew Jacobs Morgan

Executive Producer
Marc Boothe

Producers
Markus Meedt

Casting Director
Aisha Walters

Key Cast
Kate Dickie
Rakie Ayola
Angela Wynter
Matthew Jacobs Morgan


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Intellectual people
(6 minutes 45 seconds)

A sixty year old writer goes to a book store to see his recent published novel. When he gets there, he finds lots of advertising material from Scott Gordon's new best seller. The writer realizes that all the people that get in, do it to buy the best seller. The writer compares this situation with the few copies there are of his novel. His emotional state is disrupted, leading him to manifestate his disagreement about literary quality of best sellers.

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:December 7, 2014
Production Budget:3,000 EUR
Country of Origin:Spain
Country of Filming:Spain
Film Language:Spanish

Directors
Jorge Pizarro Vargas

Writers
Jorge Pizarro Vargas

Producers
Jorge Pizarro Vargas
Christian León Brazao

Director of Photography
Toni Rey

Key Cast
Jaume de Sans
Carmen Bulac
Víctor Bernal


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Mischa
(12 minutes 33 seconds)

Mischa is going to be one of the first Russian cosmonauts in space. Today is the day Mischa will be launched into space, today is the day he finally can make his father proud

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Film Type:Short
Genres:Sci-Fi, Drama, Father-son relationship, experimental
Completion Date:May 15, 2015
Country of Origin:Netherlands
Country of Filming:Netherlands
Film Language:Russian

Directors
Remy Kooi

Writers
Remy Kooi

Producers
Guido Franken

Director of Photography
Mark Handels
Joris Hoefakker

Gaffer
Joris Hoefakker

Music
Sander Pleijsier
Erik Moonen

Key Cast
Kenny Curfs
Theo Brandwijk
Martin Kooi

Sound Design
Sander Pleijsier

Boom operator
Alexander Dohmen

Art Direction
Remy Kooi
Tim Frijsinger

Edit
Remy Kooi

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Momemo
(6 minutes 40 seconds)

A woman with Alzheimer encounters a man who claims to be her husband. What ensues is a beautiful moment of connection before the nurse returns.

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Completion Date:July 1, 2014
Production Budget:3,000 USD
Country of Origin: CANADA
Country of Filming:Canada
Film Language:English

Directors
Gabriel Borgetto

Writers
Emily Langridge

Producers
Emily Langridge

Cinematographer
Taylor Zeller-Newman

Gaffer
Stephen James

Sound
Theo Thsanas

Key Cast
Marie Carriere Gleason
Donald G. Baker

Edit
Erica Gulliver

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Mother. In the Name of the Millions
(20 minutes)

Inspired by the “Mother” story of Dovzhenko, world-known as Homer of Cinema. This no dialogue film tells the story of a dying son recalling his Mother. She lives during a war in an occupied territory. Out of instinct, she hides in her home an injured soldier. She takes care of him as of her own child who is also at war. Life goes on and the Mother feels as though she has another son. One day the occupants come back to the village and discover him. By interrogating the Mother and fellow villagers, they investigate whether the man is her son. And now the Mother faces her destiny, same way the millions of mothers faced it in those remarkable days which we should not forget.

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Film Type:Short
Genres:Drama, War, History, Adaptation, Short
Completion Date:May 2, 2014
Production Budget:0 EUR
Country of Origin:Ukraine
Country of Filming:Estonia

Directors
Vyacheslav (Slavik) Bihun

Writers
Vyacheslav (Slavik) Bihun
Katariina Rebane

Producers
Vyacheslav (Slavik) Bihun
Yuriy Chyzhmar
Veli Valentin Rajasaar

Key Cast
Lesia LYPCHUK (Ukraine)
Alexander IVASHKEVICH (Estonia)
Graeme DALLAS (Scotland)
Siim PÜVI (Estonia)
Lana VATSEL (Croatia)
Lembit HIIE (Estonia)
Kätlin HALLIK (Estonia)
Ilina PERIANOVA (Bulgaria)
Deniss SAVCHENKO (Ukraine)
Leonid TUROVSKI (Estonia)

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Pawn to King 4
(17 minutes 41 seconds)

A pawn moves two squares forward and starts off four duels in a bar. Each character's strategy, what to say or leave unsaid, builds up a game on the board until one of them wins —or loses.

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Film Type:Short
Genres:Fiction, experimental
Completion Date:May 30, 2014
Country of Origin:Peru
Country of Filming:Peru
Film Language:Spanish

Directors
Claudia Córdova Zignago

Writers
Claudia Córdova Zignago

Producers
Roxana Araoz
Fabiola Castro

Key Cast
Ricardo Velásquez
Jely Reátegui
Carola Robles
Miguel Rojas
Miguel Iza
Manuel Gold
Christian Olivares

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Road to Ningbo
(20 minutes 40 seconds)

Road to Ningbo follows the journey of Chang Hui, an adventurous young boy with an obsession with the Giant Panda. Unsatisfied with village life, Chang Hui longs to visit the zoo in the city of Ningbo. Mei Sun refuses to let her son go. Angry at his mothers lack of trust, Chang Hui escapes in the dead of night and sets off on his journey alone. Bartering his way with a small bag of rice, Chang Hui hitchhikes to Ningbo. Along his journey, Chang Hui discovers the harsh reality and the wonders of city life. Most importantly, he crosses paths with a man that he met all too long ago.

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:May 1, 2014
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:China
Film Language:Chinese

Directors
Panayioti Yannitsos
Jacky Weng

Writers
Panayioti Yannitsos
Jacky Weng

Producers
Randolph Paul Kelman
Jacky Weng

Key Cast
ZeTao Zheng
XiuLan Wang
YanYuan Shao
JiangChuan Wu

Cinematographers
Izaiah Kane Pidskalny
Shen Lin

Sound Design/Music
Jamie Spittal
Peter Kao

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Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball
(17 minutes)

Ron Taylor was a Major League pitcher for 11 years winning two world championships. Through interviews with former teammates and friends, his two sons uncover the motivation behind his decision to return to school and become a physician after his baseball career. Beginning with one lone scout who believed he could play professionally, to a tour of Vietnam, many classrooms, and finally back into baseball as a team doctor for the Toronto Blue Jays - Ron's path is charted as his sons learn how chance laid out the course of their father's life.

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Film Type:Documentary, Short
Genres:Sports
Completion Date:August 20, 2015
Production Budget:32,000 USD
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:Canada, United States

Directors
Drew Taylor
Matthew Taylor

Writers
Drew Taylor
Matthew Taylor

Producers
Drew Taylor
Matthew Taylor

Key Cast
Ron Taylor
Joe Torre
Bob Gibson
Ferguson
Joe Carter
Tim McCarver
Art Shamsky
Kelly Gruber
Mike Shannon
Cito Gaston

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Sad Dad
(19 minutes 20 seconds)

Norm has lost it all: a bad job, a bad life and his estranged wife has finally divorced him. What better time to reconnect with his adult daughter and forcibly insert himself into every facet of her life? A comedy of innocent dysfunction!

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:November 13, 2014
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:United States
Film Language:English

Directors
Kaitlyn Busbee
Sean Lewis

Writers
Sean Lewis

Producers
Kaitlyn Busbee
Maria Vorhis

Key Cast
Sean Lewis
Maria Vorhis

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Sadie
(13 minutes 20 seconds)

In 1940s rural Newfoundland, Canada, a voyeuristic nurse becomes fascinated with her teenage patient, who is struggling to cope with the death of her parents.

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:August 3, 2014
Production Budget:35,000 USD
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:Canada
Film Language:English

Directors
Latonia Hartery

Writers
Emily Bridger

Producers
Deanne Foley

Key Cast
Joanne Kelly

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Si Lunchai
(8 minutes 36 seconds)

The poor yet smart trickster Si Lunchai triumphs over the cruel king. An adaptation of an Indonesian legend, inspired by the style of the Southeast Asian shadow puppet play “Wayang Kulit.

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Film Type:Animation
Genres:fantasy, comedy, fairy tale
Completion Date:March 9, 2014
Production Budget:200,000 USD
Country of Origin:Singapore
Country of Filming:Singapore
Film Language:English

Directors
Hannes Rall

Writers
Daniel Keith Jernigan

Producers
Hannes Rall
Seah Hock Soon

Animation
Lim Wei Ren Darren
Low Zi Rong
Ng Yuwen

Key Cast
Noella Menon
Joshua Lim
Gene Sha Rudyn
Rick Chan

Character design
Cheng Yuchao

Sound design and score
Jeremy Goh

Software development and technical direction
Henry Johan

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Steel Nameplate
(13 minutes 45 seconds)
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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:March 30, 2015
Country of Origin:Iran, Islamic Republic of

Directors
Zanyar Azizi

Writers
Zanyar Azizi

Producers
Zanyar Azizi


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The Quiet Toll
(16 minutes)

Montréal, 1932. Pierre is at a crossroads. As a Catholic man in his early twenties, he’s feeling pressure to marry. But when a dashing gentleman enters his life and romance blooms, Pierre faces a difficult decision.

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Film Type:Short
Genres:period, drama, 1930s
Completion Date:February 22, 2014
Production Budget:9,000 USD
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:Canada
Film Language:French

Directors
Mattias Graham

Writers
Mattias Graham

Producers
Mattias Graham
Mariel Scammell

Key Cast
Martin Brisebois
Daniel Gervais

Cinematography
Derek Branscombe

Art Direction
Andréanne Chartrand-Beaudry

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The Red Thunder
(6 minutes 26 seconds)

Sarah (Allie Grant, "Weeds"), a nerdy teenager, needs her mom's brand new car to go on a date with Danny (Miles Heizer "Parenthood"), the boy she is in love with. Her mom, Dr. Thun (Karen Strassman, "Silicon Valley"), an absent minded Podiatrist is concerned about Sarah driving by the dangerous streets of downtown Los Angeles. She tells her daughter she may need her car if one of her patients has an emergency, but Sarah doesn't buy it. After all Dr. Thun is just a Podiatrist... Sarah receives a message from Danny asking if she is going to pick him up and she decides to disobey her mom and steal the car. Little does she know the vehicle is actually part of a secret Dr. Thun keeps and this discovery will change Sarah's life forever...

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Film Type:Short
Genres:Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Thriller, Family, Children, Teenagers, Youth, Women
Completion Date:January 8, 2015
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:United States
Film Language:English

Directors
Alvaro Ron

Writers
Rafael Alvarez
Clara Viola
Alvaro Ron

Producers
Alvaro Ron

Director of Photography
Patrick Rousseau

Executive Producers
Greg Haggart
Rosana Tomas

Key Cast
Allie Grant
Miles Heizer
Karen Strassman
Doug Olear

Editor
Vicente Perez

Visual Effects
Miopia VFX

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The Viewers
(17 minutes 30 seconds)

The Viewers is a movie about a young photographer and an actress on the decline, separated by a two-way mirror, and the weird relationship that grows between them...

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Film Type:Short, Student
Genres:Film noir
Completion Date:March 14, 2014
Country of Origin:France
Country of Filming:France
Film Language:French

Directors
Pierre-Loup DOCTEUR

Writers
Pierre-Loup DOCTEUR

Music
Charlie CABOCEL

Cinematography
Jonathan RICQUEBOURG
Mahmoud BELAKHEL
Felipe QUINTELAS

Key Cast
Rodolphe BLANCHET
Lyré GONTI

Editor
Christian BILLETTE

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Tom in America
(16 minutes 26 seconds)

For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael's long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along. With long-held mysteries thrust into the open, the foundation of their marriage and the path of their golden years is suddenly rocked. Now, they must redefine their future, and decide if it is one their love can survive.

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:June 4, 2014
Production Budget:50,000 USD
Country of Origin:Brazil
Country of Filming:United States
Film Language:English

Directors
Flavio Alves

Writers
Jeffrey Solomon
Scott Alexander Hess

Producers
Roy Gokay Wol
Greg Starr
Marcelo Remizov

Key Cast
Burt Young
Sally Kirkland
Jacques Mitchell
Alex Kruz
Dawn Young
Denise Hungerford
Michael J. Cannon
Steve Brustien

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Yuri on the Phone
(6 minutes 6 seconds)

‘Yuri on the Phone’ is a dry tragic short comedy featuring Serbian film diva Rada Đuričin (1934) as a woman whose passion for Yuri Gagarin (1934-68) is still as strong as when it was first set aflame in 1961.

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:May 1, 2015
Production Budget:6,000 EUR
Country of Origin:Netherlands
Country of Filming:Serbia
Film Language:Russian

Directors
Rene Nuijens

Writers
Rene Nuijens
Steve Korver

Producers
Rene Nuijens
Marko Nikolic

Key Cast
Rada Đuričin 
Milivoje Pavlović
Tatjana Marković 

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One Second Changes Everything
(7 minutes 37 seconds)

A mother and daughter begin their escape from an abusive relationship. Based on Nicholas Kristof's New York Times article 'To End The Abuse' March 8th, 2014.

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Film Type:Short
Completion Date:September 3, 2014
Production Budget:12,000 USD
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:United States
Film Language:English

Directors
Cristhian Andrews

Writers
Cristhian Andrews

Producers
Ruya Koman, Cristhian Andrews

Key Cast
Gregory Davis
Ruya Koman
Polly McKie


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Wrath : An Atlantis Faerytale
(6 minutes 32 seconds)

An Atlantis Faerytale is a short film shot entirely on location on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, Portugal. Combining aspects of the ‘fable’ i.e. it’s association with the mythical legend along with overt contributions from two key figures within the Sao Miguel community. The events of the story are portrayed through a literal voice recounting the fairytale augmented with beautifully shot B Roll footage depicting the spendour and nature of the Azores, notably Sao Miguel.

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Film Type:Animation, Documentary, Short
Completion Date:April 1, 2015
Production Budget:2,000 EUR
Country of Origin:Portugal
Country of Filming:Portugal
Film Language:English, Portuguese

Directors
Aitken Pearson

Writers
Elsa Gouveia
Aitken Pearson

Producers
Isabel Dantas

Production Manager
Daniel Wallner

Director Of Photography
Tristan Barnard

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