Shorts Program 2

Shorts Program 2

Program Details:

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Section: Narrative Shorts Competition
Screening Format: Shorts Program
Runtime: 103:20 mins

Program Includes:

A look at what it's like being a black man in America.

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A mysterious man exits the freeway and drives out into the French rural landscape. Just as he is about to make a u-turn, he crosses paths with a group of teenage boys hanging out at the local soccer field. After a few beers and common experiences shared, the man invites the boys to follow him to an unknown destination. Can they really trust this charismatic stranger?

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With his daughter's wedding quickly approaching, a Syrian deli owner, Amir, is struggling to let go. He distracts himself by joking and bickering with his employee, Ali, while they work the night shift. Down the street, a high school girl, Iris, lies to her father on the phone and prepares for a night of partying. When Iris and her friend Rachel meet a handsome stranger in Amir's deli, things don't go as planned. Reminded of his own daughter, Amir decides to help the girls out.

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A teenager finds herself in new territory after she decides to approach her crush at a party. When they end up alone in his car, she is pushed to consider her own boundaries for the first time.

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Sam is a reclusive, anti-social young man who has been absorbed into a toxic web forum. He finds solace with those who share the same self-described title as him - Incel (short for 'involuntarily celibate'). When his countless real-life efforts at love fail, this anonymous community pushes him over the edge to a dangerous conclusion.

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After a failed attempt to confess her feelings for her best friend Lena, 14 year-old Marie designs a plan that will force Lena to come to terms with their now undefined relationship.

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At a late-night Chinese joint in 1997, Steve - a 50-year-old dad with a hunched back and blistered hands - waits for his son Jobe to arrive after a gig with his punk band The Nosebleeds. They each need something life-changing from the other. For Steve, it’s help chasing his dreams. For Jobe it's financial.

Amongst plates of steamed dumplings and sizzling Mongolian beef, Steve and Jobe wrestle with one another's needs and ambitions as parental roles are reversed and expectations inverted.



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A young man, Kobby Ankrah, attends his new nephew's Ghanaian baby naming ceremony with a plan to steal the money collected on his behalf from family and friends in order to run away and keep a deep secret hidden from them.

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