San Francisco’s 12th Annual

F r o z e n F i l m F e s t i v a l

July 18th - 22nd @ Roxie Theater + PianoFight

The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SFFFF) is a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006 that is dedicated to creating avenues for independent filmmakers, youth, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from underserved communities to come together and exhibit their work to the widest possible audience.

Wednesday, July 18th - PianoFight, SF

Midnight Movie - Best International Shorts of 2018, Part 1: 10:00pm - (118 min)

After the conversation, they say goodbye with an embrace

Renan Branão (Brazil)

At the same time that Elisa says goodbye to Heliomar, she meets the young Michel.

The Dress of Myriam

Lucas H. Rossi (Brazil)

In a quiet house, an old couple share a life in silence.

16 Weeks

Carlota Coronado (Spain)

Vanessa is the perfect candidate for the job, but...

MONDAY

Candice Vallantin (Spain)

Crushed by the tedium of her daily routine, a business woman takes a leap of faith. Clara is suffocated by her commute, by her job, by her life. One day, drowning in anxiety, she finally reaches her breaking point. Monday is an experimental film that explores the boundaries of narrative with dance, movement and sound.

The Hills

Guillermo Alcalá-Santaella Llorens (Spain)

Gonzalo (79) and Alejandro (46) travel to the village of their family, far from home. Gonzalo stays with her sister, Encarna (67), and Alejandro at least can enjoy some days with her girlfriend. The Hills is a story that talks about the paternal relationship and about the inevitable pass of the time from what unites a father and a son.

Miss Wamba

Estefanía Cortés (Spain)

A woman tormented by her past meets an old man with whom she immediately connects.

Mother

Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain)

A single mother gets a call from her seven-year-old son, who is on holiday with her ex-husband in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a reason to be happy, but it soon becomes a terrible nightmare when the boy tells her he cannot find his father, who has gone away some time ago now.

Nevada

Javier Kühn (Spain)

Las Vegas. A hotel's room. Two women. Elsa does not know exactly what she is doing. For Mrs. Taylor, the secret is to turn to those who are never sure if they are aware of their own evil.

With Me

Azadeh Ghochagh (Iran)

The indecisive story of a girl who ran from her past..

Thursday, July 19th - PianoFight, SF

Feature Documentary Night: 10:00pm - (111 min)

Do U Want It?

Josh Freund (USA)

Do U Want It? is an exploration and celebration of the musical culture of New Orleans. The film chronicles the rise of legendary New Orleans' band Papa Grows Funk and uses their illustrious thirteen-year career, from formation up to the band's emotional final shows, as a vehicle to explore

the nuances of success and struggle in the greatest musical city in the world.

Prosperity

Christopher D. Lusk (USA)

Prosperity is a film that immerses the viewer in an Appalachian community using elements of documentary and experimental film. Located in the mountains of Appalachia, Bluefield, West Virginia saw unprecedented growth during the coal boom of the early 20th Century. A dwindling population and limited economic development has left the city at a crossroads with the decline of coal in the region.

Friday, July 20th - Big Roxie

Grindcore Music Documentary:  9:15pm - (100 min)

Slave To The Grind

Doug Brown (Canada)

Grindcore is the world fastest and most aggressive music. Originally fuelled by Punk Rock’s leftist politics, Grindcore’s growth over the past 35 years has seen a series of newcomers more intense and violent than the originators.

Saturday,  July 21st - PianoFight, SF

Live music TBA: 5:00pm

The Sunrise Storyteller: TBD pm- (65 min)

The Sunrise Storyteller

Kasha Sequoia Slavner (Canada)

The Sunrise Storyteller follows the hero's journey of teenage filmmaker & social justice advocate, Kasha Sequoia Slavner, as she sets out for six months on her 16th birthday across the world in search of stories of hope and resilience that shine a light on what it means to be a global citizen and how we can all make a difference.

@ Little Roxie

Bay Area Local Short Film Collection of 2018, Part 1: 12:30pm - (39 min)

Baker Bobb

Billy Burger (USA)

As Leo finishes Peggy, his first automaton (a jewelry box ballerina), Bobb falls instantly in love with her. As they dance, Ricco, the house cat tries to catch both of them.

Picnic Perfect

Cal Thacher (USA)

A young girl arranges an elaborate picnic for her 92-year-old great-grandmother but for one reason or another things don't go as planned

Watermark

Michael Serna (USA)

A young adult relives a childhood trauma revolving around a watermark.

Rich Girl

Ryan Avery (USA)

Music video for San Francisco group Chance's End, of paint being dripped and poured over bodies.

Now What

Tyler Milles (USA)

Through the lens of an abandoned Hi-8 camcorder, a stoner takes a meditative trip not much through space, but possibly through time.

A Day With the Bahnar

Aimee Hoffman (USA)
Deep in the Central Highlands of Vietnam live the Montagnard Bahnar tribe. Disconnected from Urban Civilization, their life is one of daily rituals, where time has no meaning, and, besides few outside objects, modern amenities have no role. This film is a portrait into their life. It was not pre planned, rather, the filmmaker was lucky to have her camera and felt their philosophy of life was something to be shared. Mr. An, a friend of the tribe, takes us into the mountains to meet with the Bahnar Montagnard.

Encuentros

Naomi Pasmanick (USA)

An intuitive traveler meets a stranger and feels an instant, karmic connection. Part of relishing their serendipitous encounter is letting it go.

Best Experimental Short Films of 2018, Part 1: 1:25pm - (81 min)

Book Report

John Muse (USA)

Book Report is a meditation on the weaponization of language. It combines short sequences of Mad Men's Don Draper reading books and relevant facts about the 2016 presidential campaign—including a history of the hashtag #trumpbookreport and notes on a payment to the mysteriously named “Draper Sterling” ad agency. A choral voice-over, drawn from the infamous Access Hollywood transcript, revises the misogynist “locker room talk,” turning it against the original speaker. In the Mad Men sequences, Draper’s reading is always interrupted, as though his efforts to be elsewhere are doomed. Mysterious, specimen-like images intervene in the scenes of reading, providing both commentary and a vivid index of Draper’s immersion. The text and voiceover create a tense counterpoint: Draper reads and viewers are invited to read over his shoulder, but with little patience for literature, facts, or civility.

Structures of Nature

Martin Gerigk (USA)

'Structures of Nature' is an audiovisual journey in the form of a three-part interaction between four narrators, emergent sound events and rhythmicized synaesthetic video sequences. A symbiosis of visual processes and natural and artificial sounds. Images, music, speech and sounds are commensurate compositional elements that lead the viewer through various microscopic and macroscopic structures of nature in a literal and transcendent sense, making them sensuous to the eye and ear.

NONE OF THEM - HYENAS ON THE BEACH

Tobias Nölle (Switzerland)

In a mysterious experiment, a boy tries to bring his sister back from the dead.

Energy

Martin Gerigk (Germany)

Essayistic study of energy for 12 cellos, nature sounds and rhythmicized video sequences. Contemporary music

Manimal by Too Bad

Gerry Saint (USA)

A magical tv from the 80's transports us to various moments in life.

Prosperity

Christopher D. Lusk (USA)

Prosperity is a film that immerses the viewer in an Appalachian community using elements of documentary and experimental film. Located in the mountains of Appalachia, Bluefield, West Virginia saw unprecedented growth during the coal boom of the early 20th Century. A dwindling population and limited economic development has left the city at a crossroads with the decline of coal in the region.

Reaching

Trad Willmann (USA)

After contracting a severe chronic disease, a girl's reality is transcended beyond her broken family.

Deeply Absurd Lucidity

Samey Sayed (Egypt)

A man trapped in a limbo of absurd and randomly projected visions that seem to be driven by an obscure shapeshifter who has hacked into his mental and emotional intelligence.

165708

Josephine Massarella (Canada)

Shot entirely in 16mm black and white film using single frame photography, 165708 employs in-camera techniques and chemical manipulation of processed film to produce an eidetic study of temporal elasticity. Techniques include flicker, time-lapse, light painting, stop motion, tinting, and toning. Combined with cycles of alternating exposed frames, these methods imbue the work with a rhythmic magnetism, apparent both in the tempo and the aesthetic of the images.

Best Dramatic Short Films of 2018, Part 1: 3:00pm - (80 min)

Some of Her Parts

Abie Sidell (USA)

When future medicine allows people to live past the human body's shelf life, a young woman visits her grandmother in the hospital and is forced to question the value of immortality when either way you end up in a box.

FÔRRA

Felipe Mondoni (Brazil)

Bastião, son of a slave, and Inácio, the future heir to a sugar mill, are friends until their social conditions separate him. A love triangle between the two and Elza twenty years later culminates in a struggle for survival.

Frederick

Josh Mann, Traci Hays (USA)

Frederick is the story of a high profile painter and art gallery owner, who suffers from an intense version of “artist’s block.” However, his passion reignites when he has an idea for a new controversial project. To his surprise, he receives an unexpected visit from an intimidating yet oblivious policeman, Detective Marks, who interrogates him about the disappearance of several young fashion models. Frederick and Marks play a game of cat and mouse, culminating in a mysterious yet frightening exhibition.

When We listen

Amr Moustafa (Canada)

Sometimes all we need to make us move forward in our lives to make us handle our own pain is to someone listen to us. Amal is a Syrian refugee who needs someone to listen to her pain, to make her move forward in her life. When We Listen is a 15-minute short film, showing the everyday struggle of Amal, a 20-year-old Syrian female who does not speak English. After losing all her family and being forced to leave the life she once knew, Amal sought refuge in Canada seeking safety, a chance to live again, and finding a place that she could once again call home

Wandering Eyes

Makan Talayeh (USA)

Betrayed victims of infidelity cross paths in an unexpected way.

Best International Shorts of 2018, Part 2: 4:35pm - (80 min)

One Picture

Faustino García Zamora (Argentina)

Joaquín, a clumsy photographer, walks through a park looking for an inspiring picture. He has never imagined the picture will find him.

Game

Jeannie Donohoe (USA)

A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?

MONICA

Dimitris Argyriou (Germany & Greece)

Monica wanted to become a hairdresser, when she was young. Things went wrong…and this is her story. (Based on a real interview with a human trafficking victim.)

LE CHAT DORÉ

Nata Moreno (Spain)

Inside an old cabin, a group of musicians try to create art under the pressure of a mean director. Short film created to defend creative freedom and artistic expression.

InLove

Les Frères Lopez (France)

While on patrol in a Middle Eastern country, a western army squad stops for a while in the village of Iqmarba…

WARSNARE – SYNDROME

George Thomson & Lukas Schrank (United Kingdom)

A man living in isolation is awoken by a mysterious intruder.

Diagnosis

Kamen Kolarov (Bulgaria)

Emi pretends to be sick, so that her daughter will visit her. Boryana has the difficult task of combining her career of a TV host with caring for her mother, who lives out of town. In the two days they spend together, the mother and daughter start rebuilding their broken relationship. But lies have consequences…

Nikki Marianne

Guillaume Caramelle (France)

Peter, an ordinary boy, is in love with Nikki, a girl as beautiful as inaccessible. At a celebration between high school students, he sees her getting along with a thirty year's old man. Peter is jealous. Especially as this mysterious man seems to seduce her with disconcerting ease...

Best Comedic Short Films of 2018: 6:10pm - (75 min)

M.A.M.O.N. (MONITOR AGAINST MEXICANS OVER NATIONWIDE)

Ale Damiani (Uruguay & Mexico)

While Donald Trump is undergoing heart surgery, a portal to another reality opens. Latinos start falling from the sky to the desert, on the Mexico - US border, divided by an enormous wall. An hilarious war breaks between a Trump-like mecha robot and several stereotypical Mexican Latinos.

Three

Fabia Castro (Spain)

Manuela is an actress willing to do anything to get a role.

Move

Pedro del Río (Spain)

A couple will see their relationship tested by the use of new technologies

heart toy

Daniel Bernstein, Hannah Burgos (USA)

Elusive tension interrupts a couple eating breakfast.

Lesbehonest: I'll be alright

Jana Heaton (USA)

After an impulsive breakup, a womanizing lesbian moves back in with her gay best friend and rediscovers something worth strapping on to - their friendship.

Texture

Marguerite Corvini, Mark Billeci, Eric Stern, (USA)

In the year 2085, human connection feels like something completely different. It’s full of unspoken texture.

I Edit Lectures

Alex Zajicek (USA)

Lana tries to describe her job to an enthusiastic but uninformed individual.

Tonight at the Chateau

Tony Ducret (USA)

Two friends embark on a journey through Los Angeles in pursuit of invites to a party at the famous Chateau Marmont.

Medley

Brian Ford (USA)

A short medley of films that explore the relationship of the human experience and environment.

Best Animated Shorts of 2018: 7:40pm - (79 min)

Talent Scout

José Herrera (Spain)

Dominique had been the most prestigious talent scout in París. Now, he is only the shadow of his past until he discovers Sofía, a Spanish flamenco dancer who emigrated to France because of the Spanish civil war and who hides the secret of the greatest talent in history.

GROUNDED

Nyan Kyal Say (Myanmar)

An animated music video that is going to blow your feelings out, and make you miss something, someone or some moment in your life.

A Day in the Park

Diego Porral Soldevilla (Spain)

A monologue by a grandfather who explains to his grandkid how things used to be... or maybe how they are now.

BIG BOOOM

MARAT NARIMANOV (Russian Federation)

The history of Humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

It’s the Dystopian Future!

Benjamin Folstein (USA)

A giddy jaunt through the future that may come to pass…

Filthy Apes and Lions

Lee Hardcastle, Mark Stoermer (United Kingdom)

The story is a collaboration between Mark Stoermer and director Lee Hardcastle. A mad scientist works in a corrupted and dilapidated zoo. It is there where Mark encounters the scientist performing experiments on his "mystical creature," which is all a part of his apocalyptic plan.

Negative Space

Max Porter (France)

My dad taught me how to pack.

The Untold Story of Romeo and Juliet

John Tso (USA)

An unemployed Cupid, Quincy Lightfeather, shares how he screwed up the greatest love story of all time. While trying to impress some women, he accidentally matches the scions of two warring families – Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. As he desperately tries to fix his mistake, the situation spirals out of control. Each compounding blunder sheds more light on the events and tragedies of the original Shakespearean drama.

Muscle Memory

Flo Miles (France)

A short film about family, memory and cutlery.

To the Sun

Alejandra Alarcón (Mexico)

Through the paintings of artist Alejandra Alarcón, Hasta el Sol is a picture within a picture, watercolors that depict an inward journey to discover the -other person- living within ourselves. Rawness and innocence overlap at the core of the human soul: flying upward and freefalling become the same action. The human heart is a hive and a home.

The Remedy

Zilai Feng (USA)

A Chinese herbal doctor trying to heal herself from sickness by making a soup of memory."

Diddl Zapping

Thomas Goletz (Spain & Germany)

It's a stormy day at Cheesecakeland. Diddl and Diddlina are zapping through Cheese TV. But what to choose? Fearing of thriller movies? Getting bored with love movies? Or fighting for the powerful remote? But what if Diddl’s imagination is much more funny and colorful than any of that cheesy channels?

Li.Le

Natia Nikolashvili (Georgia)

Magic forest is dying without light, Lile is looking for her missing reflection which guides her into the huge lighthouse. Lile with her "other self" finds the way to illuminate over the forest and bring a new life to it.

PEIXES

Juan Carlos Pena (Spain)

In a small cave at the bottom of the sea, an old fish tells a group of young fish the ancient legend of a fish that wanted to know what was on the surface, beyond the water.

TOXIC RELATIONSHIP

Step Cheung (Hong Kong)

The value and happiness of people should not be built on other people. If you are urged to find someone to make your life completed, your life will not be completed again when you lost him/her. Unstable relationships cannot give you bliss and joy, you will only suffer in pain.

Walleyball

Kaveh Sistani (Iran)

One soldier has sat down in a border outpost. Thereafter the soldier of the neighboring country invites him to play volleyball. They play together. Suddenly a warplane comes and drops bombs...

Best Surf and Skate Films of 2018: 9:15pm - (117 min)

Sunset Mermaid

José Menéndez (Mexico)

Short documentary about Jocelyne Heras and the relationship between surf and life.

Surfing to Cope

Katie Walsh (USA)

Follow surfer, Brianna Cope, as she attempts to make the Women's Championship Tour while coming to terms with a physical challenge that has shaped her life.

Big Wata

Jan Paul Van der Velden (Liberia, Netherlands, Sierra Leone)

The younger inhabitants of a fishing village in Sierra Leone have discovered surfing as their raison d'être. Wanting to break free from the restrictions of a traditional West African community a suspended surf club member embarks on a journey. Only to return with a newfound appreciation for the place he so badly wanted to leave.

Big Wata is a positive story (from Africa) about some local boys trying to ‘expand’ their lives through surfing. We aim to take the viewer to Sierra Leone and experience ‘normal life’ in a small village. We have filmed the characters from an extremely close angle in all their activities and tend to zoom out more with shots from stunning landscapes while travelling to Liberia.

Sunday,  July 22nd- Little Roxie

Bay Area Local Short Film Collection of 2018, Part 2: 12:30pm - (55 min)

Smoakland

Jan Haley (USA)

A middle aged broke out of work actress-mother decides to deliver for the Oakland based marijuana delivery app 'Smoakland.' After a nightmare convinces her she has fallen into the drug life, she decides to quit and apply at Starbucks.

Be Brave

Dominic Mercurio (USA)

In this narrative music video for the Oakland-based band Bells Atlas, lead singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu finds herself out of water in a strange desert landscape. After succumbing to dehydration, her lifeless body is abducted by strange beings that perform a ritual that revives her…with one major consequence.

Emergency Exit

Craig Smith (USA)

A man searches for human connection on his daily commute. He instead escapes into a daydream tour of his city. He longs to return to this tour.

Cabled

Mohamed Kheidr (USA)

A cable car conductor decides to conclude his incomplete life journey one day before his retirement.

Degeneration

Niall Manning (USA)

A slice of life heading downhill.

Best Experimental Short Films of 2018, Part 2: 1:45pm - (73 min)

Rain

Martin Gerigk (Germany)

Synaesthetic study of rain for 12 cellos, nature sounds and rhythmicized video sequences. Contemporary music.

Inaugurate

Carlos Garcia de Dios (USA)

In these tough and uncertain political times all around the world, it is important to not forget who our future still depends on. Ourselves.

New Year Predictions Noomi

Noomi (USA)

Fast forward to new age of hovercrafts and neon lights. Here in this buzzing city a girl is ready to reinvent herself... lets see what the future has in store!

The Stream VIII

Hiroya Sakurai (Japan)

In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of the water as it follows the man-made course.

This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theater, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water.

In episode VIII of The Stream, I focus on the origin of the stream in the waterway at the rice field. The stream is produced by a man-made pump, which draws underground water to the surface and carries it to the rice field. The water in the rice field then drains through a huge drainage pump station that feeds into a large river.

When editing the recording, I retained only the frequency that sounds like a person’s voice. The resulting sound that the audience hears is like a chorus.

Err

Bader Tahir (USA)

An exploration into the relations between perception, communication, and reality.

Failure

Daniel Remón (Spain)

An ex couple run into each other five years after last seeing each other. His name is Andrés and he's a film director. Her name is Lucía and she's an actress. They confront their past in a real-time conversation: a mingling of what they remember, what their dreams were, and what never happened not even in their dreams.

Movement

Dewayne Austin (USA)

Movement of man, machinery, moments

The Color of Chinatown

Samati Boonchitsitsak (USA)

A close-up look behind the gate of Chinatown.

Best Dramatic Short Films of 2018, Part 2: 3:15pm - (96 min)

Mariposas

Adrian Carey (USA)

Set in a universe of magical realism, a boastful father prattles on superficially about his daughter to another parent in the school pick up line, but is unable to perceive her when it matters most.

Maryam Joon

Bita Ghassemi (USA)

After she discovers a provocative video, a sheltered girl in post-revolution Iran searches for ways to express her femininity, despite her conservative father's objections.

Mahal

Jay Españo (USA)

Arthur, a retired musician, desperately tries to reconnect with his Alzheimer's stricken wife. When he accidentally finds an old music box that somehow triggers bits and pieces of her memory, he discovers an unsettling truth about himself.

Lemonade

Troy Price (USA)

Kristin Farrell just can’t seem to ever catch a break. But that all changes when she receives a call from her mom that launches her into a whole new world.

Foreign Lovers

Timothy Ryan Hickernell (USA)

A lonely New Yorker serendipitously meets a mysterious Foreigner and sparks ignite. A meditation on love and life in the digital age.

Leftovers

yael zafrir (Israel)

A devoted wife takes care of her disabled husband leaving her with unmet needs

In White

Dania Bdeir (Lebanon)

Lara, a 24 year old Lebanese artist living in NYC, returns home to Beirut for her father’s funeral. Her elegant strong-willed mother, Rima, pushes for Lara to behave in accordance with the social mores of Beirut and the traditional ways of grieving. Lara, in mourning and in need of her family, yields. Her Jewish Canadian fiancee, Noah, shows up to support her - but is surprised to discover that Lara has never told her family about him. Lara can’t bring herself to risk losing her family but eventually must find a way to be true to herself.

Best Environmental Documentaries of 2018: 5:05pm - (92 min)

The High Sierra Trail

Chris Smead (USA)

This exciting documentary bounces back and forth between the modern experience of hiking the High Sierra Trail, and the early 1900’s when the trail was created. Join Chris as he drives his friend John to insanity over 6 days in the Sierra Nevada. Together they have some close calls with lightning, climb the highest mountain in the continental US, and discover the history of the trail brought to life via 3d animations created from historic photos provided by the NPS.

The Global Connection: Saving Florida’s Springs

Sami Kattan (USA)

A journey into the history, beauty, and threats faced by the Florida Springs and their connection to the Floridan Aquifer. The second installment of the documentary film series, The Global Connection, this piece goes in depth on what is threatening these springs and what can be done to ensure their health for generations to come.

Life in the Jungles of Madagascar

Shravan Regret Iyer (USA)

This short documentary, filmed and edited by Shravan Regret Iyer, a student of Rutgers University in the USA, highlights the complexity of life in the jungles of Madagascar in Africa.

Best Short Documentaries of 2018: 6:55pm - (108 min)

Information Station

Katie Brigham (USA)

"Information Station" explores the cozy, authentic culture and spontaneous, fleeting community of the remote Carson Pass Information Station. Located in the Sierra Nevada along the famous 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail, the station is collectively owned and operated by a team of close-knit volunteers. These docents dole out granola, water, and conversation to weary PCT hikers, providing space for them to relax and reflect on their journeys. This film documents one unusually snowy season of the Station's operation, from opening to closing.

The Good Fight

Ben Holman (Brazil)

Alan Duarte has lost nine close family members to gun violence in his favela community in Rio de Janeiro. Now, through his boxing project, he’s fighting to build a better future for his son and his community.

When Mother Goes to Work

Azar Kafaei (USA, Iran)

Newark, NJ is one of the most unsafe inner-cities in the United States. Marked by a history of racism and segregation, people of Newark are heavily policed on a daily basis. In this film, three siblings from Newark have to find a way to spend time together in the absence of their mother who is away working three long shifts.

The Treasure

Nestor del Castllo (Spain)

Little Vera is determined to accompany her grandfather Luis to look for a treasure hidden in the forest. Between the trees, the little girl will discover the real meaning of the trip, and it will be revolutionary...

Every Ghost Has AN Orchestra

Shayna Connelly (USA)

Truth hides in the margins and the artist’s role is to point to it. The question of what happens after we die is a universal question explored by paranormal researcher and experimental composer Michael Esposito. He straddles the line between spiritual and material and asks the audience to reflect on our purpose, legacy and what our actions say about who we are.

Western Jubilee

Donna Guthrie, Colin Guthrie (USA)

Western Jubilee is a short film about a Colorado recording studio that is keeping the tradition of cowboy music alive.

Sun Cream

Aylin Gökmen (Switzerland )

A blanket transforms into a castle, a swamp becomes quicksand : the world is a playground for 5 and 6 year olds, Morné and Carey. « Sun Cream » is a dual travel : a trip to the forest for these children and a time travel for the viewers, who are transported back to their own childhood.

Pinky Gurung

Gopal Shivakoti (Nepal)

A Journey from boy to a social worker and transwoman leader.

Surviving International Boulevard

Sian Taylor Gowan

SURVIVING INTERNATIONAL BOULEVARD reveals the complex reality of domestic child sex trafficking through the experiences of two local women from Oakland, California. Driving along International Boulevard’s dark streets, a mother recounts her own wild determination to rescue her 15-year-old daughter from a sex trafficker 'boyfriend'. Switching to daylight, a nonprofit advocate and survivor of sexual exploitation shares her extensive experience getting young victims the help they so desperately need. Driving along The Blade as they call it, Sarai T. Smith Mazariegos, co-founder of MISSSEY.org and founder of SHADEProject.org, unveils her personal story while breaking down the raw truth about victims and traffickers as it unfolds on the street around her.

Best International Science Fiction and Horror Films of 2018: 9:00pm - (124 min)

Gridlock

Ian Hunt Duffy (Ireland)

A thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road. When a little girl goes missing from one of the cars, her father forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect.

The Tolls

Wylie Herman, Liz Anderson (USA)

The final days of WWII. While mourning the loss of his wife at sea, U.S. army corporal Wes Morris confronts a mysterious stranger who has infiltrated his base. The intruder possesses a top secret S.S. technology, which transports them to an alternate, Nazi occupied San Francisco. Here, Wes will put the lives of millions at risk in order to reunite with his lost love.

Caronte

Luis Tinoco Pineda (Spain)

Debbie is rude with her own family. But after a dramatic car accident, she starts to regret about the way she behaved with them. Unexpectedly, Debbie's story connects with Arsys's, an experienced military and space fighter pilot who tries to survive a huge space battle which takes place on other time...another galaxy....another universe.

Martina, oh Martina

Fátima Martín (Spain)

Sandwich: roll or slices of bread with a layer of meat, cheese, or other food between them. Typical or characteristic of those of romantic nature, sensitive to acts of love and destined to die crushed by a big fat comet.

The Eve

Luca Machnich

Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything from life. He’s a handsome child, he’s rich yet unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off thanks to his fervid imagination. His greatest wish is to leave the materialistic world behind since he isn’t fond of it. That’s why the only present he wants for Christmas is for Santa Claus to take him away to live in his fairyland toy factory. At the same time, a secret that his family has been keeping for a long time suddenly comes to the surface and it is feared that the worst might happen soon. The expectation for the stroke of midnight on the night before Christmas is transformed into reality for everyone on the eve of something truly different. Something terrible that might happen.

The Caretaker

James Glen Tucker (USA)

A computer scientist is recruited by the United States government when an artificial intelligence emerges as a threat to national security. The government attempts to identify how the AI was created and what it's intentions are.

Quiver

Shayna Connelly (USA)

Suzanne’s grief transcends the boundaries of the natural world and arouses a primordial being. She courts this ghost, using intellect and desire to forge a union between them. Quiver melds horror and passion with Virginia Woolf’s idea of a woman requiring a ‘room of her own’ in which to uncover her true identity. Can Suzanne force a rift into the supernatural realm to build a space where she can coexist with what haunts her?

Martinica

Álex Orma (Spain)

Alvar and Jimena, two brothers, live isolated from the world in a lost valley. Their routine is disrupted the day they save a stranger in the woods. They offer her a roof and some food, but the enigmatic young girl is hiding something. At least that's what they think.