Indie Short Fest

Women Not Permitted

While at a gay men’s bathhouse, three men – each harboring their own latent contempt for women – are visited by a mysterious stranger known only as “The Woman.” Through surreal dreams and memories, she engages in a battle of wits with each man, exposing the misogyny that lurks just behind the steam.
Directed by Brad McDermott (Canada)

A Date With Shillelagh

The film focuses on the misogynistic behavior within the entertainment industry. Highlighted in high profile allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein. This film production supports The Me Too Movement. Used as a hashtag on social media, Me Too spread virally in October 2017 in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assaults and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed soon after the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Starring Eleanor Burke (Jo), who appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Kon Tiki”, and Lauren Cornelius (Karen), a regular with BBC Radio 4 drama, the story follows Jo’s dreams of fame. Failing to heed Karen’s warnings about slimeball music promoter Billy Tomkins (played by Peter McManus), Jo chances the dance with danger, to pursue her Rolls Royce road to stardom.
Directed by Jeff Stewart and Brian Johnston (UK)

Balance

It’s a story about the soldiers who are sacrificing their lives and resist in order to the people of the city and future generations live in peace…
Directed by Barzan Rostami (Iran)

Swiped

A lonely mid-twenties male with social anxiety downloads a popular new dating app in hopes of finding love. To his surprise, he matches with a beautiful girl and goes on a date. At first, she seems to be really into him despite clearly being out of his league. It soon becomes clear, however, that she has dark intentions.
Directed by Dan Couri (USA)

Window to the World

“Window to the World” is a short film about a photojournalist Eva. How far will she go to get that perfect photo? A photo that perhaps can dominate the news channels she works for.
In a war zone, journalist Otto, and photographer Eva flee into a building as it gets bombed. While Otto is fatally hit, Eva sees a little girl covered in dust. A perfect picture! Later, on her way to Otto’s funeral she gets haunted by guilt.
Directed by Martijn Schinkel (Netherlands)

O One O

A complicated narrative which is based on a structure that finally refers to the phallus. A story of three Iranian young boys involved in terrible, deadly and triangular dreams which were so real to one of them. So he decides to visit the two others and warn them about the terrible things that are going to happen. But they do not care about what he says.
Directed by Mohammad Hossein Jafari Moghaddam Fard (Iran)

Walk

Video-essay about the development of the human being focused on the process of learning to walk. The director appropriates the film material of her family and seeks to reconstruct her personal and family memory through the images of the memory.
Directed by Diana Cordova (Peru)

Once Upon a Time: The Savannah

Masai Mara, Kenya. The sun rises and ignites the Savannah. A new day begins for all the animals who live in this habitat. The film invites you to follow a few of them over the course of the day. The birth of an antelope calf, lions on the hunt, mother cheetahs and lionesses who tend to their new-borns, as well as the solidarity and bravery of buffaloes when they attempt to save one of their young from the claws of big cats are just a few of the scenes from their everyday lives that you will discover.
Directed by Robert Henno (Belgium)