Indie Short Fest

Second Souffle

Gabriel is a young actor who lives a complicated time in his life. His girlfriend ends their relationship. He is in a situation of distress, a close friend, Mickaël, joins him in a bar to comfort him but he rehearsed his story. He is on edge and fails to fight with a client of the bar before his friend intervenes and brings him home. The next day, Gabriel tries to decompress while running and continues his casting day. A special day where nothing will happen as planned. He finds himself in a bar with an oppressive atmosphere, he is tense. Eve arrives at that moment, she’s a bubbly young woman who almost makes Gabriel forget her worries for a moment. They pass the audition together and come out accomplices. Gabriel returns to rest but his sister Léa, who is a woman of character, pays him a surprise visit that he does not really appreciate. Gabriel is rather distant from his family, he avoids problems. Leah reproaches him and puts his face to his behavior, she tries to “wake up” and make him aware. They have a discussion that Gabriel is trying to avoid. She ends up telling him that their father is sick. Gabriel is shocked but prefers to cut short. Lea goes sad and disappointed. His father keeps calling him all day long.
Directed by Levkaovitch Antony (France)

Light Matter

A black-and-white film that lets you see colors.
Initially barely noticeable, the first dim flashes of light become continuously brighter and more intense over a period of five minutes. Towards the end, they become a staccato of light and dark stimuli that evoke psychedelic colour impressions in the audience. “Light Matter” takes advantage of a physiological phenomenon where the rapid change from light to dark triggers color perception in the brain without the detour via the receptors of color vision in the eye.
Directed by Virgil Widrich (Austria)

Kushtaka

Based in the 1900s, a recently widowed prospector remains alone in the Alaskan wilderness during his desperate search for gold. Something has been stalking him from the trees. Can he find his fortune and leave Alaska for good, or will he lose the only real valuable thing he has left, his own life?
Directed by Cameron Currin (USA)

Anacronte

What on a first instance appears to be a conflict between good and evil, is just a struggle within every single one of us. The options are clear: to cope with evil and to continue fighting for our dreams, scarred. The other option is to surrender submissive to the designs of others.
Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil, without any emotion and fulfilling their destiny, they put to test humanity’s happiness in a struggle that, in short, as each of us as winners and losers.
Directed by Raúl Koler and Emiliano Sette (Argentina and Mexico)

Dosed

A modern-day Greek tragedy surrounding the topic of opioid addiction. One young man (reeling from a recent stint at rehab) returns home as he copes with the loss of a best friend who has recently overdosed. He heads to a house-party to reconnect with friends but instead faces his worst demons. An oracle awaits him hoping to help sort out his addiction if he can escape from the grips of the popular new party-drug, “vapor.”
Directed by Zachary Leipert (USA)

Pool

Dumped by his true love in the post #metoo era, newly single thirty-something Ben Siegel looks to make sense of a world where technology and misplaced values have rendered the nature of dating and friendship absurd.
Directed by Ben Majest (USA)

Thlípsi

A man who is paranoid and deluded by his own conspiracies that someone out there is after him must come to terms with the root of his suffering.
Directed by Fritz Frauendorf (USA)