Indie Short Fest

Space Diner Tales

The year is 2075 and an alien race is set upon conquering Earth. These aliens, known as Space Natives, originated the human population on Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago. At present, an evil sect of the Space Natives is secretly replacing key people of power on earth with clones that are under their control, eliminating those who resist. The takeover is spearheaded by Leland Crosswick, also known as “The Surgeon”, because of his twisted genetic surgical obsessions.
Leland’s right hand man is Fenix, an eccentric assassin, who oversees the Space Diner, a prison-like zone that exists as a world between worlds, a dimensional crossroads between space and time. The Space Natives search out Jett, a half-breed mix of Earthling and Alien. Jett is in love with Stella, a local from his hometown outside of the barren desert of Los Angeles, but Jett is trapped in a world of family troubles, including a traumatized mother and a crazed and violent father driven mad from a past encounter with Fenix. Jett meditates in the desert, in an effort to calm himself and escape his troubles. While meditating, Jett is visited telepathically by Soul Bird, a Space Native who is pro Earth/against the take over. Soul Bird tries to influence Jett, to teach him about his innate genetic gifts, but an inexperienced and unprepared Jett then tries to confront his
abusive father. There is a horrible accident, in which Jett accidentally kills his father using his newly discovered abilities.
Jett, in a state of shock wanders out into the street and is killed in an accident. Soul Bird witnesses the event and takes Jett’s body to his master, Kekoa, who gives up his own physical form to heal Jett. Returned from the dead, Soul Bird begins to enlighten Jett of his role in saving the Earth from Leland’s plot. Jett begins to train under Soul Bird to harness his powers.
As Leland and his people become aware of Jett and his growing threat to their plot, a band of Leland’s hench-men are sent to capture Jett. Imprisoned and awaiting execution on the foreign planet, Jett’s predicament leaves the fate of the world at stake. Through a spatial and temporal mental conduit known as Dream Sense, Jett manages to reach Stella, and calls on her to rescue him. With the aid of Soul Bird, Stella must brave the world of the Space Diner, that path between worlds that links our own to that of the Space Natives, in a desperate attempt to rescue Jett and to save Earth from a subversive take over.
Directed by Aaron Huisenfeldt and Keith Russell (USA)

Seeing Through

“Seeing Through” is a short documentary about people trying virtual reality (VR) for the first time, exploring themes at the intersection of immersive technology and the cognitive science of fear. By capturing people’s real responses to an illusory risk, the film examines the power of seeing through illusions, the eyes of others, and this new technology of VR. Ultimately, we hope our film serves as a looking glass to reflect on seeing through illusions, doubts, and fears that hold us back in real life.
Directed by Jordan Quaglia (USA)

April-Tokyo

What will you think about Tokyo in April ? 
Maybe the April’s Sakura ? 
How about the ACG Culture ? 
Or the Japanese Shrine ? 
But this April-Tokyo, I think about diving.
Directed by Kent Yeung (Hong Kong)

Terminus

Two people, a boy and a girl on a train. They don’t know each other. Both on their way to tie up loose ends. Is there a place they are running to or is it something that they’re running from? After they meet their lives will never be the same again.
Directed by Jan Pool (Netherlands)

Home and The Homeless Man

Living in the very populated city of Tehran in Iran since I was a young boy gave me the chance to be confronted by the reality of a lot of people struggling with poverty and homelessness in the streets, some mentally broken down and living without shelter. My parents were divorced when I was a child so I’ve always felt a connection between them and myself. This connection always gave me a sense of responsibility towards the issue of “having no home”.

At the end of the year 2003, an earthquake shook the city of Bam, in one of the southern provinces of Iran, with a death toll of more than 26,000 and 30,000 casualties. As a photographer, along with one of my colleagues, I traveled to Bam to cover the earthquake aftermath. After reaching there, the terrible pain of those who had lost their homes got to me in a heartbeat. I tried to get back home as soon as I could, as I could not handle the tragedy. Eventually, I ended up in an army airplane with a lot of causalities who were sent to other cities of Iran to be hospitalized. I was placed beside an injured girl who had lost a leg. I spoke to her and she began to express her loss and feelings to me. She had lost her home, her loved ones and a leg but could still find it in herself to smile. I could not begin to describe the beauty of her soul and her optimism. During the time in the airplane, I took a photo of an old man which was published and sold later on; and the money was donated to those affected by the disaster. I wanted to do more since I had some experience in writing, I saw an opportunity to write a story, trying to express what I had witnessed. That is how “Home & The Homeless Man” was initially born.

It took 14 days to be written but 15 years to be finalized in a solid form that I was happy with. The first version of the work was a solo street performance that I performed in Vienna in 2005 and in Paris in 2008. Although I did not receive a lot of productive feedback from my audiences, I believed in the work and thanks to my instructors in the TV & Film Department of Eastern Mediterranean University and with the help of my friend Zack Peyman, it stayed alive long enough to be made into a film for a new audience today; and for the memory of the people who initially inspired it. 
Directed by Nima B. Djavidani (Cyprus)