Indie Short Fest

Rollerbabies (of Paradise)

The world wide web is a powerful leveller: content that was once produced and controlled by publishers, industries and institutions is often freely available to be conjured, shared, and re-shared in a variety of non-hierarchal ways. This is perhaps especially true of pornography, long known to be one of the central drivers of web-based technological change and commerce. Rollerbabies (of Paradise) is a montage that exhausts all promises of the exotic and the erotic found in the original films: Bird of Paradise (1951), Rollerball (1975) and Rollerbabies (1976). As a work of satire, this piece embodies its suspicions and questions many of the voyeuristic gazes found in these earlier sources. Designed as an anti-spectacle, the visuals emphasize the juxtapositions of roughly cut transitions upon the repeated movements of the bored skaters. With its sugary violins, the soundtrack is reminiscent of the kind of sentimental music used in iconic love stories. It offers a counter-narrative of a dreamy yet saccharine world.
Directed by David Bergeron and Julie Sando (Canada)

Hypnosis

In the middle of the night, a man with unnerving ticks stalks a waitress desperate to save her unborn child.
Directed by Grégoire Vaillant and Charles-Edouard Dangelser (France)

Whitetail Bucks

Three generations of deer hunters – Grandfather, Father, and Son – butt heads as they trek deep into an Idaho forest during the treacherous winter of 1978.
Directed by Derek Tonks (USA)

Go! Go!

Aaron the alligator, who lives his entire life in a tank in an animal theme park, is fascinated by the fireworks that are displayed in the park every night. He has a dream to see the fireworks up close. One day, he accidentally gets loose and makes his way into the park looking for the fireworks. It is up to Sue, the zoo keeper and Harvey the park mascot to get him back into his cage before he gets taken down by the animal control officer.
Directed by Patradol Kitcharoen (USA)

Encrypted

A girl who is addicted to her phone gets consumed by her technology when she goes to the computer lab to meet her friend.
Directed by Grey Smoley (USA)

For a Few ATMs More

Short project set in Ireland, 1989. Three communist academics with plenty of time on their hands set their sights on an amazing new invention – the ATM machine, as away to advance their cause.
Written by Tadgh Quill-Manley (Ireland)