Indie Short Fest

Kissy Cousins Monster Babies and Morphing Elvis

Two Hollywood producers try to save their dying careers by creating a blockbuster out of old movies and their warped imaginations. What they don’t know is that they are being mined for their creative ideas. The film was in production for 25 years and shot in seven states including Wash D.C. (Linklater eat your heart out!). Homages galore! The next Rocky Horror!
Directed by Wayne Keeley (USA)

Murakami’s Main Character

“Murakami’s Main Character” is a magic realism coming-of-age short film about an independent college freshman David who hopes he can cut himself off from his helicopter parents. But after they are gone he discovers he needs family and tries to get them back.
Directed by Cary Chen (China)

After Dark

An illustration (Jack) comes to life to haunt his creator (Sofia). Sofia’s main worry is her budding relationship with Kim who, as opposed to her, is very sure of her sexuality. He tempts her to join him as an illustration and leave behind the real world where she is facing too many problems. At the end of her rope, she must choose between the simple way out or a difficult but perhaps more rewarding future.
Directed by Clara Grunwald (France)

Time

Cathy is 17 years old. Her relationship with her mum has been tense, ever since her dad died. Both Cathy and her mum, Elizabeth, suffer from mental health issues as a result of this. Elizabeth eases her pain with a different man every few weeks. One day, Elizabeth’s new boyfriend tries to assault Cathy, which causes her to run away from home.
Directed by Yu Yu (Candice) (Australia)

Intimate

Tristan, a man in his 60’s, can’t handle his daily routine anymore, leading to a sudden change in his behavior and alerting his colleagues and wife Jane. This change in behavior turns the film into a mysterious and thrilling ride.
Directed by Gianmarco Formica (UK)

Tree Game

Guilt in many forms has defined the trajectory of both Samantha and Chase’s lives. Their long estrangement is a testament to its power. Sam travels to visit Chase to finally reconcile, but he is resolute. But a shared memory of a game from their past becomes the reminder that cuts through.
Directed by Julie Slack (USA)

Dis/quiet

Through a series of discussions, a dystopian reality has been outlined: some peculiar news in the offer of prostitution face a society which is not totally ready to accept them.
A couple decides to play a joke on their friends telling them that their relationship is over. This situation quickly turns into an opportunity to make revelations and comments on their private life, gradually painting a whole social context.
Prejudices and reasons are alternately used to describe a new legal, public and cheap offer in the prostitution area, which is in line with the widespread fantasies and needs of the society of impersonal relationships, but still seems to be too advanced in relation to the eternal cultural, religious and reputation superstructures revolving around controversial topics, such as sex.
Directed by Monia De Lauretis and Edward Cutarella (Italy)

Mr. Dark Field Of Screams

Frost and Riley (super secret ghost hunting demon slaying agents of the night) investigate a farmstead and discover some strange things are happening to the country folk who reside there.
Directed by Jesse James Hennessy (USA)