Indie Short Fest

Refugee Is Not My Name

Trapped in limbo and living in displacement along the Greek isles, “Refugee Is Not My Name” documents the stories of the men, women and children grappling with pasts’ consumed by violence, pain and loss. As refugees seek a brighter future and a way to rebuild their lives, volunteer ground personnel and grassroot NGOs work to support them and ease their transition into a different culture and way of life. Throughout their journeys, all but one truth remains: hope, and the endless yearning for a meaningful life.
Directed by Rose Massett (USA)

The Choice

“The Choice” is a powerful, thought-provoking short film that looks at abortion, a procedure that one in four women will have at least once over a lifetime. In this dramatic work of fiction, women speak collectively about their circumstances, their abortions, and the aftermath. The surprising array of emotions—ranging from regret to liberation—makes possible a new conversation about a procedure now mired in politics, shame and stigma. Watch “The Choice,” and you’ll never think about abortion the same way again.
Directed by Desiree Cooper and Oren Goldenberg (USA)

Almost (Trailer)

Sizzle reel for a new tv show about a sorority legacy who’s life gets put in jeopardy when one of her sorority sisters claims she was murdered by their president.
Directed by Elena C. Lockleis (USA)

Tribute

Struggling father and former artist, Leo, has still not recovered from the loss of his wife. When an old friend resurfaces with a new opportunity, Leo returns to his Mindspace – a fantastic, visual representation of his creative process.
With the help of his daughter Mona – and a cute creature native to the Mindspace – Leo addresses who he wants to be as an artist, and learns to be the father that Mona deserves.
Directed by Tristan Alan (USA)

Seize the Day

Seize the day every day, from dawn until dusk…
“Seize the Day” is a song by Jon Tarifa, composed by Merlijn Angad Gaur, featuring Marcela Cella Orosi.
Let’s enjoy the present, seize opportunities, engage with life fully and take action to make the world a better place. The film is about light and freedom, about passing time and our daily lives. It is about the duality of things, which can be both pleasant and threatening.
Directed by Eric Vander Borght (Netherlands)

The Last Day

“The Last Day” tells of Clyde who, facing his own shadows, is conflicted between his past and a potential positive future.
Directed by Michael Moser (UK)

Working On Air

A man comes to Australia on working holiday, full of home. Within a day of arrival, he loses all his possessions and struggles to find the meaning of life. He finds a new life through sky diving.
Directed by Robbin D. Li (Australia)

Tin Man

Two struggling street performers rival one another until they realize the importance of their amalgamation.
“Tin Man” is a visual piece that follows a struggling street performer who learns that it’ll take an unlikely adversary to garner success in his craft. When the Tin Man comes to town, he finds that his talents go unrecognized. After several tough performances and severe intimidation from the rival performers, the Tin Man is at his all-time low and ready to quit. It is only when he sees himself as a worthy, “gold” individual that he musters up the strength to keep at his craft. In continuing, he befriends his rival, and as a combined force, they are able to bring people together in a way they haven’t been able to before.
Directed by Brannen Haderle (USA)

With Everything, Double

Rea Rose (aka Double) is a 20-year-old artist from the Bay Area, currently living in Oakland, who proves to herself every day that no obstacle can take away her passion.
Directed by Jasmin Riedel (USA)

Assassin Camp

David, an awkward teen with anger issues, is brought to what he believes is a pre-college film program by his schmuck of a father. During orientation, David meets Harley, an enthusiastic teen. David gets confused when she says she shoots 9mm instead of 8mm. The first presentation given by the instructor, Charles, discusses how to get the perfect headshot. David thinks that Charles is talking about photography and answers accordingly. At lunch, John, a loudmouthed attendee of the camp, decides to trip David and taunt him for the peculiar answer he gave earlier. When David confronts John, John pulls out a knife and demands David get him a slice of pie. Harley gives David her slice of pie which he, in turn, gives to John. John dies several moments later. To David’s surprise, Charles and his peers end up laughing and cheering for the death, and Harley is ecstatic to take all the credit. David, stunned and paralyzed, continues on to the next camp activity, “bringing a sword to a gunfight”. Charles picks Harley, and against her wishes, he picks David as her opponent. Harley snatches the sword while David runs for the gun. David picks it up but hesitates to fire and nearly gets sliced by Harley. Lying the ground, David levels his gun, closes his eyes and fires. Once again, the whole camp applauds the slaughter. Upon murdering his peer, David has a near mental breakdown in which he shouts out that all he really wanted was to go to film camp. Charles has an Ah-Ha moment and explains to David that the film camp is happening on the other side of campus. Chaos ensues.
Directed by Dan Gelles (USA)