Indie Short Fest

Loneheart

After losing his wife & child to tragic events, a successful attorney falls deep into depression and then finds himself homeless with nothing left to live for. And all the remains from his past is a letter written to him by his daughter.
Directed by T.J. Penton (USA)

Flag

They have named Iran as the Calipa territory, which means the cross. The age of this mysterious symbol comes to the well long ago. Calipa is the most used in everyday life of the Qashqai people as those used in tattoos, in carpets and handicrafts products. This is a strong belief in fertilizzante prottetore power. The vertical line is the symbol of being, endurance, masculinity. The horizontal line is the symbol of the nullity, night, calm, femininity and loss.
Directed by Mohammad Hadi Esfandyari (Iran)

An Aspirational Space

After her relationship abruptly ends, a woman isolates herself in a new apartment and attempts to rebuild her life. Her sister recommends a pop-wellness, self-help guide that focuses on organizing, tidying, and simplifying life, written by an artist-turned-newsletter writer-turned influencer. As she falls deeper into the world of the book, the woman finally feels in control of her life for the first time in years – but nothing can stop her as she attempts to obtain, and maintain, An Aspirational Space.
Directed by GG Hawkins (USA)

Stuck

The insurance sales agent A., who was walking in the rare redevelopment complex, is confused by the manager about the appointment time. A. throws an irritated ice cream on the bike. The motorcycle slides on the ice cream, and the delivery cause B. is pierced into the iron pipe which is the construction material. A. confesses that he had accidentally thrown a drink to B., but B. is angry. If you help B, you will have to take responsibility for the little ‘mistake’ you made. However, if A. does not report on this unfamiliar street, B. will be killed.
Directed by Muhammad Smith (South Korea)

Sound Language

In the beginning, words lead to hate, hate to war and war to destruction. Words were outlawed and soon forgotten. Giving birth to the language of sound. Centuries later, the land is scarce, consumed by an endless storm. Distant tribes have gathered in the hopes that an outcast can heal the world through the power of unity.
Directed by Scott Poiley (USA)

In the Fog (Kamikakushi)

Vioulet falls through time and space as they struggle with the dark presence of Kei through song and dance in this exploration of duality.
Directed by Matthew Takata Shepherd and Naomi Takata Shepherd (USA)

The Hedge Fund

Soul works as a financial analyst for a successful Hedge Fund in London. After receiving a call on his way to work his life quickly falls apart. We see him crumble as he fights for what’s important to him. The unwitting analyst who has had a trouble-free, successful life and career within the heart of finance is forced to break his moral code by his anonymous tormentor. Soul shows us all what we are prepared to go through to protect the ones we love.
Directed by Francisco Labbe (UK)

Women Not Permitted

While at a gay men’s bathhouse, three men – each harboring their own latent contempt for women – are visited by a mysterious stranger known only as “The Woman.” Through surreal dreams and memories, she engages in a battle of wits with each man, exposing the misogyny that lurks just behind the steam.
Directed by Brad McDermott (Canada)

A Date With Shillelagh

The film focuses on the misogynistic behavior within the entertainment industry. Highlighted in high profile allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein. This film production supports The Me Too Movement. Used as a hashtag on social media, Me Too spread virally in October 2017 in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assaults and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed soon after the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Starring Eleanor Burke (Jo), who appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Kon Tiki”, and Lauren Cornelius (Karen), a regular with BBC Radio 4 drama, the story follows Jo’s dreams of fame. Failing to heed Karen’s warnings about slimeball music promoter Billy Tomkins (played by Peter McManus), Jo chances the dance with danger, to pursue her Rolls Royce road to stardom.
Directed by Jeff Stewart and Brian Johnston (UK)

Balance

It’s a story about the soldiers who are sacrificing their lives and resist in order to the people of the city and future generations live in peace…
Directed by Barzan Rostami (Iran)