Indie Short Fest

Simon Says

Simon Salas, an outcast high school student who believes he’s schizophrenic because he can hear the voice of his own shadow. He’s bullied at school because he’s different. He’s in denial regarding his shadow and takes medicine to get rid of the voices. One day when he’s getting beaten up in the school’s bathroom by his classmates he will finally accept his power and let them save him from the bullies.
Directed by Katherin Hussein (USA)

The Pines of Spring

The dreamscapes of a director and her protagonist juxtapose as the life and fate of both women take their toll, merging on and off screen through waves of cinema.
Directed by Ann Huang (USA)

Wonderful World

Two friends meet on a Mediterranean Island. He invites her for a tour on the jet-ski and they take off towards an unexpected ending.
Directed by Claudia Dapiran (Ireland)

The Eve

Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything from life. He’s a handsome child, he’s rich yet unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off thanks to his fervid imagination. His greatest wish is to leave the materialistic world behind since he isn’t fond of it. That’s why the only present he wants for Christmas is for Santa Claus to take him away to live in his fairyland toy factory. At the same time, a secret that his family has been keeping for a long time suddenly comes to the surface and it is feared that the worst might happen soon. The expectation for the stroke of midnight on the night before Christmas is transformed into reality for everyone on the eve of something truly different. Something terrible that might happen.
Directed by Luca Machnich (Italy)

Fermysk

A young pregnant Kurdish girl is survived from ISIS attack. She comes out of Kurdistan with a group of refugees without any identification for a reason. Two American volunteers help her. Tina and Victor. Victor was a war veteran and in order to cover his conscience do this for humans who affected by war. Suddenly something strange happens and they understand why she hides her identification.
Directed by Maryam Pirband (USA)

Impuratus

With an ice storm on his heels, Detective Clayton Douglas of the Allentown Police Dept. travels across the snow-covered road to what seems like the middle of nowhere. Out in this vast emptiness sits the massive state hospital. A modern marvel of its day. Clayton directs his car towards it. Inside, the hospital continues to impress. Clayton meets the receptionist and explains he was on a call with Dr. Heysinger when the line went dead. Being the inquisitive detective that he is, Clayton stops by to check things out. He’s quickly met by Dr. Heysinger, who begins to tell him of the mysterious man in the basement who oddly enough asked for the detective by name. Daniel Glassman, a Civil War Vet not only asked for Clayton by name, he also wants to confess to something horrible. This situation is just too strange for Clayton to turn away and agrees to meet Daniel. In the basement, locked in a room is Daniel – a bloated, half-dead old man covered in scars. Eyes sunk but piercing. Already in the room is Sister Rose, who seems to be entranced by the sheer sight of Daniel, is present for medical aid and spiritual guidance. Daniel has a difficult time speaking so he wrote his confession down. As Dr. Heysinger reads the confession, we are transported back to 1863 and we see first hand what unbelievable events took place. Not only will it shock everyone involved but it will have them questioning their very fabric of faith and fighting for their lives.
Directed by Michael Yurinko (USA)

INFRA Story

Anny, a sixty-year-old painter, lives alone. During her many walks in the forest, she meets Laura, twenty-five, beautiful, bubbly and dynamic. An ambiguous relationship is established between them. Laura will do anything to get close to Anny, not wanting to be unfaithful to herself. Will Anny accept this relationship against her prejudices? This age difference, thirty-five years?
Directed by Fabrice Briseux (France)

After the Storm

A documentary short film about one family’s struggle with mental illness, how Ava ST.Pierre Cogburn’s journey takes her from tragedy to triumph in hopes of helping people globally seek better mental health care.
Directed by Ava ST.Pierre Cogburn (USA)