Indie Short Fest

Magic of the Mermaid

Webseries from Brazil with over 450 episodes. One of the longest running webseries in the world. It tells the stories and adventures of a girl who has special mermaid powers. The series has almost 500,000 subscribers and 90 million views.
Directed by Quentin Lewis (Brazil)

Ladylike

Maya and Cassie are going to rob Wayne Mason’s house. It should be one of the easiest scores the duo has ever made if only they can keep their existential crises in check…
Directed by Tel Benjamin (Australia)

Mr Franco

Italy, end of the nineties… Mr. Franco is an old man who likes to “watch”, to observe youths, so green and lively, still unaware of the heaviness of life. He likes to watch them making love frantically, or discovering sexuality and excitement. Mr. Franco hosts those youths full of life and instincts, in his anonymous and old house. He, fatigued by life, has nothing more to offer than a room in which guys can do prohibited things. He is a tired, lonely, decadent man, a creature of habit that touches the sin through his glance. With his eyes, he joins in love rituals, without really being involved in them.
Directed by Vincenzo Palazzo (Italy)

Second Souffle

Gabriel is a young actor who lives a complicated time in his life. His girlfriend ends their relationship. He is in a situation of distress, a close friend, Mickaël, joins him in a bar to comfort him but he rehearsed his story. He is on edge and fails to fight with a client of the bar before his friend intervenes and brings him home. The next day, Gabriel tries to decompress while running and continues his casting day. A special day where nothing will happen as planned. He finds himself in a bar with an oppressive atmosphere, he is tense. Eve arrives at that moment, she’s a bubbly young woman who almost makes Gabriel forget her worries for a moment. They pass the audition together and come out accomplices. Gabriel returns to rest but his sister Léa, who is a woman of character, pays him a surprise visit that he does not really appreciate. Gabriel is rather distant from his family, he avoids problems. Leah reproaches him and puts his face to his behavior, she tries to “wake up” and make him aware. They have a discussion that Gabriel is trying to avoid. She ends up telling him that their father is sick. Gabriel is shocked but prefers to cut short. Lea goes sad and disappointed. His father keeps calling him all day long.
Directed by Levkaovitch Antony (France)

Light Matter

A black-and-white film that lets you see colors.
Initially barely noticeable, the first dim flashes of light become continuously brighter and more intense over a period of five minutes. Towards the end, they become a staccato of light and dark stimuli that evoke psychedelic colour impressions in the audience. “Light Matter” takes advantage of a physiological phenomenon where the rapid change from light to dark triggers color perception in the brain without the detour via the receptors of color vision in the eye.
Directed by Virgil Widrich (Austria)

Kushtaka

Based in the 1900s, a recently widowed prospector remains alone in the Alaskan wilderness during his desperate search for gold. Something has been stalking him from the trees. Can he find his fortune and leave Alaska for good, or will he lose the only real valuable thing he has left, his own life?
Directed by Cameron Currin (USA)