LOS ANGELES SESSION#1
DECEMBER 7, 2021
This screening session features 12 short films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
7936 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90046
Free seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk before each screening. Reservation is not required, but optional. If you want to be certain of your seat(s), reserve your ticket(s) here.
Proof of full vaccination and face masks will be required. Masks can be removed only while eating or drinking.
BARKING ORDERS (U.S.) BY ALEX TULLO
Synopsis: When the entire British Royal family tragically dies, the Queen’s corgi finds himself next in line for the throne and in the seat of power. Running time: 00:02:15
ENTRE PAREDES (PUERTO RICO) BY ANA PAULA TEIXEIRA
Synopsis: Venus Nadando craves escapism as she finds isolated in her bathroom, when she finds herself stagnant is where she decides to venture within her own subconscious. On this journey she encounters her twin flame, and two spirit guides that lead her to her ultimate fate: freedom from all shame. Running time: 00:05:43
Festivals: Entre Paredes Premiere.
About the director: Ana Paula Teixeira is a Brazilian/Puerto Rican director and photographer raised between Puerto Rico and the U.S. diaspora. Their work captures their surroundings as a nonbinary person in Puerto Rico, the diverse members of the underground LGBTTQ+ community, and the resistance against heteronormative standards in a modern day colony. Through uses of magic realism in their cinematic and photographic narratives, they authentically portray the hyperbolism of queer youth culture existing within the island. Ana has recently graduated with a bachelors in Digital Film Production at University of Sacred Heart, and they aim to expand their worldview as an artist and activist.
PRESTIGE (IRAN) BY ZAHRA AHOOEI
Synopsis: Mahsa is an Iranian woman TV presenter. She sings and posts her videos on Instagram anonymously. As a result of this, Mahsa faces a challenge during one of her shows. She now needs to decide between leaving the country and losing her job… Running time: 00:14:55
Festivals: Venice Film Week, Boston Short FF, MikroFAF International Short FF (Winner Special Mention Plaque), Amsterdam Independent FF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Zahra Ahooei (Tehran, 1990) began her career as a writer, journalist and researcher within social, scientific and cultural realms in national press. After graduating from Hilaj Film School, Ahooei directed her first short film called “Extra Time” (2015). “Prestige” is her third short film.
PARKED (U.S.) BY YOON HEI CHO
Synopsis: An incident of an inconvenient attack at a parking lot. Panic attacks sometimes strike at an unsuspected moment. The film includes representations of having your internal consciousness struggle to get out of an inescapable internal torture chamber while your physical self, in reality, be paralyzed, and parked still Running time: 00:03:50
About the director: Yoon is an animator/filmmaker currently studying MFA in CalArts in the program of Experimental Animation. She finds interest in visually representing emotions through movements of human body figures and chaotic atmosphere.
THE CUT (CANADA) BY CHLOÉ CINQ-MARS
Synopsis: Recovering from a cesarean section, Emma finally meets her newborn son. As she overcomes her unfamiliarity and slowly falls in love with him, The Cut explores the complexity of the bond between mother and child.Running time: 00:17:00
Festivals: Fantasia IFF, Montreal (Winner Best Actress And Best Editing), Vancouver IFF, Bogoshorts, 20minmax Intl Short Ff (Winner Best Short Film), Female Eye FF Toronto, Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia, Kerry IFF, Thessaloniki Intl Short FF, Hof IFF, St.Louis IFF, and more.
About the director: Chloé Cinq-Mars wrote the screenplay of La Voce, a short film directed by David Uloth, which traveled to over 150 festivals and was awarded 54 prizes. She also wrote the feature film The Far Shore, directed by David Uloth. The Cut is her first experience as a director.
MICRO MOVIES - THE SUSPECT (GERMANY) BY FLORIAN MEIMBERG
Synopsis: The MICRO MOVIES are „the world’s shortest feature films“. A whole storyline compressed into a couple of seconds with a disturbing twist in the very end. Running time: 00:01:04
Festivals: .About the director: Florian's professional background lies in the world of ad agencies. Working for global networks as a Creative Director, Florian has created successful international campaigns for 12 years before jumping ship and becoming a film director. The 43-year-old shoots commercials, virals, documentaries, webisodes and music videos. Flo is especially interested in exploring new forms of storytelling in the field of social media.
AMAZONIA (UK) BY DOMINIC HICKS
Synopsis: Amazonia is a triptych of twisted tales about alienation and obsession based on real reviews from amazon.com. Running time: 00:08:00
Festivals: Dark Comedy Shorts, London Short FF.
About the director: Dominic Hicks is a writer and director of short films, music videos and commercials. He lives and works in London. Hicks explores alienation in contemporary culture through dark comedy and genre experimentation.
NOT A ROBOT (UK) BY GEORGE SUMMERS
Synopsis: A robot tries to break into a human facility, and is asked a security question... Running time: 00:01:00
Festivals: Boston Short FF, Sydney World FF, Toronto Arthouse FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
About the director: George Summers is an animation director from Cornwall, creating stop-motion films with an emphasis of rich storytelling and memorable characters.
SNAKE DICK (U.S.) BY DAVID MAHMOUDIEH
Synopsis: Jill's got the snake. Julia's got the flute. Alone, they have nothing. But together, they have a secret weapon to fight the darkness... Running time: 00:07:47
Festivals: South London International FF (Winner Best International Short Film), Salem Horror Fest (Winner Audience Award), Venice Film Week, British Horror FF, and more.
About the director: Born in the UK to immigrant parents, David is half-Iranian and half-British-French-Canadian. David began his career as a trainee AD on productions including “X-Files”, “The Outer Limits” and “Batman Begins”, where he was lucky enough to learn from some of the best directors in the business. He won the ECU Screenwriting Contest with his spec script, “Rain”.
FOREST (IRELAND) BY DERMOTT BURNS
Synopsis: ‘Forest’ is an experimental short film rendered using real-time graphics. Through contrasting a vibrant virtual paradise with a dark reality, the film reflects upon humanity’s ignorance of their destructive nature on earth; the innocence of youth and the indifference of adulthood. Running time: 00:02:48
Festivals: Venice Film Week, Toronto Arthouse FF, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, and more.
About the director: Dermott is a Real-time Artist/Designer and Concept Artist, based in the UK. A graduate from Ulster University and MA Graduate at Bournemouth University in animation and design, he has experience in both the video game and Animation Industry. He has previously worked as an Environment Artist on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, directed some short films and was as an Environment Lead on a real-time short film Ennui by Taunt Studios.
CELENTANO'S SEASICKNESS (ITALY) BY SAVERIO CAPPIELLO
Synopsis: Loredano, known as Celentano, due to seasickness has never been able to be a fisherman, his dream since he was a child. Now he works in a bar and waits for Alex, his nephew, who has recently started working as a fisherman, to give him a gift that initiates him into that world that is water and that he has never been able to touch. Running time: 00:12:05
Festivals: Venice Film Week (Winner Best Documentary Short Film).
About the director: Saverio Cappiello (1992, Italy) graduated from Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti (Milan). His first short film Clinamen (2015) was presented at about thirty festivals worldwide, and he's won several awards with his subsequent shorts and documentaries. He is currently working on his first feature, L’altra via.
TENDER AGE (FRANCE) BY JULIEN GASPAR-OLIVERI
Synopsis: Diane, sixteen, exclusively lives in the eyes of her mother, Sophie. Their symbiotic relationship is becoming more and more troublesome for the teenager. At school, she clumsily expresses her need to be loved the way she is at home, like when she trades a favor for a glance, in the toilets. Big mouth, provocative and attention seeker, the young girl tries to break away from her mother. For one week-end, she wishes to live like a grown up. Running time: 00:26:50
Festivals: Festival international de Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs IFF (Winner Best Live Action Short), Rhode Island FF, Brussels Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Amsterdam Independent FF, and more.
About the director: Julien Gaspar-Oliveri, actor and theatre and film director, studied theatre at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique de Paris. He began directing films with an autoproduced short film, "Loin de Benjamin", followed by the short "Passe", then the critically acclaimed film "Villeperdue". The latter had a theatrical release in 2017, was screened at various festivals and was awarded the jury and public prizes at the international Namur festival.