2019 Festival & Results

The festival took place at Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple Street, Marcellus NY on 16th November 2019. Here are the winners of the categories, as voted for by the audience. The Grand Prize winner is Radheya Jegatheva’s film “Hide & Seek”.

WinnerHighly Commended
AnimationThe QuietHow & Why Don Jose Dissipated
ComedyRobbery in ProgressPledge It!
DramaThe CatchElephantbird
Female FilmmakersLola
Family & HomeThe Family Gathering
HorrorHide & Seek
Children’s MoviesBagold!

This is the whole schedule, with film title, duration, director, country of origin and supplied synopsis:

Andrew O’KeefeAustralia
When a girl makes a magical discovery in her egg box, she sets out to discover which of her chickens laid the golden egg.
Nasser Goes To Space 10.00
Mohamed Al MahmeedQatar
Nasser, a creative young boy, envisions himself as a space adventurer, and goes on a mission to find his parents’ love in an attempt to save their marriage.
Amal Al-MuftahQatar
Upon hearing a myth about falling stars, a young girl’s curiosity is sparked. When night falls on AlWakrah village, she sets out on her father’s boat, with the assistance of her older brother, to chase the fabled comets.
Raymond Limantara SutisnaSingapore
“There isn’t enough room for the both of us.” Two painters battle out what space they have to paint in their own style. 
Bube Maises6.00
Or levyIsrael
Yaffa is a 80 years old woman who live in a nursing home and has dementia. the dementia causes her to live her childhood again. At that time, her dad who was a business man was traveling the world and sending her postcards from every country he visited, and she imagined her with him in his adventures. at the end we find out that her daughter, Miri, is forging Yaffa this postcards today to keep her mother happy.
How And Why Don Jose Dissipated12.63
Moshe Ben-AvrahamSpain
A delighted bee disturbs the tranquility of vacationers on a quiet pastoral island. Disturbing Don Jose in the middle of a relaxing gaze, he spits at her and she falls into his drink. Attempting to save her from drowning, Don Jose becomes emotionally attached to the bee. When the bee is suddenly devoured by a duck, Don Jose starts his pursuit of the duck, embarking on a chase of logic and a surrealistic journey into the depths of his consciousness.
Legend Of Ancient Borneo8.72
Geoffrey Sinn Chun HouMalaysia
Four warriors of a village in ancient Borneo were going after a gang of reptiles savages who ravaged their village and took the village’s sacred dragon skull, but they soon found out the truth behind their village’s prosperity and the untold history of the dragon skull.
Out For A Spin1.72
Abigail SpillaneUnited States
An exploration of the origins of film and animation and its early use in spinning toys known as phenakistiscopes.
Hanna SköldSweden
With a mix of claymation and live action we enter the world of Love, who’s 2 years old and struggles to get attention from his father and connect to his Granny. But Loves father has no time, to see him or to listen, since he’s totally preoccupied with trying go get grandma out of bed.
Anna Cangellaris United States
Sophie longs to be reborn while seeking to know her double. A party in the hills of Los Angeles offers a corporeal shift to her existence.  
Michelle BrandUnited Kingdom
People come, people go – Yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We all are sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see. The film explores the idea of how everyone is connected in a way we may not realise. By sharing time, space and movement, we overlap and create a bigger picture.
The Film Roll1.00
Brook PruittUnited States
Stop Motion of a Super 8 mm film cartridge sliding and rolling into a Super 8 mm film camera then the film camera slides off the screen.
The Quiet10.00
Radheya JegathevaAustralia
When an astronaut ponders on the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.
Linnéa HavilandSweden
Voices in a crowd stir violent emotions, microaggressions bring up past traumas. Then a turning shifts the emotional landscape… A short animated film about the emotional impact of homo- bi- and transphobia on young people, and how support and community can help us grow.
12:00 COMEDY
A Comedy4.32
Jay YoungUnited States
A Husband briefly visits home during the work day.  He and his wife have a conversation made entirely of jokes, puns and one-liners. 
Dog Gone7.07
Tommy WooldridgeUnited States
When a bumbling cartoonist loses his dog, he gets creative in the frantic search to find his furry best friend.
Fart Force8.00
Rob Imbs, Dominic LuongoUnited States
Fart Force is an episodic docu-crime drama that follows the lives of two Queen City detectives.
Pledge It 13.22
Rachael SonnenbergUnited States
Public school children around the country say the pledge of allegiance every day, but for the second graders at Reileigh elementary allegiance was not such an easy sell. A filmmaker explores the comical chain of events that left classroom 3C in utter ruin, turning morning meeting into morning anarchy.
Robbery In Progress8.02
James MarloweUnited States
A wannabe bank robber picks the wrong day to begin his life of crime.
The Big Questions In Life6.37
Ingrid HübscherGermany
A little girl gets bored waiting for her mother at a cafe and finds a boy to play with. 
1:00pm DRAMA
 The Visit15.00
Christian WernerGermany
Klaus (60) works voluntary as a Santa Claus in a shopping mall. After an exhausting day, he considers to hang up his job. But then, he gets a call from the children’s intensive care unit. 
A Family Tradition11.00
Giuseppe CardaciItaly
It’s Mauro’s first birthday since his wife passed away. His two daughters, Giulia and Clara, don’t seem to agree on a way to celebrate it: one wants to continue with mum’s tradition, while the other wants to do something new. Either way this will be the chance to finally reveal a secret and find all together the carelessness that had been lost.
Angel’s Mirror14.00
Cheng ChaoChina
In China, in the early 1990’s, a little boy and his family have just come to live in a large factory complex. As he explores his new surroundings, he comes across other boys his age playing ping-pong — and discovers that they are fascinated by a cute little girl who spends her days looking out from the window of an upstairs apartment. Wanting to know more about the girl, he comes up with his own unique way of starting a friendship with her.
Masoud SoheiliAfghanistan
A mini-bus is on a journey across the mountains to Kabul. Each person on the bus has a reason to take this journey. An old man is traveling to give a turkey to his grandchild, as his last wish before dying. However, the main road is blocked by insurgents. They decide to use an alternative road, which is not very secure, and there is still the possibility of getting caught by insurgents.
Sunny Wai Yan ChanUnited States
“Godspeed” is a story about a mother saying goodbye to her son at the airport. The son wants a hug, but the reserved mother is reluctant to do so. The seemingly small conflict between the two is amplified by the close-ups of their faces, visualizing the weight of struggle each of them is experiencing.
Roqiye tavakoliIran
“Parvaneh is a hungry fourty-year-old girl.”
Wojciech LorencUnited States
Shaholly Ayers, a congenital amputee, was once told that she could never become a model.  This emotional film talks about her struggles, and eventual big break that allowed her to live her dream, and change the way people perceive disability.  With her unbridled spirit and tenacious attitude, there is no telling what amazing things she may accomplish.
The Catch5.83
Sam AveryUnited States
Sometimes, it really is just a fish story…  
The Interpreter3.27
Martin BarandallaSpain
Saioa and her mother Ana Mari go to pray to the Virgin. Saioa is only an interpreter between her mother and the Virgin but, with a little pressure, Saioa is also ready to ask for something else.
The Transaction3.00
Matthieu VINELFrance
In the heart of the Ardèche mountains, an elegant young man drives a 1965 Triumph TR4. On the winding road, he’s having a great time. He looks great behind the wheel of the gleaming car! That’s what this beautiful hitchhiker, picked up on the road, thinks…
Padrick RitchUnited States
A young woman makes one last trip to the beach before leaving town.
Zero Gravity4.82
Lukas HablitzelGermany
When two boys parents start splitting up, the older tells the younger a story to make him understand
Big Oil1.57
Felipe SanchezN/A
Oil powers the world. What happens when oil disappears?
Mni Wiconi: Water Is Life2.73
Miguel Antonio Genz, Jeremias GalanteUnited States
A short film on the environment and how the fossil fuel industry is affecting climate change. It’s a black and white hand drawn film dedicated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Territory. The main theme is about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The intention of the film is to create social awareness regarding contamination of natural resources.
Ba Guan – Ah Gong13.83
Clifford MiuTaiwan
Summer of 04′, post-SARS. Taipei, Taiwan. Initially distracted by his western-influenced cousin Tina, Eleven year old Chris eventually discovers that his reluctant mother and his two uncles have decided to pull the plug on his beloved grandfather. The film depicts the impacts of medical intubation on loved ones, seen from the eyes of an eleven year old boy.
Family Ties: Interviews In Clay3.13
Stephan LeeperUnited States
Animated self-portraits reflecting on family members and meaningful moments. 
Samiramis KiaCanada
In this family drama, a Russian immigrant couple do all they can to provide help to their daughter while facing their differences.
Ejun HongKorea
Mother is about my 92-year-old grandfather, who lost his mother when he was only 3-year-old.    He now has Alzheimer’s and is living the last days of his life. I love and respect him very much, so I wanted to pay tribute to him by creating a film that shows his challenging yet successful life. Setting his mother as the central theme of the film, I wanted to deliver a message that the love between a mother and son never fades away.  Mother made my grandfather experience the everlasting love between him and his mother in a way he never has.
The Family Gathering 9.98
Nicole BrokawUnited States
The Family Gathering is a short documentary co-produced by Nicole Brokaw and Elanor Harris on artists in the glassworking community of Corning, New York. The film dives into the story of a family of glassmakers from the Hands-On Glass Hot Glass Studio. 
A Family Recipe That Cannot Be Followed Written Down2.30
Elaine ZhangUnited States
A first-generation Chinese-American woman mourns her immigrant father by following the traditional family recipe that she learned from him as a little girl. 
A Girl Like Me7.90
Melissa GlasscockUnited States
This animated short highlights accomplishments of women in the fields of science, engineering, technology, math, the arts, sports and humanitarian work.
Amir Ali20.00
Amir Ali is a teenage boy whose parents are getting a divorce. His mother has left their home and Amir Ali has one task to do before he takes off with his sister: he has to find a red folder containing important documents and take it to his mother.
Ella McKeonUnited States
A young girl has trouble fitting in and begins to create her own reality.
Fatemeh MohammadiIran
Mehrbanoo tries everything to make her husband’s life, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, worth living. Rental issues and the absence of their children and grandchildren take their toll in this sensitive portrayal
5:00pm HORROR
Across The Street4.98
Caden H. HollanderUnited States
After a lonely teenage boy (Jacob Morilak) has a bag of candy stolen on Halloween, he must go on an insane bizarre adventure to retrieve it!
Hide And Seek9.97
Radheya JegathevaAustralia
Want to find yourself? Be careful what you wish for. Yifei, a university student who struggles with his identity and longs to ‘find himself’, picks up an abandoned USB. Curious, he plugs it into his laptop to find two images: one which says ‘HIDE’, the other shows a disturbing image. This triggers a curiosity where throughout his day he begins to see a numbered countdown. Will he find himself? Be careful what you wish for.
Ella McKeonUnited States
Based on the true life events of a man who wanted to be a clown but had far worse intentions.
Donovan Colan, Acadia ColanCanada
Alone in his house after school one day, a boy hears something strange in the attic and realizes he might not be the only one there.
The Butcher Shop5.50
Ella McKeonUnited States
A group of friends make a day around going to an ‘Escape Room’, but they soon find, there is no escape.
Riccardo Menicatti, Bruno UgioliItaly
Two agents grill a guy suspected to hide a secret. CAUTION: Contains offensive language.
Not Present3.50
Ian PotterUnited States
Two friends out camping face a horrific situation – but in reality, do they at all?
6:00pm Announcement of Winners

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