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NARRATIVE SHORTS COMPETITION

Showings – select to order tickets:
Apr 3rd @ 10:45 am
@ Hollywood Regal #7 (119)

BALLOON

Narrative Competition (Shorts) LGBTQ Drama Fantasy

Exploring gender through the lens of the superhero myth, BALLOON questions how we raise boys when our concept of masculinity has become narrow.

For fourteen-year-old Sam, surviving junior high means staying below radar. But that becomes impossible after he becomes the target of the school’s next viral video. He’s pressured to “hit back,” but Sam isn’t so sure—even if he does have super powers.

  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    United States
  • Director:
    Jeremy Merrifield
  • Screenwriter:
    Jeremy Merrifield, Dave Testa
  • Cast:
    Paul Scheer, Jonah Beres, Jaylin Ogle, Carson Severson

He Left Instructions

Narrative Competition (Shorts)

After the loss of their brother two estranged sisters show up to collect his belongings. What they find is his inspirational last instructions for them.

  • Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    United States
  • Director:
    Zeke Farrow
  • Screenwriter:
    Zeke Farrow

My Dinner With Werner

Narrative Competition (Shorts) Comedy

Based on real events, real people, and real things they actually said, MY DINNER WITH WERNER is a wildly bizarre and wacky farce about a 1987 dinner date with a murder plot as the main dish.

  • Runtime:
    17:47 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    United States
  • Director:
    Maverick Moore
  • Screenwriter:
    Maverick Moore, Ryan McNamara
  • Cast:
    Chynna Walker, Matthew Sanders, Andrew Perez, Grant Virtue

Parachute

Narrative Competition (Shorts) Drama Asian African American Spotlight

Wendy is one of thousands of Chinese "parachute kids" seeking a new kind of American Dream: her parents saved up for years to earn her a one-way ticket to the US and a coveted spot at an American high school.

But upon arrival, she found that the "school" is clearly not what the brochures promised. Over time, her Dream has morphed into disdain. She's alone, an ocean away from home, and invisible in the looming shadow of Silicon Valley.

Everything changes when a new Chinese student moves in with Wendy's host family. Mei Ling is kind and caring... but is she friend or foe?

  • Runtime:
    14:24 minutes
  • Language:
    English,Mandarin Chinese
  • Country:
    United States
  • Director:
    Katherine Tolentino
  • Screenwriter:
    Katherine Tolentino
  • Cast:
    Nicky Zou, Zoe Lau, Bettina Devin, Ross Turner, Chris Markle

The Chef

Youthfest (All Ages) Narrative Competition (Shorts) Drama Sci-FI

In the near future, when all labor works are replaced by humanoids, a Chinese chef, Pu (60s) is ordered to pass on his cooking skill to a humanoid robot William and to teach him Chinese cooking. Designed to satisfy his owner, William tries to follow Pu’s every instruction, but his robotic demand for precision and perfection is essentially contradictory to Chinese cooking. At the same time, the protests against AI replacing the human labor are more and more intense. Qiang, Pu’s apprentice is also one of the protestors. Since Qiang disappoints Pu time and time again in cooking, Pu starts to get closer with William, which pushes him to the opposite of human beings. Pu becomes at a loss in this dilemma.

  • Runtime:
    19:50 minutes
  • Language:
    Chinese,English
  • Country:
    United States
  • Director:
    Hao Zheng
  • Screenwriter:
    Ithaca Yixian Deng & Leqi Vanessa Kong
  • Cast:
    Jim Lau, Quinn Von Hoene, Allen Theosky Rowe

The Geeble Show

Narrative Competition (Shorts) Comedy Drama

Geeble, begins his journey in America. He must earn extra money to help cure his Sisters rare condition. Along the way, he hopes to connect with people, in his unique way.

  • Runtime:
    26 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    United States
  • Director:
    John Jeffrey Martin
  • Screenwriter:
    John Jeffrey Martin
  • Cast:
    John Jeffrey Martin, Marcus Neville, Daniel Stewart Sherman
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