Screening program 2020: 

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Amos is Zawadi

Zawadi is a Tanzanian young man who was born with a serious motor disability. In fact, he can not be independent. With him, there is his cousin Amos who takes care of him day by day.   Their place is not yet ready to hold them.




Best European Film


Life in a ordinary café is disrupted by the intrusion of a weird and authoritative woman who starts manipulating the customers as if they were puppets. In spite of themselves, they become both spectators and actors in a somewhat macabre drama. In this café turned into a stage, the life of a man from his birth to his death is (being) told. The story of his fate, bound to choices that are not always choices. The story of a mysterious man, in turn surprising or frightening, maybe because deep down we are very much like him. But is it just a game? Where is the story leading us to? Are we the spectators or the actors of that life?




Best Director

Open lock

Lou becomes an agoraphobic after an argument with his friend over one of his O.C.D episode, as his food supply ends he finds a job on-line as an image consultant. In the process of helping Jessie (another agoraphobic person) with her looks, they fall in love, she is not aware he is an agoraphobic, a conflict starts when the time comes for them to see each other.


United States



Best Cast

Vladivostok Terminus

Where is the "eastern border" of Europe in Russia? What about “the Russian soul”, today, 100 years after what Dostoievski wrote about Europe? Filmed in the train from Moscow to Vladivostok : 9282 km with the mythical trans-Siberian, and 12 cities and villages, we stop along the journey. Film-investigation during this trip (40 days and 40 nights) in Russia, where I am confronted to more than one hundred people. What are the feelings of Russian, in 2018, regarding Europe, their borders and the European feelings? With many events and many encounters, I am also the protagonist of this movie with my three partners, one French camerawoman and two Russian women for translation and sound recording.



English, French, Russian


Official Selection

Tables of Istanbul

Tables of Istanbul captures the personal story of a sociologist, Turkish immigrant, and passionate cook exploring food cultures in Istanbul. The documentary investigates Turkish cuisine, Istanbul’s place within it, and food movements through conversations with chefs, restaurateurs, researchers, food writers, activists and families. The film starts in Alaska (USA), investigating how identity and food come together on a dinner table, and travels to Istanbul (Turkey) in search of answers


United States

English, Turkish

Official Selection


StarPeople2007 is a feature length script about other dimensional contact and lucid dreams.

114 Pages

United States




Official Selection

The Michael Jackson Magical Moon-Tour

The avant-garde documentary is a dramatized interview between Michael Jackson and an interviewer named Eve. The film is set in the year 2023, in an 'alternate-reality' where Michael Jackson is still alive.




Best Documentary Feature


A young newly married couple settle into their new apartment. When Eleanor's mother comes to dinner she realises that there's some things that she needs to face up to.


United Kingdom


Best Actress

The Line that Divides

The Border in between the US and Mexico: some of its history and what's going on right now.


United States

English, Spanish


Official Selection

A Family Barbecue

An African American family reunites for its annual barbecue get together where one of the youngsters introduces his new girlfriend from South Korea which results in a funny cultural and social clash.


United States


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Best Actor


Julie is a French immigrant who just moved to NY to pursue her American dream and starts working in a small chaotic restaurant. It's her first shift and nothing goes as expected. In addition to the customer’s weirdest requests, Julie also has to deal with a co-worker animosity. It sucks to be the newbie.


United States


Best Cinematography

Small Town Wisconsin

Wayne Stobierski is the most fun-loving, hardest-living party animal in Rhinelander, Wisconsin (population 7,798). Just ask his favorite wingman, Tyler, who’s seen it all, lived it all, loved it all. Only problem? Tyler is Wayne’s nine year old son. When Wayne learns the devastating news that he is losing shared custody and that his beloved wingman will be moving far away, he plans a special weekend for his son to remember him by –– a trip to the big city of their dreams Milwaukee, Wisconsin (population 592,025). Poor Wayne. The moment he’s out of his small town comfort zone, he finds his plans spinning comically out of control. When Wayne passes out drunk before he can find a hotel room, his best friend and chaperone, Chuck, decides to take the gang to Wayne’s estranged sister Alicia’s house. Wayne is none too happy to wake up and find himself in the middle of an unscheduled family reunion. But there’s nothing quite like family to help find levity in heartache. Surrounded by love -- some of it tough, all of it genuine -- Wayne finds himself facing down his demons, all while showing his son the most spectacular time of his life.


United States



Best Comedy

Wapping - The Workers' Story

A modern day Citizen Kane, told from the worker's point of view. The story of a strike / lockout caused by tycoon Murdoch sacking 6000 of his workers to increase profits. The film exposes the deep and enduring immorality at the heart of the News International Empire. The defeat of this workers strike led to the falling wages and corporate control of the media of today. The loss of this historical struggle has affected the lives of the 99% for the worst. The film is totally funded by donations with no corporate support.


United Kingdom


Official Selection

Mountain Of Light

The British Crown Jewels contain an infamous diamond - Originating from India, the famed 'Kohinoor' or 'Mountain Of Light' is now the thing of legend. But a group of British Asian thieves wants it back.


United Kingdom



Official Selection

Swordsman: Gabriel Moked

A documentary portrait of Gabriel Moked, who moved from Warsaw to Israel after World War II, quickly learned Hebrew, and published a literary magazine while still in high school. It was his first step toward becoming an editor and publisher who would shock the young Israeli establishment. A professor of philosophy and enfant terrible of the world of Israeli literature, he was the first to discover and publish works by Yona Wallach, David Avidan, Aharon Appelfeld and others. Today, at the age of 85, after 60 years as publisher of the literary magazine Achshav (“Now”), he has no plans to retire. He draws his sword for another round of battle, with a new generation of Israeli poets.





Official Selection


Our seas are full of plastic. Vito is a little fish and lives in the sea but it's not the sea. He lives in a very particular house. This short film tells us the sad story of Vito




Best Experimental Film


A young woman abandons her dying mother to free laboratory animals; capturing the world’s attention and forever changing the vivisection industry (based on real events).

93 Pages





Best Screenplay

The Chameleon

In The Chameleon, we see the phases in the life cycle of a girl who changes her color into the color of any man that touches her life.






Best Drama Short

Dream Arabesque

“Dream Arabesque” is an experimental music video featuring the dance performance of Casey Lee Thorne in an exotic dream sequence.




Best Music Video

A Gallery View

A man walks into a painting he is viewing at an art gallery and embarks on a mysterious adventure.




Official Selection


Overcome is a story about John, a young adult with autism who, one day, get lost on a basketball court. On this court, he’ll meet George and Alonzo, with whom he’ll play. This event will make John want to play more. A thirst for competition, despite his handicap, despite everything that will go against him.




Official Selection



Documentary Award

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Awards For Short Films
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