SHORT FILMS 2010
DEAD CAT BOUNCE
Director: Daric Gates – Screenplay: Joshua J. Durkin – Producers: Matthew J. Ryan & Rachel Stratman
Cast: Joshua Durkin, Nathan Marlowe, Greg Osbourne & Christina Iannuzzi
A Wall Street Broker discovers the secret code to the stock market and goes head to head with an underground society that’s been controlling the World Market since the fall of the Roman Empire.
COMPETITION – USA 2020 – Thriller – 30mn – European premiere
Director/Screenplay: Zdenka Simandlova – Producers: ZS & Billy Marshall
Cast: Tom Pelik, Gosia Dobrowolska, Peter Astridge, Avril Vorsay, Radek Jonak
A student’s sudden suspicion during an attempt to flee the oppression of the communist regime leads to a murder of an innocent man.
COMPETITION – Australia 2009 – Political Thriller – 13mn – European Premiere
Director: Hisham Abdel Khalek – Screenplay: HAK & Olivier Delesse – Producer: So Freakantastic
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Salim Kechiouche, Elias Abboud & Myriam Guergous
A dream that may not happen…
COMPETITION – France/Germany/Palestine 2009 – 9mn – European Premiere
Director: Reuel Kim – Producer/Screenplay: Sun W. Kim
Cast: Jun Kim, Val Lauren, Trip Hope, James Jeffrey, Caldwell Arden, Arden Cho & Marian Michaels
Forgotten is a film about 2 FBI agents, told against the backdrop of domestic human trafficking.
COMPETITION – USA 2009 – Thriller – 25mn – European Premiere
Director/Producer: Holly Mosher
Hummingbird, goes onto the streets of Brazil – a world capital for sex tourism – to see the harsh reality kids face and then shows the empowering work of two non-profits who help break the cycle of domestic violence, giving people a second chance.
COMPETITION – USA 2007 – 48mn
IN THE COMPANY OF SINNERS
Director/Writer/Producer: Michael J. Cahill
Cast: Julian Scott Urena, Leslie Connelly & Michael J. Cahill
One man’s redemption is another man’s hell.
COMPETITION – USA 2010 – Drama – 11mn
Director:/Screenplay: Thomas Ko – Producer: Sebastian Lee
Cast: Joe Seo,Terumi Shimazu & Robin Zamora
When “he” whispers, murder outbreaks.
COMPETITION – USA 2008 – Thriller – 27mn – European Premiere
Director/Screenplay: Michael Chaves – Producer: DAN GOLDWASSER
Cast: Dina Buglione, Will Kohlschreiber, Derek Lux & Greg Benson
A mysterious girl with regenerative powers is on the run.
USA 2010 – 4mn – Action Adventure – WORLD PREMIERE
MY SIMPLE STORY (Hadoutha Sagheeera)
Director/Wrirer: Izidore Musallam – Producer: Al Jazeera Childeren’s Channel
Cast: Lutof Nowaiser, Juliano Mer Khamis, Valentina Abu Osqa & Tami Spivak
A Donkey decides to return from occupied Palestine to his ancestor’s home in Haifa. Sami a nine year old energetic, smart and confident Palestinian Boy, decides to help his friend “the Donkey” in this unusual and exciting journey thru the Occupied West Bank and it’s checkpoints…
COMPETITION – Qatar 2008 – Comedy – 32mn
Director/Writer: Paul Bickel – Producer: Joe Lamirand, Christi Allen, David Ho & PB
Cast: Brian Austin Green, Zibby Allen, Genevieve Wilson
A couple struggling with their finances stumble upon an unusual roommate and exploit her bizarre nightly episodes. It’s a good, happy, fun, smile, laugh time.
USA 2010 – Comedy – 20mn – EUROPEAN PREMIERE
PRETTY LITTLE DOGGIE
Director/Writer/Producer: E. Ivan Infante
Cast: Sigfrido Echegoyen, Angela Schnaible, John Kelly, Jimmy as Bobo. Animals by Paws for Effect.
Sometimes the best results come from the worst intentions.
COMPETITION – USA 2010 – Comedy – 7mn
THE NORTH ROAD (Tariq ila Shimal)
Director/Screenplay: Carlos Chahine – Producer: Samuel Chauvin & Paul Saadoun
Cast: CC, Matthieu Marie, Camille Figuereo & Fadi Abi Samra
Karim, mid 40’s, lives in France since his early teenage years. For the first time in many years he returns to Lebanon to transfer his father’s remains, who died during the war, from Beirut to his home village.
COMPETITION – Lebanon/France 2009 – Drama – 25mn
OUT OF COMPETITION (Hors Competition)
Director: Hugues Philippart – Producers: HP & Gam Saragan
Cast: The Monaco Charity Film Festival
Armen & Hugues, two independent filmmakers are promoting their own Documentary “Tjukurrpa, the Dream Time” at last year’s MCFF.
OUT OF COMPETITION – France 2010 – Humor – 13mn – WORLD PREMIERE
THE PROJECT (El Machroua)
Director/Screenplay: Mohamed Ali Nahdi – Producer: MAN & SVP Productions
Cast: Saif Manai, Souad Mahassen & Ahmed Landolsi
Things are happening, but is it really happening in “real life”!
COMPETITION – Tunisia 2009 – Action/Drama – 24mn – European Premiere
THE SCENTS OF SHADOWS (عبق الظلال)
Director: Hafez Ali Abdulla – Screenplay: Addulrahamm Mohsen – Producer: Hafez Ali & Hamad Ali
The story of Cinema houses in Qatar.
COMPETITION – Qatar 2009 – Documentary – 27mn
Director/Screenplay: Emma Rozanski – Producer: John Ma
Cast: Jan Langford-Penny, Donna Brooks, Saban Berryll & Wendy Strehlow
A dark Tale about a woman who kills herself with her imagination.
COMPETITION – Australia 2009 – Drama – 12mn
Director/Screenplay: Zdenka Simandlova – Producers: ZS & Billy Marshall Stoneking
Cast: Tom Pelik, Radek Jonak & Lech Mackiewicz
A prisoner’s confession, gained by the means of psychological pressure, reveals that there’s much more at stake than the game’s purpose of toughening up inmates decided to play – their mutual trust is at stake.
COMPETITION – Australia 2009 – Drama – 11mn – WORLD PREMIERE
THE WALKWAY (Przejscie)
Director/Writer/Producer: Paulina Gedymin
With the People of Breslau, Poland
We are so different, but yet so similar in our everyday situations.
COMPETITION – Poland 2010- Documentary – 4mn – WORLD PREMIERE
WHERE IS SHE? LEBANON!
Director/Screenplay: Chris Kriesa
3rd part of the Saga WHERE IS SHE? First 2 were screened at MCFF: Where is She? India! and Where is She? Brazil!
COMPETITION – USA 2010 – Road Movie – 18mn – WORLD PREMIERE
Director/Screenplay: Amanda Abou Abdallah – Produced: Liliane Hanbali
Cast: Patricia Khoury, Dzovig Torikian, Sandy Hnoud, Rana Eid & Nathaly Lahoud.
University: USEK (Universite Saint Esprit, Kaslik, Lebanon)
5 different Lebanese women living in Lebanon, talking about their inner struggles, fears, dream and self-image.
COMPETITION – Lebanon 2009 – Experimental – 11mn – 2nd Prize Winner @ NDUFF (Notre Dame University Film Festival, Lebanon)
Director/Written/Producer: Alexei Gubenco
University: Hyperion University, Bucharest, Romania
A drying handkerchief is tempted by the passing cranes.
OUT OF COMPETITION – Romania 2008 – Animation – 3mn
I GO (아이고)
Director /Writer/Producer: Miss Lee Eun Jin
Cast: Jang Heung-kyu
Dongseo University – Im Kwon-teak College of Film & Performing Arts (Pusan, South Korea)
You, also, cannot avoid death.
COMPETITION – South Korea 2010 – Drama 19mn – WORLD PREMIERE
IN THE WOMB OF MY MIND
Director/Screenplay: Sara Boutine
Cast: Mariam El Naser, Elliot terz, Muhannad Harriri & Nour Boutine.
University: LAU (Lebanese American University, Lebanon)
Triggered by her need to move and feel again. Lara uses her bus to travel back into fading memories. Will fingers play with or against her?
COMPETITION – Lebanon 2009 – Fiction/Fantasy – 9mn – 4th Prize Winner @ NDUFF – European Premiere
IT WOULD BE SPLENDID, YET…
Director/Writer: Lina Lužytė – Producer: Kęstutis Drazdauskas
Cast: Gabija Ryškuvienė, Rytis Saladžius, Rimantė Valiukaitė, Andrius Paulavičius, Domas Pirštelis, Gintarė Čepukonytė, Irena Jankutė, Sonata Visockaitė, Mykolas Vildžiūnas, Eglė Driukaitė & Dmitrij Denisiuk.
Film School: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Lithuania is finally independent. Danguole is entitled to welcome an American press-photographer coming to Lithuania to make a photo reportage. In three days Danguole decides to change the whole world.
COMPETITION – Lithuania 2009 – 28mn
Directors: Youmna Aoukar, Alexandre Marchetti & Renee Chao
Cast: Colin Faber, Charles Blass, Todd Miller, Onka’a Davis
University: Parsons School of Design (New York City)
Junction is about people with talent but often not heard.
COMPETITION – USA 2009 – Social – 12mn – WORLD PREMIERE
JACK IN THE BOX
Director/Writer: Michael Ryan Lawrence – Producer: Nance Nickels
Cast: Brandon DeLany, John Rubinow, Todd Scalia, Mike McNamee, Joe Richie, Max Webb, Courtney Black, Monique Zordan, Michael Ryan Lawrence & Hayley Karl
Film School: The Los Angeles Film School
In this business you have to take what you want, sometimes kicking and screaming.
COMPETITION – USA 2009 – Comedy – 28mn – WORLD PREMIERE
Director/Screenplay: Jessica Younes – Producers: Antoine Younes- Anthony Younes & JY
Cast: Joseph Azoury & Elham Abi Rached
It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
COMPETITION – Lebanon 2010 – Dark Comedy – 15mn – WORLD PREMIERE
THE PALACE OF DREAMS (꿈의 궁전)
Director/Writer: Miss Jung Ji-yeon
Cast: Tae Won – JUNG , & Chang Seok – YOO
DongSeo University – Im Kwon-teak College of Film & Performing Arts (Pusan, South Korea)
A Boy does not know the meaning of Death. So he thinks that it is better than life. So I want to express another side of Death.
COMPETITION – South Korea 2010 – 17mn – WORLD PREMIERE
LE PRINTEMPS AILLEURS (Spring Elsewhere)
Director/Screenplay/Producer: Ingrid Bawab
Cast: Elie Skaff, Saad Shaar, Dimah Taouk, Joy Bawab, Lise Bawab & Joelle Habib
University: NDU (Notre Dame University, Lebanon)
Claude 24 years old guy knows that war is near, but his friends are dreaming of another Lebanon. Le Printemps Ailleurs is a short movie that tries to gain back good memories before the war.
COMPETITION – Lebanon 2010 – Drama – 11mn – WORLD PREMIERE
A STRAWBERRY (딸기 )
Director/Writer/Producer: Kim Bong-joon
Cast: Kim Mi-jung & Cho Ho-chun
DongSeo University – Im Kwon-teak College of Film & Performing Arts (Pusan, South Korea)
Women’s pain will continue.
COMPETITION – South Korea 2010 – 9mn – WORLD PREMIERE
Director/Screenplay: Alain Donio
Cast: Mohamed Mokbel, Hani El Khatib & Lara Matar
University: ALBA (Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut, Lebanon)
A love story that unfolds till obsession
COMPETITION – Lebanon 2009 – Drama – 27mn – 3rd Prize Winner @ NDUFF – European Premiere*
TALK TO THE BRAIN
Director/Screenplay/Producer: Naji Beshara
Cast: Dr. Joseph Bechara, Raul Mallat, Fouad Habr, Hala Halaoui &Lynn Dagher
In a typical private Catholic School, a fascist Rector does whatever it takes to raise a worthy generation.
COMPETITION – Lebanon 2010 – Drama/Satire – 15mn – WORLD PREMIERE
LE TEMPS DES CERISES
Director/Screenplay: Robert Cremona
Cast: Olga Fleonova & Yann Maricamp.
University: IESAV (University Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon)
In “The Quiet town where nothing goes wrong” Alice, 13 years old, is waiting for the train that will take her far away, to a land where she would be free to enjoy the simple things in life…Her wish started to come true the day she fell on the mysterious paper that reads, “Congratulations you have won a one way ticket to ‘Le Temps des Cerises’ »
COMPETITION – Lebanon 2009 – Fantay/Drama – 21mn – Winner 1st Prize @ NDUFF – European Premiere
TO PEEL THE UNKNOWN (A Peler l’Inconu)
Director/Screenplay: Dimah Tawk – Producer: IBS Multimedia
Cast: Ingrid Bawab, Fouad Fadel, & Mark Najjar
Ever since the beginning of time, humanity is being haunted by the mystery of death. Ceaselessly we search to solve that enigma, yet to no avail. To Peel the Unknown is the story of a young girl who experiences an uncertainty about her real existence, the constant fear of death that erodes her thoughts brings her up to a conflict of deicing between giving up her life or facing the logic of her own self existence.
COMPETITION – Lebanon 2010 – Experimental – 13mn – WORLD PREMIERE
HEROES OF CONSCIENCE: THE US "NON-VIOLENCE" PEACE MOVEMENT
DAVID HARRIS, POLITICAL PRISONER
Director/Screenplay: Neil Reichline
Neil Reichline’s first Documentary records the logic of political Resistance through interviews with U.S. political activist and former Stanford University student body president, David Harris, and through the final speech David Harris made before he was taken to Federal Prison as a draft resister.
USA 1971 – Documentary – 25mn – WORLD PREMIERE
Director/Screenplay: Charles Domokos
Narrator: Robert Grant
Bill Garaway, a Los Angeles draft resister, receives a five year prison sentence and is released on bail while he files a court appeal. Noted Film Critic Kevin Thomas wrote in the “Los Angeles Times” review of the film: “‘The Resister” documents six months in the life of Bill Garaway as he waits out his appeal on a draft evasion conviction. It is not only the story of Garaway, but of an entire generation of young people who began by protesting Vietnam and have ended up creating a counterculture.”
USA 1971 – Documentary – 30mn – WORLD PREMIERE
TOGETHER AT THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF NON-VIOLENCE
Director: Robert Silverthorne & Attila Domokos – Producer/Screenplay: RS
This film documents the early days of political activist Ira Sandperl and folk-singer Joan Baez’ “Institute for the Study of Non-Violence” in Monterey and Palo Alto, California, the groundbreaking American organization that put Gandhi’s non-violent ideas of political action into practice in the U.S. The film also examines the relationship between American Universities such as Stanford University and the U.S. military-industrial complex.
USA 1970 – Documentary – 35mn – WORLD PREMIERE
HEROES OF CONSCIENCE