Official Selection 2018

STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war by Susan Scott

South Africa - 2018 - Feature Documentary

 

 

Two first-time filmmakers explore the war for rhino horn. Initially setting out on a six-month project, the duo leave their jobs, sell their homes, move in with their mothers and give up nearly four years of their lives to document not just the rhinos but the various people connected to this iconic animal. In this roller-coaster ride between Africa and Asia, the two women embed themselves on the front-lines of a species genocide where they are given exclusive access to the enforcement aspect of the fight. 

From rangers, pilots and K9 units patrolling the hardest hit national parks to elite police units raiding wildlife trafficking dens in major cities… they find themselves in some hair-raising situations. 

Grand H by Frédérique Buck

Luxembourg - 2018 - Feature Documentary

3 years after the migration “crisis” that “hit” Europe in 2015, Grand H(umanity) tackles the conflict between migration policies (the system) and humanity by giving the floor to 15 activists, committed citizens and professionals (reception class teacher, psychiatrist, asylum lawyer, NGO project managers,  committed citizens in the refugee camps in Greece & Luxembourgish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn included). Grand H challenges the biased asylum narrative by examining and raising awareness on the dehumanization inherent to European asylum policies and governance.

15 vérité-testimonials about social courage,activism, the magic of human bonds edited like a surreal dialogue for a polyphonic, social justice documentary.

Lifeboat by Skye Fitzgerald

USA - 2018 - Short Documentary

LIFEBOAT showcases the crisis of refugees desperate enough to risk their lives in rubber boats leaving Libya in the middle of the night and pushing off into the unknown, despite a high probability of drowning.

With few resources but certain that civil society must intervene, a team of global volunteers risks the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts. In a political environment increasingly hostile to immigrants and refugees, documenting and showcasing the real-life predicament of those fleeing war and oppression is more vital and important than ever. In a real-life context with dire consequences, the LIFEBOAT puts a human face on one of the world’s greatest contemporary, global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way.

The March of Hope by Jim Croft

Germany - 2018 - Feature Documentary

Inverting the parameters of what a road movie should be, „The March of Hope“, tackles the plight of refugees from the most unlikely perspective: a little yellow van.

Two friends set out from Berlin in the hope of learning first hand about the lives of refugees in Europe. During filming the “Refugee Crisis” would reach its apotheosis as the EU-Turkey Pact is agreed and the “Balkan Route” is closed.  

The documentary is a deeply personal and emotional perspective on the subject of human rights, and challenges the thresholds of how a humanitarian crisis can be tackled in film. Rather than becoming a film on refugees, it became a living document to the power of the human spirit in unspeakable circumstances. “The March of Hope” is a celebration of everything which makes us a human, and a stinging rebuke in film to the xenophobia growing in Europe.

The best of all worlds by Adrian Goiginger

Austria - 2016 - Feature Fiction

 

 

Based on true events seven year old Adrian is growing up in the underground drug scene of the Austrian city Salzburg, famous for culture and classical music. 

His mother Helga is torn between her drug addiction and her love and dedication for her son. 

Despite this environment Adrian has a happy and normal childhood, the best of all worlds. 

Their relationship is tested to the limit when the authorities and child welfare services find out about Helga’s addiction.

The Hostage by Kerstin Höckel

Germany - 2016 - Short Fiction

 

 

The Hostage fetches Friedrich von Schillers ballad about a friendship beyond death to highly topical today’s Berlin: Two refugee girls exchange their identities, because one of them shall be deported and desires to say goodbye to her lover. 

The airplane with her best friend is about to start. But she runs to free the hostage.

This act of true love moves the passengers. And they stand up for the girls to prevent the take off.

The Lavender scare by Josh Howard

USA - 2018 - Feature Documentary

 

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. 

It triggers a vicious witch hunt that ruins tens of thousands of lives and thrusts an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement. 

Featuring the voices of Glenn Close, David Hyde Pierce, Zachary Quinto, TR Knight and Cynthia Nixon, The Lavender Scare shines a light on a forgotten episode in American history while carrying a message that seems more relevant with each passing day.

What happened to Evie by Kate Cheeseman

UK - 2018 - Short Fiction

A girl’s fractured memories distort the truth of a sexual assault in this multi-layered thriller.

Winner of Best International Short Fiction at Galway Film Fleadh, ‘What Happened to Evie’ is a complex thriller about a young woman piecing together and dealing with her memories of a sexual attack. Taking the audience through her own journey, this short deals with some of society’s own prejudices in a subtle and informative way. 

A girl’s fractured memories distort the truth of a sexual assault in this multi-layered thriller.

‘What Happened to Evie’ is a complex thriller about a young woman piecing together and dealing with her memories of a sexual attack. Taking the audience through her own journey, this short deals with some of society’s own prejudices in a subtle and informative way.

Meeting between two parked cars by Anna Linken

Germany - 2016 - Short Fiction

 

 

 

 

Controversial short about a young woman being raped on her way home.

Mimicry by Jennifer von Schuckmann

Germany - 2018 - Short Fiction

About the sexual and spiritual self-discovery of the protagonist Mimi, who identifies herself as a gay girl.

In Our Hands - Seeding Change by Jo Baker

UK- 2017 - Feature Documentary

 

 

 

 

The inspiring story behind the blood, sweat and tears of the British farmers seizing the Brexit moment to outgrow the industrial food system

Rising Sons by Erin Heidenreich

USA- 2016 - Short Documentary

 

 

 

 

Rising Sons is a short documentary film directed by Erin Heidenreich about a radical and unique approach to end the cycle of violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, through the gentle yet radical transformation of men. This intimate film provides an opportunity to witness the evolution of the masculine and address the root causes of a universal cycle of violence.

Girl Fact by Maël G. Lagadec

Belgium - 2017 - Short Fiction

 

 

 

 

Rising Sons is a short documentary film directed by Erin Heidenreich about a radical and unique approach to end the cycle of violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, through the gentle yet radical transformation of men. This intimate film provides an opportunity to witness the evolution of the masculine and address the root causes of a universal cycle of violence.

Sisak by Faraz Arif Ansari

India - 2017 - Short Fiction

 

A first-of-its-kind silent LGBTQ film in India, Sisak makes waves before the visuals of this short hit the shore. Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, it details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys.

No human is illegal by Richard Ledes

USA - 2018 - Feature Documentary

 

Completed in 2018 and filmed entirely on the Greek island of Lesvos, NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL is a documentary about what is perhaps one of the darkest and most seminal political historical events of the start of the 21st century: the founding of a zone of exclusion within the Eurozone. The spring of 2018 marked the second anniversary of  the European Commission, the ruling body of the Eurozone, radically revising its policy regarding undocumented migrants arriving on the Aegean islands of Greece. At that time the European Commission declared undocumented migrants arriving on the Aegean islands would be sent back to Turkey.

You're Welcome by Rebecca Panian

Germany/Austria - 2017 - Short Fiction

 

 

 

You want to drink your coffee peacefully but instead you end up in a situation where people start to stir up hatred against refugees – what do you do?
While waiting for her train in a café a young woman (Olivia) suddenly ends up in a situation where the barista chases away a begging girl and starts to stir up hatred against refugees with two customers. Olivia has to decide whether to simply leave the place like another customer does or to take action.
Based on a true story.

Are you volleyball?! By Mohammad Bakhshi

Iran - 2017 - Short Fiction

 

 

 

 

 

A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken country border and can’t keep going. They conflict with border soldiers everyday till a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.

Official Selection - Special After-Festival Screenings

In Her View by Amy Starkey

Canada - 2018 - Short fiction

 

 

 

 

This dramatic narrative follows Pam, a bisexual filmmaker who is interviewing women for a documentary about abortion. As Pam follows the troubled story of Grace, she grows conflicted about her subject matter, and is driven to find her own birth parents. Forced to confront their views, both Pam and Grace experience an unexpected exchange of heart

#SELFIE by David M. Lorenz

Germany - 2017 - Short fiction

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie… The ending of a relationship as seen through a mobile phone.

CELLO by Angie Su

USA - 2017 - Short fiction

 

 

 

 Olivia knows there is something wrong with her grandpa. He has been slowing down and unable to play his cello. In fact, master cellist Ansel Evans has been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). As his body shuts down, he makes the difficult decision to minimize the suffering for his closest loved ones by planning a farewell concert. But this decision won’t be an easy one to explain to Olivia.

 

NIGHT By Joosje Duk

USA/Netherlands - 2017 - Short fiction

 

 

 

 

 

When Sue’s cousin Genelva visits her from Suriname, they want to go out to a fancy club with Sue’s two best friends. But after having an unpleasant encounter with the club’s bouncer at the door, the course of their night changes completely.

One small step by Aqsa Altaf

USA - 2017 - Short fiction

 

 

 

 

 

A 9-year-old girl attempts to juggle the responsibilities of school and her younger siblings after her mother goes missing.

 

 

Tama by Jack O’Donnell & Jared Flitcroft

New Zealand - 2017 - Short fiction

 

 

 Tama is the result of a unique collaboration between Deaf and hearing filmmakers.

Tama is about a young Maori Deaf boy who wants to perform the Haka. He is isolated within his family where communication is non-existent. His hearing dad, Hone, and younger brother Rongo do not know how to treat him well. One day on a near fatal car trip, Tama confronts his father with his own representation of the Haka. This experience is the beginning of his journey in growing from an undervalued youth into a proud young man. 

Tama by Jack O’Donnell & Jared Flitcroft

New Zealand - 2017 - Short fiction

 

 

 

Pressures from the world they live in begin to make Chris think twice about older brother Mana and himself. Whether he lets this rule their brotherhood will see the course of his life forever.

The peculiar abilities of Mr Mahler by Paul Philipp

Germany - 2017 - Short fiction

 

 

 

 

 

East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political…

Panic Attack! By Eileen O'Meara

USA - 2018 - Short animation

 

 

 

 

 

You know the nagging thoughts that start with “did I leave the coffee on?” and turn in to “am I pregnant with a devil-baby?” This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

An Undeniable Voice by Price Arana & Adam Rothlein

USA - 2017- Short Documentary

 

 

 

 

Sam Harris, believed to be one of the youngest to survive the camps during the Holocaust, shares his amazing story of survival with philanthropist and activist Sharon Stone. 

Bacha posh by Katia Scarton-Kim

France/Switzerland - 2017- Short Fiction

 

 

 

 

 

Calais, refugee camp. Nadim, an afghan boy, is living in the camp with his family and helping his father at the shop held in the center of the jungle. But Nadim has a secret : he is a bacha posh (girl raised as a boy in Afghan culture). Nadim dreams to flee and fight for her freedom.

Mumpsimus and Halcyon Discord by Rolf Klein

UK - 2017 - Short Fiction

 

 

If you are a young person experiencing mental ill health and homelessness, life is far from a walk in the park.
This film explores the connections between mental health and homelessness, challenging common misrepresentations in the media. Using the medium of the spoken word, the film questions whether we can ever view issues such as these in an objective way.