The judges have spoken! We are proud to announce the films that made the cut.

Day 1: Pioneer Filmmakers Screenings

HEPING HANDS
Directed by Mike Jacobson

Chris Chumsky is an eccentric individual with an unconditional love for filmmaking who’s trying to make it big in the film industry. Hired as a production assistant, he slowly but surely realizes that making movies isn’t always as magical as they seem on screen. Chris is in love with an industry that doesn’t love him back.

SIDE HUSTLE
Directed by Greg Hernandez

A young woman in New York City is pressured by her cantankerous half-sister to save up money, for a new place to live. Between her two survival jobs, she finds relief in daydreaming of her side hustle. In order to win her independence, she must overcome her self-doubt. This story of reflection and the pursuit of stability, unfolds in real time, through flashbacks, and inside her mind.

FINDING YOU
Directed by Grant Chang

Struggling with his father’s Alzheimers diagnosis, TOM (Grant Chang) retreats inward, alienating his girlfriend, DARCY (Aimee Ng), and hiding himself from the world. No longer able to cope with Tom’s depression, Darcy makes the difficult decision to leave him. Distraught and lost, Tom wanders around the city, meeting a unique cast of characters that only New York City can provide. When he returns home among the trash and clutter of his disheveled apartment, Tom comes upon a fortune cookie and reads the message inside. Together with the people he spoke to that day, the fortune cookie message makes him finally understand what Darcy has been telling him and sparks a renewed approach to life.

BLACK?
Directed by Guy Calaf

Two New York roommates navigate what it means to be black in the world of acting. A funny thought provoking look at how society views a black male.

EVELESS
Directed by Antonio Padovan

In a dystopian future, corporations profit by robbing humanity of its ability to procreate. Two men rise up to take back their lives and the future of humanity.

FORETHOUGHT
Directed by Sarah Exton

When two strangers begin fantasising about a relationship together, the truth makes them question whether reality can live up to their expectations.

Day 2: Emerging Filmmakers Screenings

MISSISSIPPI LOVE STORY
Directed by Robbie Fisher

A Mississippi Love Story introduces the viewer to Eddie and Justin, together living what might otherwise be considered an ordinary life during an extraordinary time in history. It provides a glimpse into the relationships the two have with one another, and with family, friends and their Deep South hometown. Against the backdrop of legal battles about same-sex marriage, Eddie and Justin share their personal take on what love really means.

LOVE COINKY DINK
Directed by Mackenzie Munro

After Andrew admitted his love for someone else, Liz goes back to the spot where the love of her life broke her heart. Beth wakes up to her one night stand next to her when Liz calls. She tries to persuade Liz to leave, but Liz decides to stay and the last person she would want to see decides to join her.

MOMTRESS
Directed by Jeremiah Kipp

Momtress is a short film/pilot about a suburban Mom trying to juggle parenting and an acting career while also dealing with aging and loss. Looking for signs that things will work out is what keeps this ‘Momtress’ going. Who will be her guide and her cheerleader as she navigates this time in her life?

CHRISTINA
Directed by Xiaoyu Yang

In a house of 1950s, a woman is waken by a series of strange sound that follows her steps. A mystery is gradually unfolded in an unexpected way.

PHOENIX RUN "HOME"
Directed by TJ Walker & Rick Walters

Taking place in a dystopian future where everyone is infected with a deadly nano virus, A street smart smuggler Marky is on the run from a crooked super hero and his infected henchmen. Marky flee’s to the only family he’s ever known, former superhero Ma Jones AKA Thunder.

GOLDEN HOUR
Directed by Dan Destefano

Anonymous love goes horribly wrong in this surreal horror short about two gay men who meet on a park bench and end up in a life and death struggle that ends with the blunt end of a hammer.

STALLING
Directed by Taryn Brooke

A silent dark comedy where a recently transgender female tries to navigate a busy bar on a night out by herself, as she attempts to overcome her fear and increasing need to use the bathroom with the gender she identifies with. It covers the current transgender bathroom issue.

Day 3: Closing Ceremony Screenings

KUN FAYAKUN
Directed by Dharius Zulkefli

Henry is in a vegetative state and in order to recover he has to battle his demons and find salvation. Throughout his journey, he faces multiple obstacles as he finds the will to awaken from what could be his eternal slumber.

A PIERCING SILENCE
Directed by Zac Weinstein

A young man deals with the many hardships of life. Determined to overcome these obstacles, the young man discovers his passion and finds that only he has the answers that he has been searching for.