WILL (CalArts) On 9/11, a young girl wishes she could go back in time. Winner of a Student Academy Award. Directed by Eusong Lee. UNDER (Columbia University) A recovering drug addict and her fiancé journey to a remote country cabin so she can get clean.
SHORT TERM 12 (San Diego State University) One eventful day at a group home for at risk adolescents turns into a personal journey for the head counselor, who must balance violent quarrels with a birthday celebration. Directed by Destin Cretton. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (Ringling College of Art and Design) A little girl visits the land of the dead and experiences the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos with the help of someone very special to her.
DUVID (University of Michigan) Pressured by his Satmar Hasidic community to settle down and start a family, Duvid Stern decides to experiment with the world of underground electronic music and psychedelic drugs. Directed by Chelsea Rebecca.
SPRINGTIME (NYU) In search of her "springtime", an 86-year-old pork sung maker quits her shop in rural Taiwan to head to the big city. Written and directed by Erica Liu. DOUBLES WITH SLIGHT PEPPER (NYU) Despite their strained relationship, a young Trinidadian street-vendor must decide if he will help save his estranged father's life.
PRICELESS THINGS (NYU) When a piece of jewelry goes missing in a salon in Brooklyn, a recently engaged couple suspect the immigrant employees know more than they admit. Written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss. I AM JOHN WAYNE (Columbia University) In New York City, an urban cowboy avoids going to his friend's funeral.
THEY ALSO SERVE (CalArts) A mother's nerves start to fray as she waits for her soldier son to arrive home for his welcoming party. Directed by Michael Meehan. ROAD TO PESHAWAR (University of Texas) During the Soviet-Afghan War, a father leads his injured daughter through the treacherous Peshawar Pass. In a literal minefield, her fate becomes linked to that of a Soviet sniper. Directed by Hammad Rizvi.
FIRST MATCH (Columbia University) 14-year-old Mo is the only girl on an all-boys wrestling team. Despite her practice and training,her first high school wrestling match introduces a new challenge. Written and directed by Olivia Newman EFRAIN (USC) 10-year-old Efrain's father teaches him never to steal, but the lesson comes at a price on the charged Mexican border. Directed by Matthew Breault.
BLUE BOY (UCLA) Credited with saving a kid's life, a teenage lifeguard decides to act on his romantic obsession with a gorgeous country club wife. Directed by Alex Jablonski BOMBSHELL (NYU) All Daisy wants to do is be one of the boys, but when she tags along with her brother and his troublesome friends, she realizes where her heart really lies. Written and directed by Erin Sanger.
PENNY DREADFUL (Columbia University) A novice crook kidnaps the wrong girl - and learns the hard way that you don't mess with Penny. Written and directed by Shane Atkinson. DELICACY (Columbia University) A culinary connoisseur and an expert chef go on a hunt for a rare animal.