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1. Agua Viva (2018)

Animation, Short

7.0
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A Chinese manicurist in Miami attempts to describe feelings she doesn't have the words for.

Director: Alexa Lim Haas | Star: Mengda Zhang

Votes: 23

2. Beastly Things (2017)

5 min | Animation, Short, Horror

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A young street artist encounters a vicious group of local schoolchildren, and learns what truly makes a monster.

Director: Zev Chevat

3. Black 14 (2018)

15 min | Documentary, Short, History

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Black 14 is an archival social study examining white pathology and cognitive dissonance via media coverage of a 1969 racial protest at the University of Wyoming.

Director: Darius Clark Monroe

4. Caroline (I) (2018)

12 min | Short, Drama

5.5
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When plans fall through, a six-year-old is faced with a big responsibility on a hot Texas day.

Directors: Logan George, Celine Held | Stars: Caroline Falk, Celine Held, Tam Jackson, Brooks Falk

Votes: 93

5. Cheer Up Baby (2017)

Short, Drama

6.2
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Director: Adinah Dancyger | Stars: Jason Giampietro, Fred Leeds, India Menuez, Keith Poulson

Votes: 16

6. Counterfeit Kunkoo (2018)

15 min | Short, Drama

6.5
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In a city that houses millions, Smita finds herself fighting beasts of a different kind as she discovers a strange pre-requisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai. She would make an... See full summary »

Director: Reema Sengupta | Stars: Kani Kusruti, Vijay Varma

Votes: 20

7. Coyote (IV) (2018)

10 min | Animation, Short

6.7
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A coyote loses his wife and children from an attack by wolves. Anguished from human emotions he's trying to process the experience. Besides grief and delusion, evil takes up more and more space.

Director: Lorenz Wunderle

Votes: 31

8. Cross My Heart (II) (2018)

14 min | Short, Drama

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An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves.

Director: Sontenish Myers | Stars: Earle Brown, John Chambers, Dorothy Cunningham, Jordan-Amanda Hall

9. The Earth is Humming (2018)

13 min | Documentary, Short

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In Japan, earthquake preparedness is a way of life and a full-blown industry.

Director: Garrett Bradley

10. Hair Wolf (2018)

12 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

6.6
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The staff of a black hair salon fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

Director: Mariama Diallo | Stars: Kara Young, Taliah Webster, Madeline Weinstein, Trae Harris

Votes: 60

11. Hierophany (2018)

Short, Drama

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Living on the margins of American society, a Florida boy comes in contact with the sacred.

Director: Kevin Contento | Stars: Malik Hall, Wiltavious Mckelton, Roy Thompson Jr., Jean Voltaire

12. Intercourse (2017)

10 min | Short, Drama

6.5
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Director: Jonatan Etzler | Stars: Amalia Holm, Marcus Vögeli

Votes: 30

13. Jeom (2018)

4 min | Animation, Short

5.3
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A strange and wonderful story about a special connection between father and son.

Director: Kangmin Kim

Votes: 27

14. Kevlar (2018)

12 min | Short, Drama, Romance

5.1
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Camilo, from the projects outside of Stockholm, sees city girl Amina on her way to a party. He borrows his friends expensive jacket and approaches her, offering to show her the way. The two... See full summary »

Director: Tuna Özer | Stars: Sarah Gustafsson, Alvaro Torrico

Votes: 8

15. Lotus (III) (2018)

14 min | Documentary, Short

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In February of 1996, the Lafour dam was started to be built in the north of Iran. In April of 2010, after the impoundment, Lafourak village and a few other villages went underwater about 80... See full summary »

Director: Mohammadreza Vatandoust

16. Mud (2018)

10 min | Short, Drama

7.4
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A women's craving for a connection with her son, which is hindered by alcoholism.

Director: Shaandiin Tome | Stars: Trini King, Forrest Goodluck, Ernest Tsosie III, Zoel Zohnnie

Votes: 9

17. Nevada (2017)

14 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.3
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In this stop-motion animated comedy, a young couple's romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap.

Director: Emily Ann Hoffman | Stars: Jonathan Randell Silver, Chet Siegel

Votes: 7

18. One Leg In, One Leg Out (2018)

15 min | Documentary, Short

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After a decade as a sex worker, Iman attempts to pursue her dream of becoming a social worker to help her transgender community members. As she explores the option of going back to college,... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Rideout

19. The Passage (2018)

22 min | Short, Comedy

7.3
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The Passage is a modern day silent comedy created by and starring Philip Burgers. From the howling cockpit of a falling airplane to floating alone in the vast expanse of the ocean, Phil, a ... See full summary »

Director: Kitao Sakurai | Stars: Phil Burgers, Joseph Curtis Callender, Chad Damiani, Krystel Roche

Votes: 39

20. Room 140 (2018)

Documentary, Short

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Immigrants just released from detention centers spend their first night in Oakland at a motel, paid for by one of the workers. For one night of respite, they rest, reflect and prepare for the next phase of their journey.

Director: Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz

21. Roya (I) (2018)

12 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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Roya, a traditional Iranian-American mother, freaks out when her daughter dyes her hair blue right before an engagement party.

Director: Shaina Pakravan | Stars: Mary Apick, Rachel Benezra, David Diaan, Vida Ghahremani

22. Scratch (I) (2017)

20 min | Short, Drama

7.2
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Director: David Valero | Stars: Nabil Miguel Ayzarani, Javier Bódalo, Ángel Caparros, Yael Cerezo

Votes: 12

23. Skuggdjur (2017)

22 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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A young girl follows her parents to a party where she experiences assorted grown-up rituals. As the evening progresses she finds the adults' behavior increasingly strange. Everyone tries to fit in, but not everyone succeeds.

Director: Jerry Carlsson | Stars: Ayla Turin, Cecilia Milocco, Peter Melin, Zana Penjweni

Votes: 64

24. Sin Cielo (2017)

25 min | Short, Crime, Drama

8.5
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A young boy in a Mexican border town hustles any way he can to help his family but learns some very cruel realities when the girl he likes gets 'disappeared'. Based on trues stories from La Frontera.

Director: Jianna Maarten | Stars: Vanessa Benavente, José Bolaños, Victor Boneva, Dylan Bruno

Votes: 8

25. Skip Day (I) (2018)

16 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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School's almost out. For seniors in Pahokee - a small, mainly African-American industrial town on Florida's Lake Okeechoboee - the Monday after prom is 'Skip Day.' Multitudes of long-time ... See full summary »

Directors: Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas

Votes: 13

26. Swedi (2018)

5 min | Short, Drama

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A woman is trying to buy menstrual pads and the clerk won't leave her alone.

Director: Sosi Chamoun | Stars: Victoria Dyrstad, Begonia Randhav

27. Ce magnifique gâteau! (2018)

44 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed ... See full summary »

Directors: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels | Stars: Jan Decleir, Bruno Levie, Paul Huvenne, Gaston Motambo

Votes: 69

28. This, My Favorite Mural (2017)

11 min | Documentary, Short, Mystery | Completed

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An amateur German female filmmaker becomes infatuated with a tire shop's mural.

Director: Michael Arcos

29. The Things You Think I'm Thinking (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A black male burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly-abled man for the first time since his accident.

Director: Sherren Lee | Stars: Prince Amponsah, Jesse LaVercombe, Alice Snaden

Votes: 20

30. True Love in Pueblo Textil (2018)

5 min | Short

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Director: Horatio Baltz

31. War Paint (II) (2018)

16 min | Short, Drama

7.8
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A young South L.A black girl experiences a series of events that intersects racism and sexism during the 4th of July holiday.

Director: Katrelle N. Kindred | Stars: Jason Arceneaux, Jonathan Arceneaux, TriniTy Ariel, Gyani Hayes

Votes: 5

32. Weekends (2017)

16 min | Animation, Short, Drama

7.6
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'Weekends' is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand animated film set in 1980's Toronto.

Director: Trevor Jimenez

Votes: 40

33. While I yet Live (2018)

14 min | Documentary, Short

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This short documentary explores the captivating work of five acclaimed African American quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama, a rural community that played a pivotal role during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Maris Curran

34. Wild Wild West: A Beautiful Rant by Mark Bradford (2018)

6 min | Documentary, Short

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A riveting short film about the work of artist Mark Bradford. Directed by Dime Davis with cinematography by Isiah Donté Lee the film is set to the intensely beautiful percussive sounds of ... See full summary »

Director: Dime Davis | Star: Mark Bradford




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