Fragile Machines (United States) by Derek Johnson, Luke Smithers
Fragile Machines is an independent art film which tells the story of a married couple and the affairs that make their relationship irreparable. The film follows a non-linear, gestural narrative—shifting between seasons, homes, oceans and embraces fluidly and rapidly. The movement direction follows a form of contemporary dance: contact improvisation.
Birth of a Poet (United States) by James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán, Zachary Kerschberg
Birth of a Poet is a dramatic short film that captures the moment Stephen Dobyns transitions from a disillusioned journalist to an emerging poet. It is adapted from autobiographical poems.
In an era of smartphones an exhibitionist struggles to get the attention he needs.
Christmas Morning (United Kingdom) by Karni and Saul
A duvet fantasy animation. For Jack Savoretti. Duvet dwellers live in a secret soft blanket cave in a kids room. Mixed media live action and animation. Casual fantasy.
At Midnight Plays A Dance-Tune (Netherlands) by Roy Seerden
When the Dutch filmmaker Roy Seerden’s mother dies, there’s no holding him back. Sex, drugs, roaming through the night: his life transforms into a bundle of energy, grief and detachment. At the same time, he can’t help thinking of Antoine, the strange neighbor from his youth. Antoine the non-conformist, who was eventually thrown out of his home and ended up on the street. Without putting it into words, Seerden draws an obvious parallel between Antoine and himself. Fast-cut collage of images, an experimental explosion of impressions that feel amazingly intimate.