Director: Aaron Zomback
USA, 23 min
A group of young Dwellers watch the flickering light from Above.
Laberinto en Espiral (Spiral Labyrinth)
Director: Cecilia Pego
Mexico, 26 min
An artist experiences a creative crisis which impedes him to paint or communicate with the outside world. His hand transforms into a monstrous being that begins to paint new spaces where the artist loses and finds himself again in an infinite cycle of labyrinths.
T H E A L E P H
Director: Cenk Guzelis
Austria, 9 min
The Aleph is an animation movie. Aleph is a point in a space which contains all the points of universe, where all the universe can be observed without distortion or confusion. Aleph is found in the woods of Vienna. Based on the short story by Jorge Luis Borges.
Director: Mike Czuba
Canada, 7 min
The Void is based on Dancing Monkey's new performance piece, Humanoid - A LOVE SUPREME. A space that exists in another reality, where citizens are separated into the programmed or ‘The Numbers’ and the Humanoids, who are deemed empty until they are subjected to the procedure of programming. There are 34 Citizen Laws. Not everyone follows them.
A ROBOTS TALE
Director: Stephanie Winter
Germany, 20 min
A ROBOT`S TALE is the filmic-musical result from the baroque and
Sci-fi-inspired collaboration between artist Stephanie Winter, tenor August Schram and electronic duo Austrian Apparel. Originating in the idea of an audiovisual realization of M.A. Charpentier's lyrical song "Tristes Déserts" and motivated by the constant interaction of image and sound, a baroque-intergalactic musical short film was developed, in which the boundaries between human and machine, between baroque music and electronic sounds become blurred. In a time dominated by artificial intelligence, the extravagant musical short film tells the story of a lonely baroque robot in a battle between good and evil, recalling the magic of the early cinema.
Director: Imad Hatem
France, 45 min
The life of "ME" changes when the famous cyber-activist, "SAD MONKEY" gets interested by him.
Director: Yann Giroud
UK, 18 min
Two brothers encounter a chance of salvation for humanity.
Could post-apocalyptic tourism destroy it?
PERSONALITIES AND PROFILES
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
INK, COCKS & ROCK 'N' ROLL
Director: Matt Harlock
UK, 14 min
Controversial comic artist Steve Martin is being interviewed about his alter ego - the perverted lounge lizard monster that is Krent Able. But where does Krent stop and Steve start - and who is in control?
Director: Jane Topping
United Kingdom, 30 min
Peter (Dir. Jane Topping, 2014) seeks to re-frame what is considered a classic of dystopian cinema (Blade Runner, 1982, dir. Ridley Scott) with the intention of positioning the artist within the text and so implying that such radical gestures are not only warranted and necessary, but also implicit in the contemporary viewer’s experience of watching film.
Peter makes use of wholesale appropriation of ‘facts’, both visual and textual, personal and public, in order to create a new reality around the film. The use of personal biography and the trope of the unreliable narrator are key elements in the discussion of the illusive nature of truth at the core of Peter.
OUR TECHNOLOGICAL FUTURE: FRIEND OR FOE?
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Director: George O’Connor
USA, 5 min
After all life-threatening disease and illness are suddenly and mysteriously cured, a priest and his flock struggle to reconcile their faith with this new reality. Based on the graphic novel HEALED, written by George O'Connor and illustrated by Griffin Ess.
Director: Sebastiano Pupino
UK, 9 min
Set in the near future, Gadget tells the story of a man jaded by the alienating, technology and virtual obsessed world he lives in.
Director: Dustin Brown
USA , 20min
A story of obsession, power, and discovery centering around a maverick neuroscientist, her doting pupil, and an alluring machine that could revolutionize brain science.
Director: Marc Furmie
Australia 15 min
A derelict ship docks with a remote space station. The security team tasked with the investigation discover the crew on board dead and a group of stowaway refugees.
Director: Bernard Kordieh
UK, 13 min
Noah journeys through a world outside time and space to relive moments with his soul mate. Unable to exist in the present, he is intervened by a friend with a special message.
Director: Zsuzsanna Koszti
Hungary, 12 min
The short film aims to show a date in 2046. How the technology can shape our lives in an everyday situation. What if someone else controls your senses?
Director: Jason Neulander
USA, 6 min
Sheila's new babysitter Emmie asks if there are any bedtime rituals she should know about. There are.
Director: Matt Lovell
UK, 8 min
An aspiring scientist neglects his family. His youngest son is continuously tormented by his brother. However when a dangerous experiment goes terribly wrong, the balance of power will shift in a very unexpected way.
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The End of the Lonely Island
Director: Renchao Wang
China, 60 min
The 'Bi'an' （“the other shore”）project is the first interstellar exploration of mankind. The‘Shenzhou 20' spaceship is heading towards the planetary system of Centaurus. This project is considered a gambling adventure. However, this journey of almost failure has finally become the last hope of human civilization. But the 'Bi'an' project's success or not, depends on Lin Xia's lonely journey on the lonely island. Chased by men in black, only 24 hours left, how could she save the mankind from extinction which is caused by a supernova outburst?
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Director: Rob York
USA, 101 min
When NASA picks up three signals of extraterrestrial origin coming from within our own solar system, the space agency expedites a mission to investigate the sources, choosing as Earth's lone emissary Commander Roger Nelson (Brandon Ray Olive, Mosaic, Logan Lucky) the test pilot for an experimental spacecraft called the Magellan. Assisted by an onboard A.I. named Ferdinand (Matthew Mercer, Critical Role, Attack On Titan), Nelson journeys to find the alien beacons, but with each discovery he's increasingly torn between his duty as a military astronaut and his own awakening sense of wonder.
EERIE AND SUPERNATURAL SHORTS
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
AN ELDRITCH PLACE
Director: Julien Jauniaux
Belgium, 16 min
When Abdel accepts a job as a night watchman for Francis, he'll soon discover the obscure secret hiding in his garage.
Websites IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5686360
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/aneldritchplace
Director: Makan Talayeh
USA, 18 min
On a winter night in 1986, three travelers are plagued by mysterious events at an isolated motel in Death Valley.
Director: Tom Gliserman
USA, 19 min
The power fails in the city. What ensues in the wake is an incisive tete-a`-tete between two stranded strangers. They grapple with the dilemma of an increasingly intimate encounter: how much does one really want to know about the other, and what precisely is one inclined to reveal? Inspired by an H.P. Lovecraft short story.
CREATURES OF WHITECHAPEL
Director: Jonathan Martin
UK/USA, 25 min
Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of London, searching for the perfect victims to help Dr. Frankenstein, her master, bring his Creation to life. However, rumors of Frankenstein's nighttime activities are brewing, and Jack, revealed to be Igor, is tasked with one last foray into the bowels of Victorian London to find the last piece needed to bring Frankenstein's mad vision to life.
Director: Jean-Philippe Lopez
Australia, 8 min
Trapped in a virtual reality experiment, subject no. III will face the most terrifying evil she will ever know.
Director: Tia Salisbury
UK, 9 min
It's an important night for Molly, but her feckless housemate Dan has totally forgotten. She's going to do everything in her power to remind him, but that's not easy when you've been dead for 180 years and can't talk!
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
”Vilsen” / Ave Mater
Director: Rasmus Tirzitis
Sweden, 1 hr 55 min
Several dead bodies have been found in Gothenburg striking fear into the city's population. We follow Goran Lidman who will head the task of tracing the offender. Clues lead to suspicions of an occult group. The former reverend Gabriella, who has her own reasons for wanting to stop the killings, offers Lidman her help. As Lidman embarks on an involuntary collaboration he must reluctantly accept a world beyond his own understanding in order to stop the perpetrator of the killings.
Director: Albert Ventura
Taiwan / Spain, 25 min
Ashin meets Elise at a night market. She looks like an innocent girl until she involves him in a mysterious game that consists in catching her.
IN THE GAP
Director: Albin Glasell
Sweden, 11 min
A woman inside a strange server room must deal with manifestations of her tattered past until her time is up.
Website link: www.stellarvoid.com
Social media link: https://www.facebook.com/StellarvoidProductions/
A MOUTHFUL OF FLESH
Director: Lee Schatzman
USA, 12 min
He doesn't know how he got there and he doesn't see a way out. He's pretty comfortable, though. That is until the TV starts demanding payment and sends a mysterious creature to come collect.
Useful. Valid. True.
Director: David Golden
USA, 10 min
Alone in a small room, a man is confronted with questions that have no answers, in a world where there are no lies—only a lack of understanding.