LAST LOOKS, 6min, USA, Drama
Directed by Renee J. Vaca
Based on a true story…
When a death occurs suddenly and the family doesn’t respect the deceased final wishes, a friend takes measures into her own hands. The situation is dealt with by showing a whole new meaning to the term friendship, loss, and defiance.
OLE, BENNI AND THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE, 23min., Germany, Drama/Family
Directed by Anna Ludwig
That his friend Benni has the Down syndrome, Ole (11) has never disturbed so far. But now – on the threshold of childhood to youth – their friendship is changing. Ole is in love for the first time and suddenly it’s no longer easy to stand by his friend …
8 3/4, 10min., USA, Drama/Family
Directed by SHAWN M CHEATHAM
Armed with a formidable knowledge of Italian cinema, an unusual eight-year-old boy helps his grandfather recover from a catastrophic loss.
MORGEN, 10min, USA, Documentary/Family
Director Samantha Farrell
A documentary short in which director Samantha Farrell explores her family’s past and present, reflecting on her older sister, Morgen’s, struggle with mental illness.
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: OLE, BENNI AND THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE
BEST PERFORMANCES: LAST LOOKS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: 8 3/4
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: MORGEN
Theme of night: Unique surroundings
NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.
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The beginning of a (temporary) new era.
See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!
– Matthew Toffolo
Vor ihrem Regie-Studium an der Hochschule
Macromedia in München arbeitete Anna Ludwig
als Lehrerin im Gymnasium und Konzeptionerin in
der Werbung. Außerdem schrieb sie Kurzgeschichten und
Kinderbücher, die unter anderem bei dtv junior veröffentlicht wurden.
Anna Ludwig wrote several books for Children (published by dtv junior), worked as teacher at High School and as a copywriter in several advertising agencies before she started to study at Hochschule Macromedia.
Samantha Farrell is a first time filmmaker and recent graduate of Occidental College.
When you look at me, you don’t see bi-racial. Yet, in my lifetime, my parents were not allowed to buy a home outside of Santa Ana, the deemed location where minorities were permitted to purchase property and raise families in Orange County, CA. You can’t tell I’m gay per say, based on whatever society’s version of what a Lesbian is supposed to look like, act like, and be. Who knew 40 was now a protected demographic? Well, I hit that and I don’t look or feel it. Being female is the only box people will put me in when they meet me, even though my dimensions are much deeper and brighter than what they see. I am a woman. A proud woman raised by 2 parents whom defied societal norms and instilled a sense of power within me and an understanding that just because that door is closed now doesn’t mean it can’t be opened later.
My long and varied career in the industry has not only afforded me many unique opportunities and experiences, it’s also given me the skills and confidence needed to be an effective leader, communicate effectively and make timely decisions. I approach each project with an unrelenting passion and energy. Surrounding myself with likeminded people, I enjoy collaborating and crafting a clear artistic/creative vision, culminating in a work that inspires and motivates everyone involved.