Director: Alexander Tullo
Ringling College of Art & Design
When the entire British Royal family tragically dies, the Queen’s corgi finds himself next in line for the throne and in the seat of power.
Director Sujin Kim
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
During World War II, 4 innocent Korean girls left their family following Japanese soldiers for different reasons. The place where the girls arrived was not somewhere they expected to go. Half a century later, they decided to give their testimonies to the world telling their horrible memories in "Comfort Station".
Slumber With Snakes
Director: Teagan Barrone
Cleveland Institute of Art
In 1921 an eleven-year-old, African American boy was separated from his best friend while being chased by a fuming, racist mob. Finding a cave, he was not put in danger by the mob but by the rattlesnakes inside.
LES CHAUSSURES DE LOUIS
Louis, an eight and half year-old autistic kid arrives in his new school and he is about to introduce himself.
Why Didn't You Stay For Me?
Director: Milou Gevers
Nederlandse Filmacademie (NFA), Netherlands
Four children. One director. All lost a parent to suicide. When director Milou probes the questions no one ever dared to ask her, the kids can finally talk about the journey they made from the moment they heard the news.
Not Just A Name
Director: De'Onna Young-Stephens
University of Southern California (USC)
Not Just a Name explores the stigma and racial bias experienced by African Americans with unique sounding names, as well as the historical origin of these names in America.
Eagles Rest in Liangshan
Director: Bohao Liu
New York University (NYU)
Basketball is so popular with the Yi minority in Liangshan, that the center of town is not a park but a basketball court. Inspired by Kobe Bryant's Mamba Mentality, a young Yi man returns to his city to coach the kids.
When They're Gone
Director: Kristen Hwang
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
A documentary short, examining humanity’s fragile dependence on nature. Despite our best efforts to control and shape our surroundings, we learn through the film's characters that disrupting nature's carefully designed ecosystems carries weighty consequences.
No Law, No Heaven
Director: Kristi Hoi
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
A man's life in three vignettes as he navigates his sexual identity amidst tradition in Hong Kong's notorious Kowloon Walled City.
When The Sun Sets
Director: Phumi Morare
A young, black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist, younger brother may be in danger when he doesn't return after school.
Close Ties to Home Country
Director: Akanksha Cruczynski
Columbia College Chicago
An immigrant dogwalker finds home in the hearts of the rich people’s dogs she dog sits.
Director: Simon Denda
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF) Germany
Susan, EU Representative for the Horn of Africa, is going to campaign for humanitarian aid in northern Kenya, but her visit in the region causes a tragic incident.
Director: Murad Abu Eisheh
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (FABW) Germany
Trapped in a war-ridden reality, with the hope of one day playing in the neighborhood's football field, 8 year old Tala finds solace and freedom in a forbidden television. However, the secret TV becomes a matter of life and death.
Director: Salar Pashtoonyar
York University, Canada
Kabul, Afghanistan. Pari, an in-house tailor, must find the means to purchase her prescription glasses in order to save her job.
Director: Hao Zhou
University of Iowa
An émigré retreats to frozen prairies, forests, and swamps, trying to find a meaningful story and escape the anxieties of dislocation. Delivered as a film-letter to the protagonist’s sister in rural China, the film considers his queer self-exile as well as identities that were too difficult to express back home.