2019 Officially Selected Short Films

#3 Normandy Lane
Length: 21:10
Country: USA
Synopsis – Army wife and Young Mother, Sarah Winston’s life is inextricably altered when a series of visitors arrive on her doorstep.
Director – Brenda Strong Writer/Producer – John Farmanesh-Bocca
Cast – Scottie Thompson, Christina Lakin, John Farmanesh-Bocca, Vincent Cardinale, Alix Angelis, Aidan & Ender Sutton.

 

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Beyond Her Lens
Length: 19:01
Country: Czech Republic
Synopsis – BEYOND HER LENS is inspired by the life and work of female conflict-zone photographer Jana Andert. It follows Alex’s (portrayed by prominent Czech actress Lucie Vondrackova) return to Prague as she attempts to piece together a sense of normalcy after shooting footage in Mosul, Iraq.
Director/Writer/Producer – Tereza Hirsch

 

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Borrowed Time (Sursis)
Length: 14:58
Country: France
Synopsis – Winter 1916. A french lieutenant finds himself the sole survivor of his company after a deadly assault. In search of allied refuge, he is haunted by the ghosts of war.
Director/Writer – Raphaël Treiner Producer – Lucie Moreau
Cast: Olivier Treiner, Célian D’Auvigny, Lucas Franken

 

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Carcerem
Length: 6:40
Country: Australia
Synopsis – A young officer wants to leave the desolate planet of Carcerem after completing his required tour of duty, but he is manipulated into staying by his obsessed Commanding Officer, who believes a war is coming.
Director/Writer/Producer – Jason Trembath
Cast: Jeremy Lindsary Taylor, Matthew Pearce

 

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Carpe Diem
Length: 20:00
Country: Russian Federation
Synopsis – Instead of preparing for entering university a young man Tomash mocks at people calling random phone numbers. Especially he bothers old professor of botany Edward Cockerel with one and the same joke all the time. They both got used to these calls at 3 pm so much that they are eagerly awaiting them. Meanwhile the Nazis occupy Czechoslovakia.
Director – Irina Kholkina

 

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Darkest Corner
Length: 12:00
Country: Australia
Synopsis – When two unlikely young saboteurs are trapped by a hostile extremist militia, the pair must risk their lives in hope of escaping their post-apocalyptic nightmare.
Writer/Director – Dave Beamish/Zac Loy
Producer – Dave Beamish
Military Experts – Lukas Woolley, Shaun Barry
Cast – Dave Beamish, Frances Berry, Chris Bridgewater, Jacob Turner, Carmel Rose

 

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Entrenched
Length: 14:00
Country: Australia
Synopsis – When four Australian soldiers capture a young Afghani boy spying on their position, tensions rise among them as they decide whether he’s helping the Taliban or simply playing.
Writer/Director – Joseph Chebatte, Julian Maroun
Producer – Joseph Chebatte

 

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Escape By Sea
Length: 14:00
Country: Australia
Synopsis – Based on true events of Ensio Tiira. Two Scandinavian soldiers flee French
Foreign Legion by jumping ship in Strait of Malacca. Their escape will stretch
limits of human survival when sea current sweeps them to open ocean for weeks.
Director/Producer – Eero Heinonen
Writer – Melissa Lee Speyer

 

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Milk
Length: 16:36
Country: New Zealand
Synopsis – January 1945: on a lonely farm in coastal New Zealand, a young widow confronts two crewmen from a German submarine who have come ashore on a secret mission – to get fresh milk.
Director/Writer – Pennie Hunt
Producer – Stefan Roesch
Cast – Jodie Hillock, Mike Hoffmann, Peter Volksdorf, Peter Hayden

 

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Minor Accident of War
Length: 10:00
Country: USA
Synopsis – A true story written and narrated by the man who lived it — Edward Field, 95 yrs old and a WWll veteran. In 1945, at 21 years old, Field was the navigator in the 8th Air Force during WWll. On his 3rd mission over Germany, his plane lost all four engines after being hit by flak and crash landed in the North Sea. Hanging on to one of the two rafts in the freezing cold water, a decision was made that to this day has affected Field. Field narrates his story.
Director – Diane Weis, Piotr Kabat
Writer – Edward Field
Producer – Diane Weis,David Finch
Cast – Edward Field
Animator – Piotr Kabat

 

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Mosul 980
Length: 10:00
Country: Iraq
Synopsis – A 17 years old kidnapped Yazidi girl disguised in ISIS uniform tries to escape form ISIS. She finds no way to break free, but a military vehicle set on explosives.
Director – Ali Mohammed Saeed
Writer -Mustafa Sattar Jabbar & Ali Mohammed Saeed
Producer – Ali Mohammed Saeed, Huda Al-Kadhimi & Hikmat Al-Beedhan
Cast – Redhab Ahmad, Mohanad Hayal

 

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Nooreh
Length: 22:22
Country: India
Synopsis – Nestled in Kashmir valley lies a small village on the India-Pakistan border always caught in the crossfire between the two warring nations. One night an eight year old girl ‘Nooreh’ discovers that the gun battle rages when she sleeps and the bloody duel stops when she keeps her eyes open.
Writer/Director/Producer – Ashish Pandey
Cast – Saima Latief, Sania Manzoor, Afreen Rafiq

 

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Old Warrior
Length: 22:22
Country: Russia Federation
Synopsis – Spring 1945. Shell-shocked old man, named Yegor Kuz’mich who has been through more than one war, tries to join the army. Tired of her father’s tricks, his daughter Natalya locks him in the house. This step changes her life forever.
Director – Sergey Bataev
Writer – Alina Galiaskarova
Producer – Sergey Bataev
Cast – Vladimir Etush, Olga Tumaikina, Arslan Bikbaev

 

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Surviving With Grief
Length: 14:02
Country: USA
Synopsis – Surviving Grief is Corporal Alfred Brenner IV’s story about his canine, Grief.
Director – Brooke Mailhiot
Writer – Kristen Lusk
Producer – Kiara Toledo, Samantha LaFlamme, Jack Lambert, Riel Dioquino
Cast – Alfred Brenner IV

 

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The German King
Length: 20:00
Country: USA
Synopsis – Set in 1914 at the start of World War I, The German King is the unbelievable true story of Rudolf Manga; a German raised African prince who becomes king after his father’s death. Upon returning home to Cameroon, he sees his people being subjugated and enslaved under Kaiser Wilhelmʼs II oppressive colonial rule. He realizes the only way to put an end to his peopleʼs suffering, is to lead a rebellion against the man he once considered his brother.
Writer/Director – Adetokumboh M’Cormack
Producer – Constance Ejuma, Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Pauley Perrette, Hanna Sturwold
Cast – Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Scottie Thompson, Constance Ejuma, Raphael Corkhill, Markus Jorgensen

 

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The Sea Swells
Length: 16:15
Country: IRAN
Synopsis – The War is surrounding an old man’s life who lives in middle of the Sea. (world without land)
Writer/Director/ Producer – Amir Gholami
Cast – Mohammad Rauf Mohammadi

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Their War
Length: 16:15
Country: UK
Synopsis – Two soldiers on opposite sides of World War One must do all they can to survive and get back to the families they left behind.
Writer/Director/ Producer – Max Mason
Cast – Hamish Riddle, Des Carney, Benjamin Hartley, Katharine Orchard, Elif Knight

 

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War Machine
Length: 6:31
Country: Bulgaria
Synopsis – “War Machine” deals with one of the oldest problems of the humanity – war. Painting a world not based on any particular conflict, but rather an amalgomation of several conflicts. Observing a world with no good and evil, in which war and it’s consumption of life has become a well oilled machine, allows me to explore the true nature of war – the act of killing. The act of mass produced killing. The act of stripping the humanity away from the people until they are nothing more than war machines.
Director – Iva Dimanova
Cast – Vladislav Budinov

 

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