2020 OFFICIAL SELECTION
Directed by Natasha Deganello Giraudie (USA), 5 min
Filmed in Cuba by rainforest child and luminary auteur Pedro Ruiz (Havana, from on High, Hot Docs 2019), Inmanencia is a poetic sensory ecologically and spiritually charged artwork that slowly unfolds in a series of stunningly filmed oblique cinematic moments that fill the screen with pastoral calm.
Directed by Michelle Brand (UK), 4 min.
People come, people go - Yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We all are sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see.
The film explores the idea of how everyone is connected in a way we may not realise. By sharing time, space and movement, we overlap and create a bigger picture.
Directed by Muhammad Asif Islam (USA), 4 min.
The Art of Night, a short film showcasing the beauty of the night sky: from moon, stars, milky way, galaxies to the aurora borealis.
Night sky reminds us that we are a small part of a huge Cosmos and provides us an opportunity to reconnect with that. We are losing our connection with the night sky, which provided us with wonders like Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza and the Mayan calendar. It also keeps our overworked, politicized lives simple, and resets our ego, and makes us kind, thoughtful.
By Caryn Cline (USA), 7 min.
“What looks like agricultural success, purging bean and corn fields of milkweed (among other weeds), turns out to be a butterfly disaster.” –Verlyn Klinkenborg, “Monarchs Fight for Their Lives,” New York Times, Oct. 12, 2013. Inspired by Klinkenborg’s article, using found footage from four different sources, I edited, optically-printed, superimposed, scratched on, bleached and otherwise altered the film to highlight, lament and challenge the monarch butterflies’ dilemma. Shot on 16mm converted to digital.
Directed by Petra de Nijs (INLD), 3 min.
letters made of ice form the word TIME:
slowly melting and fading away..
Directed by Brian Canning, Sam Johnson (USA), 19 min.
Los Angeles based art collective Arthur King travels to rural Iowa to gather audio and visual samples from a small family farm in order to reuse them creatively in a large-scale, improvisational visual art and music performance within the same setting. Trailer
Directed by Jeremy Bible (USA), 55 min.
"Human Savagery" pairs Bible’s powerful & moving, symphonic ambient compositions with his vivid ultra-HD aerial cinematography – which contrast the alien beauty of untouched mountains and desert landscapes with the chemical violence of EPA Superfund sites ravaged by industry. Bible has visited sites across the United States to create this footage, capturing a gripping snapshot of humanity’s often unseen footprint on this planet.
Directed by Nina Rath (IAUT), 3 min.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE is encouraging all people who are working for a better world and reminding them that they are part of the bigger picture. This poetry short film is made to boost the self-esteem of communities and individuals in order to take action on a global scale with joy, inspiration and love.
Time and the Seashell
Directed by Itandehui Jansen (MEX),
Past, present and future engage with each other in a conversation through a seashell found in childhood. A man recalls finding a seashell as a small boy, and remembers how the boy he once was, tried to imagine his future self.
Directed by Carol Chambers (USA), 5 min.
This is a hand-painted film from the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. It is an artist’s response to the last wild six mile stretch of the Bear River that is under threat of inundation from a new dam planned for the river (Centennial Dam). There is a movement in the local community to stop the dam being built to protect this last bit of wilderness along its banks. The film is an artist’s response to this beautiful place, and is dedicated to all who strive to protect the remaining wild places of our world. The film is an oil painting animation.
EMBRACES & the touch of skin
Directed by Sara Koppel (DNK), 3 min.
“EMBRACES & the touch of skin”
is an animated poem about the vital need for embraces and contact with other beings.
Directed by Gianluca Abbate (ITL), 8 min.
A voice says "I would like to make you feel nice and comfortable, and to empty your mind of every single thought..." Thus begins the story, with an invitation to make you fall asleep, in a calm, deep, and peaceful rest, while a chaotic landscape, crowded with people, sets up on the screen. The crowd doesn't seem to have anywhere to go, but they are actually sleeping and they need to dream.