Jan 11th Vendor charity event Backstage Bar & Billiards:
The Riveters - Kate Felix (Canada)
Fed up with her 'lame duck' status, The Upstart decides to face The Patriarch in a 1940's feminist
Merry Christmas No One’s Darling - Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith (Canada)
Santa knows that M'Elle has been bad and he delivers a special gift to her for Christmas. This
short film won Best Super Short film in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense category at the Alternative
Film Festival Spring 2018 Film Festival in Toronto.
Opaque Sky - Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith (Canada)
In a seemingly post-apocalyptic world, a woman has remained on earth while most of civilization
has left to colonize other planets. While she is listening to an inter-stellar news broadcast, she
strolls outside and becomes a victim of the decimated environment that has become Earth's legacy.
Hysteria - Lucretia Grimm (United States)
“HYSTERIA” is an evolving nightmare: blurring real with imagined horrors and defining the emotional experience of sexual brutality dismissed in the original “Sleeping Beauty.”
The Party - Mackenzie Bartlett (United States)
When Sarah forgets to invite Matt to the party, her friends just can’t let it go. They’ve been working so hard to plan the perfect night (everyday isn’t a full moon, you know...).
Momma - Nicole Piotraszweski (United States)
For the Beckett women survival belongs to the fittest; and in a world where there is no greater thrill than the hunting of man, it’s a good thing he gets a head start.
Hot Anger - Gwen Trutnau (Canada)
Her anger is like a fever.
Opaque Sky - Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith (Canada)
In a seemingly post-apocalyptic world, a woman has remained on earth while most of civilization has left to colonize other planets. While she is listening to an inter-stellar news broadcast, she strolls outside and becomes a victim of the decimated environment that has become Earth's legacy.
Deathdate - Nicole Jones-Dion (United States)
Two strangers are brought together by a mysterious cell phone app that predicts when they will die.
Feast - Melissa Kunnap (United States)
Pilar and Forest host an annual dinner party and have invited a new guest, their eager IT intern Will, who thinks he's climbing the social ladder. What was supposed to be a fun evening of champagne and networking turns into an uncomfortable dinner party.
Domestic Affairs - Alexia Muiños Ruiz (Spain)
Full moon on a Friday night. High heels sound in the distance in a lonely street. Agathe runs away from her past just to crash into her future. Nighthawks are bound to meet each other, but that is not necessarily for a good reason.
Indentured - Abigail Dorothy Parker (United States)
The hunter becomes the hunted when a street urchin named Frank decides to escape the servitude of the city’s nastiest tooth dealer.
Snowgirl - Ilina Perianova (Estonia)
A mysterious girl appears in the lives of an elderly childless couple and a troubled young man and transforms their understanding about love and life.
Loosely based on the Russian fairy tale about Snegurochka, this story is about miracles , but also about trusting the divine forces at work.
Len(n)y - Sylvia Ray (United States)
Lowam goes to the mountains behind her apartment to bury her recently deceased hamster, all the while ignoring her mother's phone calls. We listen as the mother leaves a long winded and punishing voicemail while Lowam finds a spot to dig.
SLEEPO - Miranda Limonczenko (United States)
Randall can't sleep in his oppressive industrial wasteland. Thankfully Harmony United™ has sent him a sleep machine in the mail.
Just a Prick - Michelle Nessk (United States)
A story about a man who has an unhealthy obsession with a nurse who works at a blood clinic
The Contest - Aimee Morgan (United States)
Female-driven horror/dark comedy about an annual cherry pie contest in a small town where one - or more - of the contestants is a murderer.
Mauvaises Têtes - Rebekah Fieschi (United States)
Mauvaises Têtes (Bad Heads) is a horror film / dark comedy in the spirit of classic MGM and Universal horror from the 1920s/30s. It tells the story of an odd woman, Jenny, who loses her mind in the search for love and decides to create her own lover.
Makeout Party - Emily Esperanza (United States)
Make Out Party is a queer no-budget, high-style comedy of errors that follows three vibrant characters through a day of misadventure as they set out to attend hostess Mary Woah’s Make Out Party.
Jan 12-13 Artisan Boutique Hotel:
Daughters of Northern Darkness - Gwenmarie White (United States)
DAUGHTERS OF NORTHERN DARKNESS, a celebration and satirization of 80s and 90s Barbie commercials, It utilizes humor to create space for femmes and amplified elements of femininity within the world of black metal while imagining the possibility of an extreme mainstreaming and commodification of the subgenre.
Skjemt Blod - Gwenmarie White (United States)
The orchestral black metal adaptation of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” takes advantage of the tension between the sounds and images of pop culture and metal culture to call attention to larger aspects of violence and pleasure.
Road Trash - Natasha Pascetta (United States)
Road Trash is a short horror film about good intentions gone wrong. Alice can't help but bury every dead animal she comes across. One day, she buries something she never should have
touched and pays for her kind act dearly.
Department of Reincarnation - Sophia Cacciola (United States)
After a selfie-taking mishap, a young woman must choose what fate awaits her in the next life. But she must choose wisely!
Viv 1.0 - Scarlet Moreno (United States)
"Viv 1.0 Or They Must Have Forgotten" is a conceptual short about a day in the life of a robot named Viv. Created long ago, and perhaps in a galaxy far away, to be the 'perfect' woman, she was deemed dysfunctional and therefore abandoned in a strange place. Viv 1.0 is ultimately a dark comedy and a tale of loneliness.
The Body Corporate - Stepanka Cervinkova (Australia)
During a mediation meeting the two women realize the only solution to stop sexual harassment is the complete carnage.
Modern World - Kansas Bowling (United States)
Music video for the band Collapsing Scenery.
Beautiful Eyes - Rani Deighe Crowe (United States)
A young girl with dark thoughts "gets fixed" at the beauty salon.
Eat Me! - Ilina Perianova (Bulgaria)
Glittering socialite Laura starts slipping from the daily reality of a weight obsessed rich man's mistress. While on a fancy dinner with her gluttonous lover she enters a strange world where food dances and sings. The whirlwind of dance blows the air out of Laura's head and she becomes a different type of girl...
SELL YOUR BODY - Jaanelle Yee (United States)
A med school dropout in crippling student debt swipes a wild couple on a dating app to make some fast cash.
Eye of the Empress - Sanjini Bhakta (United States)
Who has the Empress Diamond? Does Skylar know? El Chico Malo is at his Fight Club planning another big fight and Skylar is confronted by more bad henchmen she has to fight.
Video Diary of a Lost Girl trailer - Lindsay Denniberg (United States)
A rock and roll horror fantasy where we meet the immortal Louise and her beloved Charlie. Unfortunately due to Louise's supernatural origins, every man she sleeps with must die so that she can survive. PMS has never been this deadly!
Phaedra Official Trailer - Scarlet Moreno (United States)
In the Spring of 1975, at the height of disco, a peculiar young woman with a passion for nightlife and a hunger for stardom is swept up in a psychological nightmare of cocaine, delusion, and disco.
O. Unilateralis Trailer - Michelle Nessk (United States)
Three college students who embark on a road trip to the Blue Mountains unwittingly find themselves amidst a government conspiracy
RE-Agitator - Dylan Greenberg (United States)
Aurelio Voltaire and Schoolly D star in this tale about an aristocrat (Amanda Flowers) resurrected by a mad doctor (Jurgen Azazel Munster). When she rebels against the Doctor and joins a cult of the undead, it's pandemonium as the sinister creatures ressurect a giant monster to destroy all mortals.
Period Piece - Lisa Hammer (United States)
A satire of a 1970's sex education film strip about Downs Syndrome girls, then called "Trainables", getting their periods. The original is almost as bizarre as the satire.
Tease - Oona Taper (United States)
Tease is an almost-erotic micro short experimental animation exploring anticipation. True to its theme, no conclusions or climaxes are reached.
Lovesick - Cassandra Sechler (United States)
Enter a dying alien's fantasy about having sex as a human.
Wunderkammer - Jennifer Linton (Canada)
Madelaine’s cabinet of curiosities contained a collection of wonders to both delight and horrify. One day, a mysterious item in her cabinet captures her attention. A darkly-tinged, animated fantasy that explores the erotic-grotesque.
Alice's Naughty Adventures part 1 Preview - Agatha Delicious (United States)
Basic Bitch Ice Cream - Corissa Gabor (United States)
A short where glam meets gore...and there's cake.
I love You - Brooke Candy (United States)
Brooke Candy's directorial debut, marks the second installment of Pornhub's Visionaries Director's Club, a series of celebrity-written and directed adult films exclusively on Pornhub.
Super Fun Show With Learning - Lexie Kahanovitz (United States)
Super Fun Show, with Learning! is a surreal and fantastical sci-fi comedy about Sandy Childs, a recently unemployed millennial, who can’t turn off the TV. We journey inside Sandy’s brain as she and her neuron friend, Axon, battle TV for control of her frontal lobe.
What's Inside Pandora's Talk Box Pilot - Lindsay Denniberg (United States)
A love letter to horror / sci-fi 90’s TV shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000, Elvira and Tales from the Crypt. So whatever you do, don’t change that channel, or the channel might change you!"
NIMF - Suze Gil (Netherlands)
Nimf explorers the tragic origin of water nymphs. And follows the transformation of the young Ophelia from an unwilling prey to an unwilling predator.
A Happy Wound - Eugenia Llaguno (Mexico)
Penelope, a wounded woman, has been going through life avoiding pain, until one day, through an extraordinary and surreal event, she’s led to begin an internal voyage to face her greatest fear: to see her dark side; when facing it, she begins a journey of transformation.
Alice After Wonderland - Andrea Guerrero (Mexico)
Alice wakes up in the real world like a grown up woman, she finds out that magic doesn´t exist and rabbits stop being cute animals.
My Angel's Home - Toy Lei (United States)
Erica, who is in a halfway home, falls into a relapse with only Darren there to help her.
Panic Attack! - Eileen O'Meara (United States)
You know the nagging thoughts that start with "did I leave the coffee on?" and turn in to "am I pregnant with a devil-baby?” This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.
Monsters - Manon Gaurin (France)
An illustrated poem on night terror.
Chained - Cassandra Sechler (United States)
Haunting & secretive emotions are unveiled in this poetic short told from the perspective of a monster. Promotional short for the segment “Chained” in the feature film Tearful Surrender.
15 Second Horror Challenge
Films that will scare you in just 15 seconds!
Eat Me - Helena Aguilera (Mexico)
Late at night, two policemen attack the owner of a local restaurant. Her sister steps in, however, and soon the secret ingredient of their sandwiches is revealed. It’s to die for!
Prenatal - Bears Rebecca Fonte (United States)
Mysteriously eight months pregnant overnight, Katie believes the Angels responsible, but her sister thinks differently.
Salient Minus Ten - Emma Dark (United Kingdom)
Adam Harper is an average man. And on an average day he suddenly finds himself catapulted into the strangest, reality changing game... A game of time and chance, where the stakes are a matter of life and death.
Haxx Deadroom - Dionne Copland (Canada)
December 1999. Internet-savvy Lucy drags her girlfriend Linda to a meet-up for an online community. Unfortunately for Linda, she soon discovers that her lover's social network is a Y2K suicide cult, who believe that Linda's death holds the key to immortality in cyberspace.
The Date - Zetkin Yikilmis (Germany)
When a boy and a girl meet offline.
Spinneret - Natasha Cantwell (Australia)
Peeling back the veneer of civilized humanity, Spinneret reflects on the animal instincts we pretend we can control. In particular, this film looks at displays of bravado and intimidation.
To See You - Liz Tabish (United States)
New York City, 1973. To See You follows a photographer as he trails an enigmatic callgirl throughout the city, noting her every move. When he builds the courage to finally approach her, he is met with a strange and powerful truth.
Supine - Nicole Goode (Czech Republic)
Sylvie is a taxidermist content with being isolated from people in her large house in the mountains of France- her only company is her work. That is until Oz, an American hitchhiker stumbles upon her path. The two become close and Sylvie begins to question what it means to live.
He and Me - Michele Kaye (Canada)
A reflection on practical needs and desires in heteronormative domestic partnerships... In a new world where men don't exist.
Flicking the Bean - Jemma Cotter (Australia)
Prim little Beth has yet to discover the magic of ‘flicking the bean’ to the horror of her best friend Jo, so she embarks on a surreal journey of self-discovery and, most importantly, self-love.
Skin Deep - Elizabeth Serra (United States)
Two jealous sisters strive for dominance in an epic battle for sibling supremacy.
Lilith - Nicole McBride (United States)
Based on the real myth, Lilith, Adam's first wife before Eve, rejects the role fate has chosen for her.
The War - Jaime Ekkens (United States)
Short mixed media experimental film that incorporates live action footage, stop-motion animation and other animation techniques. It is written and performed by Soré that chronically sexual harassment and the many ways men target and exploit their power over women on a daily basis.
Object - Sydney Southam (Canada)
A response to the experience of working as a stripper. What began as a beautiful and exciting adventure quickly turned dark as the artist was criticized and ultimately fired for not having an augmented body. This piece explores what happens to ones relationship to our own bodies when one performs professionally for the male gaze.
Gemini - Mily Mumford (Canada)
Angie is a popular figure in a near future VR Game “Gemini”. On her way back home she meets a man called Chad on the subway platform. Through their conversation, Chad recognizes her voice and realizes they both play “Gemini” and she is the game’s star player. As sparks fly, they discover they have a past. But their past is darker than it initially seems.
Isolated Crows of Solitude - Sahar Soleimani (Iran)
A writer working for a propaganda agency refuses to follow the rules, and faces the strange consequences of reformation.
Weekend Getaway - Jenn Dlugos (United States)
After working long hours at his dead-end job, a man heads to the woods for a much-deserved weekend getaway. His relaxation doesn't last long when a swarm of horror movie monsters come to his door.
The Apocalypse Will be Animated - Melanie Killingsworth (Australia)
As a virus spreads through Melbourne in summer of 2021, a group of friends follow their pre-determined emergency plan and flee the city. But the plan relied on technology, and they discover technology may not be as helpful as they had hoped.
Will the machines side with the humans . . . or zombies?
Bitten - Sarah K Reimers (United States)
A mysterious & violent encounter sends a dog on a night of adventure and possibility.
Micro Love - Annaliese Eisenstadt (United States)
Set in the 1980s, Rocky Pastasaucioni tries to navigate his way through high school romance, whilst keeping his darkest secret: he has a micro penis. When he meets back alley penis surgeon, Dr. Beef Whistle, he must choose between the girl of his dreams and the chance to be normal.
Plain Devil Trailer - Tonja Atomic (United States)
On the tough streets of Seattle, a girl gang of she-devils takes on an Eastern European immigrant, in the style of John Waters-meets-Perfect Strangers.
Plastic Plaything - Rose Sailcat (United States)
New York City's East Village Doll Diva Vaudevillia does a Brooklyn doll factory and New York's 1980s performance art/club scene.
Parlor Tricks - Tristan Risk (Canada)
A seance yields some calamitous results when squabbling family members are over-eager to produce a will.
Mingling party with Cinema Therapy:
Blossom - Natacha Thomas (France)
"He said that he would dance with me if I brought him red roses,' 'but in all my garden there is no red
rose.” Bride at The Nightingale, Rose will be ready for any sacrifice to dance with Bluebeard ...(Freely
adapted from the tale: The Nightingale and The Rose by Oscar Wilde)
Sacred Land - Natalie & Chloë Buse (United States)
Do NOT mess with Mother Nature.
The Honey Jar - Natalie & Chloë Buse (United States)
Battered woman sells soul to witch to kill evil husband.
The Porus Body - SOFIA EL KHYARI (United Kingdom)
A young woman who lives in her thoughts goes back to the sea to centre herself. As she dives into the
water, she dives under her skin and penetrates her psychological wrapping.
Emotional Houdini - ALLISON BEDA (Canada)
A comedic experimental dance film about aging, memory loss and the difficulties of communicating with
Black Sun - Adrien Léonard (Belgium)
On her way home, a woman feels like she is being watched. She locks herself in her room and falls asleep, feeling safer. A dark ball comes out from under her bed.
Matter Out of Place - Oona Taper (United States)
Intimate portrait. Blurred line. Exploration of presence and absence.
An Experimental Animation.
Words - Jenna Cornell (United States)
Language has power. It has the power to uplift or bring down. It also has the power to change the world. Words emphasizes the expansive power of language and its impact on all that use it.
1st Day & Next Minute - Sara Koppel (Denmark)
A rush adventure into a gender fluid-persons zone of desires. Where lust & responsibility is constant dividing & demanding needs.
Three Little Big Bad - Vappu Tuomisto (Finland)
Moms always wish best for their babies.
Bottom of the Barrel - Eliana Mullins (United States)
A once beloved logo icon searches for meaning in strange places around the East Side of Los Angeles
Wax Dance - Laura Fernandez K. (Spain)
With strokes of the Greek myth of Pygmalion, an adult and solitary man falls in love with a mannequin.
Suffocation - Mahedi Anjuman (United States)
A kind of suffocation created by our current ideological surroundings. To imagine breathing freely, taking a deep, clear breathe is merely a daydream.
Self(i.e.;) - Laura Iancu (United States)
The hallucinatory effect of over-articulating one’s image through reappointing the functionality of technologies solely designed to produce social capital and a comforting sense of individuality.
Closet Space - Angelique Gibson (United States)
A young woman must confront her childhood fears before she becomes a parent.
Fasterrrrr - Laura Iancu (United States)
Music Video for album Cascacscada by Romanian band Febra
SLEEP - Marguerite MCQUEEN (France)
A film that shows we can't always trust appearances...
Count Your Curses - Lorène Yavo (Belgium)
In a town where supernatural beings are part of everyday life, two roommates face a recurring problem: their house spirit was devoured by an unknown creature overnight. They go on their way to find a replacement spirit and a solution to their pest problem.
Back Into the Dark - Bea Landers (United States)
In the seconds after a late night accident we embark on a surreal & horrific journey into a haunting but beautiful world of darkness somewhere between life & death in this stop-motion animated music video. "Back Into The Dark" is the second video from award-winning composer David Rosen's 3rd album, Head Like Fire. It was created by Visual Artist Bea Landers.