2020 Selected Films

We are proud to announce our slate of films for the inaugural Cinema Femme Short Film Festival, taking place on August 6 – 9, 2020 on the Seed&Spark Festival Online Platform. Visit our festival page for the latest details.

“Bess”

Bess – directed by Veronica Miles

After finding a photo of her recently passed Grandmother standing on a street corner in New Orleans, a young woman decides to travel to the city to find that same corner. As she journeys through her grieving process, she discovers the healing powers of the city. Based on a true story and shot on an iPhone 7 over Mardi Gras 2018.

“Clan”

Clan – directed by Claudia Lee

Following a sudden death in her family, a woman travels to her mother’s childhood home in rural Scotland, seeking closure. While there she discovers her family were part of an ancient pagan community. Things turn darkly sinister when they try to recruit her.

“Cool for Five Seconds”

Cool for Five Seconds – directed by Dani Wieder

When Colleen reunites with her estranged sister, things don’t go exactly as she planned.

“Corked”

Corked – directed by Lori Shockley

Corked is a dramatic short film set in 1970’s Northern California wine country. It’s based on the true story of one young women’s struggle against the status quo. Jane Dunlap is at the crossroads of asserting her independence in the male dominated industry. Which direction will she choose?

“Curiouser and Curiouser”

Curiouser and Curiouser – directed by Weronika Maria Szalas

A deep desire and curiosity stir Woman’s mind. A door was unlocked, and the journey has begun. Through Woman’s eyes you step into her world, where one limited space opens up and you dive into the infinite mind. When your consciousness goes to sleep, and subconscious stays wide open, a dream is awake and its duality unfolds to embrace day and night.

“Don’t Burst My Bubble”

Don’t Burst My Bubble – directed by Victoria Malinjod

Don’t Burst My Bubble is a film about puberty based off of real testimonies from many women globally. A unique glimpse into the life of a young woman experiencing the world in a new light. Our film peers into a specific phase in a woman’s life during puberty which has been often overlooked by men.

“Fenice”

Fenice | Running for Life – directed by Carolina Di Lazzaro and Giorgio Ghiotto

After overcoming difficult life experiences and attempting suicide at the age of 16, Najla finds her strength and new positive outlook on life through running. Every day Najla spreads her passion around her city, Milan and all around the world, showing the true beauty of the sport, through her authentic and unrivaled energy.

“In the Blood”

In the Blood – directed by Regina Banali

In the old west, Sartana rides into town to score some cash, form a gang and settle a score. His ex Dolores has been hiding out with an unwitting suitor. She has secrets and they are catching up with her. She means to skip town but her beau confronts her looking for answers and she doesn’t make it out in time before having a shootout with Sartana and his gang.

“Keep Mum”

Keep Mum – directed by Luana Di Pasquale

A woman drunkenly wrecks her big family house. The atmosphere is eerie: something is not quite right. Soon it turns out that her past haunts her, throwing her into a whirlwind of emotions and projections as she tries to piece together what happened to her and child; the psyche of a woman pushed beyond the limits of sanity is explored…

“Me & Myself”

Me & Myself – directed by Xiwen Miao

An agoraphobic young man faces his biggest fear to visit his sister and his newly born nephew.

“Mi Alma”

Mi Alma – directed by Nathalie Villarpando

A coming of age story that surrounds Alma who was raised in an American society, but roots deeply from her Latin culture represented by her mother Viviana. Struggling with her identity, Alma finds a way to combat her internal struggles through her multiple identities represented in her portraits.

“Mia”

Mia – directed by Sam Herath

21 year old Mia is desperate to connect and fall in love. Her world is turned upside down one day when Emilie, a girl she likes, suddenly, asks her out on a date. As Mia’s excitement and preparations for the big date begin, she is confronted by one major obstacle, her crippling anxiety. Believing that she knows what best works for her, Mia pushes back her sister-in-law Helen’s attempts to help. As the big date approaches, Mia scrambles to win Emilie’s heart her own way. But, her preparations are disrupted when her past traumas, which have remained buried, pounce on her, exacerbating her anxiety. Finally, Mia must work out how to help herself.

“Over and Under and Through”

Over and Under and Through -directed by Desireé Moore

In “Over and Under and Through,” we follow Iris through her home, her interactions with peers, family, and authority, and ultimately her investigation of herself as the epicenter. The root of O.U.T. investigates intimate and complex relationships, beckoning a rationalization for love and hate. As Iris navigates adolescence, she must also navigate the home; which acts as the paradigm structure with a patriarch-established path that Iris must follow. Uncomfortable with this predestined architecture, Iris rushes out of the space and into a landscape with no boundaries. It is in this environment that she can evaluate her identity without the social pressures that define girls today.

“Papi”

Papi – directed by Gabriela Ortega

A daughter documents her youthful father as he introduces her to the world of 4×4 Overlanding travels. Tracing him from the passenger seat, she uses memory and a special day at the beach in the Dominican Republic to capture her father’s vibrant, at times performative, and always loving, spirit.

“Petal Push”

Petal Push – directed by Christiana Laine

Three characters awake into unfamiliar dreamscapes where they find themselves compelled to run. As they run, they find that they are running through and amidst one-anothers’ dreams and experiences. Through music, poetry, and a series of artistic vignettes, the interconnectedness of all beings is explored.

“Pusher”

Pusher – directed Andi Morrow

In a small Appalachian town crippled by opioid addiction, a young drug dealer is coming to terms with the life she’s chosen.

“Tension”

Tension – directed by Erin Brockhouse

A short documentary about experiencing Vaginismus.

“The Cheap Seats”

The Cheap Seats – directed by Brittany Reeber

A docu-narrative short about Donna’s day in the psychic capital of the world, Cassadaga, Florida starring Laura Cayouette (“Queen Sugar,” “Django Unchained,” “Kill Bill Vol. 2”) and a real life resident medium, Nellie Conner.

“The Revelation”

The Revelation – directed by Kristine Morgan

It’s December 31, 1999, and Gladys is preparing for the end of the world.

“Withdrawals”

Withdrawals – directed by Jorja Hudson

Four friends quit their antidepressants together and all experience very different side effects.