Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends.
At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference. 4242 is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenagers anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.
Inspired by true events, 4242 is a cinematic interpretation of a poem written by a teenager who leaves her home country, her family and friends, to live in another country somewhere in Europe. This story is important to tell because teenagers across the globe increasingly face similar situations as the character of 4242 says Sara Eustaquio. For several different reasons, many teens end up living in different countries where they may not even speak the same language. This story is not only about immigration, as we have seen in Europe, but also about the mix up of so many feelings during adolescence. Perhaps even feelings that may occur during adulthood: loneliness, confusion, the integration process in new spaces, the challenge of displacement both physical and spiritual.
• Junnior Winner (Sara Eustaquio) (Near Nazareth Film Festival), May 2016, Israel
• Award of Merit - Special Mention (Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger, Sara Eustaquio) (BestShorts Competition), June 2016, USA
• Award of Merit (Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger, Sara Eustaquio) (IndieFest Film Awards), August 2016, USA
• Best Student Film (Sara Eustaquio), Best Foreign Film (Sara Eustaquio), Best Teen Actress (Cristina Caldararu) and Best Producer (Victor Eustaquio) (Christian Film Festival), August 2016, USA
• Award of Best Cinema of Europe (Sara Eustaquio) (Canadian Diversity Film Festival), August 2016, Canada
• Best Student Film (Sara Eustaquio) (Creation International Film Festival), August 2016, Canada
• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Sara Eustaquio) (Chandler International Film Festival), August 2016, USA
• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Sara Eustaquio) (Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival), August 2016, USA
• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Sara Eustaquio) (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards), August 2016, USA
• Best Youth Film (Sara Eustaquio) (Chicano International Film Festival), September 2016, USA
• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Sara Eustaquio) (Barnes Film Festival), September 2016, UK
• Silver Award (Student Film, Sara Eustaquio) (Fameus International Film Festival), September 2016, USA
• Award of Merit - Special Mention (Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger, Sara Eustaquio) (Accolade Global Film Competition), September 2016, USA
• Award of Merit (Tight Shorts category, Sara Eustaquio) (WRPN.TV Short, Tight and Loose global film festival competition) September 2016, USA
• Nomination for Best Student, Los Angeles CineFest, June 2016, USA
• Nomination for Best Narrative, Barcelona Planet Film Festival, June 2016, Spain
• Nomination for Best Portuguese Cinema Now, Lisbon International Film Festival, June 2016, Portugal
• Nomination for Best Short, Frame by Sound Festival, July 2016, Dominican Republic
• Nomination for Best Student Short, Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival, August 2016, USA
• Nomination for Best Short, Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, August 2016, USA
• Nomination for Best Short (Fiction), FARCUME, Festival de Curtas-Metragens de Faro, August 2016, Portugal
• Nomination for Best Experimental Short Film, Stonefair International Film Festival, August 2016, Romania
• Nomination for Best Short (Drama/Action), Filmmatic 2016 Filmmakers Awards, September 2016, USA
• Nomination for Best Young Filmmaker, TMC London Film Festival, September 2016, UK
• Semi-Finalist for Best Short, MCNY Short Film Festival, September 2016, USA
• Semi-Finalist for Best Short, Hispanic Heritage Short Film Award competition, September 2016, USA
• Semi-Finalist for Best Drama Short, Highway 61 Film Festival, October 2016, USA
• Semi-Finalist for Best Short, El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival, November 2017, Spain (still in competition)
Other Official Selections:
• Colossus Film Festival, June 2016, Greece
• Sweet as Film Festival, July 2016, Canada
• All Lights India International Film Festival, September 2016, India
• FILM-COM Down Under, September 2016, Australia
• Downtown Tyler Film Festival, September 2016, USA
• Seoul International Youth Film Festival, September 2016, South Korea (still in competition)
• Real Time Film Festival, September 2016, Nigeria (still in competition)
• Arte Non Stop Festival, September 2016, Argentina (still in competition)
• Short of the Month Festival, September 2016, India (still in competition)
• International Family Film Festival, October 2016, USA (still in competition)
• Laughlin International Film Festival, October 2016, USA (still in competition)
• Awareness Film Festival, October 2016, USA (still in competition)
• Mediterranean Film Festival, October 2016, Italy (still in competition)
• Outlaw Film Festival, November 2016, USA (still in competition)
• IndieWise Virtual Film Festival, January 2017, USA (still in competition)
Story of a new film makers
struggle to bring forth his creations in front of the world. Taking a cue from
the practical world of film making where producers look for formula based stories
which guarantees them an assured return on investment.
The story is about a director named Abhirup Mitra whose initiative to make movies on good stories does not find any producers. Frustrated by his efforts going wasted, Abhirup destroys most of his writings.
Sometimes later a reporter named Satarupa discovers Abhirup’s stories in a cover diary which is found in a book store. This reporter brings forth the talent of Abhirup in front of the world
Award Winner- Special Mention [International Open Film Festival (IOFF)2016, Bangladesh, over 4000+ films, 105 countries, 338 international juries].
Best Director Award & winner MedFF July 2016 Italy.
Official selection AVIFF CANNES CATALOG2 2016 France.
Also selected a jury member from International Open Film Festival (IOFF) [ 4000+ films, 105 countries, 338 international juries] Bangladesh.
Official selection 13th Frames Film Festival 2016 Mumbai.
Official selection IndieWise FREE Virtual Festival 2016
‘Mirror’ : Short film, drama, thriller, USA (2016), 03:00
Directed by Sara Eustáquio
Micro short film directed by Portuguese multi-award winning Sara Eustáquio, 16, starring Canadian young actress Jaimie Marchuk. Student project produced at New York Film Academy, in NYC.
She is young. She is in trouble. She is staring at the mirror looking for answers.
But what she is about to find can change her life.
Award of Merit - Accolade Global Film Competition, September 2016, USA
Award of Merit - BestShorts Competition, September 2016, USA
Nomination for Best Short Film, Mediterranean Film Festival, October 2016, Italy
Other Official Selections
IndieWise Virtual Film Festival, January 2017, USA
Girls Do not Cry Film Festival, January 2017, USA
According to Indian mythologies, women are considered to be the center of immense energy and power. At the same time women have been a target of social evils and objects of oppression. Sita is a provocative short film, revolving around the issue of rape in the modern world. The protagonist is about to be attacked by three men for rape and what she does, depicts a deep universal meaning and significance. Sita is inspired by Ramayana, where mother Sita is believed to be born out of the Earth and after a life of displeasure and suffering, she chose to merge with the Earth. The Laxman Rekha drawn by her brother -in- law was to protect her from any evil. Despite that she was taken away by Ravana, the villian in the story. Sita is a representative for all women out there who have the blessing of nature to procreate, the power to give birth to a new entity in the world. A mothers womb is a symbol of universal power that a woman possesses. The crime against women such as rape is a disrespect of this universal energy which human beings are bound to protect and preserve.
I believe that film is a medium where people enjoy some time together, where they find both their joys and sorrows. They identify with the subjects when they rebel and protest. It will always be endeavour to try to make the kind of film where the lost and unwelcome voices of our world will also get to reach the people. That in itself is my motivation.
Best film MEDff Italy 2016
Official Selection Arte Non Stop Film Festival 2016 Argentina
Official Selection iPhone Film festival USA 2016
Official Selection Indie Wise 2016
A rare space of time usually experienced in the wake of shocking or traumatic news, when death and rebirth converge and the soul finds itself all at once grieving for what was and anticipating what will be. Reason has no place here. One finds instead a puzzling, Alice in Wonderland journey through distorted images from ones life that are both true and delusional, all leading the traveler to a crossroads. Amidst the tattered ruins of a life that was, can we rise? The Mourning Hour is a trip in and through, between and over, time.
Simply put, The Mourning Hour is the story of one womans journey to wholeness... In the wake of news that her husband has been tragically killed in a train accident, Virginia Bakely, a 1950s suburban housewife and mother, unwittingly embarks on an emotional and psychological journey of reawakening. She finds herself traveling through two distinct spaces of time: one in her typical 1950s home with oven timers, bicycles and rubber gloves, and the other in the F.W. Walker Music Auditorium when she was a 19 year old cellist in the student orchestra. One might say that her experiences in the theatre lie somewhere between dream and delusion, speckled with fragments of memory. Still, they are very real and lead Virginia to a buried truth and resurrected love. As she struggles to reconcile predictable feelings of loss and grief with newfound independence, Virginia finds herself at a crossroads where she alone must answer the question What sustains the human heart? The Mourning Hour Defined: A rare space of time usually experienced in the wake of shocking or traumatic news, when death and rebirth converge and the soul finds itself all at once grieving for what was and anticipating what will be. Reason has no place here. One finds instead a puzzling, Alice in Wonderland journey through distorted images from ones life that are both true and delusional, all leading the traveler to a crossroads. Amidst the tattered ruins of a life that was, can we rise? The Mourning Hour is a trip in and through, between and over, time.
Darby Quinn (Shevaun Kastl) is a 23 year old recovering addict who is
headed for a relapse. She abides, albeit begrudgingly, by the suggestions set
forth by her sponsor, Brooke, and the traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. But
she is unable to share honestly about her feelings regarding her dysfunctional
family and history of drug abuse. On her 30th day sober, Darby gets a cat to
mark the milestone. The unlikely bond she forms with this furry companion
provides Darby with the impetus she needs to face her demons; And it is this
bond that sets her back on the road to recovery and ultimately saves her life.
The idea for this story came to me in the middle of a sleepless night back in May. As a member of a 12-step program myself, I constantly struggle to maintain control of my life, and often put up a facade to the outside world in an effort to maintain order. But when my fears and insecurities surface in the middle of the night, I am able to speak uncensored and exposed about the things I fear most. The funny comes from the fact that I am speaking to my cat And ridiculous as it appears, this scenario I believe is more common then one might suppose! Darbys story is one of hope and recovery, but also of dealing with pain and loss. Its a very real cinematic portrait of one womans war with addiction told with irony and acerbic wit. My prayer is that its message of hope will speak to all those touched by this illness and inspire them as they continue their journey toward sobriety.
Sometimes the way to
recovery is led by a cat . . .
We spend our lives trying to solve the puzzles of life. And it is the great irony of it all that the answers are presented to us in the most unlikely of places and the most unorthodox of ways. We need only quiet the mind and pay attention when inspiration arrives at our door.
The story of Conversations with Lucifer is built on this universal premise, but the details are unique and draw heavily on one womans struggle to overcome her drug addiction.
We dedicate this film to everyone whose lives have been touched by this issue. And as we move forward with production, every effort is being made to reach out to those in turmoil and make a difference in leading them back to recovery.
Two taiwanese girls, Ron and May, are living in Berlin. As Ron’s birthday approaches, the different love that they feel for each other places them in front of a meaningful change.
Inspired by the love poem ”A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti, the film takes place close to the Birthday of Ron, a nineteen-years-old girl who is deeply in love with May, her best friend. A short time after Ron moves from Taipei, May decides to join her in Berlin. The love between them is strong but contrasting: Ron doesn’t openly tell May her feelings but May is conscious of what she represents to her friend. Nethertheless she keeps enjoying her life, taking all she can from Ron until she takes too much. Her choices lead both girls to face who they are and how they might live life to the fullest.
I met the first actress, Vivian Yung Chang, during a theatre workshop in Berlin. I loved her language and her energy and very soon I decided to write something for her. When I wrote the script I was initially just focused on the characters: I didn’t have a concrete plot but I had two characters who were every day clearer in my mind. I could see their habits, the way they were dressing and talking to each other, I had so many images of them that drove me in the story. I felt the characters had already a story to tell and this story came to me quite quickly. I didn’t hesitate to shoot in mandarin because the language is so rich, dense and beautiful that I was really comfortable with it. From the first rehearsal the actresses were so natural in their own language that I could follow the script easily and I really thought it was the right choice. The title of my movie was inspired of course from the love poem by Christina Rossetti that I read just by chance a short time before writing, but it goes through it: a birthday is a new step, it has a meaning, it drives to a mental change, it has a concrete symbolic weight, especially for very young people. In this movie the birthday is like the lighthouse in Virgina Woolf’s book. It has to do with consciousness/unconsciousness, with emotions mostly connected more with the mind that with actions.
World Premiere: TGLFF, Turin Official Selection
Cannes ShortFilm Corner
Nominated for Best Cinematography at the ShanghaiPride
Frameline Official Selection
Cinemadamare Official Selection, Diamante (Italy)
Libercine Official Selection (Argentina)
MicGenero (Mexico) Official Selection
Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg Official Selection( German Premiere)
Queer-Streifen Festival (Germany) Official Selection
Outwest Film Fest (Usa) Official Selection
Bejing Queer Film Festival Official Selection
El lugar sin Limites (Ecuador) Official Selection
Les rencontres des cinema D’europe (France) Official Selection
Florence Queer film Festival (Italy)Official Selection
Ljubljana Queer Film Festival (Slovenja)Official Selection
Sardinia Queer Festival
Ackerstadt Palast (Berlin) Screening-February 2016
Boddinale, Loophole(Berlin)- February 2016
Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival Official Selection July 2016
LesBiGayTrans Festival International de Cine Asuncion Paraguay Official Selection July 2016
Femart Festival- Official Selection- Premiere in Kosovo (Pristina)- May 2016
Produced and Directed by EJ Wickes
Threat Condition Orange is an experimental film dealing with the crisis of complacency. After 9/11 the world changed literally over night and life in America would never be the same. As security measures were put in place, a national warning system defined by threat levels was devised by the Department of Homeland Security. In the event of a level orange security threat, the citizens' freedom of movement and privacy would be greatly impared as a necessary evil.
As we willingly trade our liberty for security the question becomes: How complacent and ill-effected is a society that's taken its own liberty and security for granted for so many years?
At an art exhibit an attendee is abducted from the recpetion by a soldier and a man in plain clothes.
Resisting detainment she is wrestled into a dark room as the door slams behind her. Moments later the show's attendees are able to enter the room to find no one. Nothing but an empty interrogation room showing signs of a scuffle. The victim and her captors have vanished. All that remains is a video projection of her experience on the wall.
There were no false pretenses about the production quality of this piece. Shooting in black and white was an attempt to give it some unglorified sense of reality. It was loosely scripted around the same location, the Iowa State Fair. The questions were formulaic and repeated over and over again. Each interrogation was unrehearsed and built on the various dynamics between the interrogator and the abductees.
The piece was produced and directed by EJ Wickes. The two interrogations that stood out were performed by Lauren Hickman and Joshua Boyd. Jeff Ashe was the interrogator.
When they were younger a group of five friends committed a crime. At adults, one of them went to tell the secret to the police, the remaining four got together to plan how to convince her not to talk, but the reunion became on something unexpected.