In Person: Sep 23, 2022 - Sep 26, 2022
Online: Sep 23, 2022 - Oct 03, 2022
Sep 23, 2022 - Oct 03, 2022
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Dear Diary

Dear Diary

A woman cleaning out her childhood room is uncomfortable with facing her past self. The old diary that she disregards magically finds its way back to her, echoing the voice of her childhood self.
She catches the diary as it's falling and is whirled into her diary world, pages spiraling around her. She runs away from different pages/environments personifying her previous insecurities projected by society.
Four on the Mantle

Four on the Mantle

Two couples in the same family face a new pregnancy, one for the first time, the other with a sorrowful past. After a miscarriage, the family dynamics change and they must learn to deal with tragedy in a whole new way.
Parallel Parking

Parallel Parking

A boy is embarrassed by his mother. One day, rather than pick him up around the corner, as usual, she must stop in front of his school. She notices how upset he is by this and tries to win him over.
NATE

NATE

“NATE” is a story both about Nate and utterly not about him at all. The titular character is the husband of Archelle and the reason she and her former best friend, Cassandra, are bitterly estranged. When Nate is out of the picture, the two women reconnect and can’t help but fall back into old rhythms. For better or for worse... NATE explores the depths of a female friendship that skirts the line between love and toxic codependency.
Noor

Noor

An Arab-American woman, isolated in rural America, is forced to confront the ghost of her marriage when she meets a sexy next-door neighbor.
DIVR

DIVR

Rebecca Zhao, Sula Barkin, and McQueen de la Cruz are on top of the world. When their casual-sex app for queer women, DIVR, becomes a breakout hit, the three college buds find themselves hailed as icons of progress, representing the entire queer community in their success. But behind the scenes, things are a little more complicated: Sula has been secretly dating a straight man, McQueen has been hiding a realization about their true gender identity out of fear that it will make their “by queer women, for queer women brand” appear to be a fraud, and Rebecca, who suffers from bipolar disorder, is about to buckle under the pressure.

Icons aren’t supposed to break, or lie, or be anything other than what those they represent want them to be. As the three friends struggle to decide between the roles they play and the realities they live, it becomes clear that nothing--not even the high ground--comes without a cost.
Heiße Luft

Heiße Luft

Der Film handelt von Bianca und Jan, zwei junge Verliebte, die nach einer Party am Stadtrand die letzte Bahn verpasst haben und ihre Zeit im Späti totschlagen. Sie flirten miteinander und reden über Sex. Als Leo, ein alter Bekannter von Jan, zufällig reinkommt fassen sie den Plan, ihn in einen Dreier zu verwickeln. Leo hat es von Anfang an auf Bianca abgesehen und lässt sich gerne von der Stimmung mitreißen. Die drei gehen zu Leo, doch schon auf dem Weg wirkt er komisch.
Als er ihnen zuhause angekommen bei Kuchen und Tee seine Schreckschusspistole präsentiert ist jede sexuelle Stimmung vollends verflogen. Bianca befindet sich mittlerweile in einer Zwickmühle, sie fühlt sich unwohl, kann Jan aber nichts davon mitteilen, weil alle in einem Raum zusammen sind und Jan abgelenkt ist. Als Leo sich schließlich ungefragt an die schlafende Bianca macht, fallen alle Masken. Sie macht ihn für seine bedrängende und angeberische Art fertig und triggert ihn damit genau an der richtigen Stelle.
Während sie sich wieder schlafen legt, ist nun Leo hilflos vor Wut. Er bekommt sich nicht mehr unter Kontrolle, die ruhig Schlafenden machen ihn nur noch rasender. Und er greift zur Waffe.
Conversations with Female Clowns

Conversations with Female Clowns

Five women, from a hospital clown to the co-director of the Big Apple Circus, reflect on their experiences of finding the funny in the face of marginalization. Conversations with Female Clowns explores the role of women in clowning as a microcosm of the larger cultural movement; it is a story of a minority within a subculture which will resonate with anyone who has ever felt othered.
This is [Not] Who We Are

This is [Not] Who We Are

"This is [Not] Who We Are" is a documentary film exploring the gap between Boulder, Colorado’s progressive self-image and the lived experiences of its small but resilient Black community. Its throughline is the story of Zayd Atkinson, a university student who was performing his work study job cleaning up the grounds of his dorm when he was threatened by a police officer and, soon, by eight officers with guns drawn. He lived to tell the story many Black men don't survive to tell.

While it has a unique history, Boulder is emblematic of liberal, white, university-based communities that profess an inclusive ethic but live a segregated reality. The film explores the interconnected issues of land use, affordability, racial and class-based segregation, educational equity, and policing.

"This is [Not] Who We Are" shares the voices of Boulder's Black community and shows how deeply the roots of institutional racism are embedded. It opens pathways for dialogue, insight, and change.
Dorlis

Dorlis

Nora, a 15-year-old Martiniquan teenager, has to follow her mother and her 6-year-old little sister, Mélissa, to the north of the island, to live at Henri’s, her grand-father, paralyzed after a recent stroke. They settle at the old man’s to provide him daily assistance, but very soon, the atmosphere of the house and Henri’s presence will awaken in Nora childhood memories that will be embodied in the fear of the attack of an evil spirit...
WILDCAT

WILDCAT

Mary Todd Lincoln, who is committed to an insane asylum by her last living relative, tries to prove her sanity with the help of a medium and her dead son.

Based on true events.
Friendship

Friendship

Friendship is the story of two childhood friends who bond together despite their different personalities and ethnicities. The short film spans their lifelong journey and portrays how they sustain their connection through challenges, celebrations, and the test of time.
SITUATIONAL LOVE

SITUATIONAL LOVE

Sana, the heroine of the independent film "Super Moon," was cursed by the director and became ugly. It was the encouragement of Rei, who played the other role, that saved Sana from the pain. However, filming of the movie was canceled due to the expansion of the covid19.
Sana, who graduated from college, works hard to take acting lessons with the aim of becoming an actress. But she is neither acting nor confident in herself.
Ten years later, Director will be contacted when "Super Moon" restarts.
Sana decides to challenge the scene with her whole body acting.
Fight City

Fight City

This is a limited series of a man convicted by his choices and determined to right them. He must persevere through a dark city, possessed by forces of greed, evil, and power. The film builds on the range of issues one faces while growing up in a community segregated by financial status, class, and race.
Leveling Lincoln

Leveling Lincoln

The film, Leveling Lincoln interviews the children who lived the history behind the landmark desegregation case of Taylor vs. Board of Education of New Rochelle, NY - 1960-1964. This case branded the city the “Little Rock of the North” in the press, leveled an entire school, and brought the Civil Rights struggle to the “tolerant” North East. The Supreme Court made a covenant with the minority parents of our nation that they could seek a better education in every school district. With the best of intentions, New Rochelle Black families sent their small children into white schools. What were the intended and unintended consequences?
All Men Are Created Equal: The Underrepresentation of Women in Government

All Men Are Created Equal: The Underrepresentation of Women in Government

Women make up over half of the American population but only a quarter of the American government. Our film explores the reasons for this disparity as well as possible solutions and comparisons to other countries. We use firsthand perspectives from government officials to gain a better understanding of the issue.
The Window

The Window

A year after Beirut’s port explosion, Basma and Mariam reunite in their old bedroom. Surrounded by a view of the port’s remains, the two women attempt to resolve their shared trauma and broken relationship.
Marianne

Marianne

Seven French Muslim women take back the narrative of their lives, defying the idea of the “oppressed Muslim woman” and pushing the viewer to question their own assumptions on liberty, feminism and the French national identity.
In Her Name

In Her Name

In Her Name is a dramedy about estranged sisters forced to confront their differences while dealing with family bankruptcy and their formerly-important-artist father’s terminal illness. Immersed in the absurdity of the Los Angeles art world they fall through the spiritual rabbit hole that is their childhood home. However tragic their lives remain, they find love again.
ANACONDA

ANACONDA

Single and new to LA, Annie agrees to tag along with a group of new friends to Burning Man. When they all have to unexpectedly share ONE hotel room in Reno, she finds herself in a terribly embarrassing situation that could ruin her newfound love interest. After a comedy of errors, Annie is forced to make the decision that could define her forever.
At Your Cervix

At Your Cervix

Medical students are commonly taught to perform pelvic exams by “practicing” on anesthetized patients before surgery without their consent, a direct result of the racist, misogynist and violent history of gynecology. At Your Cervix goes inside medical schools and hospitals, following students as they try to reconcile their personal ethics with the abusive learning methods they encounter.
Pinged

Pinged

A girl mistakenly clicks on a link that shares her location with a stranger...and has to deal with the consequences.
PLASTIC DREAM

Plastik Rüya

PLASTIC DREAM

37-year-old Belma’s self-confidence gets damaged when the doctor -she went for her skin rash problem- tells her that she should get botox. Suddenly, she becomes a woman who is uncomfortable in her skin. She gets botox but things do not go as her expected. She finds herself in a nightmare she never expected.
Broken Drawer

Broken Drawer

Following a sudden breakup with his fiancé, Arjun Singh must confront childhood trauma hidden deep inside his family's heirloom. Inspired by true events and a tragic hate crime, Broken Drawer explores the power of love and letting go.
Wannabe

Wannabe

A 90s girl group must decide between working with their lead singer’s rapist or giving up on their dreams.
54 Miles to Home

54 Miles to Home

In 1965 three Black farming families risked their lives by providing refuge to the thousands of voting rights marchers on the historic five day, 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery. Nearly 60 years later, The Halls, Steeles and Gardners share for the first time what their parents and grandparents sacrificed and how their families’ legacies and this historic land can be preserved for generations to come. Their stories help unveil the rural and agricultural roots of the civil rights movement, while asking the seemingly timeless American question: how do you fight for what you know is right when the majority is against you?
First Date

First Date

Long (first-date) story short: She asks her to her best friend’s wedding.
KEEP THIS FAR APART

KEEP THIS FAR APART

KEEP THIS FAR APART is a digital anthology series created by the rising stars of the American theatre that explores this "time capsule" of our country's history through a female-identifying lens. Between the mass devastation of human life, the unprecedented interruption of routine, and the civil unrest caused by police violence against Black communities, KTFA follows six women as they navigate this unique crucible in time.

WE THE WOMEN'S mission is to staff women in all areas of production while promoting the intersection of traditional theatre and digital entertainment. We create original, live and digital content in theatre, film, and television. We The Women was founded by Samantha Ressler and Nathalie Love in 2017 as a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and we have since expanded into a cross-genre producing entity to support women in front and behind the camera.
Seasons

Seasons

Nevia No is a classically trained performer who runs Bodhitree Farm in Pemberton, New Jersey. Nevia struggles to maintain equilibrium on the farm and provide for her farmhands, mother and adult daughter, Euni. Euni is ambivalent about farming, but during the pandemic, she returns back home to help her mother. Nevia dreams that a season of farming will persuade her daughter to take over the family business, but Euni may have dreams of her own.
DAWN

DAWN

"Dawn" is a magical realist story told through the personification of dawn after she has kept the world in dark for several days. She seeks guidance from an all-knowing grandmotherly figure who runs a “Supernatural Rehabilitation Center”.

This timeless story touches on themes of identity, purpose, and uncertainty of the future.

YANA

YANA

Yana, a heroic 10-year-old girl, is given the task of cleaning up the shards of her parents' broken marriage in the attic of her former home. Unprocessed grief and a family secret undermine her grip on reality.

A touch of magic and a wee bit of mischief release Yana from the demands of the grown-up world and allow a new friendship to bloom.

An ode to the healing powers of imagination and the resilience that children derive from it to cope with their problems.
Legit Married

Legit Married

When a Pakistani immigrant with big dreams of making it as an actor enters into a green card marriage with his privileged American friend, they get in over their heads as they scramble to move in together and prepare for their upcoming interview with the U.S. department of immigration.
No Girls Allowed!

No Girls Allowed!

An empowering documentary set out to inspire change by calling out toxic sexism in geek culture.
God's Gift

God's Gift

Willow is a conscientious, diligent plantswoman and marijuana grower. Her careful and methodical approach has gained recognition throughout the world of legal and illegal growing and selling. Fresh out of a botched engagement, Willow plans to move on with her life and business until she realizes that her ex-fiancé, Sean is spying on her via Cassidy, a long-time client along the illegal route, and doesn’t plan on leaving the business as easy as she hoped.
Finding Vega

Finding Vega

A 12-year-old girl who lives in a Chinatown single-room-occupancy family with her vegetative state mother has a passionate love for the starry sky. While eagerly wanting to realize her self-worth, she experiences a collision of reality and realizes what is important.
The Woman In White

The Woman In White


From October 15, 1979, to January 16, 1992, El Salvador endured a civil war. More than 8000 people were forcibly disappeared, over 80,000 died, 1 million were displaced, and 500,000 were internally displaced.

The Woman in White explores the true story of a nurse and mother, Juana Irma Cisneros Ticas, who was captured and forcibly disappeared in El Salvador during the Salvadoran Civil War.
ZODIAK

ZODIAK

A man trapped in a virtual reality game has to fight his subconscious as well as the other deadly traps that the game prepared for him.
A Place Among The Dead

A Place Among The Dead

A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD is a genre-bending art film, which explores the repercussions of growing up under the sway of narcissism and psychological abuse. In this revealing, terrifying, entirely scripted, meld of fact, fiction and the fantastical, actress / filmmaker “Jules,” driven by the demons of her past, embarks on a journey at the potential cost of everything she knows and loves.
Suga

Suga

Small-town southern belle Lula Baker, owner of
Baker's Bakery, suddenly meets the man of her
dreams. Handsome, a debonair man-in-a-hurry,
enters her shop of sweets expecting an order,
mistaking her bakery for another. Fortunately for
him, Lula is just the girl to save the day!

Rearranging Skin: A Love Letter to the World

Rearranging Skin: A Love Letter to the World

“Rearranging Skin” tells the story of how Divya Anantharaman, a visionary, Brooklyn-based taxidermist and queer woman of color, is transforming a once bloody and violent practice into a beautiful, ecological, and humane work of art.

A "cabinet of curiosities" in its own right, “Rearranging Skin” is ultimately a call to action: to remake the world with creativity and care, righting the wrongs of the past one loving, skillful stitch at a time.
Aathva Rang Premacha

Aathva Rang Premacha

Athava Rang Premcha tells the story of a girl ( Krutika) whose happy life slips in to hopeless dark tunnel of uncertainty when an unknown man disfigures her face. Police inspector Yashwant Rao Chawan is on hunting spree of culprit of Krutika. Krutika's office colleague Shirish tries to fill Krutika’s colourless life with his true love to let her out of trauma and brings her a new ray of hope. The biggest shock comes in Krutika’s life when Krutika and Inspector Yashwant Rao Chawan finds out the real culprit. They both find themselves standing at the crossroad of life.
KATANA

KATANA

A short dance film celebrating female empowerment, inspired by Asian culture.

There's A Strange Woman

There's A Strange Woman

A young woman, Natasha, notices that a strange, mysterious woman is following her around town. At one point, she hears the woman on the phone plotting to trap her.

When she rushes home for safety, Natasha expresses her fears to her boyfriend, Alex. After hearing her story, Alex realizes that she hasn't been taking her medication and is going through a schizophrenic episode. He helps calm her down and reassures her that the situation is not out of control and can get better.
Three Leaves

Twa Fèy

Three Leaves

Esther is 6 years old, she lives her carefree life as a little girl until her father abuses her. Then a little box appears in her life and never leaves her side. As she tries to get rid of it, she discovers her mother's; but she doesn't see it... until she meets Farah. Three Leaves. Three stories of women exploring the roots of identity, resilience and sisterhood.
Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Rosa is navigating the balance between family and career, knocking out software code from home, looking after her young daughter Maisie, and preparing a healthy meal in time for her husband’s return from the office. One night at dinner when Maisie's comments raise tensions at the table, Rosa discovers that her daughter has developed unusual abilities that threaten the harmony of her perfect family, and the world at large.
Jeete Raho Music Video

Jeete Raho Music Video

“Jeete Raho”, meaning “live long” is a saying that Indian elders use to encourage younger people to live authentically. The anthem was meant to encourage not just Indian immigrants, but immigrants from all around the world to continue to live long and prosper regardless of the hate they might be receiving. Much like the song, the visual production of “Jeete Raho” is strong and upbeat, with an undeniable sense of female empowerment. The video showcases the artist's life involving family, friends and highlighting both of her cultures - American and Indian.
Me Against the World

Me Against the World

Sparks fly when whip-smart Mala and NBA hopeful Doug collide at their mostly white, almost Ivy League, and decidedly Southern university.
Selahy (My Weapon)

Selahy (My Weapon)

A short narrative film that takes place in war-torn Yemen and follows a young deaf girl, Saleemah who has one major love in this world; her camera which her brother Aqeel introduced her to. Aqeel works as a news reporter and is unable to take her out to film because he is preoccupied covering the war. Frustrated, Saleemah wanders out of the house during an impending air strike. To make matters worse, she loses her hearing aids.
No Heartbeat

No Heartbeat

In a near-future Roe Vs. Wade has been overturned nationwide, banning abortion under any circumstance. 15 year old Nola discovers she’s pregnant and must try to find a way to safely choose what she knows is best for her future, despite her family’s strong conservative beliefs.
Oxytocin

Oxitocina

Oxytocin

A comedy about the ravishing power of hormones during pregnancy.
Mardi & the whites

Mardi & the whites

Mardi has a rich relationship with nature that has evolved and deepened throughout her life. In the last 20 years she’s dedicated much of her time to exploring the landscape in the White Mountains (unfortunately coined “The Whites” by New Englanders) on Abenaki land. In that time Mardi summited all forty-eight 4,000 footers multiple times, often as the only Black person on the mountain.
Calypso

Calypso

Melissa, preparing for a dance performance, must also contend with an abusive stepmother.
flooded daisies

flooded daisies

"flooded daisies" is a cinematic approach to spoken-word poetry. This short film explores the constant turmoil that one endures while living with clinical depression. The story that unfolds details how managing waves of emotional imbalance can lead one to being unafraid of drowning.
Housemaid #2

Dienstmeid #2

Housemaid #2

When 52-year-old Nora plays her supporting role for the umpteenth performance and again undergoes the toxic behaviour of the theatre company and the bullying of the lead male actor, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Tagline: Show some teeth!
Unattached

Unattached

A young French woman on the precipice of youth and adulthood releases her long hair as a symbol of her femininity.
Someone To Carry You

Someone To Carry You

After an out of the blue (and hilariously bizarre) text from her childhood BFF, Serena takes her boyfriend on a heartwarming--and occasionally unbelievable-- journey through a friendship that colored, defined and maybe even saved the girls' adolescences. Someone to Carry You pays homage to friendship, eccentricity, nostalgia and the miracle of finding your very first soulmate.
On the Pulse of Life

On the Pulse of Life

Dive into the birth justice moment in Alameda County, California, where Black babies are less than half as likely to survive as white babies, fighting for a future where “the first few breaths of life” are equally precious for all.
Lady in a World of SOBs

Lady in a World of SOBs

Following an ordinary night of BDSM, a graffiti of a nude beheaded woman appears under Lady’s window. Lady needs to defend herself not only from her anonymous predator, but also from those who are looking out for her safety.
Biased

Biased

After the sudden death of a tenant, an inept L.A. property manager accidentally creates a competition by scheduling two couples to view the newly-available apartment at the same time, while his cleaning lady frantically tries to wipe away evidence of the dead body.

Biased challenges the viewer to consider their own biases and asks, “Which couple would you choose?”
VEINTITRES: Our Labor Saved Lives

VEINTITRES: Our Labor Saved Lives

VEINTITRES: Our Labor Saved Lives is a documentary short highlighting the 2021 23-day hunger strike held by undocumented, excluded workers and allies alike whose fight led to New York State’s passing of the Excluded Workers Fund. The $2.1B fund allowed for excluded, undocumented workers to receive COVID relief, the first economic assistance package for undocumented, excluded workers of this kind in the United States.
The Mirror

The Mirror

The Mirror is the latest fashion film directed by Giuila Achenza for the Milan-based fine jewellery brand Avel Lenttan. The film takes us on a journey of self-discovery, in which we learn to appreciate and love the natural beauty that is hidden within ourselves highlighted by the refined simplicity of the brand’s collection. We are presented with two identical women meeting at a crossroad between dream and reality. Facing one another with curiosity, they slowly come to realise how they are one and the same - two sides of the same person who have learnt to co-exist and appreciate each other’s peculiarities.
Bermuda

Bermuda

On the evening of her 25th birthday, Tomi Adebiyi is surrounded by half-packed suitcases in a frantic attempt to book a one-way ticket to the island of Bermuda. An all too familiar interruption from her hysterical praying mother, and proverb-reciting uncle, serves as a frightening preview for what’s to come for life in her adulthood. Unless she can escape.


Pop Tart Sugar Dip

Pop Tart Sugar Dip

Forced awake by a PTSD episode, a young woman must finally open up about her past trauma in order to embark on the next stage of healing.
Send Me A Color

Send Me A Color

A young successful woman, Mae, lives alone and sends more than she is comfortable with in hopes of holding the attention of a man who is texting her.
Lilian

Lilian

Lilian Bader, a mixed-race war veteran of Barbadian-English descent, had enlisted into the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in 1941 as an instrument repairer, and rose to the rank of Corporal.
Just Friends

Just Friends

When two long-time friends (and musicians) prepare to go on their first date they wrestle with the impact the date could have on their friendship. Will the date make them or break them?
Well Actually

Well Actually

A Black woman software engineer deals with workplace microaggressions from her male colleagues.
The Lady Edison

The Lady Edison

In 1870, Margaret Knight launched a patent dispute that would be the first of its kind. She is forced to prove in court that she the designer, is the rightful owner of the patent of the machine that puts bottoms on paper bags; not Charles Annan, the man who has already built it.
Me and You

Me and You

33-year-old Amira struggles to find her place in between her Arab and American identities while living with and navigating her relationship with her culturally traditional, yet loving mother.
Skin Swimmer

Skin Swimmer

Waking up on a cold, winter Vancouver morning, most people choose to stay inside sipping their steaming coffee. This is not the case for Roberta Cenedese, as her mornings look drastically different. Instead, she wakes up and heads for the ocean to dive into the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest, only wearing a bathing suit. Through triumph and failure, Roberta trains for one of the most challenging feats in action sports; an ice mile in three degree water. Join resident seals on this gripping and adventurous journey, where Roberta’s intimate connection with the Salish Sea is front and center.
COLBY

COLBY

22-year-old Colby is rebelling against feeling stifled by everybody because she's pregnant, but an encounter with a young man at a diner allows her momentary reprieve to be herself.
Rochelle Bloom - Stories I Create In My Head - Official Music Video

Rochelle Bloom - Stories I Create In My Head - Official Music Video

Rochelle Bloom's debut music video for her song, "Stories I Create In My Head", off her new "Partly Cloudy Deluxe" album.
Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato is a story of discovering how we want to be loved. Emilia’s relationship with Tarron is fiery and hot, but is it quite right? When her female friend, Sam, opens Emilia’s eyes to acts of love and tentativeness she’s not experienced before, what she wants from relationships is called into question. Fragments of memory are intertwined and battle one another as Emilia enters an inner conflict that sings of the early twenties experience and a young woman’s first steps of queer discovery.
MATKA / POLKA [MOTHER / POLE]

MATKA / POLKA

MATKA / POLKA [MOTHER / POLE]

MATKA / POLKA [MOTHER / POLE] is a meditation on what it means to be a woman in today’s Polish society. As a collection of stories – all verbatim – from waiting rooms, gynaecology chairs, abortion clinics, and bedrooms, the documentary bears witness to everyday acts of patriarchy and systemic violence. Adopting a poetic visual language, MATKA / POLKA breaks the taboo around the experiences, emotions and identity of Polish women who have faced the country's strict reproductive policy and social prejudices to make decisions about their own life and body.
The Bright Fire

The Bright Fire

Wei and her cousin Liang have been friends since infancy. Their childhood adventures turn grim when Liang's attempts to become Wei's protector end up destroying her limited perception of reality.
Chamoe

Chamoe

An old woman goes on a mysterious journey to fulfill the cravings of her pregnant granddaughter. A true story.
Biz Bestie Showdown

Biz Bestie Showdown

Biz Bestie Showdown is a competition show for women entrepreneurs and their business bestie compete for a prize and the title of, The Best of The Biz Besties! Will they rise to the challenge or will the challenge get the best of them? Find out on Biz Bestie Showdown!
A Bird Flew In

A Bird Flew In

When lockdown is imposed, the cast and crew of a film are taken from the set and sent home – alone. Actors without an audience. Directors without a script. Couples who fall apart. While others come together.

A film composed of six interlinked narratives, 'A Bird Flew In' explores what happens when we are freed from external distractions and forced to find the meaning in our lives and loves.
She's The Protagonist

La Protagoniste

She's The Protagonist

The Protagonist, by her given name, is presented to us in her natural environment : a jungle, sadly, often lacking in density. But today enough is enough! Being the mother, the secretary, the lover, the nanny, the baby bottle, the side piece of the main male character is no longer enough for our dear Protagonist! Put on "mute" after the allocated time for female* characters in a film was reached, she runs away with her friend Voice-Over for a new journey with plenty of humor.
30 Weeks

30 Weeks

30 Weeks follows Lia (Princess Adenike) and August (Mister Fitzgerald), a young couple dealing with loss and immense grief. The loss forces them to face deeper issues within their relationship, including mental health. In a matter of 15 minutes, the couple finds themselves pushed towards a reckoning deciding the fate of their relationship.
The Crossing

The Crossing

After many years of hard work in Italy, Djibi returned to Burkina Faso with a full pocket but a heavy secret.
Five Months

Five Months

An undocumented immigrant struggles to remain steadfast in her decision to choose sanctuary refuge in a local church rather than risk deportation. Five months into her fight, the toll of her decision impacts Sofia and her family.
Water Serpents II

Water Serpents II

Water Serpents II is a film about female pleasure in a lesbian context. The narration explores the spectrum of sexuality—active to passive—without essentialization; instead, each woman moves fluidly between both libidinal impulses.

The aim of our film is to chip away at monolithic ideas surrounding female desire while celebrating sex, the body, and reinforcing the power of the female gaze.
SPIT

SPIT

One morning, Livia wakes up with a violent fantasy of a man physically abusing her. Out with her friends that night, she encounters various men. She struggles with desire and boundaries, passion and violence.
JORDAN

JORDAN

JORDAN is a short but epic tale about Jordan
Conway, a curious adventurer, and tween girl making
a big discovery in a place where fantastical
happenings are least expected of everyone but her.

A mermaid enthusiast on a fishing trip with her
father, Zod Conway, the pair find a distressed
mermaid and take her back to Atlanta to care for
her only to discover she is not exactly what she
seems.
The Chuzalongo

El Chuzalongo

The Chuzalongo

Set in Ecuador, Ofelia’s eyes are opened to what it means to become a young woman in society as she is stripped of her voice, power and freedom by her overbearing father while on a family camping trip to celebrate her 15th birthday. But Ofelia’s greatest threat may not even be human.
Healing Grace

Healing Grace

An influential woman who runs a tight ship at a domestic violence shelter must work to keep her secrets when a new client challenges her methods of operations.
Familial

Familial

After losing her father to a terrible genetic disease, seventeen year old Keira moves in with her estranged uncle. The constant surveillance of his smart house and the weight of her grief drive her to paranoia, and she begins to suspect something sinister is going on in her new home.
Just Another Week

Just Another Week

Isabel is a small town girl, too smart for her own good. She finds herself stuck in a routine of self-sabotage. Zoey has a powerhouse personality just like her best friend Isabel. They both desperately want to leave their town together but they attribute only small town thinking to one another.
The two quit their jobs on a whim to go do what they know best- which is having a good time. They party away and come up with the brilliant idea of how to make money… a drug deal.
Taste of Refuge

Taste of Refuge

In 1998, 17-year-old Tedros “Teddy” Melake Asfaha was forced to join the army to fight in the Eritrean/Ethiopian war. After seeing countless friends, neighbours, and classmates die, he deserted the army in 2005, taking temporary refuge in Israel and neighbouring countries, having to re-apply every three months.

Meshes of the After

Meshes of the After

A retelling of Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), Maya Deren’s formative avant-garde film, a psychogeographical journey through the shifting landscape of a woman’s home, mutating between experience, imagination, and causation in a recursively developing labyrinthine vision.
THE SWEET HASSLE OF A FIRST TIME

THE SWEET HASSLE OF A FIRST TIME

Across multiple splitscreens five couples have sex with each other for the first time, with all the accompanying awkwardness that seldom makes it onto the silver screen. They try to hide the smeared lipstick, hairs on tongues, floppy bellies and tears of pain or joy that lead up to their climax, sooner or later or not at all. A carefully choreographed, tragi-comic sex film without boobies or behinds.
THE UNKNOWN

THE UNKNOWN

“THE UNKNOWN” takes place in this high-tech society where everyone is oblivious to their lack of privacy and freedom. A young man runs into a woman who is reported to be dead-causing him to fixate on finding the truth. In an unexpected place, he discovers a secret surveillance system that is being run by i-Tech. He becomes their new target, and his only hope is to escape.
Mom's Love

Mom's Love

The journey of five women who have struggled with conception and/or suffered from miscarriages. As they reflect on their childhood and motherhood aspirations, they begin to share the stories of their miscarriage, healing, partners/family who helped them through it and the grace they've learned to give their body.
Into The Colors

Into The Colors

AIR, WATER, EARTH, FIRE
These are elements that as we know, each contribute and are necessary to life. This story gives voice to these elements, sharing their grief and pain to what is happening to them and the world as a whole.
Worth It

Worth It

Two friends contemplate whether being in love is really worth it with each other.
The Call of Water

The Call of Water

Set in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the story follows Nadia the night before her childhood home is sold. High on mushrooms, she and her friends inadvertently open a portal, plunging them into the astral-plane. There, she must face The Horned One, an ancient keeper of the land and of the water. To return to her body, Nadia must come to terms with her responsibility to her homeland and the water that it protects.
Wastewater: A Tale of Two Cities

Wastewater: A Tale of Two Cities

The other tale of two cities - both plagued by decades of lack of investment and racial discrimination in their wastewater infrastructure and facing further challenges amidst climate change - told by community members, advocates, utility operators, and elected officials. As the nation grapples with how to fund long overdue infrastructure needs, this film brings to light the need for urgency and equity in these decisions.
Hedgehog

Hedgehog

Vera, a young shop stylist, hires her father as her assistant to prepare for a fancy boutique’s grand opening. She fears that his casual nature won’t fit with the boss’s stern expectations and is torn between them.
SWEET DISASTER

SWEET DISASTER

"Not since Toni Erdmann have cliches around German humour been so artfully disproven." (Pauline Rieux, Raindance Film Festival)

"...but it’s written and directed in such a way that makes this tragedy into more of an amusingly wistful melancholy, effectively blending genres and making something totally unique. ...As far as romantic comedies go, Sweet Disaster is one of the most original and imaginative ones in recent memory." (Jack Walter, Loud and Clear Reviews)

"Frida is a really crazy fun character. Outstanding performance by Friederike Kempter. ...See for yourself!" (Sabine Willkop, SWR Fernsehen)

"Light-footed Drama narrates our imperfect life. The conflicts in generation gap, relationships and parenting are transcended to precise scenes full of empathy for the characters." (Heiner Dahl, ARD)

"It's truly heart-warming and funny!" (Julia Lehmann, SR1)

"...one of the best films of the year... Sweet Disaster by Laura Lehmus stars the quirky, funny, and loveable Friederike Kempter who leads a formidable cast in this hilarious, poetic and heartfelt comedy." (Pendance Film Festival)

“Sweet Disaster is as cute and funny as it is dramatic and heartbreaking. Directed by the gifted Laura Lehmus." (Adam Mast, The Independent)

"For a long time no one has told a story as quirly and peppy about unfaithful men and abandoned pregnant women. Laura Lehmus hits in her debut feature film an blithe keynote, overplaying elegantly the hidden minorkey. She charms the audience with animations and surreal inspiration without slipping in to artificial gimmic. The real-life position of single moms remains constanty precent." (Peter Gutting, programmkino.de)

Logline

A late-in-the-game pregnancy and the sudden ending of a relationship are not necessarily catastrophic by themselves. Combine the two, and it is like throwing fire accelerant on charcoal.

Short synopsis

Frida unexpectedly falls pregnant and Felix, the father of her child, breaks up with her to re-unite with his ex. Although some serious health problems caused by the late pregnancy force Frida to rest, she still tries to get Felix back, using methods which are absurd, exaggerated and sometimes hilarious.

Long synopsis

SWEET DISASTER tells the story of FRIDA. German-Finnish, painting therapist and 40-y.o. Two events change the usual course of her life. She gets unexpectedly pregnant and FELIX, the father
of her child breaks up with her to re-unite with his ex who is suddenly back. FELIX admits that it is not the best timing, however it does not prevent him from leaving. FRIDA cannot accept FELIX' decision. Although some serious health problems caused by the late pregnancy force her to rest, she tries to get FELIX back with the help of absurd, exaggerated and sometimes absolutely comic actions.
Fight Like a Mother

Fight Like a Mother

An amateur boxer attempts a comeback after having a baby.
Silk

Silk

In this short narrative nod to the classic film Gaslight, gifted aerialist Cara falls hard for Sol, the lighting designer on her upcoming high-stakes solo show. When safety and communication issues plague rehearsals, Cara begins to doubt her perceptions and grows more and more dependent on Sol. With the outside perspective of good friends, Cara is forced to consider that her anxiety and growing insecurities have been planted in her mind by Sol in an effort to control her.
Gateways Grind

Gateways Grind

GATEWAYS GRIND is the first ever documentary about the iconic Gateways Club, probably the most famous lesbian club in the world, made even more notorious by its ten-minute scene in the film ‘The Killing of Sister George’.
For the first time ever we go through the Gateways’ infamous ‘green door’ and see and hear from the women who found friends, sex, and love in a small basement club just off Kings Road in swinging Chelsea.
PAPER GEESE

PAPER GEESE

After an unsuccessful goose hunt, a young girl grapples with seeing her father in a new light.
Drift

Drift

Candace is a young writer determined to finish her first book. She shares an apartment with Derrick, her attention-hungry boyfriend. When Derrick's antics infringe on her concentration, Candace plans a solo trip to a lake house in New Hampshire to get some pages in. Not keen on being away from his love, Derrick convinces Candace to let him join her. But New Hampshire is not the romantic getaway Derrick imagined. Candace staunchly maintains her focus on her work, leaving him lonely and frustrated. Feeling Candace slipping away from him, Derrick decides to act. But his attempt fails and pulls their relationship to a new low point. A point that proves impossible to crawl out of.
How to Hack Birth Control

How to Hack Birth Control


‘How to Hack Birth Control’ is a 3-segment pilot of the satire series 'How to Hack' by Sassy Mohen. The pilot focuses on how to navigate and take charge in today’s contraception universe. Told through the sharp wit and perky charm of the narrator Ruth (Xanthe Paige), Birth Control takes a run at ‘not supposed to talk about,’ scenarios and answers all of the questions women truly want to know but are taught to be too afraid to ask.

Jane

Jane

Jane and Lola have lost touch over the years and when they reconnect they finally are granted the beauty of saying goodbye.
The Justice of Bunny King

The Justice of Bunny King

Bunny King (Davis), a headstrong mother of two with a sketchy past, earns her keep by washing windows at traffic lights. Using her razor-sharp wit to charm money from gridlocked motorists, she saves every cent to get back the custody of her kids. After promising her daughter a birthday party, Bunny must fight the social services and break the rules to keep her word, but in doing so risks losing her children altogether. Accompanied by her niece Tonyah (Thomasin McKenzie), a fierce teenager running away from home, Bunny is in a race against the clock and headed towards an epic showdown with the authorities.

Bride Token

Bride Token

When facing unintended pregnancy, an intercultural couple has to make decisions about their relationship and their future under the family pressures due to cultural differences.
Bug Hill

Bug Hill

In the wake of an elder’s passing, a North Carolinian family reminisces over the acres of hard-earned and hard-worked land that have been in their possession for generations, as they forge a path to preservation.
Lake Pluto

Lake Pluto

Out on a solo camping trip at a remote lake, an overwhelmed millennial just wants to find clarity, but may get the answers she was looking for from an unexpected supernatural visitor. Meanwhile, back in the 1960s at the same lake, young sisters Laura and Janie cross paths with an entity, which has horrific consequences.

Adonai

Adonai

After a devastating accident, a man decides that the only way forward is to take his own life. That attempt is undoubtedly thwarted by a gorgeous party goer who interrupts those plans. Her fortunate emergence allows time for a glimmer of hope but it’s her mysterious departure that ultimately leaves him speechless.
Baby Grief.

Baby Grief.

Facing the loss of their baby two women and are forced to reconcile with each other as they find different ways of coping with their grief.
Mothers, Purpose, and the Future

Mothers, Purpose, and the Future

Carve Designs' short film explores the idea that we don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, as much as we borrow it from our children. From shimmering seas to dust swept deserts, the outdoors is more than just ours to enjoy, it’s ours to care for. We have a duty to preserve and protect the planet for those who come after. As women, as caretakers and as mothers, we understand.
Trigger

Trigger

A cab's journey shifts pace when Claire and Hannah discover a bag neither of them had noticed when they climbed in. They are shocked to find out what is inside the bag and argue about what to do with it, anxious to keep their find a secret from the driver.
The Inmortality of words

The Inmortality of words

Alfonso, a young literature professor who is fascinated by poetry, particularly the works of Federico García Lorca, returns to Granada 20 years later to teach classes as a substitute professor at the university. His return rekindles his obsession from when he was a child: finding out where the poet’s remains are located. This obsession will lead him to an unexpected event, where he will come face to face with one of Lorca’s executioners.
Hound of Love

Hound of Love

Like the best love stories, this one starts with a girl in need of rescuing. In return, she helps her romantically-challenged dog mom to stop barking up the wrong dating tree.
Mani Pedi

Mani Pedi

Mani Pedi follows Raymond, a young immigrant from Laos, who learned to fight in the refugee camps, but is forced to give up his boxing career in Canada after he sustains a brain injury. To help him make ends meet, his overbearing sister, Dara, enlists him to work at her nail salon. In short order, the salon reveals itself to be an equally toxic female "ring" where competition for clients and exposure to toxic chemicals are Raymond’s new challenges.
Cold Call

Cold Call

Christian, a cock-of-the-walk dealmaker, pilots his Mercedes through Los Angeles rush hour traffic. He chugs coffee as he works his phone - fielding calls from supplicants, closing deals, and harassing his secretary. He receives an incoming call with no caller ID. A hysterical woman speaks, cries: “Daddy, Daddy, help me!” Christian, concerned that his daughter has been in an accident, works to calm her. But a new voice comes on the line: “If we can’t deal, I’ll hang up and shoot your daughter in the head!”

Birds, Bees, and Threes

Birds, Bees, and Threes

LOGLINE:
Julia's trusted triplet support group leader expresses the importance of teaching their children about sex by the age of eight. BIRDS, BEES, AND THREES comically follows JULIA and ANDY HUDSON and their triplet daughters as they all attempt to digest their embarrassment, shock, and confusion after “the talk.”
Ages of Man

Ages of Man

An anthology fiction short where three men find themselves in vulnerable positions with three women. This comedic horror drops the audience in the middle of stories about the invisible labor that women perform every day, the labor that makes the world go round. The vignettes depict these particular men’s lack of awareness to what supports their sense of self and well-being, and thus revealing a blind spot: they can’t tell whether they’re being saved, destroyed, or replaced.
Birth Rights

Birth Rights

Marva Henry, attorney and Brooklyn resident, examines the challenges that she encountered in the labor and delivery rooms of New York City. Dr. Dána-Ain Davis provides context regarding how Marva’s experiences have historic roots. The film explores whether social mobility leads to better birthing outcomes for Black women, or whether this belief is a myth.
Afloat

Afloat

''I am what I choose to become''

Afloat, a short film about sexual violence and a young woman's resilience.
The Sign

The Sign

As the fairytale goes, the girl who looks like she has it all is really about to fall… apart. But sometimes, it takes a second chance to finally take control over your story. Will Clare (played by Bianca Lawson) get lucky or miss a connection?
Odd Dog

Odd Dog

A young boy pleads with his mother to get him a dog but his mother prefers a cat. Years later, the boy runs into what looks like a cat on the street. Can the cat win the boy over with his crazy dog-like antics and become the boy's "odd dog"?
Better Get Better

Better Get Better

Best friends Scarlett and Freya are practically inseparable but when Scarlett breaks her ankle and Freya starts struggling with her mental health, the difference in how they're treated starts to change this.
Exceptional Talent

Exemplaires

Exceptional Talent

Paris, winter 2017. Three female migrants face the arbitrary cancellation on their 2006 resident permit for "exceptional talents". Suddenly stripped of any legal possibility of remaining in the territory, they seek equally exceptional solutions to maintain their lives as they are.
FIGHTERS

FIGHTERS

Emma, a woman of 35 years old, beaten by her abusive husband, escape her house during the night with her 5 years old daughter, CHLOE.

Emma manages to get rescued by the emergency and is sent to a shelter that greets women victims of domestic violence.
When We Arrive As Flowers

When We Arrive As Flowers

Diovanna, a dancer realizes her transfemme identity through a choreographic journey of self-discovery, celebration, and the poetic metaphor of a flower coming to bloom.
Lob?

Lob?

In “Lob?”, Meagan contacts Ruth — her dead therapist — via seance… about a haircut. Meagan and Ruth’s reunion is bittersweet, joyful, and lively, but final in the way much needed closure always is.
En Suite

En Suite

En Suite offers an emotional glimpse into the personal lives of a seemingly happily married couple following a radical bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstruction. Shot using a single, stationary camera, the months following the procedures that ensue, are seamlessly revealed exposing the loving and often difficult challenges this devastating diagnosis elicit.
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