Narrative Feature Competition
A JURIED COMPETITION FEATURING THE BEST OF INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
The winner of the Narrative Feature Competition is selected by a jury.
I Believe In Unicorns
USA, 2014, 80 min., Color

Being a teenager and figuring out one’s purpose is difficult enough, but Davina is faced every day with the challenge of being responsible for her disabled mother‘s care. There’s not much joy in her existence, so her fantasy world, fueled by her vivid imagination, is her only means of escape. That is, until an older boy named Sterling enters her life, and Davina loses herself in the sudden fairytale-come-true of her first romance. Ultimately, however, she cannot continue to ignore the dangerous reality of her boyfriend’s explosive and abusive nature. The situation is pushed to the limit, forcing her to make the hardest decision of her young life. With involving performances and a striking production design, Leah Meyerhoff’s I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS takes an oft-times uncomfortable yet intensely compelling route in Davina’s journey towards adulthood.

-- Bridgette Poe

Screenings
Director
Leah Meyerhoff
Screenwriter
Leah Meyerhoff
Producer
Heather Rae
Cinematographer
Jarin Blaschke
Editor
Kevin Messman, Michael Taylor
Music
Sasha Gordon
Cast
Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Toni Meyerhoff, Amy Seimetz

Director Bio
San Francisco director Leah Meyerhoff’s short films have screened in over 200 festivals, won dozens of awards and aired on IFC, PBS, LOGO and MTV. She has been shortlisted for the Sundance Labs and the Student Academy Awards. She has taught film courses at Tisch Asia, the Art Institute of Chicago and New York Film Academy. Currently she is a programer for Rooftop Films, a Tribeca Film mentor, and a Dean’s Fellow in Graduate Film at NYU. Her short film TWITCH premiered at Slamdance film festival, where it won a Grand Jury Prize.
Screenings Co-presented by:
Women In Film.Dallas
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