Short Award Winners
Awarded to a film in the Shorts Competition, as selected by the Shorts Jury
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Shorts Program 1
Pet Friendly, Emma, Irregulars, End of Earth, Hairat, Proxy, Legal Smuggling with Christine Choy, Bill's Records, I Know You From Somewhere
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Shorts Program 2
The Diver (El Buzo), Dear Mr. Shakespeare, Audible Static, Commodity City, Thrush, Sunshine and Rain, How Far She Went, Bayard & Me
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Shorts Program 3
Lily, The Collection, While I Was Gone, Spring, Project X, Gut Hack, The Chop, No Other Way to Say It
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Size Does Matter (El Tamaño Sí Importa)

Gender roles and expectations get reversed and transgressed in this unconventional love story written and directed by RAFA LARA. When the not-so-beautiful Vivi (XIMENA AYALA) sets out to sweep her old socialite boss (VADHIR DERBEZ) off his feet, romance and hilarity ensue as both of them have to learn new rules to an old game. Laugh-out-loud dialogue and a stellar slate of support cast (including comedy star EUGENIO DERBEZ) make SIZE DOES MATTER a movie that audiences will appreciate as more than just a typical crowd-pleaser.

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Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo)

In this driving, non-stop action thriller, the chief security officer at a top-secret medical facility finds himself caught in an explosive battle when a young thief and his accomplices steal a groundbreaking curative medicine. After discovering the true origins of the medicine, the officer must decide who he can trust to protect the cure from falling into the wrong hands and prevent an all-out war from bringing the city to its knees.

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The Spearhead Effect

Reeling from the brutal murder of his mother, Jake uses his popular blog to highlight police corruption and apathy, leading to a rash of internal investigations of police departments across the country, and sparking a nation-wide vigilante movement called "The Pioneers." Jake eventually finds himself at the center of a media firestorm, as well as the focus of vengeful police officers. He hides out with a childhood friend who eventually leads Jake to join a Pioneers group himself. But when he expresses disgust at the level of violent torture they inflict on their captives, Jake soon becomes the group's prime target.

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Spettacolo

Monticchiello is a small farming town in Italy. Fifty year ago, the village began a tradition to confront their community’s issues: they created and performed a theatrical play allowing them to feel safe, and to discuss the problems of their village as they recovered from poverty and the scars of war. Today, the villagers struggle to keep the tradition alive as many youth seem disengaged and the elders begin to fade away. The film quietly reveals the people living in Monticchiello and the hidden issues they each face. SPETTACOLO shows the power of art to heal, unite and transform a community.

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