2017 Watch Winning Films

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 2017 Moondance Selected Films to View Now!

♦ All of these 2017 Moondance selected films are also winners in those categories!

♦ ♦ indicates the festival director’s top choice films

♦ ♦ 90BPM, feature film, directors: Salvo Campisano, Filippo Arlotta (Italy) 93 minutes. (BPM means beats per minute.)This film also won the 2017 Moondance for Best Actor (Salvo Campisano), Best Film Score (Alexander Cimini) & Best Supporting Actor (Lucia Fossi). “90 BPM” is an intense, beautifully filmed dark comedy story that will surprise and thrill you until the last frame. Start the countdown! A tiny red car drives off with a screech of tires, and a man begins his run to catch it. During the chase, the man finds himself involved in a series of very strange encounters with a diverse cast of odd characters who will help him in his struggle to achieve self. Time passes, the red car is always farther away. What will happen at the end of the countdown ?


♦ A SKYTRIBE CHRONICLE, Short multi-media Film, Director, Gregg Lauer, (USA) 15 minutes. Director’s statement: Director’s statement: “I was flying high on a very successful art career, my paintings selling well, living the artist’s dream in Boulder, Colorado. Filled with daring and replete with connections, I moved to California to hit it big. I did not. Eight months later, after a complete failure-to-launch, and the utter inability to paint, I admitted defeat and let go of my artistic dreams and aspirations. Clawing my way back to Colorado, trying to escape the nightmare of California, my vehicle broke down twice on the Nevada border and I gave up. Out of the ashes of self-defeat, stranded in café in the desert, a mysterious event occurred, by which the following 20 years of art-making were completely inspired.”

♦ COOKING THE EARTH, animation film, directors: Michele D’Acosta & Eliza Wyatt (UK) 3 minutes. Cooking The Earth is a dystopian vision of climate crime. This animated & iive-action short film is a journey into the chaotic world of a turbulent chef – and is a satire on the planet we are “baking” in the 21st century.


♦ DARREL, animation film, directors: Marc Briones & Alan Carabantes (Spain) 4 minutes. An exchange of sultry glances in the metro station while waiting for the train. How many opportunities have you let slip? Darrel will do everything possible to not let this one escape!


♦ GAME, short film, director: Jeannie Donohoe (USA) 16 minutes. The director is also a former Moondance short film winner, for “Lambing Season”. She was selected from over 4,600 applicants to write and direct “Game” for Lexus Short Films, produced by the Weinstein Company. GAME is a story about going all the way, pursuing your dreams, and playing at the top of your game.  AJ doesn’t see herself as a girl basketball player. She sees herself as a basketball player. She asks the world to do the same. The relationship between Coach and AJ, over the course of the short film, speaks to the willingness to reward ambition, hard work, and equal talent with equal opportunities.


♦ HANOOZ NA (NOT YET), short film, director: Arian Vazirdaftari (Iran) 15 minutes. It`s 21 year-old Hasti’s Birthday. She studies abroad and her parents in Iran want to congratulate her via Skype. But…well, you can imagine what happens, when the old world meets the new world.


♦ ♦ JIMMORTAL, Filmed TV Pilot, Directors: Owen Weber & Hunter Bradley (US) 30 minutes.Silicon Valley” meets “Louie”. Jim and Lyle are Millennials…just not from this millennium. They’re the youngest old guys, you’ve ever met. But a freak fire and a meeting, with potentially world-changing consequences, unwittingly puts the brothers on a crash course with the fate of all humanity, eternity and, if Jim can help it, the end of it all.


♦ KARMA, animation film, director: Zhaoyu Zhou (USA) 4 minutes. A boy meets a strange fish in a mysterious forest.


♦ KOSNIN, short film, director: Sara Seligman (USA) 12 minutes. 10-year old Héctor wants to ‘fly,’ like the voladores in his community. His single mother can’t afford the costs, but Héctor is determined to achieve his dream, and through hard work and a little help, sets out to do what others in his community have done for generations – FLY.


♦ LE PASSÉ DEVANT NOUS (PAST IMPERFECT), feature film, director: Nathalie Teirlinck (Belgium) 110 minutes. When Alice’s ex-boyfriend dies in a car accident, she’s unexpectedly confronted with her six-year-old son, whom she had abandoned at birth. His presence not only threatens her routine existence as a high-priced escort but also exposes strongly suppressed emotions. Doubt strikes again. Will she be able to be a mother, this time?


♦ LEARNING TO DRIVE, short film, director: Roderick Stevens (USA) 19 minutes. Inspired by the true story of a feisty young man with Down syndrome, determined to become independent and to convince his scatterbrained brother to teach him how to drive.


♦ MOODY WINTER, short drone film, director: Jurgis Kreilis (Latvia) 4 minutes. To appreciate the beauty of the winter you don’t necessarily need colorful sunrise, sunset or bright sunlight through the day. Winter can be insistent, surly and moody. Clouds can hang, barely move and once bright sky can turn grey, and snow falls, while freezing temperatures “burn” the air. We went out and created this aerial drone film to demonstrate the different winters of Latvia.


♦ NIOFAR, short documentary film, director: Hugo Lemant (France) 7 minutes. Niofar tells the story of a French girl who went to Senegal to meet  its inhabitants, in the hope of becoming integrated. The film is a visual poem on the meeting: “I” against “you”, “he” who is a stranger, but the three blend into “us”. In the Wolof language, Niofiar means “to be together”. The film is an ode to sharing and cultural exchanges.


♦ ORIGIN, feature documentary film, director: Mary Jo Ramsey-Smith (USA) 57 minutes. Exploring the perils of the ever-expanding human presence on the planet. Seeking transformative ways to change the way we think/speak/act toward one another … and this world. ORIGIN is an exploration based on the work of philosopher Jean Gebser in The Ever-Present Origin.


♦ ♦ THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (Старик и море): Composer: Joanna Moradiellos (Australia) 21 minutes. This unique film is a 1999 paint-on-glass-animated short film directed by the famed Russian animator, Aleksandr Petrov, based on the classic short novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, and tells the tale of Santiago, an ageing Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin out in the Gulf Stream, off the coast of Florida. The film has won many awards, including the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. This is a new, modern soundtrack to this film, written in 2017, and has won the 2017 Moondance for Best Film Score. All music and audio is composed, performed and mixed by Joanna Moradiellos. The music comes from the heart and the film score certainly does this stunning and amazing film justice, as the composer interpreted the artist’s pictures and Hemingway’s symbolic story with her music. Moondance International Film Festival 2017 has full & exclusive permission from The Production Studio, Pascal Blais, Canada, and award-winning director/animator Alexander Petrov. Russia, to screen this film with Joanna’s new soundtrack.


♦ PARSIEN (LIMIT) (RATED R), short film, director: Javad Daraei (Iran) 8 minutes. A lonely man in a quiet village neighborhood asks for help from people he see passing by, until someone suddenly enters his home…


♦ THE ORANGISH TREE, animation film, director: Amir Houshang Moein (Iran) 7 minutes. A little girl who lives in a orange tree begins a journey to save her city.


♦ THE PAST WE LIVE IN, short film, director: Jérôme Weber (Luxembourg) 15 minutes. Félix celebrates his 92nd birthday in the company of his family, as his past catches up with him. “The Past We Live In” is the story of a former forcibly recruited WWII soldier, who now suffers from dementia and relives an emotional wartime friendship by confusing his 7-year old nephew with an old friend from the second World War.


♦ ♦ THE SERVANT, animation, director: Farnoush Abedi (Iran) 10 minutes. A frustrated writer, on the verge of suicide, catches an insect in a glass, and instead of following his first impulse and killing it, he lets the bug grow. Over time, however, it earns a different and more gloomy function, and soon they fight a match for the roles to be reversed between them: Which one will be the champion?

♦ THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, music video, Director: Fabio D’Andrea, ((UK), 6 minutes. A father, coping with the loss of his wife, strives to maintain a sense of harmony and stability in the life of his young daughter, who dreams of becoming a ballerina princess.


♦ ♦ THINK FAST, short film, director: Bridget Stokes (US) 12 minutes. The film tells the story of a powerful woman, constantly surrounded by oppositional forces, who manages to dig deep and find the grit it takes to persevere. But what happens when everything you’ve worked for is suddenly ripped apart by a ringing phone? In Sara Wagner’s case, all hell breaks loose. Then RING! Sara answers, but It’s a desperate Wrong Number Caller who misdialed a suicide hotline! A ready-to-jump teen on speaker, and a ticking clock. It’s now or never, if Sara must save a life to save her career, and she’s got to THINK FAST!


♦  TOGETHER AS THE WIND BLOWS, music video, director: Jose Manalang (Japan) 6 minutes. This is a vibrant music video about the plight of Filipino workers searching for greener pastures abroad.


♦ WEAVERS OF IMAGINATION, short documentary film, directors: Sadegh Jafari (Iran) 21 minutes. This is the story of a group of talented blind men and women who weave intricate Persian carpets by using Braille. Weaving carpets requires precision and sight and it is difficult even for the sighted people. These unsighted people think that if there was a place where the sighted people did not bother & ridicule them, they would have a better life.


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