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From over 350+ entries our festival selection committee has chosen 9 finalists. We will screen each short film and our jury will select the “Best Overall” film at the conclusion of the program. The winning film will be shown again prior to the Closing Night film.

2019 MVIFF SHORT FILM FINALISTS

1) “Ben, Frankly” – (8:45) Directed by Ahmet Tan, Germany

Harrison, a college professor, loves history and today he gets the chance to pitch his film idea: “The life of Benjamin Franklin” to a producer. Caesar, the producer, however, is not impressed. He points out giant plot holes and is about to lose faith when Harrison comes up with the idea that keeps him in the room and gets them both bitten by the movie making bug.


2) “Pretty Dead” – (8:14) Directed by Inga Moren Tapias, USA

Pretty Dead is a Mockumentary about what it takes to be a successful actress in New York City. It follows seasoned corpse actress Carol Mortimer, as she teaches eager pupils how to live one heartbeat from stardom, and eagerly awaits news on the latest dead role of a lifetime.

PRODUCER WYNONA BARBERA WILL BE PRESENT FOR Q & A AFTER THE SHOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wynona Barbera (Producer – Pretty Dead)

Wynona Barbera is a film Producer residing in New York City. Her camera work has aired on VH1, RobGreenfield.TV, & Los Angeles Film Awards. In 2018 she made her Producer debut as an official selection for HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival and has since worked for HBO, Warner Brothers, and Netflix. Wynona is also an activist for wildlife conservation and recently joined One Health Productions to produce videos dedicated to improving the health of our planet.


3) “A Shadow of Himself” – (3:15) Directed by Steven Ada, France


A touching story of an ordinary man for who the destiny of life has turn to an unfortunate and sad way


4) “Nurtured” – (13:59) Directed by Ben Pearce, United Kingdom

A sibling relationship is irrevocably altered during the course of one night on the back of a stolen rickshaw.


5) “Being” – (9:11) Directed by Cathleen Dean, USA

During his monthly therapy session, our protagonist, unnamed like many of his kind, recounts and relives a terrifyingly traumatic moment in his life. After many silent sessions, he finally opens up about a moment in his life that has helped shape his worldview: an encounter he had with the police his way back to his college campus.

DIRECTOR CATHLEEN DEAN WILL BE PRESENT FOR Q & A AFTER THE SHOW!

Cathleen Dean (Director – Being)

Cathleen Dean, winner of the Wolfson Cinemaslam Award for Best Film Featuring Archival Material in 2019; archival grant awardee for Work-in-Progress Wade In the Water: Drowning in Racism, exploring the civil rights protests that took place in Florida during the 1960s to desegregate the states beaches and swimming pools; Cathleen Dean is a producer, director and writer.  Winner of the 2012 Miami International Fashion Film Festival’s award for Best Documentary for the film Runway Afrique, she aims to create work that facilitates a bridge of understanding between communities.  Cathleen is also the City producer of the 48 Hour Film Project, an international filmmaking competition, in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area for the past decade and has been instrumental in building South Florida’s Film Community.


6) “Helen” – (14:55) Directed by Ji Hyun Kim, USA

Almost single-handedly raised by his nanny Helen, young Kevin is eventually forced to face the harsh truth about their close connection.


7) “Quiet Carriage” – (5:28) Directed by Ben S. Hyland, United Kingdom

A man must decide whether to intervene and stop a casual commuting rule breaker, or live with a lifetime of regret. A comedy about a passive man with an overactive imagination.


8) “Judas Collar” – (15:00) Directed by Alison James, Australia

In outback Australia a wild camel is captured and fitted with a tracking device known as a Judas Collar. Based on a real life practice, Judas Collar is a scripted, no-dialogue, live action short that explores the story of a camel used to betray her kind.


9) “Danny’s Super 8” – (4:00) Directed by Colin Russell and Alec Rodriques, USA

A look into the work of underground filmmaker Danny Plotnick and his love for Super-8 film.