Digital Program 7

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De Closin Night

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Director: Shicong Zhu

Writer: Ella Rouwen Chen

Producer: Ella Rouwen Chen, Brielle Yuke Li

Cast: Ella Rouwen Chen

Siyi, a Chinese student in an American theater school, has been putting in more effort than her American peers to practice for the first role she gets in college. Yet her professor is rescinding the offer because of her accent. To win back the opportunity for the closing night, Siyi determines to rid her accent by speaking English only from now on, even when she video chats with her mom. As she grows obsessed with the accent practices, Siyi’s attempt to better her craft has shifted into the faltering of her identity.

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Don't Come In... Yet!

Australia / Comedy / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Isaac Dean Elliott

Producer: Matthew Burns, Tessa Mansfield-Hung

Cast: Oly Pizzey-Stratford, Ella Newton, Toby Truslove

As a wheelchair user, Jake is constantly watched over by his dad and lauded for his bravery by everyone.

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Escalation

Italy / Horror / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Christian Bachini

Producer: Christian Bachini

Cast: Christian Bachini, Lucy Chun Yan, Giulia Serafini

In the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Chris, a paranoid and self-centered man, is happily avoiding all human contact, preferring to escape from reality in whatever's on TV. When a friend reaches out to him to confront him about his past promises, Chris has to decide what kind of person he is inside, or it may just eat him...alive.

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Ethan Art Venture

United States / Animation / 11 mins

Director/Writer: Nuria Dixon

Producer: Nuria Dixon, Jessica Jordan, Vanessa Carmona

Cast: Ethan Dixon, Sharland Hendrix, Hemsley Morris

Ethan’s Art-Venture is an animated, mixed with Live-Action, short film about an autistic, illustrator who on his 9th birthday, is given a gift that allows him access to a powerful, imaginative, inner realm: a completely animated world. Every year, Ethan represents the school at the National Art Conference.