Program 2

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Break Any Spell

Canada / Drama / 13 mins

Director: Anton Jøsef

Writer: Lisi Purr, Anton Jøsef

Producer: Lisi Purr, Pierre Campbell

Cast: Rachel Boyd, Catherine McGregor

When April sets off to battle in the the world of live-action-role-playing, her mother's early-onset Alzheimer's reaches a breaking point.

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Bruised Peach

United States / Drama / 10 mins

Director: YingChen Shu

Writer: YingChen Shu

Producer: YingChen Shu

Cast: Angie Jho Lee, Alice Yu

A fresh-out journalist Suzy trying to uncover the reason behind celebrity Kalli's death.


United States / Drama / 14 mins

Director: Chung-Wei Huang

Writers: Chung-Wei Huang

Producer: Chung-Wei Huang

Cast: Nik Polyakov, Adrianne Knapp

When Noah’s irresponsible father, Dave, cancels on him at the last minute on his birthday, he and his mother head to his house for a surprise visit. Noah discovers that his half-sister, Megan, has acquired his dream gift – a puppy named Buck for her birthday.

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Camp Tipsy

Canada / Drama / 27 mins

Director: Jana Stackhouse 

Writer: Billy MacLellan

Producer: Jana Stackhouse, Nicholas Bradford-Ewart

Cast: Morgan Neundorf, Billy MacLellan

At age 14, Ellie is struggling with alcoholism when she finds Camp Tipsy, a camp that helps teens quit drinking. It’s here that Ellie is challenged to trust in the process and learn tools that she can take into the real world to help her stay sober.


United Kingdom / Drama / 13 mins

Director: William Michael Anderson

Writer: William Michael Anderson

Producer: Neil Clements, William Anderson

Cast: Joerg Stadler, Madeleine Dunbar

The film centers on an outcast in a rural English community who draws the attention of a vengeful mother after a chance encounter with her two young boys.


Canada / Drama / 10 mins

Director: Matthew Horvat

Writer: Matthew Horvat

Producer: Peter Widdrington

Cast: James Gagné

Based on a true story, a young man successfully orchestrates a double-ended rental scam until the weight of his own ego compromises everything.

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Circus Sam

Japan / Animation / 31 mins

Director: Rayner Wang

Writer: Rayner Wang

Producer: Georgina Pope, Roy Finch

Cast: Ellery Sprayberry, Steve Marshall

Set in an American coastal town, Alice Featherston is having a hard time asking her crush, Dave, to be her high school prom date. That changes, however, when she meets a traveling circus clown, Sam. The two strike up a unique rapport.

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Cold Wall

United States / Drama / 19 mins

Director: Lilly Hu

Writer: Lilly Hu

Producer: Wenjie Kong

Cast: Jiaxin An

After a video of a miscarriage suffered by a student goes viral at her high school, a shocked 15-year-old Chinese girl, Katie, attempts to solve a personal crisis in unfamiliar territory.

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Dad and the Fridge Box

Canada / Drama / 9 mins

Director: Mary Walsh

Writer: Mary Walsh

Producer: Mary Walsh, Gill Dawe

Cast: Darryl Hopkins, Deidre Gillard-Rowlings

Based on the poem by Agnes Walsh. The story of how the old ones found a use for everything. When Jeannie lost her father, he is waked at home, his pine box laid across two chairs in the parlour. Jeanie’s father has long lived inside a box.

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Dancing with Shadows

United States / Drama / 14 mins

Director: Deborah LaVine

Writer: Dale Griffiths Stamos

Producer: Nonetheless Productions, Venice Sky Productions

Cast: Barbara Bain, Carmen Argenziano

Roxanne, suffering from Alzheimers, is triggered by a radio tribute to a deceased jazz musician who had once been her lover, to blur the past and present. Her dedicated husband must decide how to lovingly handle her confusing him with that lover.