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Program 2018


Angel wakes up from a beautiful dream to face the harsh reality that he lives since he was left with nothing.

Duration 0:06:54

Country Spain

Black Faces

Black Faces is a police intervention group. Nobody knows who they are. They are the elite and the members are elected by virtue of their values, when danger requires heart.

Duration 0:11:55

Country Spain


Kitty and Kent form a desperate plan to stay afloat. Susan Daniels is the plan.

Duration 0:03:17

Country United States


A powerful documentary that confronts how people released from prison continue to pay for the mistakes of their past while still holding out hope for the future.

Duration 0:44:26

Country United States


Eleven-year old Casey and her mother live alone in a quiet house. Casey’s mother ensures her daughter receives the education, protection, and loving care little girls need. But an altercation with some local schoolgirls reveals that Casey’s life is based on a lie.

Duration 0:11:58

Country Canada

Elephants in the Coffee

A conflict for survival between Asian elephants, farmers and workers in the coffee estates of southern India has changed attitudes about the living embodiment of Ganesh, the elephant God. With more than 100 people being killed by elephants each year, the elephant is now a "menace" and India farmers are fighting back, killing elephants not for ivory but to protect their livelihood and their lives. This film follows farmers into the coffee estates to see the danger, travels with government teams to capture rogues, and observes the process of caging and forcing dangerous elephants into submission. While many "solutions" have been advanced, most have limited success. Yet a few farmers have a plan for elephant safe coffee, and co-existence of the world's most popular beverage and the world's largest land animal.

Duration 0:58:44

Country United States

Pubic Enemy/Number Two

A middle-aged father walks in on his teen son's "man-scaping" and an interesting conversation ensues.

Duration 0:05:22

Country United States


The short film Sophia, is a modern fairy tale of sorts. Presented as intriguing puppet animation with a sweeping sound scape, it conveys the universal story of how easy it is to become a prisoner of one’s own illusion.

Duration 0:10:54

Country Canada

The Sunrise Storyteller

The Sunrise Storyteller follows the hero's journey of teenage filmmaker & social justice advocate, Kasha Sequoia Slavner, as she sets out for six months on her 16th birthday across the world in search of stories of hope and resilience that shine a light on what it means to be a global citizen and how we can all make a difference.

Duration 1:04:25

Country Canada

Emmott & Rowland

Emmott & Rowland were sweethearts and their story is a sad and romantic tragedy which has captured the imaginations of people who read about it. Set in Eyam Village in 1666 Plague

Duration 0:15:00 

Country United Kingdom

Tales from Shaolin: Pt One Shakey Dog

Tales From Shaolin reinterprets the works of the Wu Tang Clan as a Shakespeare-meets-Tarantino, crime-filled action dark comedy! Using the lyrics from the song "Shakey Dog" by Ghostface Killah, Part One: "Shakey Dog" stars Stephen Hill as our narrator “Ghost” and Dominique Spencer as the quiet yet eager Frank in this tale of a stick up gone wrong.
Featuring an original score by indie Hip Hop producers Jake Summers, Eno Noziroh, and Wino Willy, Shakey Dog also stars Ninja N. Devoe, Angel Sanchez, Nasser Metcalfe, and Clinton Lowe - with special appearance by elusive Hip Hop super-producer Megahertz. Produced by Jeremy Sample, Stephen Hill, Marquette Jones, and Janie McFadden along with director Louis A. Moore and screenwriter J. Michael Neal.

Duration 0:14:56

Country United States


Based on the Russian classic Mikhail Lermontov novel “The Hero of Our Time”.
 All events shown as they are reflected in the mind of the dying hero, as a series of irrevocable mistakes and interpreted anew: it is either reconsideration or repentance. Recollections make main hero torment himself over his own past pretenses that seem ridicules now agonize and despair over his perfect indifference to everything except himself, see the horrible aspect of killing his friend, a greenhorn and a show-off. The final action of an intelligent and outstanding man is judging oneself without mercy.

Duration 1:36:46

Country Russian Federation 

Perfect People

A young couple on the verge of divorce meets an older man who saves them from a storm.

Duration 0:16:38

Country United States 

The Last Well

The year is 2037. Europe is in a state of complete breakdown. The owner of the last well of natural pure water lives in Croatia. After the sale of the water to the nice family goes wrong and ends up in bloodshed, he becomes substitute father and husband. But when the well runs dry, he is forced to do the one last "trade"…

Duration 0:20:00

Country Croatia 

Storkow Kalifornia

Storkow. Sunny (30) and his mother Nena (60) live as social outlaws in the east-german countryside, doing drugs in the car and on the „Beach“. But when Nena hooks up with Pfeffi-Werner, and Sunny meets the cop Liv, their life can't go on like before. Sunny falls in love with Liv. But Liv wants to leave Storkow and move to Berlin. He needs to make a harsh decision. What he doesn't expect is, that Nena won't surrender. Not before having tried everything to make him stay.

Duration 0:28:30

Country Germany    


  Dubbed a Dysfunctional Family Thriller at its 70th Festival de Cannes 2017 Short Film Corner Worldwide Release plus screening on its sixth (6) continent with Australia's Adelaide International Youth, in "Darkroom" an overbearing father finds his teenage son has transformed the basement of their New York townhouse into an amateur darkroom. There the boy develops gruesome and voyeuristic images from his late-night crime scene photography.

Duration 0:08:44

Country United States


Director’s name: Rituparna Dasdatta
Award Name: Best United States Short

Shocking true story of loneliness and isolation, in a world - inundated with social media - never lonely, never isolated.
This story revolves surround a life of a woman, an elderly Romanian woman who lost her only son in an accident and moved to USA with her husband after that. They started living in a quiet township of Virginia. Life went on smooth business as usual till one day, in the natural course of life she lost her husband, she became all alone..

Duration 0:19:10

Country United States

Dance into the Party

The “Dance into the Party” music video, directed by Wayne Isham, opens with Ari and her dancers [in black] rehearsing in a studio space. On the opposite side of the building, a rival group [in red] rehearses. The main dancer of the rival group enters Ari’s studio space and challenges her abilities in a dance-off. The two have a history, but the door is slightly open for potential reconciliation when they dance together in a moment of fantasy. Back to reality, Ari agrees to take the clash to the next level. The black team and red team back up their respective leaders (Ari and her lead guy), heightening tensions. The track transitions, and Ari’s spoken words reflect the groups’ internal conflict. As a result of this “breakdown moment”, both groups come to understand that they have more similarities than differences. In the final dance, everybody comes together united. As fantasy becomes reality, we see their passion for dance and power shine through, within a spirit of respect and profound acceptance.

Duration 0:04:22

Country United States

The Butterfly

Following the death of her Father whom she has not seen since she was a teenager, Vanessa, coming from a humble social background, goes to Marseilles.
Master Leclerc, the solicitor in charge of the succession, offers her an unexpected choice which is going to plunge Vanessa back into her past.

Duration 0:25:38

Country France


This year Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival is launching the program - Competition Program - Student Film, for regional film schools and academies. The program will round the full circle of activities by which the Festival discovers, supports and promotes regional authors and serves as the market access point for wider audio-visual industries in the region to other US and global markets.

Better integration of the existing segments and development of the new competition program will enable Atlanta International Film Festival to further affirm itself as a must-attend film festival for authors, film professionals, students, cinemagoers and journalists.

Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival will present two venues: World Shorts - intended for filmmakers, film students and film professionals who wish to gain insight into the short film production, and Youth Films that will serve as a central gathering point for Children’s Programme and TeenAge audiences.