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This programme spotlights the most exciting work from new and emerging directors from around the world.

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As If I Am Not There

Juanita Wilson

Ireland, Macedonia, Sweden

As If I Am Not There relates one woman’s experience of the horrors that took place at the beginning of the Bosnian War. Disturbing and powerful, the film is an important testament to the survivors of the atrocities in the former ...


Athina Rachel Tsangari


A dying architect and his emotionally stunted daughter inhabit the remains of a once booming industrial community in the middle of nowhere, now populated by the precious few who didn’t have the heart to leave it behind.


Aamir Bashir


Shot in striking, widescreen images in India's Kashmir region, Bashir's debut tells the story of Rafiq, a young man struggling to come to terms with the loss of his older brother, who has disappeared in the ongoing border conflic...

Beautiful Boy

Shawn Ku


A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life. Stars Michael Sheen and Maria Bello.


Michael Henry


A group of young vigilantes seeking revenge for a sexual betrayal fall far from grace. When the truth is out, they find themselves on the dark side of justice.

The Call

Stefano Pasetto


Two woman, one a married middle-aged airline stewardess, and the other a free-wheeling factory worker open to experience and opportunity, meet and decide to change their lives. Moving to Patagonia and leaving their men behind the...


Max Winkler


Along with his unwilling best friend, a young guy looks to crash the wedding of an older woman with whom he's infatuated. Stars Uma Thurman.

Dirty Girl

Abe Sylvia


Danielle is the dirty girl of Norman High School. When her misbehavior gets her banished to a remedial class, she teams up with an innocent closet-case and together they head out on a road trip to discover each other and themselv...


Justin Lerner


When an unexpected financial windfall affords a young man with Down Syndrome some freedom, he decides to pursue the object of his high school crush, Candy. The decision brings him into conflict with her volatile ex-boyfriend, and...

Griff the Invisible

Leon Ford


Griff, office worker by day, superhero by night, has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible.

Half of Oscar

Manuel Martín Cuenca


Oscar and Maria are reunited by the imminent death of their grandfather. Maria has not been heard from in over two years, and now arrives pregnant and with a boyfriend.

Inside America

Barbara Eder


Drawing on her memories as an exchange student in a nowhere town between on the US/Mexico border, Barbara Eder explores the dark side of the American Dream.

Look, Stranger

Arielle Javitch


An elegant, spare and powerful telling of one young woman's journey through a wartorn landscape in an effort to get back home.


Ebrahim Saeedi


After the death of Saddam, Shaho, an Iranian Kurd, is determined to take his ailing father back to his village so he can live out his final days in familiar surroundings. The only thing that stands in his way is a wide-eyed young...

Marimbas From Hell

Julio Hernández Cordón

Guatemala, France, Mexico

Don Alfonso loses his job playing the marimba, an indigenous, traditional Guatemalan instrument, at a hotel in Guatemala City. The marimba is considered old fashioned and there is little interest in hearing this type of music. He...

Norberto´s Deadline

Daniel Hendler

Uruguay, Argentina

Award-winning actor Daniel Hendler offers a hilarious account of a man trying to combat his shyness. After being fired from his job, Norberto tries his hand at real estate. His new boss suggests he take some personal affirmation ...


Diego Vega Daniel Vega

Peru, Venezuela, Spain

Money-lender Clemente only knows how to relate to others through transactions. His life is turned upside down when someone leaves him a baby in a basket. A client, Sofia, steps in to help tend to the baby and Clemente is faced w...

The Piano in a Factory

Zhang Meng


To fight for custody of his daughter who loves playing the piano, a steel factory worker decides to forge a piano from scratch. An offbeat ballad of friendship and devotion, The Piano in a Factory is an endearing portrait of Chin...

Pinoy Sunday

Ho Wi Ding


Pinoy Sunday is the story of Manuel and Dado, two Filipino migrant workers, who discover a discarded sofa. This transforms their normal Sunday routine into a tale of adventure, perseverance and self-discovery.

The Place in Between

Sarah Bouyain

France, Burkina Faso

Bouyain's sensitive debut is a portrait of women caught between Africa and Europe. A biracial woman travels from France to Burkina Faso in search of her mother. In France, a white woman seeks to learn an African language for reas...

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Jalmari Helander

Finland, Norway, France, Sweden

Santa Claus is somewhat less than jolly - in fact, he's the stuff nightmares are made of - in Jalmari Helander's Rare Exports, an atmospheric and witty re-working of a cherished folk tale.


Boo Junfeng


A gentle and affectionate study of the themes of identity, history and memory, Boo Junfeng’s debut feature Sandcastle is a loving portrait of a young man coming to terms with the lives of his parents and his grandparents, while t...

Soul of Sand

Sidharth Srinivasan


Viva Riva!

Djo Tunda Wa Munga

Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Belgium, South Africa

Wasted on the Young

Ben C. Lucas


When a high school party goes dangerously off the rails, one teenager finds that revenge is just a computer click away.

What I Most Want

Delfina Castagnino


Maria's four-year relationship is coming to an end while Pilar's father has recently passed away. Though their losses are of a very different nature, the two friends find comfort in each other’s company. Maria stays with Pilar in...


Belma Bas


This shadowy and atmospheric coming-of-age story follows 11-year-old Zephyr. Left in the care of her stoic grandparents, she roams a rural paradise looking for action, trying to figure out who she is and refusing to grow up.


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