2015 Official Selections

Cathy Coppola

US, Narrative Feature
Written & Directed by Stefanie Sparks

A satirical look at class, ambition and the female experience as seen from the fringes of the contemporary American film world.
Screens with : Rogue Assistant

Cathy Coppola

Rogue Assistant

US, Narrative Short
Written by Becky Phillips & Juliet Clare Warren

Rachel struggles as she works her way up in the film industry as an assistant to a formerly famed actress.
World Premiere

Rogue Assistant


Birthday Box

US, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Ashlea Patterson

When Mary’s boyfriend’s twenty second birthday arrives, she decides to surprise him with a gift that will go down in girlfriend history! but her sister comes to town with a list of her own ideas for the weekend.
New York Premiere

Birthday Box

Double Word Score

UK, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Becky Matthews

The bitter-sweet thrill of the romantic chase plays out over the course of an evening.
North American Premiere

Double Word Score

Love + Stress

US, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Jaeyoon Lee
Patty is a successful architect but self-deprecating when it comes to her looks & her love life. One day Patty gets an idea to manipulate her cute office crush into liking her.
New York Premiere

Love & Stress

My Cliff

Israel, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Galia Albin

The love for ‘The Young Ones’ by Cliff Richards keeps returning to a woman who has never forgotten her first love.
New York Premiere

My Cliff

Don’t Hold Back

US, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Michelle Hartley

Poor Tina is single and her mother Rose is less than thrilled and uses her sarcasm and jabs at Tina every chance she gets.
World Premiere

Don't Hold Back


Ovum

US, Narrative Feature
Directed by Matt Ott, Written by Sonja O’Hara

A quirky Brooklyn actress will do anything for a part. When she tries The Method to approach an Off Broadway role, she’s drawn into the lucrative and disturbing world of elite fertility clinics where wealthy couples seek to buy designer eggs.
Screens with : The Other Side

Ovum

The Other Side

US, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Shannon Rose

Two Unlikely Friends decide to commit suicide together

The Other Side


Lilly’s Big Day

Canada, Animated Short
Written & Directed by Xstine Cook

Lilly, a 10-foot tall orange monster, steps out for a special day at Wilma’s Super Salon.
New York Premiere

Lilly's Big Day

Beyond the Looking Glass

Canada, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Taylor Bacala

Eleven women reflect on how beauty and striving to be beautiful creates restrictions.
World Premiere

Beyond the Looking Glass

Thérèse(s) et Simone(s)

France, Experimental Short
Written & Directed by Adam M

An ode to aging women, to their bodies and their desires, located somewhere between fantasy and reality. The auditive sphere is made up of Simone de Beauvoir and Thérèse Clerc’s voices, indispensable figures of the feminist movement.
New York Premiere

Therese and Simone

Ballet Noir

US, Documentary Short
Written & Directed by Christina Avalos, Anca Ulea

Ballet Noir is a short documentary about the challenges young African-American ballerinas face as they try to break into the predominantly white industry of professional ballet.
New York Premiere

Ballet Noir

Flat Chested

US, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Kristyn Benedyk

Amanda, after testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation, has a specific plan to say goodbye to her breasts the weekend before her preventative double mastectomy, but her sister comes to town with a list of her own ideas for the weekend.
New York Premiere

Flat Chested


Two Lives

US, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Halee Southee

Two young women deal with the actions and consequences of their teenage pregnancies.

Two Lives

Butterflies

Canada, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Cayman Grant

Inspired by true events, a teenage cancer survivor learns to live life to the fullest with a new friend.

Butterflies

Desert Lullabies

US, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Monely Soltani

This fairytale, set to the background of war-torn Iran, follows the story of Tara, a 9-year old girl who must find the courage to flee.

Desert Lullabies

Peace Pass

US, Narrative Short
Directed by Karen Onderdonk, Brian Hall. Written by Karen Onderdonk

Mo sets out on a wilderness trip with her most cherished companion, her dog Maggie. There she will tenaciously embrace her best worst option.
World Premiere

Peace Pass


The Sisterhood of Night

US
Directed by Caryn Waehter. Written by Marilyn Fu

A group of teenage girls vanish off social media, into a mysterious world deep in the woods. Charges of sexual deviancy create hysteria until the accussed, upholding a vow of silence, reveal a provocative alternative in the digital age.
New York City Premiere
Screens with : Stray Boys

The Sisterhood of Night

Stray Boys

US, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Kristen Harding

In the seedy microcosm of the city underground, the fight for leadership among a band of street kids threatens to unearth the secrets of a life degraded by poverty, homelessness, and addiction.
World Premiere

Stray Boys

Fly By Light

US, Documentary Feature
Directed by Ellie Walton

A group of teenagers board a bus for West Virginia, leaving the streets of Washington, DC to participate in an ambitious peace education program. For the first time in their lives Mark, Asha, Martha, and Corey play in mountain streams, sing under the stars, and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past. Through breathtaking visuals from street corners to mountaintops, “Fly By Light” is an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journey to rewrite a young person’s future.
New York Premiere
Screens with : Go Straight Home

Fly By Light

Go Straight Home

Sweden, Documentary Short
Directed by Maud Nycander, Iga Mikler. Written by Hanna Lejonquist, Oscar Hedin, Maud Nycander, Iga Mikler

Reba’s dream is to go to school and get an education. That’s a big dream for a girl in Bangladesh, where the obstacles are many.
North American Premiere

Go Straight Home

Breaking In

US, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Adepero Oduye

One afternoon in Sunset Park, another black boy gets broken in by the NYPD.
New York Premiere

Breaking In


Private Violence

US
Directed by Cynthia Hill

Private Violence explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the U.S., at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners.
Screens with : One in Six

Private Violence

One in Six

US
Written & Directed by Destiny Rinder

Directed by 18 year old Destiny Rinder, One in Six explores the issues of stalking and violence against women through the eyes of one survivor, a former deputy sheriff, who transforms a near-death sexual assault into healing and empowerment in her community.

One in Six


Little Miss Twentysomething

US, Narrative Feature
Written & Directed by Laina Burgess

Tori stalls adulthood out of fear of leaving her single mother alone in their Southern small town. Burdened by comparisons and expectations, she is unable to find her place in this world until she meets Emmett, who is determined to help her become whoever it is she wants to be.
New York Premiere
Screens with: Flower Girl

Litte Miss Twentysomething

Flower Girl

Canada, Narrative Short
Written & Directed by Dominique van Olm

Alex does not like the idea of giving up her image for the sake of her Mother’s wedding day and would rather be competing for a green belt in her Karate tournament.

Flower Girl

Fathers & Daughters

US
Written & Directed by Dominique van Olm

A thirtieth wedding anniversary is about tradition and family, at least for one Iranian father. But his party is turned topsy turvy when his daughter’s boyfriend proposes. Fortunately, nothing brings family together like an annoying uncle, bellydancers, food fights, and a drunken racist.
New York Premiere

Fathers & Daughters

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