Refugee: A Syrian doctor and her young daughter flee in an attempt to escape their war-torn homeland.
[Director: Brandt Andersen, Country: USA, Duration: 23:00]
The Bird & the Whale: A young whale struggling to find his voice strays from his family to explore a shipwreck. Meeting its sole survivor, a caged songbird, together they struggle to survive lost at sea.
[Director: Carol Freeman, Country: Ireland, Duration: 7:03]
The Power of Beauty: The Power of Beauty - part of the feature-length documentary Tomorrow and the Butterfly - follows two students, their tears and resilience on the days leading up to their graduation from the Kate Korpi Academy, a high end salon in Cambodia educating sex traffic survivors and the country’s underprivileged youth.
[Director: Alessandro Soetje, Producer: Davines, Country: Italy, Duration: 20:46]
Oddly Popular: Four fortuneless females already have a hard time navigating daily life; however, their lives take an unexpected turn when an accidental text lands them their own reality show.
[Director: Fred Gallo, Country: USA, Duration: 27:27]
Just A Moment: A Chinese hand cream promoter’s life turns upside down when a passerby demands he be given back the minute wasted listening to the worthless advertisement.
[Director: ZheShe, Country: Russia, Duration: 10:00]
Huo Zhe: “HuoZhe" translates to the word "living" in Mandarin. We watch our existence from afar as the hands represent us and the water is how life treats its people.
[Director: Kino Lee, Country: Taiwan, Duration: 3:06]
anpu - ZOEA:Two mitten crabs escape the hands of a vendor and make their way into the Taiwan’s dark underbelly of water ways.
[Director: POWEI SU, Country: Taiwan, Duration: 5:35]
Childhood: When natural and artificial wealth mingle as the pursuit of happiness is a never-ending process, Director Guilhem Coulibaly reveals a story of childhood through the illusion of time and a life’s perspective.
[Director: Guilhem Coulibaly, Country: France, Duration: 4:34]
FILM ME: Four scenes matching a time and mood pay homage to the different periods of cinema through the spectrum of beauty.
[Director: Ed Picard, Country: France/UK, Duration: 3:15]
Industry Excellence Award
Sue Vicory (Heartland Films)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Larry Namer (Co-founder, E! Entertainment)
Yasmine Al Massri (Refugee)
Brandt Andersen (Refugee)