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Short Program #1 – InFocus: Female Directors
5:00PM Pre-screening Reception, 5:30PM Short Film Screenings

Death in a Day

Writ. & Dir. Lin Wang | USA

Death in a Day tells the story of Evan, a young Chinese boy who, after visiting his comatose father in the hospital, witnesses his mother’s struggle and must come to grips with the impending death falling upon their family.


Writ. & Dir. Chelsea Woods | USA

Fog follows Valerie, a successful Black female attorney, who must navigate a major career move and the return of her college-aged daughter while hiding.


Dir. Liv Colliander | Writ. Liv Colliander & Anne Metcalf | USA

Reeling in the aftermath of her mother’s suicide attempt, a young swimmer works through her trauma in the water while desperately trying to break the wall of silence at home.

Jack & Em

Writ. & Dir. Kaitlin Owens | USA

Jack and Em is a love story about loss, about grief, about how to put yourself aside and keep pushing through for the people and in this case family, and child that need you. Find comfort in others, when the instinct may be to push them away. It’s about finding a balance.

Don’t Mess With Julie Whitfield

Dir. & Writ. Amy Barham | USA

Julie Whitfield ALWAYS runs the Oak Tree Fall Fantasy Fundraiser. So when new parent Rachel attempts a coup, it leads to a knock-down bloody battle that only one woman can survive.
Short Program #2 – InFocus: Female Directors
6:30PM Pre-screening Reception, 7:15PM Short Film Screenings


Dir. Sian Gowan | USA

This documentary short reveals the complex reality of domestic child sex trafficking through the experiences of two local women from Oakland, California.

So F*cking Happy For You

Dir. Lina Suh | Writ. Helen Krieger | USA

Jealousy leads an aspiring comedian down a path of self-loathing after her roommate hits the big time.


Writ. & Dir. Laura Seay | USA

The story of a girl haunted by old traumas that threaten her ability to connect with even the most sincere suitor.

A Knock at the Door

Writ. & Dir. Katrina Rennells and Wendie Weldon | USA

Moments after a bloodcurdling scream disrupts Nick’s normally peaceful neighborhood, a frantic knocking at his door triggers events that unknowingly alter his fate forever.

A Hard World for Little Things

Writ. & Dir. Sonja Bertucci | USA

Inspired by Charles Laughton’s ‘The Night of the Hunter,’ the film foregrounds the uncanny nature of toys, showing how the imagination can become saturated with violence in objects of childhood.

Driver’s Ed.

Writ. & Dir. Chase Norman | USA

A shy, overweight young woman leaves the safety of her home for an unwelcoming high school classroom.

Fanny Pack

Writ. & Dir. Uttera Singh | USA

Fanny Pack is a comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams, and a fanny pack clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.
Shorts Program #3
8:30PM Pre-screening Reception, 9:15PM Short Film Screenings

Jusqu’Aux Etoiles

Writ. & Dir. Janine Piguet | Switzerland

Stella, a young composer kills herself.


Writ. & Dir. Rodrigo Zanforlin | USA

An young weird and abused man, break free from his oppressor father after they robbed a bank.

Our God Machine

Writ. & Dir. Dana Jones | USA

A man wakes in a seemingly normal house with a mysterious machine and three others, who claim they are saving the world.

Un Signe, Un Geste

Dir. Don Duncan | Writ. Don Duncan & Solenn Le Priol | Belgium

Shortly after losing her once-solid faith in God, Rosaline meets Georges, a puppeteer. She physically reminds him of a woman he lost in his past. Rosaline agrees to pose for him so as to help him bring that woman back in the form of a puppet.
Audience Awards Film Festival (AudFest) 2017

Audience Awards Film Festival (AudFest) 2017

When: April 6-9, 2017
Where: El Portal Theatre, Laemmle’s NoHo 7 Theater, Art Institute in North Hollywood
With a focus on innovation and diversity in short-form filmmaking, Audience Awards Film Festival is four-day festival which brings Indie to the Industry. Along with award-winning short film screenings, AudFest will honor Jacques Thelemaque, president of Filmmakers Alliance; filmmaker and musician Paz Lenchantin of Pixes; Effie T. Brown of Dear White People; and award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner.
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