The Good Boy

International Premiere

Screenings: Friday, June 19, 2015, 21:00 and Monday, June 22, 2015, 19:00 (SOUR)


Country of Origin: USA
Year of Completion / First Public Screening: 2015
Running Time: 15’00“
Category: Fiction

Director: A.L. Lee
Screenplay: A.L. Lee
Cinematographer: Diego Jiménez
Music: „V8 Ford Blues“ by Willie Love, performed by James Cotton
Editor: William Lehman
Producer: Alex Ma

Synopsis: A young boxer with something to prove accepts a challenge put to him in a pub. When he meets his opponent face to face, he discovers he is mentally disabled, and he must decide; to forfeit or fight.

Festivals & Awards:
WorldFest Houston International Film Festival (Gold Remi Award for Original Story)
DisOrient Asian American Film Festival (Honorable Mention Cinematography)
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
Feedback Film and Screenplay Film Festival


You Have A Problem

Screenings: Sunday, June 21, 2015, 19:00 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 19:00 (SALTY)


Countries of Origin: Russia, USA
Year of Completion / First Public Screening: 2014
Running Time: 08’59“
Category: Fiction

Director: Lena Tsodykovskaya
Screenplay: Lena Tsodykovskaya
Cinematographer: Lena Tsodykovskaya
Music: Lena Tsodykovskaya
Producer: Bogdan Apetri

Synopsis: Denis, a Russian teenager obsessed with American TV, struggles to convince his family to throw an intervention for his older brother’s drinking problem. The only thing is, none of them have any idea of what an intervention actually is.


Transit Game

Bavarian Premiere

Screenings: Sunday, June 21, 2015, 19:00 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 19:00 (SALTY)


Countries of Origin: Canada, USA, Lebanon
Year of Completion / First Public Screening: 2014
Running Time: 18’00“
Category: Fiction

Synopsis:In the northern mountains of Lebanon, a Syrian man encounters two Palestinian children on the side of the road. Their moving stories of exile provide a glimpse into the uncertainties he must face as a refugee.

Director: Anna Fahr
Screenplay: Anna Fahr
Cinematograper: Bassem Fayad
Editor: Anna Fahr
Producer: Anna Fahr, Habib Battah, Niam Itani, Idil Ibrahim

Festivals & Awards:
Middle East Now Festival 2015 (WINNER: Critic’s Jury Prize) – Italy
Yorkton Film Festival 2015 (NOMINATED: Best Drama) – Canada
CourToujours Short Film Festival Geneva 2015 – Switzerland
SPE Women’s Film Festival 2015 – USA
Aan Arbor Palestine Film Festival 2015 – USA
Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève 2015 – Switzerland
Houston Palestine Film Festival 2015 – USA
Sofia Menar Film Festival 2015 – Bulgaria
Cinetopia International Film Festival 2015 – USA
Interfilm Berlin 2014 (WINNER: 2nd Prize, Confrontations Competition) – Germany
Arab Film Festival 2014 (WINNER: Best Short Film) – USA
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival 2014 – Canada
BBC Arabic Film Festival 2014 – UK
International Diaspora Film Festival 2014 – Canada
Boston Palestine Film Festival 2014 – USA
London Palestine Film Festival 2014 – UK
Mostra Cinema: Oriente Medio 2014 – Brazil


Toy Car

German Premiere

Screenings: Sunday, June 21, 2015, 19:00 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 19:00 (SALTY)


Countries of Origin: USA, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Year of Completion / First Public Screening: 2014
Running Time: 17’00“
Category: Fiction

Director: Muamer Celik
Cinematographer: Ross Heran
Music: Valentina Ignjic
Editor: Patrick Wimp
Producer: Hamzah Jamjoom, Muamer Celik

Synopsis: After moving to Chicago in hopes for a better life, a family from Bosnia is on the verge of collapse.

Festivals & Awards:
Sarajevo Film Festival / Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina / August 2014
Dallas VideoFest / Dallas, USA / October 2014
Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival / November 2014 – Won an Audience Award for Best Film
Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival / Istanbul, Turkey / April 2015
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival / New York City, USA / May 2015


As A Friend

Bavarian Premiere

Screenings: Saturday, June 20, 2015, 19:00 and Monday, June 22, 2015, 21:00 (BITTER)


Country of Origin: USA
Year of Completion / First Public Screening: 2014
Running Time: 18’00“
Category: Fiction

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Screenplay: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Cinematographer: James Siewert
Music: Kevin Reilly, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Editor: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Producer: Joseph Mastanstuono, Reed Price, Nicole Peyrafitte, Pierre Joris

Synopsis: Three teenagers spend their summer partying, smoking and having fun together. When one of them tragically dies, they claim it was an accident. But then the police starts to investigate…

Festivals & Awards:
LA Short Film Festival
Williamsburg Film Festival: Willfilm Award of Distinction
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
Inside Out LGBT Toronto
Cannes Short Film Festival


Mobile Homes

German Premiere

Screenings: Saturday, June 21, 19:00 and Tuesday, June 24, 21:00 (Monopol-Kino)


Country of Origin: USA, France
Year of Production: 2013
Duration: 13′
Category: Fiction
Language: English without subtitles

Director: Vladimir de Fontenay
Screenplay: Vladimir de Fontenay
Cinematographer: Pepe Vila del Pino
Editor: Vladimir de Fontenay
Music: Vicky de la Vega
Producer: Colin Whitlow, Tati Barrantes
Cast: Alison Folland, David Call, Ash Devens

Synopsis: The story of a young woman, trapped in sex trafficking, and her son who explores an unlikely way out.
Inhalt: Die Geschichte einer jungen Frau gefangen im Sexhandel und ihres Sohnes, der einen unwahrscheinlichen Ausweg findet.

Festivals: Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (France, 2013), South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference (USA, 2013), Atlanta Film Festival (USA, 2013), Aspen Film Festival (USA, 2013), Sarasota Film Festival (USA, 2013), First Run Film Festival (USA, 2013), Maryland Film Festival (USA, 2013), Seattle Film Festival (USA, 2013), Kerala Film Festival (India, 2013), Champs-Élysées Film Festival (France, 2013), Concorto Film Festival (Italy, 2013), Indianapolis Film Festival (USA, 2013), Guanajuato International Film Festival (Mexico, 2013), Grenoble Film Festival (France, 2013), Rhode Island Film Festival (USA, 2013), Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2013), Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art (Ukraine, 2013), Athens International Film Festival (Greece, 2013), International Short Film Festival Winterthur (Switzerland, 2013), Chacun Son Court – Strasbourg Short Film Festival (France, 2013), Los Angeles Short Film Festival (USA, 2013), Woodstock Film Festival (USA, 2013), Milano Film Festival (Italy, 2013), Milwaukee Film Festival (USA, 2013), Fenêtres Sur Courts – Dijon Short Film Festival (France, 2013), Calgary International Short Film Festival (Canada, 2013), Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (USA, 2013), Tallgrass Film Festival (USA, 2013), Southern Screen Film Festival (USA, 2013), Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden, 2013), San Joaquin Film Festival (USA, 2013), Hong-Kong International Film Festival (China, 2014), Maremetraggio – Trieste International Short Film Festival (Italy, 2014), Minimalen Short Film Festival (Norway, 2014), Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma de Vincennes (France, 2014)
Awards: First Wasserman King Award, King Award in Screenwriting and National Board of Review Award at First Run Film Festival, Special Jury Award at Seattle Film Festival, SIGNIS Award Honorary Mention at Guanajuato International Film Festival


Miss Todd

Bavarian Premiere

Screenings: Thursday, June 19, 19:00 and Saturday, June 21, 21:00 (Monopol-Kino)


Country of Origin: United Kingdom, USA
Year of Production: 2013
Duration: 13′
Category: Animation
Language: English without subtitles

Director: Kristina Yee
Screenplay: Frances Poletti, Kristina Yee
Cinematographer: Nick Cooke
Editor: Michele Chiappa
Music: Matt Kelly
Producer: Suzanne Mayger
Cast: Lucie Jones, Tristan Chenais, Peter Marinker, Joy McBrinn

Synopsis: It’s 1909, and the whole world is waking to the possibilities of flight. Miss Todd dreams of flying, but she’s got more than gravity holding her down. This is the story of her determination, her perseverance, and her passion.
Inhalt: Es ist 1909 und die ganze Welt ist sich der Möglichkeiten des Fliegens bewusst. Miss Todd träumt vom Fliegen, aber es ist mehr als die Schwerkraft, die sie zurückhält. Dies ist die Geschichte ihrer Entschlossenheit, ihrer Ausdauer und ihrer Leidenschaft.

Festivals: Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France, 2013), Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (USA, 2013), Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (South Korea, 2013), Traverse City Film Festival (USA, 2013), Anima Mundi (Brazil, 2013), Rhode Island International Film Festival (USA, 2013), LA Shorts Fest (USA, 2013), Raindance Film Festival (United Kingdom, 2013), Hamptons International Film Festival (USA, 2013), Warsaw International Film Festival (Poland, 2013), Blackrock Animation Film Festival (Ireland, 2013) Vermont International Film Festival (USA, 2013), Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (USA, 2013), Heartlands Film Festival (USA, 2013), St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (Canada, 2013), Austin Film Festival (USA, 2013), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (USA, 2013), Bradford Animation Festival (United Kingdom, 2013), Leeds International Film Festival (United Kingdom, 2013), Northern Lights Film Festival (USA, 2013), St. Louis International Film Festival (USA, 2013), Puchon International Student Animation Festival (South Korea, 2013), Poitiers International Film School Festival (France, 2013), British Shorts in Berlin (Germany, 2014), Athena Film Festival (USA, 2014), Beloit International Film Festival (USA, 2014), Anima Brussels (Belgium, 2014), Boomtown Film Festival (USA, 2014), MECAL Barcelona (Spain, 2014), Tricky Women Animation Festival (Austria, 2014), San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival (USA, 2014), Women+Film VOICES Film Festival (USA, 2014), Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany, 2014), Sarasota Film Festival – Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival (USA, 2014), Nashville Film Festival (USA, 2014)
Awards: 2013 Student Academy Award for Foreign Film (Gold Medal), Best International Student Film at Blackrock Animation Film Festival


The Earthquake

German Premiere

Screenings: Saturday, June 22, 19:00 and Tuesday, June 25, 21:00 (Monopol-Kino)


Country of Origin / Land: USA
Year of Production / Jahr: 2012
Duration / Länge: 10′
Category / Kategorie: Fiction
Language / Sprache: French with English subtitles

Director / Regie: Danielle Lessovitz
Screenplay / Drehbuch: Danielle Lessovitz
Cinematographer / Kamera: Anna Stypko
Producer / Produktion: Danielle Lessovitz, Marianne Bernstein

Synopsis: In a crowded Brooklyn apartment nine days after the earthquake in Haiti, a pregnant refugee fears the worst for her unborn baby, while weary children play a dangerous game in the next room.
Inhalt:Eine überfüllte Wohnung in Brooklyn – neun Tage nach dem Erdbeben in Haiti. Eine Schwangere, die Zuflucht sucht, fürchtet das Schlimmste für ihr ungeborenes Baby, während ermüdete Kinder ein gefährliches Spiel im Raum nebenan spielen.

Festivals: Torino Film Festival, NewFilmmakers Film Festival, Fusion Film Festival, Kansas City Film Festival, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Awards: Kansas City Film Festival, Best Heartland Short Film, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, New Filmmaker Award


Short of Breath (Le souffle court)

German Premiere

Screenings: Friday, June 21, 21:00 and Monday, June 24, 19:00 (Monopol-Kino)


Country of Origin / Land: France, USA
Year of Production / Jahr: 2012
Duration / Länge: 20′
Category / Kategorie: Fiction
Language / Sprache: French with English subtitles

Director / Regie: Guillaume Legrand
Screenplay / Drehbuch: Guillaume Legrand
Cinematographer / Kamera: Guilhem Touzery
Music / Musik: Benjamin Marchal
Editor / Schnitt: Alexandre Donot
Producer / Produktion: Léo Vilarem, Sullivan production
Cast / Darsteller: Manon Klein, Julien Lecannellier, Didier Jacques, Lucas Chatonnet, Augustin Mercier

Synopsis: Léa loves Arnaud. The young, carefree couple lives in an abandoned school. Didier, a small-time crook, offered this shelter in exchange for their help trafficking a child. Faced with this situation, the young woman hesitates. However, Léa loves Arnaud.
Inhalt: Lea liebt Anrnaud. Das junge, unbekümmerte Paar lebt in einer leer stehenden Schule, an die die Beiden durch ein Angebot des Kleinganoven Didier gekommen sind: der Unterschlupf steht im Austausch zu ihrer Hilfe bei einem Kinderhandel. Konfrontiert mit dieser Situation, zögert die junge Frau. Wie auch immer – Lea liebt Arnaud.

Festivals: 19th IFF Etiuda and Anima, Krakow, Poland, 7th Byron Bay Film Festival, Byron Bay, Australia, 31st Uruguay International Film Festival, Montevideo, Uruguay, 12th Rome Independent Film Festival, Rome, Italy, 21st Mediterranean Festival of New-Filmmakers, Larissa, Greece, 19th Bradford International Film Festival, Bradford, UK, 14th Jeonju International Film Festival, Jeonju, South Korea, Festival Coté Court 2013, Pantin, France
Awards: 19th IFF Etiuda and Anima, Krakow, Poland / Silver Dinosaur award, 7th Byron Bay Film Festival, Byron Bay, Australia / Best Short Film


Firecracker (Fatakra)

German Premiere

Screenings: Thursday, June 21, 19:00 ( and Saturday, June 23, 21:00 (City Kinos)

Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2011
Duration: 19′
Category: Short Fiction

Director: Soham Mehta
Screenplay: Soham Mehta, Jenny Connell
Cinematographer: Iskra Valtcheva
Music: Samrat Chakrabarti
Editor: Soham Mehta
Producer: Ninaad Vaidya
Cast: Samrat Chakrabarti, Meena Serendib, Ritik Goyal

Synopsis: Naveen left India to chase his dreams in America. Today, three years and a recession later, his wife and son join him. Sparks fly as a family reunites.
Inhalt: Um seine Träume in Amerika zu verwirklichen, hat Naveen Indien verlassen. Heute, drei Jahre und eine Wirtschaftsflaute später, kommen seine Frau und sein Sohn ihm nach. Funken fliegen, als die Familie wieder aufeinander trifft.

Festivals: Ashland Independent Film Festival 2012, USA; Take Two New York 2012, USA; Vail Film Festival 2012; Cleveland International Film Festival 2012, USA; Charlotte Film Festival 2012, USA; U. Short St. Petersburg 2012, Russia; SF Indie Fest San Francisco 2012, USA; Ion Film Festival Phnom Penh 2011, Cambodia; Oaxaca International Independent Film Festival 2011, Mexico; Boston Asian American Film Festival 2011, USA; Napa Valley Film Festival 2011 USA; Cinema Arts Festival Houston 2011, USA; Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2011, USA; Rockport Film Festival 2011, USA; Jam Fest Indie Film Festival Hammond 2011, USA; Southern Appalachian International Film Festival Kingsport 2011, USA; Ojai Film Festival Ojai Valley 2011, USA; Reel Dakota Film Festival 2011, USA; San Diego Asian Film Festival 2011, USA; Petaluma International Film Festival 2011, USA; Sante Fe Film Festival Sante Fe 2011, USA; Golden Door International Film Festival Jersey City 2011, USA; Heartland Film Festival Indianapolis 2011, USA; DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival Washington D.C. 2011, USA; Tasveer: Seattle South Asian Film Festival 2011, USA; U.Frame Film Festival Porto 2011, Portugal; Tucson Film & Music Festival 2011, USA; Dallas Video Fest 2011, USA; Twin Cities Film Festival Minneapolis, Minnesota 2011, USA; Clearwater Film & Music Festival 2011, USA; Indian Film Festival of Houston 2011, USA South Dakota Film Festival Aberdeen 2011, USACinmatik International Film Festival Piestanv 2011, Slovakia; Harlem International Film Festival New York 2011, USA; Cinesol Film Festival Rio Grande Valley 2011, USANew York Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival 2011, USA; Nevada City Film Festival Nevada City 2011, USA; New York Asian American Film Festival 2011, USA; Slant Film Festival Houston 2011, USA; Rhode Island Film Festival 2011, USA; Hard Acre Film Festival Tipton 2011, USA; International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2011, India; Topanga Film Festival – Los Angeles, California – July 2011South Asian Journalists Association Convention 2011, USA Texas Filmmakers Showcase 2011, USAPalm Springs International ShortsFest 2011, USA; deadCenter Film Festival Oklahoma City 2011, USAStudent Academy Award Screening 2011, USALonghorn Film Showcase Austin 2011, USA; New York Indian Film Festival 2011, USAAtlanta Film Festival 2011, USA; Newport Beach Film Festival 2011, USALos Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2011, USA; Dallas International Film Festival 2011, USA; Aspen Shortsfest 2011, USA; Sarasota Film Festival 2011, USA; San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 2011, USA; SXSW – Austin 2011, USA; India International Film Festival Tampa 2011, USA
Awards: Narrative Winner at 38th Student Academy Awards, Directors Guild of America Student Film Award, Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award, Audience Award for Best Short at Sarasota Film Festival, Best Fiction Award at U.Frame Film Festival of Portugal; Best Narrative Short at Napa Valley Film Festival; Best Short Narrative Award at South Dakota Film Festival; Best Short at Indian Film Festival of Houston; Best Short at Golden Door International Film Festival; Drama Short Gold at Jam Fest Indie Film Festival, 2nd Place Best Short at Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival; Best Short Drama and Bset Short International Film Award at Southern Appalachian International Film Festival; Finalist at Angelus Student Film Festival, 2nd Place Narrative Short at Boomtown Film & Music Festival