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NYCIFF proudly presents films from:
Spain              BROKEN POET
Ireland           
BUTTER
France           
LUZ -  Captain Fish - Orange O Desespoir
Germany       
FÜR UMME/ FOR PEANUTS
China            
Your Smile
Japan            
The Real Exorcist
Morocco        
KIANA’S APACHE CEREMONY
Israel             
Chasing Millions
USA                 
Progeny, Ella, The Bleed True, Doubts, Pride of DC, Curtains, Mirror Site, 33 and Counting, Windblown, Tombstone Pillow, Jessie The Golden Heart, Someone's on the OTHER LINE, Man in Hoodie, True America, 
4 Scripts

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FILM TITLE:   BROKEN POET
PRODUCTION YEAR:  2019
GENRE:   DRAMA - MUSICAL
PREMIERE STATUS:   WORLDWIDE PREMIER
RUNNIG TIME:   1:41:52
COUNTRY:  SPAIN
DIRECTOR:  EMILIO J. RUIZ
CAST:  ELLIOTT MURPHY, JOANA PREISS, MICHAEL O´KEEFE, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY:  JUANMA POSTIGO
PRODUCER/S:  TRALOINVER / ROLLING STONE (José Luis López / Kevin LaBonge)
POSTER OF THE FILM:  Rafael Jaramillo
SYNOPSIS:
Broken Poet is the story of 1970’s rock star Jake Lion, who was presumed dead in. Paris until his former roadie Plynth happens to be riding in the Paris Metro forty years after Jake’s much publicized suicide and happens to hear an aged street musician who sounds just like him. In search of an exclusive story, Rolling Stone publisher Kathy Madison sends rock journalist Meg Trudeau to Paris to investigate who before leaving visits Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa at their New Jersey home in hopes of gaining insight into Jake Lion’s successful career and tragic death.

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FILM TITLE: ella
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Sci-fi
PREMIERE STATUS:  World Premiere
RUNNIG TIME: 14:14
COUNTRY: USA
 DIRECTOR: Chris Petrick
CAST: Omar Salazar, Gerardo De Pablos, Charles Hoyes, Skyler Caleb, Noel Taylor, Sanyee Yuan
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Tucker Korte
PRODUCER: Erin Kelly
 SYNOPSIS:
Two brothers find themselves in a deadly predicament after a seemingly normal piece of technology becomes a killing machine.

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FILM TITLE: Progeny
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Sci-Fi, Horror
PREMIERE STATUS:  Not a premiere
RUNNING TIME: 29 minutes
COUNTRY: USA
DIRECTOR: Justin Daering
CAST: Chasen Tyler Bauer, Wyni Landry, Christian Dunlop, Clayton Hoff, Hans Christopher
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Thomas J. Thickett
PRODUCER: Gregory M. Schroeder
 SYNOPSIS:
When a blue-collar man is forcibly implanted with his alien boss’s parasitic offspring, he asks his wife to help him remove the parasite – a dangerous and forbidden action that puts their marriage – and their lives – at risk.

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To Bleed True

FILM TITLE: To Bleed True
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Drama
PREMIERE STATUS:  WORLD PREMIERE
RUNTIME: 12:08
COUNTRY: USA
DIRECTOR: Karl Richter
CAST: Kayla Sarian, Barbara Eliodorio
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Karl Richter (as Cynical Smile)
PRODUCER/S: Timon Birkhofer / Travis LaSalle
SYNOPSIS:
A Photographer with a supernatural ability to see the future encounters a client who's future changes her own.

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FILM TITLE:  LUZ
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: ANIMATED
PREMIERE STATUS:  WORLD PREMIERE
RUNNIG TIME: 7 min
COUNTRY: FRANCE
DIRECTOR: JOHN BANANA
CAST: LUZ - TIM BUZON
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: JOHN BANANA
PRODUCER: BANANA STUDIO

SYNOPSIS: Click Here

 

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FILM TITLE: Enter the Diamond Origins
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Animated, action
PREMIERE STATUS:  NEW YORK PREMIERE
RUNTIME: 5 minutes
COUNTRY: USA
 DIRECTOR/s: Bob Bharatwal
CAST: Devon Russell, Nicole Watson, George Vincent, Joe Hang, Bob Bharatwal, Jason Kakebeen, Michael Graham, Edger Chang, David Chou, Tim Park, Karla Osella.
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: eColor studio animation
PRODUCER/S: Vivek Cona, Bob Bharatwal
SYNOPSIS:
Enter the Diamond (animated) s an animated action/spy short set in 1970's. The black diamond is a newly promoted mi5 agent of a African decent who's first mission is to recover a stolen briefcase containing British intelligence secrets.
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FILM TITLE:  DOUBTS
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2018
GENRE: ANIMATED SHORT
PREMIERE STATUS:  NY PREMIERE
RUNNIG TIME: 3:14
COUNTRY: UNITED STATES
DIRECTOR:  JULIE FLANDERS
CAST:
VOICE & TEXT:  Julie Flanders (Narrator)
ANIMATION BY: Phoebe Cavise
PRODUCER:  October Project Music
SYNOPSIS:   "Don't believe everything you think."
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FILM TITLE: PRIDE OF DC: the hyde rugby odyssey
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2018
GENRE: Documentary
PREMIERE STATUS:  N/A
RUN TIME: 99:44
COUNTRY: USA
DIRECTOR: Jonni Masella
CAST:
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY:  Kara Stephens, Andrew Schwartz, Doug Gritzmacher
PRODUCER/S: Executive Producer/Jonni Masella – Producer/LeRoy McCarthy/ Associate Producer/ Margaret Romolo-Zukor

 SYNOPSIS:
“The Pride of DC: the hyde rugby” odyssey chronicles the journey of the first all African-American high school rugby team in the country, as they run, pass and tackle their way into new lessons about themselves, their community, and their humanity. Set in the backdrop of embattled Northeast Washington, DC, the film dances between the on-the-field dynamic of an ancient sport based around intense camaraderie, and the off-the-field challenges that a charter school (which places the development of character above, but not at the expense of, academics) faces as it explores the true meaning of education in a climate of immense struggle, offers a rare glimpse into the complexity of education itself, reaching beyond the classroom and into the hearts and minds of the community that surrounds it. The young players, in learning the game, witness the power of helping the person next to you, lifting each other up without precondition, and believing that a new way forward is possible. “The Pride of DC: the hyde rugby” comes with a dose of a hard-nosed reality. It hits hard, and hits home.

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By Jordan Friedberg - Writer

T-Roll
(half-hour comedy)
When a bullied teen's social media troll account comes to life in the form of an abrasive, socially-inept sixteen-year-old boy, she struggles to keep her offline life together.

Sautéed
(half-hour comedy)
Now streaming: A talented, unsung chef struggles to save her flailing fine dining restaurant as a slick docuseries profiles more than just her signature dishes.

By Aaron Willett, Jayesh Patel

El Chupacabra (The Beginning)
Tales abound of a legendary creature that once protected the kingdom of Montezuma, but it wasn't feared until most recently when a true-life case was reported in a small town of Puerto Rico, citing the infamous Chupacabra.

El Chupacabra
"A small town Texas community is torn at the seams when lies, cover ups, and deception muddy up the waters of the true terror that lurks in the wild."Chief Blake is fair on justice and well liked, but now all of his instincts and decisions are hauled into question

THURSDAY 26

Title: Blending Worlds
Production year: 2020
Genre: short/documentary
Runtime: 15 minutes
Country: USA/Switzerland
Director: Kelly Fischer
Cast: Kelly Fischer, Interview Host Janice Broach
Nuria Delgado, Parker Kennedy, Ambassador Markus Börlin
Cinematography: Austin Nunes
Synopsis: Blending Worlds is about painter, artist and writer Kelly Fischer. Each piece of abstract artwork that she creates captures the culture, energy and interactions of the people. It’s all about connection.  Blending Worlds explores the influences behind Kelly’s “Street Art” series through six exhibitions in four countries. The film also follows Fischer’s artistic journey in creating her latest work, a children’s book titled, “The Most Beautiful Color of All.” The children’s book is a colorful voyage through blue oceans, orange pumpkins, red fire trucks, yellow suns, green dragons and black starry nights.”

 

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FILM TITLE: MIRROR SITE
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2018
GENRE: Dramatic sci-fi
PREMIERE STATUS:  Yes
RUNNIG TIME: 12:18
COUNTRY: USA
DIRECTOR: Karl Richter
CAST: Michael Marcel, Jill Renner, Brenda Nascimento, Khrishna Grace, Kayla Sarian, Kendall Chappell
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Karl Richter (as Cynical Smile)
PRODUCER/S: Travis LaSalle, Karl Richter
 SYNOPSIS:
A young man finds himself confronting his past, present and future to free himself of a digital prison.

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FILM TITLE: Your Smile
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Drama
PREMIERE STATUS: New York Premiere
RUNNIG TIME: 25 min 34 sec
COUNTRY:China
DIRECTOR:
Haochen Yang (Michael)
CAST: Fu Cheng/ Youxuan Ren/ Yingzi Yelin
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Haoxiang Liu (Edward)
PRODUCER/S: Dongsheng Yang
SYNOPSIS:
Boyang, a retro high school teenager in Beijing, is experiencing the rebellious phase of his youth. He refuses to change himself by having a cellphone to fit in the community. He is alienated by other people and he is unwilling to open up his mind. One day, he captures an unforgettable smile on a young girl’s face through his 35mm film camera. He decides to approach that smile. After the struggling of changing himself, Boyang finally shows his long-lost smile on his face.

 

 

FILM TITLE:  FÜR UMME/ FOR PENAUTS
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Comedy
PREMIERE STATUS:  INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
RUNNIG TIME: 5*20 min
COUNTRY: Germany
DIRECTOR: Vlady Oszkiel
CAST: Michael Schumacher, Oliver Korittke, Martin Semmelrogge, Gisa Flake
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY:  Thomas Beetz
PRODUCER/S:  Thomas Beetz, Michael Schumacher, Julia Nisslein, Vlady Oszkiel
SYNOPSIS:
To overcome obstacles the acting life is confronting him with, Mo Mikkelsen, a master of disguise, has to take his acting skills to the next level: Life itself.

 

FILM TITLE:  The Real Exorcist
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2020
GENRE: Spiritual/Supernatural Drama
PREMIERE STATUS: North America Premiere
RUNNIG TIME:  108 min
COUNTRY: Japan
DIRECTOR: Shokyo Oda
CAST: Yoshiko Sengen (Sayuri), Mirai Irako (Isamu), Rin Kijima (Kyoka)
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Akiko Ashizawa
PRODUCER/S: Ryuho Okawa (Executive Producer), Kaoru Ota, Yusaku Hamada, Mia Tomikawa, Yoichi Utebi

STORYLINE: (Please use storyline if the sysnopsis is too long)
Sayuri, a coffee shop waitress, uses her supernatural powers to help those who are troubled by spiritual phenomena. She gradually gets involved in serious matters, eventually facing a fierce battle with the devil.

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FILM TITLE: KIANA’S APACHE CEREMONY
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: DOCUMENTARY
PREMIERE STATUS:  NEW-YORK PREMIERE
RUN TIME: 50 MN
COUNTRY: MOROCCO
DIRECTOR: DOUNIA BENJELLOUN MEZIAN
CAST:
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: FREDERIC DAUDIER – WILL BARRATT
PRODUCER/S: DOUNIA BENJELLOUN MEZIAN – TRACY THOMAS
SYNOPSIS:
In the middle of the White Mountain Apache reservation near Pinetop, Arizona, Kiana, a twelve-year-old Native American girl, prepares to celebrate her passage into adulthood. Surrounded by her tribe, she bravely embarks upon her initiation ritual, a demanding experience filled with symbolism and colour, where song and dance intermingle from another time. Her journey through this ancestral rite of passage will instil her with patience and perseverance for the rest of her life.

 

FILM TITLE: Chasing Millions
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Comedy
PREMIERE STATUS:  International Premiere
RUNNING TIME: 82 Minutes
COUNTRY: Israel
 DIRECTOR: Ariel Weisbrod and Yossi Meiri
CAST: Meital Gal, Gadi Wilcherski, Yossi Zabari, Ori Yaniv, Moris Cohen, Idan Barkai
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Daniel Rosenbaum
PRODUCER/S: Ariel Weisbrod and Yossi Meiri
SYNOPSIS:
Netta embarks on a crazy journey with three bizarre people who she despises in search for money left behind for them by a mutual friend before he died. Gadi is a stoner who can't remember what he is saying, David is a complete idiot and Yossef is a total cheapskate with anger management issues. She must conquer her hatred and work together with them to overcome the obstacles they encounter along the way.

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Film title: 33 and Counting
Production year: 2020
Genre: True crime, documentary short
Premiere Status: World
Run Time: 38:46
Country: USA
Director: Aisha Sultan
Cinematography by: Sean Loftin, Tom Newcomb, Cristina Fletes
Producer: Aisha Sultan
Synopsis: A 70 year-old grandmother is serving a life sentence in rural Missouri for a murder she says her rapist committed.

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AWARDS NIGHT

FILM TITLE: Tombstone Pillow
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Drama
PREMIERE STATUS: Non Premiere
RUNNIG TIME: 12 min
COUNTRY: 
Philippines/USA
DIRECTOR/s: Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir
CAST: Lourdes Duque Baron and Kendra Sison De Mesa
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY:  Mycko David
PRODUCER/S: Bayou Bennett, Daniel Lir, Fraser Kee Scott
SYNOPSIS: Tombstone Pillow is a 12-minute film, set in a cemetery in the Philippines where 6,000 people live, about a heartless heiress, forced on the run with a poor graveyard girl who teaches her life’s real riches.

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FILM TITLE: Windblown
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Drama, Psychological Thriller
PREMIERE STATUS: NYC
RUNNIG TIME: 20:21
COUNTRY: USA
DIRECTOR/s: Usher Morgan, Katie Vincent
CAST: Katie Vincent, Jacob A. Ware, Susan Gallagher
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Usher Morgan
PRODUCER/S: Katie Vincent, Usher Morgan
 SYNOPSIS: After the unexpected death of her brother, Beth Reeves seeks solace in her family's New England cottage. Things go badly.

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FILM TITLE:Someone's On the Other Line
PRODUCTION YEAR:  2019
GENRE: Dark Comedy, Phycological
PREMIERE STATUS: World
RUNNING TIME:  9:52min
COUNTRY: USA
DIRECTOR: William Macaulay
CAST: Alex Emanuel - Matthew Cohn - Revell Carpenter
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: William Macaulay
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Olivia Jack
PRODUCERS: Christopher Cordero, William Macaulay
SYNOPSIS:
Someone is listening
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FILM TITLE:  MAN IN HOODIE
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: SHORT
PREMIERE STATUS:  WORLD PREMIERE
RUNNIG TIME:  17:45min
COUNTRY: UNITED STATES
DIRECTOR:  MAGAN MAYES
CAST:
PRODUCER:  MEGAN MAYES
SYNOPSIS:
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FILM TITLE: Butter
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Romantic Comedy
PREMIERE STATUS:  North America - USA
RUNNING TIME: 4 minutes
COUNTRY: Ireland
DIRECTOR: Emma Brennan
CAST: Orlaith Ní Chearra & Conor Graham
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Robert Whelan
SOUND BY: Niall Clarke
PRODUCER: Emma Brennan
SYNOPSIS:
Love is in the air on a cold Irish beach along with a little awkwardness and a dish of butter.

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TITLE: True America

PRODUCTION YEAR:  2019
GENRE: Crime/Drama
PREMIERE STATUS: World Premiere
RUNTIME: 21:52
COUNTRY ORIGIN: USA
DIRECTOR: Dashia Imperiale
MAIN CAST:
Buenaventura Rodriguez……..Michael
Michael Imperiale………………Victor
Dashia Imperiale……………….Rosa
Alex Mosquera………………….Willie
Kevin Svetlich…………………..Gerry
DIRECTOR PHOTOGRAPHY:  Michael Imperiale
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Michael Imperiale, Buenaventura Rodriguez
PRODUCER: Dashia Imperiale
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Gerald Bunsen
Synopsis: 
Is America truly the land of the free and the home of the brave? That will be the valuable lesson that a man  in love will have to learn when he finds himself having to choose between right and wrong, all for the love of family.

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FILM TITLE: Jessie The Golden Heart
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE:  Period Romantic Drama
PREMIERE STATUS: WORLD
RUNTIME: 1:33
COUNTRY: USA
DIRECTOR/s: Zelie Dember-Slack and Peggy Roger
CAST: Kat Fairaway, Andrew Shelton, Kirstie Pooley and Eric Roberts
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Pascal Combes-Knoke
PRODUCER/S: Peggy Roger and Zelie Dember-Slack
 SYNOPSIS:
Striving to live up to the promise made at the bedside of Master Walter’s dying father wars against the forbidden passion he has for Jessie, a beautiful Scottish servant girl.  For fear of scandal, their intimacy remains discreet until secrets unravel threatening the ruin of the Stratton Castle.

FILM TITLE: Curtains
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2019
GENRE: Animation
PREMIERE STATUS:  New York Premiere
RUN TIME: 18 min
COUNTRY: USA
DIRECTOR: Kirsten Vangsness
CAST: Kirsten Vangsness
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Animation by Jagriti Khirwar
PRODUCER: Brendan Bradley
 SYNOPSIS: Kirsten Vangsness (CBS, Criminal Minds actor and writer) makes her directorial debut in this animated short adapted from her own personal essay about a feral cat who stars on a network procedural drama, takes ballroom dance lessons, and has an encounter with a predatory tow truck driver. It explores the idea of vulnerability as a source of power and the emotional "curtains" we lay over our essential selves

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