The Spanish filmmaker’s reflection on identity and cinema was lauded by the likes of Matt Jackson while Shandrea Evan’s spotlight on the transformative power of connection and community won the Audience Award
An incarcerated firefighter struggles to find emotional stability as he relives searing memories of his traumatic past. El Llano En Llamas is a meditation on trauma, the fluidity of memory, and the isolation experienced by those suffering from mental illness.
Sit in Water, Float in Peace invites you to do exactly that. It is an exploration into the subconscious that reveals the insecurities of an artist and her familial connection to the water just west of Los Angeles.
Lesley, a young woman who feels that her life is spiralling out of control, goes to visit a self proclaimed mystic with the hopes of getting answers, and a "quick-fix" solution to her problems. Instead, she is encouraged to visit the ocean which prompts an internal journal where she learns that she held the answers to everything all along.
After moving to LA, an ambitious film-maker encounters considerable success with her career. However, these successes force her to grapple with the memories of his passing through the powerful, cleansing forces of water.
Winner of the Audience Award 2021. In Los Angeles Chinatown, a lonely teenager tries to help her parents keep their seafood restaurant afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between chopping green beans and packing takeout orders, she attempts to hang on to a semblance of normalcy by studying for her driver’s permit and prepping for her high school Zoom theater debut in “The Tempest”.