Short Film: LAUNDRY, 3min., Canada, Experimental

5e3b0fcb34 posterLaundry is a meditative short that speaks of the battle between innocence and corruption. Set against a rural backdrop, the film brings into focus the destructive impact sexual assault can have on the mental capacity of a human being. Paralleling the event with mundane activities, the short aims to articulate the fact that this type of trauma seeps into everything one does, and will continue to negatively impact her being on a existential level.

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Director Biography – PAULA C. FRIAS (CHICKEN)

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PAULA C. FRIAS is a Spanish filmmaker from Madrid who has been living in London for 11 years.
After studying courses in film schools such as ECAM (Madrid) or NYFA (Harvard University Campus) she settled in London and became an Assistant Director to films such as “Kingsman”, “Wonder Woman”, “Jason Bourne”, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, etc.
In between jobs she likes to write and film her own projects.

PAULA C. FRIAS es una cineasta de Madrid que reside en Londres desde hace 11 años.
Tras estudiar en diferentes escuelas de cine como la ECAM (Madrid) o la NYFA (Campus de la Universidad de Harvard), se asienta en Londres y se convierte en Ayudante de Dirección de películas como “Kingsman”, “Wonder Woman”, “Jason Bourne”, “Alicia A través del Espejo “, etc.
Entre trabajos le gusta escribir y dirigir sus propios proyectos.

Director Biography – Claudia Ruiz (AILIN ON THE MOON)

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Directora de “El Molinete Animaciones”, productora especializada en stop motion de la región litoral, Argentina. Dirección la series Dr Cocicienzo, la ciencia de la cocina 2012, Dirección de Stop Motion serie ¨La liga de las cinco plumas¨, Dirección y Animación Stop Motion ¨El Viaje de Gaia¨, Animación fragmento Your Face Global JAM Bill Plymton, Dirección videoclips animados FELISA y Tres minutos Grupo Rio.Dirección ¨Niñas y niños cuentan¨(Unicef), Animación ¨Un pobre Dios” de Rodolfo Pastor. Dirección, Guión y Animación ¨Hablando de Cosas serias¨, Premio Incaa. Ganadora Historias Breves 2017: ¨11.40¨; “Ailìn en la Luna”, stop motion, Premio Espacio santafesino 2017. “El despertar de la iguana” Guiòn ganador Espacio Santafesino 2018

Director of “El Molinete Animaciones”, specialized stop motion production company from the coastal region, Argentina. Direction of the Dr Cocicienzo series, the science of cooking 2012, Direction of Stop Motion series “The League of the five pens”, Direction and Animation Stop Motion “The Journey of Gaia”, Animation fragment Your Face Global JAM Bill Plymton, Direction videoclips FELISA and Tres minutos Grupo Rio.Dirección ¨Niñas y niños cuenta¨ (Unicef), Animation ¨Un pobre Dios¨ by Rodolfo Pastor. Direction, Script and Animation ¨Having of serious things¨, Inca Award. Winner Short Stories 2017: ¨11.40¨; “Ailìn en la Luna”, stop motion, winner Espacio santafesino 2017. “the awakening of the iguana” script winner Espacio Santafesino 2018.

Short Film: AILIN ON THE MOON, 5min., Argentina, Animation

6b9b0beab4 posterWork, do the shopping, cooking, cleaning, ironing, taking care of Ailín: that is the routine of Vilma, mother of 40 years, overwhelmed by fatigue and skin intolerance. Ailín (4), just looking to play and demand the attention of a restless girl, one day causes the emotional outbreak of the mother. The routine that led them away must be broken to meet again.

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Director Biography – Asis Sethi (A BLOODY MESS)

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Asis Sethi is an award-winning Canadian director, producer, scriptwriter and TV personality who is known for her docu-series “Darshan Dekh Jeeva” and her documentary “A Colourful Crown” which premiered on Canadian National Television and ran for 5 years.

Asis has worked with renowned entertainers like Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Shrek), Nelly Furtado (Singer-Songwriter) and Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes, Corner Gas). She has also worked with Eva Birthistle (The Last Kingdom), Tim Dutton (Genius, The Infiltrator), David Alpay (Suits, Proven Innocent), Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four, Sin City) and Romany Malco (A Million Little Things).

Director Statement

Every month when I get my period, I am never able to freely speak about it whether at the workplace or at a party with extended family and friends. I slowly began to notice that my friends who came from both conservative and liberal families while living outside of India, have always been restricted in what they cannot say or do while on their periods. Most of my female friends to this day are not allowed to enter the kitchen when they’re menstruating because they are considered “filthy”. There were many incidents happening around me and that made me realize how important it was to bring this story to life.

‘A Bloody Mess’ is a call to the South Asian community and society that we must engage in open dialogue with males and females alike when it comes to the reproductive process, and specifically, menstruation. The need to ensure that myths and stereotypes are not attached to menstruation is important as the day-to-day functioning of a family can be inexplicably disturbed when one resorts to the negative connotations that surrounds the coming and going of a period.

‘A Bloody Mess’ is our attempt to “normalize” the process of menstruation in order to ensure that shame is no longer attached to a biological function that female bodies have no control over. It is our attempt to push the community to celebrate or at least accept that menstruation is an important part of life, and one that should not hinder any functioning on any one person’s part.

Young women often find out about their periods when they first get their periods, or from school. Parents often do not have a meaningful conversation with their children about menstruation, the importance of the cycle, and the side effects. Young South Asians often feel uncomfortable talking about their periods in a social setting or a familial setting. They are often shut down by other female figures in the family, who find it embarrassing to talk about periods. Some regard the period as an impurity that the body is cleansing itself of, so much so that restrictions are placed on participation in religious and cultural settings. They cannot enter temples. They cannot indulge in “prasad”.

One of the intentional aspects of the film are the longer one take shots of conflict scenes, in order to capture a natural flow and reactions between my actors. For example, the scene before the climax shows three characters in a conflict in a fluid setting which has 12 extras who are constantly moving and so is the camera; this entire uncut shot in the film is one minute and twenty seconds long. The colours for the film I chose were red and blue. When we delve into Varsha’s world, we see the colour red in dominance. When we enter Aarti’s (mother) world, we see more blues.

During the shooting process, it was interesting how important this conversation became even amongst my co-actors. While some completely understood the barriers South Asian women face, others found that being unable to speak about your period unnatural and bizarre. However, while on set, interestingly, four of our key crew members including myself got our periods on the first day of shooting, and for the first time, we said it out loud and then laughed. It was liberating even for the crew of the film.

I hope that “A Bloody Mess” will start a conversation and will bring a change in the way in which periods are perceived within families

Short Film: A BLOODY MESS, 10min., Canada, Drama/Family

Aff321b965 posterVarsha is a young South Asian girl who battles against her family’s traditional beliefs surrounding menstruation, which comes with rules prohibiting her from having an open dialogue with her father about periods. Since she was a child, Varsha has been told that while periods are normal, there are certain things she cannot do while menstruating, which manifests in Varsha’s mental suffocation. This film depicts Varsha’s internal struggle as she tries to strike a balance between respecting her family and her own individual autonomy.

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Director Biography – Lisa Kannakko (GLAD YOU’RE HERE)

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Autobiographical filmmaker Lisa Kannakko is an emerging talent, recently graduated from the Documentary Media Program at Ryerson University. This is her first film.

Director Statement

I poured through 19 years of footage from my personal archive to uncover the answer of why my life fell apart. I never intended to tell this story to the public, filmmaking has become an essential tool to my recovery.

Short Film: GLAD YOU’RE HERE, 10min., Canada, Documentary

B14666e885 posterEngaging themes of love and betrayal, hope, belonging and place, Glad You’re Here documents my nineteen–year journey through building a family life, seeing it suffer the damage of mental illness, grief and separation, and then rebuilding with empathy. A story about an extreme moment of crisis has turned into a documentary that deals not just with the subjective but with the important issue of spousal abuse.

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    Documentary, Experimental, Student, Short
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    documentary, essayistic, narrative, first time director, self portrait, memory, family archive
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    10 minutes
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    July 1, 2019
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    100 USD
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Director Biography – Xinwen Zhang (NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER)

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Bachelor of Arts, graduated from the Bachelor of Film Department of Beijing Film Academy.
Director’s work: “Just Meet You”, “Men and Men”, “New Year’s Eve”, “Vientiane Spring”, “Unmarried Mother”, “Singer”, “Planting Love”, “Making Dish for Love”, “Unconsciously Love You” . Filmed the first domestic 260-episode networked drama “Goddess’ Office”. Cantonese and Mandarin were broadcast on Guangxi TV, Hong Kong TV and PPTV.
The venture capital project of the 9th Beijing International Film Festival in “First Love Begins at 40”. The short film “New Year’s Eve” was screened at the 21st Barcelona International Short Film Festival Science Fiction Film, the first banana project, and the second Silk Road Light and Shadow International Micro Video Film Exhibition Excellence Award. “Men Men” Global 48 Hour Film Festival Project.
Member of the 4th Young Master Screenwriter of China Film Foundation Wu Tianming Youth Film Special Fund.
Novel: “Potential”