Short Film: THE FAMILY WAY, 18min., Ireland, Comedy

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Mother and daughter Julia and Ruth get their pregnancy tests mixed up when they both hide them in the bathroom. They set out to discreetly buy pregnancy tests in their small Irish suburban town, but are thwarted at every turn, bumping into people they know. Word spreads and friends and neighbors turn up at their home to find out the ‘news’ from distressed dad Robert.

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  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,600 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Kyra Gardner (THE DOLLHOUSE)

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With a dad as a special effects makeup artist, blood and guts became a normality for Kyra. Combat nursing became her prime focus, but she soon discovered that real blood is more intense than the fake goop. Since high school she’s been pursuing a career in directing and hopes to create quirky fantastical films with the help of her forever scared childhood.

Director Statement

“I remember being oddly different from other kids in elementary school. I thought blood, monsters, and aliens were something all children came home to see after walking home from school. I was known as, “The girl who grew up with Chucky.” As I grew older I realized how much more bizarre that sounded, and how my childhood was distinctly different from anyone I knew. No one else grew up with a killer doll they referred to as a brother or celebrated Halloween like a religion. That was until I met the other families surrounding the Chucky franchise. I wanted to make, “The Dollhouse,” to show what life was truly like for the families who grew up around the Chucky doll and how it all connected us in the oddest of ways.”

-Kyra Gardner, director, “The Dollhouse” (2017)

Short Film: THE DOLLHOUSE, 7min., USA, Documentary

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A filmmaker who grew up with the Chucky doll seeks out the other families surrounding the franchise to get their perspective on life with Chucky.

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Short Film: OLD HABITS, 13min., USA, Drama

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Two women are reunited at the scene of the hunting accident that left one of them disabled.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    28,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Samantha McDanel (PAGEANT PERFECT)

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Samantha McDanel has a Bachelors Degree with honors from University of North Texas in Media Arts. She served as an active member and Social Chair in UNT Short Film Club where she also held different roles in multiple film productions that the club produces each semester. Samantha’s main focus is writing, directing, and video editing, and she is currently working toward her professional certification in AVID Media Composer. Her goal is to be a top film editor for major motion pictures, but her dream in life is to become an established director and woman filmmaker. She also works with makeup and practical FX in film and photography and is well-known in the Denton community for this work. Samantha would like to learn as much as she can about every aspect that goes into making a film to better herself as a director, creator, and leader.

Director Statement

This film was a simple idea at first, but the more I sat and worked on it, it quickly became a much bigger and a true passion project to me. The story and the characters mean so much to me. It’s filled with themes, some that may not be immediately caught, and a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter. I knew that I could bring this story to life with the right team working with me and the perfect cast. I am so proud of how this film turned out.

Short Film: PAGEANT PERFECT, 12min., USA, Drama

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Set in the world of pageantry and perfection, Pageant Perfect follows a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter, as Vivian will do whatever it takes to make sure her daughter Desiree is the perfect pageant girl so she will take home the crown. After all, mother knows best….

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  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    850 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Danja Politis (ANIMUS PER MACHINA)

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Born 1993 in the Netherlands but lived for 13 years in Austria.
For my bachelor degree i came back to the Netherlands.
Now I am currently doing my Master degree at the Frank Mohr Institute.

Since my childhood I have always been inspired by video games, computer animations, movies and fantasy books, which had led me to do my own 3D animations.

Director Statement

My art is primary digital and interactive, made with the computer, which allows me to discover what is possible in no other medium. My work embraces the unphysical, digital nature of those images and discovering the relationship between technology and humans.