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Announcing DCIFF 2022 Finalists: Documentary

FEATURES

Living in Delusionville directed by Constant van Hoeven (USA / 2022 / 70mins.) From humble Midwestern beginnings, legendary art Ron English has pranked and pummeled his way into prominence, influencing generations of artists and laying the groundwork for the explosion of Street Art.

My Childhood, My Country directed by Phil Grabsky and Shoaib Sharifi (UK / 2021 / 90mins.)  A real-life epic of boyhood and manhood  in Afghanistan, one of the most embattled corners of the globe , filmed across twenty years. 

The Hit directed by Christopher Jon Halsne ( USA / 2022 / 83 mins.) A team of national-award-winning journalists reinvestigate a fatal crash where NASCAR racing legend Tony Stewart killed a young competitor. New evidence exposes how money, power, and fame may have corrupted a small-town justice system.

SHORT FORMAT

Childfree directed by Sara Bahramjahan (Iran / 2021 / 35mins.) What drives Iranians who decided to have no children and how do they fit in.

Magdalene’s Lies directed by Julie Laurenz  (South Africa / 2021 / 26mins.)To some Magdalene is a “Mother Teresa”, to other’s she is a rotten crook. The real Magdalene is revealed.   

Pineland/Hollywood  directed by Debi Cornwall ( USA / 2021 / 10 mins ) At a traffic stop, distinguishing reality from fantasy becomes the difference between life and death. Using fair-use clips from almost 200 Hollywood films to tell one true story.

The Militiaman directed by David Peter Hansen ( USA / 2021 / 31.22 mins.) In the hills of rural Pennsylvania, the leader of a local militia must prepare his men for the turbulent political landscape of 2020 while at war with his own conscience.

Regreso directed by Wijdane Balbiyar  (USA / 2021 /5 mins.) Achraf, a Moroccan teenager, tried to escape poverty  by swimming his way from Africa to Europe..

Remnants of Memory  directed by Michael Arlen Davis (USA / 2021 /25.20 ).  Fine Art Photographer Charles Johnstone explores the vivid canals and ancient passageways of Venice, Italy in search of a new book project.

Dajla: cinema and oblivion directed by Arturo Dueñas Herrero (Spain / 2020 / 15mins) In Dakhla, a forgotten refugee camp in southern Algeria, there is a film festival, the Fisahara. 

Entrance and Exit of Mascha B. directed by Laura Engelhardt (Germany / 2020 / 14 mins.)  At a big architectural visualization company, delicate operations give rise to a photorealistic rendering to promote a yet-to-be-built office space. 

My Brother is Deaf directed by Peter Hoffman Kimball (USA / 2021 / 10mins.) A  boy learns that his younger brother is deaf and tries to understand.

Announcing DCIFF 2022 Finalists: Animation and Narrative Short formats

ANIMATION

A Poem by Alba  directed by You Lee (USA / 2020 / 5.38 mins.) An elderly woman living alone in her apartment deals with loneliness and her eventual end.

Being A Dog directed by Felix Swahn (Sweden / 2021 / 8.03 mins.) Every time Tim feels different, he transforms into a French bulldog.

Cokelicops (France / 2021 /4.36mins.) directed by Orianne Leparmentier, Loïc Guillou, Lambert Dothée, Felix Sikora, Elie Boudalier. During a closed-door meeting, three narcos discover a listening device.

Dice and Dragons  (France / 2021 / 5:24 mins.) directed by François Bartoli, Alan Bauge, Alexis Crawford, Elodie Deporte, Hugo Dewanckle, Lorine Guyard, Gaëtan Luzy,Amaël Moufrih, Léa Renaudier. A ragtag group of adventurers is on a quest to find a legendary sword to kill the dragon that threatening their kingdom.

I Will Always Love You  ( USA / 2021 /3.27 mins.) directed by Lydia Ricci The story of how love changes for worse or for better.

Oyasumi~Lullaby of Flame directed by Arisa Wakami (Japan / 2021 / 6.46mins.)  The ancient gods of the earth gather to celebrate the new beginning of a new world. 

One Last Wish directed by Galia Osmo (Israel / 2021 / 10mins.)A fisherman has a magical goldfish, who grants him three wishes. 

Pony Henge directed by Gina Kamentsky (USA / 2021 /5.15 mins.)  A magical place where rocking ponies are left to rust.

Saint Android directed by Lukas von Berg. (Germany / 2021 / 6.10mins.) Norman calls for guidance as his wife is dying, but does not get what he asked for.

Squib: When All of This is Over  directed by Baz Sells ( UK / 2021 / 2.20 mins.)  Anthony Anaxagorou’s poem Squib:  a claustrophobic journey through lockdown and a hopeful look towards the future.

Rosebud – The Rest Of Us  directed by Fabio Itapura (Brazil / 2021 / 2mins.)  A garbage bag desperately flees from being hunted by humans. 

To the Last Drop directed by Simon Schnellmann (Germany / 2021 / 5.46 mins.)To the rhythm of the dripping chemo, an IV pole fights for the life of a cancer patient.

Welcome to Gardenland directed by Aaron Pérez Pardiñas (Spain / 2021 / 7mins.)  In a world where plants have taken the place of humans, the Jeffersons are about to have a crazy day.

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Break Any Spell directed by Anton Jøsef ( Canada/ 2021 / 13 mins.) A teenage girl uses Live-Action-Role-Playing to cope and escape from her mother who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s.

For Good directed by Lukas Dong (USA / 2021 /15.58 mins.) A young couple’s efforts to conceive are tested when Jennifer realizes her husband Andrew is obsessed with an alligator he saw in the Venice Canals.

Diner Therapy: Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures directed by Laura Daniel (USA / 2012 / 6.17mins.)
In the midst of the Covid Crisis, displaced New York Therapist Dolly Rey is forced to hold all of her therapy sessions outside. (Web Series)

As de Trèfle directed by Henri Kebabdjian (France / 2021 / 9.34mins.)
Nathan is joined by his daughter Camille by the racetracks. When Nathan discovers that Camille is admitted to a school far away, the race takes a whole other turn.

Thank You directed by Mike Kravinsky (USA / 2021 / 5.30mins.)
What if you learned you would be famous in the future?

Adjustment of Status ( USA / 2020 / 11 mins.) directed by Josh Deal, An immigration officer has a surprise revelation during a not-so-routine Green Card interview.

True Crime directed by Kai Brown (USA / 2021 / 15 mins.) A wannabe fitness influencer and true-crime junkie finally orders the home security system that sponsors her favorite podcast.

Welcome To Forever directed by John Gray (USA / 2021 / 9.22mins) The brilliant designer of smart houses leaves a posthumous surprise for his widow.

All that Glitters directed by Dan Bronzite (UK / 2021 / 20mis.) A desperate teenager snatches a rich woman’s handbag but in a bizarre twist of fate discovers her life is not as rosy as it seems and that they have more in common than he realizes.

Shadows of the Dust directed by Ali Matlock (USA / 2021 / 13.43mins.) A couple’s weekend getaway to view a once in a lifetime celestial event devolves into a series of inexplicable occurrences.

The Wound directed by Sahar Nourmonavar (Iran / 2021 / 12mins.) A 9-year-old girl loses her family after the earthquake and thinks she has been wounded.

Normalized directed by Ziad Fozy ( USA / 2021 / 23mins.) An intimate look at the complexities of manhood, childhood trauma, and how mental instability can lead to detrimental decisions