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2022 Selected Projects and Filmmakers

    Maya Dittloff, Writer/Director
    Aubrey Campbell, Producer
    In the wilds of a pre-contact Montana, young Kóónssko struggles to provide for his starving family after the death of his father. When an unmanned canoe takes him to a mystical village downstream, he must decide if the promise of a new love is worth the heavy cost.


    FISHTANK - Pitch Winner

    Wendi Tang, Writer/Director
    Hongwei Wu, Producer
    Sardonic 28-year-old Jules has been sober for a year, but she can’t stop vomiting fish. Striving to put her life back on track, she must preserve control when a fish enthusiast unexpectedly enters her life.



    Kristie Ko, Writer/Director
    Merissa Jane Lee, Producer
    A woman welcomes a childhood friend from Hong Kong into her London home, showing her around the neighbourhood before a handover of keys. The story of one woman’s first day and the other’s last, where the lines between foreign and familiar become blurred.



    Faye Ruiz, Writer/Director
    Kate Gondwe, Producer
    Mimisworld997 - a user on an online forum for trans women - stumbles across a hidden archive of videos of two recently active users, who seem to have suddenly disappeared.



    Letia Solomon, Writer/Director
    Krenée Alisha Tolson, Producer
    On the eve of her 35th birthday, Amber must convince her sex partner to engage in unorthodox foreplay, through a medieval fantasy audiobook, to defeat her anxiety about skin-to-skin contact.

2021 Selected Projects and Filmmakers

    Annalise Lockhart, Director
    Mary Glen Fredrick, Writer/Producer
    A stoic widow and an eager polymath must traverse post-apocalyptic Upstate New York to retrieve invaluable data from a mysterious motel. Along the way, they are forced to choose what from their pasts to keep carrying, and what to leave behind.


    HONOLULU - Pitch Winner

    Maya Tanaka, Writer/Director
    Shuchi Talati, Producer
    Yuki, a 12-year-old with a vivid fantasy life, complicates an already-morose beach vacation with her father and grandmother.



    Caroline Lindy, Director
    Kate Hamilton, Writer/Producer
    Sardonic 20-something Cynthia walks us through a play-by-play of a recent “squicky” date, requiring her to confront some uncomfortable truths.



    Tiye Amenechi, Writer/Director
    Satchel Lee, Producer
    Riddled with insomnia, a father-and-daughter duo goes on a midnight joyride through New York City in search of a flower that only blooms at night.



    Phumi Morare, Writer/Director
    An African goddess must find and convince her former mortal lover to return to the eternal world with her, before she destroys the Earth.

2020 Selected Projects and Filmmakers

    Zandashé Brown, Writer/Director
    Monica Sorelle, Producer
    A broken woman’s search for solace lands her at a Baptist church in rural Mississippi, where an eerie encounter leads her to discover unsettling truths.



    Nadia P. Manzoor, Writer/Producer
    Khaula Malik, Producer
    With the weight of a terminal diagnosis, Adeeba, a Pakistani mother, reckons with her own mortality by living vicariously through her daughter’s college experience.


    REST STOP – Pitch Winner

    Crystal Kayiza, Writer/Director
    Jalena Keane-Lee, Producer
    While on a bus ride from New York to Oklahoma, seven-year-old Meyi realizes her place in the world through the eyes of her mother.



    Mary Angélica Molina, Writer/Director
    A struggling writer who moonlights as a bartender agrees to poison a drug dealer’s adversary in order to get her student loans paid off and her nagging mother off her case.



    Susan O’Brien, Writer/Director/Producer
    Giselle Byrd, Writer/Producer
    After 10-year-old Bodi survives a car accident, their grandmother tells them that they have been given wings as a gift of resilience. In these wings, Bodi finds the power to accept their true gender identity.

2019 Selected Projects and Filmmakers
  • CHAMP – Pitch Winner

    Hannah Peterson, Writer/Director
    Taylor Shung, Producer
    While traveling on a train through Texas for an away game, point guard Genevieve has an unwanted encounter with her high school basketball coach. Wielding her strategy and grit off the court, Genevieve finds a way to retaliate.



    Kantú Lentz, Writer/Director
    Roja Gashtili, Producer
    Twelve-year-old Rosa loves aliens and hates everything else, including her annoying little sister, Lu. When a car bomb detonates while she’s babysitting, Rosa must bring her sister to safety by convincing her that aliens have arrived to greet them.



    Bane Fakih, Writer/Director
    Birgit Gernböck, Producer
    Beirut, Lebanon, 1976. May defies the terror of the civil war on a daily basis. Today, she risks her safety on a sniper-controlled street to save a cherished item left behind: her deceased grandmother’s sandals.



    Charlotte T. Martin, Writer
    Cynthia Silver, Director
    Over the course of her summer fellowship, queer theater director Cleo becomes the unwilling object of desire for her boss—a married woman.



    Laura Moss, Writer/Director
    Mali Elfman, Producer
    Evelyn is seeing troubling visions: technology infecting our food supply, wires growing out of her body and the resurrection of creatures that humanity long rendered extinct. Everyone assures Evelyn she’s fine, but she knows she is either mentally ill or humanity’s savior. She just can’t be certain which.

2018 Selected Projects and Filmmakers

    Francesca Mirabella, Co-Writer/Co-Director
    Kylah Benes-Trapp, Co-Writer/Co-Director
    Heather, a young, racially ambiguous artist, confronts questions of identity when she becomes a part-time babysitter for 11-year-old Jayda. Their dynamic prompts Heather to explore the limitations of her persona as she voyages into other realms of her imagination through fantasy, alternate realities and moving collages.



    Laramie Dennis, Writer/Director
    Jenna Cedicci, Producer
    Six aspiring astronauts are sealed inside a solar-powered dome, attempting to simulate life on Mars. When Dana’s helmet malfunctions on the first space walk—depriving her of precious oxygen—she and her teammates have a critical decision to make.


    ROSA – Pitch Winner

    Suha Araj, Writer/Director
    Maryam Keshavarz, Producer
    While working at her aunt’s flower shop, Rosa takes her job underground when she begins a side business of shipping undocumented bodies to their home countries for burial.



    Gabriella Moses, Writer/Director
    Shruti Ganguly, Producer
    Yaneris, a Dominican teenager, plots a way to escape her hometown of Sosùa, where becoming an escort seems to be her only fate. After unexpectedly falling in love with her client’s son, she decides he may be a ticket to a new life—for both her and her disabled sister.



    Jennifer Suhr, Writer/Director
    Carolyn Mao, Producer
    A sheltered Korean American family travels to Atlanta to retrieve the body of their son after he passes away from an accidental overdose. In the depths of their grief, they find an unlikely connection and momentary solace with the African American family who owns the mortuary.

2017 Selected Projects and Filmmakers

    Anna Zlokovic, Writer/Director
    Heather Grehan, Producer
    Manny, an outcast and bullied high schooler, finds her only friend in music. When her teacher, Mr. Hornby, is possessed by a violent alien insect, Manny is forced to fight her biggest demon yet and discover her magic within.



    Myna Joseph, Writer/Director
    Amy Lo, Producer
    Following a near-fatal car accident, Lu wrestles with creeping invisibility as she approaches the second half of her life. On this long winter day, she finds her physical identity fractured, ignored, misunderstood and judged—but with wry humor and stubborn resilience, she’s determined to be seen.


    SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT – Pitch Winner

    Nikyatu Jusu, Writer/Director
    R. Shanea Williams, Co-Writer
    Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is brought around her estranged twin daughters.



    Marianne Amelinckx, Writer/Director
    Claudia Lepage, Producer
    Venezuela could have been one of the richest countries in the modern world, but ineffective government policies and corruption have made the country one of the most dangerous places to live. Vuela (Fly) tells the story of a chance encounter between Luisa and Monica just before they take off to different countries and leave everything behind them, including the opportunity to get to know each other.



    Nicole Emanuele, Writer/Director
    Sarah’s bachelorette party is all cigarettes and penis shots, until she and her best friend, Marie, get the call to report for active duty the next day. They’ve been training for years to be deployed by the U.S. Navy, so they’ve got this, right?

2016 Selected Projects and Filmmakers

    Ani Simon-Kennedy, Writer/Director
    Carly Hugo, Producer
    Away from home for the first time, Maggie is attending the only summer camp for children with a life-threatening sun allergy. When everyone goes for a celebratory night swim, she’s faced with a personal crisis.



    Joey Ally, Writer/Director
    Constanza Castro, Producer
    A young married couple, trapped in the limbo of "baby up or split up," is trying "Displacement Therapy," a controversial new treatment that uses lookalike robots as vessels onto which to displace their feelings toward each using them as literal punching bags. As communication shuts down, and bodies pile up, they are called to ask themselves whether it is the symptom or the cure that will kill them.


    FEATHERS – Pitch Winner

    A.V. Rockwell, Writer/Director
    Leah Natasha Thomas, Producer
    Eli, a volatile inner-city youth, creates havoc in his attempts to re-escape from the mysterious and crumbling juvenile detention center known as “The Mill.” When the repercussions become more dire than he can handle, Eli gains purpose and introspection on his troubled life.



    Catherine Eaton, Writer/Director
    Jessica Vale, Producer
    A wild agoraphobic from a backwater town in Louisiana travels to a hotel in New Orleans to work as a writer and is offered—ironically—a travel column. Terrified of open spaces and crowds and unable to leave the hotel, she realizes she can steal the stories of the hotel guests to keep the job and win the battle, if not the war, against her condition—all while throwing the lives of everyone around her into chaos.



    Sonejuhi Sinha, Writer/Director
    Charlotte Rabate, Producer
    A gynecologist and abortion provider, Reese, practices in a remote town in America. When a threat emerges in town and Reese finds herself drawn into a rabbit hole of paranoia, she takes matters into her own hands.

2015 Selected Projects and Filmmakers

    Numa Perrier, Writer/Director
    In the last days of her mother’s life, Tanya, a young woman, crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her sister introduces her to the world of internet-cam girls.



    Roja Gashtili, Co-Writer/Co-Director
    Julia Lerman, Co-Writer/Co-Director
    A young nurse grows obsessed with a locked door in the ward where she works, as a revolution unfolds beyond the hospital walls.



    Vera Miao, Writer/Director
    A seemingly “perfect” Chinese daughter, Mona loves her sternly loving Ma more than anything. But when a handsome neighbor moves in next door, Mona discovers just how far Ma will go to keep her home.



    A.M. Lukas, Writer/Director
    A young mother living in the bleakest of American landscapes seeks to help a refugee family despite her own hardships, and through her desire, reveals truths about herself, America and the nature of the word “freedom.”



    Christina Voros, Writer/Director
    A runaway girl encounters a stranger in the West Texas desert. The secrets they keep will change the course of their lives forever.


    WIG SHOP – Pitch Winner

    Kat Coiro, Writer/Director
    WIG SHOP is a dark comedy centered on an Orthodox Jewish woman who, over the course of getting her wigs styled, discovers that her African American hairdresser might be her husband’s lover.


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