10,000 Hearts
Directed by Lisa Lodico – USA, 2010, 14 min

A quiet and painfully shy sophomore, Nate Carson is forced into artistic servitude by his overbearing half-sister, Heather. Nate, who normally finds refuge in his art, is bullied into supporting Heather’s unimaginative theme for the homecoming dance. He is resigned to social invisibility until he meets Logan, an attractive and charming upperclassman. Enchanted by Logan’s kind deeds, Nate begins folding paper hearts as a way of expressing his feelings. With the help of a new Wizard of Oz-obsessed friend, Nate develops the courage to finally stand up to his sister and break free.


Finding Judy
Directed by Gary Riotto – USA, 2011, 8 min

What happens when an African American teen from Chicago looks inside himself and discovers he can sing and act just like the legendary Judy Garland? A sweet, engaging look at how one young man’s quirky talent helped him disarm high school bullies, flummox telemarketers and propel himself from YouTube obscurity all the way to tinsel town.

Film website: http://www.garyriotto.com


Revolution
Written & Directed by Abdi Nazemian – USA, 2011, 15 min

The coming-of-age story of Jack, a 16-year-old Iranian boy growing up in Los Angeles, 1989. With the 1979 Iranian Revolution a distant memory, and the AIDS movement as a backdrop.

Film website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Revolution/190920237598894


Change
Directed by Melissa Osborne – USA, 2010, 24 min

Jamie is an African-American teenager grappling with his sexual identity on the night Barrack Obama is elected president and Proposition 8 is passed. When one of his gang bullies an openly gay classmate, Jamie uses his wits to try and prevent it, but when things don’t go the way he predicted, he is forced to face his fears head on.

Film website: http://provocativefilm.com

 
One on One
Directed by Luis Fernando Midence – USA, 2010, 10 min

Trevor and Alex are a great team on and off the basketball court, but when Alex asks Trevor to join a waltz class together, their lively relationship changes. Concerned by people’s perception of his athletic reputation, Trevor refuses to tag along with his boyfriend and leaves him.

 

 
Drop
Directed by Kristin Waterson – Canada, 2010, 9min

It’s the last night of the summer in Toronto and Carter (played by Wade
Gamble) wants to live life to its fullest. Joined by two friends, Ryan
and Rainbow, Carter takes the audience on an adventurous night of drugs,
raves and other people. With high adrenaline and nothing to loose DROP
is one night you don’t want to miss.

Film website: http://vimeo.com/8977036

 
Masala Mama
Directed by Michael Kam – Singapore, 2010, 9 min

The young son of a poor “rag-and-bone” man aspires to draw superheroes but goes about it the wrong way by stealing a comic book from the gentle owner of a small Indian grocery (“mama”) shop. When fate brings them together again, they each discover something much more important. Hokkien and Tamil with English subtitles .