Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase

2013 Finalists: Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Presented by American Express

Program Information

About the Showcase:
Since 1989, The American Pavilion has offered opportunities in Cannes to film students from around the world. The 2013 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase will provide an opportunity for young filmmakers to have their works seen by Cannes Festival and Film Market attendees. Prizes will be awarded to filmmakers and the top fourteen films will be screened in a special “Emerging Filmmaker” showcase at The American Pavilion in Cannes.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Emerging Short Film: Adonis directed by David Dibble
Student Short Film: Brother directed by Sari Rodrig
Student Documentary: Past Their Prime directed by Becca Friedman
Emerging Filmmaker Documentary: Colored My Mind: Diagnosis directed by Nia Hill

THURSDAY, MAY 23

Screening of 2013 Finalists

Student Short Films & Documentaries: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Emerging Filmmaker Short Films & Documentaries: 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm

 

 

STUDENT FILMS

9-1-1

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A 9-1-1 operator receives a frantic call from her son, who has caused a horrific accident. Every word matters when the call is being recorded.

2012, 16 min., USA, Drama, Florida State University
Writer/Director: Andrew Fairbank
Producer: Gerrad Wilson
Cast: Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Cosmo Wolski, Art Wallace, Victoria Nugent

 

BROTHER

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“Brother” tells the story of a humanoid robot who can’t build anything that works correctly. He must find it within himself to make his creations come to life.

 2012, 3 min., USA, Animation, School of Visual Arts
Writer/Director: Sari Rodrig

 

GOLDENSTATE

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While homelessness forces a single mother of two to fend for her young family on the streets, she knows one thing for sure: she will not be separated from her children.

2012, 25 min., USA, Drama, American Film Institute
Director: Moshe Sayada
Writer: Moshe Sayada, Cami Starkman
Producer: Deniese Davis
Cast: Julia Lee

 

SIX LETTER WORD

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An unlikely mom (Rumer Willis) is forced to confront her son’s autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns.

 2013, 17 min., USA, Drama, American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women
Director: Lisanne Sartor
Producer: Xiaolin Yu, Derrick Pete, Lisanne Sartor
Cast: Rumer Willis, Josh Braaten, Rio Mangini

 

EMERGING FILMMAKER SHORT FILMS


A 2ND OPINION

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As Gabriel (David Gunning) begins to resolve issues with his temperament, he is thrown for a loop when Lilian (Gabrielle Christian), who seems like the perfect girl, throws him a serious curveball. Gabriel must make the decision which path he will walk down, confronting his innermost demon, or letting it all go…
2013, 17 min., USA, Romantic Comedy
Director: David Del Rio
Writer: David Gunning
Producer:  Jon Paul Burkhart
Executive Producer: David Gunning
Cast: David Gunning, Gabrielle Christian, Angela Bullock, Bee-Be Smith, Emily Chang, Michael Gabiano, Regina Saldivar, Sharon Omi

 

ADVANTAGE: WEINBERG

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Sophomore Philip Weinberg orchestrates a series of unbelievable ‘coincidences’ to grab the attention of an older girl. Enlisting a ragtag group of accomplices, Philip goes to incredible lengths to create the perfect first impression. As his plans unfold, they become more grandiose and elaborate – but will his house of cards remain standing?

2012, 15 min., USA, Comedy
Director: David Singer
Cast: Jack Foley, Zoe Levin

 

ADONIS

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A young man uses a dating service that employs a cute dog named Adonis as a chick magnet to get guys dates.
2013, 10 min., USA, Romantic Comedy
Writer/Director: David Dibble
Producer: David Dibble, Erik Wong
Cast: James Snyder, Ernie Hudson, Velinda Godfrey, and Jimmy the Dog

 

PRIVATE WAR

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Based on true stories, PRIVATE WAR exposes the unique perspective of a female Marine deployed in Afghanistan, and the relationships, triumphs and tragedies that arise from her service.

EMERGING STUDENT DOCUMENTARIES

TRACK BY TRACK

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A young sketch artist with autism journeys from the world of his imagination into adulthood.

 2012, 15 min., USA, Documentary, Stanford University
Director: Anna Moot-Levin

 

A QUEST FOR PEACE: NONVIOLENCE AMONG RELIGIONS

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Young filmmaker, Matthew J. Evans, takes a look at one of the most pressing issues in our modern society: violence among religions. Through discussions with Arun Gandhi, grandson of M.K. Gandhi, and local religious leaders from the Central Coast of California, Matthew learns powerful lessons about nonviolence, acceptance, and cultural understanding. As Gandhi has said, “We must become the change we wish to see in our world!” This film helps us understand how we can make these changes.

2012, 10 min., USA, Documentary, Laurel Springs School
Director: Matthew Evans
Cast: Arun Gandhi, Leona Evans, Linda Bertenthal, Michael Moran, Naiyerah Kolkailah, Russell Brown

 

RAISING THE TITANIC

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27 years after the Titanic shipwreck is discovered, the steward and sole salvager of the Titanic, RMS Titanic Incorporated, is holding a private auction, in which they will sell over 5,000 artifacts from the wreck site for over $189 million.

2012, 8 min., USA, Documentary, Florida State University
Producer/Director: Alex Mitchell
Cast: Lowell Lyle, Mary Glowack, Glen Doran

 

PAST THEIR PRIME

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A look at the world of geriatric zoo animal care, through Colo–the oldest living gorilla in captivity–on her 55th birthday.

2012, 23 min., USA, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism
Producer/Director: Becca Friedman
Cast: Cola (Gorilla), Audra Meinelt, Dana Hatcher, Dusty Lombardi, Harry Peachey, Jack Hanna, Jerry Seija, Scott Shelley

 

EMERGING DOCUMENTARIES

COLORED MY MIND: DIAGNOSIS

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In this powerful Short Docu-feature by award-winning writer and director Nia T. Hill, we hear the stories of five powerful women including an educator, an actress, a lawyer, a music manager, and a homemaker, as we explore the overlooked world of autism, in particular in Black and Brown communities.  Actors Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker dramatize their stores in this Short appropriately entitled “Diagnosis.”

2012, 19 min., USA, Documentary
Writer/Director: Nia Hill
Producer: Shannon Nash
Cast: Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, John Duffy, Donna Hunter, LaDonna Hughley, Shannon Nash, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tammy McCrary

 

PEOPLE AREN’T ALL BAD

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Born in San Francisco in 1924, Yutaka Kobayashi endured many obstacles in life. As a young boy he was labeled stupid by his teacher for refusing to learn Japanese. Later, after his high school graduation and at the start of World War II, his attempts to enlist in the US Army were refused because of his Japanese heritage. Then, in 1942 he was sent to the Topaz Japanese American Internment Camp. Surprisingly, it was during this dark period in his life that he experienced compassion and kindness from where he least expected it, a gun tower guard from within the Topaz Japanese American Internment Camp.

2012, 4 min., USA, Documentary
Director: Matthew Hashiguchi
Cast: Yutaka Kobayashi (voice)