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About the Showcase:
Since 1989, The American Pavilion has offered unparalleled experiences in Cannes to film students and emerging filmmakers from around the world. The Emerging Filmmaker Showcase provides an opportunity for filmmakers to have their works seen by Cannes Festival and Film Market attendees. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Finalist Films screened online during our virtual showcase. This year we are beginning the 2021 showcase with preview virtual screenings (January, February and March) leading up to the final 2021 selections. Finalist films will be screened at a future Festival in Cannes.

In the meantime, we will virtually showcase these exceptional and diverse films to our American Pavilion audiences for a limited time. Each of our four categories of films (Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, LGBTQ Showcase, Student Showcase and High School Film Showcase) will be followed by a scheduled live Q&A with the filmmakers.

 

THE AMERICAN PAVILION
EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE
PREVIEW SELECTION OF
2021 FINALIST FILMS

WATCH JANUARY PREVIEW SHOWCASE Q&A HERE!

 

MARCH PREVIEW

March 19–21, 2021
with Filmmaker Q&A on Sun, March 21 at 3pm PT (6pm ET)

EMERGING FILMMAKER LGBTQ SHOWCASE

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THE TAILOR
2020, 16:24 min., Canada, Drama/Romance/LGBTQ

Writer/Director: Nathalie Therriault
Producer:
Mike Johnston, Andy Alvarez
Cast:
Megan Danso, Hiro Kanagawa
A gender non-conforming person struggling to assert their identity unexpectedly finds courage in an aging master tailor.


EMERGING FILMMAKER STUDENT SHOWCASE

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DHIVARAH: A WAY OF LIFE
2020, 12:12 min., (subtitles), India, Environmental/Documentary,
Full Sail University


Producer/Director: Giridhar Nayak K
This documentary offers insights into the effects of climate change and industrial fishing on the livelihoods of indigenous fishing communities in India.


EMERGING FILMMAKER HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE

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FOUR
2021, 5:36 min., USA, Drama, High School

Writer/Director: Paxton Stadler
Producer: Emily Skyle-Golden
Cast: Jasmeet Baduwalia, Hunter Holt, Jacqueline Fisher, Gregory Klino
A young teen wrestles with his obsessive urges, while his family struggles to understand his compulsive behavior.

 

FEBRUARY PREVIEW

February 19–21, 2021
with Filmmaker Q&A on Sun, Feb 21 at 3pm PT (6pm ET)

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EMERGING FILMMAKER STUDENT SHOWCASE

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BECOMING WONDER WOMAN

2019, 7:36 min., USA, Documentary, Florida State University

Producer/Writer/Director: Chase Davis
Cinematographer: Taylor Ross
Cast: Heather Abbott
A determined woman utilizes the symbol of Wonder Woman to rally herself, her family, and her community in her fight against stage four breast cancer.

 

EMERGING FILMMAKER LGBTQ SHOWCASE

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PURE
2020, 12:20 min., USA, Drama/Coming-of-age/LGBTQ, New York
University Tisch School of the Arts

Writer/Director: Natalie Jasmine Harris
Producers: Alexyss Robinson, Natalie Jasmine Harris
Director of Photography: Khalea Ross Robinson
Cast: Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew, Josca Moore, Jacob Daniel Smith,
Aaron Casey, Jamon Adams, Renée Harrison, Tianne K. Johnson, Jonathon
Muñez, Yohance Barton, Kyle Price
On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer
identity and questions her purity.

 

EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

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US MX
2019, 16 min., USA, Drama/Thriller/Sci-Fi

Writer/Director: Joseph O. Hooten
Producer: Liliana Granados, Don Ohmer, Connor Hall, Chase Block
Cast: Atala Arce, Casey Lopez, Jay Phoenix
In the not too distant future, Leah and her daughter Ariel race against the clock to immigrate across the U.S./Mexican border before sunrise. As officers close in, the direction they run becomes less and less clear.

 

EMERGING FILMMAKER HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE

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091319.MOV
2020, 5 min., USA, Drama, ʻIolani School

Producer/Writer/Director
: Kunwoo Kim
Cast: Kunwoo Kim, Min Kim
Told through the eyes of a high school teen, this film depicts the lonely reality of studying abroad layered with the spoken and unspoken nuances communicated between a mother and son. Set during the backdrop of the global pandemic, the film portrays the acute ripple effects of Covid-19 that impact lives, shatter families, and alter commonplace routines once taken for granted. The film takes place in idyllic Hawaii, yet nothing is ever as it seems.

 

JANUARY PREVIEW

EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

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1, 2, 3, ALL EYES ON ME
2020, 15 min., USA, Drama

Director
: Emil Gallardo
Writer: Emil Gallardo, Derek Ho
Producer: Emil Gallardo, My-Hahn Lac, Derek Ho
Cast: Farelle Walker, Blanca Ordaz, Armand Munoz
When a crisis suddenly engulfs an elementary school campus, Ms. Leena, a determined art teacher, tries everything she can to save her frightened class.


EMERGING FILMMAKER STUDENT SHOWCASE

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BETWEEN THE LINES: LIZ AT LARGE
2020, 4:32 min., USA, Documentary, The George Washington University

Director/ Producer
: Abi Cole
Writers: Abi Cole, Meghan Shea
Executive Producer: Meghan Shea
Associate Producer: Fiona Chong
Cinematographers: Abi Cole, Mike Rogers
Editors: Abi Cole, David Flood
Cast: Liz Montague
Liz Montague first emailed The New Yorker’s cartoon editor out of frustration that all of the illustrations featured white subjects. She began contributing to the magazine in 2019 and became the first Black, female cartoonist in The New Yorker’s near century run. Montague’s cartoons push the publication’s boundaries through focussing on the intersection of self and social awareness in an accessible style with clean lines and representative subjects. Montague sketches a world in which Black women are the main characters.

 

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HURRICANE
2020, 19:24 min., USA, Drama, University of Southern California

Director: JLee MacKenzie
Writer: Mitchell Graham Colley
Producer: Mitchell Graham Colley, Shardé Miller
Cast: Lily Oliver, Leah Zhang
As a young girl grapples with her mother’s absence, a chance encounter with a woman coping with the loss of her son creates an unlikely friendship. 


EMERGING FILMMAKER HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE

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A SHIP CALLED LILI: THE LILLIAN TRILLING STORY
2020, 9:34 min,.,USA, Animation/Documentary, Harvard-Westlake School, The Righteous Conversations Project

Writer/Director: Natasha Clement, Alexa Druyanoff, Ian Kim, Dovely King, Eve Levy, Idalis McZeal, Ella Moriarty, Gracie Sandman, Hank Schoen
Producer: C. Lily Ericsson, Cheri Gaulke, Samara Hutman
Cast: Lillian Trilling
A Ship Called Lili: The Lillian Trilling Story is an animated film about Holocaust survivor and activist Lillian Trilling which chronicles her life at age 12 of escaping the Warsaw Ghetto, surviving a #MeToo experience, working as a nanny in a German castle, and her eventual liberation and journey to America.

 

Thank you to our Prize Award Sponsors:

KCETLink Media Group’s FINE CUT Festival of Films
Simple DCP
Screening Services Group
Final Draft
Michael Wiese Productions Books
ESE Film Workshops Online
Write Brothers Movie Magic Screenwriter
International Documentary Association (IDA)

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