World Arts Film Festival offers short films from more than 30 countries


Amaqqut Nunaat
(The Country of Wolves)

Director: Neil Christopher
Country: Canada
Synopsis: A hunting excursion evolves into an otherworldly encounter as two brothers navigate the spirit realm in this ethereal and haunting animation that celebrates the ancient art of Inuit storytelling.

Faces of New York
Director: Wayne Wood
Country: United States
Synopsis: The human face is impossible to ignore. Its varieties are endless, and its expressive possibilities are seemingly infinite. New York City is one of the world’s great melting pots. It’s a showcase for the human race, as well as the human face. A simple camera gives us license to guiltlessly savor our innate voyeuristic compulsions. It does not steal anything from its subjects; moreover, it allows people to share their humanity anonymously, fixed in a moment of unrehearsed candor. This is a photo-poem that celebrates the physiognomy and multiformity of one of the world’s greatest people-watching pageants.

Family Time
Director: Helen Cotton
Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: This is a short yet intense film about four families who spend a week camping together in the countryside. Filmed by the families themselves, it follows the trials and tribulations of their time away from home. Through different activities, they have the opportunity to get to know each other and overcome their fears. And, most important, they get to share their own problems; indeed, the film reminds us that we are never alone.

Hannah Lost Her Smile

Director: Dani Bowman
Country: United States
Synopsis: One bright morning, Hannah awoke and went to the bathroom to wash her face and brush her teeth. But when she looked at the mirror, to her surprise, she’d lost her smile. Will Hannah ever get her smile back?

Please Resist Me
Artist/Co-Director: Luka Lesson
Country: Australia
Synopsis: Virtual guest Luka Lesson, a hip-hop artist, presents three films, curates segments of the sound environment room and delivers a filmed message from his home in Australia.


Director: Natalie Bogart
Country: United States
Synopsis: Fathom Sphere sets out on International Go Skateboarding Day to document how locals celebrate this holiday. It was filmed in several locations around Northeast Florida including Kona, Monument, Emerson, Atlantic Beach and Downtown, and the response is overwhelmingly positive. Skaters and enthusiasts were excited to see their culture portrayed positively. This documentary showcases skateboarding through the eyes, ears and wheels of locals. Local musicians provide the soundtrack.

Une Balade a la Mer (A Ride Towards The Sea)
Director: Damien Stein
Country: France
Synopsis: In this animated film, a small character decides to go out to face the city and nature to free his goldfish. But the cadence of his own will presents him with numerous surprises: every person, every element of the city he will cross could threaten him.

Sources: World Arts Film Festival and filmmakers

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