Director BIO: Mark Cira (SWEET YOYA)

Director – Mark Cira

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Mark Cira was born in Toronto, Canada. He is a writer and director, known for Sweet Yoyo(2017), Armie (2018) and Petting Scorpions (2017). As part of the award-winning collective The Young Astronauts, a company known for their international films, commercials and music videos, his work continues to be recognized around the world.

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Short Film: HIGH CALORIE, 17min., Turkey, Family/Drama

High calorie posterHigh Calorie is a tale about a very fat boy ‘Meftun’ who lives with his grandmom in Istanbul. Due to his obesity, some people have prejudices towards him. However, he is happy and at peace with himself. One day he meets a girl named Sahika on the internet. Although Meftun show his face and body, Sahika hides her face on the webcam. She stipulates that she will show her face fully, in case Meftun loses a great deal of weight. Therefore, Meftun starts a diet and does a lot of physical exercises in order to get the deal through. During this slimming process, Meftun experiences some funny and touching occasions. He often visualizes Sahika’s face while he’s running. Due to some bad incidents, he takes guard against Sahika and forces her to reveal her face from then on.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 25, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Turkey
  • Country of Filming:
    Turkey
  • Film Language:
    Turkish
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Emily Eaglin (SWEETER)

Director Biography – Emily Eaglin

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Emily Eaglin is a film major and art history minor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. In addition to being an actor and filmmaker, she is passionate about activism regarding race relations, gender equality, LGBT+ rights, and access to education. In her spare time she babysits and organizes with Baltimore frontline activists, both inspired her to write the short Sweeter.

Director BIO: Diana Losen (PRIEST TO PRIEST)

Director Biography – Diana Losen

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Diana Losen graduated with her MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University in June 2016. Immediately after graduating, Diana acted in A Red Orchid’s production of Sick by Seven and was named a 2016 Academy Awards Nicholls Fellowship semifinalist for her screenplay The Brief & Brilliant Reign of Billy Tread. She went on to produce the world premiere of the play Taught by Mercedes Lake at the American Theater of Actors in New York City. Priest to Priest is her first short film.

Director Statement

I write and direct coming-of-age screenplays and teleplays navigated by protagonists who wield humor like a weapon as they fight to survive, find purpose, and grow up. I craft worlds that mirror our own but also veer off into the fantastical, using supernatural situations to provide escape and metaphor. My stories emphasize the value of the unconventional families we create for ourselves and explore the darker side of young love with romances of the forbidden or doomed variety. I’m interested in examining The Big Things such as meaning and our human obsession with it, the kaleidoscope of identity, and what sets us free. I write stories that capture the strangeness of adolescence, the melancholy of childhood, and the irony of adulthood.

Short Film: PRIEST TO PRIEST, 9min., USA, Family/Drama

LOGLINE: A nine-year-old priest seeks a mentor to help him defeat the antichrist, a devious middle-school bully.

SYNOPSIS:
Billy Tread (9) delivers a passionate prayer and is overheard by the unconventional, wise Father Williams. Billy introduces himself to Father Williams as a fellow priest but before he can ask for his counsel in defeating the antichrist (Axel Greene, grade 7) he must listen to Father William’s strange confession.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 8, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Till Gmuer (ABOUT PATIENCE)

Director Biography – Till Gmuer

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1983 – 1986
Self-taught learning and experimenting with Super-8 film.

1987 – 1992
Teacher education in Lucerne

1994 – 2001
The hobby becomes a profession by a professional Videoproducer

2001 – 2002
Marketing and image communication by an agency

2002 – 2004
Preparation course at the School of Design, Bern and eidg. Diploma Examination Multimedia Coordinator.

Since 2002
independent video producer

Director Statement

 

It’s about believing in yourself. You have to stay true to your goals and ideas.
It is about assertiveness, one’s own will, it is about self-realization, about the development of one’s own strengths and unequal prerequisites. And also to promote the acceptance of partial performance weaknesses against the background of today’s school situation.

The topic is global and timeless.

I want to see children laughing!

Short Film: ABOUT PATIENCE, 24min., Switzerland, Family/Drama

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He scores goals like Ronaldo. Though reading out loud or writing doesn’t work as well. But as shy Noah falls in love with a girl, neither nimble feet nor a quick tongue matter and the key to fortune is something else: patience.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Über die Geduld
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama, Childhood
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 CHF
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    Swiss German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital ProRes422HQ HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color