Pickford Theater: Block 2.1 – Fantasies (10am – 11.35am)


A 3D narrative emotional animation that invigorates cultural inheritance and the integration of dreams, courage, and culture as transformation. By artistically interpreting a motif of inheritance and family support, integrating different cultures“inheritance” through the inspiring story, this film braces strong family love and elder culture in a never-ending chain.

Directed by Zhike Yang, Wenjie Wu, and Han Chen Chang (USA)

The Game

When a videogame obsessed teen stumbles upon a mysterious Curiosity Shop, its proprietor offers him the chance to play a rare game.

Directed by Jack Pochop (USA)

USA premiere

My Mum’s Letters

On this surrealistic tale, we follow Alice, 13, bubbly, colorful and… a Daughter of Death! Every day she receives a letter with a name and does her duty unwillingly. But her views on her job are challenged when she starts developing a relationship with a suicidal teenager. 

Directed by Antonio Sequeira (Portugal)

North America premiere


A young boy watches a cam-girl live-stream while his family waits for dinner.

Directed by Gavin Jennings Harwell (USA)

Los Angeles premiere

Swimming With Fishes

Young and imaginative Leila is ready to do anything to escape the boredom of everyday life with her father. Her new boyfriend seems to be the key to evasion, but she will soon discover that her fantasies are not sham.

Directed by Zachary Ayotte and Dany Foster (Canada)

Los Angeles premiere

Art Is Angst

The frustrated artist is trying to make a painting of a model. He doesn´t find the model doing very well though, and his frustration rapidly rises, until finally he comes up with an especially distinct solution. 

Directed by Björn Granberg Ahlmark (Sweden)


A mischievous eight-year-old discovers a magical wooden box locked inside her house, mistakenly releasing the supernatural danger within it.

Directed by Brando Benetton (USA) 

California premiere

In The Dark

After a boy reads a hidden message from an old storybook, he is haunted by a mysterious creature.

Directed by Michael Leon (USA)