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GREAT FILMS FOR NEXT FESTIVAL

With just the submissions we've had so far there's going to be a deep, diverse array of exceptional world cinema in the December Festival.The next WorldFilm.com festival begins on December 1 and runs through to December 31, 2018. And submissions are open till 23 November. WorldFilm.com is an online film festival that showcases and rewards independent films from around the world with audience and jury awards.

We'll be sending out regular updates over the next few weeks.

Just go to https://worldfilm.com or go to our Facebook page.

FILM SUBMISSIONS FOR THE NEXT WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

The next WorldFilm.com festival begins on December 1 and runs through to December 31, 2018. And submissions are open till 23 November. WorldFilm.com has been designed by filmmakers for filmmakers and film lovers. If you are a filmmaker, submissions are open till 23 November. Just go to https://worldfilm.com.
It is a global competition for the best films in the following categories:
• Feature Drama
• Short Drama
• Documentary
• Animation
• Art House

Just go to https://worldfilm.com.

Best Feature Drama - A Sublime Life

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And the Winner of The Best Feature Film is A Sublime Life (Uma Vida Sublime).

This is a compelling Portuguese thriller with an unique story line, deep with surprise twists and turns. Dr. Ivan makes sure his patients value their lives whether they want to or not. His methods are both benignly mischievous and sadistic, as he moves between his public and hidden self.

Best Short Drama - 4'9

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In a close run contest for Best Short Film, the winner is 4'9.

This Spanish short impressed the judges with its clever telling of an educational tale. Charmingly told and powerfully acted, this poignant tale about education and the impact of childhood on an adult’s destiny beat the other nominees to the line.

Best Animation - Onión

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Choosing the Festival’s Best Animation wasn’t easy but the casting vote gave it to Onión.

Hysterically sharp satire, Onión combines a hyper real send up of present day vanity and New Age obsessions, with truly fantastic animation of the most compellingly surreal kind. In 22 short minutes, award winning Argentinian director, Zaramella, shows why his cinema magic has amazed film lovers around the globe. Funny, perceptive and totally out of this World.

Best Documentary - Cacu, a Change for Life

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The Jury Is In.  The Winner of the Best Documentary is Cacu: a Change for Life.

With  delightful characters, a profound message and  magical Caribbean scenery, Cacu proved itself worthy of The Best Documentary. The scintillating, uplifting story follows a group of traditional fisherman transform from the worst enemies, to the most steadfast allies of the Dominican Republic’s endangered turtles.

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Feature Drama

Ana’s Commission

Year
2017
Duration
101 minutes
Director
Igor Šmid
Location
Slovenian

The contextual framework of “Ana’s commission” is the current phenomenon of tycoon (or white-collar) scandals in Slovenia.

In the foreground of Ana's commission there is a story of a personal and intimate drama of Ana Mlejnik, a photographer and designer, triggered by tycoon dealings of her husband Sašo Mlejnik, a seemingly successful businessman, who keeps his business entirely secret from his wife and the mother of their daughter, Lina.

Sašo’s cleverly disguised greed that clouds his judgement between good and evil results in a situation Sašo can no longer handle: he disappears into the unknown. Ana and Lina become helpless victims of an invisible tycoon criminal group. Inside this dramatic overturn there is even more: a story of betrayal, relationship, friendship and love.

A subtle and especially important thematic parallel is the attitude of society towards Ana and Lina after they become helpless victims of circumstances: the environment does not believe that Ana did not play a part, or at least that she doesn't know of her husband's wrongdoings. In the beginning of the story, Ana’s profound empathy for fellow humans in distress leads her to photograph refugees crossing blade fences at the border.

The completely unexpected twist at the end is thus an even greater shock for Ana: metaphorically, Ana and Lina become refugees too…

Steppe Man

Year
2012
Duration
80 minutes
Director
Shamil Aliyev
Location
Azerbaijan

One steppe man is living far from the cities closely communicating with the nature. His father teaches him all wisdom of the steppe life.

After his father’s death he met with the young woman who came from the village.

Meeting with her is a new page in his life and a huge step into the big and unfamiliar life ahead..

The Return of the Wolf

Year
2018
Duration
108 minutes
Director
Mario Tondato
Location
Argentina

An old man tries to recover his memory.

A woman wants to find her daughter.

A sinister world awaits them.

Timeless

Year
2018
Duration
62 minutes
Director
Hilnando Souto Mendes
Location
Brazil

The film is a psychological drama that flirts with science fiction and approaches the delicate universe of João (Gabriel Pardal) a guy that tries to put a somewhat unusual plan into practice – stop time. And in order to do that he will have to commit some kind of social suicide.
Isolated in his tiny rear apartment in a forgotten neighbourhood, on a dystopian Rio de Janeiro, neglected by many but resided by the only ones who didn’t have the chance to leave before the great crisis, proves that stopping time becomes an arduously lonely journey that will make João face extreme consequences.

Yorozuya Detective Story

Year
2017
Duration
91 minutes
Director
Touji Sawamura
Location
Japan

Shiro becomes obsessed with detective work after stumbling upon the ghostly abode of his childhood television hero, detective Jubei Yagyu.

In flashbacks evoking the campiness of ’70s Japanese television, Shiro reminisces about the man’s deeds and almost superhuman capability for solving mysteries.

However, after Shiro’s own detective agency opens for business, he and his Watson-like partner Mio find themselves bored of being hired by neighbours for the occasional odd job.

They crave a real mystery worthy of Jubei.

Short Drama

A Young Girl

Year
2018
Duration
17 minutes
Director
Jeannice Adriaansens
Location
Belgium

A grieving elderly and rather confused farmer is slowly losing touch with reality.

After the sudden death of her husband she has to face numerous challenges in her daily life.

Also there is financial turmoil and the upcoming auction of her farm.

Can her son Geert save both his mother and the farm?

Akila

Year
2018
Duration
16 minutes
Director
Faula Herve
Location
France

Late in the night, Master (Me) Charles, stops by car in front of a bus shelter.

A girl waits by herself, she missed her bus. He proposes to the girl to accompany her, she agrees.

Mr. Charles has a very specific goal, but nothing is going to happen as expected.

Alina

Year
2017
Duration
5 minutes
Director
Faula Hervé
Location
France

Daria, a Russian girl wakes up after a nightmare. Alina is by her side and does everything to comfort her but something worries her.

Arrested Prisoners

Year
2018
Duration
20 minutes
Director
Alisson Sbrana
Location
Brazil

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Arriving

Year
2017
Duration
4 minutes
Director
K & J Prada
Location
Spain

Arriving…

Astelehena

Year
2018
Duration
24 minutes
Director
Jon Urraza
Location
Spain

Anita and Beti have to prepare the interview for an adoption but they do not have the same point of view about the strategy they need to follow.

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Ethereal

Year
2018
Duration
6 minutes
Director
Carlos Cobos Aroca
Location
Spain

Time's running while a stunned mother struggles against the melancholy of the strongest love in this world.

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Healers

Year
2017
Duration
16 minutes
Director
Olivier Lucas
Location
France

A little boy tiptoes around the studio of a strange man.

The little boy is facing an important decision: shall he accept this man, this father that he doesn’t know?

At the moment he is waiting and watching this odd fellow…

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Hold

Year
2017
Duration
13 minutes
Director
Christopher O’Donnell
Location
United Kingdom

Inspired by true events the film tells the story of two South American women living and working as cleaners in London.

After years of working in poor conditions and poor pay the women decide to take a stand against the large corporation that employs them and fight for a living wage.

The film looks at the effects this decision has on their work life, home life and their friendship.

I am a reflection

Year
2018
Duration
2 minutes
Director
Faula Hervé
Location
France

The day after her birthday party, Alice is faced with a mysterious mirror, placed in her living room. She will be destabilized by a paranormal actuvity.

Look at me for a moment

Year
2018
Duration
24 minutes
Director
Muhammad Gharibi & Reza Sheykhlani
Location
Iran

The story is about a woman who has a pregnancy-related depression and worries about her baby's birthday, which had a bitter memory since that day!

This condition has put her in a mental crisis…

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Rreze

Year
2018
Duration
12 minutes
Director
Lorena Sopi
Location
Kosovo

On the ninth birthday, during the 1999 war, Rreze Abdullahu has written the Diary of Fear. In that significant day, she didn’t except any gifts or any birthday-party.

She had only one wish: She didn’t want to die.

That day, Rreze went towards the Serbian soldier who was guarded the area and said to him: ‘Today, it is my birthday, and I don’t want to die!...I just want to be alive’. The soldier began to cry.

Rreze got stoned, she thought the soldiers never cry. Eighteen years later, upon the ruins of the past, Rreze appears in desperation with the world that doesn’t appear to be any better.

This film has been based upon the true Diary of Rreze Adbullahu.

Shooting a Dark Horse

Year
2018
Duration
41 minutes
Director
Pablo Fuentes Fernandez
Location
Spain

María has returned to the house where she grew up after twelve years without going. There she can get a lot of material for her new photography exhibition.

Everything is perfect until one night, a noise coming from the floor below catches Maria's attention. She feels that all the people of that village hide something, including Luis, her only friend and with whom she shares a small story of summer love.

Every day that passes everything is stranger and the noises coming from the floor below are stronger every night.

The Blank Page

Year
2018
Duration
19 minutes
Director
Mohamed Nadjib Lamraoui
Location
Algeria

Hakim, Writer, experiences « the blank page » syndrome. But his lack of inspiration results from a dilemma with very painful ends.

Should he follow his vision of literature or give in to social pressure that encourages him to please the demand ?

His wife, tired of their financial troubles, ended up leaving him with their child. His publisher only seeks to make a maximum profit.

The Dormant Season

Year
2018
Duration
19 minutes
Director
Vincent Malaisé
Location
France

At the beginning of the cycle of dormant season, when the vine will have to live on its reserves, Melanie is sent back from the vineyard that employs it.

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The Mail Carrier

Year
2018
Duration
16 minutes
Director
Sven Olters
Location
Estonia

Older man Viktor, who is stuck in his everyday routine, has to decide, either to make a brave move and confess his feelings to the woman he’s loved for all his life, or be lonely until the end of his days.

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The Rope

Year
2017
Duration
30 minutes
Director
Boris Dobrovolskiy
Location
Russia

The son stole part of his father’s money and now he comes back to steal the rest. The rope is waiting for him at home. The father wants his son to hang himself as atonement for what he has done. The son decides to torture his father to make him reveal where the money has been hidden.

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Yet another break-up

Year
2017
Duration
17 minutes
Director
Bier Michaël
Location
Belgium

Thierry wants to leave Sacha but can’t find the courage to tell her. However, not for want of trying…

Art House

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Amoled

Year
2018
Duration
6 minutes
Director
Ivan Casajús Guaita
Location
Spain

Today it’s a sunny day. Alain goes out to have a walk… but always with his cellphone at hand, of course.

Brief Encounter

Year
2018
Duration
14 minutes
Director
Dimitris Panakis
Location
Greece

The ex-husband and the lover meet by chance at the grave of the woman with whom they both had a relationship.

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Chanson à Part

Year
2017
Duration
10 minutes
Director
Pierre Bessette
Location
Chile, France

A young woman wanders the deserted expanses with a rolling suitcase.

A father appears on her skin like a tattoo.

A journey between two distresses where poetry is the only salvation.

End Of

Year
2018
Duration
7 minutes
Location
Spain

A priest and a cabaret waitress are waiting at a deserted bus stop on a quiet dusty road. He sits alone, weary from traveling and afflicted by emotional and religious duality.

As he sits and waits, he is plagued by disturbing visions. She appears at the bus stop, takes out a bible and starts to read. She too is struggling to fight off her last demons and visualizes ending his life. Both are looking for a way to escape and find true freedom.

They are sitting on the razor’s edge. She jots something down and appears inspired. Eventually she gives up and invites him to join her. Looking to overcome fear, suffering, prejudice and inhibitions, they take off their clothes and walk away together.

IGUHIT (To Draw)

Year
2018
Duration
8 minutes
Director
Dominic Francia
Location
Philippines

An artist tries to draw a woman's face but his hands contradict each other preventing him to finish it.

Palindrome

Year
2018
Duration
24 minutes
Director
David Ronner
Location
Germany

Hidden beneath mountains of century-old film reels the archivist Henri has found fatal evidence that society is soon to collapse.

But will he be able to convince his patrons about his discovery?

A film playing with sound, space and time.

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The last Vermouth

Year
2018
Duration
23 minutes
Director
Germain Aguesse
Location
France

1998, France : three old friends, mountain farmers, meet each other one evening to celebrate Serge’s retirement, the group leader. They drink too excessively and wake up much later.

As they realise they don't have alcohol anymore, they decide to go down to the nearest village to refuel. By the time they arrive there, they realise that the dead have come back to life and attack the living.

During an escape, they meet an old priest who helps the remaining survivors and decide to unit to survive.

What Remains

Year
2016
Duration
76 minutes
Director
Humberto Giancristofaro
Location
Brazil

Freely inspired by the classic German novel, “The Magic Mountain”, by Thomas Mann, the film follows the last days of Clavdia Chauchat (Isabél Zuaa) in a sanatorium for the treatment of respiratory diseases. In trying to say goodbye to Hans Castorp (Vicente Coelho), she has to deal with the confession of an unpronounced love. In space-time comings and goings, both make an effort of resignification of their affections so that they can move forward.

Documentary

Belonging

Year
2017
Duration
39 minutes
Director
Judith Beuth & Jasmin Brutus
Location
Bosnia and Herzegovina

“This is Zejd – he’s a great student, only he can’t hear.” In order for Zejd to be able to go to school like the other children, and in order for him to not merely have this right in theory, on paper, his teacher Sanela and his parents get together with his classmates to make sure that the lessons are inclusive. In so doing not only Zejd and his fellow students make progress – everyone involved learns a great deal.

In a still war-torn Sarajevo, the collective efforts of a schoolteacher & parents to create a learning environment for a deaf boy, without government aid, becomes a success story that gives new life to the inclusionary education debate worldwide.

In 2016, Sanela Ljumanovic, a teacher in a typical Sarajevo grade school was approached by the mother of six-year-old Zejd Coralic with a question: would Sanela be willing to allow Zejd, who is deaf, to be included in the class. Though the Bosnian government has adopted laws around integrating special-needs children into schools, they have done little in the way of providing the resources and basic conditions needed to put them into practice. In spite of that, Sanela agreed without hesitation. Fortunately for Zejd, the other parents - primarily the mothers - and the teacher were very sensitive to his problem, and worked together to find a solution. They self-financed the hiring of a sign-language-teacher who taught not only Zejd, but the entire class as well.

Escape to Costa Rica

Year
2018
Duration
52 minutes
Director
Libor Spacek
Location
Costa Rica

The episode of the trilogy Escape to Costa Rica.

The Costa Rica jungle is home to over half a million species. It hides unseen mysteries of life, only a fraction of which have ever been discovered by humans. Most of the creatures that the creators captured during their journey display exceptional abilities – basilisks that can run across the surface of water, frogs that change into leaves, sloths that live largely upside-down, and Atta leafcutter ants, whose antibiotic production would be the envy of any pharmaceutical giant. Equally worthy of attention are the feathered denizens of the jungle, such as toucans and tanagers, and macaws, which Project Ara works tirelessly to rescue and use to repopulate their territory.

Costa Ricans are well aware of their extraordinary natural wealth, and they protect their treasure with an exceptional range of national parks and protected areas. The jungle can, however, be dangerous. It’s a test for anybody who wishes to explore it – the jungle will try their determination, courage, and ability to observe, listen, and blend in. The reward is unexpected self-knowledge.

JOHN COUSINS & UNIVERSITY OF THE WAVES

John Cousins & University of the Waves

Year
2018
Duration
76 minutes
Director
Manfred Waffender
Location
New Zealand

Portrait of a musician: sonic artist John Cousins, born in 1944 in Wellington, New Zealand.

His credo he takes from a poem by Pablo Neruda:

‘I need the sea, because it teaches me. I don’t know if I learn music or awareness…The fact is that until I fall asleep, in some magnetic way I move in the university of the waves.?

John Cousins presents his multi channel works exclusively in his own studio in Christchurch – to a single listener at a time.

As source material for his compositions he uses field recordings, interviews and his own voice.

The film was shot in different locations in New Zealand, chiefly around the Paturau River Mouth on the Northwest coast of the South Island. It is presented in a 5.1 surround sound mix.

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The Foreign son

Year
2015
Duration
79 minutes
Director
Abdallah Badis
Location
France, Qatar

Answering the “call” of his native Algeria, of which he only retains childhood memories, 50-year-old Omar returns there after many years. There seems to be a path unfolding just for him, and it is tortuous.

A providential child will guide him. The apparently pristine wilderness is heavy with the past of the land. Along a fine line between reality and fantasy, this past will surface through archive footage.

The uncanny trip will lead Omar to paradoxically connect with a land he hardly knows, and allow his intimate reunion with an estranged family.

Where It All Began

Year
2016
Duration
36 minutes
Director
Loris Fiore aka Victor Vegan
Location
United Kingdom

Where it all began is a documentary about the worlwide and english history of football.

Animation

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A flash of a second

Year
2018
Duration
2 minutes
Director
Vivian Tsang
Location
United States

The story is about a girl met a cat coincidentally in a storm night. They gained trust and became friends.

Feminam

FEMINAM

Year
2017
Duration
2 minutes
Director
Marijka De Belie
Location
Belgium

The movie FEMINAM, Latin for woman is an autonomous visual work by Marijke De Belie in which the artist plays with representations of women throughout the centuries.

Still it has not become a scientifical chronological enumeration of all female icons but more a flood of images like the one we experience in our REM sleep. For this she uses a direct animation technique.

With a black aquarel pencil on a white panel of wood she registers the drawing process itself, in an authentic and uncomplicated drawing style.

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Here

Year
2014
Duration
3 minutes
Director
Marcos Carrasco
Location
United States

“Ten years from now, twenty years from now, you will see: oil will bring us Ruin… Oil is the Devil's excrement.’

Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso
(Venezuelan diplomat, politician and lawyer primarily responsible for the inception and Creation of OPEC.)

Based on this apocalyptic quote by Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso “HERE” is a surrealistic portrait of war for Oil.

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