// Presented as part of Filmatique's FLMTQ Talents 2019 Series //
Spotlight on FLMTQ Talents 2019: The Short Film Program
Coinciding with Filmatique Talents 2019's Feature Film Program, Filmatique is hosting ten shorts from exciting new filmmakers from the United States, Brazil, Canada and Greece.
Exploring issues of feminism in modern times, the resilience of youth, the illusory nature of relationships, performance and love, these shorts are available to watch for free in the US and Canada.
1. The Critic by Stella Velon / **WATCH NOW!**
USA / 2018 / 15'
A starry-eyed actress with a troubled past faces her harshest critic during an interview gone wrong. The Critic premiered at Boston, Manchester Kinofilm and Queen Palm International Film Festival, where it won Best Short, Best Actress.
2. Women's March by Victoria Stevens **WATCH NOW!**
USA / 2019 / 4'
While attending the Women's March, Rachel and her brother quickly become separated. Alone and terrified, Rachel searches for her older brother but in the process comes across a cast of characters, each with their own reasons for marching. From these interactions, the young girl gradually becomes more aware of the positive and empowering space the march provides.
3. Mini Miss by Rachel Ellis **WATCH NOW!**
Brazil / 2018 / 15'
Five young girls compete to be crowned Mini Miss Baby Brazil. Filmed entirely from the perspective of a 4-year-old girl, Mini Miss provides a unique insight into early childhood experiences and children's innate capacity for resistance in a world dominated by adult norms and desires. Produced by Brazilian filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro, Rachel Ellis's short film Mini Miss premiered at True/False.
4. Love Theories / Ally by Hans Neumann **WATCH NOW!**
USA / 2018 / 15'
Love Theories / Ally is the first part of a tetralogy about different people's view on love. During a weekend retreat Ally, a young New Yorker, has an encounter with an acquaintance.
5. Asleep by Oleg J **WATCH NOW!**
Canada / 2017 / 8'
In the future, the things we own take on more human nature, partially by design to make us feel more comfortable. Meanwhile, owners become more mechanical to one another and the things they own. This proceeds naturally from a collective thought— that everything could be replaced, there are no more ephemeral moments, everything is recorded, logged and could be called back with a snap of a finger. The idea of romance slowly fades into the memory of an older generation. This is where we find Nicole, trying figure out her current relationship and why it's not working. Asleep premiered at Toronto Shorts International Film Festival, Vancouver Short Film Festival, Le Petit Cannes Film Festival, and Fantasia Fest.
6. Meatballs by Chrys Barmpas **WATCH NOW**
Greece / 2017 / 15'
Panagiotis, an introverted young architect, is in the perfect relationship. Lena, his partner, embodies everything he desires, just like he discusses with a particularly attentive man in an office. But all the characteristics that once seemed heavenly to Panagiotis, now have become a living hell. Meatballs premiered at Athens, Pireus, Alexandreia, Aegean, Bridges International Film Festival, and the Golden Knight Malta International Short Film Festival.
7. Hidden by Farzad Ostovarzadeh **STARTING APRIL 25**
France / 2018 / 22'
Parham, a young Iranian boy, feels undermined by his younger step-brother. While playing at the beach one day the two have a psychological and physical confrontation; soon after the step-brother falls ill and dies. Unsure of his role in this series of misfortune events, Parham must confront his inner guilt. Hidden premiered at AFI Fest.
8. E.T.A. by Talia Levin **STARTING APRIL 25**
France / 2018 / 5'
While waiting alone in a bus station, uncertain and insecure, one woman fights the urge to isolate herself and instead connects to the strangers around her to build a community. Set to an original song created specifically for the project, E T A combines the languages of music, dance, and film to communicate the power of unity as a peaceful weapon against the threat of division. E T A premiered at ScreenDance Film Festival Stockholm, Dance Films Association, and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth where it won the Audience Award.
9. Claire by Cate Smierciak **STARTING MAY 2**
USA / 2014 / 14'
On her first night in Berlin, a young woman gathers the courage to go out alone. A meeting with a few locals at her corner bar, however, leads her to more adventure than she bargained for. Claire premiered at Nashville, Mount Hood, Long Beach Indie, Montreal, Minneapolis Underground, Tallgrass, International Changing Perspectives Film Festival, Glovebox Film Festival, and the Gwinnet Center International Film Festival.
10. Prude by Devyn Grassya **STARTING MAY 2**
USA / 2017 / 10'
A portrait of a young woman struggling with self-confidence while learning the harsh reality of the objectification of women. Prude premiered at Temple University Diamond Screen Student Film Festival, The Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest, The Women's Film Festival, Cape May Film Society, 'Hang Onto Your Shorts' Film Festival, Jelly FEST, New York Lift-Off Film Festival, LA Underground Film Forum, and BLOW-UP International Arthouse Film Fest - Chicago.