Chikya's School is a 2022 directorial debut short film of Deepak Vasant Thokal, set in a small village of Maharashtra. It's a story of a kid "Chikya", his pet dog "Tomya" and two friends. Together they live a normal life enjoying childhood and share a strong bond until one day Tomya dies in a road accident. The movie shows how Chikya, who is deeply saddened by this lose, is affected by different perspectives of people around him, and how his parents and friends try to help him overcome this grief.
Deepak Thokal is an Indian film director from Pune, Maharashtra, India. He is a full time IT employee who discovered his liking for story telling at a very early age. Chikyachi Shala (Chikya's School) is his directorial debut from 2022 with which he has started a new journey of telling story visually.
Director Statement"Chikyachi Shala" (Chikya's School) is a story very close to my heart. Whenever I travel on highway, I see so many animals, specially dogs, dead from accidents with large vehicles. It's unfortunate that we cannot teach these poor souls a lesson on how to cross the road. I have tried telling a story about my feelings for these souls through a small kids character "Chikya". I hope you enjoy the movie but also try to help animals in any which way possible.
The Backyard - Short Documentary - USA
A nature documentary that explores the lives of different animals within a backyard. watch as a Saint Bernard, 2 ducks, and multiple chickens attempt to coexist.
Directed by Saul Cardenas
Spectres - Short Animation - Australia
One million fish die to a frantic beat
golden and silver perch
bony bream with shining spirit skins
their ghostly swim bladders whisper
Gaele Sobott is a writer living on Darug land in Western Sydney, Australia.
Her published works include Colour Me Blue (Heinemann), My Longest Round (Magabala Books) and recent short stories in Verity La, Meanjin, Prometheus Dreaming, New Contrast and the anthologies, Botswana Women Write and Not Quite Right for Us. Her poetry is published in various magazines including Disability Arts Online, Cordite Poetry Review, Plumwood Mountain and New Flash Fiction Review. Her animated poems, I Was Born (Misfit), Dear Rosa, Evacuate and AstroTurf have won awards and been screened internationally. She is the founding director of Outlandish Arts, a disabled-led arts organisation that focuses on words as the catalyst for experimentation and improvisation across various art
Director StatementEarly in 2019, close to one million fish searched for flow, for faster cooler deeper current, desperately fighting to breathe in the lower Darling River. But they failed, suffocated; their bloated, rotting corpses floating on blue-green algae pools, piling up on the banks and dry riverbeds. The deaths of 100-year-old Murray cod, golden and silver perch, bony bream with shining spirit skins haunt me. I grieve for them as I grieve the looming death of the Murray-Darling rivers system. I fear for the lives of farmers, townspeople, wildlife, reptiles, fish, insects, plant life, wetlands and soil that depend on this river system. Geologically speaking, the Murray–Darling Basin is over 200 million years old. The river system stretches 3,200 kilometres from Queensland, down through NSW, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory then into the Murray Mouth at Goolwa, in South Australia.
Atilla - Short Documentary - Iran
A harrased dog is found by animal helpers near a small village in Iran.
They take him to the shelter and cure his disease but soon they find out Attila the dog suffers from an infected leg. As the helpers don't want his leg to be cut off They manage to send Attila to Us via an unbelievable story.
Omid Shenavar was born in Tehran, Iran. He started to study cinema at KCJ academy of cinema on 2012. He's been working on films and Medias science then. He's made several short films and documentaries including Attila.
Omid in now runing Editeto website for helping other artists turning their ideas and concerns to films.
In a rural town of Southern California, the mayor is a Golden Retriever named Max, a beacon of positivity to the citizens of Idyllwild. In this heart warming documentary, we discover how the dynasty of golden retriever mayor's came to be, the family behind the mayor, and how a community has blossomed over its newfound beloved, furry leader.
Brandon Sanchez is a 21-years old student and aspiring filmmaker.
He loves storytelling, and loves being told a story, wether its through music, film, photography, or any art form, it's a true appreciation that I have for listening and creating. I'm a very fruity individual and have a heart for sob stories. Three fun facts about me are:
1. I never learned how to ride a bike
2. I DID learn how to ride a scooter
3. I moved to California from Arizona when I was 19 to study film
This is the first documentary I created, and it's incredibly special to me and the citizens of Idyllwild, California. It was made with lots of love, and words can't explain how eager I am to have it be viewed by people who share the same appreciation as I do. I sincerely hope it's chosen to be shared!
Off the coast of Central Africa lies an isolated island, covered by primeval rainforest and surrounded by dark ocean waters, inhabited by a greater variety of species than nearly any other place on Earth this terra incognita is called BIOKO.
The ruler of this realm is one of the world's least known primate species, the drill. Historically revered, indigenous folklore tells us of a drill king who ruled the island’s forests, a place where drills still play a critical role in the health of an ecosystem known to scientists as a biodiversity hotspot. Bordering this kingdom is the black sand coastline, an ancient nesting ground for giant sea turtles and home to natural wonders. This film explores the secret lives of drills and their mysterious island home as we follow a family group and a newborn who discovers this tropical paradise with all its challenges for the first time.
Oliver Goetzl has worked for NDR, BBC, DISNEYNATURE, SILVERBACK FILMS, WILD HORIZONS, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, ANIMAL PLANET, SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL, ARD, ORF, TERRA MATER, S4C, ARTE, SVT, WDR and ZDF and filmed in various countries: India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Canada, U.S.A., Africa (Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana), Finland, Sweden, Norway (+ Svalbard), Italy, Poland, Estonia and Germany.
A man-child sets off to buy a new cage for his beloved hamster, but is enticed into a world of hedonism. He must become resourceful to make ends meet
Andrew Bateman is Denver, Colorado based filmmaker, sound designer, and educator. Prior to Loose Change: A Memoir of Childhood, Andrew worked in documentary film and multimedia journalism. Currently he teaches for the University of Colorado Denver, Department of Film and Television.
Andrew received a MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and a MA in American Studies from the University of New Mexico where he wrote his master’s thesis on the prescient and omnipresent artist Sun Ra.
The narrative throughline of Loose Change: A Memoir of Childhood is based on my own experience as a kid where I walked an awful long way to a pet store to buy my hamster, Rodent, a new cage. Only to find when I returned home no more rodent. This is not the only element of autobiography in Loose Change, but the most direct. For the most part, Loose Change is a look at my own delayed adolescence of spending money in places and on things that might not have been the wisest, but nonetheless a part of growing up.
Memories of childhood, or at least mine, are a bit obscure and often leading to the dots not connecting, however the structure of feeling remains. This is what I attempted to capture in this film, hence the vivid production design and use of the wide angle lens.
Loose Change: A Memoir of Childhood has been over 11 years in the process of making. The script was first developed in graduate school, and then slowly produced as I learned how to be a fiction filmmaker. Along the way I received tremendous support from my former and current students and colleagues at the University of Colorado Denver. In particular, Jaime King, Nasheka Richardson, and Yonas Seltene were the first students to profoundly demonstrate their belief in me and the film, quickly followed by my wickedly talented colleague Jessica McGaugh who signed on to be Director of Photography.
Loose Change: A Memoir of Childhood marks my first expression as a fiction filmmaker.
Lucky Doug - Feature Narrative - USA
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