A journey of spirit, transformation and the many faces of oneness.
Eight year old RONNIE lives in a dystopian society where it’s inhabitants wear government issued animal masks to keep the peace. When a new neighbor moves in next door, their mutual curiosity for discovering true appearance is piqued despite strict surveillance and the world’s unwavering requirement to keep oneself hidden. Their childlike advances into this unknown moves them closer to danger and to discovering the true meaning of human connection.
ARXIV / Archive is an immersive sci-fi drama set in an alternate apocalyptic future, and the near future that brings about the world’s collapse. A traveler traverses through a desolate wasteland on a quest for the ARXIV’s cure. The story touches on aspects of technological totality, reality, human desire and the dynamic between historical traces produced by humanity, and speculative futures that emerge out of them. ARXIV/ Archive serves as a thought-provoking commentary on each individual’s role in our collective future.
As part of THE SECRET BOX Trilogy, THE RISE OF PAPERBOY comes to us as a stand-alone motion picture short, introducing us to a 7-year-old Paperboy and letting us witness his first encounter with ancient paranormal forces in 1885. An abandoned street-kid in the docks of New England, Codie ‘Paperboy’ Basket is present when old adventurer Abe T. Huxley and his bunch of henchmen fail to open a lost wooden box. Facing this group of shady giants, Codie needs to pluck up all his courage and put his mind to the test, being the only one capable of unlocking the box. A path opens in front of Codie, that will lead him to become the true ringmaster of moving pictures, and the founder of the quirky Entertainment Network KTC® in 1964.
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AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST SCI-FI FILM: ALORA
BEST THRILLER FILM: LILI SEES YOU
BEST PERFORMANCES: MY SARAH
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ULYSSES
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: ANACRONTE
Theme of night: Twists of betrayal .
NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.
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The beginning of a (temporary) new era.
See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!
– Matthew Toffolo