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Born of Woman - Fantasia Shorts Program

Multiple Directors / United States - Canada - Germany - Spain - Australia / 2016 / 112 ' / English


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An assemblage of genre shorts from emergent talent delving into intersecting themes of the corporeal and surreal, with all the creepiness and beauty that entails.


Join us for an evening of amazing genre shorts from emergent talent in the film world. This program was originally curated by Fantasia programmers for their 2016 edition, and we are delighted to revive it for an encore screening. All film write-ups below by Fantasia programmer Mitch Davis, who will also be introducing this diverse and delectable assemblage of cinema that delves into intersecting themes of the corporeal and surreal, with all the creepiness and beauty that that combination elicits.

Maria Wilson / USA / 2016 / 7'
A young modern-day witch embarks on a difficult rite of passage to learn whether her abilities are destined for good or for evil. Winner of four awards on the US festival circuit, VENEFICA’s uneasy charms herald an extraordinary debut for Director/Writer/Producer Maria Wilson, who also stars.

“The Itching"THE ITCHING
Dianne Bellino / USA / 2016 / 15'
A timid wolf tries to connect with a hard partying group of outgoing bunnies and finds her body overwhelmed with an unbearable itch that threatens to consume her. An unsettling and personal work, told via startling use of clay animation, THE ITCHING premiered at Sundance where it won a Women in Film grant and has since gone one to win “Best Animated Short” at the Sarasota and Athens Film Festivals. 

Jessica Makinson / USA / 2016 / 5'
An intimate gift arrives in the mail from a past lover, rekindling dormant emotions and impulses. A kinky and unconventional dark romance interlude from a gifted debuting filmmaker you will instantly want to be following.

Anna Zlokovic / USA / 2016 / 20'
Laura is the kind of woman for which no earthly word exists. Because she’s not of this Earth at all. Part human, part something very other, she watches people from her apartment window to feel just a bit closer to those around her. Every now and then, her body strobes into a state nearing non-existence. It is in these moments that she’s forced to interact with the outside world, when neighbouring strangers become necessary prey… An engrossingly cool and eccentric piece of work.

“The Stylist"THE STYLIST
Jill Gevargizian / USA / 2016 / 15' 
A melancholic hairstylist takes things several steps too far with her last client of the night. Winner of both Jury and Audience award at the Etheria Film Festival.

Tanya Lemke / Canada / 2016 / 14' 
An older man, devastated by the numerous passings of those dear to him, becomes fixated on preserving his dying tube-era television set. A tragic and haunting film, punctuated with eerie waves of surrealism that vividly announces the arrival of a major new Canadian talent while smashing your heart to pieces.

Verena Klinger & Robert Banning / Germany / 2015 / 8'
In this darkly poetic stop-motion animated fantasy, a husband does everything he can to help his wife, born without eyes, gain an ability to see. Winner of a Silver Medal at JuFife Nurenberg and both the BDFA Gold Medal and Audience award at the Rostock Film Festival.

“Disco Inferno"DISCO INFERNO
Alice Waddington / Spain / 2015 / 12'
A spellbinding award-winner at Fantastic Fest, Slamdance and Sitges, DISCO INFERNO is a visually astonishing hallucination of the occult that pays homage to expressionistic and serial horrors of the past while blazing its own hugely individualistic trail. A breathtaking must-see.

“The Man Who Caught a Mermaid"THE MAN WHO CAUGHT A MERMAID
Kaitlin Tinker / Australia / 2016 /16 ' 
A senior fisherman is obsessed with capturing a mermaid and has been doing extensive training to be ready for a possible life in the sea. This puts considerable strain on his marriage, needless to say. One day, everything changes. Fantastical and hard-hitting, this enthralling breakout short was the winner of a Platinum Remi at Worldfest Houston.


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