AFI Conservatory Showcase at This Year’s AFI FEST Presented by Audi – American Film Institute

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AFI Conservatory Showcase at This Year’s AFI FEST Presented by Audi

The AFI Conservatory Showcase features new and emerging voices from the most recent graduating class of the world-renowned filmmaker training program. This collection of 15 short fictional narratives highlights the diverse and distinct perspectives of the next generation of storytellers.

Variety is the Media Partner of the AFI Conservatory Showcase. Free screenings are available beginning October 16, 12 p.m. PDT until October 22, 11:59 p.m. PDT with 48 hours to view upon unlock. 

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AFI CONSERVATORY SHOWCASE AT AFI FEST 2020 PRESENTED BY AUDI

DIA DE LAS CARPAS

Director: João Dall’Stella

Screenwriter: Marina Kato Hoag

Producer: Jervis Li

Cinematographer: Bethany Michalski

Editor: Skylar Yufei Zhang

A group of boys help an undocumented girl get to the beach to reunite with her family, unaware of her magical secret that will change their lives forever. BUY TICKET

ELLE

Director: Nicole Vanden Broeck

Screenwriters: Asher Jelinsky, Nicole Vanden Broeck

Producer: Gabrielle Cordero

Cinematographer: Guido Raimondo

Editor: Chris Tenzis

Production Designer: Evan Welch

In the midst of her sexual awakening, 16-year-old Elle finds herself in love with her best girlfriend who is about to move out of town. BUY TICKET

FLECK

Director: Jing Ai Ng

Screenwriter: Jing Ai Ng

Producer: Miguel Lozano

Cinematographer: Jan Rischbieth Cordoba

Editor: Briana Chmielewski

An Asian-American teenager at a traditional prep school longing to fit in is forced to choose between her morality or belonging to the school’s elite. BUY TICKET

FURTHEST FROM

Director: Kyung Sok Kim

Screenwriter: Rex Reyes II

Producer: Rex Reyes II

Cinematographer: Teck Siang Lim

Editor: Arndt Werling

In 1999, Novato, California, Jessie is enjoying what little time she has left with her best friend, Lucas. The trailer park they live in will be forced to evacuate as a result of MTBE water contamination. BUY TICKET

JULIET

Director: Ira Storozhenko

Screenwriter: Wilandrea Blair

Producer: Katherine D. May

Cinematographer: Sarah Anne Pierpont

Editor: Anna Khusnutdinova

A transgender teenager battles prejudice and her own self-doubt to audition for the female lead in her high school’s play. BUY TICKET

LUCE

Director: Ciro Apicella

Screenwriter: Ciro Apicella

Producer: Alec Mahon

Cinematographer: Gemma Doll-Grossman

Editor: Charles H. Carter

In a synesthesia of classical music, death and sex, Adriano finds love in a time of grief. BUY TICKET

MI AMIGO

Director: Darius Dawson

Screenwriter: Veronica Felicity Johnson

Producer: Veronica Felicity Johnson

Cinematographer: Leonel Escobar

Editors: Farzad Kiyafar, Travis Stuart

A hitman attends the funeral of the crime associate and best friend he executed as he searches for forgiveness. After being taunted by his corpse victim in a living room death tableau, he instead finds street justice. BUY TICKET

THE SPEECH

Director: Haohao Yan

Screenwriter: Haohao Yan

Producer: Xiaoxiao Li

Cinematographer: Anton Shavlik

Editor: Luqi Zhao

May 2003, Beijing, China. Under pressure from the WHO, the Chinese government announced the SARS outbreak is real. During the ensuing lockdown, three eight-year-old girls have to find a way to make sense of the world. BUY TICKET

A STRANGE CALM

Director: Austin Rourke

Screenwriter: Austin Rourke

Producer: Jai Pellerin

Cinematographer: Joel E. Schaeffer

Editor: Maria Freire

When 12-year-old Rosie and Miles encounter a strange man on the 4th of July in 1974, their journey to watch the fireworks on the outskirts of town becomes an unexpected fight for survival. BUY TICKET

TAPE

Director: Jojo Erholtz

Screenwriter: Shuhan Fan

Producer: Amanda Freedman

Cinematographer: Vaughn Greve

Editor: Qing Shao

A 16-year-old ice hockey player on an all girls’ high school team tries to repair her relationship with her teammate, while preparing for the team’s pre-qualifying game. BUY TICKET

TIL LIFE DO US PART

Director: Aaron Goldenberg

Screenwriters: Ariane Hahusseau, Aaron Goldenberg

Producers: Erin Jones Wesley, Alexis Anderson

Cinematographer: Azariah Bjorvig

Editor: Mario Fierro

Production Designer: Minolae Jain

Two 70-year-old best friends with a pact to kill themselves by their 71st birthday learn that life is worth living with a great friend. BUY TICKET

VEIL

Director: Zahra Golafshani

Screenwriter: Zahra Golafshani

Producers: Daniel Leighton, Mil Alcain

Cinematographer: Mathieu Séguin

Editor: Krishna Sanchez

When Leila, a Muslim teenager, shows up to her senior prom in a conservative and modest dress, her beliefs, culture and sense of identity gets tested. BUY TICKET

WITCHIN

Director: Christina Diamantara

Screenwriter: Christina Diamantara

Producer: Gregory M. Schroeder

Cinematographer: Lucia Rinaldi

Editor: Lea Vrabelova

Ridiculed in the witch world and sent to the human world to find the elusive BDE, a young witch confronts her biggest tormentor – her kind spirit. BUY TICKET

THE WORLD AS SHE KNOWS IT

Screenwriter: Chris Kingsleigh

Cinematographer: András Roder

Editors: Benjamin Tolentino, Guonan Liu

Mia’s father is having an affair. She does not know whether to confront her father, tell her mother, or keep the secret to herself. BUY TICKET

YOUR ONE AND ONLY

Director: Alice Biletska

Screenwriter: Alice Biletska

Producer: Thomas Hartmann

Cinematographer: Indeana Underhill

Editor: Krishna Sanchez

Returning home after an abortion, Sophie finds her husband cheating on her. Overwhelmed, she invites his mistress to lunch in order to take her revenge. BUY TICKET

 

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