2016 Fantastic Cinema Official Selections - The Shorts

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Little Rock, AR - Fantastic Cinema is excited to announce the shorts lineup for the annual festival happening April 7-10, 2016 in Little Rock, AR at Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema.

Short films provide genre filmmakers an outlet to let their talent and unique ideas shine without having to adhere to many of the constraints of a feature film. Programmers Eric White and Johnnie Brannon have culled through submissions from all over the world to create a diverse lineup of horror, fantastic, sci-fi, and other wonderfully bizarre shorts that are sure to leave audiences wanting more.

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Here are the 2016 Fantastic Cinema Official Selections comprised of local, national, and international short films:

Auld Lang Syne
Director - Bradley Porter
UK - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: It's 2014 and time travel exists. It's New Years Eve and the only thing that gets Laura and Simon through the day are their brief flirtations. When Simon leaves for a lad's weekend to the past Laura gets caught in decade spanning black market war to save the man she might love.

Avant
Director - Arthur Tableau
FRANCE - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: In a world turned to ashes by war between human and machines, a boy tries to survive. Even if the robot menace is everywhere, he goes on a quest for food. Despite his effort to stay hidden, he gets caught. While everything seems to be lost, the reaction of the robot is not going to be what he expected…

Awakenings
Director - Bhargav Saikia
INDIA - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: The line between dreams and reality is blurred when a young woman in charge of two children is haunted by mysterious entities.

Bees
Director - Donavon Thompson
MADE IN ARKANSAS - LITTLE ROCK PREMIERE
Synopsis: A sixty-second psychological comedy about bees.

Bionic Girl
Director - Stephanie Cabdevila
FRANCE - US PREMIERE
Synopsis: A scientist has created her own android clone to replace her in the outside world so that it can face it for her.

Bite Radius
Director - Spencer Parsons
UNITED STATES – ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: That thing where you had such a great time last night that you can't remember the murder. Inspired by actual events. 

Black Moon
Director - Gallien Guibert
FRANCE - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Synopsis: Early 19th century. An island. Three men. A long walk through the night.

Brew Love
Director - Jeremy Dyson
CANADA - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: BC's flowering craft beer industry shows its passion for the art of making real beer. Meet the grinders and the mavericks of British Columbia's microbrew scene in Brew Love and whet your thirst for the craft-beer revolution.

Chomp
Director - Lynn Hansen
UNITED STATES - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: Millie is determined to prove to the world that she's captured the first real zombie--even if he's not one.

Clones
Director - Rafael Bollinger
SWITZERLAND - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: A dying scientist is offered the chance to live on in his clone's body.

Count
Director - Jesse Larson
UNITED STATES - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: Nosferatu, driven by blood - makes his way into a costume party and gets more than he bargained for in the drug fueled veins of the party's guests.

Michael Berryman in CURED

Cured
Director - Eric England and Jesse Burks
MADE IN ARKANSAS - WORLD PREMIERE
Synopsis: A possessed woman experiences a surgeon's unusual form of exorcism.

Director’s Cut
Director - Pol Diggler
SPAIN - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: An indie filmmaking crew shoots the first snuff movie with a plot.

Gotham Knights: Enter The Red Hood
Director - Timothy Drennan
MADE IN ARKANSAS
Synopsis: Three of Joker's thugs discuss what it is like to work for the Clown Prince of Crime, before they are interrupted by a mysterious vigilante.

The Heat
Director - Bartosz Kruhlik
POLAND - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: HEAT - 1. Coal or wood afire to redness, 2. High air temperature, 3. Vehemence of feelings.

Henchmen
Director - Adam Crain
MADE IN ARKANSAS - LITTLE ROCK PREMIERE
Synopsis: Griffin is a henchman working for the evil Dr. Maddox. After his best friend and fellow henchman, Kevin, sets off a string of events that leads him to become the new leader, Griffin joins Agent Lillian King in rescuing the President of the United States and stopping Kevin once and for all.

How Deep Can I Go?
Director - Kai Smythe
AUSTRALIA - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: Using hand drawn cardboard sets and props, Hairy Soul Man explores how deep some humans will go for love.

Howl of a Good Time
Director - Patrick Rea
MADE IN ARKANSAS - LITTLE ROCK PREMIERE
Synopsis: A youngster sneaks into a movie theater during a private showing of a long lost classic horror film. She is unaware that the theatergoers aren't what they appear to be.

Knock Knock!
Director - Maxence Rapp
FRANCE - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Synopsis: A young lady is about to hang an antique mirror to the wall when someone knocks at her door. Who is it? Or should we say WHAT is it?

Last Door South
Director - Sacha Feiner
BELGIUM - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: "The World is made of floors, connected by stairs, and made of rooms". Such is the vision of a child and his siamese head, bricked up by their mother in the family manor since they were born… until one day, when, after seeing a strange light, they swear to find… the end of the World.

(*)Little Brother
Director - Eric White
MADE IN ARKANSAS
Synopsis: Herbert was a boy like any other. He lived in a small, white home with only his mother, until one day she brought him home a baby brother. With his mother's attention divided, he decided one way or another, he was going to get rid of his little brother.

The Looking Planet

The Looking Planet
Director - Eric Anderson
UNITED STATES - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression.

(*)Madre De Dios (Mother of God)
Director - Gigi Saul Guerrero
CANADA - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: A woman wakes up bound to an altar, helpless as she is transformed into a flesh and blood statue of Santa Muerte by two elderly Brujos whose sole purpose is to conjure the anti-Christ into our plane of existence.

Mr. Dentonn
Director - Ivan Villamel Sanchez
SPAIN
Synopsis: On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.

Mr. Man
Director - Haven Nutt
UNITED STATES - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: He's across the way. He's deep in my head. He's right behind me. He's under my bed.

Night of the Slasher

Night of the Slasher
Director - Shant Hamassian
UNITED STATES - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: A 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.

(*)An Ode to Angeline
Director - Sarah Jones
MADE IN ARKANSAS
Synopsis: Obsession brings out the worst in everyone.

Origin
Director - Caleb Fanning
MADE IN ARKANSAS
Synopsis: A man is cloned before death to continue life with his wife.

The Pallor
Director - Jonathan Cuartas
UNITED STATES
Synopsis: Daniel encounters something evil in his claustrophobic apartment.

(*)Perfect Machine
Director - Jarrod Paul Beck
MADE IN ARKANSAS
Synopsis: Noncompliant citizens Stevens 8936 and Warner 5963 discover the freedom of a forbidden world outside the confines of their oppressive society.

Pillow Fright
Director - Patrick Rea
UNITED STATES - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: What seems like a simple pillow fight between several co-eds, soon turns deadly.

reStart

reStart
Director - Olga Osorio
SPAIN - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: A woman is trapped in a temporal loop that she may not be able to break. 

Robbie the Rabbit
Director - Rian Smith
IRELAND - US PREMIERE
Synopsis: A tragic childhood friendship between two boys leaves one of them obsessed with rabbits.

The Silent
Director - Toni Tikkanen
FINLAND - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: A little girl's journey from a world of nightmares to the nightmare of reality.

The Smiling Man
Director - A.J. Briones
UNITED STATES - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.

Stained
Director - Phil Haine
UK - REGIONAL PREMIERE
Synopsis: When Harris runs out of toilet paper his world turns into a literal nightmare from which there may be no escape because true darkness comes from within.

Total Awesome Viking Power
Director - Morten Forland
UNITED STATES - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: When Viking role player Vidar is sidelined to "the land of the dead" he seeks help of the god Odin, who agrees to teach Vidar the ways of the Vikings if he takes him to a mystical Runestone. Together they embark on a journey that will test Vidar’s wits, bravery and his ability to go completely berserk.

(*)The Town Where Nobody Lives
Director - Al Topich
MADE IN ARKANSAS
Synopsis: Richard and Elizabeth are a married couple on a road trip who find themselves lost in a mysterious ghost town.

(*)’Twas the Night of the Krampus
Director - Donavon Thompson
MADE IN ARKANSAS
Synopsis: On the eve of Christmas, Santa Claus must team up with the reluctant Bill the elf, to save the President’s daughter from the terrifying Krampus.

Twelve Traditions
Director - Jonathan Curtas
UNITED STATES
Synopsis: A dismantled alcoholic tells a story at an AA meeting. He claims a ruthless killer is after him for an unpaid debt, but is anything he says believable?

(*)Vampire-Killing Prostitute
Director - Jordan Mears
MADE IN ARKANSAS
Synopsis: Raven, a vampire hunter who poses as a prostitute, joins a rogue priest and his team in a mission to save the world and exact revenge on the man who killed her father.

Waterdrop
Director - Ren Wang
CHINA - ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Synopsis: This film is about second kind of encounter on aliens.

The Whisperers
Director - Jason Miller
MADE IN ARKANSAS
Synopsis: On a quiet night in October 1995, two young brothers, home alone and grounded for fighting, must uncover the source of strange, unintelligible whispers slowly surrounding their family's isolated country home.

(*) - These shorts are not in competition for Jury Awards

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