Austin Lift-Off Film Festival 2022 - Network Round Shorts

Thursday 5th May - Thursday 12th May


A day will come
Dir. Nicolas Cazalé
Logline: Weakened by a stay in an psychiatric hospital reunites with her son, Luca, who lives far away with his father now. But the joy of the reunion will be brief and Audrey will have to question her role as a mother.


Dir. Mel Mah
Logline: After discovering she's pregnant, a young painter reaches out to her estranged mother to seek advice on whether or not she’s ready to raise her own child.


Arkansas, etc.
Dir. Brandon Tyler
Logline: The lives of a runaway and a loner spiral when they cross paths.


Dir. Tyler Mann
Logline: In a dystopian future where everyone is powered by batteries, Jace and Em decide to risk everything at the hope of a better future.


La Fiera: The Piera Rodriguez Story
Dir. Spencer Trinwith
Logline: You ask your child what they want to be when they grow up. They look at you and say: I want to be fighter in the UFC. For Piera Rodriguez, a contract with the UFC has always been a distant dream. Now, after seven years her one shot to be on the UFC roster has finally arrived. After a tumultuous journey from Venezuela through Panama and finally arriving in Los Angeles, her economic and emotional hurdles strengthen her dream and determination.


Dir. Gwendoline Laurent
Logline: Ruby wakes up in a place unknown to her. She hums a rhyme without sounding realize, she doesn't remember where she learned it but the tune she hums reassures. This rhyme is also hummed by a stranger, whom Ruby will try to find. Her instinct tells her that she is the key to understanding where she is.


A Feast That Never Comes
Dir. Maria Juranic
Logline: Four characters inhabit cycles within cycles of contentment, discontentment, inertia, movement, desire, and betrayal. A story emerges—told through the marriage of music (Ex-Fiancée) and dance (ChrisMastersDance)—functioning as a set of nesting dolls, inviting you to uncover as many layers as you wish. Directed by Maria Juranic.


Breakfast at the Bodega
Dir. Marina Barham
United States
Logline: A talented young Brooklynite/Palestinian-American attempts to live out his dreams of becoming a French pastry chef despite his first-generation father's wishes. Struggling to fill his first big order for a gig, tensions arise when the father forbids him from using their family bodega to cook.


The Internal World of Phenomena
Dir. Christopher Scissons
Logline: The Internal World of Phenomena is a philosophical essay style film that explores our perceptual knowledge of the physical world and contemplates the nature of reality as it presents itself to our conscious awareness against the backdrop of the rugged mountain desert terrain.


I Am Irani
Dir. Farhad Irani
Logline: Farhad, a well-known Iranian photographer, together with his wife Mahsa, decided to leave Iran due to difficulties faced back home. Farhad was born with a rare genetic disorder known as Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS), which affects the development of the facial structure. Although TCS has made Farhad stand out all his life, his ability to rise above all challenges is what set him apart.

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