A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

BIFF Selects Short Slot


Mon Feb 27, 2017 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 5, 2017 – 12:00 pm | Domenico’s


A Beautiful Mess

Directed by Shahir Zag

Short Narrative
United Arab Emirates | 13 min | 2016


A maid takes the break up of the family she works for very personally.



A Beautiful Mess | Shahir ZagShahir Zag
Director, Producer, Writer

Shahir Zag made his directorial debut with the short film ‘A Tree in the Sea,’ receiving awards for Best Director, Best Short Film and Best Cinematography at festivals around the world. He works in Dubai as the chief creative officer of an independent advertising agency. Zag has won a bevy of awards for his advertising work, including 35 Lions at the prestigious Cannes Advertising Festival. A Beautiful Mess is his second short film, and he is currently writing the screenplay for his first feature.

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Film Information


Director: Shahir Zag
Country: United Arab Emirates
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 13 min
Rated: PG13

Credits


Producers: Shahir Zag, Jolianne Ray
Cinematographer/DP: Ricardo Prates
Film Editing: Neda Ahmed
Production Design: Shahir Zag / Jolianne Ray

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Her Friend Adam

Her Friend Adam

BIFF Selects Short Slot


Mon Feb 27, 2017 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 5, 2017 – 12:00 pm | Domenico’s


Her Friend Adam

Directed by Ben Petrie

Short Narrative
Canada | 16 min | 2016


A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.



Ben Petrie, Director Her Friend AdamBen Petrie
Director, Writer, Editor

Ben Petrie is a Canadian independent filmmaker. Recently, he wrote, directed, edited & performed in Her Friend Adam, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, he was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s annual series, 25 New Faces of Independent Film: filmmakermagazine.com/people/ben-petrie/

He is currently writing his first feature.

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Film Information


Director: Ben Petrie
Country: Canada
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 16 min
Rated: R

Credits


Producers: Kristy Neville
Writer: Ben Petrie
Cinematography: Kelly Jeffrey
1st AD: Andrew Jeffrey
Production Design: Michaela Kurimsky
Sound Recordist: Gus Harris
Original Paintings: Gordy Bond & Grace Glowicki
1st ACS: Tommy Kieth & Charles Hutchings
DMT: Brendan Mills
Sound Design: Matt Chan
Sound Edit: Brent Pickett
Dialogue Editor: Martin Gwynn Jones
Colorist: Cem Ozkilicci
Music Supervisors: Sean-Michael Hamilton & David Hayman
Music Coordinator: Cody Partridge
VFX: Andrew Scott & Jack Feore
Assistant Art Director: Russel Curk
Executive Producer Jennifer Gilgan

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Hold On

Hold on

BIFF Selects Short Slot


Mon Feb 27, 2017 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 5, 2017 – 12:00 pm | Domenico’s


Hold on

Directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson

Short Narrative
Netherlands | 22 min | 2016


During an important concert one of the strings of Kyra’s cello comes lose. She gets a panic attack and gets stage fright for the first time. Kyra tries everything to loose the panic attacks and be able to play again in front of an audience.



Charlotte Scott Wilson, DirectorCharlotte Scott-Wilson
Director, Writer

Director and screenwriter Charlotte Scott-Wilson was born in Scotland and is a Netherlands Film Academy graduate. Charlotte has a deep love for visual storytelling. She wants to reach a wide audience with her films and explores confronting themes in an accessible way. Never compromising to make her films cutting and visceral in a way we haven’t seen before.
Her first short film Forever After premiered at the Oscar qualifying Palm Springs Festival 2013. Hold On will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Presently she has been selected to develop her next film with the Scottish Film Talent Network.

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Film Information


Director: Charlotte Scott-Wilson
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2016
Language: Dutch
Runtime: 22 min
Rated: PG13

Credits


Producers: Trent (II)
Cinematographer/DP:  Lennart Verstegen
Film Editing:
Annelotte Medema 
Production Design: Romke Faber
Original Music/Composer:  Jesper Ankarfeldt

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Lost Face

Lost Face

BIFF Selects Short Slot


Mon Feb 27, 2017 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 5, 2017 – 12:00 pm | Domenico’s


Lost Face

Directed by Sean Meehan

Short Narrative
Canada & Australia | 14 min | 2016


Lost Face is a classic story by legendary writer Jack London about a man out of place and out of time. Subienkow is a Polack, who in mid-1800’s Russian America finds himself the second-to-last survivor of a group of Russian fur-thieves who have just been defeated by liberators from the local tribe they have enslaved as forced labour. Now Subienkow faces a long, protracted and painful death unless he can come up with a plan for escape.



Lost Face - Sean MeehanSean Meehan
Director, Writer (adaptation)

Sean graduated film school in Western Australia, then spent a decade in the camera department, working his way from 2nd AC to cinematographer on commercials, television series and feature films before becoming a commercials director. Lost Face is Sean’s first film.

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Film Information


Director: Sean Meehan
Country: Canada
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 14 min
Rated: R

Credits


Producers: Sean Meehan
Associate Producer: Matt Gillespie
Executive Producer: Sam McGarry
Cinematographer/DP:  Sean Meehan
Production Design: Amy A. Brewster
Costume Design: Deitra Kalyn

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So Good to See You - Duke Merriman

So Good To See You

BIFF Selects Short Slot


Mon Feb 27, 2017 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 5, 2017 – 12:00 pm | Domenico’s


So Good To See You

Directed by Duke Merriman

Short Narrative
United States | 10 min | 2016


In this darkly comic take on the dual realities of friendship, a dinner party goes painfully sour.



So Good to See You - Duke MerrimanDuke Merriman
Director, Producer, Writer

After graduating Brown University, Duke Merriman became an entrepreneur, starting 3 companies over 7 years. Pursuing a long standing passion in film and creative writing, Duke began a career in film in 2010. So Good to See You, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2016, is Duke’s first short. His feature screenplay, The Royal Jamaican, is being produced in 2016 by a NYC/LA based production co.

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Film Information


Director: Duke Merriman
Country: United States
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 10 min
Rated: R

Credits


Producers: Zelmira Gainza, Duke Merriman, Quinn Meyers
Associate Producer: Dominic Spencer Churchill, Charles De Viel Castel
Executive Producer: J.C. Chandor
Cinematographer/DP:  Zelmira Gainza
Original Music/Composer:  Adam Crystal

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