Festival

CANNES INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL

The 2021 Cannes Independent Film Festival was run July 6-17, online.

CIFF 2021 WINNERS:
Here are the winners of the 2021 Cannes Independent Film Festival:

Best Feature (Audience Award) You can’t (Kan’t) always get what you want by Arroyuelo Woolrich
Best Biopic: Yes I Am – The Ric Weiland Story by Aaron Bear
Best Documentary Short (Audience Award): Molotov by Ariel Semmel
Best Experimental Film: Dreams of Emmett Till by Bobby Field
Best Action Film: Jack Wyatt and the Gun from Hell by Clay Dumaw
Best Documentary Feature (Jury Award): The Revolution Generation by Josh & Rebecca Tickell
Best Dance Film: Dances with Clouds by Kyle B Wagstaff
Best Documentary Feature (Audience Award) Six Angry Women by Megan Jones
Best Comedy Short: Velvet Crush by Michael Boston
Best Short film (Audience Award): 54 Years Late by Michele Wright, Ph.D.
Best No-Budget Feature: Fate’s Shadow: The Whole Story by Michelle Arthur
Best Animation: V & F by Michelle R Arthur
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Short: Covid Tales: House Party by Mike Spence
Best Experimental Short: On / Off by Nicolas P. Villarreal
Best Documentary Short (Jury Award) The Tarpa Player by Sareesh Sudhakaran
Best Historical Film: Hatshepsut by Sonia Machado Hines
Best Feature (Jury Award): Half & Half by Sri Charan
Best Short Film (Jury Award): Wonderer by Yusuf Khan
Best Film (Festival Director’s Award): The Bandaged Place: From AIDS to COVID and Racial Justice by Ravi Chandra

Best Screenplay (Jury Award): America for Sale or Russian Gambit by Aleks Kontr
Best Screenplay (Festival Director’s Award): Face Painters by Giovanni Sanseviero

CIFF 2021 SCHEDULE:

Here’s the schedule for the 2021 Cannes Independent Film Festival.

All films are screened on the Eventive online platform.

Feature film tickets cost $10 per feature film, shorts cost $5 per film. Films can be watched anytime during the festival run, July 6-17.

SHORT FILMS

V & F {buy here}
Directed by Michelle Arthur

ANIMATED
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12517264/
V & F is an animated love story about Vernell the vine, Frank the fence, and their fantasy world inside a Los Angeles park. This tragic comedy reveals the truth behind behavioral issues that are insurmountable to many, yet overcome by those strong enough to move past them.

Covid Tales: House Party {buy here}
Directed by Mike Spence

DRAMA
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13138994
Three old friends divided in society, reunite in lockdown using a video conferencing app that is not what it appears.

54 Years Late {buy here}
Directed by Michele Wright

DOCUMENTARY
https://noaacf.org/
The gut-wrenching true-life story of Terry Gene Wright, a 58-year-old African American man who was not diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) until the age of 54 despite being seen by an array of healthcare practitioners, enduring countless hospitalizations and surgeries, and having all the classic symptoms of CF – a progressive and genetic disease that’s often perceived to affect only the Caucasian population. Written and directed by Michele Wright, Ph.D., and produced by Butterbean Productions, this movie emotionally depicts Terry’s roughly 5 ½-decade painful and surreal journey from childhood to adulthood to finally being diagnosed with CF 54 YEARS LATE

Velvet Crush {buy here}
Directed by Michael Boston

COMEDY
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12791156/
An unsuspecting plumber with a velvet fetish answers a service call for a gorilla-loving nympho with the goods he’s long desired. 

Wonderer {buy here}
Directed by Yusuf Khan

DRAMA
www.wonderermovie.com
A mysterious woman roams the urban streets as she contemplates life. This journey will unlock the answer to her ultimate plan.

Molotov {buy here}
Directed by Ariel Semmel

DRAMA
Israel 2021, a flood of riots filled the streets. The police brutally fight civilians. “Molotov” is a story about Ariel Semmel, a film Director and political activist who finds himself hunted by the police

The Tarpa Player {buy here}
Directed by Sareesh Sudhakaran

DOCUMENTARY
https://wolfcrow.com
The Tarpa Player forms the core of Warli Art and the Adivasi community. Bhiklya Ladkya Dhinda is one of the last Tarpa players. He is 85 years old, and can move about like a 40-year old. His energy, optimism and drive is infectious. He is an inspiration to all, and I hope you like this simple character vignette.

On / Off {buy here}
Directed by Nicolas P. Villarreal

ANIMATED
http://redcloverstudios.com/index.html
Endless distractions threaten to destroy creativity.

Hatshepsut {buy here}
Directed by Sonia Machado Hines

HISTORICAL DRAMA

To bring Egypt into a Golden Age, Pharaoh Hatshepsut, a woman, publicly appeared, and fought as a man – but loved as a woman. A true tale of love and courage despite everything.

Dances with Clouds {buy here}
Directed by Kyle B Wagstaff

DANCE DOCUMENTARY

The art of dance is a tough discipline to master even when participants are able to practice and perform their movements with compliant partners in stable environments on dry, consistent surfaces. This film elevates the level of difficulty considerably–to 10,349-ft to be precise–by deliberately imposing extreme conditions upon both athlete and filming equipment. In addition to the aforementioned strength-sapping high-altitude of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, the dance floor consists of steep, avalanche-prone slopes of summits covered with up to 12′ of powder snow. 

FEATURE FILMS:

You Can’t Always Get What You Want {buy here}
Directed by Arroyuelo Woolrich

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DRAMA
https://picturesofyou.com.mx/ycagwyw-the-movie/
What if your personal drama and conflicts kept in our electronic screens were only the entertainment viewed in some higher else’s devises?
Based on a true story… Yours!

Fate’s Shadow: The Whole Story {buy here}
Directed by Michelle Arthur 

DRAMA
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9163782/
FATE’S SHADOW: THE WHOLE STORY raises awareness about multiple past life possibilities with the same person and how those scenarios can overlap into present day life to give clues about their past. Our character Eva lifts the veil on spirituality while empowering others to leave bad situations regardless of the depth of their connections.

The Bandaged Place: From AIDS to COVID and Racial Justice {buy here}
Directed by Ravi Chandra

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DOCUMENTARY
https://ravichandramd.com/portfolio/the-bandaged-place/
Grief, rage, identity and meaning are explored in the stories of three Asian American men: psychiatrist/poet Ravi Chandra, poet/artist Truong Tran, and Jungian psychoanalyst/artist QiRe Ching. From shamanistic poetry channeling the dead to deeply riven accounts of our psychological truths, these three come to insights and reflection that aim to inform a changing world.

Jack Wyatt and the Gun from Hell {buy here}
Directed by Clay Dumaw

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ACTION
www.gunfromhell.com
After rescuing a mysterious drifter from certain death, a gold miner named Jack Wyatt is gifted a cursed pistol with unspeakable power. Little does he know that a gang of outlaws, led by the evil Thane Maddox, is searching for the notorious Gun from Hell.

Half & Half {buy here}
Directed by Clay Dumaw

DRAMA
https://filmfreeway.com/HalfAndHalfTheFilm
Two worlds collide as an unlikely friendship forms between an optimistic homeless man, Adam, and a jaded young bride, Amira, as they discover they’re both playing to win one million dollars and agree to split the winning share Half and Half.

Yes I Am – The Ric Weiland Story {buy here}
Directed by Clay Dumaw

DOCUMENTARY
www.ricweiland.com
Ric Weiland was a brilliant programmer, and one of the earliest employees of Microsoft. He dedicated his life and fortune to philanthropy and activism, but personal struggles eventually became too much to bear. This is the story of his life and legacy.

Six Angry Women {buy here}
Directed by Megan Jones

DOCUMENTARY
www.kindredfilms.co.nz
In 1984, six feminists kidnapped an Auckland University lecturer, beat him and chained him to a tree in a violent political action.

The event sparked debates about gender politics and vigilante justice that divided New Zealand and led to social change. But the mysteries of who the six women were and why they attacked the man they did have remained unsolved.

Three decades after the bizarre attack, director Megan Jones reopens a cold-case and tries to find out not only who the six women were, but what drove them to such an unprecedented action.

The Revolution Generation {buy here}
Directed by Josh & Rebecca Tickell

DOCUMENTARY
Narrated and starring Michelle Rodriguez (Lost, Avatar, The Fast and Furious), THE REVOLUTION GENERATION is a manifesto for today’s youth on the societal forces that have shaped and held back their generation, and how they can deploy their unique strengths to revolutionize the political system. Today half of the people on planet Earth are under the age of 40 – this is more people than were alive in 1950. Theirs is the most connected, educated and technologically savvy generation ever. Yet the hardships they face threaten to culminate in a perfect storm of economic, political and environmental crisis. This documentary explores the sweeping changes that lead to the world that young people are inheriting and paints a picture of how this generation is awakening to confront both the US political crisis and the global environmental crisis.

Dreams of Emmett Till {buy here}
Directed by Bobby Field

EXPERIMENTAL
https://www.dreamsofemmetttill-play.com/
Emmett Till was killed in 1955. Now, an elderly Caroyn Bryant must face her accusation against this little Black boy that led to his brutal murder back in segregated Mississippi and haunts America to this day.