Showcasing innovative films in horror, fantasy, and spiritual genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on work by visionary female filmmakers.
 
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2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION

34 otherworldly films from 9 countries. 24 made by female filmmakers.

 

akado by Kim Belov
horror | 6:53 | Russia
A med school dropout in crippling student debt swipes a wild couple on a dating app to make some fast cash.
 
BEAUTIFUL INJURIES by Judith Beauvallet
FANTASY | FEMALE EYE | 8:44 | FRANCE
Whenever she feels sad, Rebecca has morbid images popping up in her mind. When the man she loves starts dating another woman, her visions seem to merge into reality.
 
BLINDMAN'S LANE by Alice Gatti + Diego Indraccolo
SPIRITUAL | FEMALE EYE | 13:00 | UNITED KINGDOM
Dave Baby is an artist who is fascinated by satanic imagery and the occult. We see him carve a symbol on a piece of solid, heavy wood. The phone rings and he’s informed on the place for its delivery. Thus our hero’s journey begins, across London, then deeper and deeper underground as he relentlessly carries his wooden burden, like Jesus with his cross. But Dave isn’t looking for redemption. As he shares his thoughts and beliefs with us we begin to understand where his journey might end. The film is based on recordings extrapolated from candid audio interviews with Dave Baby and the selected clips also function as the voice-over throughout the film.
 
Bride of Frankie by Devi Snively
FANTASY | FEMALE EYE | 18:48 | UNITED STATES
In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results.
 
Cecilia by Liz Tabish
HORROR | FEMALE EYE | 9:57 | UNITED States
Set in a medieval village, Cecilia follows the story of a young woman wrongly accused of witchcraft. Cecilia’s psychic visions set the tone of the thrilling and bizarre experience of a classic mind expanding and occult thriller.
 
Cryptina's Spook-time Variety Show by Ryan Rigley
horror | 12:51 | UNITED States
Cryptina's Spook-Time Variety Show" is a sketch comedy horror anthology show. The series is hosted by Cryptina, an albino mistress of the dark that introduces each sketch with the unwanted help of her ex-boyfriend Ghoulsby, a vampire permanently stuck in bat form due to a gypsy curse.
 
Death Van by Michael Enzbrunner
Fantasy | 6:07 | canada
In this computer animated short, the fictitious space-rock duo DEATH VAN tours through a miniature world inhabited by surreal creatures that are haunted and terrorized by a menacing and mischievous entity.
 
Emerald Ice by Jesseca Ynez Simmons
SPIRITUAL | FEMALE EYE | 15:59 | UNITED States
Emerald Ice takes the viewer on a journey of the imagination to explore Diane Wakoski's fearless meditation on intimacy and mortality. Narrated by the poet herself, the audience assumes the side of the reader as facts of the author’s life weave through enigmatic, fantastical and fractured stories. Whether it is a documentary, narrative or docufantasy, like any film (or poem), it is up for the viewer to decide what is true to them. This cinematic curation drops the audience in the middle of a California orange grove, leading to momentary glimpses of the expansive worlds existing inside this beloved American poet in hopes to give more credence to our own multitudes.
 
Emma by Clara Lezama
Horror | FEMALE EYE | 14:10 | Uruguay
A young woman arrives at a hotel escaping from something, but everything about this hideaway intensifies her paranoia.
 
Event Horizon by Joséfa Celestin
fantasy | FEMALE EYE | 11:20 | UNITED Kingdom
In a time when Pluto is still the 9th planet of the solar system, and music tracks need to be rewind, Julianne, who knows that childhood doesn’t last long but being an adult lasts forever, refuses to grow up too quickly and to let go of her estranged friend. When her fear of the unknown manifests itself in the shape of a mysterious cosmic object, she must overcome her old self and embrace what lies ahead.
 
Forever by Joyce Sherrí
SPIRITUAL | FEMALE EYE | 13:54 | UNITED States
A fantasy romance set in VA during the 1940's, 'Forever' tells the story of Beau Hayes and Monica Flatts, an interracial couple who have the limits of their love tested when they fall victim to a hate crime.
 
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Frankie Keeps Talking by Annabelle Attanasio
Fantasy | FEMALE EYE | 6:30 | UNITED States
A feminist farce about the severity of frustration a young woman feels when she realizes her date will not stop talking. Feeling invisible and infuriated, she goes to drastic lengths for his attention.
 
Husk by Aidan Weaver
Horror | 21:43 | UNITED States
A couple living in the rural countryside comes across a wounded child in the woods.
 
I Promised Her Life by Robert Nazar Arjoyan
SPIRITUAL | 15:15 | UNITED States
On the day of her daughter's funeral, a grieving Armenian-American mother defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife.
 
johnny on the moon by Eva Everett Irving
SPIRITUAL | FEMALE EYE | 30:00 | Canada
It is July, 1969. While man steps foot on the moon, two young men escape into their imaginations in the wilderness of Northern Ontario. Their love for one another is clear, when Johnny asks Max to never open the door in the floor of their cabin. Max complies, but with the passing of time, the lines between reality and make-believe blur together, and the boys are confronted with unspeakable memories of the Vietnam war, the possibility that they never left it, and what lies beneath the door the in the floor.
 
lady lillian by Amber Johnson
fantasy | FEMALE EYE | 7:41 | UNITED States
Lady Lillian is a dark comedy about a tarot reader/psychic whose rambling and somewhat absurd conversations with clients become self-fulfilling prophesies.
 
Legs by Madeleine Hicks
Fantasy | FEMALE EYE | 14:36 | UNITED States
Cara Smart dreams of one day becoming a professional swimmer, but her mother and doctor have plans to remove her body parts instead. Tale as old as time!
 
menai by Lydia RM Bruna
SPIRITUAL | FEMALE EYE | 15:00 | UNITED KINGDOM
The story follows Rhona, a young woman in education to become a druid. Together with her people, she has devoted her life to serve the gods on their sacred sites. When the news of a Roman attack reach her village, Rhona has to decide whether to be loyal to her believes and to face death or to flee with her best friend Mya.

The story is based on the events of the Menai Massacre in 60 AD. The spoken language is Welsh.
 
My Mother's Eyes by Daphne Bacon
HORROR | FEMALE EYE | 7:04 | UNITED STATES
The film is a psychological eldritch drama exploring the dynamics in an unhealthy co-dependent mother/daughter relationship.
 
PENNY by Louisa Harris
Horror | FEMALE EYE | 14:57 | UNITED KINGDOM
Penny finds herself getting closer to office colleague Gregg, but her dark secret might get in the way of romance.
 
Pentecost by Katherine Propper
SPIRITUAL | FEMALE EYE | 5:30 | UNITED States
Delilah, a snake handler’s daughter, seeks a spiritual gift of her own in her father's rattlesnake.
 
Rainy Season by Vanessa Ionta Wright
Horror | FEMALE EYE | 14:26 | UNITED States
Based on the story by Stephen King, Rainy Season follows a young couple who arrive in the small town of Willow, ME. They are warned to leave, but ignore the warnings and learn the horrific price the town must pay for prosperity. The Rainy Season has come back to Willow and when it rains... they pour.
 
Real Artists by Cameo Wood
Fantasy | FEMALE EYE | 12:00 | UNITED States
Against all odds, Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios -- who’d have thought a fan edit of one of their hit films could land her a shot at a job? But when she meets arch, mysterious executive Anne Palladon, she soon learns all is not as she expects behind the curtain. Every instinct Sophia has ever had about art in filmmaking is about to be challenged.

Based on Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning author Ken Liu’s short story of the same name, Real Artists asks a poignant question: In a dystopian near-future where big data, AI and natural language processing learn and create quickly and at massive scale, what role can a single artist play? Is Sophia a creative rebel who can make a difference? Or is the situation more serious than that?
 
RIVER by Sam Crainich
FANTASY | FEMALE EYE | 18:04 | UNITED STATES
In a not so distant future, River lives on the fringes of society, dancing on the line between man and woman, while avoiding the ever watchful eyes of the Control. Violence is one wrong step away for River, who is forced to confront who the world wants them to be and who they know they are.
 
SATANICA by Vivienne Vaughn
HORROR | FEMALE EYE | 8:056| UNITED STATES
Abigail Fortuna was once a famed singer, notorious for disappearing from the public eye at the height of her stardom. She subsequently pursued a life of solitude, retiring to a private estate.

After years of living in seclusion (her sole companion being her pet peacock), she summons a psychiatrist to her estate to treat her. When he arrives, he begins uncovering her past in an effort to understand her psyche. But what he discovers leads him to believe she may not be who, or what, she appears to be.
 
SELL YOUR BODY by Jaanelle Yee
HORROR | FEMALE EYE | 11:09 | UNITED STATES
A med school dropout in crippling student debt swipes a wild couple on a dating app to make some fast cash. 
 
SOL by Carlos G. Gananian
HORROR | 14:04 | BRAZIL
That voice in her head. It just won't let go.
 
Texas Pararnormalists by David Goodman
SPIRITUAL | 24:00 | UNITED STATES
Texas Pararnormalists mixes participatory and observational styles in an effort to portray a small community of paranormal practitioners who live and work in and around North Texas. These practitioners include psychics, ghost investigators, and other enthusiasts and seekers of the spirit world. Through the documentation of their combined perspectives, Texas Paranormalists renders a portrait of a community of outsiders with a shared belief system and an unshakable passion for reaching out into the unknown. 
 
THE FORSAKEN by Aladdin Alisic
FANTASY | FEMALE EYE | 15:00 | NORWAY
A young boy seeks the help of an ancient fairytale creature to save his dying mother.
 
THE LOST SAILOR AND THE UNTAMED SISTERS OF LESBOS by Tisha Sparks + Jeremy von Stilb
FANTASY | FEMALE EYE | 8:02 | UNITED STATES
A young Navy seaman is drawn into a mystical journey of self-discovery when he hears a mysterious siren's song. 
 
THE MUSIC BOX by Nic Yulo
HORROR | FEMALE EYE | 6:19 | UNITED STATES
Hired to inspect a recently emptied house, a young woman must reconcile her fears with the stories that surround its abandonment. 
 
The Ningyo by Miguel Ortega
FANTASY | 27:00 | UNITED States
A Faustian tale about losing oneself in the process of achieving our goals.

Episode One:
Professor Marlowe finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, a mythical Japanese creature, could be found. The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test.
 
The Rag by Zoe Vitale
FANTASY | FEMALE EYE | 11:49 | UNITED STATES
Ruth, an innocent ten-year-old, must face the horrors of adulthood when a stolen thong causes her to begin her period during a middle school cross country race.
 
WHAT METAL GIRLS ARE INTO by Laurel Vail
HORROR | FEMALE EYE | 15:30 | UNITED STATES
Three women going to a three day metal festival in the desert find something disturbing in the freezer of their isolated vacation rental.