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Glendale International Film Festival

October 15-25, 2020

Glendale, CA

Welcome to the Glendale International Film Festival! Enjoy up to seven days of feature and short films! Our mission is to give the opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase their works and give the audience a unique experience in watching films they wouldn't see anywhere else.  We do it over and over again, year after year for the love of film making, screenwriting and bringing the cinematic arts to Glendale.

A Feral World
105 min Sci Fi & Fantasy, Drama Directed by David Liban

BEST DIRECTOR — David Liban

An orphaned boy in a post-apocalyptic world, meets a grieving woman who is trying to find her lost daughter. Their journey leads them face-to-face with a despot who may have the daughter held captive.

Ariadne
Directed by Adrian Rodriguez 61 min Sci Fi & Fantasy, Romance Directed by Adrian Rodriguez

Based on the ancient myth, Ariadne loves her half-brother Minotaur, however she also has an arranged marriage with Thesseus. She has to decide between her future or her heart

Born Just Now
84 min Documentary, History Directed by Robert Adanto

Born Just Now offers an intimate look at Marta Jovanović, a Belgrade-based artist struggling to cope with the violence that has ended an eight-year marriage. Daring to live on her own terms, Jovanović has chosen art and art-making over marriage and abuse. Through provocative acts of endurance exploring intimacy, motherhood, and the trauma of the Balkan wars, she seeks to confront, release, and liberate her own pain in the name of art. This personal portrait is a moving meditation on what it means to be a fearless female artist living in the 21st century.  

F20
90 min Thriller, Romance Directed by Arsen Anton Ostojic

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
BEST ACTOR — Filipo Mayer

A young girl, Martina, is forced to work in her father’s pizzeria to deliver pizza though she daydreams about going to the Party Beach. She starts a relationship with a young man, Filip, who spends most of his time at home playing videogames and ordering pizza. When Martina’s best friend goes to have fun over the weekend, her strict father forbids her to go, so Martina uses Filip to circumvent her father’s ban. However, instead of her dreams coming true, Martina’s reality quickly turns into a bloody nightmare.

In This Gray Place
101 min Directed by R.D. Womack II

After a robbery gone wrong, Aaron — barricaded in a rest stop bathroom — faces down the police, hallucinations, and a grim secret. Preceded by the short film The Suicide of Lillian Sellers

It's In The Blood
113 min Documentary, History Directed by Michael Starr

A unique look into the lives of some of the greatest race car drivers in the south.  Featuring stories about Freddy Fryar, Joe Lee Johnson, Bob Burcham, Friday Hassler and Charlie Griffith, their journeys take us from the mountains of Chattanooga running moonshine to the short tracks of the South to the biggest NASCAR races in history.  Each and every one of them had a style of their own and all were on the verge of becoming household names.

Last Call For Tomorrow
94 min Documentary, History Directed by Gary Null/Valerie Van Cleve

We are witnessing the 6th Mass Extinction of our planet. We are loosing about 200 species a day. Humanity has killed 83% of all wild mammals and half of all plants. Of the birds left in the world, 70% are poultry chickens and other farmed birds.  Global industrial pollution is killing over 9 million people a year, through bad air and water.  What recourse can the people take, when there are no effective 
institutions to deal with the global one world order.  We face a clear choice: radical political transformation or deepening mass extinction.
  To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we think, who we are, and how we live.

Like Love
83 min Romance, Coming-of-Age Directed by Michael Wolfe

BEST ACTRESS — Lily Yasuda

LIKE LOVE is a vaguely romantic comedy that chronicles the tender, tragic and totally unintentional friendship between a boy and a girl. Harper is a killjoy with a knack for finding the worst in everyone. Enter Jackson: serial monogamist, idealist, and king of attracting the least available person in the room. After a series of un(fortunate) circumstances prompts them to become roommates, a friendship is born. Yet their closeness inevitably sends Jackson down the rabbit hole of attraction, pushing Harper to make a choice: play along, or risk losing her best friend entirely. Savage, ridiculous, and possibly even a little romantic, LIKE LOVE is “When Harry Met Sally” for a new generation, an ode to waffles, and a love letter to anyone who found the strength to say “I don’t”.  

Love Is Not Love
95 min Romance, Drama Directed by Stephen Mills

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - FEATURE FILM

Early December, New York City, and everyone is on the hunt for love. Why? Because they haven’t found it and because they haven’t found it, they make it into a myth and chase the myth instead. That is not love in this romantic drama of fantasy, fate, and yearning.

Quo Vadis 2020
71 min Documentary, Experimental Directed by Gabriele Fabbro

A post millennial journey to Italy before the coronavirus outbreak. While encountering various faces of the contemporary Italian decline, the trip turns into an existential experience arising doubts within a group of ambitious filmmakers, moved by the nostalgia of the humble life that they abandoned to follow their dreams.

Shadows
101 min Drama, Thriller Directed by Michael Matteo Rossi

A young low-level drug dealer is reunited with his estranged mom and uncle to protect him when a ruthless drug kingpin puts a hit on him.

The Bride from Vegas
87 min Romance, Comedy Directed by Artur Levonovich Babayan

A young man living a simple life in rural Armenia falls in love with the photo of a Las Vegas showgirl. He leaves his village to go find her, and he discovers the true America during his travels.

The Crickets Dance
92 min Crime, Drama Directed by Veronica Robledo

BEST IN FEST

If Angie Lawrence, an attorney and southern beauty, ever hopes to find love she needs to do two things: let a man walk her to the door and let go of the past. She sadly gets the opportunity to do both when her dear friend Miss Claudia passes away and leaves her a stunning southern antebellum mansion. While moving in, she discovers a diary hidden in the basement. It dates back 150 years. She becomes entranced with the diary’s history of slavery, brutality and how the bounds of time and injustice were overcome by love. Time heals the wounds and love mends the fences.

The Devil's Road: A Baja Adventure
98 min Documentary, History Directed by JT Bruce

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

A group of adventurers set out across Baja California on a 5,000-mile journey to recreate the century-old expedition of two prolific and obscure naturalists.  Their search takes them on a thrilling quest—by motorcycle, airplane, boat, and horseback—to recreate the historic, unprecedented expedition across Baja. Along the way, they bear witness to the vibrant culture and unforgettable people, endure the challenges of the road, and get a glimpse into this extraordinary place and its uncertain future.

The Show Can't Go On
93 min Comedy, Stand-up Comedy Directed by Cherie Kerr

In what appears to be her last show, a burned out sketch comedy writer/director shares a behind the scenes look at the "mounting and sustaining" of "Orange is the New Orange"; a sketch comedy show that skates on the edge of disaster. It's a look at "what could go wrong, that did go wrong." In this 90-minute mockumentary, Orange County Crazies founder Cherie Kerr finds herself in the middle of the most stressful production of her 40-year career. It starts with the first table read and takes the audience to the final curtain--the last night of the run.

Vintage Glorious Glendale
129 min Documentary Directed by Velvet Rhodes

An enthusiastic look at the vintage buildings, homes, and businesses of Glendale California with beautiful cinematography, great interviews, wonderful music and archive photos of the "Jewel City."

Wisper
93 min Drama, Thriller Directed by Russ Emanuel

BEST EDITING - FEATURE FILM

Wisper is the true story of the murder of a middle-class African American family in Northern New Jersey. In the summer of 2016, three children and their mother were found shot to death in their large suburban home. Loosely based on the personal videotapes and diaries owned by the father of the victims. Preceded by the short film Routine.

Animation Shorts
32 min

Animated Short Films.

Drama Shorts
88 min

Five dramatic works that explore the human condition.

International Short Films
84 min

Shorts from around the world made by countries outside of the US.

SCI-FI Shorts
59 min

Shorts film that are out of this world!

Short Documentaries
60 min

Documentary Short Films that tackle everything from music to the environment to war veterans.

Short Films
70 min

Five inventive and diverse short films.

Thriller Shorts
59 min

Suspensful edge of your seat shorts.

Q&A with SCI-FI Block Filmmakers
Friday, Oct 16, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "Ariadne" Filmmakers
Friday, Oct 16, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "A Feral World" Filmmakers
Friday, Oct 16, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "F20" Filmmakers
Friday, Oct 16, 2020
8:00pm - 9:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "ANIMATION Block" Filmmakers
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "It's In The Blood" Filmmakers
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "Like Love" Filmmakers
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "Love Is Not Love" Filmmakers
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020
8:00pm - 9:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "SHORT DOCUMENTARIES Block" Filmmakers
Sunday, Oct 18, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "Last Call For Tomorrow" Filmmakers
Sunday, Oct 18, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "Born Just Now" Filmmakers
Sunday, Oct 18, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with Russ Emanuel
Sunday, Oct 18, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Q&A With Director Russ Emanuel. 

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "SHORT FILM Block" Filmmakers
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "The Show Can't Go On" Filmmakers
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "The Bride From Vegas" Cast
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS" Filmmakers
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "The Crickets Dance" Filmmakers
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with R.D. Womack II
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Q&A With Director R.D. Womack.

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "The Devil Road: A Baja Adventure" Filmmakers
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with Quo Vadis Filmmakers
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "DRAMA SHORTS Block" Filmmakers
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "THRILLER SHORTS Block" Filmmakers
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

Q&A with "Shadows" Filmmakers
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
9:30pm - 10:30pm

All event times are Pacific Time.

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