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Discover Détour, a film by Michel Gondry shot on iPhone. Follow the adventures of a small tricycle as it sets off along the French roads in search of its young owner.

Original soundtrack: Étienne Charry

Rate Me

RATE ME by Fyzal Boulifa from La Distributrice de Films on Vimeo.

A portrait of teenage escort, 'Coco'.

Director, screenwriter : Fyzal Boulifa
Cast : Zehra Zorba, Leo Hatton, James Pierce, Terry Noble, Rytis Sadauskas, Zoe Price, Ellie Gardner, Clark Curran, Robert J Francis, Cecilia Noble, Debra Marie Mawdsley, George Welton, Demilade Adesanya, Natalie Callaghan, Zoie Smith, Saskia Chohan, Alex Morrison, Ava Sabrine Rosenthal
DOP : Taina Galis
Sound : Anna Bertmark
Editing : Taina Galis, Fyzal Boulifa
Set Designer: Tilly Shiner
Costumes : Clare Rose
Music: Felicita
Producers : Taina Galis, Fyzal Boulifa
Distribution: La Distributrice de Films


Cannes, Quinzaine / Cannes, Director's Fortnight - Cannes, France, 2015
Guanajuato International Film Festival - Guanajuato, Mexico, 2015
Kratkofil International short Film Festival - Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2015
20th Sarajevo Film Festival - Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2015
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival - Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2015
BFI London Film Festival - London, UK, 2015
Encounters Shot Film Festival - Bristol, UK, 2015
Hamptons International Film Fetsival - Hamptons, USA, 2015
Toronto International Film Festival - Toronto, Canada, 2015
Batumi International Art-House Film Festival - Batumi, Georgia, 2015
44th Festival du Nouveau Cinema - Montreal, Canada, 2015
51st Chicago International Film Festival - Chicago, USA, 2015
34th Uppsala International Short Film Festival - Uppsala, Sweeden
19th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur - Winterthur, Switzerland, 2015
38th Denver Film Festival - Denver, USA, 2015
Twin Cities Arab Film Festival - Minneapolis, USA
44th AFI Film Fest - Los Angeles, USA
Leeds International Film Festival - UK, 2015
Geo Saizescu International Film Festival - Roumania, 2015
Zagreb Film Fest - Croatia, 2015
Leuven International Short Film Festival - Belgium, 2015
London Short Film Fest - UK, 2016
Sundance - USA, 2016
Solothum Film Festival - Switzerland, 2016
Las Palmas International Film Festival - Spain, 2016
Mecal Barcelona - Spain, 2016
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival - Romania, 2016
Vilnius Film Festival- Lithuania, 2016
Madrid Film circle - Spain, 2016
Atlanta Film Festival - USA, 2016
Go Shorts - Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2016
Dallas Film Festival - Dallas, USA 2016
Indielisboa International Independent Film Festival - Lisbon, Portugal 2016
Kiev International Film Festival - Kiev, Ukraine 2016
Halifax Independent Filmmakers' Festival - Halifax, Canada
Palm Springs Short Film Festival - Palm Springs, USA 2016
New Zeland International Film Festival - Wellington, New Zeland 2016
Lago International Film Festival - Lago, Italy 2016
Kinemastik International Short Film Festival - Malta 2016
DC Shorts Film Festival - Washington, USA 2016
Pacific Meridian International Film Festival - Vlasdivostock, Russia 2016


Best British Short at Leeds International Film Fetsival - UK, 2015
Live Action Short Special Mention for Innovative Storytelling au AFI Film Fest - USA, Los Angeles 2015
Honorable mention for Best International Short at Festival du nouveau cinéma, 2015
Honorable mention for Best International Short at TIFF, 2015
Illy Award, Directors' Fortnight - Cannes Films Festival, 2015

Bayard & Me

Bayard & Me from Super Deluxe on Vimeo.

Bayard & Me is a short doc about how the openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Martin Luther King, adopted his partner Walter Naegle in the 1980s for legal protections. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and how they had to work around the system in an era when gay marriage was inconceivable. He also reflects on the little known phenomena of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.

Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker in New York. His film include Wild Combination about the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell and Teenage about the birth of youth culture. His most recent shorts include HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary and The Face of AIDS for TIME Magazine.

Super Deluxe is an omni-platform entertainment company committed to amplifying unconventional creative voices. With online video for social feeds, television series, documentaries, interactive live experiences, and consumer-facing tech products, Super Deluxe talks to a generation of insatiably curious viewers who grew up clutching smartphones. Super Deluxe is a division of Turner, but it operates independently in Downtown LA.

Director: Matt Wolf
Producer: Brendan Doyle
DP: Pete Sillen
Editor: Conor McBride
Produced by SuperDeluxe and C41 Media

Gil Kazimirov - Mom, I Have a Few Requests For You

I have a few requests for you, now that I’ve moved away:

1. My room.
Do not change a thing. Do not move the bed. Do not tear down my posters. G-Unit is an inspirational group of gentlemen. 

My way worn, well-worn clothes, woven fabrics warming weak, weathered bones – keep them too, right where they are, pants, jackets, shirts, in a neglected pile, my silent accomplices in the making of the careless moments of youth.
Do not repaint the walls.
Do not buy a new desk.
Do not rid my shelf of unread Spanish textbooks
Let me rid my self of the Steinbecks and the Gatsbys,
Do not read my self-
Directed instructions on how to get some being to think I am worth loving, like there’s some secret sauce, a logic to the alchemy,
Do not lead yourself to trash naïve, handwritten lists hidden in desks that start with 1. And end with:
Figure out what music she likes and buy all of it.

2. Your food

Do not change a thing.
If the gods cooked Schnitzel, you’d see them huddled together over your recipe,
deciphering your chicken scratch, maybe adding mashed potatoes.
Chicken Soup, peppered with parsley and your devotion. I know you say this is not how time works but it’s precisely your soup that was prescribed to injured Roman soldiers. For what heart or bones or spirit broken can its warmth not mend?
Yes, you are alone now, but as petit as your appetite, don’t you dare say it’s too much effort or ask who’s there to cook for?
I refuse to believe a Saturday will pass without knives slicing tomatoes, burnt, cut but somehow still delicate hands twisting open jars that others would ask their man to open, spices and warmth spreading themselves unto the air surrounding your tedium, your hard work, your love for the food, for me.
Call me when the food is ready, as if I am still sat in my room, waiting.
Because mom, listen, if you stop cooking, what smells will I use to find my way back home?
3. You.
Do not change a thing.
If the years begin to dig their trenches alongside your eyes or in the depth of your brow, as if making preparations for the ultimate battle, nationalize their shovels, imprison them with no trial. Be ruthless, mom, can you even do that?
Do not let the powerful brown of your hair gentrify like Bed-Stuy, or let the corners of your mouth resign into the grimace of retirement homes. When I come back to visit, please, be just the way I had left you.
Mom, do not change a thing.
Your son
I couldn’t send that letter.
Because I realized that if selfishness was one letter, and not 11, it would be the letter written by a kid demanding his mom not to change.
To freeze time in anticipation of his sporadic visits, to stop living until the phone rings and I am on my way, and your vocal chords strain under the pressure of their rebirth, and your mind already on its mental path through grocery aisles and parking lots,
just so I can feel like everything is the same as it always was, so I can pretend I never left you in the past as I went about in search of my future.
Thank you for being a willing accomplice in this crime, mom, but I think its time to turn myself in.
So go ahead, throw out my notebooks, rid yourself of your pots and your pans;
let your veins emerge from their shyness, let your eyelids surrender to gravity, let age ravage the fibers of your body as long as your heart – your heart it doesn’t touch. So mom, even if you stop making Schnitzel, I’ll always find my way back home.


BACKSTROKE from Robbie Barclay on Vimeo.

Two runaway teens steal a car with dreams of heading down to Florida, but things take a dark turn after a dangerous game.

Written and Directed by Robbie Barclay
Starring Josefine Christofferson, Shemar Jonas and Tom Frank
Director of Photography - Daniel April
Camera Operator - John Kopec
AC - Quinton Brogan
Gaffer - Chris Husta
AD - Conrad Sokolowski
HMU - Elvira Gonzalez
Location Sound - Aaron Sandler
Boom Operators - Carmen Sanchez, Jack Bradley
Sound Designer - Billy Feldman
Voice Over - Lynn Sher
Editor - Robbie Barclay
Creative Consultant - Sean Gradwell
Original Score - Dylan Glatthorn
Music - Waylon Thorton and the Heavy Hands
Colorist - Kath Raisch
Title Design - Paul Tuorto
Producer - Ryan Biazon
Associate Producer - Luke Wright

The Infinite Now

The Infinite Now from Armand Dijcks on Vimeo.

Over the past months I've been working with Australian photographer Ray Collins to bring his amazing oceanscapes to life in the form of cinemagraphs, a blend between photography and video. Each cinemagraph is created from one of Ray's stills, and sets it in infinite motion, making a unique moment in time last forever.

These cinemagraphs inspired André Heuvelman from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra to get together with pianist Jeroen van Vliet to record a very moving custom soundtrack, which I combined with a selection of the cinemagraphs.

You can see the original cinemagraphs at

Ray's images can be found at

André Heuvelman's music:

O Paraíso são os outros

Para assinalar o Dia da Língua Portuguesa e da Cultura na CPLP, a Porto Editora aliou-se ao realizador Miguel Gonçalves Mendes na publicação de "Sotaques", um vídeo que celebra a diversidade da língua portuguesa no mundo através da leitura de "O Paraíso são os outros", de Valter Hugo Mãe.

O vídeo foi concebido pelo cineasta, responsável por projetos como José e Pilar e Autografia, e os registos de áudio e vídeo foram efetuados na volta ao mundo que empreendeu durante o ano de gravação de "O Sentido da Vida", o seu novo filme (com estreia prevista em 2018).

Nesta leitura de "O Paraíso são os outros" encontramos pessoas de Cochim, Goa, Damão, Diu, Macau e outras, a que mais tarde, e já em Lisboa, se juntaram diferentes sotaques de pessoas provenientes de países africanos de língua portuguesa, de Timor-Leste, do Brasil e várias zonas de Portugal.

Numa viagem que reflete a diversidade da nossa língua, os leitores dão voz ao estilo singular de Valter Hugo Mãe e à sua personagem principal, uma menina fascinada pelo amor, que usa a imaginação para antever e descobrir o que é a felicidade.

"Sotaques" será cedido gratuitamente ao Museu da Língua Portuguesa, em São Paulo, atualmente em obras de reconstrução, após o grande incêndio de 2012. No futuro, e no seguimento deste mesmo projeto, será publicado um minidocumentário sobre a forma como as diferentes culturas vivem, no seu quotidiano, a Língua Portuguesa.

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