Lessons learned and future aspirations fuel young people in these tales of life-defining moments. The youth in this series undergo realizations of mortality, the loss of first love and a glimpse at a better life.
SEND – USA – 8 min - Peter Vack
Separated for the summer, the only way for a teenage girl to communicate with her boyfriend is over the internet.
BIG GIRL – USA – 16 min - Lisa Melodia
A six-year-old girl tries to maintain a sense of control on the day her mom lies to keep her out of school.
KILLING PHILLIP – NZ – 14 min - Adam Gunser
Charlie needs to grow up and kill his imaginary best friend.
THE MIDDLE DISTANCE - CAN – 9 min - David Findlay
A young man must choose between running in the Olympic trials and attending his friend's funeral. Based on the true story of Canadian world-class runner Charles Philibert-Thiboutot.
CENTRAL MARKET - BHR/UAE – 11 min - Saleh Nass
While a boy works his afternoons at the local fruit and vegetable market, he ponders the opportunity to make a better buck.
SLEEPING GIANT - CAN – 17 min - Andrew Cividino
When Adam learns he is competing with Foster for the affection of his crush, he is challenged to the top of the infamous Todd's Cliff.
THE RED CARPET – SP – 12 min - Manuel Fernandez, Iosu Lopez
158 million people live in Indian slums. One girl, Rubina Ali (Slumdog Millionaire) aspires to become an actress and change the slum forever.