COMPETITION
The competition, which brings together artistic issues, will affirm cinema under the protective aura of its "godparent presidents", hoping for a selection based on the standards of its ancestors.

BULL

by Annie Silverstein with Steven Boyd, Amber Havard, Troy Hogan

After trashing her neighbor's house in a fit of youthful defiance, 14-year-old Kris seems destined to follow in her mother's footsteps to the state penitentiary. To make amends, she is forced to help Abe Turner, an ex-bull rider scraping by on the Texas rodeo circuit, with errands at home and at his work. While traveling with Abe, she discovers a passion for bull riding. Yet, bad influences back home in her leafy subdivision outside Houston lure her back into delinquent ways...

HAM ON RYE

by Tyler Taormina with Lori Beth Denberg, Haley Bodell, Audrey Boos

All the teenagers in Haley's hometown dress up on what is said to be, “the most important day of their lives.” With nervous excitement, they make a scattered pilgrimage across town, drawn to an unknown fate. Haley walks at a more reluctant pace, skeptical of the timeworn tradition and the bizarre coming-of-age ritual that awaits them at their destination. When they finally arrive at a local delicatessen, the clusters of local teens join in a surreal ceremony. Many of the teens are granted instantaneous escape from the clutches of suburbia while an unchosen few are left to interminably dwell in their vacant hometown…

JUDY AND PUNCH

by Mirrah Foulkes with Tom Budge, Benedict Hardie, Damon Herriman, Gillian Jones

It's the mid-17th century in the tiny town called Seaside, incidentally nowhere near the sea. Worn out and ruined by poverty and neglect, the lives of Seaside's town folk have spiralled into violence, mob rule and God-fearing hysteria. Amongst the chaos, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show became a hit due to Judy's superior puppeteering, but Punch's driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge…

KNIVES AND SKIN

by Jennifer Reeder with Kate Arrington, Kayla Carter, Robert T Cunningham

The investigation of a young girl's disappearance in a rural Illinois town is led by an inexperienced local sheriff. Unusual coping techniques develop among the traumatized small-town residents with each new secret revealed. The ripple of fear and suspicion destroys some relationships and strengthens others. The backdrop of trauma colors quintessential rituals – classrooms, dances, courtship, football games – in which the teenagers experience an accelerated loss of innocence while their parents are forced to confront adulthood failures...

MICKEY AND THE BEAR

by Annabelle Attanasio with James Badge Dale, Calvin Demba, Rebecca Henderson

It's April in Anaconda, Montana. Headstrong teenager Mickey Peck is doing what she can to keep her single, veteran father afloat, navigating his mercurial moods, opioid addiction, and grief over the loss of his wife. Secretly, she fantasizes of going to college on the west coast and finally living life on her own terms. When she receives the opportunity to leave her home for good, she must make the impossible decision between familial obligation and personal fulfillment…

PORT AUTHORITY

by Danielle Lessovitz with Leyna Bloom, Devon Carpenter, Stephen Cavalieri

This is the story of an encounter between a young white man who is taken for a loser and tries to survive in a New York that does not want him, and a family of black and queer voguing dancers from Harlem. Among them, there is a beautiful girl. The thing is, she is not just a beautiful girl…

SHARE

by Pippa Bianco with Rhianne Barreto, Nicholas Galitzine, Poorna Jagannathan

After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout.

SKIN

by Guy Nattiv with Jamie Bell, Bill Camp, Zoe Colletti, Mike Colter

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves. But leaving behind all he knows is going to be hell…

SWALLOW

by Carlo Mirabella-Davis with Haley Bennett, Zabryna Gueva, Velez Luna Lauren

Hunter is a newly pregnant woman, living an idyllic, stay-at-home life with her picture-perfect husband Richie. But when she finds herself compelled to eat a small marble; she is catapulted down the path of a new obsession for consuming dangerous objects that threatens her seemingly have-it-all life. Her husband and his mother notice the change, and begin to tighten their control over Hunter, forcing her to confront the dark secret behind her strange compulsion…

 

THE CLIMB

by Michael Angelo Covino with Talia Balsam, Michael Angelo Covino, Judith Godrèche

Kyle and Mike are two best friends with a very different temperament but who share a close bond despite the ordeals of life. Until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée... Although this betrayal should have irrevocably destroyed their friendship, a tragic event will bring them back together again.

THE LIGHTHOUSE

by Robert Eggers with Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman, Robert Pattinson

A hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

by Tyler Nilson  & Michael Schwartz with Jon Bernthal, Bruce Dern, Zack Gottsagen, Thomas Haden Church

Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from a nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and attending the wrestling school of Salt-Water Redneck. Through circumstances beyond their control, Tyler, a small-time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor, a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own, to join them on their journey.

THE WOLF HOUR

by Alistair Banks Griffin with Jeremy Bobb, Brennan Brown, Emory Cohen

July 1977, New York City. June Leigh, a former 1960s novelist who has barely left her six-story walk up in years, becomes unraveled when an unseen tormentor begins harassing her, as the incendiary New York Blackout Riots unfold outside her window...

WATCH LIST

by Ben Rekhi with Arthur Acuña, Angeli Bayani, Alessandra De Rossi

After her husband is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Maria is left to fend for her three children in a virtual police state. As she delves into Manila's dark underworld of cops, criminals and drugs to find answers, she realizes the truth is never black and white, and that she must explore her own darkness to keep her family safe.