2020 Official Selection

25 Films in Competition


"HERE TODAY" by Erica Arvold & Meredith Grace Dabney, USA - 13 min

A high school student struggles to find her own identity with a new group of friends and discovers that, together, their choices have an impact beyond what they ever imagined. This universally autobiographical tale, written by 16-year-old Meredith Grace Dabney, is a reminder of vulnerability, of life's connections, and above all that words and actions, no matter how small, affect everyone.

"PLANTED" by Amity Zmora, Israel - 1h 16 mn

Tammy wants to put her son, who is in a vegetative state after an accident, in a rehabilitation centre in order to save his family, which is collapsing.

 

She persists despite her husband's objections.

"LAS OTRAS CAMAS" by Jonay García, Spain - 15 mn

Laura is a sex worker for people with disabilities. Her boyfriend, Marco, can't handle the situation.

He wants her to find another job.

One day he will understand that the only thing we need is a little affection to feel alive.

"ENJOY" by AdriánOrdóñez, Spain - 7 mn

After a date full of boredom, a couple decides to change to make their lives better.

Despite the handicap that pursues them, Carla and Luis put love first and overcome all kinds of barriers.

"BRAULIO" de Javier Selva, Spain - 7 mn

Braulio lives disconnected from reality. He only discovers the world through his computer. His house is abandoned, he is always alone and is not embarrassed to live in chaos. When his computer suddenly crashes, he doesn't know what to do and gets bored.

 

He decides by chance to see what's going on outside, where everything is new to him, but ...

"BLIND DATE" by Xavier Inbona, France - 1 mn

It's not all about eye contact!

"JE M'APPELLE PETYA" by Daria Binevskaya, Russia - 15 mn

At night, the heroin and her daughters enter an isolated room in the infectious unit of a hospital. In the room next door lives a little boy with Down's syndrome.

At night, he paints on his bedroom window.

One night, this mother meets the boy; together they create a beautiful painting on the glass.

But in the morning, the boy is gone.

"AHAAN" by Nikhil Pherwani, India - 1h 20 mn

Ahaan, a young man with Down's syndrome, is endearing and wants to lead a normal life.

Ozzy, a man in his 40s, suffers from OCD. These and his refusal to have a child are driving him away from his wife. Ozzy makes desperate attempts to win her back using Ahaan's help.

Ahaan unwittingly brings out a more human side of Ozzy, saving his marriage.

Ozzy then takes on the challenge of making Ahaan's dream come true.

"IO LA SEDIA ME LA PORTO DA CASA" by Aurora Deiana, Italy - 13 mn

The writer Stefania is a finalist in a literary competition. After the first celebrations, it turns out that Durante, her rival, is also on the list. Who will come first? This seems to be the main knot around which the whole story revolves. Luckily, there is her husband Gianpaolo to cheer her on and then the sea from which she draws her inspiration.

On the evening of the event, an unexpected obstacle prevents the writer from being present at the award ceremony .

"SWEET SOLACE" by Nicolas Durand, France - 9 mn

Boïko, a penniless and whimsical street musician, smiles again when he sees Christelle and Joseph, two blind passers-by, who meet each other by chance ... Boïko leads the two blind people into his imaginary world made of films and music...

"SCARS by Didier Cros, France - 57 mn

Are you afraid to look at another face?

Men and women we look at with difficulty. We look at them out of the corner of our eyes because we lack the courage to face them. This film gives voice to destroyed faces, to identities riddled with chance or destiny. Misshapen figures from birth, faces ravaged by the accidents of life.

How can we live under the weight of difference?

"THE ROAD TO NOWHERE" by Alex Bustamante, United Kingdom - 13 mn

"The Road to Nowhere" is a drama set during the holiday season.

 

A suicidal man visits his grandfather and unexpectedly receives a new perspective on life.

"UPS AND DOWNS" by Eoin Cleland, Ireland - 1h

A young man with Down's syndrome lies to his sister about going to a concert.

Traveling adventures.  With no phone, no money and no plan, can they make it?

Their mother worries and looks for them...

"VIVRE (presque) COMME LES AUTRES" by Smail Beldjelalia, France - 56 mn

Documentary plunging into the daily lives of 8 patients, children or adults, suffering from chronic intestinal insufficiency and treated with home parenteral nutrition or transplantation. It sensitively addresses the constraints related to their disease and treatments, the handicap and its consequences on the life of the patient and his family, the pains, doubts, joys and dreams of the patients.

"PLEASE BE SEATED" by Kevin Scott, Ireland - 5 mn

Let us be thankful for the simple things in life; not all of us are fortunate enough to have them.

"DONNA ON THE GO: REALLY!" by Vince Deadrick,   USA - 6 mn

"Donna On The Go" is a series designed to raise awareness among people with disabilities. It features the life of Donna Russo, a disabled actress and dancer (Donna Reed). She shows her struggles and victories as a person with a disability in a world of able-bodied people. 

"DEAF LOVE" by Michele Bertini Malgarini, Italy - 15 mn

Two young people, love and a wild and wonderful island populated only by deaf people.

Paolo is a musician and he is in love with Claudia, a girl he has never really met, but with whom he exchanges many messages.

To meet her, he will leave for the island where she lives. There he will have to defend his love for her.

"I CAN" by Diana Elizabeth Jordan, USA - 5 mn

"I CAN" follows Ellie, our heroine; as she is emotionally bombarded by friends, family, and her mentor to see if she is strong enough to face an unbeatable enemy, herself.

"A TRAVERS LES MURS" by Larissa Corriveau, Québec - 20 mn

Edmond, the only child of James and Mary, lives in a world without words, a situation that slowly creates uneasiness in the family. Immersed in his despair, Marie discovers the surprising world of her son, who is walled in his silence.

"ALCOHOL FREE" by Sasan Salour, Iran - 14 mn

ESIO is a foreman in a dummy factory. He's a dwarf. He has a relationship with one of the mannequins and his employer finds out about it; he has to quit his job.

"LA VENTANA" by Daniela Cáceres López, Colombia - 13 mn

The couple's life, which Miguel and Ana share, is transformed when Miguel regains his sight after thirty years of blindness. Miguel faces the real world. Little by little, he begins to distance himself from Ana, and realizes that the ideal world he dreamed of before only existed in his imagination.  He observes his environment and ends up losing faith in man. He decides to record Ana's image and lock himself in his house to observe the outside world through his window.

"IN TWO MINDS" by David Streames, United Kingdom - 12 mn

A police officer, a young recruit, finds himself in a difficult situation with a troubled man, capable of the worst.

"MISFIT" by Karanja Ng'endo, Kenya - 5 mn

An exploration of race and differences in skin colour. What happens when a person is too black to be white and too white to be black? An experimental look at albinism and colourism in the black community.

"MALOU" by Adalbert Wojaczek, Germany - 14 mn

Malou, irresistibly fights for her dream: to have a career as a dancer.

After years of struggle and rejection, suddenly, luck smiles on her for once in his life.

"THE MAN OF THE TREES" by Andrea Trivero, Italy - 19 mn

Daniel Balima, who is disabled due to polio, is a senior horticulturist in Tenkodogo, a small town in Burkina Faso. He lives there with his family and has been working there for 67 years. He uses his hands...

7 Out-of-Competition Films


  • "LILY'S HAIR" by Raphael Gustavo Silva, Brazil - 15 min
    Lily's a black girl who doesn't like her hair. With the help of Caio, her friend in a wheelchair, she is trying to get her hair the way she has always dreamed of.
  • "SUNNY BOY" by Jane Gull, England - 11 min
    Danny suffers from a rare skin disease, xerodermapigmentosum, and has to spend his life away from the light...
  • "L'UN POUR L'AUTRE" by Léo & Brice Fontaine, France - 27 min
    Alban is a young soccer hopeful whose future is in jeopardy due to an injury...
  • "MEET MUNCH Jr" by Ray Jacob, England - 10 min
    A hairdresser welcomes an autistic client to his salon...
  • "JUST GO" by Pavel Gumennikov, Latvia - 11 min
    Inspired by an incredible true story; "Just" who lost both his legs in an accident is in love with the girl next door "Ieva".
  • "PERFIDES" by Philippe Lecoq, France - 19 min
    A young girl employed by a school cleans the premises. She is accused of stealing objects...
  • "LA VIE REVEE D'AMANDA" by Jill Emery, France - 52 min
    Amanda's autistic and spends the weeks in a home for autistic adults. She lives in a dream world and is convinced she's expecting a child from Dimitri...