After watching more than 300 films, the 6th Annual Red Rock Film Festival announced today its official selections for the short fiction category. That category alone received 92 films from 16 countries with USA, Canada and Spain being the most popular countries.
From Spain the festival programmers selected David Galán Galindo's "Curves". The short thriller takes a man and his car across a lonely road where the man meets a strange woman who wears a night-shirt with other surprises along the way.
"Very proud and happy to participate at this great event for the third consecutive year," said Eduardo Moises Escribano Solera of Mailuki Films who represents several films that have been accepted to Red Rock including "Curves".
Alexandre Dostie from Travelling Distribution in Quebec, Canada told Red Rock "We're so glad that some of the movies distributed by Travelling are part of your festival again this year. "
These films include Nicolas Roy's "It is Nothing (Ce n'est Rein)" and Alexis Forier Gauthier's "Snowbound (Dans la Neige)". "It is Nothing" is a drama in French about a father named Michel who lives alone with his daughter Marie and the dark secret that he discovers.
"Snowbound" is about a 13-year old girl named Vicky, who is stuck between childhood and adolescence and secretly bears a heavy burden. When her mother discovers the nature of her troubles, Vicky takes an unsettling decision to reclaim the childhood she has already lost.
Also from Canada is festival alum Vanya Rose who's romantic film "Impossible" played last year, and is back with the Canadian short "At the Bottom of the Hill". In the film, a female soldier rents a house in a small town. She is not alone as
her memories of Afghanistan linger.
Festival previewer Mike Hamm called the film "Confident, mature filmmaking. An internal film… this story about a war vet had an honesty and patience to it that I found absorbing."
Another festival alum, Sasha Collington whose documentary film "Imaginary Friends" played at the Red Rock Film Festival in 2009 is back with the UK comedy short "Lunch Date". The film shows a clever way to give a message to a date when a girl's boyfriend sends his fourteen-year-old brother to break the news.
Christoph Kuschnig and Felix Striegel's Austrian film "Hatch" is in both German and Serbian. Christoph said "We are very thrilled, that Hatch is an official selection of the 2012 Red Rock Film Festival!"
The film follows two couples and the wrenching decisions they each must make on a wintry Vienna night. Milo and Biljana, illegal immigrants seeking opportunity, must acknowledge that they cannot raise their newborn. Across town, Thomas and Andreas, an older and more stable couple desperately want to welcome a child into their lives.
From the USA is Lauren Fash's "Quiet". The film follows Ali, who must lie and say she is her wife Sam's sister in order to be with her in the hospital.
Director Lauren Fash said "The film is inspired by the story of Janice Langbehn who was denied to the right to say goodbye to her partner in 2007 at a Florida hospital. We read this article from the New York Times and decided to make a film about this subject."
The shorts will play in different programs at the Red Rock Film Festival which will be screening more than 100 films November 8-17 at various locations in Southern Utah and Mesquite, Nevada. More official selections will be announced in the coming month. Information is available at www.redrockfilmfestival.com.