The official selections for the Narrative Feature and Student Shorts competition for the 2016 Macon Film Festival (July 21–24) have been announced. 

"Once again we had a competitive submission process, and these films rose to the top. They exhibit excellent quality and a story line that we feel will resonate with our festival audience,” said Julie Wilkerson, Macon Film Festival board president. 

The complete listing of official selections are both domestic and international, including selections from Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Norway, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the USA. All films will screen twice during the festival, except for the special screenings and spotlight films, which will only screen once. 


In addition to those announced today, the festival presents Narrative Shorts, Documentary, LGBT, Southern and Music categories. Those announcements are forthcoming.


Macon Film Festival is July 21 – 24. Passes are now available.   


Media: If you are interested in covering the film festival please email Terrell Sandefur at Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com 

NARRATIVE FEATURE  

AUTUMN FALL / Norway (Director: Jan Vardoen) - Ingvld works as a lightning technician at the National Theatre but dreams of writing for the stage. However she can't stand actors. She still manages to entangle herself with two thespians, one a notorious hell raiser and she embarks on an exciting, scandalous, and ultimately very dangerous journey that changes her life forever.


ENCLAVE / Serbia/Germany (Director: Goran Radovanovic) - Ten years after the war in Kosovo and unfolding through the eyes of a lonely lad, this is a poignant and intense coming-of-age story that shows young boys in their struggle to follow the blood feuds of their parents and questions whether co-existence is possible between two communities. 


JASMINE / Hong Kong/United States (Director: Dax Phelan) - A year after his wife's murder, once-successful Hong Kong businessman Leonard To is still reeling from the tragedy. Having lost his job, friends and all sense of order in his life, Leonard becomes obsessed with a mysterious stranger he sees at his wife's grave, believing him to be responsible for her death.


JERICO / United States (Director: Seckeita Lewis) - Jerico and Jarvis set out on the morning of the signing of the civil rights act of 1964 with aspirations to capture a newly available promotion. With the dangers of the Jim Crow South, a simple trip to work becomes a fight for survival. JERICO is a dramatic comedy that satirizes the dogma of our American history in an effort to overcome racial division.


MANIFEST DESTINY / United States (Director: Anthony Parisi) - This musical comedy weaves together both sharp satire and heartfelt storytelling into a grand adventure. The film follows gruff explorer William Clark and his naturalist companion Meriwether Lewis as they blaze a trail to the Western waters. Along the way they encounter the lovely Sacagawea, battle the elements, and find that President Jefferson has some surprises up his sleeve.


REMITTANCE / Singapore (Director: Patrick Daly & Joel Fendleman) - REMITTANCE follows Marie, a foreign domestic worker from the Philippines as she struggles to cope with demanding employers, long hours of work, and separation from her family. Breaking from the conventional image of maids as labor, the story explores the transformations Marie goes through as a woman dealing with conflicting obligations and aspirations. 


THE RAINBOW KID / Canada (Kire Paputts) - Eugene, a young man with Down syndrome, sets out on a life altering journey to find the end of the rainbow.

STUDENT SHORTS


THE APOLOGY SERVICE / USA /University of North Georgia (Director: Luke Pilgrim) -Set in the near future, Jackson is the top “apologist” at a personalized apology firm. Jackson is a loner with his only companion being a quiet robot named AL-X or Alex. Along the way Jackson becomes overwhelmed by romantic daydreams of a friendly co-worker. This shatters his identity and causes him to question his career choice and his reclusive lifestyle. 


BIRD DOG / USA / New York University (Director: Katrina Whalen) - Rose is happy at home hunting birds with her family. When she rises to her brother’s dare and swallows a dove heart, she worries that the heart in her belly will sprout into a fully formed dove. The conviction that she is carrying a bird alters the hunting experience, and drives her to confront her fears about growing older.


CONFESSION: 5pm OR BY APPOINTMENT / USA / Savannah College of Art & Design (Director: Joseph Brennan) - A young Catholic priest is approached by his lover in the confessional to discuss where the relationship is headed.
KARKASS CARTS / USA / New York University (Director: Ben Nelson) - When the Birch brothers inherit a failing funeral home from their decaying father, they must resort to sinister means in order to save the family business.
 

RIDGELAND / USA / Savannah College of Art & Design (Director: Taylor MacDonald) - A restless young man lives aimlessly in a rural town, wanting desperately to escape his dead-end life. As he escapes to the North, life catches up.

 
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About the Macon Film Festival
Founded in 2005, Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 11th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 21-24, 2016. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute updates, and visit our website http://www.maconfilmfestival.com 

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AuthorTim Regan-Porter