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          5th Annual
   Bull City International
         Film Festival

         March 4-7th
                2022

 
      
 

         

BCFF 2022

The 5th Annual Bull City International Film Festival is scheduled for March 4-7th, 2022.

We were looking forward to our first fully hybrid festival after having to go completely virtual in 2021, but the Omicron variant with its unexpectedly high transmissibility rates is pushing the limits of health, safety, travel and other infrastructures across the country.

 

And so, the festival’s in-person elements will be moving online again this year. While we’re disappointed to not provide the full hybrid experience and gather in-person as intended, audiences this year will still experience the magic and energy of our festival with bold new films and the discovery of new storytellers.

 

As we did last year, our volunteers will be adding a vibrant dimension to the festival by conducting Zoom interviews with filmmakers and screenwriters to be shown as sneak peeks on our website.

Award winning screenwriters of features and pilots will be invited to be guests on the podcast, The Writers Room With Sam & Jim.

BCFF’s mission is to develop, promote and sustain a film festival that supports new media and independent film making in North Carolina and around the world while engaging audiences with new cultural and entertainment opportunities. 

Our goal is to produce unique programming that showcases excellence in writing and filmmaking.

To maintain this we ask you to consider making a financial contribution to help further our commitment to storytelling.

 

2022 Selected Written Works:

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WINNER Call Me Thor by Jamie Campbell

FINALIST You Were Just Here by Dania Denise

SEMI-FINALIST Escaping Bayfield by David J Myers, III

SEMI-FINALIST The Giving Children by Valerie Brotski

QUARTER-FINALIST The Familiar Ferry by William Scott Williams

QUARTER-FINALIST All Along The Watchtower by Nate Flaks

QUARTER-FINALIST The Double by Leor Zinati

WINNER Secondhand Pawn by Steve Holbert

FINALIST Boys & Girls by Darik Bernard

FINALIST Transformed by Shannon TL Kearns

SEMI-FINALIST The Exchange by Rick Barham

SEMI-FINALIST Non-Official Cover by Jodi Shelton

QUARTER-FINALIST Val by Michael Blomquist

WINNER Cry Havoc by  J.B. Storey

FINALIST Gloomy Sunday by Kevin Machate

OFFICIAL 2022 SELECTIONS

7 Feature Films and 25 Shorts!

BEST FEATURE FILM Julia Blue

BEST SHORT FILM The Right Words

Features:

Julia Blue

Awaiting a response from an esteemed Germany-based photography institute, Julia develops a special bond with a PTSD-ridden soldier from a war zone in post-revolution Ukraine.

 
 

A Fluorescent Sky

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A corner shop owner with great fear of the world confines his daughter to the shop. With the threat of a new ‘Hypermark’ opening, he battles for the store’s survival while his daughter longs for the world beyond.

A Beautiful Curse

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A whole island affected by an unexplainable sleep phenomenon is closed off from the mainland. Photographer Samuel heads there undetected to document the events, whereupon he finds Stella deep in slumber, and his attraction grows. He soon discovers the sleep affliction is more dangerous and personal than expected.

Fading Petals

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Two solitary figures find their paths cross when a Young Woman arrives to aid a sickly Old Woman. After a hostile first encounter and despite misgivings from both, the two slowly open up to one another and begin to form an unexpected bond. 

The Good Hearts Club

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A loner by trade, Matt begins begins his first day at Escape Room Austin, a local mom and pop that’s in danger of being bought out by the Corporate Escape Room next door.

CUTLASS - La Machette Rouge

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16-year-old Vivian moves to live with her grandmother Ma Granni in the city of Bamenda (Cameroon) On her arrival, she is infatuated by BEN, an Okada boy (commercial bike rider) Ben so Lovely and willing to be financially Supportive takes Vivian on a ride to a seemingly romantic but dangerous adventure.

Shellfish

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Instead of finding a ‘real’ job, as his parents lovingly put it, stop motion animator Keller attempts to produce a film in a week with his dumbstruck brother and longtime crush. When their shoot goes wrong, Keller must face his own selfishness and decide which is more important, his filmmaking or close relationships, in this coming-of-age comedy with a twist of stop motion animation.

Short Films: 

Traces

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A horse logger and his horse explore the depths of a forest in the Ardennes as the seasons go by, living his passion under the gaze of a strange young girl.

Eve

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A young woman recently married to her long term boyfriend, now has doubts.

Dog In Translation

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Despite recently moving to Spain from the UK, Gary's stubborn approach to language learning is a disappointment to his girlfriend Suzi. When his opinions are challenged via an unlikely source, will he see the error of his ways?

The Audition

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A Latino actor who doesn't fit the Hollywood stereotype goes to great lengths to get casting directors to look beyond the surface.

Behind the Wheel

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Jamal, a teenage driver ready to celebrate his newfound independence, wants to take his girlfriend out on a date, but not before his father runs him through the routine one more time: What happens if you’re pulled over by the police?

The Parts That Stay

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Two sisters struggle to process conflicting memories of their mother on the day of her funeral while an overly enthusiastic funeral director tries to make sure they receive an excellent experience in customer service.

Art Me Up

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A woman who is trying to finish her quilt for an art museum experiences a creative block.

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Trumpets In The Sky

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Boushra, one of the potato-picking girls, returns from a long day of work in the field only to learn that today her childhood will come to an end.

Behind The Glass

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A man struggling with addiction finds himself behind a glass, trying to find a way out despite his struggles.

Tooth

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When Calvin is told by his older brother that all the magic in the world lives in his last baby tooth, he comes up with a plan to make sure he never loses it. Can he prevent the inevitable, or will the magic disappear forever?

Please Fill in All Required Fields

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Linda Ramirez is selected for an authentication test about her identity and heritage but feels that something is horribly off when the test's questions begin to seem biased and aggressively phrased.

If I'm Good

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A widower explores his attraction to a younger man as he struggles to cope with the recent loss of his husband.

TukTuk

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After her husband abandoned her and illegally fled the country, Walaa’s only way to secure income for her family was to drive a Tuk-tuk. At the risk of being ridiculed, harassed and unaccepted while drowning in debt she embarks on a journey to fight for her livelihood.

Dollar Generals

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A young ex-convict and her boyfriend get jobs at a dollar store in hopes of pulling a cash-skimming scam that quickly goes awry.

Shark

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An absurd, yet somehow plausible relationship-gone-wrong. Starring Nash Edgerton and Rose Byrne. 

Slashed Ceiling

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Another promotion at Arrand Corporation is up for grabs, and Kai is confident that despite her Master's Degree from Yale, she will not receive the promotion. That is--until an acquaintance unwittingly makes a deadly suggestion.

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When creative ambitions are interrupted by the attention-demanding technology of today, will a group of artists have the will to ignore its lure for the sake of their creative integrity?

Cynsica Reborn

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Facing an uncertain future after a stroke, Ginny finds renewed hope in a crazy scheme cooked up by her grandson.

Apocalypse Notes

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When original music is in danger of extinction, a gifted blues guitarist and his girlfriend must decide how to honor the creations that remain, before time runs out.

The Recipe

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Delores Sampson invites family friend, Gary Baxter, to dinner in hopes of reconnecting by sharing memories of her son.

The Right Words

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Kenza, 15, and her little brother Madhi, 13, regularly humiliate one another on social media. On the bus, Kenza puts her naive and romantic little brother to the test: to profess his love for Jada, the girl that Madhi loves, even though she does not know him. 

The Letter Room

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When a corrections officer is transferred to the letter room, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a prisoner's deeply private life.

Pops

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How would you react if your father's last wish was a little bit out there? For siblings Roz and Elli, it becomes a battleground for who will determine their pop's final journey.
Starring Samantha Spiro (Games of Thrones, Sex Education) and Nigel Lindsay (Victoria, Safe, Four Lions), Pops is a Jewish comedy drama about family, religion and how we choose to honour a life well-lived.

In Limbo

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‘In Limbo’ tells the story of Simon, who’s faced with a gut-wrenching choice. Will Simon remain ‘In Limbo’ forever?

Glenwood Road

 
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An estranged couple reunites at their home for the first time since separating and finds the trip down memory lane to be bittersweet.

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