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PAMA 2018 Program, Non classé 06/07/2018

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Web Series 2018 -program

PAMA 2018 Program 06/07/2018

1PM : Screening of the first episode of each web serie below.
1.40 : QnA hosted in French 🇫🇷 (only) by Marianne Marsac.


Screening Saturday 23, June, 1PM, at the Café de Paris.


INK, directed by Laurent King, FRANCE, Ep 01 : 11′ > More soon. WORLD PREMIERE / UNRELEASED

THE CELL, directed by Guillaume Lubrano, FRANCE, Ep 01 : 7′ > More soon. WORLD COMPETITION PREMIERE / RELEASED

SPRINGDALE, directed by Tom Evrard, FRANCE, Ep 01 : 7′ > More soon. WORLD COMPETITION PREMIERE / RELEASED

SPOTTERS’ RIFT, directed by Léo Guyard, FRANCE, Ep 01 : 13′ > More soon. WORLD COMPETITION PREMIERE / RELEASED

International Short Films

PAMA 2018 Program 06/07/2018


Screening Sunday 24, June, 1PM, at the Grand Rex Paris.

Screening may take place in a different order depending on the screening formats.

THE JUDGMENT OF KYLE NOBLE, directed by Danilo Dayani, USA, 11′ > More soon. WORLD PREMIERE

CONTACT, directed by Teal Greyhavens, USA, 14′ > More soon. FRENCH PREMIERE

LION, directed by Davide Melini, UK, 12′ > More soon. FRENCH PREMIERE

THE DARK OF NIGHT, directed by Robin Wright, USA, 9′ > More soon. PARIS PREMIERE

French Short Films

PAMA 2018 Program 06/07/2018


Screening Sunday 24, June, 2PM, at the Grand Rex Paris.

Screening may take place in a different order depending on the screening format.

COCU (Cuckold), directed by Pierre Amstutz Roch, FRANCE, 3′ > More soon. WORLD PREMIERE

QUAND J’ETAIS PETIT (When I Was Young), directed by Benoît Pillet et Florent Colignon, FRANCE, 6′ > More soon. WORLD PREMIERE

LA DORMANCE (The Dormant Season), directed by Vincent Malaisé, FRANCE, 19′ > More soon. FRENCH PREMIERE

FILM FRANCAIS – Enfin Presque (A French Film – Kind Of), directed by Aymeric Goetschy, FRANCE, 11′ > More. PARIS PREMIERE

ORBITAL INN, directed by Pierre-Alain M’Barga, FRANCE, 15′ > More soon.

PAR LE SANG (By Blood), directed by Guillaume Enard and Jonathan Delerue, FRANCE, 20′ > More soon.

Behind Barres

PAMA 2018 Movies 06/07/2018

BEHIND BARRES / Short film


Directed by Sophia Bender

Produced by Sophia Benderand Kerri Ann Foweraker


Tizana Saunders
Damien Welch


The movie is listed 3 times in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best Director of Photography
– Best Editor
– Best Actress

PITCH : A prisoner within her own body, Adelina feels the weight of the Ballet world suppress her as she is tortured by injury. Behind Barres follows fragile Adelina and her battle to succeed as she begins to detach from reality. Slipping in and out of her subconscious mind and the real world, she must learn to fight her demons in order to discover her inner strength.

Festival’s appreciation :

“BEHIND BARRES is a beautiful journey in the heart and doubts of a ballerina, directed as a narrative with a clear and smart mix of experimental dreams. You could see some “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream” in this, but only with no violence at all except the fear the character has in herself.”


Behind Barres is a film about a dancer. It is a full narrative with a script and a cast. We strongly felt the choregraphy is part of the narrative but the point is the character, not the dance. It happens the character is a ballerina, but the movie is more than that.
This is why the film is nominated to 3 other categories but does not compete to the dance film category.



Director Statement

“Behind Barres is primarily inspired from my own experience of moving away from home and studying full time Ballet throughout my teenage and early adult years. As the gruelling world of Ballet began to overcome me, I found myself crippled with injuries while I watched my dreams disintegrate. I am extremely passionate to share my story through this film. I dedicate it to all the young dancers suffering through injury, who must find their inner strength in order to succeed.

Pursuing the study of Dance Film, for the past three years at the Victorian College of the Arts, I have been developing my own unique style of combining the genres of Drama and Dance on screen. The intention of the film was to combine the real world in juxtaposition with the subconscious in an abstract way.

I aimed to capture the raw moments of vulnerability that I had once endured through my injuries. In order to express this authenticity from my past and translate it to the screen, I began the gruelling process of digging through the vaults of five years of journal entries. This is where the writing process began. I wanted to take the dreams and metaphors that I had felt and combine them into the real world in an abstract way. For example, by using the glass cube as the metaphor for being stuck and unable to break free.

These Journal entries also became a key part of my choreographic process, with Tizana Saunders. Being Tizana’s debut to the screen, we used the Journal entries through improvisation tasks to organically assist her to connect with the role of Adelina.

“To be a prisoner within one’s body is perhaps the cruellest kind of suffering” Behind Barres is a film dedicated to all dancers who cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. A film to inspire and remind dancers that ‘you are not going through this alone’.”

 Director Biography – Sophia Bender

Sophia Bender is an Australian Dance Film Maker.
Leaving Tasmania at the age of 16, Sophia moved to Sydney to pursue her passion for dance, studying full time ballet for two years at The McDonald College. She then studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) for three years where she completed an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance). While studying at WAAPA Sophia endured many injures and this is where she discovered her passion for Dance Film Making; using this medium as a creative outlet.
Completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2017, Behind Barres is Sophia’s Graduating Film. Her Second Year film I’m Not Hearing You, was in the Official Selection of Newport Beach Film Festival, North Hollywood CineFest (Nomination for Best Student Film) and was given an award of recognition for Cinematography, Experimental Short and Lead Actress at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, in 2017. Sophia aims to be a pioneer for Dance Film Makers in Australia.
“Being hugely passionate in this niche area of film making, I would love to see it expand in Australia.”

Uno Sense

PAMA 2018 Movies 06/06/2018

UNO SENSE / Visual Art in Motion


Directed by Van Chriqui
Produced by Van Chriqui vand Ekaterina Bourindine.


Alan godying, Yam wolczak, Maor Maman, Jonah kozlovsky, Amit elimelech, Ben mizrahi (Brick Models Agency).


Ekaterina Bourindine : cinematographer.
Eliran Nargassi : fashion



The movie is listed 2 times in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best Visual Art in Motion
– Best Director of Photography


PITCH : “Uno sense“ is a story about a child that was born with a significant role in a mysterious sect.
The story follows the child’s life , reveals the ambivalence of being a child with such a heavy role on his shoulders, so protected, sacred and loved, but paying the price of solitude and isolation.


1st time female filmmaker.


 Director Biography – Van Chriqui

Choreographer/movement director and a professional Dancer.

Van is a former dancer at the “Nadine Animato Theatre Dance Company “. Also costume designer, former owner of the active wear brand “Tender Black- Fabric & Motion“.
She choreographed fashion shows, among them for the brand Each x Other in Paris  in 2017.
“Uno sense “ is her first film as a director, collaborating and creating it with Ekaterina Bourindine.


The Panther

PAMA 2018 Movies 06/06/2018

THE PANTHER / Animated film


Directed by Carla Albiero

Produced by Carla Albiero



The movie is listed 2 times in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best Animated Film
– Best Director


A girl at the zoo forms a connection with a caged panther and sees how it would be if the animal was free in its own environement. The film is inspired by the poem “Der Panther” by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Festival’s appreciation :

“The movie is so aestheticaly beautiful it is the first time an animated film is nominated as best director at the PAMA. It’s a moment, a polaroïd, a memory or a fantasy. For everyone’s inner child.”


First time female filmmaker and student directorial debut.



 Director Biography – Carla Albiero

I was born in Valdagno, a town in the north-east of Italy. After studying classical leterature in highschool I decided to follow my passion for art and attend the Academy of Fine Arts of Verona where I studied set design for theatre. During my exchange program at the Marmara University of Istanbul I decided to pursue a career as 2D animator. I graduated magna cum laude bringing a traditionally animated film as my final project. In 2017 I attended the classical animation program at Vancouver Film School from which I graduated the same year, bringing the short film The Panther as my final project.


Kids with Guns

PAMA 2018 Movies 06/06/2018

KIDS WITH GUNS / Feature film


Directed by Anthony James Faure

Produced by Anthony James Faure, Antony Renault and Florent Larriven


Robin Betchen as “Arno”
Andrew Tisba as “Mo”
Cyril Durel as “Le Vairon”
Éric Chantelauze as “Ratjev”


The movie is listed 3 times in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best Feature Film
– Best Actor Éric Chantelauze
– Best Production

PITCH :  Two nobodies find their ticket to the Parisian Golden Youth parties in the form of a bag filled with drugs, leading them in the mayhem of a rough police investigation.


Festival’s appreciation :

“It’s a character’s quest, it’s a fight, it’s a journey for these kids to rise from the dark side of the Paris’ pavement to try and reach their dreams. Through bad choices, luck and reality, the directors tell a story of freedom in their own way. A directorial debut to watch.”



It’s not the Gorillaz song but it could be. Producer / director Anthony Faure jumped from short film to his feature directorial debut on his own. A couple of friends, a crowdfunding campaign, and a lot of energy to show his abilities to make a full length film. Independent, new players in the game, KID WITH GUNS’ team is to keep an eye on, for sure.



 Director Biography – Anthony James Faure

Anthony James Faure is a French film director and producer. Born in Venezuela, he shared his life between South America (Venezuela, Chile) and Paris (France) where he lived for 15 years. Passionate about music and theater, he finally chose Film: he graduated in Film Studies and Screenwriting/Producing/Directing at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français (CLCF) as an Assistant Director. After producing and directing many short films and his first feature film “Kids with Guns”, he decided to move to New York during the post production of the film. In the US, he worked on several short films, music videos and feature films as Assistant Director, Producer or Director, while attending a One Year Filmmaking Program at the New York Film Academy.

Film Français (enfin presque)

PAMA 2018 Movies 06/06/2018



Directed by Aymeric Goetschy

Produced by Les Batelières Productions


Jean-Pierre Kalfon as “Le réalisateur”
Lucile De San Jose as “L’actrice”
Daniil Korchounov as “YouTuber 1”
Benjamin Gazzeri Guillet as “YouTuber 2”



The movie is listed 2 times in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best French Short
– Best Actor Jean-Pierre Kalfon


PITCH : A cult director post French New Wave meets a young trendy actress who has become famous thanks to television. The meeting does not go as planned…


Festival’s appreciation :

“What you’re about to see is not what you expect. Short film, yes, but also a clever script and a smart visual exercise to confront us with our modern world made of images. At the end of the day the message may be dark and sarcastic, but this almost experimental film is always entertaining and quite surprising.”


Jean-Pierre Kalfon, César nominee for best supporting actor in Le Cri du Hibou (1988), leads this short film with his very special performance style.



No Alternative

PAMA 2018 Movies 06/06/2018

NO ALTERNATIVE / Feature film

Directed by William Dickerson

Produced by Carrie LeGrand


Michaela Cavazos as “Bridget Harrison”
Conor Proft as “Thomas Harrison”
Chloe Levine as “Jackie O’Brien”
Kathryn Erbe as “Maureen Harrison”
Harry Hamlin as “William Harrison”



The movie is listed 3 times in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best Feature Film
– Best Actress
– Best Overall Soundtrack


PITCH : A coming-of-age drama that blasts open the world of grunge-era teenagers in the early 90s. Thomas Harrison is determined to start his own alternative band after the suicide of Kurt Cobain — it’s an obsession that blinds him to what’s either the mental collapse, or the eruption of musical genius, of his little sister, Bridget. Bridget boldly rejects her brother’s music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of a gangsta’ rapper named ‘Bri Da B.’


Festival’s appreciation :

“NO ALTERNATIVE is a rock’n’roll coming of age story with some serious autobiography inside. It is fun, entertaining and at the same time the movie is able to turn dark with some high quality performances, first of all Michaela Cavazos, nominated as Best Actress this year at the PAMA. Michaela steals the movie and carries it to a full range of emotions. It’s music, it’s History, it’s real: it’s moviemaking.”


William Dickerson, author of the book DETOUR: HOLLYWOOD, is known worldwide for his approach on how to make indie movies with almost no money. He wrote the novel NO ALTERNATIVE in 2012, and then adapted it himself for the big screen.





Director’s website.


Director Statement

“The reason I picked up an instrument was because Kurt Cobain killed himself. There was something inside me that wanted to keep his music alive—so I bought a guitar. My own Grunge band generated a following in New York; however, while our intentions were genuine, we were unknowingly capitalizing on the musical trends at the time. On the flipside, my younger sister ignored the radio-friendly Grunge that was the mainstream and turned to an even newer form of emerging music: Gangsta’ Rap.

The character of “Bri Da B” is inspired by my sister, who for most of her life suffered from mental illness. One of the ways she was able to cope and enjoy life was through rapping. When the character of Bridget becomes “Bri Da B,” that transformation into someone else helps lessen the pain she is feeling in her life.

My novel, on which this film is based, was published in 2012. It was born from what I imagined my worst nightmare to be: losing my sister. She had a history of addiction and attempted suicide several times. I wanted to show her, through my writing, just how horrible it would be to lose a sibling—to lose me—in an effort to save her from herself.

However, it wasn’t enough. She overdosed two years later. Tragically, my worst nightmare came true.

My sister was on numerous prescription anti-depressant, anxiety and pain medications at the time of her death. The 90’s saw a lot of kids just like my sister, who were driven to suicide because of misdiagnoses and over-prescribing—it’s an epidemic that has largely gone unnoticed. This epidemic, along with that universal sense of teenage alienation, are themes explored in “No Alternative.” This film is deeply personal for me, but it’s also a story that I know will resonate with teenagers of yesterday, today and tomorrow. It’s the perfect time period to confront the ideas of suicide, addiction and mental illness, in hopes of removing the stigmas attached to them. So many people refuse to talk openly about mental illness and view suicide in a taboo light, which is extremely detrimental. I want this film to shine a light on these subjects through dramatic storytelling.

I believe, as artists, we are all expert at one thing—while we may be capable of telling a variety of different stories, there’s the one story which burns inside, which we were meant to share and use all the skills and resources at our disposal to tell, no matter what stands in our way.

For me, this is that story.


Director Biography – William Dickerson

William Dickerson graduated from The College of The Holy Cross with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and received his Master of Fine Arts in Directing from The American Film Institute. His debut feature film “Detour,” which he wrote and directed, was hailed as an “Underground Hit” by The Village Voice, an “emotional and psychological roller-coaster ride” by The Examiner, and nothing short of “authentic” by The New York Times. His award-winning work has been recognized by film festivals across the country. His first book, “No Alternative,” was declared, “a sympathetic coming-of-age story deeply embedded in ’90s music” by Kirkus Reviews. His second book, “DETOUR: Hollywood: How To Direct a Microbudget Film (or any film, for that matter),” is available now. Midwest Book Review writes: “‘DETOUR: Hollywood’ is candidly practical, thoroughly ‘user friendly’, and an essential instruction guide — especially for independent filmmakers working on shoestring budgets.”He recently adapted “No Alternative” into a motion picture starring Michaela Cavazos, Conor Proft, Chloe Levine, Kathryn Erbe and Harry Hamlin.