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Natal

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2020
:: International Film Festival ::

Held from May the 1st through the 15th
Open to All Filmmakers & Culture Ministries
In an effort to unite the peoples of the world through culture and artistic expression, BIFF has brought in the last 67 years the best filmmakers, directors and actors together for them to offer the people the best motion pictures produced yearly. Created with the goal to showcase the diversity of the world's culture and to promote peace and cooperation, BIFF is continuing its mission to provide a completely free and un-censored environment for artists all over Europe.
Award Categories: Impala Award (Best Picture); Lion Ward (People's Choice Award); Feature Documentary; Feature Animation; Feature Short Film; Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Director;
Entry Submission Template:
FEATURE TITLE
Stanger
FEATURE DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Porter
FEATURE CAST
Tendai Mnangagwa , Rosa Tshepo, Alex Saunders , Raphael Knight
FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
In the late 1970s Stanger, a suburb of Parow, during the Mbete military dictatorship, journalists were kept in line first by blackmail, then by being derided and presented as morally corrupt, and then mentally unstable, before being either arrested or they go missing. One of those problematic journalists is Wonai Eppel (Tendai Mnangagwa), who tries to write an investigative piece about the killing of 25 people who tried to escape dictatorial Natal by running to the Dune Sea, by the border guards. On his tail is first put Luke Cox (Alex Saunders), the general editor of the Himyari Sun, a tabloid known for its attacks on the local personalities. He tries to blackmail Eppel with a set of photographs of him with one of his mistresses (Rosa Tshepo), and tries to make him stop before he sends them to his wife. When Eppel doesn't seem to be cooperative, the secret police (Raphael Knight) moves in and tries to finally bring his investigation to an end.
 

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Film submissions from the Federation of Natal

FEATURE TITLE

Stanger

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Porter

FEATURE CAST
Tendai Mnangagwa , Rosa Tshepo, Alex Saunders , Raphael Knight

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
In the late 1970s Stanger, a suburb of Parow, during the Mbete military dictatorship, journalists were kept in line first by blackmail, then by being derided and presented as morally corrupt, and then mentally unstable, before being either arrested or they go missing. One of those problematic journalists is Wonai Eppel (Tendai Mnangagwa), who tries to write an investigative piece about the killing of 25 people who tried to escape dictatorial Natal by running to the Dune Sea, by the border guards. On his tail is first put Luke Cox (Alex Saunders), the general editor of the Himyari Sun, a tabloid known for its attacks on the local personalities. He tries to blackmail Eppel with a set of photographs of him with one of his mistresses (Rosa Tshepo), and tries to make him stop before he sends them to his wife. When Eppel doesn't seem to be cooperative, the secret police (Raphael Knight) moves in and tries to finally bring his investigation to an end.



FEATURE TITLE
Creative Minds (Documentary)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Aya Butler

FEATURE CAST
Aya Butler (narrator), Mweya Nkomo , Ted Green, Alicia Moore

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
The documentary follows the new generation of your Natalian artists and their trials and tribulations as they try to make ends meet in the current economic and social environment. The Documentary follows a lot the narrative of Parow becoming the main Himyari hub of independent artists, working to make a difference between the more musically oriented Blackmere, the elitist Harton, the traditionalist Mzuzu and the liberal and free for all Parow.



FEATURE TITLE
Anesu's Jungle (Animated Feature)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Itai Mombeshora

FEATURE CAST
Mambo Olonga (voice), Mia Smith (voice), Rud Gezi (voice)

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
The film follows the the young Anesu (Mambo Olonga), an adventure oriented son of a tribal Lozi chief. Living an elitist and isolated life from the people in Engaruka, Anesu is struck by wanderlust, and together with his best friend, Tese (Mia Smith), they secretly run from Engaruka, to explore the fascinating rain forests of the southern Natal River Valley, up until, on the estuary or the river at Cape Floral, they meet with the first Gunnish explorers (Rud Gezi), not knowing that their lives will be changing forever.



FEATURE TITLE
The Free State of Tinashe (Short Film)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Tumai Mushohwe

FEATURE CAST
Vatete Matongo , Finnley Patel , Yvonne Unathi

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
Young Tinashe (Vatete Matongo) lives in a perfect society, equity, happiness and love are not an aspiration, but rather a reality. Her father (Finnley Patel) and mother (Yvonne Unathy) love her dearly and enjoy their life. That is, until Tinashe wakes up from her dream, and observes the dreary reality.
 
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Film submissions from the Federal Kingdom of Etruria

FEATURE TITLE
Bloody boots

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Venza Cutlis

FEATURE CAST
Aulia Apicnei, Aranthur Nurziu, Venza Cutlis

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
In an alternative reality, the Kingdom of Etruria was invaded by a foreign authoritarian military power at the end of the millennium, 1999. Any reference to the old democratic form of the country is destroyed, even talking about it is prohibited. A new generation of citizens was born in what they consider the only possible reality, a closed system based on the strong that dominates the weak through fear. Aulia Apicnei is a 17 year old girl who finds an old time capsule, buried in the old school yard. The capsule, buried at the end of the millennium, just before the war. The capsule contained traces of a life unfamiliar to her, a different reality, which will crumble all her beliefs about what she thought she knew. The girl will try to involve her friends, Aranthur Nurziu, Venza Cutlis and finally her family. Decision that will prove fatal in the end for her.

FEATURE TITLE
The wings of the wind (Documentary)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Lecne Tutna

FEATURE CAST
Lecne Tutna, Lars pigeons

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
The naturalist and urban planner Lecne Tutna, takes you to the discovery of the capital of Etruria, Lars. Through the eyes of a spectator most despised of nature, by city residents, pigeons. Tutna will follow the life cycle of a pigeon, from birth to its death, had by the claws of a hawk, brought to the city as anti-pigeon measures.

FEATURE TITLE
Red spirit (Animation)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Pwerti Luncorno

FEATURE CAST
Teucer Pacre (Voice) and other

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
Berry/Bacca (Teucer Pacre), is a young red fox that lives in the undergrowth. His whole world is in perfect harmony, animals thrive and nature thrives. One day, not far from the woods, bipedal creatures that he had never seen settle. Creatures somewhat bizzare, without their own hair, if not for a few parts of the body and equipped with the ability to "build burrows outside the ground". Berry and the other forest animals could not have known that these new creatures would wreak havoc in their kingdom.
 
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Feature Title Submissions of the Pelasgian Empire

FEATURE TITLE
August (Historial Drama)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Nikolaos Thomaïdes

FEATURE CAST
Tiverios Kontogiannes, Melpo Xinou, Ioannes Semites, Georgios Papanikos

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
In the late 1950s, a band of young separatist ideologues attempt to end Pelasgian Imperial rule over Philistaea and create an independent Zionist state in the region. Their actions lead to a large-scale breakdown of civil order and a crisis that leaves a scar in Pelasgian society forever. One of the ideologues finds that her loyalties to the group conflict with her love for a Christian Urudoah Loyalist, while back in Propontis, a General in the Imperial Army who is of Jewish ancestry struggles with his own identity after being tasked with crushing the revolt.

FEATURE TITLE
The Southern Star (Documentary)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Anaxandros Kalos

FEATURE CAST
Petros Psaltes (voice) and others

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
The tale of the discovery and conquest of the Far South by Pelasgian whalers. Starting with the foundation of the very first whaling outposts in the 19th century, and ending in the large-scale settlement efforts of the 20th and 21st century by the Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company. The documentary explores the local ethnic groups, the Kintu and Kéké, and their relations with one another and the Pelasgian settlers. The documentary also looks at the settlers (both registered and independent): their origins, their motivations for migrating, their occupation, and their outlook on the Far South's future.
 
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Feature Title
The Rising ( Documentary)

Feature Director

Paul Darlan

Feature Description
An account of the Pillau Rising and the creation of the People's Republic from those who were there. containing interviews from Betrand Murat, Edouard DeSalle and other key players of the revolt as they forge a new path for the Burgundian People.


Feature Title
The Seven Chevaliers

Feature Director
Jacques Besson

Feature Cast
Pierre Neauman, Jean luc Moise, Raymond Pelletier, Gerhard Moeller,Benoit Belvaux, Jean Merlaux, Bernard Frédéric and Rémy Bassano
Feature Description
A group of seven Knight Errants are hired by a peasant village to defend them against a horde of marauding bandits.
 

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Film submission from SRC Asteria

FEATURE TITLE

Stars of David: Invasion from the Red Planet 4!

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Roci Montserrat

FEATURE CAST
Olawale Alelawela as Theodeius Magach, Simon Ricci as Sum Tin Wong, Aleix Abella as Seymour Goldberg and Aleksandr Popov as Leninov's Head

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
It is 2156 and the remnants of the Kadikistate, lead by the severed head of Leninov, threaten to destroy life on Europe from their secret base on the Red Planet! Only three Jewish spies from Pelasgia, Touzen and Polesia can defeat this ancient menace and their UFO armada, but will their distrust of each other undermine their mission, or will they finally discover the ultimate weapon to destroy the evil empire and unite the universe? Discover more in this gripping romantic-scifi-spy-thriller-comedy.
 

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Film Submissions of the Aurarine Republic

FEATURE TITLE
Anna (Drama)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Torcuato Jacobo Elvira

FEATURE CAST
Juliana Cambeiro, Olivia Obregón, Adán Mastache, Ramón Escribano

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
Anna is set in the mid-1990s and retells the true story of Anna Gutiérrez, the biggest name in Aurarian Trans advocacy. The movie has captured praise and controversy for casting trans actresses, Juliana Camberio and Olivia Obregón to play Anna. Anna was born in the rural village of Montserrat in Tauritania. She began transitioning at an early age, facing the stigma and challenges of a trans youth in rural Auraria. To escape her life, she moved to the city of Tauritania where she got involved in a number of advocacy groups and became famous as an outspoken critic of the Caudillo Basurto's Regime. Eventually, Anna was tragically murdered in 1999 and in her death, she sparked a wave of reform across the country - in spite of the Caudillo's Regime. Her story inspired La Ley de Anna which is a sweeping anti-discrimination law that is in effect nation-wide.

FEATURE TITLE
La isla del libertinaje (The Island of Debauchery, Drama)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Zorawar Kakar-Vasquez

FEATURE CAST
Patyal Sanjrani-Melendez, Turan Chagatai, Mauricio Valerio, Isidora Pomar

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
At the fall of the Islamic Republic of the Jurzan, the Aurarine Republic opened its borders to tens of thousands of Jurzani refugees that could make their way to the Republic. La Isla del Libertinaje follows the story of Ghakhtalay and his family as they were resettled in Las Palmas and promptly given the surname of Delgada to appear more Aurarian. Coming from the rigid and traditional social structures of Jurzani society to the capital of Aurarine libertinism and hedonism, Ghakhtalay faces racism and an unparalleled culture shock as he navigates the free society of Las Palmas. This movie is highlights the struggle of Jurzani immigrants in a honest, compelling way while also adding comedy and lighthearted stories.
 

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Feature Title Submissions from the People's Federal Socialist Republics of Kadikistan

FEATURE TITLE
Rurik

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Ratko Salabir

FEATURE CAST
Vojislav Ivanoc, Aleksandr Zakarov, Milena Pjetorvski

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:

July 1907, the Czardom of Kadikistan is experiencing its last summer as the Revolutionary Party Cadres prepare to risk everything to bring about a better future for the suffering Kadikistani people. During those preparations, which would eventually lead to the 1907 revolution, one man distinguishes himself as a true leader of the working class, Andrej Rurik. The movie starts around the same time and tells the tale of how a simple steelworker became the leader of one of the largest nations in the world. The movie depicts the fighting and the hardships during the 14 Years of Revolutionary War, but also elaborates on the personal experiences that helped shape the statesman that Rurik would become based on his diaries. This movie is innovative in how it portrays Andrej Rurik as a regular guy to which the audience can relate rather than the near mythical status he is often associated with.

FEATURE TITLE
All-Union Dad

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Set Makvarlanev

FEATURE (VOICE) CAST
Set Makvarlanev,Yurik Cherkorneya and others

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
This animated series tells the story of 'Boris Borov', an upstanding citizen of the Kadikistani Union employed in the infamous intelligence service the 'Shlebuchya'. Besides his attractive dominant wife, who works for the local Party Section, Boris has three children and an undisciplined talking dog named Boyan. The latter is often confused and utters Western lies which Boris has to correct. This is because before being taken in by the Borov Family, Boyan was raised by decadent Western tourists who, blinded by consumerism, abandoned him during their visit. The eldest child of Boris is called Khristofor, an adolescent dealing with the problems of his age while also being a devout member of the Radical Youth League. The second eldest is his 14-year old daughter Megra, whom is desperate to start filling the child-birth directorate, while Boris struggles to let go and see his daughter mature into a woman. Last but not least is the evil child who can only be understood by the unwillingly corrupted dumb western dog. The evil child is named Stev and is constantly trying to set up overly elaborate and exotic ways to crown himself as the new Czar of Kadikistan.
 
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Film Submission of the Continental Republic of Sylvania

FEATURE TITLE

Shattered Skies (Drama)

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Kenneth Paxton

FEATURE CAST
Gary Madsen, Ellie Mackay,

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
In the opening moments of the invasion of Strathclyde, the air war rages over Sutherland. When a Strathclyde Air Force fighter is shot down it crashes into the house of a Young Girl (Ellie Mackay), killing her family but leaving her unscathed. Taken in by her alcoholic, abusive uncle in the nearest city, the city is quickly captured by the advancing Sylvanian forces and used as a headquarters for the continued invasion. The Girl takes a job at a local bar that is attended by Sylvanian pilots on R&R and she finds her self serving the very men who caused the deaths of her family. An Ace Pilot (Gary Madsen) takes notice of the Young Girl and treats her kindly causing the Young Girl to have doubts about her need for revenge. A tale of resistance, confused loyalties and the futility of revenge, Shattered Skies features a small cast and was shot mostly in one room to make the most use of the film's small budget. Featuring a soundtrack from famous Touzen guitarist Hideki Ikeda in the Aurarine guitar style.
 

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FEATURE TITLE


FEATURE DIRECTOR
Roger Barr

FEATURE CAST
Ivan Mladzic, Roger Barr

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
Blockbuster film director Roger Barr goes to Kadikistan to interview Sergei Moravscik only to find the First Secretary has died. Hopes dashed and ready to move on Barr is invited back promptly to conduct the first internationally public interview with Ivan Mladzic. Barr breaks ground by recording intimate understandings rarely seen, and insight into one of Europe's most influential players for Western audiences.
 

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Film submissions from the Unified Republic of Madurja

FEATURE TITLE

Comb

FEATURE DIRECTOR
Ral Fernandes

FEATURE CAST
Nuno Moniz, Luis Silva, Dante Aucoin

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:
Retired firefighter Angelo Cintra (Moniz) reflects on his life as he is dying over a period of weeks. Beekeeping is his passion but he attempts to rectify his relationship with his son (Silva) who witnessed his father physically abuse his mother over a period of years. Comb features a story in which viewers are torn between forgiveness, anger, and pity. In the end, Comb forces the audience to draw their own conclusions- for better or worse.



FEATURE TITLE
Little Beggar (Documentary)

FEATURE DIRECTOR

Leonor Vilar

FEATURE CAST
Ricardo Fidalgo (narrator)

FEATURE DESCRIPTION:

The documentary follows the life of Eca Lopes, a longtime lawmaker in Madurja. Starting as an orphan and street beggar, Lopes spend 34 years fighting for women's rights and helped play a key role in the dissolution of the monarchy. The documentary also examines his numerous affairs and gambling addiction. Little Beggar steers away from most of his direct politics and instead examines an extraordinary but flawed man who died in January.
 
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