Block 11. Sci-Fi & Fantasies (Sep 18th, 1.10pm – 2.55pm)

They Sense Your Fear 

In a post-apocalyptic world crawling with frightening immortal hybrids, a 7 year old boy, Ari, has to make wrenching life-or-death choices to survive – for although the hybrids have no eyes or ears, they sense their prey’s fear.

Directed by Aramis Tatu (USA)

Walk Alone

A young Tibetan trader, Tenzin, is on his way to deliver goods alone when he stumbles upon a stranger who asks for his help. Still, the stranger’s unusual mannerisms make Tenzin doubt his real identity.

Directed by Lamu Shangchoo (China)

California premiere


Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day in June for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.

Directed by Dwayne Cameron (New Zealand)

He Murdered Sleep

What do you get when the Scottish Play is shoved through a cyberpunk grinder? Neon nightmares and laser gun blues.

Directed by Jeremy Boxen (Canada)

Bona to Vada

Free-spirited partiers Ana and Evan travel to a secret ocean cove to grab the ultimate selfies, but something about the location’s energy troubles Ana. Evan dismisses her concerns and dives into the water, only to resurface speaking in an unfamiliar tongue before disappearing. Ana must put her fears aside to deep into the water’s depths where she discovers a strange world of bodies frozen in time…

Directed by Masha Ko (USA)

Out of competition, qualified for the 2023 Annual Awards


“Cognition” follows a son’s psychological journey as he confronts his past trauma to reconnect with the father he loves.

Directed by Ravi Ajit Chopra (UK)

Los Angeles premiere