Official Selection: First Love

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poster-13346517_1715183855406095_8255777411674242589_nA struggling writer discovers her muse when she meets her first love after years of separation.

Key Crew: Danish Renzu, Roopashree Jeevaji, Mragendra Singh, Caitlin Kelly Singh, David Wolvek, Gaya Bhola
Key Cast: Roopashree Jeevaji, Justin Gordon

You can view First Love at the 4th annual Pictoclik Film Festival in San Francisco Nov. 5th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

headshot-danish_renzu_directorDirector’s Biography

DANISH RENZU is trained in producing and directing in Los Angeles, graduated from University of California Los Angeles in 2010. He also specializes in Screenwriting, secured certification from prestigious UCLA Writers’ Program in Feature Film Writing where he developed various feature screenplays titled The Illegal, The and Winters of Kashmir currently in development. His short film, In Seach of America Inshallah that was also showcased in Cannes this year is playing in festivals throughout the world.
He has worked on several screenplays and directed/produced various films in Hollywood, and his recent Hollywood short film In Search of America, Inshallah received tremendous recognition in the Los Angeles community. It is also selected in prestigious Cannes Film Festival- Short Film Corner 2015, Goa Short Film Festival, Asians on Film Festival Los Angeles, San Antonio Film Festival, California Women’s Film Festival, New York Indie Film Festival, Chicago South Asian Film Festival and Maryland International Film Festival so far. He was nominated as Best Director at California Women’s Film Festival. Edited by Deepa Bhatia and narrated by Sonu Nigam, the film was entirely crowd-funded in Los Angeles executive produced by Jawad Qureshi producer of award winning film, Torn, which was released in theatrically in America. The film was also a finalist in recognized Roy Dean Grant in California. The film also won Best Actress winner awards at Asian on Film Festival in Los Angeles and California Women’s Film Festival.
His short script, Loving Dying or Being Killed won Wild sound Festival Award for Best short screenplay. His short film based on a social message of student bullying, The Virtual was aired on New TV, Comcast 8, RCN 15 and Verizon 34 as premium content in the United States. His comedy short, Sheikh Chilli was screened at Monaco Film Festival. His thesis film, Doctor of Bagram that he produced won awards in various film festivals and was premiered at UCLA Film Festival, Asians on Film festival, North Hollywood Cinefest, Arizona International Film Festival, Harward College Film Festival and Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York.
Danish Renzu also holds Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of California Los Angeles and has worked as an Engineer in the field of Telecommunications for about five years in Los Angeles working as Lead Engineer with AT&T- the biggest wireless network in America.

Official Selection: Milkmaid

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poster-1-_milkmaid_posterA tale of a Milkmaid who becomes a medium for the forces of nature, forging a connection with the forest, she seeks out revenge for a crime committed against it

Key Crew: Agnes Baginska, Zachary Peel-McGregor
Key Cast: Dagmara Kurzawa, Dawid Skalecki

You can view Milkmaid at the 4th annual Pictoclik Film Festival in San Francisco Nov. 5th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

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Agnes is a writer, director and editor.
Agnes background comes from Theatre since the age of seven. She has been participating in numerous theatrical productions, managing to be a laureate of many of them.
Agnes is an award winning filmmaker, freelancing in the Film and Media industry and her background includes assessing scripts and dramatic texts for literary agents and assisting award winning producers.

Her short film “Milkmaid” has been selected by David Lynch himself as the First Place winner in a scholarship competition and Agnes went to complete studies at the David Lynch Ma in Film in the USA. The same film has been screened at Cannes Short Film Corner and at various Academy Accredited Film Festivals, winning Agnes “Best Achievement in Editing” prize at St Kilda Film Festival.
Graduate of the David Lynch MA in Film; University of California – School of Theatre, Film and Television (Professional and Advanced Programs in Screenwriting); National Institute of Dramatic Arts (Screen Directors Studio); Sydney Film School (Screen and Media).

Her first feature length screenplay has been nominated for the Nate Wilson Joie de Vivre Award ( UCLA ) and a short play “Walking Shadow” that Agnes directed won the 1st Choice of Jury Award in Wildcards 6 – Short and Sweet, Sydney 2014.Her first short film Suppression has been selected by editors from Showreel International Student Film Festival (UK) and won the Best Production Designer Award at the 11th Sydney Film School Festival .

Agnes is a member of the Australian Directors Guild, Australian Writers Guild and Australian Screen Editors Guild.Gabriel Diamond started working in video at age 13 at KDOL-TV in Oakland, CA. Now he travels the world making films about people who make things better.

Official Selection: No.16, Da An Road

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3“Open the window so the air can circulate. Keep the letters if you see my name on them, otherwise they are just ads and you can recycle them. There’s stuff in the fridge, but I will bring something back. And don’t forget to lock the door. I should be home soon sweetie.”

With a sketchbook in hand, a young girl copes with her longings and loneliness through imagination.

Key Crew: Joanne Lin, John M. Churchill

You can view No.16, Da An Road at the 4th annual Pictoclik Film Festival in San Francisco Nov. 5th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.
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Joanne is a freelance animator/ fabricator based in Alhambra, CA.
Born in U.S but raised in Taipei, Taiwan, she bases most of her animations on her childhood memories. Her stories often involve themes of nostalgia, love, cats, a sense of belonging, and family narratives. She considers memories and imagination the most powerful story-telling tools, and enjoys using a combination of both traditional and digital media to create worlds in which her characters come to life.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: The Slum Dwellers

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Jockin is from the Indian slums. He came up with an idea to organize those marginalized communities to improve conditions for themselves. It’s like a Slum Dwellers union. Now they are in over 30 countries. Here’s how it looks in Kenya.

Key Crew: Gabriel Diamond, Matthew Beighley

You can view The Slum Dwellers at the 4th annual Pictoclik Film Festival in San Francisco Nov. 5th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

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Gabriel Diamond started working in video at age 13 at KDOL-TV in Oakland, CA. Now he travels the world making films about people who make things better.

Along with Ken Ikeda he co-founded The Factory, a filmmaking lab for Bay Area youth. Works created under his mentorship won top prizes at dozens of national festivals including an Emmy. His first feature Less, follows and idealistic and troubled a man who has chosen to live on the streets in San Francisco. It received honorable mention for the grand jury prize at Dances With Films Festival.

He shot and acted in How To Cheat which premiered at the LA Film Festival and won best acting ensemble and best narrative at Bend Film Festival.

In 2011 he shot a short documentary in Nepal entitled “We Are In The Field: Adventures of a 3rd World Environmental Activist.” It’s now being developed into a feature length film “All Living Things” with Jane Goodall.

He’s now the staff filmmaker & photographer at the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Right Here or Over There

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After several years, young Lily finally returns home. However, her parents seem to be quite indifferent to the arrival of their daughter. What has happened? Stuck between a father who is haunted by his memories and a mother who is torn apart, Lily is looking for redemption. Will she attain it?

Key Crew: Mabille Pauline, Mabille Bernard

Key Cast: Anaelle Corlin, Chantal Barion, Erik Stouvenaker

You can view Right Here or Over There at the 4th annual Pictoclik Film Festival in San Francisco Nov. 5th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

profilDirector’s Biography

Right Here or Over There is my first short movie as scriptwriter and director. I am totally self-taught and it hasn’t been simple. This short was a huge challenge for me. There are mistakes but i learn of it and I will make better in my next projects.