Short Film: THE TEARS OF SHIVA, 32min., Action Sports

Change is part and parcel of development and Nepal is undergoing a major transformation. Using water resources to generate energy is one of its pillars for the future, even if this means paying too high a price. Four kayakers set out to descend the fierce waters of the Karnali, as part of an expedition to one of the country’s most remote and extreme rivers, with the intention of learning and enjoying the hidden secrets of this sacred river, before the lack of human consciousness destroys them forever.

Director Biography – Mikel Sarasola

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Short Film: CONNECTION, 27min, Action Sports

It’s finally time to present the feel-good documentary Connection. Get an insight into the Swedish mountainbike scene and the personalities that shaped it into what it is today. From the generation that led the way to the youngsters who just started their journey.

This is their stories, why this sport means so much to them and what it actually takes to pursue a career as a professional cyclist.

Starring: Martin Söderström, Robin Wallner, Max Fredriksson, Emil Johansson, Simon Johansson & Zakarias Blom Johansen.

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ACTION Festival TV 1st Scene Reading: Orpheus, by Richard Giarraffa

Set in Ancient Greece, our protagonist Orpheus gets entangled with the god Apollo, who teaches him how to play his lyre, becoming a muse and an instrument used by gods for their bidding. Within the year he turns 18, Orpheus performs alongside other Apollo protégés and is chosen to go abroad with Jason and become an Argonaut by playing his instrument. After experiencing war and coming into the full realisation of what it means to be chosen, Orpheus now determines in himself to free himself from this burden, be a free man and free from the bidding of the gods.

Narrator: Steve Rizzo
Orpheus: Geoff Mays
Eurydice: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Apollo: Sean Ballantyne

ACTION/ADVENTURE 1st Scene Script Reading: Dragons Of The Gloaming, by Joel McElvaney

A group of teenage Dungeons & Dragons players get zapped into their game—and into the bodies of their characters. Still scared teens on the inside, the game characters must work together to find a hidden castle and defeat a poison-breathing dragon in order to return to their normal lives—and selves.

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Lumbu: Bill Poulin
Gruber: Sean Ballantyne

ACTION Best Scene Script Reading: THE UNJUST, by Scott Cahill

In the endless war against ruthless drug cartels, sometimes the greatest danger lies from within. A maverick DEA agent wages a rogue battle for revenge and redemption on the streets of Los Angeles and Guadalajara.


Narrator: Val Cole
Jenkins: Trevor Howes
Rodriguez: Ted Powers


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch