Nova Express Series 1

  • Short
  • 7 Episodes


Da Da Dark

Director: Jordan Chandler | United Kingdom | 2020 | UK Premiere

Best Short of the Festival Nominee

Why are we resorting back to da da? Is it an answer to the new world war? Jordan Chandler wrote the experimental film Da Da Dark as a stream of consciousness interrogating a cycle of toxicity inflicted by the patriarchy and the way it affects womanhood in life and art.

Cast: Coral Bevan, Charly Ivey, Alice Bradley, Lydia Rui, Melina Veropoulou Writer: Jordan Chandler | Producer: Jordan Chandler | Director of Photography: Jack Edwards | Editor: Mira Thu | Music: Nicolas Jaar

Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma

Director: Jason Sondock, Simon Davis | United States of America | 2020 | Best Short of the Festival Nominee

In 1970, a group of black educators in Chicago developed a flashcard set of the alphabet to provide black-centered teaching materials to a vastly white landscape of textbooks and learning materials. Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma features 26 individual scenes, each representing a letter of The Black ABCs.

Writer: Jason Sondock, Simon Davis | Producer: Luigi Rossi | Director of Photography: Chayse Irvin | Editor: J.M. Harper, Nate Katz, Simon Davis | Music: Topaz Jones

Museum of Fleeting Wonders

Director: Tomas Gomez Bustillo | United States of America | 2019

Everybody experiences uncanny moments: a fluke, a glitch in the matrix, a chance incident where we’re unsure if we should believe what we’re seeing. Museum of Fleeting Wonders is a curated collection of small moments of magic, from the perspective of the people who witnessed them.

Cast: Mario Gomez, Pam Murray, Elisabeth Kirstein, Ese Bale, Rosemary Jung Writer: Tomas Gomez Bustillo | Producer: Gewan Brown | Director of Photography: Anton Fresco | Editor: Benjamin Tolentino | Music: Juan Luqui, Nicolas Borromeo, Juan Leguizamon, Rodrigo Crespo

Slow Vine

Director: Glenn Fellman | United States of America | 2021 | International Premiere

A man suddenly collapses at a barbecue. A woman is interrupted while she tries on shoes. Two strangers share a thought. A couple walks through a deli. Slow Vine is a series of comedic vignettes, all connected by their quietly absurd tone and unhurried pace.

Cast: Kausar Mohammed, Katie Marovitch, Lawrence Dai, Ellie McElvain, Selina Fillinger Writer: Ben Gauthier | Producer: Jack Forbes | Director of Photography: Brody Anderson | Editor: Glenn Fellman | Music: Boy in the Water

Swim Hunt Run

Director: Camille Summers-Valli | United Kingdom | 2021 | International Premiere | Best Short of the Festival Nominee

Social isolation, environmental uncertainty and a culture that has removed itself so far from the natural world. Have we been reduced to nothing but isolated, productive and consuming units? Through surreal and poetic imagery, Swim Hunt Run symbolically explores humanity framed by its connection and disconnection to the natural world.

Writer: Camille Summers-Valli | Director of Photography: Maximilian Pittner | Music: Filo Uno Ant Pablos

Vacation Therapy

Director: Per Bifrost | Sweden | 2021

Stay home, they said. If you feel depressed or have vague longings because of your cancelled holiday to sunny beaches, perhaps “Vacation Therapy” is the cure for you. A fictional therapeutic treatment to still the desire to travel, Vacation Therapy takes you on an inner journey.

Cast: Bobo Eriksson, Marianne Persson Writer: Per Bifrost | Producer: Per Bifrost | Director of Photography: Per Bifrost | Editor: Per Bifrost | Music: Per Bifrost

You Who Never Arrived

Director: Marius Olteanu | Romania | 2021 | European Premiere

Most experiences are unsayable; they happen in a space that no word has ever entered. And still, there are words that connect people over time and shape their lives into having an inextricable link. The journey of three men, part dance into the unknown, part quest for meaning.

Cast: Frederic Schulz-Richard, Istvan Teglas, Mihai Smarandache, Smaranda Tudor, Judith State Writer: Rainer Maria Rilke | Producer: Judith State | Director of Photography: Luchian Ciobanu | Editor: Marius Olteanu, Judith State | Music: Radu Dumitriu