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Sneak peak at Conch Shell IFF Pre-Fest Film & Chat May 28th films

CSIFF 2022 Pre-Fest Film & Chat screenings on MAY 28, 2022 @ 5pm EST

Instant Dread
written/directed by Dawn Wilkinson
Kauri, a stylist at the Max n’ Relax Salon, dreams of a spirit who gives her a magical shell pouch. Inside, she finds a secret ingredient for her new invention. Unexpectedly, the product gives everyone instant dreadlocks and Kauri is faced with the charge of selling out her culture. (Running time: 13 minutes)
The Canada Council for the Arts, First Productions in Media Arts
Diversi Film and Video, Sponsored through the OFDC
Hart House Film Board, University of Toronto

written/directed by Marquis Smalls
When Chulo, a young Puerto-Rican father, gets pressure from his family to give up his dreams for the reality of a “real job”, he must persevere to overcome all obstacles to achieve what he believes is rightfully his.
Previous screenings: Premiered at the HBO NY Latino Film Festival in 2008; Urbanworld Film Festival in 2008; Inaugural International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival NYC 2010 (Running time: 20 minutes)

written by Tanya Perez; directed by Reiko Aylesworth
VERONICA’s seemingly perfect life is thrown in to chaos when she realizes that in order to be her most authentic self, she must become someone else…literally. This dramedy about a Latinx woman grappling with an existential crisis is a brash examination of what it really means to ‘be yourself’. She seeks understanding and community and finds understandable bewilderment. Finally, a friend emerges unexpectedly from Veronica’s past, also perplexed by her circumstances but providing a touchstone to motivate her forward. (Running time: 12 minutes)
Awards: Tanya Perez – Best Actress StoryMode Independent Short Film Awards; Best Screenplay OutLanta Con; Best LBGTQ+ short of Best Shorts CompetitIon

About Conch Shell International Film Fest:
Presented by New York City-Based, Conch Shell Productions, Conch Shell International Film Fest’s goal is to infuse unique Caribbean Diaspora and Caribbean filmmaker voices into the American film industry. To do so we create a space to bring together diverse film lovers, industry experts and artists for 3-days of dialogue, learning about the current industry trends, and celebrate films that inspire social change and challenge preconceptions about diverse multicultural people. Our aim is create a space for free, empowering, positive and inspirational exchange about the craft, and the power of film to create room for people of diverse cultures and ethnicities to share new thoughts.
CSIFF’s 3-day online ( August 26-28, 2022) event celebrates work produced by our community of artists with 3 days of on-demand screenings; and sparks dialogue during informative panels, artist chats and masterclasses that broaden the perspectives of all who attend.

CSIFF2022 short film submission late deadline is JUNE 3, 2022.

For Conch Shell International Film Fest 2022 fest passes and to learn more visit


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