Join us on July 26, 2014 as we showcase the Top 10 films since January!

The selected filmmakers will be competing for two prizes worth over 1K and the opportunity to make it to the Grand Finale Event in January. The 2nd round prizes are sponsored by Seed&Spark, Carpingo, AllCar Rent A Car, Pulp NYC, Museum of the Moving Image, Bait & Hook, and more.

Also, two of our newest partners — 30under30 Film Festival NYC and Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York — will select one film each to screen as an Official Selection at their upcoming Festival.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films by emerging and award-winning filmmakers in NYC and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

2014 Katra Film Series 2nd Round Lineup
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 5pm–10:30pm
KATRA – 217 Bowery St.
Btw. Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
Official Website: http://www.katrafilmseries.com/
Facebook/Twitter: @KatraFilmSeries

Writer’s Block – directed by Brandon Polanco
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lywCmKqGv24&feature=kp

A 13-minute short starring Bryan Cranston as a frustrated screenwriter seeking out his muse. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy temporarily halted the production of “Cold Comes the Night,” a drama-thriller starring Bryan Cranston. During that impromptu downtime, Cranston created a contest. He invited the movie’s production assistants to create a script to submit to him, and if he liked it, he’d star in it. The winner was Brandon Polanco, and the result was “Writer’s Block,” a short black-and-white starring Cranston, Lela Edgar, Spenser Granese, and Chaz Rose.

Bayonet – directed by Gregory Horoupian – horoupian.com/bayonet

When a quiet intruder enters a Manhattan loft, it becomes home to a geopolitical act that no one can notice.
Bayonet was an official selection at two Oscar-qualifying film festivals: Montreal World Film Festival and Warsaw Film Festival.

Spade – directed by Mandi Riggi – http://spadefilm.com/

A murder investigation has landed Alfred in an interrogation room where to the surprise of a probing detective, he confesses to seven murders. The detective must determine if Alfred is bluffing, telling the truth, or simply insane.

Spade stars Jorge Garcia who is best known for his role as Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on the hit TV show LOST. Jorge Garcia has recently been added to the cast of Hawaii 5-0 where he will begin as a series regular next season.

Out of the Ash – directed by Sandy Garfunkel
Trailer: http://www.outoftheashmovie.com/

Robbed at gunpoint, a man turns the tables on his mugger but, in trying to teach the attacker a lesson, ends up confronting his own devastating memories of a childhood lost.

Out of the Ash recently won a BAFTA award.

Insania – directed by Daniel Diosdado

Laura is about to go home to celebrate her daughter’s birthday and announce to her family that she is pregnant for the second time, but as she walks across a parking lot and opens her car door, a man attacks her.

L’amore Corto – directed by Valentina Vincenzini http://lamorecorto.wordpress.com/

Giulia and Lorenzo are two young Italians on their first date, drinking an espresso in an Italian restaurant in New York City. It looks like they are enjoying their time together, but Lorenzo from time to time gets distracted and looks at his watch impatiently. Giulia asks him if everything is ok, Lorenzo spills the beans: he really likes Giulia but he is concerned about the little time they have together since they are in a low budget independent short movie.

Tears of a Phoenix – directed by Mo Brown

A story of Michael, a young girl who is driven into a world in which she must find peace and meaning in the midst of pain and suffering. Accepting her lot in life as the daughter of a drug-addicted, prostitute mother and an abusive father, she accepts her reality and conditions herself to simply exist and not live.

Bone to Brain – directed by Rachel Greco

Bone to Brain is short documentary based on the themes of art, healing, acceptance, and progress. It is an uplifting and unique story about Nicki Muller, a 21-year-old art student, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The unique way in which Nicki created artwork directly relating to her brain cancer, invites for the exploration of her artistry.

Kung Fu Bum – directed by Peter Lawton

After the brutal murder of his clan, Kung Fu Bum sets out on a quest for vengeance. But will vengeance be enough?

Las Mañanitas – directed by Gabriella Moses

Once upon a time in 1960s New York, there lived Ana Isabel, a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, tempted to lose her virginity the night of her Quinceanera, that is, until an unexpected visit from the Virgin Mary in a frying pan makes her think twice.

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
2 for 1 drink special from 5p-8p.
$15 advance online ticket sales
$20 door price
All sales are final

Do you have a short film, web series, documentary, music video you’d like to submit? Email us a vimeo link to consider to info@katrafilmseries.com. No deadline or entry fee to submit. We’re looking for quality short content of any genre/form no longer than 15 minutes in length. However, we make exceptions based on quality. Music videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome!