FirstGlance Fall 2017 Online Short Film Contest

The FirstGlance Short Online Contest is open to worldwide viewers who can access platform and watch films online on your PC, laptop, or mobile devices. Registered users can login at any time to watch all films registered as part of the contest. Enjoy your stay and thank you for supporting indie film! Winner receives prizes valued at over $2,000 and a premiere at FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia (Fall 2018) For any questions and issues drop us a line at

The Case Against Mr. Sheppard

Director: Luis Leal

A detective interrogatory reveals the mystery behind the most famous deaths of the recent history.

Jack & Dodge

Director: Justin Mendoza

After his brother is killed in the line of duty, a disgraced cop takes a job as a private investigator to make ends meet. But when new evidence emerges six months later, he must turn to the only source who may lead to his brother's killer: an unhinged pharmacist.

The Dregs

Director: Matthew Campbell Downes

Set in NZ in 1980, this delightful short, tells the fictional story of a teenage misfit’s farcical struggle to form a punk band at high school. It’s a roughneck ride through the battlefield of youthful identity - fraught with awkwardness and ambition in equal measures.


Director: Zareefa Abdul-Adl

"The AfterMath" is a short film based on the ironic intersection of the lives of three men. Joshua, an Iraq War marine veteran, is struggling with an overwhelming obsession with recent police killings of young black men. Idris, a newly admitted law school student, is floating on cloud nine as he prepares to propose to his girlfriend. Sammy, a newly sworn in police officer, prepares for his first official day on the force, as he and his deaf wife, Asanti, learn they are pregnant. These three men's lives are thrown into a tailspin in a span of less than twenty-four hours.

The Veiled

Director: Glenn Fraser

Cassandra Andreadis is a professional fashion photographer with a secret. A ghost has haunted her almost her entire life, and in an attempt to find peace, she is about to undertake a journey to the place where her story began. Finding herself amongst extended family in a strangely foreign place, Cassandra begins to see things through a different prism. Against the closed world of her own people, she witnesses the awful truth of another hidden life leaking out onto the darkened streets around her. When Cassandra meets an impossibly young woman caught up in the world of human sex trafficking, she understands she can no longer be the bystander. Now, Cassandra is about to risk everything to make this one thing right, and in so doing, will uncover a web of evil that stretches across the globe.


Director: Robert DelVecchio

A recently divorced man takes an indigent woman with a secret into his home.

The Jacket

Director: Sergio Vaccaro

THE JACKET follows a reclusive man named Vincent on his strenuous journey to reach out to a woman he fell for after finding, what he believes, is her lost jacket.

Paradox City

Director: Jim McCullough

A superhero father must get his son into the fortress, "Paradox City" before the ruthless supervillain gets ahold of him.

Talk Radio

Director: Jay Kanzler

Lou Hanson has spent the last 20 years locked away inside his apartment listening to talk radio. He wonders whether he's stopped living, or if there is any reason left to live.

April in Blue

Director: Christian Hogarth

An innocent game opens old wounds and sends a loving couple on a downward spiral.

The Love Industry

Director: Matt Cusimano

Lisa Hoehn has an unusual job: she makes a living ghostwriting online dating profiles for a large and diverse set of clients, eager to put their best foot forward in the labyrinthine world of social media. When filmmaker and wedding videographer Matt Cusimano meets Hoehn, they find common ground in the exhausting lifestyle of working in the relationship industry and reflect on self-curation and romance in the digital age.

Short Story About Luck

Director: Nathaniel Czarnecki

An old, cursed coin found by a man on a street turns to be ill fated for its new owner. It drives him crazy but he finds a way to get rid of it. The coin gets passed to a taxi driver who is unaware of the wicked whims he holds in palm of his own hand.

Enchanted Thyme

Director: Ariane Smith

The two children of a celebrity chef are transported to a land where the Queen is under a terrible spell; the more she eats, the hungrier she gets.

Ghosts of New York

Director: Brad Robinson

Soon after Jane’s arrival in the city, she begins to see people she thinks she knows from her past. She calls them her ghosts. Why is she seeing them? What do they want from her? And, what does she want from them? 'Ghosts of New York' is a short film that looks at the sometimes-difficult task of letting go of the past and trusting one's self to take that next step forward. The film follows one young woman as she recounts her own journey and tries to answer the question, 'does she believe in ghosts?'

Road to A.I.

Director: Brett Abramsky

How do you teach a car to drive? For many self-driving car makers and artificial intelligence researchers, the answer starts with data and sharing. ROAD TO A.I. looks at the current state of the emerging autonomous vehicle industry: how it is shaping the future of public transportation, why it is the best use case for advancing artificial intelligence, and where open source can best fill the gap between the present moment and the future of autonomy.

Prep Talk

Director: Michael Wagner

On a long hike during the last week of summer vacation, four friends discuss the ups & downs, and ins & outs, of their high school experience.

Bent 101

Director: jane eakin

Bent101 is a comedy web series about Samantha who is up to her eyeballs in debt, her only hope is pandering to her politically incorrect grandmother, and that’s where things go horribly wrong. Soon she’s disposing of a dead body, smuggling drugs and evading the police. Suddenly being in debt feels like the least of her problems.

The Apocalypse will be Automated

Director: Melanie Killingsworth

As a virus spreads through Melbourne in summer of 2021, a group of friends follow their pre-determined emergency plan and flee the city. But the plan relied on technology, and they discover technology may not be as helpful as they had hoped. In the fight between humans and zombies . . . who will the machines side with?

Rent a Friend

Director: Sophie Worm

Fran’s the newest hire at Friend inDeed, the latest app serving lonely, needy, high-strung New Yorkers. Open-minded and down-to-earth, Fran is faced with a paradox: she has to be friends with her clients without actually befriending them. She'll be fine as long as she avoids the company’s Three Forbidden Fs of Friendship: No Flaking, No Fucking, No Freud.