War Game

In an imagined battle between the United States and the fictional Latin American country of Cubuchilia, an American soldier has control over water resources and news media on both sides of the war. This depressed white soldier profits monetarily by the continuation of the war, and therefore ensures the battle endures through his power over the water and news. Inadvertently, he causes all the soldiers on both sides to perish, and thus the war ends. He then, through his media control, presents himself as the hero of the conflict and the savior of the United States.

War Game has a world premiere status.

  • Mehrnoosh Fetrat
    Director
    Director
  • Jon Appel
    Director
    Second Director
  • Mehrnoosh Fetrat
    Writer
  • Jon Appel
    Writer
  • Kayla Watkins
    Writer
  • Mehrnoosh Fetrat
    Producer
  • Jon Appel
    Producer
  • Temple University
    Producer
  • Chauncey Owens
    Key Cast
    "Bob"
  • Brock Vickers
    Key Cast
    "Harry"
  • Caitlin Riley
    Key Cast
    "Holly Marry"
  • Jose Raul Mangual
    Key Cast
    "Armando"
  • Gerardo Salazar
    Key Cast
    "General"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Political, Drama, Human Rights
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Chinese, English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Temple University
  • Sundance Collab
    Utah
    United States
    August 1, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Trenton Film Festival
    New Jersey
    United States
    March 26, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
    Buffalo
    United States
    August 28, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Ca' Foscari Short Film Festival
    Venice
    Italy
    March 25, 2020
    Finalist
  • Realtime International Film Festival (RTF)
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    June 7, 2021
    Semi Finalist
  • Diamond Screen Film and Media Arts Festival
    Philadelphia
    United States
    May 2, 2019
    Nominated for Best Film, Nominated for Best Cinematography ​
  • Adirondack Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 15, 2020
    Nominated for Best Drama Short
  • Intimalente Film Festival
    Caserta
    Italy
    December 20, 2019
    Official Selection
  • UFVA Conference
    Online
    United States
    July 27, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Mosaic Film Festival
    Georgia
    United States
    April 25, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Best of Latin America Short Film Festival
    Santa Monica
    United States
    July 24, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Nostalgia Film Festival
    Lombardy
    Italy
    September 4, 2021
    Semi Finalist
  • London Arthouse Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 11, 2019
    Official Selection
  • PSL
    Philadelphia
    United States
    September 13, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Box Short Film Festival
    Tehran
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    February 3, 2021
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Mehrnoosh Fetrat, Jon Appel

Mehrnoosh Fetrat is an Iranian filmmaker whose had a strong passion for literature and cinema since childhood. She received her MA in Cinema from the Tehran University of Art. She moved to the United States in 2017 after being awarded a University Fellowship--one of the most prestigious fellowships--in the MFA program in Film and Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia.
She has written, produced and directed three short films War Game, America and Copsi which have been screened in more than fifty film festivals and galleries in countries such as USA, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, UK, Croatia, Turkey, Iraq, and India. Festivals such as BlackStar Film Festival, Tehran International Film Festival, Sundance Collab, Kurdish Film Festival in Berlin, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, Ca' Foscari Short Film Festival, Adirondack Film Festival, Trenton Film Festival, Vox Populi Gallery, High Falls Women's Film Festival, Frames Film Festival, River Film Festival, London Iranian Film Festival, UFVA and many others. They were nominated and won several awards.
America is now available on Comcast’s Streampix movie service. CFMDC--Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Center--is the distribution company for her films. War Game is now in the distribution process.
She has been nominated for the Princess Grace Award. Her films are admired by people such as Boots Riley and Golshifteh Farahani. She founded the Utopia Film Club which provides a place for all cinephiles to watch and discuss Avant-garde and alternative cinema. Utopia Film Club has had screenings every month since 2017.

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