The 18th annual Fine Cut Festival of Films is a collection of short films from student and emerging filmmakers. In this episode, "The Outcast" from the U.S. (Drama), "Scraps" from New Zealand (Animation), "Champagne" from the U.S. (Drama), "Bobo" from Pakistan (Suspense), and "The Autumn of Zao" from France (Fantasy).
After escaping a war-torn country, a young woman is left alone when her husband is denied entry to the United States. All alone and with little money, she searches for a way for him to enter the country before being deported back. Surrounded by an alien culture, she must learn to quickly adapt to a foreign country as she experiences what it’s really like to be an outcast.
A starving rat who lives in a scrapyard builds a rocket ship that he hopes will fly him to the moon, which he thinks is made out of cheese.
In 1944, Champagne, France two American soldiers survive an accident and are left stranded in the country side with a German prisoner and argue over the fate of his life.
A single mother wakes up late and struggles to get Rija, her wayward daughter, ready for school. As they go through their daily routine, Mama becomes increasingly frustrated as her daughter blames her imaginary friend Bobo for a series of mishaps. By the end, Mama discovers that the truth about Bobo is more disturbing than she thought. Set in Karachi, Pakistan.
"The Autumn of Zao"
Zao is a little boy with an incurable disease, in a house beside a lake. A little girl, Cloe, leads through the forest and tells him the legend of the lake monster. Beyond the pain, death and time, The Autumn of ZAO is a hymn to dream, life and childhood.