Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

"Cults and Dystopia" Short Film Showcase

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There is no doubt that the horrors facing the world right now are creeping into how I am arranging films to tell a story. Sometimes it feels like dystopia has not only begun, but is well underway. I never imagined the extent to which the most bizarre and fringe types of conspiracy theories would join the pandemic in leading this charge toward an uncertain future that is filling so many of us with dread. These films express all of this.

In the near future, a refugee with a purple iris attempts to cross the border to start a new life, but is kidnapped by a doctor obsessed with collecting the rarest eyes.


Director: Arif Khan is a British writer & director, based in LA and San Francisco.

He previously held roles at Airbnb Creative Studio and Warner Animation Group before joining Oculus Story Studio, the Emmy award-winning team within Oculus VR dedicated to the research and development of virtual reality storytelling.

His USC thesis film, The Silent Scream had its world premiere at the 50th Sitges International Film Festival. He is also an alumni of the New Blood Writers Workshop at FrightFest, the UK's leading genre film festival.

Prior to studying Film Production at USC - School of Cinematic Arts, he earned his Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. He is currently a VR Producer at Wevr, an interactive film studio based in Venice, CA working on an unannounced project led by Jon Favreau.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    8 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Arif Khan
  • Screenwriter
    Arif Khan
  • Producer
    Tanita Dejsiriudom, Lareina Joelle, Dan FunesProducer
  • Cast
    Ksenia Nesterova, Astrid Vineyard, Hana Wu, Hans Christopher
  • Cinematographer
    Will Jobe
  • Editor
    Yu Jung Hou, Arif Khan
  • Production Design
    Mallorie Ortega
  • Composer
    Umberto