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JURIED AWARDS represent the average score from 3-5 Judges. With 1st place, 2nd place & 3rd place honors. Genres are not meant to be absolute as many Films are genre-blended.

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ANIMATION-SHORT SUBJECT
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SAT. OCT. 17
7:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

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NIGHTWALKERS
Directed by Daniel Rosales

Animation, Drama

Story of a couple lost in South Texas who discover something that should have been left alone.

DRAMA SHORT SUBJECT
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SAT. OCT. 17
1:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

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1st Place: AVENGEMENT
Directed by Edward V. Turner

Action Drama

Two seasoned homicide Detectives investigate a series of murders that seem to be connected. They need all their expertise to stop the shed of blood.


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SAT. OCT. 17
1:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

2nd Place: BROTHER
Directed by Ya'ke

Drama
Jason and Caleb have been friends for the better part of a decade, but then Casey comes home.



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SAT. OCT. 17
1:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

3rd Place Tie: THE CARTING CALL
Directed by Armin Nassen

Suspense Drama

A female food carrier named Robin, delivers at night to make her rent by morning. She gets a request to deliver in an unfamiliar city where she walks into some trouble.


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THURS. OCT. 15
1:30 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

3rd Place Tie: THE INITIATION
Directed by Amir Youssef

Drama, Art

In an abandoned place where violence rules, only graffiti walls show compassion. Latino Graffiti writer, Pedro tags are the only source of light in the homeless man's empty world.


ROMANCE DRAMA/COMEDY-SHORT SUBJECT
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1st Place: RETIREMENT DAY
Directed by Cedric Thomas Smith

Romance Drama

After 30 years of employment, Joe retires from his job so that he can spend his time with the love of his life, Eva.



FRI. OCT. 16
SHORT ROMANCE DRAMA BLOCK
8:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

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TUES. OCT. 13
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER



TUES. OCT. 13
1:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: OKSANA AND VIKTOR
Directed by Mark Datuin

Romance-Drama

After ending a long distance relationship. Oksana & Viktor continue once a year in an attempt to maintain an unlikely friendship.

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FRI. OCT. 16
2:45 PM
ROXY THEATER

3rd Place: IN SYNC
Directed by Eddie Shieh

Romance Drama

A young couple walk a fine line while thriving in an open marriage until they catch each other breaking their own rules.

ROMANCE SUSPENSE/MYSTERY-SHORT SUBJECT
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FRI. OCT. 16
4:10 PM
ROXY THEATER

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1st Place: THE KEEPER
Directed by Bob Celli

Romance Suspense/Drama

Celeste and Robert meet at a speed dating event. A lonely widow yearning for connection and a lover of art in search of perfection.


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FRI. OCT. 16
4:10 PM
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: RENDEZVOUS

Directed by Seth Kozak



Romance Drama, Mystery



An opportunistic Congressman schemes to have his much younger wife killed, but she's already a step ahead of him.

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SAT. OCT 17
4:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

3rd Place: JACKPOT
Directed by JOLANTA YOUNG

Romance Drama

Marquis and Tiffany go through financial hardships and relationship troubles. Marquis can't seem to quit his gambling habit. Will Marquis and Tiffany learn to love again? Will hate win? Is the only way out to gamble their relationship on the lottery? Hoping for a jackpot.

HORROR SHORT SUBJECT
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FRI. OCT. 16
8:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

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1st Place: GOODBYE
Directed by Scott McEntire

Horror, Suspense Drama

Coming to grip with dying. Difficult saying goodbye.



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SAT. OCT. 17
7:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

2nd Place: NIGHTWALKERS
Directed by Daniel Rosales

Animation, Drama

Story of a couple lost in South Texas who discover something that should have been left alone.
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SAT. OCT. 17
7:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

SUMMONED
Directed by RUSSELL WHALEY

Horror, Mystery

An ancient summoning ritual is being revived in order to cleanse the earth of the worst that dwell among us.

COMEDY SHORT SUBJECT
CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW TRAILER
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1st Place: ASSISTED LIVING
Directed by Mitchell Allen and Kasey Engle

Comedy Drama

A shy comic book obsessed young man finds an unlikely hero when forced to room with a cranky older man in an assisted living facility.


SAT. OCT. 17
6:30 PM
ROXY THEATER

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SAT. OCT. 17
3:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

2nd Place: YOU'RE THE PUPPET
Directed by Michael Charron

Dark Comedy

Laramie and Leonard are the hottest comedy duo in the local scene. Tired of Leonard getting all the credit, Laramie considers branching out on his own.


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SAT.OCT. 17
6:30 PM
ROXY THEATER

3rd Place: COSMIC GUNSLINGERS
Directed by Robert Hodges

Faith, Sci-Fi Comedy

Two worlds collide, Reality is skewed. Time for some epic gunslinging, in a cosmic fashion.

THRILLER SHORT SUBJECT
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AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: BEST TRAILER-SHORT

1st Place: SOUND
Directed by Tawan Bazemore

Thriller, Horror

Photographer Isabelle Pisano becomes hearing impaired after a violent car accident. As she struggles to cope in the muffled and scary new normal, something beautifully terrifying happens.


SAT. OCT. 17
6:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

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SAT. OCT. 17
6:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

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2nd Place: PAST PARTUM
Directed by Wendy Keeling

Family Thriller Drama

When a 10 year old boy interviews his imprisoned great-grandmother for a school project, he discovers the real reason for his mother's failing health: his baby sister.


CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW TRAILER
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SAT. OCT. 17
6:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

3rd Place: ABSENCE OF COLOR
Directed by Shiva Ramanthan

Supernatural Thriller

A recently blind man is haunted by a ghost who exists for one reason, payback.



SCI-FI/SUPERNATURAL SHORT SUBJECT
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1st Place: THIS OLD VIOLIN
Directed by Israel Marquez

Supernatural Drama

A young couple's marriage is torn apart after the death of their new born baby. But a magical force disguised as an Old Violin will test their love for each other.

FRI. OCT. 16
8:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

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FRI. OCT. 16
1:50 PM
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: DUST AND ASHES
Directed by Joshua Palmer

Sci-Fi Drama

On the outskirts of a utopian city where only perfect health and wholeness are accepted, a mute cripple and his autistic brother smuggle resources to an outcast community.


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SAT. OCT. 17
2:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

3rd Place: ELEMENTS OF US
Directed by Stan-Lee Ray Baker

Spiritual Journey

While preparing to work at a remote film location, 6 female crew members share a crew house where during a campfire party they are reminded of their pasts and shown a glimpse of futures.


FAMILY DRAMA SHORT SUBJECT
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1st Place: MACHISMO
Directed by Gabriel Duran

Drama

A couple of days out of jail, Freddy is eager to show his new baby boy the ropes on how to be a man.



SAT. OCT. 17
3:30 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

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SAT. OCT. 17
8:45 PM
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: THE FISHERMAN
Directed by Ben Richardson &Adrian Contreras

Family Drama

After his mother's death, James travels to Mexico in search of the father he's never known, armed only with his father's last known whereabouts and his mother's ring.





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SAT. OCT. 17
3:30 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST


3rd Place: THE UNTELLING
Directed by Russell Whaley

After news of his Grandfather's death, Henry must travel to Maryland and take care of family business. He soon discovers more to his past than he could ever forget.

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WESTERN SHORT SUBJECT
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1st Place: BORN STILL
Directed by Brenda Malloy

Western Drama

Left behind in the wake of the Civil War, the women of the homefront have a battle of their own that deems itself equally as desperate, challenging and bloody as the soldiers on the front lines.


THURS. OCT. 15
5:30 PM
3 RIVERS MUSEUM

BASS AND BELLE WILD WEST FEST

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THURS. OCT. 15
5:30 PM
3 RIVERS MUSEUM

BASS AND BELL WILD WEST FEST

2nd Place: ONLY GOD FORGIVES
Directed by Tino Luciano

Abandoned by his gang, an outlaw seeks forgiveness from a lone Preacher riding near his hideout.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE DRAMA-SHORT WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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1st Place: BEYOND HOME
Directed by David Sipo

Family Adventure, Drama

Boy and girl growing up in poverty miss their father and decide to make a change in their lives. The village children help them with this adventure and the boy goes to search for his father across the ocean.





TUES. OCT. 13
1:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

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TUES. OCT. 13
1:00 PM
WORLD CINEMA BLOCK

FRI. OCT. 16
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS SHORTS BLOCK

2nd Place: LEAVING TO LIVE
Directed by David Rodrigues

Family Drama

On Dec. 24 in the middle of the afternoon, Alexandria, 35 makes an important decision that will change her life. Leaving her marital home with her 7 year old daughter. She asks her to make a promise to say nothing to her father.

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TUES. OCT. 13
1:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

3rd Place: BEHIND THE CLOUD THERE LIVES A SUN
Directed by KUMAR MAYANK

Family Drama

Waiting near the bus stop to take her son to a family gathering out of town, a victim of domestic violence silently questions her way of life.

FOREIGN ORIGIN DRAMA SHORT SUBJECT
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TUES. OCT. 13
1:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

1st Place: THE LAST DREAM

Directed by Taskeen Shaikh

Drama

This film follows the story of a boy who administers sleeping pills to himself. An overdose leads to a bizarrely intimate conversation with Death wherein we bring light on his reasons for ending his life and the bittersweet of what could have been if he had decided to live. This film will empower the audience to see the meaning of life and what a gift it truly is.
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2nd Place: OKSANA AND VIKTOR
Directed by Mark Datuin

Romance-Drama

After ending a long distance relationship. Oksana & Viktor continue once a year in an attempt to maintain an unlikely friendship.

TUES. OCT. 13
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

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TUES. OCT. 13
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER
WORLD CINEMA BLOCK

FRI. OCT. 16
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS SHORTS BLOCK

3rd Place: LIMITED
Directed by Mark Datuin

Family Drama

An examination of a tormented mother's attempt to reconcile her differences with her abusive son and the broken relationships that one person can leave behind

OK SOIL SHORT SUBJECT
CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW TRAILER
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1st Place: ASSISTED LIVING

Directed by Mitchel Allen & Kasey Engle

Comedy Drama

A shy comic book obsessed young man finds an unlikely hero when forced to room with a cranky older man in an assisted living facility.





SAT. OCT. 17
6:30 PM
ROXY THEATER

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SAT. OCT. 17
8:45 PM
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: THE FISHERMAN

Directed by BEN RICHARDSON , ADIAN CONTRERAS

Family Drama

After his mother's death, James travels to Mexico in search of the father he's never known, armed only with his father's last known whereabouts and his mother's ring.





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SAT. OCT. 17
2:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

3rd Place: GETAWAY
Directed by Ethan Cooper

Crime Drama

After a seemingly successful bank heist, 3 criminals retreat to their hideaway in the woods. While celebrating their success, a discovery surfaces.

MICRO-SHORT CATEGORY

DRAMA MICRO-SHORT
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1st Place: LAST WORDS
Directed by Alan Chriest

Drama

On his way to school on a snowy day, Billy is rehearsing his speech on rampage school shootings.


SAT. OCT. 17
1:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

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THURS. OCT. 15
12:00 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: FINAL STOP
Directed by Cameron Tucker

Homeless veteran discovers the abandoned train car he sleeps in is haunted by the spirit of a woman who passed away on her trip to a Japanese American WW2 interment camp.

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THURS. OCT. 15
1:30 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER


3rd Place: FREAK
Directed by Henry Vanderhill

Drama

Tobi struggles to put his life together while haunted by a childhood trauma. He tries to get close to a woman he cares about, but his OCD gets in the way. His students ridicule him for his inability to show up to class on time. Tobi is forced to face his fear of opening up when his best friend, Noah, discovers what is wrong.

ROMANCE DRAMA-MICRO-SHORT
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1st Place: PROOF
Directed by Doug Phillips

Romance Crime Drama

A couple's life is turned upside down by a home invasion and kidnapping.



FRI. OCT. 16
8:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

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2nd Place: IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH
Directed by Chris Oz McIntosh

Romance Drama

When a woman is given the worst news of her life, she is faced with a decision: tell her family, or spare them and carry the burden herself.

THURS. OCT. 15
12:30 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

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SAT. OCT. 17
2:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

THE MONSTER WITHIN
Directed by RYAN GILMER

Romance Drama, Horror

Everybody has secrets hidden within when Henry Donovan first meets Aviana under the starts everything starts innocently enough.

DRAMEDY MICRO-SHORT
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1st Place: CLUB CITY
Directed by Gino Terrell

Action, Comedy

A Detective is sent in to go undercover at a nightclub to take down Club City's owner ROC, who has been suspected of peddling drugs.


SAT. OCT. 17
2:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

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2nd Place: MASON AND JAY SAVE THE WORLD
Directed by John Woosley

When two young brothers swipe their father's drone and take it for a joy ride, they make a surprising discovery.


THURS. OCT. 15
1:30 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

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THURS. OCT. 15
1:30 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

3rd Place: SAFELIGHT
Directed by Joe Vanauken

Comedy

Romania 1970, An unlikely pair are smuggling valuable contraband from the west, but after an accident in their secret lab, they're going to have to improvise.

ROMANCE COMEDY-MICRO-SHORT
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1st Place: NOBODY'S HOME
Directed by Fritz Robinson

Romance Comedy

A couple leaves their home in the care if a twisted relative and they question their decision.



SAT. OCT. 17
1:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

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THURS. OCT. 15
1:30 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

THURS. OCT. 15
1:30 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: LOVE IS MAGIC
Directed by Daniel Rosales

Animation Comedy

"Mago" the magician is struggling to make ends meet. After an extremely disappointing evening, he comes home to find his assistant is not exactly faithful. What happens next is pure magic.


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SAT. OCT. 17
6:30 PM
ROXY THEATER

3rd Place: FAST FORWARD STYLE
Directed by Kari Kennon

Romance Comedy

A glamorous 50 year old widow goes on dates with a variety of men whom she meets on the elite dating website "Fast Forward Style".

HORROR MICRO-SHORT
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AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: BEST TRAILER-MICRO-SHORT

1st Place: DEAD EVOLUTION: CHAPTER 1
Directed by Wesley Johnson

Zombie Horror

During the day, a team of 7 renegade expatriates must make a stand for the sake of humanity in a tired apocalyptic land.


FRI. OCT. 16
1:50 PM
ROXY THEATER

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2nd Place: BEQUEATHED
Directed by Michael McCallum

Horror, Sci-Fi

A man is given a package that his recently deceased father wanted him to have.


THURS. OCT. 15
12:00 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

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3rd Place: CLOWN COLLEGE
Directed by Wendy Keeling

Horror, Dark Comedy

About a coed overcoming the memories of an overbearing father.

THURS. OCT. 15
12:00 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

COMEDY MICRO-SHORT
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1st Place: FAR FROM EXCEPTIONAL
Directed by Mark Datuin

Juliet and Brandon meet at an office for an important interview, but they quickly start to question who between them is actually interviewing who.


TUES. OCT. 13
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

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SAT. OCT. 17
3:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

2nd Place: NIGHTMARE IN PARADISE
Directed by Robert Kirk

Film about an emigre from Kansas named Willard Thaddeus Fillmore who has a nightmare about trying to run a business in California. Things go from bad to worse when a Wazeri Immigrant Transgender cross-dresser shows up for a job interview. Willard's nightmare is based on actual California law.

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SAT. OCT. 17
4:00 PM
CIVIC CENTER

SHORTS-SHORTS-SHORTS FILM FEST

3rd Place: GAME NIGHT
Directed by Ryan J. Gilmer


When a group of colleagues erroneously attend a game night instead of the planned cocktail party things take a turn for the worse.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS

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1st Place: LEAVING TO LIVE
Directed by David Rodrigues

Family Drama

On Dec. 24 in the middle of the afternoon, Alexandria, 35 makes an important decision that will change her life. Leaving her marital home with her 7 year old daughter. She asks her to make a promise to say nothing to her father.

FRI. OCT. 16
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS SHORTS BLOCK

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FRI. OCT. 16
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS SHORTS BLOCK

2nd Place: LIMITED
Directed by Mark Datuin

Family Drama

An examination of a tormented mother's attempt to reconcile her differences with her abusive son and the broken relationships that one person can leave behind
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FRI. OCT. 16
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS SHORTS BLOCK

3rd Place: WHAT PEOPLE ARE
Directed by Jordan Wilson

Romance Drama

When a homeless man accosts Kelsey, Kent comes to her rescue. After a round of drinks as thanks, Kent and Kelsey find themselves in am alleyway. The two share a kiss but Kent tries to go further. When he becomes assaulter instead of rescuer, the homeless man steps in to rescue Kelsey.

SCI-FI MICRO-SHORT

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1st Place: CAPTAIN TRAER SMILES AT THE STARS
Directed by Damian Lahey

Sci-fi

A fearless captain finds herself adrift in space.




THURS. OCT. 15
3:30 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

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THURS. OCT. 15
3:30 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: PLIGHT
Directed by Ethan Gray

Sci-Fi Drama

Captain Jones and Tess Maydalen have been in their spaceship for months. they are on a mission to find a new home for earth. Tension rises when Jones reveals a disturbing and violent truth about their mission.

EXPERIMENTAL MICRO-SHORT
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1st Place: WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU?
Directed by Ryan Gilmer

Experimental

Alan Smithee is just trying to make a film. Tom Ventura is just trying to document the process.



FRI. OCT. 16
1:50 PM
ROXY THEATER

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THURS. OCT. 15
3:00 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: DOWNTOWN

Directed by Dewayne Austin



Experimental



Time Lapse of downtown San Francisco.







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THURS. OCT. 15
3:00 PM
SHORT SUBJECTS FILM BLOCK
ROXY THEATER

3rd Place: I AM HE WHO CREATED HIMSELF
Directed by Emma Penaz Eisner

Experimental Animation

Joining with his shadow, the first God creates himself, the progenitor of humanity

MUSIC VIDEOS
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1st Place: IN EVERYONE'S EYES (EL ULTIMO!

Directed by Lloyd Frost

Will life in Cuba ever change? Filmed in Cuba__following the death of Fidel Castro.

TUES. OCT. 13
5:00 PM
ROXY THEATER

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FRI. OCT. 16
1:50 PM
ROXY THEATER

2nd Place: THIS TOWN IS FULL OF BARS
Directed by Steve Cypert

MUSIC VIDEO

She was missing the good times. There are so many bars in this town, he may never find her


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3rd Place: ONCE UPON A TIME
Directed by George Wada

Music Video

A look at coming to America and the hopes and dreams of the travelers. Still the land of opportunities.

FRI. OCT. 16
12:30 PM
ROXY THEATER

WESTERN MICRO-SHORT

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1st Place: IN THE BLOOD
Directed by Regina Banali

Western Comedy

In the old west, Sartana rides into town to score some cash, form a gang and settle a score.




THURS. OCT. 15
5:30 PM
3 RIVERS MUSEUM

BASS AND BELLE WILD WEST FEST

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THURS. OCT. 15
4:30 PM
3 RIVERS MUSEUM

BASS AND BELLE WILD WEST FEST

2nd Place: THE LOST MAN
Directed by Austin Smith

Western

After the death of his friends, a lone traveler is questioned by two men over the events that took place and his actions that followed.



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THURS. OCT. 15
4:30 PM
3 RIVERS MUSEUM

BASS AND BELLE WILD WEST FEST

3rd Place: THE AMBUSH
Directed by Jeffrey Altwasser & Jeremy Davis

Love fought for and by the barrel of a gun. The Ambush follows the masked man as he and his brothers standing between love and loyalty stands the steadfast Marshal & his deputies.

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