And the Winner Is….

Best Action
Nominees
Duel Vision – Dir. Landon Brands
The Chase – Dir. Lawrence Ribeiro
From Ashes to Immortality – Dir. Eric Hyde
Bag Full of Trouble – Dir. Nate Jones, Roy Nugen & Gina Nugen
Winner: From Ashes to Immortality – Directed by Eric Hyde

Best Dramedy
Nominees
Wake – Dir. Michael McCallum
Annie Waits – Dir. Marnie Paxton-Harris
Break Down – Dir. Christopher Winterbauer
Pet Monkey – Dir. Eric Maira
Winner: Annie Waits – Directed by Marnie Paxton-Harris

Best Horror
Nominees
The Fisherman – Dir. Alejandro Suárez Lozano
When Susurrus Stirs – Dir. Anthony Cousins
Flies in May – Dir. Caroline Jiang
MEOW – Dir. Chris Jopp
Winner: When Susurrus Stirs – Directed by Anthony Cousins

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Nominees
Beautiful Dreamer – Dir. David Gaddie
Kaska – Dir. Alexander Dannhauser
Without Gravity Chocolate Floats – Dir. Y.H. Pou
Living Rooms – Dir. Parker Hill
Winner: Kaska – Directed by Alexander Dannhauser

Best Documentary
Nominees
Nobody Dies Here – Dir. Simon Panay
The Collection – Dir. Adam Roffman
The Burning Old Boy – Dir. Rahman Mani
Les Cloÿs – Dir. Julia Hechler
Winner: Nobody Dies Here – Directed by Simon Panay

Best Drama
Nominees
Fry Day – Dir. Laura Moss
Everything is One Thing – Dir. Sarah Barbault
no name Maddox – Dir. Glenn Pack
The Beautifully Drowned – Dir. John Dewar
Winner: Everything is One Thing – Directed by Sarah Barbault

Best Student Short
Nominees
The Inevitable – Dir. Daniel Tanielian
Happy Anniversary – Dir. Mark Kuczewski
Northfound – Dir. Dana Shihadah
Lunch Time – Dir. Alireza Ghasemi
Winner: Lunch Time – Directed by Alireza Ghasemi

Best Foreign Short
Nominees
Hell Follows – Dir. Brian Harrison
Cain’s Shadow – Dir. Antonio De palo
Fever – Dir. Celine Held, Logan George
Hidden Devil – Dir. Fran Mateu
Winner: Fever – Directed by Dir. Celine Held, Logan George

Best Animation
Nominees
Heads Together – Dir. Job, Joris & Marieke
Sabaku – Dir. Marlies van der Wel
I’m Scared – Dir. Pete Levin
Kakkmaddafakka – Lilac – Dir. Carlín Díaz
Winner: Heads Together – Directed by Job, Joris & Marieke

Best Comedy
Nominees
Mouse – Dir. Celine Held, Logan George
My Arch Namesis – Dir. Chris Sassano
The Old-Men – Dir. Jordan Inconstant
A Town Called Theocracy – Dir. Jehad N. Al-Khateeb
Winner: A Town Called Theocracy

Best Music Video
Nominees
Blood in Love – Dir. TEULIERES Pierre, GONY Milo
Tesla Boy – Circles – Dir. Ryan Patrick
Fitz and the Tantrums – Roll Up – Dir. Steve Jennings
Light of my Heart – Dir. Jhosimar Vasquez
Winner: Blood in Love

The Writer’s Block Award for Best Short Screenplay
Nominees
Wren Bone – Written by Robert Dopf & Michael Berg
Last Woman on Earth – Written by Danielle Smith
Casting Blade – Written by Andrew Wassom
Malcolm and Cabinette – Written by Wes Worthing
S3RIAL – Written by Michael Berg
Jaguars – Written by Adrienne Dawes
Winner: Wren Bone written by Robert Dopf & Michael Berg

Audience Choice Award
Winner: Meme Dealers – Directed by Reace Thorne

Best Iowa Made Short
Nominees
Ursula – Dir. Stephen Siemens
The Gift of Magpie – Dir. Anita George
My Friend Max – Dir. Mikeal Burgin
Honey Do – Dir. Stephen Folker
Winner: My Friend Max – Directed by Mikeal Burgin

Director’s Award
Nominees
Fry Day – Dir. Laura Moss
no name Maddox – Dir. Glenn Pack
Cain’s Shadow – Dir. Antonio De Palo
Lunch Time – Dir. Alireza Ghasemi
Winner: Fry Day – Directed by Laura Moss

Best of the Fest
Winner: I’m Scared – Directed by Pete Levin

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SNAFF-FAQ

Congratulations to all filmmakers and screenwriters whose work has been selected for the Sixth Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film. We received so many great entries, and we couldn’t be more excited to let the world see your work.

The full daily SNAFF Schedule can be found here.

For those planning to attend we have some answers to your questions that will make your visit a little easier.

  • Each filmmaker or screenwriter will get two all access badges. This badge gets you into all SNAFF events including film blocks, table readings, and SNAFFterparties.
  • In addition to an event t-shirt, every filmmaker and screenwriter will receive a swag bag full of local goods.
  • Registration is Thursday, June 22 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, right next to the Capitol Theater (also known as the Annex). It connects to the theater, but provides a sound barrier as to not disturb the screenings and readings.
    NOTE* If you cannot make it to Thursday’s registration, someone will always be there to sign you in.
  • The filmmaker and screenwriter’s brunch takes place on Friday, June 23 at 10am at Burlington Bent River Brewing Company. Space is limited so please let me know in advance if you would like to participate. This free catered brunch is a great time to get to know each other, learn about each other’s projects, and support one another’s films. Sign up here.
  • SNAFFter parties are all located in downtown Burlington and are free to attend. Wednesday’s kick-off party is at a private residence and location will be given to those in attendance Wednesday night.
  • Travel — We have three nearby airports, each about an hour and half away. One is in Iowa (Cedar Rapids) and two in Illinois (Moline & Peoria). Flying into these airports is a lot easier, as far as scheduling, then flying directly into Burlington.
  • The Capitol Theater is located downtown, within a short walking distance of many restaurants, coffee shops, a great record store, and several small shops. Take advantage of our beautiful downtown and support our sponsors!
  • Lastly, if you have artwork (pre-printed posters, cards, swag, etc.) and would like to send them for display, please send to:

Snake Alley Festival of Film
1301 S. 3rd St.
Burlington Iowa 52601.

This will be very helpful in promoting your film.
You can also bring your artwork with you if you plan on attending.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at snaffiowa@gmail.com

We can’t wait to see you all for SNAFF 2017!

Snake Alley Festival of Film

Screenplay Table Read Schedule

One of the unique features of SNAFF is how we bring the short screenplay finalists to life. In years prior we’ve done live stage readings, featuring local talent acting out each screenplay on the stage at the Capitol Theater.
This year, we’re trying something new.
Each of the six finalists will have an intimate live table reading with a full cast in the upper annex of the Capitol Theater. Actors and screenplays will be provided. All we need is you, the writers!

On Thursday, June 22 from 4:00pm-6:00pm we will feature:

JaguarsWritten by Adrienne Dawes – When awkward, 20-something Esther befriends “The Jaguars,” a group of funny, fearless 50-something women that aggressively pursue younger men at singles bars, she learns a powerful lesson about radical self-acceptance.

Malcolm and CabinetteWritten by Wes Worthing – We follow the life of two lovers who had the courage to break down the barrier between metal and flesh. Witness the intimacy and struggles of Malcolm and Cabinette, a human and a filing cabinet.

Casting BladeWritten by Andrew Wassom – After a failed suicide attempt, a former porn star seeking mainstream success lands the role he was meant to play.

 

On Friday, June 23 from 4:00pm-6:00pm we will feature:

Last Woman on EarthWritten by Danielle Smith – A woman faces the decision between survival and redemption in a bleak world.

S3RIALWritten by Michael E. Berg – A lowly beat cop canvasses a barbershop for leads to an unsolved murder and finds the killer – only he doesn’t know it.

Wren BoneWritten by Robert Dopf, Michael E. Berg – Life and death hang in the balance when a Sheriff must confront a cult leader terrorizing a small Iowa town.

Film Block Lineup

Behold, the list of film blocks!

Please note that films may not play in in listed order.
They will play within the listed block.

Full schedule with screenplay table reads, tickets, and more information coming soon.


Wednesday, June 21 – Kick Off Block – 8:00pm – 10:00pm

THE OLD-MEN

Annie Waits

Tesla Boy “Circles”

Lunch Time

MEOW

Illegal Aliens

The Murder of William Martin

Edith

 

Thursday, June 22 – Block 1 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

The Root Cellar

Tough Love: A Romantic Comedy for Men

Hidden Devil

FBPD

Valencia

Everything Is One Thing

Honey Do

Without Gravity, Chocolate Floats

 

Thursday, June 22 – Block 2 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Jack & Ophelia

Cain’s Shadow

Bag Full of Trouble

Shadows Of Hope

The Beautifully Drowned

Yojimbo

Fever

Caravan

 

Thursday, June 22 – Block 3 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Ghost of a Chance

My Arch Namesis

Theresa’s Trigger

Words Like Daggers – Nothing Left To Prove (Official Music Video)

From Ashes to Immortality

PET MONKEY

Northfound

Wake

 

Thursday, June 22 – Block 4 – 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Death Metal

Tampoon

Fangs & Claws 2

This Little Piggy

Born Again

Shortcut

The Dark Hunger

Leftovers

For A Good Time, Call…

Blight

Mutt

When Susurrus Stirs

 

Friday, June 23 – Block 1 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

The Gift of the Magpie

Sweet Tooth

Rainy Season

The Inevitable

WILDER

STAY

 

Friday, June 23 – Block 2 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Ursula

unTruth

Nobody Dies Here

The Prisoner Of Perdition

The Seeker

Break Down

The Visitant

 

Friday, June 23 – Block 3 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Dark Light

Mouse

Les Cloÿs

Marc Chung Protects His Address

The Hag: Bloodline

2AM

Light of My Heart

Hell Follows

 

Friday, June 23 – Block 4 – 8:00pm – 10:00pm

My Friend Max

The Collection

Blood in Love

Fry Day

Living Rooms

The Fisherman

Kaska

Happy Anniversary

Business

 

Saturday Morning Cartoons – Animation Block – 10:00am-12:00pm

Bosatsu – Year of the Dragon

THE SERVANT

The Past Inside the Present

Bullet Time

Heads Together

Sabaku

Scrambled

Tabook

CORKY

I’m Scared

Kakkmaddafakka – Lilac

Fitz and the Tantrums – Roll Up

Oh My

Flies in May

 

Saturday, June 24 – Block 2 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Adam’s Eve

She’s My Gorilla

Duel Vision

Every Ghost Has An Orchestra

The Burning Old Boy

Sticks

Beautiful Dreamer

THE CHASE

Welcome Back

 

Saturday, June 24 – Block 3 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Meme Dealers

Not The Devil

Silk Duck “Erosion”

Cul-De-Sac

White Drift

The Zealots – Watertown Legend (Official Music Video)

Last Scene

Guts

35mm Monsters

Desmond Doss: Conscientious Objector

 

Saturday, June 24 – Block 4 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Chicken Tuesdays

This is Yates

no name Maddox

No Wave

A Town Called Theocracy

Side by Side

Skinny Bones – Dropped Bench Press

Official SNAFF 2017 Selections

FILMS

2AM – Horror – Australia – A middle aged man Alex awakens in his quarters to find a white rabbit beside his bed who then suddenly hops through a closed door. Scared and fascinated by how the rabbit got into his room and out through a closed door Alex gets up and leaves his room to follow the rabbit. Once he opens the door and steps out into the hallways of the asylum very unusual and supernatural events begin to unfold right in front of OUR eyes.

35mm Monsters – Documentary – United States – A projectionist threads up a 35mm trailer for The Monster Squad before his beloved projectors are dismantled.
A short documentary that illustrates the technical process of projecting 35mm film that laments its decline.

A Town Called Theocracy – Comedy – United States – After the mayor of a theocratic regime imposes tough film restrictions, the sullen projectionist of a failing movie theater is inspired by a stranger passing through town to create a unique flick to skirt the oppressive system.

Adam’s Eve – Iowa Made Shorts – United States – A lonely young man seeks help from above as he struggles to finally lose his virginity.

Annie Waits – Dramedey – United Kingdom – Based on, you know – life.
We’ve all waited for ‘the one’. The one who catches our eye, the one who keeps our interest, the one who won’t expect us to trudge down that conventional path. Annie Waits tells the story of lust and disappointment, as a twenty-something waits for her adult life to begin.

Bag Full of Trouble – Action – United States – An ex-con packs a dangerous surprise for an old friend.

Beautiful Dreamer – Sci-Fi / Fantasy – United States – Facing a terminal disease, a mother uses space travel and relativity to stretch her last two years over the lifetime of her baby daughter, visiting for only one night every seven years. Mother and daughter must negotiate to forgive, to find what is important and to turn the pain of separation into love and a shared life.

Blight – Horror – United Kingdom – A small town detective ventures to a remote cottage to check upon an isolated family that have not been heard from for some time. But unknown to him the family has succumbed to a horrifying plague of grotesque fungi that has transformed them into monsters.

Blood in Love – Music Videos – France – the encounter between the band and the 3rd type.

Born Again – Comedy – United States – Top 10 horror short of 2016 – iHorror
“Horror needs more films like this” (Horror Society)
“Pure black comedy gold!” (Dark Comedy)
“A mighty feat for an indie short” (Bloody Disgusting)
“So wrong” (Maddwolf )
When five bumbling Satanists have their summoning ceremony go horribly right, they’re left to deal with the decidedly holy shit consequences.

Bosatsu – Year of the Dragon – Animation – – “Bosatsu is the Sino-Japanese translation of the Sanskrit term “Bodhisattva,” which refers to saintly entities in the Buddhist tradition who, even though having reached the highest stages of enlightenment in their current existences, vow to postpone entry into nirvana in order to help all living beings and lead them toward more enlightened states.”
Fugen Bosatsu who has the Bodhisattva status is one of the 8 deities of Buddha, protecting the Dragon and the Snake. He enters Jake’s dreams to guide him towards his true identity. Jake, born in the Year of the Dragon often gets visions from his past. He doesn’t know what they are but somehow feels they are real. He remembers nothing from his past and just seeks answers to his visions.

Break Down – Comedy – United States – Charlie hoped for a completely honest breakup. Unfortunately, David is being a real shit about it.

Bullet Time – Animation – A desolate street in a small village in the Old West. Two cowboys face each other in a good-old-fashioned shootout!

But when both of the colts fire their deadly bullets, those bullets immediately fall in love with each other, forgetting what they’re supposed to do! This has dramatic consequences…

Business – Comedy – United States – A young man becomes entangled in an older couples’ intimate affairs- but will he make it out alive?

Cain’s Shadow – Foreign – Italy – November 5th, 2025. Western metropolis. Young inspector Abel is grappling with the umpteenth disappearance: Angela, a 9-year-old girl, of whom there has been no news for two days. For more than ten years there have been many disappearances of children . Numbers assume alarming proportions; the police are indicted. Ada is a young woman of thirty whose daughter was kidnapped some years before. From that day on she has led a personal investigation searching for the truth. Eddi, a transsexual in his sixties, is the host of a late night radio programme. Together with Agnes, he founded an association that through various propaganda activities, including the radio, struggles to find the truth. On the night of November 5th the stories of these characters will be inexorably intertwined, leading us to a bitter and shocking discovery.

Caravan – Horror – Australia – Home invasion on holiday.

Caravan is a cautionary tale which follows a young family on a road-trip. As night falls the family pull in for a routine rest-stop where their caravan is invaded by a malevolent intruder.

Chicken Tuesdays – Comedy – United States – Will Gillman sets out to impress his date by bringing her to a chicken photography competition at a local bar.

CORKY – Animation – A corkscrew with a screw loose battles a giant glass bottle to uncork seven mysterious lightning bugs trapped inside.

Cul-De-Sac – Drama – United States – Parents living at the end of a quiet Cul-De-Sac discover a listening device inside their son’s teddy bear

Dark Light – Iowa Made Shorts – United States – A man must confront the unconditional love for his family before he loses it forever.

Death Metal – Horror – United States – A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.

Duel Vision – Action – United States – Duel Vision is a martial arts psychological drama about Jack and Molly. With corrupted memories of Molly vexing Jack, the real Molly must defeat the broken recollections so that Jack can move beyond the past.

Edith – Drama – United Kingdom – Since his wife, Edith’s, death four months ago, Jake has fallen into a life of drinking and isolation.

Every Ghost Has An Orchestra – Documentary – United States – Truth hides in the margins and the artist’s role is to point to it. The question of what happens after we die is a universal question explored by paranormal researcher and experimental composer Michael Esposito. He straddles the line between spiritual and material and asks the audience to reflect on our purpose, legacy and what our actions say about who we are.

Everything Is One Thing – Drama – France – Gideon just lost his mother. He’s american and visits in Paris, France, his mom’s friend, a painter, Annie. She’s taking care of her niece, a 8-month pregnant young woman Marie. Gideon and Marie will begin to learn more about each other…

Fangs & Claws 2 – Comedy, Horror, Foreign – Portugal – In the line of b-movies from the VHS craze and Italian splatter and trash films, comes the continuation of the story of “Dentes E Garras!”.
Set three months after the events in “Dentes e Garras”, tourists and partygoers at a summer lake resort are being terrorised by a monstrous creature that escaped from the hands of the military. Meanwhile, a dinosaur hatchling is at large and is about to join in the carnage with catastrophic results. It’s up to the Kung-Fu Guy to save the day again… or not. A thrilling motion picture featuring sleazy sexuality, extreme violence, martial arts action, and continuity errors, in glorious Betamax format! Brace yourself for the trashiest sequel of the year!

FBPD – Comedy – Ride along with the Facebook Police as they attempt to investigate, prosecute, and persecute, some of the worst Facebook faux pas offenders.

Fever – Foreign – Japan, Nepal, Oman,United States – Four young people unknowingly walk toward a moment in their lives when a fever overtakes them, bringing out their most basic instincts.

Fitz and the Tantrums – Roll Up – Music Videos – The music video opens in a world inter-populated with people and monsters. The lead singer of Fitz and the Tantrums, Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, appears as Cupid, who resorts to drastic measures when his arrows lose their effect. Evoking Roll Up’s lyrics of longing, desire and loneliness. It portrays barriers we raise between each other, whether they be cell phones, social networking or being too scared to dance. The barriers aren’t important. The isolation and damage they cause are. It was important to the band this video convey their deep sincerity and understanding about putting yourself out there. We all feel like monsters sometimes.

Flies in May – Horror – Australia – A young, shy girl, May, is bitten on the chest by a fly. As the days pass, the bite grows into a monstrous, parasitic maggot. As May struggles with the uncontrollable growth of the maggot, her negligent parents remain oblivious.

For A Good Time, Call… – Horror – United States – A man who uploads a homemade sex video taken in secret gets more than he bargained for when he makes a pit stop.

From Ashes to Immortality – Action – United States – Synopsis: A dark, human story about an innocent girl, a disturbed father, a troubled neighbor, and a tale of magic.
The film features actors Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans), Blake Robbins (The Sublime and Beautiful – Slamdance Nominated), Emmy award-winning Director of Photography Jeremy Osbern (Sundance Nominated, Slamdance Winner), and Kevin Willmott (C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, Chi-Raq). It showcases a variety of child talent, and stars Mike Anderson, TV talk show host of the Not So Late Show in Lawrence, Kansas.

Fry Day – Drama – United States – An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989

Ghost of a Chance – Iowa Made Shorts – Thirty years ago, three friends snuck inside an abandoned house to learn if it was truly haunted by attempting to make contact with the murdered owners.

Guts – Drama – United States – What are little girls made of?

Happy Anniversary – Student – United Kingdom – One man’s quest to rekindle his love with his zombie bride.

Heads Together – Animation – Netherlands – A surreal story about three friends who exchange heads by accident and are forced to adapt to each others life. This leads to funny but also enriching situations. Will they be able to keep it secret? And will they ever get their own head back?

Hell Follows – Foreign – Japan,United States – Betrayed by his clan and murdered for his past evil deeds, a sadistic killer’s soul possesses his identical twin’s body and sets out onto the road of vengeance for one final crusade of extermination. Everywhere he goes … HELL FOLLOWS.
Music by THE DEATH GRIPS.

Hidden Devil – Foreign – Spain – A long time ago, King Välak and Queen Thâis served as guardians of the ancient world, where pain and death didn’t exist. Nevertheless, an evil from the highest levels threatens to be reborn and is just about to arrive.

Honey Do – Iowa Made Shorts – United States – Man vs. list.

I’m Scared – Animation – United States – Based on the art of contemporary pop-surrealist/street-artist Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, ‘I’m Scared’ tells the story of young insomniac Ralf, who’s kept awake by all the bumps in the night. In Seussian rhyming couplets, Ralf describes to his little brother all of the dangers that lurk in the shadows, waiting to devour the two of them. ‘I’m Scared’ is a fun, spooky, and immersive tale, brought to life through intricate hand-crafted stop-motion animation. Featuring the first instrumental score composed by Mark Hoppus (of the band Blink-182).

Illegal Aliens – Comedy – United States – A SCI-FI / COMEDY / SATIRE THAT’S IRONICALLY HUMAN. Due to the recent arrival of undocumented immigrants, the city of Simpletown holds a special session city council meeting to determine if the town should officially ban the newcomers.

Jack & Ophelia – Iowa Made Shorts – United States – A married couples find themselves facing infidelity.

Kakkmaddafakka – Lilac – Animation , Music Videos – France – Two strangers spent a special day in Bergen. After that, with no way to contact each other, they will meet again in their memories.

Kaska – Sci-Fi / Fantasy – Germany – A ghastly shadow creeps through the ruins of a dark postwar city. A small, spider-like robot sneaks into the few remaining houses, in search for victims…

Last Scene – Drama – United States – A murder mystery that places a screenwriter at a crossroads when trying to decide on a ‘perfect ending’ for his latest screenplay. As the writer delves deeper into the story, his thoughts and ideas become his new reality.

Leftovers – Horror – You’ve left them in the back of the fridge far too long. Now those moldy remains of meals gone by have spawned more than mere mold. Those leftovers want YOU for dinner!

Les Cloÿs – Documentary – France – Aly, Azzedine, Nadir, and Sophiane are friends who spend time in a park in the 18th arrondissement of Paris on a street called Rue des Cloÿs. They communicate with each other through the universal languages of soccer and a collaborative form of slang called Verlan and Argot. The movie uses playful animations to illustrate the transformation of traditional words into Verlan and Argot words. The protagonists are of immigrant descent and belong to a demographic that is sometimes stereotyped as being violent and criminal. In “Les Cloÿs,” they tell their own stories with their own words.

Light of My Heart – Music Videos – United States – Selina sings for the first time in front of everyone in the most unexpected situation ever. In her moms funeral

Living Rooms – Sci-Fi / Fantasy – United States – Two girls embody the life that remains in an abandoned house. Everything seen and heard was captured in a 90 year old doctor’s untouched house.

Lunch Time – Student, Foreign – Iran, Islamic Republic of – A 16 year old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother. The people in charge at the hospital – due to her young age – won’t let her into the morgue and ask her to bring her guardian instead. However the girl insists that most of her family is in jail for criminal activities. Finally after her insistence they agree to let her into the morgue…

Marc Chung Protects His Address – Comedy – United States – Marc Chung recounts a story to his friends Stan and Kyle about the events that led up to purchasing a pellet gun to protect his address. He suspects a man name Robert is committing fraud under his address. Robert shows up at Marc’s door and flees after being caught that he’s been lying. Marc shows up at the police station to file a report but is denied due to insufficient evidence.

Meme Dealers – Comedy – United States – In a world where memes have become illegal a couple dudes are forced to sell them on the street to pay off their debt.

MEOW – Horror – United States – MEOW is a bloodstained genre mash offering life lessons in demonic cats, dubious landlords and overbearing mothers. Samantha is a strong willed young woman in her 20s, who ignores her landlord’s strict No Pets policy and takes in a stray cat from the alleyway behind her newly settled apartment. She grows attached to the kitten she dubs Meow, but amidst a series of shockingly bloody occurrences begins to think the sweet kitten may be capable of murder. Meow gleefully employs familiar elements of horror, comedy, and film noir that all unite in a genre defying twist that challenges viewers’ typical expectations.

Mouse – Comedy – United States – Vanessa and Danny are down on their luck, so when an unlikely can of Unica brand beans falls to their kitchen floor, they aim to squeeze out every penny.

Mutt – Horror – United States – Amidst the dying autumn countryside of the Bible Belt, a devout young couple takes faith to its ritualistic extreme.

My Arch Namesis – Comedy – United States – Sometimes the role goes to the best actor. Sometimes it goes to Nam.

My Friend Max – Drama – United States – After the loss of her father, young Thea has lived a secluded life without any friends, except for one. Her imaginary friend, Max, is a cause for concern for Thea’s mother, who drastically intervenes with Thea’s solitary social life. As a result, Max finds himself competing for Thea’s attention, and his own existence.

no name Maddox – Drama – United States – A young priest tries to help a 14-year-old Charles Manson.

No Wave – Horror – Canada – Anxious Henry is having trouble sleeping. In an attempt to rest, he listens to the sounds of ocean waves on a relaxation radio station. But when he hears the screams of a drowning man in his calming sea, Henry’s life swirls into a downward spiral.

Nobody Dies Here – Documentary – Benin – Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

Northfound – Student – Iris and Finn are two sisters with a special affinity for hot dogs and sexy cartoon animals. Devastated by Iris’s recent diagnosis, the two are left to navigate their short time left together while looking to a childhood fantasy to brighten what future they have left. Their plans are cut short, however, when Iris suddenly takes a turn for the worst, leaving Finn to somehow recreate the light her sister has been so desperate to see.

Not The Devil – Drama – United Kingdom – A teenage boy exploring his identity develops an obsession with a woman on his estate. One day, they meet.
Not The Devil focuses on the difficulties the LGBT community face for social acceptance and highlights the lack of support and feelings of isolation they so frequently experience.

Oh My – Music Videos – A starry night, tracks in the snow. A girl desperately pursues a creature into a desolate, surreal, white landscape.
This music video for the Australian band The Animators was created with painted plastic cut-outs and tissue paper and animated one frame at a time on a multi-plane animation stand.

PET MONKEY – Comedy, Horror – United States – Happy couple TERRY and GWEN are spending a quiet night in, watching embarrassing home videos from the comfort of their couch. Between munching on popcorn and laughing at 70s fashion, Terry turns to his girlfriend and offers to buy her a monkey, something she is adamantly against. Frustrated that her boyfriend won’t accept no for an answer, Gwen locks herself in the bathroom to ease her nerves, as a now delusional Terry storms out into the night to cool off in his own strange way.

Rainy Season – Horror – United States – When a couple travel to the small town of Willow, they are warned to leave. They ignore the warnings and learn the horrific price the town must pay for prosperity. The Rainy Season has come back to Willow and when it rains…they pour.

Sabaku – Animation – When SABAKU’s best friend Buffalo passes away, he needs to find himself a new friend. He tries connecting with different species, but soon finds out that isn’t as easy as it seems. SABAKU is in for a bumpy ride, but he won’t rest until he succeeds.

Scrambled – Animation – Netherlands – When 19-year old Esra misses her train and kills time playing a fast-paced, flashy game on her smartphone, a vintage Rubik’s Cube challenges her attention.

Shadows Of Hope – Drama – United States – When a stressed induced Mother, Alli (Elena Rojas) works aimlessly to salvage the relationship with her daughter, Hope (Frida Towers), She is torn between losing her daughter and her sense of reality.

She’s My Gorilla – Music Videos – The official music video for “She’s My Gorilla” by X-Ray Mary.

Shortcut – Horror – United Kingdom – Bad boyfriend. Sleeping girlfriend. Fast car. Full moon. When Kurt takes a shortcut he enters a supernatural realm and is forced to sacrifice a little part of himself.

Side by Side – Comedy – United States – The real time, split screen comparison of two lives leading up to the moment where they meet for the first time.

Silk Duck “Erosion” – Music Videos – Empathy, desire, and things in between.

Skinny Bones – Dropped Bench Press – Music Videos – United States

STAY – Drama – United States – A young woman wakes up in a strange place after a seemingly night of partying, only to find her choices result in something much worse than being sick in the morning. And the people she encounters and the place she finds herself in is much more than it seems.

Sticks – Horror – United States – Four college students reunite on a summer night at a house in the woods. As they tell scary stories around the campfire, the line between imagination and reality blurs, and they get the feeling they may not be alone on the property.

Sweet Tooth – Drama – Australia – Based on a popular Brothers’ Grimm fairytale, SWEET TOOTH explores the untold story of a downtrodden teenage girl who, in the wake of revenge, develops an unsavory addiction.

Tabook – Animation – Netherlands – While browsing the bookstore 19-year-old Gwen is unexpectedly drawn to a volume of kinky erotica, earning her disapproving glares from the other customers. Will Gwen follow her deepest desires or will she let her embarrassment restrain her?

Tampoon – Horror – United States – When Miranda makes bad decisions about her love life, a killer tampon slips in to take care of business.

Tesla Boy “Circles” – Music Videos – A guy with multiple personalities wants some chicken for dinner.

The Beautifully Drowned – Drama – Canada – A maritime fairy tale about a woman who longs for the day her husband will drown at sea.

The Burning Old Boy – Documentary – Bangladesh – Kim, a 40-year-old environmental activist, visits some of oldest brick kilns in Sylhet, Bangladesh, the town where he lives, which have been burning coal for more than half a century. He finds the industry is degrading the environment in other ways as well, most notably, by top soil depletion, air and water pollution, deforestation and farmland reduction, which all can have alarming prospects for food security.

THE CHASE – Action – United States – Rush hour is about to take on a new meaning. Two cars race on the streets and freeways of Los Angeles, side by side, unleashed.
A pure chase of muscle and speed. No CG. No rules. No stops.
Just high-speed action like no other.
This is that story…

The Collection – Documentary – United States – Two friends stumble upon the holy grail of movie memorabilia in the most unlikely of places.

The Dark Hunger – Horror – United States – They took away his memory and his life, but gave him something worse in death. Now he must embrace the monster he’s become to regain his humanity.

The Fisherman – Horror – Mr Wong is a third generation fisherman in Hong Kong, struggling to keep this tradition alive. One night, he decides to leave the crowded waters of Victoria Harbour, and fish in calmer waters. His luck changes when he catches something that does not belong to this world.

The Gift of the Magpie – Iowa Made Shorts – United States – It’s carpe diem for a couple of small time grifters on Christmas Eve 1934.
Starring Helen Slayton-Hughes (“Ethel Beavers” from Parks and Recreation,) Milton Severe, Adam Osterhaus and Pamela Forrest.

The Hag: Bloodline – Horror – Canada – A young woman reflects on her childhood, as she struggles with depression, sleep paralysis and a night terror known as the old hag.

The Inevitable – Student – Armenia – A young writer tries to investigate the strange suicide of his friend the painter and finds a mysterious painting which has the ability to show the inevitable future.

The Murder of William Martin – Documentary – United States – On August 9, 1832, several Meskwaki, in retaliation for an attempt by drunken militia men to kill the peaceful Chief Tama, shot and scalped 23 year-old William Martin near Little York, Illinois in Warren County. This is a true story of prejudice, revenge, compassion, and justice.

THE OLD-MEN – Comedy – France,United States – Captain Justice and his team of great heroes were once the protectors of Cosmopolis and adored by all citizens. After having put in jail their sworn enemy, the Scarman, they décide to put masks and capes in the wardrobe to retire. Now 70 years old Captain Justice is leading a normal life. But this old hero intends to resume service proving to all that his age is not an obstacle!

The Past Inside the Present – Animation

The Prisoner Of Perdition – Drama – United States – In the old west in the town of Perdition, U.S. Marshall Tom Clanton (Rusty James) along with his Deputy Jacob Darby (Michael Longstreth) attempt to protect their prisoner Thorne (John Wells) from an angry mob. But the prisoner has his own devilish intentions.

The Root Cellar – Drama – United States – While investigating a deadly house fire, a Police Chief and Detective try to get answers from a mysterious man who was found in a cellar under the rubble.

The Seeker – Horror – United Kingdom – After reports of an Unidentified Flying Object crashing in the Highlands of Scotland, a quiet and lonely man has an encounter with a strange being. Waking up disorientated he finds himself consumed by an alien impulse which leads him to seek out those closest to him and turn them to his extra-terrestrial will. Look closely and observe your friends and family with keen regard. They could be…THE SEEKER.
The Seeker is a micro budget homage to 70s and 80s sci-fi/horror, inspired (loosely) by Harry Bromley Davenport’s XTRO, John Carpenter’s The Thing and Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

THE SERVANT – Animation – A bug became servant,servant became master

The Visitant – Foreign – Australia – Jack watches his wife kiss another man goodnight. He enters the family home, unsure what he’ll confront.

The Zealots – Watertown Legend (Official Music Video) – Music Videos -United States – A dead body washes up on the shore of the Mississippi River.

Theresa’s Trigger – Iowa Made Shorts – United States – A short film about Theresa, who is sent by her employer to an anger management specialist… with a twist.

This is Yates – Documentary – United States – This is Yates is a reflexive analog-elegy that hates itself. Presented through a collage of serene and violent home movies, it invites the viewer to question not only the ways in which we shape identity via fragmented media, but also the processes through which we construct memory and deal with personal trauma. The film occupies a space between nonfictional portraiture and ethnographic dreamscape, offering a nuanced portrait of southern youth culture as well as a visceral rumination on bodies both decaying and enduring.
This is Yates was edited over the course over three years and completed during a residency with the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, SC.

This Little Piggy – Comedy, Horror – Little Charlie has some issues… and maybe your nose.

Tough Love: A Romantic Comedy for Men – Student, Iowa Made Shorts – United States – When womanizer Duke Butchmann sleeps with the goddess Aphrodite and never calls her back she curses him with the power of love. Now Duke and his best friend Wilt must find a way to fix it before it’s too late.

unTruth – Drama – United States – Tech millionaire Cameron Orsini is dying. His estranged wife, Kathe, visits him to reveal, on his deathbed, that she’s pregnant all while millions of people are dying from the new phenomena affecting our solar system where speaking lies can kill you.

Ursula – Iowa Made Shorts – United States – A woman struggles to reclaim any sense of self-identity and to connect with her daughter, after her husband suicide.

Valencia – Drama – United States – Catherine’s early morning drive is interrupted when she’s faced with an accident on the side of the road. Accosted by calls from her estranged sister and late to the reading of her father’s will, but the only one on the scene, she forces herself to exit her car.

Wake – Dramedey – United States – Kelly and Meg are humoring their father, Richard, who believes he’s dying, when he isn’t.

Welcome Back – Documentary, Iowa Made Shorts – 2016 Iowa Football

When Susurrus Stirs – Horror – United States – A body horror tale like no other. The story of one man’s bond with a parasitic creature that could result in the end of us all.
A man finds purpose in his meaningless life when he becomes Host to an ancient creature named Susurrus.

White Drift – Horror – United States – Peter, a war torn US veteran, arrives in a small Maine town searching for a lost friend. When a local waitress takes an interest in him, she soon realizes that he’s battling more than just PTSD. He’s battling a werewolf.

WILDER – Student – United States – Upon arriving home, Catriona attempts to reconcile the relationships between herself and her remaining family, only to discover they are more toxic than she remembered.

Without Gravity, Chocolate Floats – Sci-Fi / Fantasy – United States – A U.F.O. fanatic unexpectedly proves that extraterrestrial lifeforms exist.

Words Like Daggers – Nothing Left To Prove (Official Music Video) – Music Videos -United States –

Yojimbo – Music Videos – United States – Yojimbo captures the Joe Policastro Trio amidst its recording of the main title theme of the film Yojimbo, directed by the iconic Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa with a score composed by Masaru Sato. Applying its singular sound and approach, the trio adapted the orchestral score into an improvisational vehicle for the band and is seen here in this raw, one-take, live studio recording.

 

SCREENPLAYS

S3RIAL – Written by Michael E. Berg – A lowly beat cop canvasses a barbershop for leads to an unsolved murder and finds the killer – only he doesn’t know it.

Jaguars – Written by Adrienne Dawes – When awkward, 20-something Esther befriends “The Jaguars,” a group of funny, fearless 50-something women that aggressively pursue younger men at singles bars, she learns a powerful lesson about radical self-acceptance.

Last Woman on Earth – Written by Danielle Smith – A woman faces the decision between survival and redemption in a bleak world.

Casting Blade – Written by Andrew Wassom – After a failed suicide attempt, a former porn star seeking mainstream success lands the role he was meant to play.

Malcolm and Cabinette – Written by Wes Worthing – We follow the life of two lovers who had the courage to break down the barrier between metal and flesh. Witness the intimacy and struggles of Malcolm and Cabinette, a human and a filing cabinet.

Wren Bone – Written by Robert Dopf, Michael E. Berg – Life and death hang in the balance when a Sheriff must confront a cult leader terrorizing a small Iowa town.

Thank You…

Another SNAFF is in the books. New friends were made. Stories were told. Laughs were had. It always seems to sneak up on us and before we know it, it’s over.

I want to thank each and every writer, filmmaker, actor and anyone involved in the making of any work that was submitted to SNAFF. We can’t have a film festival without films. It’s that simple. This festival is for you.

Every year, from when I was just an audience member, to now, I am absolutely taken back by the filmmaking community. Not only by the heaps of talent, but by the special camaraderie that is shared between everyone.

I want to thank my SNAFF team.

Kara, for flying across the country to be the face of the festival as our host and awards ceremony director.

JoJo, Paul and Cheryl for their time and efforts in organizing the short screenplay readings, volunteer coordination, and helping in every aspect of the fest.

Nikki, for always being there, literally and figuratively. For her volunteer coordination, judging, and making sure I was fed and kept alive for the duration of the festival.

Lonnie, for continuing to help in every aspect from fundraising, organizing, and always answering my calls when I need advice.
To Cynthia for the putting together our amazing gift bags.

Jerry Johnson, for  being wherever I needed him whenever I needed him, and for having us at the beautiful Capitol Theater.

Phil Pool of Omni Photography for capturing each moment of the festival, and for always supporting the arts in Burlington.

I want to thank Tina Salamone for taking a chance and giving me my first opportunity at the Capitol Theater and always supporting my vision.

Terry Arellano, for pulling me back into the theater and introducing me to Lonnie.

Thanks to Amy Walsh for always making sure everything is in order.

Thanks to each and every volunteer who gave their time to help keep our festival running smoothly.  A big thanks also goes out to each film judge who spent hours and hours watching and rating films and to each screenplay judge for your time and effort.

Thank you to our generous sponsors. We depend on our sponsors, whether it’s funding, promotion, or donations; it all keeps SNAFF going. We can’t do it without sponsors.

Thanks to Iron & Lace, Becker’s and Tim Scott for your help with the trophies.
Sound & Fury for providing us with new shirts each year.

Thank you to our SNAFFterparty host venues for allowing us to take over your space. Thanks to Kevin at Moto’s for the delicious pizza, Tyler at The Washington for the awesome entertainment, and The Drake for the beautiful view and great food.

Thanks to the Beck’s Pig Out Food truck for bringing us fresh, local BBQ.

Thanks to Laura Arms for her generous donations to both the Capitol and SNAFF.

Thanks go out to Eric Pettit Lion for showing everyone how much talent we have here in Burlington.
William Ford for being the soundtrack to our closing night festivities.
Gabba, for your inspiring performance.
As We Are and Matt Wiggins (The Dying of the Light) for rocking the stage at our awards ceremony.
Randy Wischmeier for making sure everything looks and sounds great.

Thanks to Steve Jennings at Grasshorse for connecting us with Cody Cameron and for always supporting the local arts.
Thanks to Cody Cameron for trekking across the country to share your story and experiences with us. Extra points for spending time with my niece and making me the coolest uncle in the world.

Getting to meet talented people traveling to Burlington from all around the country is one of the many rewarding experiences of running a film festival. The flowers, cards, gifts, and kind words were all overwhelming. The memories are what I value the most.

Here’s to SNAFF 2016. Time to start planning SNAFF 2017.

-Tadd

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