SNAFF 2022 Screenplay Finalists

Thursday, July 21 – 4:00PM

BOWEN – Written by Dustin Wood
A man has to survive on his own after retreating to the country after a post-apocalyptic event and makes friends with an unlikely companion.

Once Bitten Twice Shy – Written by Wes Worthing
An 80’s rock star attempts a return at stardom nearly 40 years after a traumatic event.

Turn Over – Written by Richard Devon Endacott
When Kerry returns to the family farm with a money making proposition for his estranged brother Thad, both men discover they share ownership of an antique tractor purchased by their father before he died. Figuring out whether the tractor has a seized engine means the difference between a wad of cash or a hunk of junk. If the two can work together to get the old beast to turn over, it might mean more than money to both of them.

Friday, July 22 – 4:00PM

Dog – Written by Paul Huenemann
After years of loneliness, Zach finally gets a companion to share his life again, but it’s a really weird dog.

Love to Go – Written by Bernhard Riedhammer
Gene, a struggling widower, finds comfort in a unique relationship with his Romanian cleaning lady.

Never Alone – Written by Verlisha Thomas
When Nathan is diagnosed with cancer, he’s prepared to deal with his sickness alone. That is, until he meets an annoying young man who refuses to let him.

Saturday, July 22 – 4:00PM

Americans at Work – Written by Ben Matthews
Set in the middle of West Texas, a troubled children’s author attempts to acquire an honest opinion of his newest book from a prostitute. Meanwhile, a retired lawman makes a chilling discovery.

Dreidel – Written by Glenn Lissner
Samuel tells his friends the horrors his grandfather Isaac suffered at a concentration camp during the holocaust and how he took revenge against a sadistic Nazi prison guard named Heinrich.
A Dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Mostly a game of chance for children.

The Magician – Written by Alexander James Dingeman
A Las Vegas magician has his tricks put to the test against real magic.

The Space Between – Written by Emille Lacsa
What lengths will friends go to save each other, and what will they leave in the space between?

SNAFF 2022 Film Block Lineup

Please note that films are not listed in playing order; they are listed alphabetically within their block. 
Full daily schedule coming soon.

Thursday, July 21 – 12:00PM – Film Block 1

Amidst the Stars – Dir. Dustin Morrow       
Sci-Fi / Fantasy Shorts – 10 Min        
United States        
After discovering his spacecraft will be unable to return him to Earth, an astronaut deals with loneliness and isolation as he sends his final transmission home.

Beyond the Infinity of Lies – Dir. Alexey Chiginsky       
Drama – 29 Min         
Russian Federation   
Single mother Maria lives with her son, mother and common-law husband in a two-room apartment. She dreams of a full-fledged family and her own home. The “roommate” suggests that she poison his disabled friend in order to take over his apartment. Will she be able to commit a crime to fulfill her dream?

Bound – Dir. Grace Sextro       
Drama – 5 Min     
United States        
A proposal gone wrong leads to a tense discussion.

Choices – Dir. Michael McCallum     
Drama – 6 Min     
United States        
Mitch and Charlie are facing a new world after a mysterious sickness has taken everyone they love.

Devil’s Gambit – Dir. Derek Smith    
Horror – 13 Min
United States        
A man addicted to underground card games is down on his luck and tries a supernatural game of chance to win back his good luck.

E.V.P. – No More Tears – Dir. J.J. Perez       
Music Video – 6 Min      
United States        
Recorded specifically for the short film/pilot, “Ghost Trippers.” This brand new supergroup who call themselves E.V.P. (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), got together and recorded this entire cover song, all in the comfort of their homes.

Tony Alexander & the Bb Trio – Dir. Isaac Mumma        
Documentary – 18 Min
United States        
Tony grew up in a small town in northern England. A town where he spent his summers as a kid playing soccer with his friend. And every evening that a Elvis film was playing on TV, he would run home a fast as to could to see it. Elvis was his star. And when he watches Jail House Rock, he was hooked. He wanted to be Elvis. But never in his life did he think he would have that opportunity to record an album with three amazing musicians in the exact place where Elvis first recorded his music. And at the end of January 2019, that opportunity came, and a dream become reality.

Walken Pneumonia – Dir. Bea Noguera
Comedy – 6 Min
United States
An online conspiracy show host learns of a possible new pandemic that causes unusual behavior and… more cowbell…

Thursday, July 21 – 2:00PM – Film Block 2

All Over Again – Dir. Joseph McGovern
Drama – 17 Min
United States
Gregory, an aging guitarist, re-discovers his passion and finds the courage to play again.

The Anix & Julien-K – Your Lies Are Like Fire (Official Music Video) – Dir. Oscar Gutierrez
Music Video – 4 Min
United States
Beloved electro-rock artists Julien-K and The Anix join forces for a powerful new track on “Your Lies Are Like Fire,” pulling together a calculated blend of genres to deliver the best of both artists.

Generational Curses – Dir. Erica Faye
Drama – 7 Min
United States
When Ms. Farewell gets an uninvited visit from child protective services, her world is turned upside down

Isolation – Dir. Brandon Gorrell
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 12 Min
United States
In the near future, where virus vaccines are mandatory, a single father tries to protect his daughter from a government-initiated group known as the Vaccination Task Force by planning an escape to one of the few free states that are left.

Night Owl – Dir. Nathan Matthew Blizzard
Horror – 12 Min
United States
Hails and Daniel take care of their child, Kyle, who has been infected with a virus. They keep Kyle locked away in their basement as he begins to age rapidly. Over time, Kyle starts to evolve into something not human, having an Owl-like resemblance, and breaks free.

Pale Dawn – Dir. Doug Gerash
Drama – 28 Min
United States
Forty years ago Mary Bynres’ daughter, Luna, disappeared.  Last year Micheal Nevins discovered the body because of a video game.  She’s hoping he can hep her find the killer.

Such a Nerd – Dir. Jacob Rosdail
Documentary – 14 Min
United States
Troy Eaton aka Salvador Kubrick raps about anime and nerdy pop culture in the poorly-lit bars of Kearney, Nebraska.
Kearney is not a place anyone would call a hub for hip-hop music.  However, Troy is undeterred in his quest to build the local music scene.

Thursday, July 21 – 6:00PM – Film Block 3

Barrier – Dir. Niels Bourgonje
Drama – 9 Min
Netherlands
September 1944. Two Canadian soldiers find a boy washed up on the Dutch beach. Where did he come from and can he be trusted?

Blue Frontier – Dir. Ivan Milosavljević
Documentary – 20 Min
Serbia
The man from the border has spent his entire life searching for the biggest fish that the blue Danube hides. Every sunrise sees the old fisherman attempt to lure the river giant in an ancient fishing way by clapping on the river surface with a hand-carved piece of wood. Two rivals – one on the surface of the water and the other concealed within the depths of the mighty river are waiting to finally meet.

Caregiver – Dir. Rafael De Leon
Horror – 5 Min
United States
A graduate student interviews a young volunteer caregiver for his class project, but something isn’t quite right.

Dear Mama… – Dir. Winter Dunn
Drama – 14 Min
United States
The death of Tupac draws different reactions from a father and his artistic daughter, forcing them to confront the emotional aftermath of their own tragedy.

A Feast That Never Comes – Dir. Maria Juranic
Music Video – 16 Min.
United States
Four characters inhabit cycles within cycles of contentment, discontentment, inertia, movement, desire, and betrayal. A story emerges—told through the marriage of music (Ex-Fiancée) and dance (ChrisMastersDance)—functioning as a set of nesting dolls, inviting you to uncover as many layers as you wish.

Fight The Fade – Old Wounds – Dir. Tyler Simpson
Music Video – 3 Min
United States
Dynamic rhythms and muscular guitar riffs power Fight the Fade’s brand new single, “Old Wounds.” Shifting from its carefully restrained verse sections to a brutal breakdown at the midpoint, “Old Wounds” carries listeners through an emotionally charged creation powered by a fierce vocal performance.

Finding Ernie – Dir. Lewayne L White
Comedy – 6 Min
United States
An aging private investigator is hired by an alien to find someone named “Ernie.” During his search, he crosses paths with interplanetary tour guides, astronauts, femmes fatale, and himself.

SEE TMRW – Dir. Emille Lacsa
Music Video – 4 Min
United States
August Gonzalez feat. Jay Wetterling (of Manhattan Blockade)

Tennis Ball on His Day Off – Dir. Julian Glander
Animation – 3 Min
United States
While leaving a voicemail to his grandma, a tennis ball ponders the passage of time and tries to find meaning and identity outside of his work.

These Imperfect Gifts – Dir. Vanessa Powers
Drama – 12 Min
United States
What a gift a new baby can be. A grieving young couple struggles to move forward in the aftermath of a loss.

Thursday, July 21 – 8:00PM – Film Block 4

Cabeceo – Dir. Brian James Crewe
Drama – 8 Min
United States
A passionate Argentine Tango dance fantasy featuring a woman exploring the sensual and dangerous possibilities presented by a potential new lover.

Calling Out To The Skyline – Dir. Emille Lacsa
Music Video – 7 Min
United States
Calling Out to The Skyline by Manhattan Blockade

Five Cents – Dir. Aaron Hughes
Animation – 5 Min
United States
A consumer finds himself in over his head after a string of purchases goes out of control. Drawn by hand on thousands of market data pages from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times with ink, white-out, gouache paint, gold leaf and other materials. 

Jabberwocky – Dir. Sjaak Rood
Animation – 2 Min
Netherlands
A brave boy goes hunting for the Jabberwock despite the warning of the old man.
When the monster is beaten, it still looks like the story will end badly.
Jabberwocky is a poem filled with nonsense words that don’t mean anything, but, miraculously, you understand exactly what the story is about.

Nalujuk Night – Dir. Jennie Williams
Documentary – 13 Min
Canada
Nalujuk Night is an up close look at an exhilarating, and sometimes terrifying, Labrador Inuit tradition. Every January 6th from the dark of the Nunatsiavut night, the Nalujuit appear on the sea ice. They walk on two legs, yet their faces are animalistic, skeletal, and otherworldly. Snow crunches underfoot as they approach their destination: the Inuit community of Nain.
Despite the frights, Nalujuk Night is a beloved annual event, showing that sometimes it can be fun to be scared. Rarely witnessed outside of Nunatsiavut, this annual event is an exciting chance for Inuit, young and old, to prove their courage and come together as a community to celebrate culture and tradition.

Something in the Garden – Dir. Marcos Sánchez
Animation – 6 Min
Chile
It’s nighttime in the suburbs and the stillness is interrupted by a strange presence, a creeping being that lurks in the dark.

They Used To Call Me Crazy – Dir. Jim McDonough
Drama – 5 Min
United States
When Dad got sick he chose one late summer night in 2018 to tell us the origins of his nickname “Crazy.” There were a lot of tales told that night. This was the chapter on CARS.

Turning Forty – Dir. Justin & Kristin Schaack
Comedy – 7 Min
United States
To conquer her fear of turning forty, Jennifer embraces the help of a professional Aging Guide.

Without A Touch – Dir. Christina Danner
Drama – 7 Min
Germany
Without A Touch is a short film about Haphephobia and the life-changing consequences of physical/mental assault that victims have to go through afterwards.
Elaine, a young and carefree woman, is in a happy relationship with her boyfriend Finn. During a night out with her friends, a traumatic event happens. After that incident, she’s not able to receive any kind of physical touch without feeling pain on and in her body. After months of isolation, she starts to fight and slowly becomes herself again.

A world free of crisis – Dir. Ted Hardy-Carnac
Drama – 26 Min
France
Emilie is struggling in life. After numerous unsuccessful interviews, the lively but clumsy 30 year-old finds herself under a great deal of social pressure and fears to lose her home. Naturally she has high hopes when she is called in for a new interview, but in this future society that plays by slightly different rules, nothing goes as planned.

Friday, July 22 – 12:00PM – Film Block 1

Big Iron – Dir. Arik Hess
Drama – 16 Min
United States
An Arizona Ranger travels to the tiny town of Agua Fria to locate the deadly outlaw Texas Red. This western short film is inspired by the classic Marty Robbins song, “Big Iron.”
Filmed entirely in Austin, Texas by Iowa, Illinois, Texas, and Tennessee filmmakers.

BUZZ Pollen Nation – Dir. Mike Machian
Documentary – 9 Min
United States
Bombus occidentalis, the Western Bumblebee, was one of the most common species found in the western US. Since the late 90’s, this species has experienced steep decline. Kellie Hayden volunteers her time to to help track and conserve native bumblebee species.

Kaotic Drumline: Drumming With a Difference – Dir. Aaron Steinberg
Documentary – 12 Min
United States
On the South Side of Chicago, the Kaotic Drumline brings people together with creativity, energy and hope.

Life’s Work – Dir. Tristan Bennett
Horror – 8 Min
United States
A screenwriter struggles to churn out the last few pages of what he hopes to be his masterpiece. As he endures the struggle that is writer’s block, something even more sinister is watching from the shadows.

Pre-Existing – Dir. Kevin Isaacson
Comedy – 9 Min
United States
A concerned husband seeks to buy a life insurance policy for his wife but her current condition is making it very difficult.

Toc (A Tony Doc) – Dir. Bret Royer, Tony Miller, Ashlyn James, Abe Kershner
Comedy
7 Min
United States
Three filmmakers try to make a documentary about a mysterious figure known only as Tony.

Trapped – Dir. Timothy Brian McCusker
Drama – 23 Min.
United States
A Comedy about OCD and Religion. A writer is trapped in a cosmic battle between good and evil.

The Woods Gather – Dir. Seth Alan Jacobs
Horror – 8 Min
United States
When two brothers are hunting in the woods, they realize they are also being hunted themselves.

Friday, July 22 – 2:00PM – Film Block 2

Ghost Trippers – Dir. J. William Boothman II
Horror – 28 Min
United States
When a skeptical motel manager skips the Halloween parties for a quiet night at work, four amateur paranormal investigators arrive with a story too bizarre not to believe. As the night progresses, strange and unexplained events start to unfold at the Tehuacana Inn. Join Alex and the Ghost Trippers as they set off to document the ultimate proof of paranormal existence.

Hush – Dir. Joseph McGovern
Horror – 12 Min
United States
Jeremy, in love with his best friend’s wife, Suzanna, struggles unable to fulfill his desire.

Labor of Love – Dir. Hannah Rosalie Wright
Drama – 9 Min
United States
Teresa navigates feelings of isolation in the early stages of a quiet grief.

Monster In A Box – Dir. Noah Weisel
Horror – 9 Min
United States
He did it for the role.
When carnival hucksters pull their act in the wrong town they get help from the most unlikely of performers.

Prom Night – Dir. Carolin Harvey
Horror – 5 Min
United States
A high school girl gets ready for prom, but discovers something is off about her friend and mother.

Saving Silhouettes – Dir. Kristopher J. Gathercoal
Music Video – 7 Min
A boy investigates the woods south of town.

Stinky’s Big Adventure – Dir. Ryan J. Gilmer
Animation – 8 Min
United States
Stinky’ Big Adventure takes off where Bush League the mole only began.
One night under the influence of some high quality weed, Podcaster conspiracydood7. aka Stinky, decides to troll a scam artist over $220 million bitcoin during his latest stream and gets more than he bargained for. Over some dank meme thots and zombie kush, the 27 year old gets many a visit from some social powers, a special pet, and even his mom.

Underdogs – Dir. Alex Astrella
Documentary – 15 Min
United States
At the California Men’s Colony in Central California, a special connection forms between dogs and their inmate handlers, as the prisoners lovingly prepare the canines to become fully operational service animals.

Unforgettable – Dir. Michael McCallum
Music Video – 3 Min
United States
A music video for hip-hop artist, Cyrus, featuring Doug and The Dog who are two guys that are “Unforgettable”.

Friday, July 22 – 6:00PM – Film Block 3

Artistic Character – Dir. Vasily Chuprina
Comedy – 15 Min
Netherlands
When a quiet artist spends his time daydreaming of his muse, he inadvertently sets in motion a series of actions that he has no control of. A quiet life suddenly upturned with each event and with consequences.

Burlington Paranormal – Dir. Zachary, Eli Lint
Horror – 21 Min
United States
Introducing a team of paranormal investigators in a Mississippi River town led by a woman who has the ability to punch ghosts with her right fist. The team consists of a drag queen psychic (the Bay area’s iconic Peaches Christ), a non-binary tech noise musician (Ellie Desautels from NBC’s Rise), a silent video artist camera operator and a brand new intern (comedian Johnny Pemberton of Superstore and 21 Jump Street).

Coming Home – Dir. Margot Bowman, Naim Naif
Documentary – 10 Min
United States
Coming Home follows Freedom Dabka Group – a collective of Palestinian-American dancers, living in Bay Ridge (Brooklyn) who use Dabka as a way to connect to their community and homeland. Shot on 16mm under the unique constraints of 2020-21 featuring archive photography from The Palestinian Museum.

In These Times – Dir. Remington Smith
Documentary – 3 Min
United States
Shot on 16mm and digital cameras in the summer of 2020, this dialogue-free short doc reveals the personal & public experiences of Louisville, KY’s battle with the coronavirus and police brutality in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s killing by the LMPD.

Low Self Esteem 3 – Dir. Mikeal Burgin
Horror – 16 Min
United States
Ellie is confronted by the jealous ex-girlfriend of a man she met online, as her dysfunctional search for love continues.

No Shortcuts – Dir. Patrick Boberg
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 14 Min
United States
Losing steam to continue his workout regime, Ryck encounters a mysterious object that recharges his efforts but is almost certainly dangerous.

Permission – Dir. Abhishek Satham
Drama – 14 Min
United States
In order to save their marriage after a heavy loss, Duncan and Maria embark upon an inner and outer journey with the help and counsel of therapist Wallace Cummings to rediscover meaning and passion and give each other permission to heal.

Friday, July 22 – 8:00PM – Film Block 4

Act of God – Dir. Spencer Cook, Parker Smith
Drama – 22 Min
United States
ACT OF GOD follows a day in the life of Stuart, a disabled man whose life is a mess. His caregivers are abandoning him and for good reason: he’s an asshole, a fact that becomes quickly apparent to the new guy tasked with getting him out of bed.
Stuart’s commute to work is interrupted by the discovery of a $100 bill lying on the sidewalk, just out of reach. It flutters away as soon as he moves towards it, leading him on a chase eventually destroys his wheelchair and forces him to reconsider his toxic ideal of self sufficiency.
His commute is interrupted by the discovery of a $100 bill lying on the sidewalk, just out of reach. It flutters away as soon as he moves towards it, leading him on a chase that forces him to reconsider his toxic ideal of self-sufficiency.

Bed Bugs – Dir. Kaitlyn T. Busbee
Drama – 9 Min
United States
A young woman confronts her trauma by dealing with the only thing she has power over: her mattress.

blue jay – Dir. Anthony Matos
Drama – 12 Min
United States
The stories of Ryan, Pat, and Natalie; three strangers looking for varying escapes from their mundane lives. Their journeys bring them together at an old motel, where they learn from each other how to confront their own demons.

CENSOR OF DREAMS – Dir. Leo Berne, Raphaël Rodriguez
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 18 Min
France
Every night, The Censor and his team moderate Yoko’s dreams. Tonight nothing happens as planned.

The Seine’s tears – Dir. Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur
Animation – 9 Min
France
17 October 1961, “Algerian workers” get down the streets to manifest against the mandatory curfew imposed by the Police prefecture.

Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver – Dir. Lewie Kloster, Noah Kloster
Documentary – 10 Min
United States
In 1982, the completion of Jim Jarmusch’s sophomore film, Stranger Than Paradise, hinged on producer, Sara Driver’s duty to hand carry the only existing print of the world’s most controversial rock documentary, Cocksucker Blues, across the Atlantic Ocean.

We Should Get Dinner! – Dir. Eliza Jiménez Cossio, Lexi Tannenholtz
Comedy – 10 Min
United States
After their parents divorce, ex-step-siblings Abby and Sean are forced to confront if they were ever really family.

Saturday, July 23 – 10:00AM – Film Block 1 – Saturday Morning Cartoons

Affairs of the Art – Dir. Joanna Quinn
Animation – 16 Min
Canada
With Affairs of the Art, director Joanna Quinn and producer/screenwriter Les Mills continue the series of beloved, hilarious and award-winning animated UK films starring Beryl, a 59-year-old factory worker who’s obsessed with drawing and determined to become a hyper-futurist artiste. We also meet her grown son, Colin, a techno geek, her husband, Ifor, now Beryl’s model and muse, and her sister, Beverly, a fanatical narcissist living in LA. Affairs of the Art provides glimpses into Beryl’s, Beverly’s and Colin’s peculiar childhoods, and we see that obsession is in this family’s DNA.

Anxious Body – Dir. Yoriko MIZUSHIRI
Animation – 6 Min
France
Living things, artificial things, geometry shapes, and lines. When these different things encounter, a new direction is born.

Bestia – Dir. Hugo Covarrubias
Animation -15 Min
Chile
Based on true events, “Bestia” explores the life of a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile. Her relationship with her dog, her body, her fears and frustrations reveals a grim fracture of her mind and of the country.

Camouflage – Dir. Remco Polman
Animation – 20 Min.
Netherlands
Camouflage is a dystopian thriller in which we follow the story of office clerk Amouf. Amouf desperately tries to hold his life together while the world around him gets darker and darker, following the rise of De Jager. This flamboyant and highly intimidating creature is a hate-instigating vigilante, who has sworn to systematically prosecute certain groups and Amouf is not a brave character. Will he be strong enough to resist?

Life Is a Particle Time Is a Wave – Dir. Daniel Zvereff
Animation – 10 Min
United States
A widowed watchmaker spends his remaining days in solitude distracting himself with chores and pastimes. Like a prisoner, alone in his cell, he looks for meaning in the memories of his past life.

Monachopsis – Dir. Liesbet van Loon
Animation – 10 Min
Belgium
Debbie, a young woman, struggles with the feeling of being disconnected from the people around her. Until she meets Sofie with whom she bonds (too) strongly.

Soft Animals – Dir. Renee Zhan
Animation – 3 Min
United Kingdom
Two ex-lovers cross paths in a train station.

Steakhouse – Dir. Špela Čadež
Animation – 9 Min
France, Germany, Slovenia
The steak has been marinating for a few days now. The pan is heated. Franc’s stomach is rumbling. But Liza’s co-workers surprise her with a birthday party. Will she be home on time?

Transubstantiation, Shabbat – Dir. Elio Baseman
Animation – 3 Min
United States
This claymation film is a meditation on Judaism, the giving spirit and labor of cooking, gender, and relationship to the body. This is Baseman’s first claymation work. For this piece, they constructed a modular set and puppet, and learned the process of animation.
TW: body mutilation, blood

Wet – Dir. Marianne BERGEONNEAU, Lauriane MONTPERT, Mélina MANDON, Cloé PEYREBRUNE, Elvira TAUSSAC
Animation – 6 Min
France
During a thrilling massage, a lady is going to seduce her masseur. Through different rooms of a thermal cure, a seduction game would take place. A maze of sensation, flesh and steam which lead them to meet again.

Saturday, July 23 – 12:00PM – Film Block 2

Behind Closed Doors – Dir. Erica Faye
Drama – 6 Min
United States
When a woman feels as if she has hit rock bottom in life, does she have the faith to truly believe that God can help her?

Beyond Unbroken – With Or Without Me (Official Music Video) – Dir. Monte Money, Michael Money
Music Video – 4 Min
United States
Beyond Unbroken serves up an innovative blend of trap elements with contemporary rock music for an invigorating and heartfelt creation. The song’s deep melodic sensibilities and chorus hook will resonate with listeners long after the track has ended.

Daedric – Wretched (Official Music Video) – Dir. Kate Voskova
Music Video – 4 Min
United States
Thunderous rhythms, hulking guitar riffs, swirling electronics, and a stunningly beautiful vocal performance mark the triumphant debut single from Daedric. “Wretched” establishes the project as a musical force to reckon with and sets the stage for a series of great tracks to follow.

Ellie and Natalie – Dir. Benjamin Schmidt
Drama – 15 Min
United States
Lifelong best friends Ellie and Natalie confront growing apart after starting college.

The Hatman Vol. II – Dir. Charlie Gandez
Horror – 22 Min
United States
The Hatman Vol. II follows Jessica during a therapy session, as she struggles to overcome childhood trauma resulting from the events that took her family from her.

Lilian – Dir. Carrsan T. Morrissey
Horror – 10 Min
United States
Lilian Pierce (Sydney Ginter), a bloodthirsty vigilante known to the world as “Azrael,” pays a visit to a man named Seth (Benjamin Schmidt), whose girlfriend has recently gone missing. This short film is ‘Episode 0’ of the upcoming web-series “LILIAN,” by Carrsan T. Morrissey. It received an Award of Achievement for Best Web-Series and was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Short Film at the 31st Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards.

The Maroon Bomber – Dir. Joshua M. Thomas
Documentary – 10 Min
United States
Four siblings walk down memory lane with the family’s old, beat-up Ford truck. Their love is tested when the truck acquires a new, controversial, accessory. Will they still love their old friend?

Sigmund & Dora – Dir. Shelby Hagerdon
Drama – 20 Min
United States
Sigmund & Dora dramatizes Sigmund Freud’s historical case study. Set in early 20th-century Vienna, Ida Bauer seeks therapy after being diagnosed with hysteria. The film analyzes themes of women’s health, sexual assault, and the perception of women in history.

Saturday, July 23 – 2:00PM – Film Block 3

Black Hawk in Burlington – Dir. Russ Fry
Documentary – 13 Min
United States
Burlington, Iowa was once the domain of the Sauk and Meskwaki nations. These are some of the ties their war leader, Black Hawk, had to the area.

Caroline – Dir. Madelyn Carey
Music Video – 3 Min
United States
A maiden drifts through a forest, a hall of mirrors, and a church to face off against a beguiling witch in this spooky, cyclical music video for Anemic Royalty.

EMPATHY (Or: The Girl with The Pearled Hair) – Dir. Christian Santiago
Drama – 19 Min
United States
After running away from her emotionally abusive mother, 16 year old drug addict Ivy takes refuge in her older friends apartment, who is a recovered addict themselves. Together the two must learn to coexist as Ivy faces her trauma.

The Last Minute Till Midnight – Dir. Adam Orton
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 20 Min
United States
It’s the height of the Red Scare, and the Doomsday Clock is inching towards midnight. In a city riddled with crime, the last honest journalist’s obsession to expose a corrupt politician will put her at odds with forces she never imagined.

The Queen of Pandora’s Box – Dir. Michael White G. White, Ally Boyd, Shelby Hagerdon
Drama – 18 Min
United States
When a young drag queen confronts her drag mother a dark secret  is revealed about their troupe.

Rosie’s Necklace – Dir. Demian Alan Mancino
Drama – 18 Min
United States
When devastating news rocks the family, Claire faces the challenges of adjusting to change while trying to hold onto memories of the past. Rosie’s Necklace is a short story based on Allie Noelle’s relationship with her Grandpa. Born in 1939, he was a father, grandfather, coach, teacher, and even a magician. He always knew how to light up a room. In 2015 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Even as he slowly started to forget, he always kept his sense of humor. This story is in memory of John Dostal.

Saturday, July 23 – 6:00PM – Film Block 4

Big Water Summer: A Creation Story – Dir. Sophie Harris
Documentary – 15 Min
United States
What can one person do to keep their community healthy?
Cherilyn Yazzie grew up on the Navajo Nation and after years of working in public health, she has returned to her ancestral land to grow produce for her community. As a social worker she tired of telling kids to ‘eat healthy’ when that was not possible; there are 13 grocery stores on the Navajo Nation, a reservation that is over 27,000 square miles.
This summer, she and her husband are embarking on their biggest crop to date.  Big Water Summer follows the farm over several months that don’t go as planned.  Drought, family loss and an unexpected opportunity both undermine and sharpen their goals. 

Broken Drawer – Dir. Rippin Sindher
Drama – 14 Min
United States
In order to continue living, a broken man must confront childhood trauma buried deep inside a family heirloom. Inspired by true events, “Broken Drawer” explores the power of love and letting go.

Brutalia, days of labour – Dir. Manolis Mavris
Drama – 25 Min
Greece
What if humans were bees? Anna, a worker bee in the training stage, observes the universe of the hive and strives to understand the rules of a ruthless and competitive society.

Flat Earther – Dir. Brian James Crewe
Drama -10 Min
United States
Martin and Cassandra’s promising second date takes an unexpected turn when their conversation challenges personal beliefs and their assumptions about each other. By the end of the night both will find they are living in a world much different than what they believed it to be.

Local Middle Schooler – Dir. Sanjna Bharadwaj
Animation – 11 Min
United States
A girl with magic eyelashes is exploited for them by her school, her community, and eventually the government. She battles the weight of the world with the weight of being a middle schooler.

Warsha – Dir. Dania Bdeir
Drama – 15 Min
Lebanon
A Syrian migrant working as a crane operator in Beirut volunteers to cover a shift on one of the most dangerous cranes, where he is able to find his freedom.

Saturday, July 23 – 9:00PM – SNAFFter Dark – Film Block 5

Don’t Go Where I Can’t Find You – Dir. Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair
Drama – 20 Min
Ireland
Margaret is an international renowned composer who witnesses the violent accidental death of her partner – and becomes convinced her spirit is still within the house. In the search for an answer, she composes a suite of new music to drive the spectre out from the shadows. In doing so, she evokes her own deep unresolved pain and guilt – and what she’s afraid to confront about her own feelings for someone else….

GUTS – Dir. Chris McInroy
Horror – 8 Min
United States
A guy with his guts on the outside of his body really wants a promotion.

Meat Friend – Dir. Izzy Lee
Comedy – 8 Min
United States
An ex-con, sentient pile of hamburger meat teaches after-school lessons to a child.

My First Dick – Dir. Kate McCoid
Comedy – 7 Min
United Kingdom
Based on a true story, set in the year 2000. It has been exactly 365 days since Hannah stumbled across Lolo Ferrari in the 1999 Guinness World Book of Records at the school library, which ignited a fiery obsession of drawing women with giant knockers. Today is Hannah’s 11th birthday and she only wants one thing – to see a penis.

Santa Baby – Dir. Jacob Daniels
Horror – 19 Min
United States
A woman uses an inherited pen to write letters to Santa, and finds that she has awoken something much more sinister.

St. October – White Goddess – Dir. Emille Lacsa
Music Video – 4 Min
United States
Music video for St. October’s single “White Goddess”

What a Harvest – Dir. Austin Rivera Davison, Matt Shapiro
Horror – 15 Min
United States
A father tries to connect with his video game obsessed daughter, until he learns she hasn’t been eating her meals.

Wild Bitch – Dir. Rebekka Johnson, Kate Nash
Horror – 12 Min
United States
Wild Bitch is a quirky thriller about a local reporter’s interview with a mousy housewife about her life-changing encounter with a coyote. This leads to an eerie trek in the woods that leaves them forever bonded with each other… and the beast.
Thematically, Wild Bitch explores the connection between the destruction of nature and the oppression of women and the unique ways both will defend themselves when pushed to the brink.

Sunday, July 24 – 11:00AM – Film Block 1 – Family Friendly Shorts

The Cloudmaker – Dir. Hanna van Niekerk
Animation – 8 Min
Netherlands
High up in the sky lives the charismatic Hipólito, who transforms clouds into wondrous figures. In order to return to his true love on earth, he first has to find a worthy successor.

Dress A Cow – Dir. Dawn Luebbe
Documentary – 10 Min
United States
A meditation on cows…in costumes.

The Honey War – Dir. Dick DeAngelis
Documentary, Animation – 3 Min
United States
A fun look at a crazy piece of Iowa history. In the 1830’s, “The Honey War”, a boundary dispute between Iowa and Missouri, didn’t end in bloodshed. But it almost did! An animated three minute doc by filmmaker Dick DeAngelis with drawings by classic TV and film animator Bonita Versh.

Ink – Dir. Joost van den Bosch, Erik Verkerk
Animation – 2 Min
Netherlands
In this ultrashort animated film, we follow an octopus who is a clean-up neat-freak. But sometimes, even though you have so many arms, you still cannot reach what you are aiming for.

Into the Open – Dir. Hayden Froehlich
Animation – 3 Min
United States
A film exploring all the patterns and motions that can be made with one simple paper yoyo.

Investigating Christmas – Dir. Brittany Benedict, Demian Alan Mancino
Comedy – 16 Min
United States
In an age when questions were not so easily answered by the convenience of the internet, Blaine must strike up an investigation after a suspicious incident with his mom, Josephine, has him questioning whether or not Santa is real. With camcorder in hand, Blaine sacrifices his Christmas break, nose to the ground, searching hard for clues and conducting interrogations, missing out on traditions and frustrating his friends and family along the way. Just as Blaine is on the tail of his final person of interest, he is faced with the consequences of his dedication to the investigation. A revelation flips the case on its head, bringing Blaine to finally uncover the truth behind Christmas.

My Duduś – Dir. Tom Krawczyk
Documentary – 8 Min
United States
A Polish mother grieves when her only child leaves their home in the suburbs of Chicago to study in Poland. While her son is away, she finds a baby squirrel in her backyard and forges a unique and powerful bond with the animal, raising him as if he were her own child.

Paradise – Dir. Joshua M Thomas
Drama – 19 Min
United States
Would a dead man lie?
In a world without rain, two sisters search for water to survive but find much more.

Tourist Trap – Dir. Vera van Wolferen
Animation – 2 Min
Netherlands Jeep is looking for the ultimate vacation spot; an idyllic island full of wilderness and beautiful tropical birds. Once arrived Jeep finds oud that he is not the only adventurer. What started as an idyllic trip escalates quickly into a true tourist trap where no escape is possible.

W.U.B.L.O (Weird Unidentified Baby-Like Organism) – Dir. Matt Pierce
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 10 Min
United States
Catch that WUBLO!
It’s a race against time as seven kids scramble for custody of a mysterious alien creature.

Yesteryear – Dir. Joshua M Thomas
Comedy – 10 Min
United States
Danger? Fun!
When a pair of geriatric siblings open a new amusement park, parents are scared to death and kids love it.

Sunday, July 24 – 1:00PM – Film Block 2

A Day with Lily – Dir. M. G. White
Drama – 17 Min
United States
A successful young woman has to confront the abuse she endured as a child when she unexpectedly has to care for a five year old.

All Roads End – Dir. Michael Minard
Drama – 29 Min
United States
All Roads End tells the story of Sylas, a doting father and husband whose life takes an unsuspected turn when he meets Dominic, a man still reeling with grief from losing his family. A thriller that navigates the path of grief, anger, and regret.

Backstage – Dir. Ada Smyk
Documentary – 10 Min
Poland
The backstage of the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. Craftspeople from workshops and wardrobe are preparing costumes and set design for the upcoming premiere of one of the most important shows of the season. The film sheds light on the invisible work of dozens of people who are usually overshadowed by the artists performing on stage.

A Psychogeography of Mourning – Dir. Shayna Connelly
Documentary – 8 Min
France, United Kingdom, United States
A Psychogeography of Mourning uses static imagery and unpredictable sound to reconcile the contradictory interior and exterior experiences grief elicits.

Something Lost – Dir. Ally Boyd, Justis Hoffart
Drama – 16 Min
United States
A young man copes with the loss of his girlfriend.

The Times We Were Living In – Dir. Asali Echols, Montgomery Samuel Thomas
Drama – 13 Min
United States
What’s black and white and dead all over?
Something is rotten in Booneville. The Mayor turns up dead, and Detective Humphrey Trowell is uncovering a thicker and thicker web of lies. Will anyone come out of this wreckage alive?

Sunday, July 24 – 3:00PM – Film Block 3

CLARE – Dir. Lauren Minnerath
Drama – 12 Min
United States
At a high school talent show, 17-year-old Clare tries to confront her teacher over a private matter, leading to unexpected consequences.

Devil’s in the Details – Dir. Anna Owenson
Animation – 4 Min
A witch gets less than she bargains for when she tries to summon Satan on her ex-boyfriend. An occult comedy.

LOVESBLIND – letdown – Dir. Emille Lacsa
Music Video – 3 Min
United States
In this music video by alternative rock band LOVESBLIND (dir. Emille Lacsa), the singer (Brendan Carper) laments a past ex (Addy Kellen) as the events of the relationship replay over and over.
But as time passes, the memories fade and the lines between reality and the recollection blur as both them and the people around them watch it all happen again.

Moonlight Dancer – Dir. Gray Fagan
Drama – 19 Min
United States
Lyra, a small-town girl with talent, desperate to fulfill her dreams as an entertainer, rashly embarks on a journey with a stranger to New Orleans, in hopes that he can give her the life she’s always dreamt for. 

not even for a moment do things stand still – Dir. Jamie Meltzer
Documentary – 15 Min
United States
Strangers gather at a sea of white flags, a memorial to every life lost to COVID in America. As participants honor their loved ones, we quietly witness their many expressions of loss and mourning.

Photalgia – Dir. Michael McCallum
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 6 Min
United States
An older artist is affected by a strange light at his studio that drives him to do dark things.

Sleeping with a City – Dir. Mary Wheeler
Documentary – 5 Min
United States
An experimental documentary about finding a home in people and places

Torch – Dir. Matty Weiland
Drama – 10 Min
United States
After a mission goes south, Agent 44 takes refuge in an agency safehouse. Unbeknownst to him, this is more than just a haven, and what he finds makes 44 question the organization he has dedicated his life to.

What Follows the Shadows – Dir. Carrsan T. Morrissey
Drama – 7 Min
Francine and Dominic DiSilva (Finch Moore and Emille Lacsa) are on the lam. They just pulled the heist of a lifetime, but the big score came at a heavy price. Now their victim’s vengeful widow, Tina Woods (Shelby Davis) has come to call, and the young fugitives will be tested as to how far they’re willing to go to keep their freedom…and their lives. This short film was produced for the 2021 Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project and was featured in the Best of City showing, where it won Best Use of Genre and was runner-up for Best Trailer. It was also nominated for Best Direction (Short Form) and Best Short Film at the 31st Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards.

World War II – Dir. Russ Fry
Comedy – 2 Min
United States
Satirical advice on how to get a historical documentary into a film festival using World War II as an example.