SNAFF 2018 Screenplay Table Reads

One of the unique features of SNAFF is how we bring the short screenplay finalists to life. Each of the six finalists will have an intimate live table read with a full cast at the Capitol Theater. Actors and screenplays will be provided. All we need is you, the writers!

On Thursday, June 21 from 4:00pm-6:00pm we will feature:

Midnight Especial – Written by Farzad Ahmadi
A short script adapted from The Cinderella Legend.

Before Charlie – Written by Amit Koul
A man tries to convince himself loss doesn’t hurt.

Mitch and Tyler: Post Apocalyptic “Pilot” – Written by Alexander Dingeman
As the only two people left on Earth, all Mitch and Tyler want is something to do. However, they often end up getting themselves into trouble.

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

Waking North Haven – Written by Wes Worthing
A sanitation worker will find out today if he’s making the grade at being a dad as his 7 year old surprises him with a special Show & Tell.

High Stakes – Written by Andrew Wassom
A pair of dimwits attempt to thwart another duo’s late night break-in at a blood bank.

PRESTO – Written by Dave Stuck
A legendary magician is challenged by a young man in a diner to a contest. Will he put his beloved treasure on the line?


Laurels 2018

SNAFF 2018 – Film Blocks

120 short films spread across 4 days. This years SNAFF is bigger than ever!

Please note that films are listed alphabetically within each block and may not play in listed order within film blocks.
hey will play some time within the listed block.

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

Wednesday – Film Block 1 – June 20, 12:00 pm

Citizens – Dir. Marc Nadal
Drama – 14 minutes
The lack of jobs leads citizens into an emergency situation that pits them against each other. In the face of violence and injustice citizens like Noe suffer from the absence of effective laws.

Kardon Gets a Taco – Dir. JoJo Munkee , Michael Helgens
Comedy – 7 minutes
Two humanoid space travelers, Kardon and loyal sidekick Sodon, meet up at an Earth based taco establishment to discuss matters of galactic importance. (And of course to order some amazing tacos!)

The Scary Ham – Dir. Sue Mroz
Drama – 15 minutes
Two middle-aged sisters sorting through 50 years’ worth of family memorabilia reconnect, as they contend with their late father’s beloved ham.

Someone Else’s Hero – Dir. Stephen Folker
Drama – 17 minutes
A woman confronts her own feelings of guilt when her son is killed in the war in Iraq.

Stuck – Dir. Steve Kennevan
Comedy – 33 minutes
Two people from different generations are thrown together in an unusual circumstance that elicits conflict and raises questions about modern society and how it impacts isolation, communication and the secrets we keep.

Witches of Wonder – Dir. John Gigrich
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 6 minutes
Two young witches must figure out how to rescue their younger sister after they accidentally send her back in time.

Wednesday – Film Block 2 – June 20, 2:00 pm

A Doll Distorted – Dir. Niall Shukla
Horror – 15 minutes
United Kingdom
Jane suffers from haphephobia (the pathological fear of touch), tormented by years of loneliness and isolation she orders a synthetic love doll online to nightmarish consequences.

Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City – Dir. Kelly Rundle
Documentary – 19 minutes
“Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City” presents the fascinating story of the Good Earth at Blood Run historical and cultural site as told by a Native American grandfather to his grandchildren. Produced in 4K by Emmy-nominated documentary filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, the documentary combines vivid present-day views of Good Earth at Blood Run State Park’s scenic vistas and wildlife combined with Drama historical reenactments portraying daily life in the year 1650 of one of America’s largest cities. Good Earth was the ancestral home of the Omaha, Ponca, Ioway and Otoe tribes for more than two hundred years.

Last Tree Standing (nodlmfa) – Dir. Agnes Peel-McGregor
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 29 minutes
In a bleak world of dystopia, Last Tree Standing tells the tale of a young girl named Lexie, who befriends a peculiar being – half- man, half-tree.

Once upon a dream – Dir. Anthony Nion
Foreign – 13 minutes
France When Valentin meets Ludivine, he is convinced she’s the girl he has been dreaming of for the past weeks… Literally, the girl of his dreams! Only, Ludivine has a feeling this boy meet girl scenario will take a nightmarish turn…

Pronto – Dir. Da’Shawne Smiley
Comedy – 9 minutes
Delivering food can be hard..especially when it comes with a person.

Rag Dolls – Dir. Justin & Kristin Schaack
Comedy – 4 minutes
Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a child discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. Her imagination runs wild, but for the dolls’ real-life doppelgängers, self-control is out of their hands.

Significant Other – Dir. Justin Mackey
Drama – 9 minutes
Paul and Patricia are feeling the effects of a long marriage. Paul begins to suspect that his wife wants to find love elsewhere. He researches and finds a unique infidelity testing service. The organization, Significant Other, analyzes Patricia and creates a perfect fictional character based on her personality. An actor brings this character to life and attempts to seduce her. Paul waits for the answer to the question…..if the perfect person came along, would they remain faithful?

Wednesday – Film Block 3 – June 20, 4:00 pm

The End of the End (of the World) – Dir. Evan Runkle
Comedy – 4 minutes
The end of the world has come and gone leaving Joe, and the rest of the world, to figure out what comes next.

Eskimo Kisses – Dir. Chuck Mittan
Drama – 5 minutes
At his mother’s funeral, a man recalls moments from their past together.

Haven – Dir. Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Drama – 3 minutes
As a young girl the first beauty salon chair a girl is introduced to is sitting between her mother’s legs. It’s a place where innocence is treasured, bonds are strengthened and confidence is boosted. Every Sunday like clockwork Janice does Jada’s hair, this is where she finds solace to confess her deepest secrets.

The Hatman – Dir. Charlie Gandez
Horror – 7 minutes
Have you ever woken up paralyzed to a stranger?

Hawkeye Creek – Dir. Russ Fry
Documentary – 23 minutes
Nothing had more to do with the way Burlington, Iowa developed than the various streams that were collectively known as Hawkeye Creek. Today, they are all but forgotten. Hawkeye Creek’s many branches cut deep ravines that separated Burlington’s neighborhoods. Take a tour of Burlington’s historic Hawkeye Creek. Watch the 2010 flood. Go down into the storm sewers. See the present and visit the past.

Oliver Short – Dir. Kevin Isaacson
Drama – 27 minutes
A troubled teenage girl, struggling with the death of her father, must help three spirits with their unfinished business on earth.

Scream Until You Like It – Dir. Brent S. Duncan, Ryan J. Gilmer
Horror – 10 minutes
Sometimes you can never go home; this Friday, can you survive the night? Keith decides to show his friends a good time and steals his dad’s van for the weekend, but while taking a short cut down an old highway the group’s ride breaks down. They’re alone – ….or are they? Stranded with nobody to turn to and no phone service, the five college students have unwittingly stumbled upon a secluded dwelling of horrors. Little do they know something is stalking them. The trick is to stay alive. Will they survive or will they scream until you like it?

Tiny Clones – Dir. Jim McDonough
Comedy – 5 minutes
Twin brothers have a heart to heart about life, the universe, and the ethics of making tiny clones of yourself.

Yes, Alz – Dir. Kevin Bradshaw
Documentary – 13 minutes
This video was created through life’s need as the Dementia/Alzheimer crises increases. Katie Neff’s mother has Alzheimer and has tips on how to deal with a loved one, friend or acquaintance that has the disease. These four tips can help you work through your contact with a person with Alzheimer.

Wednesday – Film Block 4 – June 20, 6:00 pm

Blur – Dir. Summer Medina
Drama – 2 minutes
Where reality and imagination collide. A daily struggle between nurse and patient.

The Comancheros – Time Machine – Dir. Jay Pelzer
Music Videos – 4 minutes
The Comancheros boys wake up after a long night to find they’ve ran out of the proper party supplies. They hop in their trusty and rusty old Ford truck with a plan to restock on the cheap.

Go – Dir. Eric Lang
Drama – 1 minute
A man’s life comes to a literal stop when he has to make a difficult decision.

The Mangina Exit – Dir. Byron Brown
Comedy – 4 minutes
Blake is having relationship problems. His older brother Sebastian has an unorthodox solution that has been used for generations.

Night Call – Dir. Amanda Renee Knox
Drama – 17 minutes
When on a routine patrol, a Black female cop living in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance she is forced to make an unprecedented life altering decision.

REDSHIFT – Dir. Benjamin Crane
Drama, Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 10 minutes
After a bio-chemical attack renders earth infertile, mankind is forced to colonize mars, and mine the earth of its remaining resources. Among the miners is David Cain, who has grown tired of earth and longs for a new life. One day after the company decides to relocate to the red planet, David is given the option to transfer, or remain on earth with his family. As tension rises between him and sister as they care for their dying father, David must weigh his commitment to family and his desire for a better life.

She Came from the Woods – Dir. Erik Bloomquist, Carson Bloomquist
Horror – 12 minutes
A campfire story comes to life for a group of counselors on the last day of the summer of 1987 at Camp Briarbrook.

The Terrorist Hunter – Dir. Ann Shin
Documentary – 32 minutes
Rita Katz is a brilliant, female lone wolf in a profession dominated by men. A former spy, and now the director of SITE Intelligence – Search for International Terrorist Entities – she is no stranger to controversy. While she is credited with uncovering key information about Al Qaeda and ISIS, detractors say Katz is too eager to find terrorist plots where none exist.
Katz’s crusade comes at a time when terrorist violence and anti-Muslim sentiment are on the rise. The zeal with which she hunts terrorists matches the fear sparked by news coverage of people being gunned down at shopping malls and bombed at concerts.
THE TERRORIST HUNTER explores Rita Katz’s career and life, exposing the world of espionage with all the suspense and drama of a procedural, as well as the important historical and social information to put it in context. As the documentary reveals Rita’s own personal history, it also exposes how fear and terror play out in our society.

Third Wheel – Dir. Daniel DelPurgatorio
Horror – 4 minutes
Susan has more than just skeletons in her closet.

Thursday – Film Block 1 – June 21, 12:00 pm

Damnation – Dir. Marc Nadal
Drama, Foreign – 7 minutes
Based on real history. In 2014 there were and average of 189 evictions in Spain daily, 2 evictions every 15 minutes. This eviction was carried out at 5:00 PM.

Eskimo Brothers – Dir. Michael McCallum
Comedy – 14 minutes
A group of married couples get together for a night during the holiday. The guys are trying to get their one single friend to talk to a girl at the bar. They realize that they all have had relations with her previously.

IDOL – Dir. Luisa Taraz
Comedy – 8 minutes
The artist Loudo should have submitted a commissioned work some time ago, but he is in a blockade. When he finally – inspired by his muse – creates a masterpiece, his manager and his muse get into a violent argument over the sale of the work. Only too late Loudo realizes what role he was playing in all this.

Life Before Fairfield Iowa – Dir. Dick DeAngelis
Documentary – 44 minutes
See what happened in the area now known as Jefferson County, Iowa BEFORE the first settlers arrived. Explore the impact of the great glaciers, the movement of prehistoric beasts and the traditions and language of the native peoples of this land. This film will have you walking away with a different perspective on the place you call home, wherever that may be.

Quiver – Dir. Shayna Connelly
Horror – 13 minutes
Suzanne’s grief transcends the boundaries of the natural world and arouses a primordial being. She courts this ghost, using intellect and desire to forge a union between them. Quiver melds horror and passion with Virginia Woolf’s idea of a woman requiring a ‘room of her own’ in which to uncover her true identity. Can Suzanne force a rift into the supernatural realm to build a space where she can coexist with what haunts her?

Think Design Every Day – Dir. Mike Machian
Documentary – 6 minutes
Omaha fashion designer Buf Reynolds tells us how she got started, the inspiration for her most recent collection and what she would like to accomplish next.

Thursday – Film Block 2 – June 21, 2:00 pm

BASEMENT FEAR – Dir. Andrew Killmeier
Horror – 12 minutes
A closed loop of psychosis.

The Chocolate Shop – Dir. Ian Walker
Drama – 6 minutes
A woman with Alzheimer’s starts to remember who she is when she walks into a Chocolate Shop.

Fortune-teller – Dir. Gonzaga Manso
Horror – 20 minutes
Routine and red sausage have led Mauricio to lose things he took for granted. In an act of illogical desperation, he visits a carnival fortune-teller to try and tie up the lose ends he left along the way. With the help of her crystal ball, the fortune-teller shows him an alternate reality.

Drama – 17 minutes
The Girls Were Doing Nothing is a study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equality strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom. Marta and Jake are a married couple in their late 30’s. Working in senior professional positions, they are very wealthy: living together in a luxurious cosmopolitan home while spending much of their free time eating at expensive restaurants and exercising at private gyms. Their idealistic lifestyle is a grandiose means of concealing and deflecting the strains of their spousal dynamic. For Jake and Martha, communication has become an obligation; intimacy has become a rarity; and love itself has become a cliché. All of that is about to change when Andrea, their attractive and affable neighbor, asks Jake and Marta for a favor while she goes on holiday.

Marieke – Dir. Thomas C. Johnson
Documentary – 7 minutes
Marieke explores the life and craft of Marieke Penterman, acclaimed Dutch Gouda cheesemaker from Thorp, Wisconsin.

Not Alone – Dir. Summer Medina
Drama, Action – 1 minute
A short dramatization of depression in young people, with a suicide prevention message.

Drama – 29 minutes
East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political…

Thursday – Film Block 3 – June 21, 6:00 pm

A Night at The Garden – Dir. Marshall Curry
Documentary – 7 minutes
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN uses striking archival fragments recorded that night to transport modern audiences into this gathering and to shine a light on the disturbing fallibility of seemingly decent people.

Babs – Dir. Celine Held, Logan George
Foreign – 12 minutes
United Kingdom
An estranged son discovers an alarming purchase made by his late father.

I BEAT IT – Dir. Ainhoa Menéndez
Horror – 3 minutes
A dinner with friends. An innocent game. An unexpected end.

Let Them Die Like Lovers – Dir. Jesse Atlas
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 15 minutes
A body-jumping soldier confronts the morality of her missions in this emotionally-charged sci-fi thriller.

Tell Me – Dir. Charlie Manton
Foreign – 15 minutes
United Kingdom
12-year-old Felix discovers a disturbing secret, which causes him to confront his fears.

Violin – Dir. Konstantin Fam
Drama – 35 minutes
Belarus, Czech Republic, Israel, Russian Federation
The “Violin” film entirely revolves around a unique musical instrument. It’s a story about the amazing fate of a violin that survives all the horrors of the war. The tale begins in a violin workshop where, at the beginning of the 20th century, a violin is created, designed as a gift for a Jewish boy, and ends after many years with a concert at the Wailing Wall.

Friday – Film Block 1 – June 22, 12:00 pm

An American Attorney in London – Dir. Darrell Alden
Horror – 15 minutes
United Kingdom
When a criminal defense attorney visits the US Embassy in London, his appointment with a clinical consular official leads him down a dark and uneasy path to the last place on earth he wants to be.

Calendar of the Dead – Dir. Bret Royer
Comedy – 6 minutes
Two friends are making a calendar with a zombie.

East Meets West – Dir. Julie Johnston
Documentary – 43 minutes
The story of the first railroad bridge to cross the Mississippi River in 1856.

Foreword – Dir. Michael McCallum
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 7 minutes
A famous author is struggling to finish his next novel and discovers a postcard he has mailed to himself from the future warning of an upcoming danger.

Santa Ana – Dir. César Pesquera
Documentary – 8 minutes
The Santa Ana project aims to elucidate the link between evil and the famed Santa Ana winds. These are extremely dry down-slope winds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and northern Baja California.
The Santa Ana winds are commonly portrayed in fiction as being responsible for a tense, uneasy, wrathful mood among Angelenos. Some of the more well-known literary references include the Philip Marlowe story Red Wind by Raymond Chandler, and Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Toilet Man – Dir. Chenyang Shu
Comedy – 8 minutes
A superhero born in a toilet.

XIN (Heart) – Dir. Desha Dauchan
Drama – 12 minutes
Xin (“heart” in Mandarin) is the story of a woman haunted by the ghost of her mother after being her caregiver and watching her succumb to Atypical Parkinson’s Disease. With the help of her therapist, she tries to gain clarity on the nature of the hauntings. Are they a product of her grief and guilty conscience? Or are the hauntings truly urging her to perform the ultimate act of violence against her own father. Xin is a psychological drama/horror about surrender, grief and healing.

Friday – Film Block 2 – June 22, 2:00 pm

A Different Script – Dir. Francesca Carter , Eva Andersen
Documentary – 29 minutes
Twenty-year-old Chris Lopes is finally on the pathway to his dream of becoming a professional actor, but as a young man with Down syndrome, he is still struggling to achieve independence in his personal life. Chris lands a Hollywood agent and auditions for one big role that he hopes will be his big ticket to fame. All the while, his family worries about the practicality of his dreams and his desire to move to LA and live on his own. This documentary captures the heart of a young man who never gives up and reveals how acting has not only changed Chris’ life but is giving him an unexpected path toward independence. Through Chris’ story, A Different Script explores the global disability rights movement by focusing on the fair representation of people with developmental disabilities in the entertainment industry and the unique challenges they face in their careers and personal lives.

Alice – Dir. Daniel M. Caneiro
Horror – 10 minutes
Alice is under the dining table, curled up in the shadows, alone and with a big kitchen knife in her hands. At her side, a few meters away, is the lifeless body of Michael, her father. Next to the corpse,on the floor, a cellphone starts ringing: There’s still hope…

Drunk On What – Dir. Kyle Louis Numann
Music Videos – 4 minutes
Music video for the band Cloudmouth’s song Drunk On What.

Prenatal – Dir. Bears Fonte
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 10 minutes
Mysteriously eight months pregnant overnight, Katie believes the Angels responsible, but her sister thinks differently.

Roadside Attraction – Dir. Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Documentary – 9 minutes
Palm Beach International Airport’s newest snowbird has become one of the fastest growing roadside attractions in the United States.

Salient Minus Ten – Dir. Emma Dark
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 12 minutes
United Kingdom
Adam Harper is an average man. And on an average day he suddenly finds himself catapulted into the strangest, reality changing game… A game of time and chance, where the stakes are a matter of life and death.

Undertow – Dir. Jack Meggers
Drama – 22 minutes
After a close friend suspiciously overdoses, Cyrus is caught in the current of a local drug ring. Surrounded by addicts, lured by money and piling up eviction notices he succumbs to the darkness.

Friday – Film Block 3 – June 22, 6:00 pm

BFF Girls – Dir. Brian Lonano
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 13 minutes
In this television pilot ,three dorky American girls magically transform into beautiful Japanese Superheroes and fight a tampon monster as they begin their journey into womanhood.

The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds – Dir. Anthony Cousins
Horror – 7 minutes
The kids at Camp Nawgonamakit are about to find out the tragic tale of Squirt Reynolds is more than just a legend.

Dead. Tissue. Love – Dir. Natasha Austin-Green
Documentary – 9 minutes
United Kingdom
Dead Tissue Love is an intimate experimental documentary exploring and examining the individual character of a female necrophile, as she journeys and recounts her life experiences, sexual awakening and how she expresses her sexuality, whilst hiding it from a society that puts a demonised face on a human figure.

Freelancer – Dir. Francisco Lacerda, Francisco A. Lopes
Foreign – 15 minutes
Jorge, a freelancer camera-man, faces abusive clients and late payments for his gigs all too often. One day, what appears to be just another simple wedding ceremony to shoot, turns out to be a living nightmare.

Heartbeat – Dir. pierre teulieres, Sebastien Auger
Music Videos – 3 minutes
Ruby Cube – Heartbeat music video.

Hooker Assassin – Dir. Misty Dawn
Horror – 12 minutes
She’s up to her old tricks.

Long Distance Relationship – Dir. carolina markowicz
Foreign – 5 minutes
A brief story of a Guy who is obsessed about having sex with ETs.

Mother Fucker – Dir. Nicholas Payne Santos
Comedy – 6 minutes
Charles is deeply in debt and desperate to save his kidnapped dog. In a last-ditch effort to secure the ransom, Charles returns home to ask his wealthy, widowed mother for help. An unimaginable bargain is struck.

My Monster – Dir. Izzy Lee
Horror – 7 minutes
Christmas is coming. If that’s not stressful enough, Lily (Brea Grant) has to contend with a clueless partner (Adam Egypt Mortimer) and an unexpected, inter-dimensional holiday guest who just wants two things — blood and cuddles.

Rites of Vengeance – Dir. Izzy Lee
Horror – 4 minutes
A trio of nuns take matters into their own hands when a priest commits a terrible sin.

Robo Greaser – Dir. Dakota Arseneault
Comedy – 9 minutes
On the closing day of his beloved roller-rink, Robo Greaser does his best to skate through his final shift.

We Summoned A Demon – Dir. Chris McInroy
Horror – 5 minutes
They just wanted to be cool. Instead, they got a demon.

Friday – Film Block 4 – June 22, 8:00 pm

Allen Anders – Live at the Comedy Castle (circa 1987) – Dir. Laura Moss
Drama – 7 minutes
Allen Anders is either having a nervous breakdown or the best set of his life.

Caroline – Dir. Logan George, Celine Held
Drama – 11 minutes
When plans fall through, a six-year-old is faced with a big responsibility on a hot Texas day.

Hair Wolf – Dir. Mariama Diallo
Horror – 12 minutes
In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

Monsters Anonymous – Dir. Jeremy London
Comedy – 21 minutes
A short film comedy about the classic monsters in a group therapy session coming to terms with the fact that they aren’t scary anymore.

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes – Dir. Charlie Tyrell
Documentary – 13 minutes
Filmmaker Charlie Tyrell seeks to better understand his emotionally distant late-father through the personal belongings he left behind…including a stack of VHS dirty movies. Narrated by David Wain.

The Scorpion´s Tale – Dir. Jhosimar Vasquez
Drama – 22 minutes
The Scorpion’s Tale is a story of death, revenge, jealously and greed. The perfect killer sits on death row awaiting his fate. But when someone from his past pays him a visit, The Scorpion realizes that when debts are owed, someone must pay. From director Jhosimar Vasquez and Maximiliano Hernández comes The Scorpion’s Tale. Debt are owed. He collects.

Saturday Morning Cartoons Block – Saturday June 23, 10:00am

Bei Mir Bist Du Schön – Dir. Bouwine Pool
Animation – 12 minutes
A sweet granny is looking forward to her granddaughter’s visit. But when the little girl arrives, the feeling is not mutual. Before the visit is over, granny must try to create the warm bond with her grandchild she desires so deeply.

The Burden – Dir. Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Animation – 14 minutes
An animated musical with apocalyptic undertones. The story is divided into four episodes that takes place in a supermarket, a long term hotel, a call center and a hamburger restaurant. All of the settings are located in a modern, generic market place next to a large freeway.
The characters, portrayed as animals, perform musical numbers with singing and dancing.
The episodes varies both in story and mood, and spans from cheerful tap routine to nightmarish black.

From the Snow-Covered Hill – Dir. Matty Jorissen, Wijnand Driessen
Animation – 14 minutes
Left behind at an isolated boarding school, young Will quickly becomes a target for bullying. Only the friendship from a small bird brings him solace. But as the bullying worsens, Will’s means of escaping the world grows darker.

Ginevra – Dir. Tess Martin
Animation – 3 minutes
Dawn is breaking and the owls are stirring. A young woman has been murdered, but is this truly the end? This short film is based on an unfinished poem by Percy Shelley published in 1824.

Hate for Sale – Dir. Anna Eijsbouts
Animation – 2 minutes
We live in a world in which we consume hate as much as we are consumed by it. This film examines the alluring and tempting qualities of this devouring emotion and why we keep buying into it.

Hot Tea – Dir. Marcel Tigchelaar
Animation – 2 minutes
Some beverages are refreshing in more ways than one…

Mother – Dir. Lee Charlish
Animation – 4 minutes
There’s no love like a mother’s love…
Desperate for a child of her own and following the break-up of a loveless marriage, a woman seeks counsel to help soothe her mental anguish. Her life takes an unexpected twist when a stranger visits and she succumbs to a new torment which throws her life into a macabre turmoil.

People of Color – Dir. Raghav Arumugam
Documentary, Animation – 5 minutes
An animated documentary about race and perception in America.

Perfect Town – Dir. Anaïs Voirol
Animation – 4 minutes
In search of perfection a whole city obeys to selection. A constant struggle. Trying and trying again. Where is the difference between endurance and madness?

Sand Wanderer – Dir. Eric Giessmann
Animation – 6 minutes
As the world starts moving around him, the young desert dweller decides to follow the footprints of his fellow tribesmen to the origin of natural forces, time.

The Shepherd Natalie Vinciguerra Animation 6 minutes
A lonely shepherd struggles with turning into a werewolf.

Solar Walk – Dir. Réka Bucsi
Animation – 20 minutes
Solar Walk shows the journey of individuals and their creations on through time and space. Any meaning of action is only existent from the perspective of the individual, but never mandatory when looking at it from the perspective of a solar system. It’s about the melancholy of accepting chaos as beautiful and cosmic. Passion for creation is projected through the unique and playful texture of the animation craft itself.

Tesura – Dir. Jagriti Khirwar
Animation, Foreign – 2 minutes
Tesura revolves around an integral memory from my childhood which involves me and my sister celebrating the festival of Tesu and Jhanjhi – a festival based on an Indian folk tale from the Mahabharata.

Waste – Dir. Sander Alt
Animation – 2 minutes
Two mice on the run looking for a better place to live. After a hard and though journey they find their way into a kitchen. Everything what they hoped for is there…. ? But is it really that wonderful?

Saturday – Film Block 2 – June 23, 12:00pm

42 Counts – Dir. Jill Gevargizian
Horror – 8 minutes
Based on a true story, two unsuspecting victims spend their night off watching scary movies in an apartment rented from their boss until they uncover something much more sinister than what they’re watching on screen.

Childhood Tears – Dir Sarah & Emilie Barbault
Drama – 20 minutes
The last pure day of a happy young girl, the first night of a broken life…

The Eve – Dir. Luca Machnich
Horror – 20 minutes
Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything from life. He’s a handsome child, he’s rich yet unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off thanks to his fervid imagination. His greatest wish is to leave the materialistic world behind since he isn’t fond of it. That’s why the only present he wants for Christmas is for Santa Claus to take him away to live in his fairyland toy factory. At the same time, a secret that his family has been keeping for a long time suddenly comes to the surface and it is feared that the worst might happen soon. The expectation for the stroke of midnight on the night before Christmas is transformed into reality for everyone on the eve of something truly different. Something terrible that might happen.

Intercourse – Dir. Jonatan Etzler
Drama – 10 minutes
“I’ll give you 100 bucks” he suggests, and jokingly she agrees, and neither of them see the gravity of the situation. When a sexual boundary is crossed and the balance of power is shifted – what will happen to their peaceful and normal relationship?

Monster Under the Bed – Dir. Insane Mike Saunders
Horror – 9 minutes
Legends and lore of monsters under the bed and creatures in the closest have been keeping frightened children awake at night for years. This time there is something more terrifying than what lurks under the bed.

Morris – Dir. Michael R. Helgens
Drama – 12 minutes
A troubled young man is confronted with the long term effects of sexual abuse and learns that his abuser has a new victim.

Sexpert Franzen – Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee
Comedy – 17 minutes
Meet Fiona Franzen, a young aspiring math teacher who has lived her life according to an equation: school+job+ fiancé = success. When Fiona is thrust into teaching 6th Grade Sex Ed (thanks to Mr. Kraby’s well-timed fishing trip), she begins to question her arithmetic. A short comedy about head versus heart.

Saturday – Film Block 3 – June 23, 2:00 pm

Checkmate – Dir. Alexandra Moad
Drama – 5 minutes
Emotions run high in this short film about what we can and cannot give for the people we love.

End Times – Dir. Bobby Miller
Comedy – 8 minutes
A man finds a dying squirrel in a park.

A Boy A Girl A Pen – Dir. Nolan Quade
Action – 2 minutes
A boy who is very attached to his pen gets distracted and loses his pen. Will he find it, or let the friendship die?

Kap – Dir. David M. Weiss
Foreign – 8 minutes
A form of modern day child slavery still exists in Haiti. It’s called restavek and over 300,000 children live under these conditions. This is a fictional story of one such boy who must deal with forgiving his mother for giving him away and living under the harsh reality of being a servant. In his search for mental escape he turns to making a kap, which means “kite” in Creole. Unfortunately his moment of flight is soon dashed and once again, like so many other restaveks, he can only dream of flying away.

KILL THE LIGHT – Dir. Mark Schimmel
Drama – 22 minutes
After the loss of his wife, Ray Brinley spends his days on the road scooping up road kill in Door County, IL. One afternoon he stumbles upon a woman, Cheryl, left for dead. Ray, who is accustomed to picking up ‘the occasional dog or a deer, but never a person’, invites Cheryl into his modest home in an attempt to help. Together, Cheryl and Ray begin to unravel the mystery of her haunting past. After an intense encounter with the county sheriff and a series of revealing flashbacks, Cheryl realizes that she needs to take matters into her own hands and has only one chance to kill the light to make things right.

The Manual – Dir. Wil Magness
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 29 minutes
In the distant future, James is the last human on Earth. He is raised and protected by a humanoid robot, the Machine, who brings him up on a strange composite religion described in a handheld device called The Manual. The Manual’s teachings fuse aspects of old-world religion and incorporate robots as spiritual beings in the afterlife, alongside and equal to humans.
The man wrestles with loneliness and depression while the search for other humans becomes more and more futile. As his faith in The Manual is shaken, he sets out to test one of The Manual’s core beliefs: reincarnation to the next life in the city of the Creator. What he finds could be described terribly as exactly that.

Shoken – Dir. Jack Ross
Documentary – 11 minutes
Shoken’ (2017) is a short-subject documentary film on the life of Shoken Winecoff Roshi, a Buddhist monk and founding teacher of the Ryumonji Zen Monastery outside of Decorah, Iowa. Beginning with Shoken’s initial contact many years ago with Zazen meditation and Dainin Katagiri Roshi (1928-1990), a Buddhist monk based in Minneapolis, the film explores his journey to becoming ordained himself as a monk under Katagiri Roshi, and the establishment of the Ryumonji monastery. Through its exploration of Shoken’s life experiences and encounter with meditation, as well as greater implications of its practice, we don’t just learn about Shoken from merely a biographical perspective; rather, we are brought into his world through sound, motion, action, and drama.

The Things You Think I’m Thinking – Dir. Sherren Lee
Drama – 14 minutes
A black male burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly-abled man. After the bar, they go back to his apartment, where he faces his demons as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident, ten years ago.

Saturday – Film Block 4 – June 23, 4:00 pm

Brojob – Dir. Ray Chao, Matt Sweeney
Comedy – 4 minutes
Bros just being bros until the wives come home early. Awkward.

Death Metal Grandma – Dir. Leah Galant
Documentary – 13 minutes
97 year old Holocaust Survivor, Inge Ginsberg, rose to fame as a songwriter for legendary musicians such as Doris Day, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole.
DEATH METAL GRANDMA follows Inge Ginsberg’s journey to break out as a performer of death metal music and as she prepares for an America’s Got Talent Audition. The short documentary interweaves the rich personal history of Inge’s life as she attempts to merge her personal lyrics with the contemporary genre of Death Metal.

DELAURENTIS – A Big Part of a Big Sun – Dir. AB/CD/CD
Music Videos – 4 minutes
DELAURENTIS – A Big Part of a Big Sun music video.

Father – Dir. Chris Keller
Horror – 9 minutes
United Kingdom
A young boy lives with his mother who is not terribly interested in giving him the attention he needs. There is also a father figure, but unfortunately for the boy, he is much worse…

Greater Good – Dir. Andrea Ashton
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 8 minutes
When a pregnant woman receives an unexpected visit from two strangers she is faced with making a life-altering decision.

Krista – Dir. Danny Madden
Drama – 9 minutes
In a high school theater class, Krista uses her scene study as catharsis.

The Liberty – Dir. Jill Sachs
Drama – 22 minutes
On the eve of the ‘Grand Reopening’ of the family’s shuttered movie palace, Lily struggles to uphold the dreams of her idealist father (Harry) while facing the reality that the theatre cannot be maintained. Attempting to prevent inevitable foreclosure she has brokered a deal to sell the theatre, but in all the preparations for tonight’s big show, Lily can’t seem to find the opportunity to speak to Harry about what the future might hold.

Life – Dir. Lee hansol
Horror – 14 minutes
Republic of Korea
Geunho, who has asked Yeonsoo for a divorce, continually finds that she attempts to kill him by taking poison at the dinner table.

Mumpsimus and Halcyon Discord – Dir. Rolf Klein
Documentary – 3 minutes
United Kingdom
If you are a young person experiencing mental ill health and homelessness, life is far from a walk in the park. This film explores the connections between mental health and homelessness, challenging common misrepresentations in the media. Using the medium of the spoken word, the film questions whether we can ever view issues such as these in an objective way.
Rolf has experienced mental health issues and homelessness. He wants to use film to challenge our understanding of both. Rolf is a first time film maker.


Laurels 2018

And the Winner Is….

Best Action
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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


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

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


Annie Waits

Tesla Boy “Circles”

Lunch Time


Illegal Aliens

The Murder of William Martin



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

The Root Cellar

Tough Love: A Romantic Comedy for Men

Hidden Devil



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





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





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

Death Metal


Fangs & Claws 2

This Little Piggy

Born Again


The Dark Hunger


For A Good Time, Call…



When Susurrus Stirs


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

The Gift of the Magpie

Sweet Tooth

Rainy Season

The Inevitable




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



Nobody Dies Here

The Prisoner Of Perdition

The Seeker

Break Down

The Visitant


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

Dark Light


Les Cloÿs

Marc Chung Protects His Address

The Hag: Bloodline


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


Happy Anniversary



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

Bosatsu – Year of the Dragon


The Past Inside the Present

Bullet Time

Heads Together





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


Beautiful Dreamer


Welcome Back


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

Meme Dealers

Not The Devil

Silk Duck “Erosion”


White Drift

The Zealots – Watertown Legend (Official Music Video)

Last Scene


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


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.

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.



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.



2016 SNAFF Award Nominees & Winners

Best Dramatic Short


A Way Out – Dir. Jason Tostevin

Second Skin – Dir. Charlie Manton

Positive – Dir. Paul Merryman

The Butterfly, The Harp and The Timepiece – Dir. Rodney Vance

Winner:  A Way Out – Dir. Jason Tostevin


Best Comedy Short


See You Around – Dir. Oren Brimer

Pigeons Shit Everywhere – Dir. Fred De Loof

We’ll Get It – Dir. Kyle Hansen

The Barber’s Cut – Dir. Mark Brocking

Winner: See You Around – Dir. Oren Brimer


Best Documentary Short


Waiting for the (t)rain – Dir. Simon Panay

Rubbertown – Dir. Remington Smith

Why We Walk – Dir. Andrew Littlefield

A Tour of Bluff Road: Burlington, Iowa – Dir. Russ Fry

Winner: Waiting for the (t)rain – Dir. Simon Panay


Best Horror Short


Portal to Hell!!! – Dir. Vivieno Caldinelli

NASTY – Dir. Prano Bailey-Bond

Crush – Dir. Christopher McKee

Night of the Slasher – Dir. Shant Hamassian

Winner: Portal to Hell!!! – Dir. Vivieno Caldinelli


Best Action Short


Recalibrate – Dir. John Gigrich

A Few Rubber Bands More – Director Daniel Greenwald

Winner: Recalibrate – Dir. John Gigrich


Best Animation Short


Edmond – Dir. Nina Gantz

Bingo – Dir. Patrick Shoenmaker

Voltaire – Dir. Jan Snoekx

Ticking Away – Dir. Michael Sewnarain

Winner: Edmond – Dir. Nina Gantz


Best Student Short


As We Say Goodbye – Dir. Jhosimar Vasquez

Inferno – Dir. Rico Mahel

What Happens In Your Brain When You Hear a German Word Like…? – Dir. Zora Rux

One Good Pitch – Dir. Parker Hill

Winner: As We Say Goodbye ner:  – Dir. Jhosimar Vasquez


Best Music Video


The Slow Knife – Dir. Fernando Lazzari

The Prodigy: Wild Frontier – Dir. Mascha Halberstad

Speech of Foxes – Dir. Ben Phillippo

Fedde le Grand: Robotic – Job, Joris & Marieke

Winner:  The Slow Knife – Dir. Fernando Lazzari


Best Iowa Made Short


The Dying of the Light – Dir. Robert Dopf

BURN – Dir. Thor Moreno

Ian Has a Problem – Dir. Matthew Birks

Rutting Season – Dir. Wes Worthing

Winner: The Dying of the Light – Dir. Robert Dopf


Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy Short


They Will All Die in Space – Dir. Javier Chillon

Tongue Stabs Cheek – Dir. Kyle Heller

Roadside Assistance – Dir. Bears Fonte

YO SOY PEDRO – Dir. Jordan Inconstant

Winner: They Will All Die in Space – Dir. Javier Chillon


Best Dramedy Short


Roller Coaster – Dir. Bradley Hawkins

The Inselberg Effect – Dir. Tony Bonacci

Mousequerade – Dir. Landon Brands

Mean Guy Music – Gabriel Getzels

Winner: Roller Coaster – Dir. Bradley Hawkins


Best Foreign Short


Adaptation – Dir. Bartosz Kruhlik

Dead Sharks – Dir. Nic Barker

The Disappearance of Willie Bingham – Dir. Matthew Richards

Father – Dir. Harald Furuholmen

Winner: Adaptation – Dir. Bartosz Kruhlik


Best of the Fest

Comrade Crunch – Dir. Roy Arwas


Directors Award

Second Skin – Dir. Charlie Manton


Writers Block for Best Short Screenplay


Without Adult Supervision  by Andrew Wassom

The R Word by Danielle Smith

I Love You More by Wes Worthing

Morris by Michael Helgens

Dakota Cave – 2 Miles by Robert Rogers

Winner: Without Adult Supervision by Andrew Wassom


Audience Choice Award

Winner: Allison Red – Dir. Jeremy Ferguson