SNAFF 2022 Nominees & Winners

Best Dramatic Short
Nominees
Warsha – Director Dania Bdeir
Brutalia, day of labour – Director Manolis Mavris
Bed Bugs – Director Kaitlyn T. Busbee
A World Free of Crisis – Director Ted Hardy-Carnac
CLARE – Director Lauren Minnerath
Winner: Brutalia, day of labour – Director Manolis Mavris

Best Comedy Short
Nominees
My First Dick – Director Kate McCoid
We Should Get Dinner! – Director Eliza Jiménez Cossio, Lexi Tannenholtz
Meat Friend – Director Izzy Lee
Turning Forty – Director Justin & Kristin Schaack
Artistic Character – Director Vasily Chuprina
Winner: My First Dick – Director Kate McCoid

Best Short Documentary
Nominees
Big Water Summer: A Creation Story – Director Sophie Harris
Underdogs – Director Alex Astrella
Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver – Director Lewie Kloser, Noah Kloster
Coming Home – Director Margot Bowman, Naim Naif
My Duduś – Director Tom Krawczyk
Winner: Big Water Summer: A Creation Story – Director Sophie Harris

Best Horror Short
Nominees
Guts – Director Chris McInroy
Wild Bitch – Director Rebekka Johnson, Kate Nash
What a Harvest – Director Austin Rivera Davison, Matt Shapiro
Caregiver – Director Rafael De Leon
Burlington Paranormal – Director Zachary Eli Lint
Winner:  Guts – Director Chris McInroy

Best Animated Short
Nominees
Bestia – Director Hugo Covarrubias
Wet – Director Marianne BERGEONNEAU, Lauriane MONTPERT, Mélina MANDON, Cloé PEYREBRUNE, Elvira TAUSSAC
Five Cents – Director Aaron Hughes
Soft Animals – Director Renee Zhan
Life Is a Particle Time Is a Wave – Director Daniel Zvereff
Winner: Bestia – Director Hugo Covarrubias

Best Music Video
Nominees
A Feast that Never Comes – Director Maria Juranic
The Anix & Julien-K – Your Lies Are Like Fire – DirectorOscar Gutierrez
Daedric – Wretched – Director Kate Voskova
LOVESBLIND – letdown – Director Emille Lacsa
Saving Silhouettes – Director Kristopher J. Gathercoal
Winner:  A Feast that Never Comes – Director Maria Juranic

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short
Nominees
CENSOR OF DREAMS – Director Leo Berne, Raphaël Rodriguez
The Last Minute Till Midnight – Director Adam Orton
No Shortcuts – Director Patrick Boberg
W.U.B.L.O (Weird Unidentified Baby-Like Organism) – Director Matt Pierce
Photalgia – Director Michael McCallum
Winner: CENSOR OF DREAMS – Director Leo Berne, Raphaël Rodriguez

Best Foreign-Language Short
Nominees
Warsha – Director Dania Bdeir
Brutalia, days of labour – Director Manolis Mavris
A world free of crisis – Director Ted Hardy-Carnac
Bestia – Director Hugo Covarrubias
Wet – Director Marianne BERGEONNEAU, Lauriane MONTPERT, Mélina MANDON, Cloé PEYREBRUNE, Elvira TAUSSAC
Winner:  A world free of crisis – Director Ted Hardy-Carnac

Best Student Short
Nominees
Bed Bugs – Director Katilyn T. Busbee
Wet – Director Marianne BERGEONNEAU, Lauriane MONTPERT, Mélina MANDON, Cloé PEYREBRUNE, Elvira TAUSSAC
Underdogs – Director Alex Astrella
Soft Animals – Director Renee Zhan
Moonlight Dancer – Director Gray Fagan
Winner: Underdogs – Director Alex Astrella

Best Burlington Made Film
Nominees
Burlington Paranormal – Director Zachary Eli Lint
LOVESBLIND – Letdown – Director Emille Lacsa
World War II – Director Russ Fry
Toc (A Tony Doc) – Director Bret Royer, Tony Miller, Ashlyn James, Abe Kershner
The Woods Gather – Director Seth Alan Jacobs
Winner: LOVESBLIND – Letdown – Director Emille Lacsa

The “That Person” Award
Emille Lacsa

Best First-Time Filmmaker
Nominees
Wet – Director Marianne BERGEONNEAU, Lauriane MONTPERT, Mélina MANDON, Cloé PEYREBRUNE, Elvira TAUSSAC
We Should Get Dinner! – Director Eliza Jiménez Cossio, Lexi Tannenholtz
Wild Bitch – Director Rebekka Johnson, Kate Nash
My Duduś – Director Tom Krawczyk
Tourist Trap – Director Vera van Wolferen
Winner: Wet – Director Marianne BERGEONNEAU, Lauriane MONTPERT, Mélina MANDON, Cloé PEYREBRUNE, Elvira TAUSSAC

The Local History Preservation Award
Russ Fry

The Writer’s Block for Best Short Screenplay
Nominees
BOWEN – Written by Dustin Wood
Once Bitten Twice Shy – Written by Wes Worthing
Turn Over – Written by Richard Devon Endacott
Dog – Written by Paul Huenemann
Love to Go – Written by Bernhard Riedhammer
Never Alone – Written by Verlisha Thomas
Americans at Work – Written by Ben Matthews
Dreidel – Written by Glenn Lissner
The Magician – Written by Alexander James Dingeman
The Space Between – Written by Emille Lacsa
Winner: Turn Over – Written by Richard Devon Endacott

Best Iowa Made Film
Nominees
Bed Bugs – Director Kaitlyn T. Busbee
The Last Minute Till Midnight – Director Adam Orton
Pre-Existing – Director Kevin Isaacson
Into the Open – Director Hayden Froehlich
Burlington Paranormal – Director Zachary Eli Lint
Winner: Bed Bugs – Director Kaitlyn T. Busbee

The Audience Choice Award
Torch – Director Matty Weiland

Director’s Award
Don’t Go Where I Can’t Find You – Director Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair

Best of the Fest
Warsha – Director Dania Bdeir

2022 SNAFFAQ

Congratulations to you, the writers and filmmakers whose work has been selected for the 10th Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film, returning to the Capitol Theater July 21-24, 2022.
We received so many great entries, and we couldn’t be more excited to let the world see your work in a few short weeks!

The full film block schedule can be found here.
The full daily schedule and program book 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 accepted writer/filmmaker can register for two free all access passes.
Think of your pass as a membership, and your rewards are free tickets!
These passes will give you access to tickets to the film blocks of your choice.


Writers & Filmmakers: Please follow the instructions in your email to claim your passes.
If you did not get this email, please contact us
.

In addition to an event t-shirt, every filmmaker and screenwriter will also receive a free swag bag full of local goods.

Registration is located right next to the Capitol Theater (also known as the Annex).
It connects to the theater while providing a sound barrier as to not disturb the screenings and readings. Volunteers will be here before screenings to help you with anything you need.

The free filmmaker and screenwriter’s luncheon takes place at 10am on Friday, July 22 at Good Restaurant + Lounge, 423 North 3rd Street. (two blocks down the street from the Capitol). 
Update 7/18/22: The filmmaker & screenwriter’s luncheon is at capacity.

SNAFFter parties are all located in downtown Burlington, within walking distance of the theater, and are free to attend. This is a fun time to socialize and wind down after a day of films.
Each location will have indoor and outdoor spaces available (weather pending).
Thursday we will be at Good Restaurant + Lounge, located two blocks down from the Capitol
Friday we will be at The Som on Jefferson Street.
Saturday we’ll head to Valley Monster Pub, less than a block from the theater.
Sunday we end the fest at the Art Center of Burlington, directly around the corner from the Capitol.

Travel — We have three nearby major airports.
One is in Iowa (Cedar Rapids) and two in Illinois (Moline & Peoria). Flying into these airports is much easier, as far as scheduling, than flying directly into Burlington.

Burlington offers several lodging options. There are also several downtown options as well as Air B&Bs

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 haven’t sent us a link to download your film for exhibition, please do so ASAP.

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

We can’t wait to see you all for SNAFF 2022!

Snake Alley Festival of Film

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.

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 2021 Nominees & Winners

Best Short Screenplay

Nominees

Day of Z (The Beginning) – Written by Vester Banner III

Breach – Written by Ben Matthews

In Your Dreams – Written by Arteta Stephane

Congenital – Written by Saman Hosseinpuor & Ako Zandkarimi

When The Clock Strikes – Written by Andrew Littlefield

Kidnapped by the Koi-Man from Kosmos – Written by Chuck Mittan

Any Filmmakers in the Audience – Written by James Edmunds

The Chenoo – Written by Adam Beilgard

A Widow’s Might – Written by Patrick Boberg

Fun and Games – Written by Wes Worthing

Dispatch – Written by Charlie Gandez

The System – Written by Joe Territo

Winner: The System – Written by Joe Territo

Best Dramatic Short

Nominees

Broken Bird – Director Rachel Harrison-Gordon

Riviera – Director Jason Fragale

Father By Law – Director Maria De Sanctis

Homegoing – Director Carlton Daniel Jr

The Burial – Director Jack Meggers

Winner: Broken Bird – Director Rachel Harrison-Gordon

Best Comedy Short

Nominees

Coffee Shop Names – Director Deepak Sethi

Still Wylde – Director Ingrid Haas

Blocks – Director Bridget Molony

Single – Director Ashley Eaken

I’m Happy, I Promise – Director Mimi Cave

Winner: Still Wylde – Director Ingrid Haas

Best Short Documentary

Nominees

The Foursome – Director Zack McTee

Dieorama – Director Kevin Staake

Broken Orchestra – Director Charlie Tyrell

Holding Silence – Director André Kloer

Call Center Blues – Director Geeta Gandbhir

Winner: The Foursome – Director Zack McTee

Best Horror Short

Nominees

Stucco – Director Janina Gavankar

Regret – Director Santiago Menghini

The Doe – Director Jennifer Lumbroso

Susie – Director Jordan Doig

Swipe – Director Niels Bourgonje

Winner: Regret – Director Santiago Menghini

Best Animated Short

Nominees

Mind My Mind – Director Floor Adams

At First Sight – Director Sjaak Rood

Blackheads – Director Emily Ann Hoffman

Echo – Director Barzan Rostami

Simulcast – Director Tyler Horn

Winner: At First Sight – Director Sjaak Rood

Best Music Video

Nominees

Prizm “All Night” – Director Victor Lord

The Anix “Black Space” – Director Ruslan Pelykh

Moonrunner83 & Megan McDuffee “Streets” – Director Joel Varjassy, Clayton Varjassy

Ruby Bones “Don’t Lose Your Head” – Director Brian Lonano

GRLwood “Get Shot” – Director Antonio Pantoja

Winner: Prizm “All Night” – Director Victor Lord

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short

Nominees

Help3 – Director Janek Tarkowski

FLAVA – Director Tarrell Christie

For the Goblins – Director Hypnus Yao

Those Beautiful Moments – Director Vasily Chuprina

For the Greater Good – Director Michael Gavin

Winner: Help3 – Director Janek Tarkowski

Best Foreign Short

Nominees

Help3 – Director Janek Tarkowski

Regret – Director Santiago Menghini

Mind My Mind – Director Floor Adams

At First Sight – Director Sjaak Rood

The Doe – Director Jennifer Lumbroso

Winner: The Doe – Director Jennifer Lumbroso

Best Student Short

Nominees

Broken Bird – Director Rachel Harrison-Gordon

Blocks – Director Bridget Moloney

FLAVA – Director Tarrell Christie

For the Goblins – Director Hypnus Yao

Father by Law – Director Maria De Sanctis

Winner: Blocks – Director Bridget Moloney

Best Made in Iowa Short

Nominees

Flava – Director Tarrell Christie

The Foursome – Director Zack McTee

The Burial – Director Jack Meggers

Sold Down the River – Director Karen Erbach-Lawlor

Tennyson – Director Hannah Rosalie Wright

Winner: Flava – Director Tarrell Christie

Audience Choice Award

Winner: FLAVA – Director Tarrell Christie

Director’s Pick

Winner: Coffee Shop Names – Director Deepak Sethi

Best of the Fest

Nominees

At First Sight – Director Sjaak Rood

Still Wylde – Director Ingrid Haas

Broken Bird – Director Rachel Harrison-Gordon

Help3 – Director Janet Tarkowski

Stucco – Director Janina Gavankar

Winner: Stucco – Director Janina Gavankar

SNAFFAQ

Congratulations to you, the writers and filmmakers whose work has been selected for the 2021 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 next month!

The full film block schedule can be found here.

The full daily 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.

1. Each accepted writer/filmmaker can register for two free all access passes.
Think of your pass as a membership, and your rewards are free tickets!
These passes will give you access to tickets to the film blocks of your choice.
Please follow the instructions in your email to claim your passes.
If you did not get this email, please contact us.

2. In addition to an event t-shirt, every filmmaker and screenwriter will also receive a free swag bag full of local goods.

3. Registration is located 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. Volunteers will be here before screenings to help you with anything you need. This is where you will get your gift bag, shirt, and lanyard.

4. The free filmmaker and screenwriter’s luncheon takes place at 10am on Friday, August 6 at Good Restaurant + Lounge, 423 North 3rd Street. (two blocks down the street from the Capitol). 
Space is limited so please sign up at the link provided in your email 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.

5. SNAFFter parties are all located in downtown Burlington, within walking distance of the theater, and are free to attend. This is a fun time to socialize and wind down after a day of films. Each location will have indoor and outdoor spaces available (weather pending).
Thursday we will be at Good Restaurant + Lounge, located two blocks down from the Capitol
Friday we will be at Valley Monster Public Tap House on Valley Street.
Saturday we’ll head to Corked 101, also located on Jefferson Street

6. 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.
Burlington offers several lodging options. There are also several downtown options as well as Air B&Bs

7. 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!

8. 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

You can also bring your artwork with you if you plan on attending.

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

We can’t wait to see you all for SNAFF 2021!

Snake Alley Festival of Film

SNAFF 2021 Screenplay Finalists

Thursday – August 5 – 4:00PM

A Widow’s Might written by Patrick Boberg
A Belgian woman goes into labor as the German army lays siege to her town, following the birth she learns to protect her family amidst the strife of World War 1.

The Chenoo written by Adam Beilgard
A daughter’s victory over cancer may have left her vulnerable to a different kind of ailment.

Congenital written by Saman Hosseinpuor & Ako Zandkarimi
Roja is a young, rural girl who is forced to marry an old man, because her brother killed the song of the old man. At the first night of their marriage the Oldman wants to have sex with Roja, but Roja tries to find a way out and run away and hide his big secret.

In your dreams written by Arteta Stephane
Noah, 11, flees his gloomy life by taking refuge in the reading of Molière’s plays and his dreams. In his imaginary world, he involves two of his classmates who fascinate him. And tries to escape the “beast” pursuing his family.

Friday – August 6 – 4:00PM

Day of Z (The Beginning) written by Vester Banner III
A Doomday Prepper decides to reconcile with his brother but tragedy strikes when his worst nightmare comes to life.

Fun and Games written by Wes Worthing
Violet, an 11 year old shy outcast, wants to be friends with her classmates, but is bullied instead. Her Grandma Iris, a feared witch, joins her on a field trip, and in an attempt to teach the bullies a lesson, Iris conjures an overzealous creature from a nearby forest.

Breach written by Ben Matthews
A team of special forces operators clears an apartment complex housing a group of dangerous arms smugglers.

Any Filmmakers in the Audience written by James Edmunds
Langdon has entered his film at the Harum Scarem Film Festival and hopes he will win the coveted Scarem Award. He’d do just about anything to win it…

Saturday – August 7 – 4:00PM

The System written by Joe Territo
A wealthy man with a terminal illness, seeks an answer to ‘What’s Next?”. Based on the public domain short story, “There is a Reaper” by Charles V. DeVet.

When The Clock Strikes written by Andrew Littlefield
A new short horror/comedy film to understand what truly scares us.

Dispatch written by Charlie Gandez
A dispatch operator must attempt to save a caller from afar while also trying to overcome her own traumatic experiences that are all too familiar.

Kidnapped by the Koi-Man from Kosmos written by Chuck Mittan
An Earth scientist teams up with an FBI agent to fend off a return visit from an extraterrestrial frequent flyer.

SNAFF 2021 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 – August 5 12:00PM – Film Block 1

The Ceremony – Dir. Jeremy Stewart
Horror – 6 min.
USA
When Emmy arrives early for a birthday dinner, she is lured into taking part in a lavish ritual one last time.

Destructivo – Dir. Joe Territo
Comedy – 1 min.
USA
Parody of the ‘Snickers’, “You’re not you when you’re hungry”, ad campaign.

Echoes Between Us – Dir. Allie Goodell
Drama – 5 min.
USA
After Tyler, Laili’s boyfriend, walks in on her attempting to leave without telling him, Laili struggles to both physically and mentally escape their relationship.

For the Greater Good – Dir. Michael Gavino
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 7 min.
USA
When three people are introduced to The Better Earth Program, they learn that one of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

MONSTRUS CIRCUS – Dir. Jordan Inconstant
Drama – 29 min.
France, Switzerland
Leonard, a magician, decides to set up a circus troupe of unusual artists. His intention is not to show their monstrosity but rather to change people’s attitudes through the audience’s acceptance of them. However, not everyone is ready to welcome them and Leonard will stop at nothing when it comes to imposing his convictions …

Retirement – Dir. Joshua M. Thomas
Drama – 15 min.
USA
What happened to Delilah McDonald?

Riviera – Dir. Jason Fragale
Drama – 16 min.
USA
Raffi, still plagued by grief from his mother’s death, has his friendship tested by terminally ill David, who begs for help during his dying days.

Try Again – Dir. William Green
Comedy – 11 min.
USA
Who’s to say it won’t be better this time? What could go wrong? The only way to find out is to…try again!

Thursday August 5 2:00PM – Film Block 2

Dick Party – Dir. Anthony Miller, Bret Royer
Comedy – 2 min.
USA
Bret has a good idea for a short film but Ashlyn hates it.

Encounter – Dir. Ivan Löwenberg
Drama – 18 min.
Mexico
Arcelia and Lulu have been together and away from their families for many decades. Now that they are old, they only depend on each other and no one else. In another part of the city, Julian struggles to explore his identity while living under the umbrella of his conservative mother and macho minded grandfather. A sudden event will draw an unexpected path between Arcelia and the young Julian.

Falcon and Hawke “GHOST HOST” Episode 7 – Dir. DANE BENTON, TALIA KROHMAL
Comedy – 14 min.
USA
With the advice of the All-Seeing Owl, Falcon and Hawke must battle their way through a maze of vintage monster movie tropes. Mummies, werewolves, vampires and a ghost from their past, haunt them as they search for the missing suitcase and a chance to regain power to the Suit-Phone.
Will Falcon and Hawke survive the evils within the walls of Krowe’s spooky mansion? What will Owl tell them? Will they finally find Wren or does Burnham get the last laugh? All these questions are answered and more in Episode VII: Ghost Host

Gopher Dreaming – Dir. Joshua M. Thomas
Comedy – 12 min.
USA
Gophers and farmers don’t get along. Unless…

Lost on Barduino – Dir. Asali Echols
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 13 min.
USA
They had to get lost in space…to find what really matters.

SACERDOTISA – Dir. Christian Santiago
Drama – 28 min.
USA
Selina has taken up a newfound hobby – witchcraft. But when her Abuelita finds out, Selina discovers a dark family secret that will changer her life forever.

This is Why I Don’t Go to Parties – Dir. Alexandra Moad, Evan Runkle
Comedy – 9 min.
USA
Brian’s anxiety is put to the test when he meets his girlfriend’s unusual friends.

Thursday – August 5 6:00PM – Film Block 3

Decafitated – Dir. Nero
Horror – 8 min.
USA
A barista has a bad day, and in her mind all feel her wrath, but the bridge between fantasy and reality begins to blur as the question becomes answers and answers become questions.

Essenger – After Dark (Official Music Video) – Dir. Casey Steinmiller
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
Essenger brings his remarkable blend of influences to a shadowy new synthwave track with “After Dark.” Pulling elements from contemporary EDM and weaving them into a darkened retro synthscape led by Essenger’s distinctive vocal style, the song tells a story of distance and longing through its cinematic composition.

Family Tree – Dir. Patrick Boberg
Horror – 16 min.
A newly wed woman is unwittingly duped into a dark holiday tradition in her new family, now she is forced to carry out horrible acts in the days leading up to Christmas.

A February Canoe Float – Dir. Bruce G. McKee
Documentary – 4 min.
USA
Dale has solo-paddled the Winnebago River in every month of every year for nearly two decades. This is one of his Winter canoe floats, narrated with his prose and observations of his passion of paddling and nature around him.

Gaslight – Dir. Louisa Weichmann
Horror – 15 min.
Australia
One night, a bar waitress encounters a mysterious and charming stranger whilst waiting at a bus terminal, however things soon take a dark turn when the stranger is revealed to be a psychotic vampire.

Great Monsters Walk These Halls – Dir. Mike Machian
Documentary – 15 min.
“Great Monsters Walk These Halls” is written on the wall backstage at Mystery Manor, Omaha’s longest running haunted house. Learn about its beginnings and how owner Wayne Sealy keeps it going alongside family, friends, and a generations of newcomers.

LOUIE – Dir. Robert Biggs
Drama – 22 min.
USA
The prairie 1910: a wild night of boyish pranks turns deadly and haunts a man 48 years later.
In 1958 an old man, summoned by his long-estranged brother, crosses the prairie in a pickup truck to hear a haunting death bed confession. While in 1910 Louie, Peck and Peeler crash through the woods, bent on skinny-dipping in an abandoned gravel pit. They catch a hobo going through their pockets on shore, tackle him, shove him around and accidentally kill him. Louie lies to his older brother Roscoe about that night and leaves with his two friends to keep the secret safe. 48 years later a dying Louie needs to come clean.

Thursday – August 5 8:00PM – Film Block 4 (Adults Only)

Danny’s Girl – Dir. Emily Wilson
Comedy – 12 min.
USA
Danny, a lovable spazoid, meets his online girlfriend for the first time but accidentally discovers an unspeakable possession of hers. This throws their first night together into a dizzying tailspin as we watch it escalate into comedy of errors.

The Devil’s Asshole – Dir. Brian Lonano
Comedy – 5 min.
USA
While finishing her chili for the cook off, Roxy accidentally summons a demon with nefarious plans…and a real anal fixation.

Disco Graveyard – Dir. Izzy Lee
Horror – 2 min.
USA
Don’t be dead. The dead are dumb. Be weird.

The Doe – Dir. Jennifer Lumbroso
Horror – 18 min.
France
Helene is spending what seems to be a romantic week-end in French countryside until she has an argument with her lover and gets furious. She decides to flee away and finds herself into rural landscapes, clueless. Nature takes back its rights. The hunt is open. Helen becomes « the doe » while she encounters local characters.

DOUBLE TAP – Dir. Eros Vlahos
Horror – 2 min.
United Kingdom
A screen-obsessed teen ignores a chainmail instagram post. Big mistake.

The Glowing – Dir. Justus van den Elsen
Horror – 9 min.
Netherlands
Its the year 1850, on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. A poor farmhand tries to smuggle his cattle over the border. There are stories about an ancient evil that lives in these swamps, who was cursed for his lies. When the farmhand also lies to his grandparents, his fate seems to be the same as the creature that wanders the night.

Gnats! The Trailer – Dir. Insane Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger
Horror – 1 min.
USA
A fake trailer for the deadliest 70’s “animals attack film” of all time.

Heat – Dir. Thessa Meijer
Horror – 2 min.
Netherlands
During an extreme heat wave, a shy girl seeks refuge in an ice cream shop. But when she looks into the eyes of the charming vendor, she is on thin ice.

Regret – Dir. Santiago Menghini
Horror – 15 min.
Canada
Following the death of his father, a man must survive the manifestations of his inner demons over the course of a dreary night.

Stucco – Dir. Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling
Horror – 17 min.
USA
This SXSW award winning short is reminiscent of slow burn horror of the 70s.
J is trying and failing to move forward as the scars of old relationships keep her trapped inside her new home. While hanging a piece of art, she knocks a hole in her wall that reveals what might be a hidden room. Her mind races to think what could be on the other side as she continues to unravel.

Susie – Dir. Jordan Doig
Horror – 15 min.
USA
Susie and Andy’s relationship has become toxic. In order to deal with Andy’s controlling and emotionally damaging actions, Susie begins to manifest a real and physical horror.

Thorns – Dir. Sarah Wisner, Sean Temple
Horror – 5 min.
USA
Gwen and Jade encounter unwanted attention during their unplanned stop at a creepy motel.

Friday – August 6 12:00PM – Film Block 1

Blood Sisters – Dir. Joshua M. Thomas
Horror – 11 min.
USA
A couple rebuilds their family. Now, they’ve got to figure out how to keep them fed.

Low Road – Dir. Michael McCallum
Drama – 6 min.
USA
A man seeks revenge for the murder of his wife and goes to great lengths to even the score.

Modern Conveniences – Dir. James Edmunds
Comedy – 10 min.
USA
A microwave that cools as quickly as it warms! Dry cleaning in your closet – instantly! A self-making bed! Dr. Anthony LePage, Creative Science Director for The PhewChurr Corporation, shows off these innovations – and much more!

Nocturnal – Dir. Benjamin Schmidt
Horror – 17 min.
USA
Owen is out for a evening stroll when he encounters a young woman named Mercy who claims she is being followed by a strange man. Owen decides to walk Mercy home, thinking he can keep her safe. However, as the night goes on, it is revealed there is more to Mercy and this strange man than it seems.

The Pewter Bros. – Dir. Michael McCallum
Comedy – 11 min.
USA
Two brothers are in search of a missing treasure if they can get past being around each other long enough to find it.

Saving Grace – Pilot Episode – Dir. Brittany Benedict, Michael Huntington
Drama – 21 min.
USA
Ex-communicated mafia member, Joey, plans to take out his former mob boss Tommy; driven not only by his desire for revenge on Tommy, but also by his passion for protecting his hometown of Grace City from the corrupt forces taking root in the mob.

Those Beautiful Moments – Dir. Vasily Chuprina
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 14 min.
Russian Federation
“Those beautiful moments” tells the story of a scientist on the search for eternal beauty and life.

Friday August 6 2:00PM – Film Block 2

Holding Silence – Dir. André Kloer
Documentary – 14 min.
Netherlands
Three artisans from Asian decent – a martial artist, a pastry chef and an animator – find In the focus of their crafts the silence, who invites each of them on a journey along their family history line.
After a seemingly random phone call martial arts teacher Kierty Verbooy connects with his long lost Indian father, setting him on a path that helps him making sense of his life’s choices and innate need for balance.
The often times realistic Hoang is destined to take over the family business in Vietnamese pastry. But in the focus of her work she longs for a quietness and tries to deal with the vast ambitions of her mother.
Animation director Yiuloon finds connection with his deceased father through his animations about Chinese lion dancers. Reflecting on his two children, he is committed to create a more outspoken relationship than the one he grew up in.

The Last Sleepover – Dir. Benjamin Schmidt
Drama – 11 min.
USA
Ariana and Brett have been friends for years, but haven’t spoken in months. Until tonight, when Ariana suddenly arrives at Brett’s bedroom window, on the verge of tears, and in need of a place to stay for the night.

Murphy’s Law – Dir. Les Nelson
Comedy – 17 min.
USA
Murphy’s life is in Shambles. He believes that seeking for a near death experience, may provide him with a better perspective of LIFE.

The Offer – Dir. Ally Boyd
Drama – 16 min.
USA
A short film written and produced by Shelby Hagerdon and directed by Ally Boyd. It follows Liz and Drew as they attempt to understand what their relationship means to them. This is a student project produced at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska by Iowa resident Shelby Hagerdon.

The Tour – Dir. John Gigrich
Drama – 7 min.
USA
While giving a video tour of her house, a young woman describes the most significant moments of her life.

Wild Card – Dir. Brittany Benedict
Drama – 22 min.
USA
“Wild Card” is a short noir style film that takes place around the poker table of one of the city’s most-wanted mob lords, Vinny Romano. Six others join him: his henchman, his wife, her not so secret lover, his not so secret lover, a cousin who owes him money, and a cop; all of them knowing that when Vinny invites someone to a card game, its not to play cards. They are there for a reason; not a good one. With so many differing players at the table, Vinny struggles to keep the power in his hand and things get out of control. In the end, its anyones game.

Zombie Pizza Party – Dir. Avery Christmas
Horror – 9 min.
USA
The only thing missing from this zombie apocalypse is pizza.

Friday – August 6 6:00PM – Film Block 3

BOY EATS GIRL: A Zombie Love Story – Dir. Sarah Gurfield
Comedy – 7 min.
USA
A short romantic comedy about two zombies who meet-cute while fighting over a dead woman’s intestines. Their brains have died…but not their hearts.

BroDate – Dir. Hank Braxton
Comedy – 6 min.
USA
Two bros grab lunch and the conversation gets real…awkward.

Call Center Blues – Dir. Geeta Gandbhir
Documentary – 25 min.
Mexico
Call Center Blues is a lyrical portrait of an unlikely community of US deportees and their loved ones struggling to rebuild their lives in Tijuana, Mexico.

The Comancheros “Train Bridge” – Dir. Jay Pelzer, Jim Turner
Music Videos – 4 min.
USA
Part 2 of The Comanchero’s ongoing music video series, the boys past catch up to them and they find themselves just trying to hang in there, with help from an unlikely hero.

Father By Law – Dir. Maria De Sanctis
Drama – 18 min.
USA
A father attempts to reconnect with his daughter on her wedding day.

FREEZE – Dir. Maya Albanese
Comedy – 14 min.
USA
When Joy’s fairytale romance crashes and burns on the eve of her 35th birthday, the deafening TICK-TOCK of her biological clock pushes her into a series of romantic misadventures and provokes wild hallucinations. Pressures stack up against her, and everybody seems to have an opinion about what she should do with her dwindling egg count. As a last resort, she ends up at Dream Life Lab & Clinic, where an angry mob battles to get inside to see an eccentric egg freezing doctor who offers peace of mind in exchange for top dollar.

Help3 – Dir. Janek TARKOWSKI
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 15 min.
France
In a near future, Nicolas, a pensioner fond of his independence, loses his autonomy following a heart attack. This results in his son, Gabriel, imposing on him a robot to assist him in his daily life, but Gabriel may have taken a thoughtless decision…

PRIZM – All Night (Official Music Video) – Dir. Victor Lord
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
PRIZM took the synthwave world by storm with their retro pop anthem “All Night,” and now the song is getting the treatment it deserves with this brand new music video! The Dallas-based duo has quickly made a name for themselves since releasing their self-titled EP last year, and in the time since then has turned out one red-hot new single after another. The video for “All Night” gives new life to the song and sets PRIZM up for a huge year in 2020.

Friday – August 6 8:00PM – Film Block 4

Affurmative Action – Dir. Travis Wood
Documentary – 3 min.
An exploration of workplace diversity as told through the “Meet the Team” pages of various video and advertising companies.

And Then God Laughed – Dir. Sonya Z. Dagata, Carlos Robles-Gil
Comedy – 27 min.
Czech Republic
Dejected after losing his job and his girlfriend, a middle-aged expat living in Prague turns to his carefree neighbor for support, only to find her faced with her own predicament: a dead lover, and a crime scene that points straight at her.

Broken Bird – Dir. Rachel Harrison Gordon
Drama – 9 min.
USA
Birdie, a biracial girl raised by her Jewish mom, spends a rare visitation day with her father while preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. They share a meal, she overcomes her doubts, and decides to risk inviting him back into her life. Birdie confronts what independence means as she steps into adulthood on her own terms.

BROKEN ORCHESTRA – Dir. Charlie Tyrell
Documentary – 11 min.
Canada, USA
When the Philadelphia public-school system began losing almost all the funding for its music-education programs in 2007, hundreds of instruments in need of repair were left for dead, and community members moved to action. With this film we are introduced to a few of the innovators, educators, volunteers, advocates, and musicians behind Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a music and art project begun in 2017 that raised awareness for the issue, helping to get those broken instruments back into Philadelphia students’ hands. Symphony for a Broken Orchestra was originally created and commissioned by Temple Contemporary at Temple University, USA. Original support for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra was provided by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia.

Coffee Shop Names – Dir. Deepak Sethi
Comedy – 8 min.
USA
Three Indian people imagine their personas as their “coffee shop names,” the names they give baristas because their real names are hard to pronounce.

Darling Pet Monkey – Dir. Jim McDonough
Documentary – 8 min.
USA
In 1969, two young brothers ordered a monkey from an ad in the back of a monster magazine. After the postal carrier delivered the box — things got weird.
Tim Tate’s true’s story has been covered on NPR and made into a musical. This is the story’s first cinematic telling. A co Launch Over/FNF production.

GRLwood Get Shot Music Video – Dir. Antonio Pantoja
Music Videos – 2 min.
USA
Music video for “Get Shot” by GRLwood

I’m Happy, I Promise – Dir. Mimi Cave
Comedy – 5 min.
USA
A series of phone calls between Parker and his friends narrate Parker’s mission to find true happiness through superficial obsessions.

Swipe – Dir. Niels Bourgonje
Horror – 5 min.
USA
A girl finds out that she has a match on a dating app with a stranger, despite swiping him to the left moments ago. She starts to fear that the man is dangerously close to her.

WAFFLE – Dir. Carlyn Hudson
Comedy – 10 min.
USA
Kerry is at a sleepover with the socially awkward, mysteriously orphaned heiress Katie. Friendship–in a society that grows ever isolating–is explored as Kerry learns the hard way that Katie always gets what she wants.

Saturday – August 7 10:00AM
Saturday Morning Cartoons – Film Block 1

At First Sight – Dir. Sjaak Rood
Animation – 16 min.
A man and a woman drive straight towards one another. They hit the breaks just in time and come to a standstill, facing each other. They’re both too stubborn to give way to the other. A life story begins.

Blackheads – Dir. Emily Ann Hoffman
Animation – 7 min.
A woman copes with bad therapy, heartbreak and blackheads.

ECHO – Dir. Barzan Rostami
Animation – 7 min.
Iran, Islamic Republic of
The story of echo is about understanding and perception of wildlife and environmental abuse and its consequences on human race…

Mind My Mind – Dir. Floor Adams
Animation – 29 min.
When relying on social scripts to survive the social world, it’s not easy to go off-script. Especially if you’re obsessed with German dive bombers and just want to date a girl.

Simulcast – Dir. Tyler Horn
Animation – 2 min.
After a long day of work Dave sits down to watch some TV, but he soon finds out that his TV doesn’t just want him to watch, it wants him to play along.

WHERE THE DARK THINGS ARE – Dir. DEMETRIUS HARRIS
Animation – 19 min.
USA
A young girl is haunted by strange noises that seemed to be coming from within the house to soon discover that she is connected to a dimensional world that is between dreams, nightmares….and the real world known as the world of thee awake.
She discovers creatures from her fathers stories , and from her dreams. She has always believed that they were real , and that they may be more of them, but there seems to be something else, something Dark, something much more, behind the realm of life,…..and nightmares.

Saturday – August 7 12:00PM – Film Block 2

Adios, Nora – Dir. Gina Bryant-Nugen
Drama – 10 min.
A man comes home to fulfill his father’s final wish with deadly consequences.

Agency Road: From Burlington to the Indian Territory – Dir. Russ Fry
Documentary – 27 min.
USA
In 1839 the US Congress authorized a 76-mile federal road from Burlington in the Iowa Territory to the Sauk and Meskwaki Indian agency near the vicinity of present-day Agency. Take a trip along the original route and learn its history.

Leslie’s Gift – Dir. Charles Cunliffe
Drama – 11 min.
USA
A man who is visiting his parents grave with his sister, reminiscing about their childhood, is surprised by her unexpected gift of forgiveness.

A Most Forgettable Man – Dir. Kevin Isaacson
Comedy – 29 min.
USA
A look into the life of the forgettable Howard Dubbler and what he does to finally get noticed.

Prescribed Films Visit a Haunted House – Dir. Insane Mike Saunders
Comedy – 4 min.
USA
See the uncovered footage of a documentary that was being produced by Prescribed Films. The footage contains a haunt attraction the PF crew visits. Something went horribly wrong.

Until Evening – Dir. Mike Machian
Horror – 11 min.
A young woman with a troubled past encounters a mysterious stranger has a chilling message about the future.

Saturday – August 7 2:00PM – Film Block 3

72 Seconds – Dir. Jeremy Feruguson
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 25 min.
In 1977, a mysterious 72 second radio transmission was picked up from the M55 star cluster. Jim is on a mission to explore the region, but to find what he is looking for, he must confront the life he left behind. Is 72 seconds enough time for a second chance?

The Anix – Black Space (Official Music Video) – Dir. Ruslan Pelykh
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
Electronic-rock artist/producer The Anix released his cyberpunk inspired full-length album Shadow_Movement in Fall 2018, as his debut release with independent record label FiXT. Shortly after, L.A. based composer Brandon Smith began a cross-country collaboration with noted NYC photographer and videographer Ruslan Pelykh on an official music video for “Black Space”. Inspired but the architecture of industrialized New York City, “Black Space” features unique shots and aerial views of the city and the tech inspired aesthetics of The Anix.

The Burial – Dir. Jack Meggers
Drama – 24 min.
USA
A young woman discovers her Native American heritage, disturbs an ancient Indian burial mound, and must reckon with the sickness that surfaces from her poor choices.

Entitled by Miss Christine – Dir. Duende Vision, Christine Moad
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
The music video for the song “Entitled” by Miss Christine. The track is a punky slice of indie rock that tackles music industry sexism and double-standards. The music video was inspired by experiences I’ve had while being a hired gun as well as stories that I’ve heard from my friends over the years.

Garbage Day – Dir. Insane Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger
Horror – 5 min.
One person’s garbage is another person’s… death!

Ionia – Dir. Caleb Winters
Documentary – 4 min.
USA
A short Documentary about the joy of living in small town Iowa. The most peaceful place in the entire world.

The Many Faces of One – Dir. Vester Banner III
Drama – 1 min.
USA
The challenges of mental health are displayed through interpretive dance and poetry.

On Top of the World – Dir. Kevin Isaacson
Drama – 24 min.
USA
A young man’s marriage proposal on a Ferris wheel goes drastically wrong but it leads to the ride of his life.

Souvenir from Giverny – Dir. Burt Chojnowski
Documentary – 4 min.
France Images of Claude Monet’s inspirational landscape in his garden and his home along with his paintings in Musee d’Orsay and L’Orangerie

Saturday – August 7 6:00PM – Film Block 4

Caniglia – Dir. David M. Weiss
Documentary – 9 min.
USA
Caniglia is known for his emotionally charged figurative and portrait paintings, which focus on the human condition. His work explores moments caught in time that show glimpses of climate change, wars, revolution, and poverty. His work embraces the old masters’ style of technical virtuosity while embodying the ancient Greek archetypes of life, love, death and rebirth. Caniglia has a strong global following with his work in private collections and museums around the world. This film strikes at the heart of the human psyche and gives the audience an inside look at his illuminating, foreboding, haunting but always poignant narrative paintings. Caniglia’s world wallows in the glories of expansiveness, empathy, and timeless places.

FLAVA – Dir. Tarrell Christie
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 20 min.
USA
Raekwon, the actor behind a popular energy drink mascot named Lil Pooky, is criticized for the messages his performances send to the public. In a knee jerk attempt to put a message behind his character, he finds that Lil Pooky may be tied into a horrifying conspiracy.

LOVESBLIND – borderlines – Dir. Emille Lacsa
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
Music video for “borderlines” by LOVESBLIND.

Moonrunner83 & Megan McDuffee – Streets (Official Video) – Dir. Joel Varjassy, Clayton Varjassy
Music Videos – 11 min.
Canada
From Moonrunner83 and Megan McDuffee comes “Streets,” the beloved synthwave song and marquee track off the acclaimed EP of the same name. Lyrically and sonically, “Streets” represents one of the darkest offerings in Moonrunner83’s discography, and its accompanying short film pulls viewers into a well-realized vision of the dystopian retrofuture. The film’s neon-noir aesthetic and innovative re-imagining of ‘80s and early ‘90s culture in a cyberpunk setting marks it as one of the most ambitious synthwave creations to date, and it adds a new dimension to Moonrunner83 as an artist with bold plans for the future.

No Crying at the Dinner Table – Dir. Carol Nguyen
Documentary 15 min.
Canada
A collection of family secrets, confessions and confrontation.

Scripted Life – Dir. Andrew Littlefield
Drama – 3 min.
USA
A short memoir on the memory of his mother and the inspiration to make film.

Talk Outside – Dir. Austin Davison
Comedy – 7 min.
USA
When two tough guys leave a bar to fight, their search for the right spot becomes an adventure.

ULTRA – Dir. Bruce James Bales
Documentary – 13 min.
USA
Join Caleb Smith on a journey of gratitude through mind, body, and soul as he skates his way down Coastal Highway 1.

Wilt – Dir. Wes Worthing
Drama – 9 min.
USA
A woman endures the stages of grief following a relationship breakup. While she wilts emotionally, flowers in the room also die slowly.

Saturday – August 7 8:00PM – Film Block 5

Blocks – Dir. Bridget Moloney
Comedy – 11 min.
USA
An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks.

Buck – Dir. Elegance Bratton, Jovan James
Drama – 14 min.
USA
Caught in the midst of a depressive fugue Lynn turns to debauchery to ease his troubled soul only to discover that happines is a complicated goal.

Dieorama – Dir. Kevin Staake
Documentary – 10 min.
USA
By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies picture of crime scenes. By night, she turns nightmarish imaginings into precise, red-splattered miniatures.

Homegoing – Dir. Carlton Daniel Jr.
Drama – 13 min.
USA
Junior balances the expectations of working at his father’s funeral home and a night out with friends. When grief intrudes on his closet relationships, Junior must face the full circle of life, forcing him to see the world as it truly is.

Ruby Bones – “Don’t Lose Your Head” – Dir. Brian Lonano
Music Videos – 2 min.
USA
When the stress of life is too much for Ruby, she falls prey to a strangely familiar Witch who steals her head.

Single – Dir. Ashley Eakin
Comedy – 14 min.
USA
A film that confronts the complexities of being disabled and dating. Kim, who was born with on arm, gets set-up to go on a blind date. When she finally meets Jake, she quickly realizes he also has a physical disability, and she is pissed.

Still Wylde – Dir. Ingrid Haas
Comedy – 12 min.
USA
Gertie and her on-and-off boyfriend, Sam, face a major life decision only to realize that even when they know what they want, life has other plans.

Sunday – August 8 11:00AM – Film Block 1

Airwaves – Dir. Daniel Kwantes
Drama – 25 min.
USA
A podcast host wants to take his show to the next level. The lines blur between his show and his life.

Dead Man’s Shoes – Dir. Eric Benson
Music Videos – 4 min.
USA
A music video for a song based on the life of Nick Yarris, who was wrongfully accused and convicted of murder. Yarris spent 22 years on death row when in 2003, DNA evidence proved that he had not committed the crime, and in 2004 Yarris was released. The documentary The Fear of 13, was also based on Yarris’ experience.

Intervention – Dir. Ben Matthews
Drama – 32 min.
USA
Over the course of 24 hours, a young mobster becomes the victim of betrayal and violence as he struggles to maintain his power.

Iowa Veterans Perspective – Behind the Scenes – Dir. Ben Matthews
Documentary – 6 min.
USA
Take a look behind the camera at what it takes to run the Iowa Veterans Perspective non-profit.

Nightmare in Paradise – Dir. Robert Kirk
Comedy – 9 min.
USA
“Nightmare in Paradise” is a short film about an emigre from Kansas named Willard Thaddeus Fillmore who has a nightmare about trying to run a business in California. Things go from bad to worse when a Wazeri Immigrant Transgender cross-dresser shows up for a job interview. Willard’s nightmare is based on actual California law.

Sold Down The River – Dir. Karen Erbach Lawlor
Documentary – 14 min.
USA
In the state of Wisconsin, third world water conditions have become an epidemic, brought on by factory farms and big agribusiness. Legislators seem to put the interests of their corporate donors over the health and safety concerns of their constituents, and they continue to support bills that protect big business and polluters. This disturbing trend has been happening across the United States.

Sunday – August 8 1:00PM – Film Block 2

Advice – Dir. Pat Battistini
Comedy – 9 min.
USA
Several years after his wife’s passing, a man decides to get back into the dating scene with a little help from his son’s advice.

Bananas Girl – Dir. Shayna Connelly
Documentary – 6 min.
USA
Seven-year-old Bananas Girl asserts her independence, perfects the art of the non-sequitur and navigates the boundaries between herself and her mom.

Brothers – Dir. Aaron Bandy
Drama – 44 min.
USA
Two dirt bike racing brothers are at odds when the oldest sibling appears to become reckless on the track but a dark secret holds the real truth behind everything.

Don’t Get Mad, Get Steven – Dir. Stephen Folker
Comedy – 12 min.
USA
After making illegal copies of a chick-flick, a lowly office grunt fears repercussions.

Something Better – Dir. Sonja Strathearn
Drama – 22 min.
Australia
The Blakeley family emigrate from England to Queensland, Australia in the early 1880s for a better life. Based on a true story.

Sunday – August 8 3:00PM – Film Block 3

Cedar Creek – Dir. Dick DeAngelis
Documentary – 7 min.
USA
Cedar Creek is a thought-provoking short film about one small but important creek in Jefferson County, Iowa and what happened to the water and the wildlife when the creek was altered. Written and directed by award-winning documentarian Dick DeAngelis and made possible by a Community Art Gathering grant from the BeWildReWild Fund.

Dinner with Dad – Dir. Brittany Benedict
Drama – 13 min.
USA
“Dinner with Dad” is a holiday short film that takes place around the dinner table as a man, David, and his wife, Rachel, visit his elderly father Robert for Christmas. While David and Rachel are eager to catch up and celebrate the holiday, Robert is only interested in hashing out the transgressions of the past. When Robert is given the chance to remember the past for what it was, he must decide between holding on to his resentment, or letting it go to embrace to future.

Earth FM – Dir. Philip Rabalais
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 10 min.
USA
TUNE IN TO THE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND.
Earth FM is a minimalist sci-fi about imaginary science and sonic symbiosis. Three researchers reach into the planet using esoteric audio equipment. Their search for signal culminates when their transmissions cross, resulting in a mysterious and cathartic discovery.

For the Goblins – Dir. Hypnus Yao
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 15 min.
USA
An ordinary college student SEBASTIAN gets kidnapped by Goblins on his way home from a party. With the desire of getting some goblin wine, he makes a deal with the Goblins. Sebastian brings home a young Goblin, RRRUBY, who does not understand anything about human society but he has to perform it the way of acting like a human being. At first, Sebastian does not want to take care of RRRuby; instead, he only wants to enjoy his price, the Goblin wine. However, he then learns that without taking his responsibility, not only he won’t be able to get his price but also RRRuby might get seriously injured because of his negligence. In the end, Sebastian decides to finish his mission, teach RRRuby to act like a human being. Sebastian then begins to introduce clothing, food, language, transportation, and technology to the young Goblin. They have a short but rich time. In the end, Sebastian brings RRRuby back to the Goblin forest, they both complete their mission. Moreover, they become very good friends even though they are very different species.

The Foursome – Dir. Zack McTee
Documentary – 29 min.
USA
Iowa’s Waukon Golf Club is so small that a round of 18 means playing the 9 hole course twice. But the Iowa course created something Augusta and Pebble Beach never could – a friendship that has lasted well beyond 18 holes. This short documentary follows a lively foursome as they play their 50th outing at the Waukon Men’s Invitational.

Love is a Flame – Dir. Matthew Tribble
Comedy – 5 min.
USA
A dame and her lover plot to kill her unsuspecting husband, bringing Hell upon them.

Lower Town: Burlington, Iowa – Dir. David Beckman, Russ Fry
Documentary – 4 min.
USA
View Burlington, Iowa’s Lower Town region as it looks today, in 1885, and 1944.

Movie Night – Dir. Joseph Stevens
Comedy – 6 min.
USA
A young couple sits down to watch a movie, only to have their evening interrupted by a mysterious intruder.

Rocks in My Head – Dir. Burt Chojnowski
Comedy – 1 min.
United Kingdom
1 minute silent film in B&W featuring Alden Busscher.

Tennyson – Dir. Hannah Rosalie Wright
Drama – 9 min.
USA
A troubled couple must decide if they will take medicine that will erase the other from their memories.

SNAFF 2020 Postponed: New Date TBA

We hope you’re well and staying healthy.
As you know, the 9th annual Snake Alley Festival of Film is scheduled to be wrapping up in three short weeks from now. 
Unfortunately, we’re reaching out to let you know that we have to pump the breaks once again. 
First and foremost, we are not canceling
When we originally pushed our 2020 festival back from June to late July, we were hopeful the Covid-19 situation would improve and the numbers would be much lower. We’ve been carefully monitoring the statistics every day and that simply isn’t the case quite yet.
Safety for our filmmakers, audience, staff and volunteers comes first. When we found ourselves questioning if we could hold our event safely in July, we took a step back. We reached out to our SNAFF volunteers, Capitol volunteers, and the Capitol Theater board of directors for their input. Many voiced their concerns and several of our most dedicated volunteers and staff members let us know they weren’t comfortable taking part if we were to hold SNAFF in July. The Capitol is completely staffed by volunteers as is our festival, and we can’t ask them to risk their health. 
Believe me when I say nobody is more disappointed than we are. The work is done. The schedule is set, the films have been judged, the shirts are printed and the trophies are polished. 
We know many of you have taken time off work, rearranged your schedule and made accommodations as we’re so close to the festival date. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience and hope you can understand why we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone again.
We’ve explored every option from doing Q&As via zoom, digital programs, and explored the various options for going virtual. If you’ve ever attended our festival, you know a big part of our charm is the beautiful Capitol Theater. Nothing can replace seeing your film on that big beautiful screen with an audience. Many great relationships and projects have come out of networking at our fest. 
We are so proud of the slate of films and screenplays we have programmed this year and want to give them the festival they deserve, with as big of an audience as we can. With current Iowa Covid social distancing guidelines, our theater went from 375 available seats down to 75 seats max. 
Several filmmakers have reached out to us in the last few weeks to let us know they wouldn’t be able to attend due to health concerns or travel restrictions. We don’t want to exclude a large portion of our filmmakers and writers from enjoying our festival, because in the end, this festival is for YOU. 
So what’s next? We’re going to step back and watch for now. Hopefully things improve in the Fall, but we don’t want to set another date until the situation starts looking up. We will keep the film and screenplay lineup as-is and simply shift it to another weekend when we feel it is safer for everyone involved.  The work is done. We’re ready to go, and we’re anxious to show off your awesome films and screenplays. We’ll just have to wait a little bit longer. 
Again, we’re deeply sorry for the late notice and any inconveniences this may have caused. 
We hope when we’re able to gather safely again we’ll see more of you here in Burlington. 
Please feel free to reach out with any questions. 

Stay safe,
Tadd Good
Director
Snake Alley Festival Of Film

SNAFF 2019 Award Winners

BEST MUSIC VIDEO NOMINEES

Pa’lante

Director: Danny Weeks

 

Bishop Briggs-Baby

Director: Malia James

Animation Directors: Morgan Powell and Neil Kidney

 

Weezer- High As a Kite

Director: Nathan Presley

 

BadBadNotGood – “I Don’t Know” Featuring Samuel T. Herring

Director: Will Mayer

Wild

Director: Tanvi Gandhi

 

WINNER: Bishop Briggs-Baby

Director: Malia James

Animation Directors: Morgan Powell and Neil Kidney

 

BEST STUDENT FILM

Eternity

Director: Anna Sobolevska

 

Washed Away

Director: Ben Kallam

 

Outdooring

Director: Maxwell Addae

 

November 1st

Director: Charlie Manton

 

Wild Love

Directors:

Paul Autric,

Quentin Camus

Lea Georges

Maryka Laudet,

Zoe Sottiaux

Corentin Yvergniaux

 

WINNER: Washed Away

Director: Ben Kallam

 

BEST COMEDY NOMINEES

The Program

Director: Michael Elliott Dennis

 

Chowboys: An American Folktale

Directors: Astron-6

 

Fairy Tail

Directors: Justin and Kristin Schaack

 

It’s Not Custard

Director: Kate McCoid

 

Whistle Boys

Director: Justin Norman

 

WINNER: Fairy Tail

Directors: Justin and Kristin Schaack

 

BEST ANIMATION

CERULIA

Director: Sofia Carrillo

 

Expend

Director: Bismark Fernandes

 

Emily

Director: Marlies van der Wel

 

A Double Life

Directors: Studio Job, Joris, and Marieke

(Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, Marieke Blaauw)

 

Under Covers

Director: Michaela Olsen

 

WINNER: CERULIA

Director: Sofia Carrillo

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

The Traffic Separating Device

Director: Johan Palmgren

 

Cultivation: Writing & Wrestling in Iowa City

Director: Nathan McNurlen

 

The Derby

Director: Remington Smith

 

The Separated

Director: Jeremy Raff

 

Through My Eyes

Director: Sujit Singh

 

Obon

Directors: Andre Hormann and Samo

 

WINNER: Cultivation: Writing & Wrestling in Iowa City

Director: Nathan McNurlen

 

BEST ACTION

Flip-Flop

Director: Nolan Quade

 

Handle With Care

Director: Nate Jones

 

Off The Hook

Director: Nolan Quade

 

WINNER: Handle With Care

Director: Nate Jones

 

BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY

Deep Dive

Director: Mohammad Soleimanifeijani

 

NDE

Director: Ruben Jimenez

 

Breaking Wheel

Director: Michael McCallum

 

WINNER: Deep Dive

Director: Mohammad Soleimanifeijani

 

BEST HORROR

Right Place, Wrong Tim

Director: Eros Vlahos

 

La Bete

Director: Filippo Meneghetti

 

The Video Store Commercial

Directors: Cody Kennedy and Tim Rutherford

 

Supine

Director: Nicole Goode

 

Wild Love

Directors:

Paul Autric

Quentin Camus

Lea Georges

Maryka Laudet

Zoe Sottiaux

Corentin Yvergniaux

 

WINNER: Wild Love

Directors:

Paul Autric

Quentin Camus

Lea Georges

Maryka Laudet

Zoe Sottiaux

Corentin Yvergniaux

 

WRITERS BLOCK – BEST SCREENPLAY

Clark

Screenplay written by Dave Stuck

 

Low Self Esteem 3

Screenplay written by Mikeal Burgin

 

Time

Screenplay written by Mike Jones and Seth Diewold

 

Chemistry of Life

Screenplay written by David DeBord

 

The Dinner

Screenplay written by Ben Matthews

 

Unseen

Screenplay written by Jeremy Furguson

 

WINNER: Clark

Screenplay written by Dave Stuck

 

BEST DRAMATIC SHORT

Something Like Lonleliness

Directors: Seth Epstein & Ben Epstein

 

Suncatcher

Director: Parker Croft

 

7A

Director: Zachary Russell

 

Outdooring

Director: Maxwell Addae

 

Evelyn x Evelyn

Director: Eric Pumphrey

 

WINNER: Something Like Loneliness

Directors: Seth Epstein & Ben Epstein

 

 

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Rosalina

Director: Fredrik S. Hana

 

Fuck You

Director: Anette Sidor

 

The Orphan

Director: Carolina Markowicz


WINNER: The Orphan

Director: Carolina Markowicz

 

BEST IOWA MADE FILM NOMINEES

Whistle Boys

Director: Justin Norman

 

Knee High

Director: Marissa Vonn

 

Cultivation: Writing & Wrestling in Iowa City

Director: Nathan McNurlen

 

S3RIAL

Director: Michael E. Berg

 

Note to Self

Director: Justin Norman

 

WINNER: Knee High

Director: Marissa Vonn

 

DIRECTOR’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE NOMINEES

Jon Norman Schneider

Manila is Full of Men Named Boy

Director: Andrew Stephen Lee

 

Lindsay Duncan

November 1st

Director: Charlie Manton

 

Natalie Paul

Evelyn x Evelyn

Director: Eric Pumphrey

 

Kristoffer Joner

Rosalina

Director: Fredrik S. Hana

 

Asa Butterfield

Right Time, Wrong Tim

Director: Eros Vlahos

 

WINNER: Jon Norman Schneider

Manila is Full of Men Named Boy

Director: Andrew Stephen Lee

 

AUDIENCE CHOICE:

Knee High

Director: Marissa Vonn

 

BEST OF FEST

November 1st

Director: Charlie Manton