Narrative Short Film Programs


Narrative Shorts 1: Modern Families (90 mins)

From the cradle to the grave, sometimes nothing can be stranger than our own families.

SAT 9/29 - 9 AM - Public House

SUN 9/30 - 12:30 PM - Majestic Theatre #2

 

THE RIGHT CHOICE

Tomisin Adepeju
(UK, 2018, 10 mins)

Colorado Premiere

With the help of an advisor, a husband and wife must answer three seemingly harmless questions to create their perfect designer baby.

 

ONE CAMBODIAN FAMILY PLEASE FOR MY PLEASURE

A.M. Lukas
(USA, 2017, 13 mins)

Colorado Premiere

North Dakota, 1981: Hanka (Emily Mortimer), a lonely refugee from Czechoslovakia, writes an all-too-appealing letter depicting her life in Fargo in hopes that a Cambodian refugee family might settle in her new hometown.

This film is brought to you by Shatterbox - helping women get behind the camera.

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FROG

Dani Johnson, in person
(USA, 2017, 7 mins)

Colorado Premiere

A young girl, nicknamed 'FROG', growing up in East Texas, struggles to maintain her innocence as she watches her parents' marriage fall apart.

 

STRIPPED

India Dupré, in person
(Australia, 2017, 12 mins)

Colorado Premiere

A true story of survival, STRIPPED follows the Dupré family's life on the run, trying to create a sense of normalcy while living in a tent, and using their wits to stay together while the government is in pursuit. 

 

SO MUCH YELLOW

Erica Milsom
(USA, 2018, 10 mins)

Colorado Premiere

Set in Northern California in the late 1960s, SO MUCH YELLOW is a short, dramatic film about a young girl and the family road trip that changes her life forever. Inspired by a true story, this film depicts the difficult decision one family must make.
 

THE SILENT CHILD

Chris Overton
(USA, 2017, 20 mins)

A four-year-old girl who is deaf lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate. 

THE LIFE OF ESTEBAN

Inès Eshun
(Belgium, 2017, 15 mins)

Esteban, a future Olympic swimmer, has grown up with a single mother and doesn't know who his father is. As he searches for his identity, he determines that swimming is a metaphor for life itself.


Narrative Shorts 2: The Lighter Side (91 mins)

Need to add a little helium to your festival? Try these.

FRI 9/28 - 9 AM - Public House

SUN 9/30 - 6 PM - Majestic Theatre #1

 

TIME TRAVELLER

Steve Kenny
(Ireland, 2017, 11 mins)

Colorado Premiere

A Traveller boy obsessed with 'Back to the Future' strives to finish building his own DeLorean replica before his family is evicted from their caravan site.

 

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ARE YOU STILL SINGING?

Gilly Barnes
(USA, 2018, 12 mins)

Colorado Premiere

Unable to postpone her ambitions as a singer any longer, Joy Fields walks out on her marriage and takes a job as a party entertainer. But, she is also struggling with an anxiety disorder that cannot be treated due to a lapse in her insurance.

This film is brought to you by Shatterbox - helping women get behind the camera.

FRENCH FRIES

Janine Sherman Barrois
(USA, 2017, 14 mins)

FRENCH FRIES explores a young, hip African-American foodie couple’s fight to resolve communication problems in a modern marriage of six years, four months and three-and-a-half days.

This film is brought to you by Shatterbox - helping women get behind the camera.

 

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THE MOTH AND THE LIGHT    

Michaela McLeod   
(USA, 2017, 15 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

A recent college dropout struggles with the uncertainty of life and is surprised by the reemergence of an old friend when she decides to throw a housewarming party.

HAIR WOLF    

Mariama Diallo    
(USA, 2018, 12 mins)    

In a black hair salon in gentrified Brooklyn, the local residents fend off strange new monsters:  white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

PLANET    

Bill Sebastian    
(USA, 2017, 10 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

When the national space agency begins selling off distant planets, what begins as an overture from a husband to his wife turns into a mystery with the power to alter their lives.

THE GOODNIGHT SHOW     

Charlie Schwan, in person    
(USA, 2018, 16 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

It’s 1978 and an unstoppable asteroid is headed directly for Earth. It’s Samuel’s last opportunity to prove to himself (and everyone else) that he isn’t a failure; and it's his last chance to lose his virginity.


Narrative Shorts 3: Big Surprises (102 mins)

Big surprises can come in small packages.

FRI 9/28 - 6 PM - Majestic Theatre #1

SUN 9/30 - 9 AM - Public House

 

WHO DECIDES    

Mylissa Fitzsimmons    
(USA, 2018, 7 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

A young girl and a sick, elderly woman engage in a conversation about WHO DECIDES when it's your time to die.

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BLUE CHRISTMAS    

Charlotte Wells    
(UK/USA, 2017, 15 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

On Christmas Eve 1968, in a Scottish coastal town, a debt collector goes to work to avoid confronting his wife’s worsening psychosis at home.

COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO    

Reema Sengupta    
(India, 2018, 15 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

In a city that houses millions, Smita needs one small room. But she finds herself fighting beasts of a different order as she discovers a strange prerequisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai.

 

HOMESICK    

Samuel Goodwin, in person
Colton Clements, Producer, in person    
(USA, 2017, 12 mins)    

A young boy, left alone as an unnatural threat ravages the world, clings to his daily routine as he waits for his mother to come back for him. 

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SCUMBAG    

Gene Alberts    
(Australia, 2018, 9 mins)    

U.S. Premiere

SCUMBAG fills his days smoking cigarettes and looking for opportunities to make a quick buck on the street. When he stumbles upon a loaded handgun his situation quickly escalates as he tests his newfound power.

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PHONE DUTY    

Lenar Kamalov    
(Russia, 2018, 8 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

PHONE DUTY gives rare insight into the Ukrainian conflict through the eyes of a pro-Russian rebel fighter. This film provides a stark illustration of the tragedy of war and how it affects the lives of everyone involved. 

AINHOA    

Iván Sáinz-Pardo    
(Spain, 2017, 19 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

AINHOA leaves her troubled home with only an action figure and something hidden in her school bag. A modern look at the effects of an economic downturn through the eyes of a child.
 

BLIND AUDITION    

Andreas Kessler   
(Germany, 2017, 17 mins)    

When violinists and partners Ari and Ron both get invited to audition for the same solo part in an orchestra, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. 


Narrative Shorts 4: The Mysterious (108 mins)

The Sensual. The Mysterious. Love, sweet love.

FRI 9/28 - 3 PM - Public House

SAT 9/29 - 9 PM - Majestic Theatre #1

 

MEDUSA    

India Donaldson, in person
Hilary Ives, Actor, in person   
(USA, 2018, 12 mins)  

Colorado Premiere

A woman falls in love with a marble statue; MEDUSA celebrates the female gaze and presents a feminist reflection upon beauty and attraction.

THE GIRLS WERE DOING NOTHING    

Dekel Berenson    
(UK, 2017, 20 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

A striking, erotic look into the sensuality, sexuality, and boredom of a modern relationship. Mature Audience.
 

THE MERCILESS BEAUTY    

Michael Groom, in person
David Groom, Producer, in person    
(UK, 2017, 14 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

Johnny is a farmhand in the English Lake District.  He leads a life of introspection, until the strange appearance of a mysterious beautiful woman. Unsure if she's a figment of his imagination or an actual physical being, Johnny succumbs to obsession.

WILLOW CREEK ROAD    

Francesca Mirabella
Jenna Ciralli, Producer/Co-Writer/Lead Actor, in person
(USA, 2017, 15 mins)     

Colorado Premiere

A lonely ranch hand in rural Montana unexpectedly picks up two children by the side of the road. Out of her comfort zone, she is forced to confront herself.
 

THE LOVE LETTER    

Atara Frish    
(Israel, 2018, 19 mins)

Colorado Premiere

Noa is a commander in the army. She discovers a love letter from one of her soldiers. Unaware if the letter is a joke or not, Noa must choose between her safe, restrained world and her urge to feel, at least for a moment, loved.

PISCINA (POOL)     

Leandro Goddinho    
(Brazil, 2016, 29 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

On a quest to understand her grandmother's past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who has created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool.  PISCINA is a beautiful, haunting, erotic film as only the Brazilians can make. 


Narrative Shorts 5: Fright Night (62 mins)

Go scare the s*** out of yourself.

SAT 9/29 - 11 PM - Public House

* One showing only

  • 11 pm shows do not require a Queue

  • Seating is first come, first served

  • Free show - donations are welcome

  • Please line up 15 minutes prior to showtime

 

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WHO DECIDES    

Mylissa Fitzsimmons    
(USA, 2018, 7 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

A young girl and a sick, elderly woman engage in a conversation about WHO DECIDES when it's your time to die.

THE MERCILESS BEAUTY    

Michael Groom, in person
David Groom, Producer, in person   
(UK, 2017, 14 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

Johnny is a farmhand in the English Lake District.  He leads a life of introspection, until the strange appearance of a mysterious beautiful woman. Unsure if she's a figment of his imagination or an actual physical being, Johnny succumbs to obsession.

HOMESICK    

Samuel Goodwin, in person
Colton Clements, Producer, in person    
(USA, 2017, 12 mins)    

A young boy, left alone as an unnatural threat ravages the world, clings to his daily routine as he waits for his mother to come back for him.

THE OBSERVER EFFECT    

Garret Walsh    
(Ireland, 2017, 19 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

A woman is haunted by a man obsessed with thoughts of her vicious murder. As the fateful hour draws near, brutal events unfold to reveal truths neither could ever imagine -- and a secret that will change their lives forever.

MILK    

Santiago Menghini    
(Canada, 2018, 10 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

A very scary film…late at night, a young teen goes into the kitchen for a glass of MILK. Upon encountering his sleepless mother, well…the MILK hits the fan. 


Shorts Before Features

Short cinematic gems to kick off our feature length films.

 

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THE CALL     

Trina Michelle Robinson    
(USA, 2017, 4 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

Anna French, a young African-American teacher from Kentucky, plans to participate in the Great Migration of her people to Chicago in 1917. She’ll be leaving behind generations of pain, and moving towards...what?

FRI 9/28 - 3:30 PM - Majestic Theatre #2
Before WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS

SAT 9/29 - 6 PM - Majestic Theatre #1
Before EIGHTH GRADE

SUN 9/30 - 12 PM - Majestic Theatre #1
Before ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS


BACK TO THE MOON   

FX Goby & Helene Leroux    
(USA/UK, 2018, 3 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

A charming illusionist, an adventurous queen of hearts, and an evil green man journey through early cinema, celebrating the artistry of film director and magician Georges Méliès. 

FRI 9/28 - 3 PM - Center for the Arts
Before SCIENCE FAIR

SAT 9/29 - 3 PM - Center for the Arts
Before SCIENCE FAIR

SUN 9/30 - 8:30 PM - Center for the Arts
Before SCIENCE FAIR