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Friday, January 12
 

6:30pm

Festival Begins & Red Carpet Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us outside Harkins Crossroads Theater for a Hollywood style Red Carpet! Dress up and get ready for your close up on your Red Carpet debut!
*Formal wear required.
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Friday January 12, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Harkins Theater (Crossroads 12) 2980 E. Germann Rd. Chandler, AZ 85286

8:00pm

Opening Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

After living like a movie star on the Red Carpet, get ready for the Opening Ceremony! During the Opening Ceremony, you can network with fellow filmmakers and find your seat for the opening night film!
*Tickets and formal wear required.


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Friday January 12, 2018 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Harkins Theater (Crossroads 12) 2980 E. Germann Rd. Chandler, AZ 85286

8:30pm

World Premiere of "THE COMPETITION"
Limited Capacity seats available

Enjoy the World Premiere of "The Competition" starring Thora Birch and Chris Klein!


Synopsis:
Thrust on a course of female empowerment, Lauren Mauldin becomes the voice of a generation when, after one too many bad-behaving boyfriends, she launches a blog promoting “The PIG Theory” to thousands of followers. 


Watch the trailer here!


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Friday January 12, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Harkins Theater (Crossroads 12) 2980 E. Germann Rd. Chandler, AZ 85286

10:30pm

General After Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Not ready to go home just yet? Keep the festival momentum going by joining us at Crust & The Ostrich Restaurants for the general after party and receive complimentary food and beverages! Not only can you dance to your heart's content, but you can network with other filmmakers! 


Get you tickets here, before they sell out!

Friday January 12, 2018 10:30pm - Saturday January 13, 2018 12:00am
Crust & The Ostrich Restaurants 10 N San Marcos Pl, Chandler, AZ 85225

10:30pm

VIP After Party with Celebrities
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wanted to party with celebrities and other filmmakers? Do you like complimentary food and beverages and getting swag bags? Then the VIP After Party is the place for you! Join us at the San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza to celebrate the World Premiere and the amazing filmmakers. Complimentary food and drinks available.


Get your VIP tickets before they sell out and have the time of your life on Opening Night!
Buy your tickets here!

Friday January 12, 2018 10:30pm - Saturday January 13, 2018 12:00am
San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza 1 N SAN MARCOS PLACE, CHANDLER, AZ 85225
 
Saturday, January 13
 

12:00pm

Short Films Block 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Office Batman
Directed by David Miller
Run Time: 5 minutes, USA
Office Batman tells the story of the dorky Frank as he tries to survive an onslaught of pranks from his coworkers throughout the day.


The Circle
Directed by Sheldon Schwartz
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
An estranged father reunites with his young son in Depression-era America after the sudden death of the boy's mother. The two travel town to town where Dad sketches portraits for locals to make a meager living for the both of them. It's on this formative journey that the boy discovers not only the transformative power of art, but how to open his heart as well.


Being Thomas
Directed by Mario Patrick Mattei II
Run Time: 9 minutes, USA
A troubled kid burglarizes an elderly man who welcomes him as his estranged son.


SAVE ME!
Directed by Mohsen Nabavi
Run Time: 10 minutes, Malaysia
Mother and her little girl in chased by an hunter in forest. But in the end, becomes obvious a great truth and It is an open secret.


The New Machine
Directed by Sai P Mohan
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
A Convenience store employee's position gets threatened when the owner decides to change the old cash register with a new POS system.


Rebirth
Directed by Jill Von D
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
A young woman gets her beauty and vanity taken by a masked figure.


All My Brothers
Directed by Alex Helisek
Run Time: 8 minutes, USA
Incoming college freshman decide to pledge a fraternity, where they must face daunting challenges, abuse, and hardships to survive, and test their limits of dedication.


Suits Don't Matter
Directed by Michael P. Jahoda
Run Time: 3 minutes, USA
A moment when we realize the change that occurs during life and how we reflect upon our youth. Sometimes we need to go backwards to move forward.


The Devil Goes Down
Directed by Nicholas Julius
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
The Devil challenges a young man to a game of basketball. The stakes? What is in the Devil's bag against the young man's soul.


Saturday January 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

12:00pm

International Shorts Block 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Victoria Rosana Maite
Directed by Iñaki Velásquez
Run Tim: 25 minutes, Chile
After their daughter is humiliated in a catholic school, Victoria (45) and Rosana (42) face a crisis due to their opposing views on justice and privacy. Victoria will have to face the fear of assuming her homosexuality and the possible break on her family.

The World's Longest Wait
Directed by Timothy Groenendyk
Run Time: 9 minutes, Australia
William Sangsmith has been waiting for his wife Elizabeth to come home for over 65 years. Today we find out what happened.

The Cherry Tree (Les Fruits Du Temps)
Directed by Matthieu Boivineau
Run Time: 26 minutes, France
A large cherry tree in a garden, a family, moments of life, time passing by. Through the 4 seasons, this majestic cherry tree changes, this family too.
Like a poem about passing time and an ode to nature, a reflection on our changing identities ...

The Beard - a Neapoletan family story - (La Barba)
Directed by Alfredo Mazzara
Run Time: 12 minutes, Italy
What if a hated relative on the verge of death offered you the richest share of the inheritance?

Forgive Me Father (Pardonnez-moi Mon Pere)
Directed by Mark Datuin
Run Time: 13 minutes, Canada
Mathieu and Élise are ex-lovers that are forced to reunite at a family breakfast where a war of words and revelations threaten an otherwise peaceful household.


Saturday January 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:25pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

12:00pm

Sci-Fi Shorts Block 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Might
Directed by Emil Sallinen
Run Time: 9 minutes, Finland
Maryam, a rebel leader in an archaic world governed by ruthless religion, is set to prove that the god hovering in the sky is a lie. But she is stopped by a holy warrior that turns out to be her lost father. Soon their lives change as they are about to find out a secret only a god can keep.


New York 2150 (TV Pilot)
Directed by Harry Assouline
Run Time: 20 minutes, USA
Intergalactic bounty hunter Jayden Jaxon partners with ex-cop Mac Cole to track down a psychotic killer for a generous fee. When their search brings Jayden back to his hometown, the ghosts of his past haunt every corner of New Manhattan.


Within the Fray
Directed by Richard Summers-Calvert
Run Time: 22 minutes, United Kingdom
This story follows the lives of the humans and the elementals who are forced to live through the dark times of civil war ignited by the humans' hatred and fear of the elementals' powers.


237NP
Directed by Ricardo Pérez
Run Time: 10 minutes, Spain and USA
An alienated man bonds with an extraterrestrial character who's arrives to earth looking for natural resources for his planet, MAxx defies the local authorities to help the alien go back home.


I Thank the State
Directed by Freddie Gerrard - Abbott
Run Time: 14 minutes, United Kingdom
An accountant living in an authoritarian state is detained against her will and questioned relentlessly about a suspected fake work permit.


Don't Say Goodbye
Directed by James Weter
Run Time: 11 minutes, USA
A woman reconnects with a mother she thought she had lost.


Saturday January 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:25pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

12:00pm

Workshop (1) Producing A-Z: Financing & Packaging Independent Movies
Limited Capacity seats available

PRODUCING A-Z: FINANCING & PACKAGING INDEPENDENT MOVIES:
Everything you need to know about getting your Independent Movie made and seen! 
From renowned leader Dov Simens, discover how to Produce Mega-Budget Studio features, Medium Budget International Co-Productions, Low-Budget Art House Features & Micro-Budget Genre Features. 
Register now because this is one workshop you don't want to miss!

Panelists
avatar for Dov Simens

Dov Simens

HOLLYWOOD FILM INSTITUTE
Dov Simens is the founder of Hollywood Film Institute in Hollywood, California. He has been voted “America’s #1 Film Instructor” by the National Association of Film Schools and is the bestselling author of “From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Chandler Downtown Library 22 S Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA

12:00pm

FILM MARKET - Day 1
Limited Capacity seats available

International Motion Picture Association is proud to host the first Film Market in Arizona. In addition to the film festival, IMPA Film Market is an event to network and to sell, finance and acquire films.  The goal of attending can be to make production and distribution deals, learn about new products or segments of the industry, or to meet experts within the field. Many different types of professionals attend film markets, including distributors, acquisition and development executives, funders, agents, press, directors, producers, and writers.


Register today and don't miss out on the chance to sell your film!

Saturday January 13, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza 1 N SAN MARCOS PLACE, CHANDLER, AZ 85225

1:35pm

Drama Shorts Block 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Butterfly
Directed by Tung Wu
Run Time: 28 minutes, USA
While James, a young man who lost all his memories, is imprisoned in a chamber with a mysterious old man, the only thing he remembers is a woman who has a butterfly tattoo. He has to find out who she is and try to regain his memory.

Misora, Misery
Directed by David Doko
Run Time: 29 minutes, USA
Tony is a struggling photographer dependent on the next big job to keep his business alive. Focused on the medium of film, and fixated on the vintage Japanese instruments that are his tools, Tony finds himself becoming a relic of the past. Pressured by his wife, Stacy, to pursue a more lucrative line of work, Tony becomes distracted by a vintage Japanese Enka singer, Misora, who appears to him on a bar’s television screen as if out of a dream. Distraction turns to obsession for Misora, and for the cameras that he must hold on to at a very dear cost.

Shalim Goodbye
Directed by Jacopo Manzari
Run Time: 28 minutes, Italy
In order not to win it to his son who considers him a solitary scurvy, an old man from the Romagna country assumes a Moroccan Shalim as a worker.


Saturday January 13, 2018 1:35pm - 3:00pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

1:45pm

Music Videos
Limited Capacity seats available

Sorrytown - Let's Pretend
Directed by Nathan LeFever
Run Time: 4 minutes, USA
A director struggles to create a music video with an ill-prepared band.


Moist
Directed by Jonathan Trichter
Run Time: 4 minutes, Israel
The elements we used for the video such as designed marble stone, fur coat, artificial waterfall etc, were clearly our way to illuminate men intervention within natural space, threatened by natural disasters such as fire and lava, simply to remind nature's fury and it's unattainable, wild consuming power.


Leaving
Directed by Leonardo Martinez and Sienna Even Benton
Run Time: 4 minutes, USA
A song that speaks on behalf of the internal dialogue you have with yourself when you're in a toxic relationship and whether you should stay or leave. The music video showcases the journey of a young woman who has her internal dialogue with herself(me).


Avenhart - Fade Away
Directed by Bo Smith
Run Time: 4 minutes, USA
Ending relationships, dealing with guilt and suffering through uncomfortable reunions... Sounds pretty adult, right? In the case of 4-year-old Penny, it's the unfortunate circumstances of making a new friend and neglecting a trusted companion.


Ayre
Directed by Guy Gibbons and Michael Gibbons
Run Time: 4 minutes, USA
As a man searches for a deeper meaning to life, his thirst takes him beyond the waking material world.


Dangerous Crossings
Directed by Amr Salama
Run Time: 5 minutes, Egypt
“Dangerous Crossings” is part of a major campaign to spread awareness about the dangers of crossing to war-stricken Yemen through the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea from Africa, highlighting the horrendous conditions and rising risks in Yemen.


Parallels - I.R.L.
Directed by Jack Chapman
Run Time: 4 minutes, USA
I.R.L has a colourful 80s inspired aesthetic highlighting the retro futuristic story of modern love in the digital age. Directed by Arizona based filmmaker Jack Chapman (British) for Canadian electronic outfit 'Parallels'.


Saturday January 13, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

1:45pm

Suspense/Thriller Shorts Block 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Beast
Directed by Christopher Sferrazza
Run Time: 20 minutes, Australia
Sophie has been marginalise for nearly a decade in the wake of a fatal accident involving her daughter, and the dominating Bea has given Sophie hopes of rejoining the community by “weaving her magic with the girls." Just when things are finally looking up, Sophie stumbles upon something dark and inconceivable that forces her to make an impossible decision. A decision for love… 


Paper Walls
Directed by Vincent Moran
Run Time: 18 minutes, USA
Haunted by a past of domestic abuse, one man reflects on the memories triggered by the sounds he hears from within the paper-thin walls of an apartment building—that is until he reveals his true intent of revenge on an ex-friend, who fed into the maltreatment of his sister.


Nativity
Directed by Gianfranco Antacido
Run Time: 20 minutes, Italy
An invaluable painting by Caravaggio, The Nativity with Saints Lawrence and Francis of Assisi, who disappeared from the seventies, today fills the wall of the Neapolitan house boss Angelo Russo. Nicola and Mattia, two guys without money,are tired of their monotonous life, wants to give a sharp blow to the past, and steal the painting. Do they succeed?


The Debt
Directed by Chris Dickerson
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
A couple thinks they have had a bad evening until someone arrives to transfer a debt.


Five Are Fallen
Directed by Johnny Rey Diaz
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
A man is recruited by a secret society in hope of retrieving his kidnapped son.


Creak
Directed by Elizabeth Dean
Run Time: 7 minutes, USA
An original and unexpected telling of the classic Hitchcock blonde as she makes her way through a most ominous night.


Saturday January 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:10pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

2:30pm

Animation Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Catching the L Train
Directed by Eric Raingruber
Run Time: 6 minutes, USA
A bear on a losing streak attempts to save his relationship before his love leaves town for good. But when a bungled text message leads him to the wrong train platform and his sweetheart to draw the wrong conclusion, he must risk life and limb to try and win her back.


FireFire
Directed by Russell Konzelmann
Run Time: 4 minutes, USA
A happy normal day takes a turn for the worse when an outside force tampers with the balance.


Sunny and Gerd in Spring Cleaning
Directed by DaCosta Bayley
Run Time: 5 minutes, Canada
A whistle blows, signalling break time. Gerd sits in his favourite spot to enjoy his break and catch up on some reading. Unbeknownst to Gerd, his best friend Sunny is about to deny him any respite from the day’s grind. Things go from zero to “wha’-tha’?!” when Sunny finds himself in a tight spot and Gerd has to rescue his little buddy. Some quick thinking and a little hacking just might save the day.


Karma
Directed by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou
Run Time: 4 minutes, USA
A boy meets a fish in a mysterious forest.


Expiration Date
Directed by Shwenn Shunya Chang
Run Time: 4 minutes, USA
A poetic story about searching for an unexpired romance, a mélange of sexy fantasy and innocent love.


Erin, Owen, and the Loch Ness Monster
Directed by Nicholas Julius
Run Time:8 minutes, USA
Scottish siblings, Erin, and Owen, escape the clutches of bullies to barely make it on time for their father’s Loch Ness tour boat and they think the day will be uneventful. Little do they know that they will be swept off the tour boat, swallowed by the Loch Ness Monster and brought to the land of Mythatania, where all creatures heard of in myth and folklore have gone to escape the outside world.


Stroke
Directed by Jiani zhao
Run Time: 5 minutes, United Kingdom
The movie 'Stroke' was inspired by Dr Jill Bolte Taylor's talk on her experience of having a stroke. What drew our attention to the story was how a stroke, commonly regarded as a negative experience, could be so positive and revealing for someone.


The Funhouse Waltz
Directed by Carvin Knowles
Run Time: 19 minutes, New Zealand and United States
In a forgotten, abandoned carnival funhouse, the sins of the past are doomed to repeat their dark secrets for all eternity.


Saturday January 13, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

2:30pm

Workshop (2) Directing A-Z: Casting, Shooting & Editing Independent Movies
Limited Capacity seats available

DIRECTING A-Z: CASTING, SHOOTING & EDITING INDEPENDENT MOVIES
Dov Simens knows it all! Learn how to Budget, Schedule, Cast, Direct, Shoot & Edit Feature Films with budgets ranging from as low as $10,000 to as high as $10,000,000
Don't miss out on the chance to learn from someone who taught Will Smith a thing or two! Register today!

Panelists
avatar for Dov Simens

Dov Simens

HOLLYWOOD FILM INSTITUTE
Dov Simens is the founder of Hollywood Film Institute in Hollywood, California. He has been voted “America’s #1 Film Instructor” by the National Association of Film Schools and is the bestselling author of “From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Chandler Downtown Library 22 S Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA

3:20pm

Student Shorts Block 1
Limited Capacity seats available

The Buzzing of a Bumblebee
Directed by Vladimir Beldian
Run Time: 29 minutes, Russian Federation
Once an old woman in a nursing home made three wishes in case of her death: to eat pudding, to listen a little chorus and ... bumblebee buzzing outside the window. It will be difficult to arrange all this but she wants it so much...


Sugar
Directed by Eric Lynch
Run Time: 8 minutes, USA
A lonely man in a coffee shop in desperate need of a friend is taken on a musical adventure when his imagination turns to reality


Lament
Directed by Keegan Luther
Run Time: 16 minutes, USA
Imagine: You live in a world ravaged by a violent and unrelenting disease. There is no law or civilization left. You are leading a group of survivors -- one of whom may be infected. Infection can mean death and destruction for the victim and the other survivors. Time is a precious commodity. What do you do?


Ticking Hearts
Directed by Nick Moon
Run Time: 11 minutes, USA
Two bomb squad agents are left with the dilemma of disarming a bomb when they discover that the bomb is a former lover.


Until Death Do Us Part
Directed by Nathanael Dunn
Run Time: 13 minutes
Three years after the passing of his wife Alice, Jack reenters the dating game. Alice, however, is not quite ready to let Jack go.


Remembrance
Directed by Madison Campione
Run Time: 12 minutes, USA
Step into a future where memories are no longer safe. A resourceful young woman uses a breakthrough technology to solve the mystery of her twin sister’s disappearance.


Saturday January 13, 2018 3:20pm - 4:50pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

3:30pm

Horror Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Postpartum
Directed by Richard Bakewell
Run Time: 25 minutes, USA
Since the first day her child was born Alice Westcott has been given instructions by the devil to kill her children. She is ultimately sent to a state facility to evaluate her mental health as she is to blame for their death. The staff learns that Alice has been concealing a secret pregnancy. When they threaten to take the baby away from her, Alice vows to protect her unborn from those who wish to bring her baby harm.


Blackout
Directed by Timothy Collins
Run Time: 12 minutes, USA
A young woman awakens in the woods, alone and covered in blood, with no memory of how she got there.


She Came From the Woods
Directed by Erik Bloomquist
Run Time: 12 minutes, USA
A campfire story comes to life for a group of counselors on the last day of the summer at Camp Briarbrook. 


The Dark Hunger
Directed by Anthony Williams
Run Time: 15 minutes, USA
They took away his memory and his life, but gave him something worse in death. Now he must embrace the monster he’s become to regain his humanity.


The Madame in Black
Directed by Jarno Lee Vinsencius
Run Time: 24 minutes, Sweden
After playing the infamous urban legend game "Madame in Black", Alex and his sister, Emma, experience the wrath of the evil witch Madame in Black.


Saturday January 13, 2018 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

3:50pm

Music Score
Limited Capacity seats available

Mismatch and Lighter
Directed by Mark Datuin
Run Time: 17 minutes, Canada
A quirky therapist takes it upon herself to play matchmaker to all her unsuspecting clients.


Better Dead than Red
Directed by Larry Daggett
Run Time: 30 minutes, USA
In a short musical comedy film noir, New York’s worst detective is hired to solve America’s hottest case and stumbles upon a Russian plot to sway the 1952 presidential election


Antonin?
Directed by Nicolas Legendre
Run Time: 10 minutes, Canada


Saturday January 13, 2018 3:50pm - 4:45pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

5:00pm

Feature Film - Los Angeles Kidnapping (Arizona Premiere)
Limited Capacity seats available

Los Angeles Kidnapping
Directed by Fei Yang
Starring: Siyu Lu
Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, USA and China
The daughter of the richest Chinese businessman in LA was kidnapped. Delger was embroiled in this kidnapping, after a series of clews were found, a huge secret was exposed.


Saturday January 13, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

5:15pm

Drama Shorts Block 2
Limited Capacity seats available

The Flood
Directed by Adam Dietrich
Run Time: 20 minutes, USA
An elderly man, Mick (Ed Asner) loses his wife of fifty years to illness. The Flood explores the strength and frailty of the human spirit and the bonds we create as Mick tries to piece a life together and manage his grief without the love of his life.


Phone Bill
Directed by Aiyana Irwin
Run Time: 5 minutes, USA
When life seems dull, a young man tries to find comfort in the voicemail of a woman he can no longer have.


The Johnny Starr Story
Directed by Israel Varela
Run Time: 25 minutes, USA
A reporter goes to investigate the death of rock musician Johnny Starr and a murdered D.A. forty-three years ago. He soon finds himself in a tangled web.


The First Farewell
Directed by Jean-Briac Blouin
Run Time: 13 minutes, France
Tom has a conversation with an old man on the top of a hill. Tom tells him his story about he followed a man in the street...


High & Tight
Directed by Luis Servera
Run Time: 15 minutes, USA
High & Tight follows a shaggy-haired, mysterious outsider who returns to the sleepy town where he committed a double-homicide to confront the father of the man he killed, the town's barber.


Past Tense
Directed by JoAnne McGrath
Run Time: 6 minutes, USA
A married couple confronts the strained state of their relationship. Waxing nostalgic about the past reveals their true feelings about the future.


Saturday January 13, 2018 5:15pm - 6:40pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

5:30pm

Feature Film - Murder on the Cape (Arizona Premiere)
Murder on the Cape
Directed by Arthur Egeli
Starring: Josh Walther, Jade Harlow, Heather Egeli, Chris Lazzaro, Kevin Cotter
Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes, USA
A down and out fisherman has an affair with a fashion writer spending the winter in Cape Cod. Inspired by the true story of Christa Worthington.


Saturday January 13, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

6:50pm

Feature Film - M.I.A. A Greater Evil (Arizona Premiere)
M.I.A. A greater Evil
Directed by Abishek J. Bajaj
Run Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes, USA and Thailand
A group of American college students embark on an expedition looking for gold in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. Their dreams quickly unravel when an unplanned detour leaves the group lost and wandering where many before them have mysteriously vanished without a trace. A terrifying night-time encounter makes them realize they are not alone. Tensions mount, as echoes of the Vietnam War follow their every step through the battle-ravaged jungle. Will they find a way out, or will they become the latest victims of a savage and bloody war? M.I.A. A Greater Evil reignites burning questions that remain unanswered from one of the most controversial wars of the 20th century.


Saturday January 13, 2018 6:50pm - 9:15pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

7:00pm

Feature Film - Bikini Blue (US Premiere)
Bikini Blue
Directed by Jarek Marszewski
Starring: Lianne Harvey, Tomasz Kot, Ruby Bentall, Lee Ross
Run Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes, Poland
Great Britain, 1953. Cold War lasts despite the summer. Stalin is dead, the British just finished celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, cinema halls are possessed by “The War of the Worlds”.
30 years old Dora Szumski is an English woman married to a Polish immigrant Eryk. He is a former Polish Military officer for whom the existing power balance doesn't leave much choice. He can either be sentenced to death in his homeland or be an immigrant. After a failed suicide attempt he stays in Mabledon Park – a mental hospital for Polish ex-soldiers traumatized by the war.
Dora does not only sense what is the secret behind Eryk's illness. She also has some proof... But the supervisor of the unit – Dr Lipman stops her from starting such serious talk with her husband.






Saturday January 13, 2018 7:00pm - 8:25pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

7:00pm

Chandler Multicultural Festival (Outdoor Screening)
Join us and the City of Chandler for an evening premier film screening held at the Chandler Multicultural Festival in Downtown Chandler. Admission is free so make sure you stop by!


Films Screening at the Multicultural Festival:


Ineffable
Directed by Maxence Cazorla
Run Time: 30 minutes, France
After the tragic death of Helie, Finn's childhood sweetheart, he is overwhelmed by regret and grief. Finn becomes a despondent recluse, sheltering himself in his room for weeks. One night, locked in silent misery, he receives a mystifying phone call from his beloved Helie. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Finn embarks on a journey through time and space in search of Helie, and to restore the very fabric of his life...


Ostoja Will Move Your Piano
Directed by Sandra Mitrovic
Run Time: 15 minutes, Serbia
Today is a day when Ostoja, a legendary piano mover from Belgrade gets a special delivery.


Sick in Africa: Bernad's Story (Part 1) - I Thought I Was Bewitched
Directed by Tim Cowley
Run Time: 19 minutes, USA and Mozambique
Meet Bernad, an elderly Yawo man from northern Mozambique who suffers from a mysterious illness. Travel along with him as he searches for answers while navigating the health care system available to him in his rural African context. In Ciyawo with English subtitles.


The New Machine
Directed by Sai P Mohan
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
A Convenience store employee's position gets threatened when the owner decides to change the old cash register with a new POS system.


The Circle
Directed by Sheldon Schwartz
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
An estranged father reunites with his young son in Depression-era America after the sudden death of the boy's mother. The two travel town to town where Dad sketches portraits for locals to make a meager living for the both of them. It's on this formative journey that the boy discovers not only the transformative power of art, but how to open his heart as well.


Saturday January 13, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Chandler Downtown Stage 178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA

7:35pm

Feature Film - Detroit Under STRESS
Detroit Under STRESS
Directed by David Van Wie
Run Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes, USA
In 1971, the Detroit Police Department begins operating one of the most controversial decoy police units ever created to battle street crime, S.T.R.E.S.S. (Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets). After one year, Detroit becomes the city with the highest police civilian fatal shootings as well as the city with the highest police officer deaths. For the first time in almost 50 years, hear this incredible story from the STRESS officers who were there doing the decoy work as well as the community leaders and activists who were trying to disband the unit.


Saturday January 13, 2018 7:35pm - 8:50pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

8:30pm

Feature Film - No Roads In (Arizona Premiere)
No Roads In
Directed by Josh Wong
Run Time: 1 hour, 18 minutes, Canada
Sound Engineer Adam Naugler was fascinated by a nearby abandoned homestead.
Hunkered against battering winter winds, adrift on summer wheat seas, the building was so forgotten the road in had long faded. Yet, year in and out, the building seemed, like a beacon, to call to him. A call to what ?
No Roads In covers five days as Reid, Naugler and band battle the elements to record an entire album, using acoustic instruments, with rudimentary analogue equipment. The experience in the old homestead proves, for each musician, a deep and unexpected catharsis.


Screening at Ghett' 'Yo Taco restaurant is free and open to the public.


Saturday January 13, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Ghett' Yo' Taco 241 S Oregon St, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA

8:35pm

Feature Film - REGIONRAT (World Premiere)
Limited Capacity seats available

REGIONRAT
Directed by Javier Reyna
Starring: Connor Williams
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, USA
Ray, a pothead underachieving teenager, feeling lonely after a self-imposed six months exile in Seattle, returns to his hometown and as he reconnects with friends, he is soon reminded why he left town in the first place. Based on the novel by Richard Laskowski


Saturday January 13, 2018 8:35pm - 10:00pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

10:00pm

General After Party (Arizona Filmmaker Party)
Limited Capacity seats available

The night is young! Keep having fun by joining us at Ghett' Yo' Taco for the general after party and receive complimentary food and beverages!  We will also be screening a feature film right before this after party!
Calling all Arizona Filmmakers! This after party is the party for you to network with other Arizona local filmmakers!




Get your tickets now, before they sell out!

Saturday January 13, 2018 10:00pm - Sunday January 14, 2018 12:00am
Ghett' Yo' Taco 241 S Oregon St, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA

10:00pm

VIP After Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Keep the festival going with another round of VIP After Party at the San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza with filmmakers meet and greet, swag bag and complimentary food and beverage!
Get your tickets here before they run out!

Saturday January 13, 2018 10:00pm - Sunday January 14, 2018 12:00am
San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza 1 N SAN MARCOS PLACE, CHANDLER, AZ 85225
 
Sunday, January 14
 

12:00pm

Director Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

The Scapegoat
Directed by Talha B.
Run Time: 22 minutes, USA
A once successful novelist grapples with his inner subconscious demons in an effort to reclaim his fading creativity.


Ephemeral
Directed by Antonio Darwiche
Run Time: 16 minutes, USA
Psychiatrist Sydney Garland spends another day at the office, but the day takes an unexpected turn when a gunned man with an unknown want steps in.


It Began Without Warning
Directed by Santiago C. Tapia
Run Time: 5 minutes, USA
'The time has come,' the Walrus said. And all the little Oysters stood and waited in a row


1943
Directed by Elizabeth Dean
Run Time: 6 minutes
In 1926, Adolf Hitler established the Hitler Youth to instill German children with the ideals of the Nazi Party, amassing 7.7 million members by 1938. In 1943, Ingrid Schindler would courageously defy her fate to rescue her children and aid the Allies in defeating the evil Nazi regime.


Sunday January 14, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

12:00pm

Women Filmmakers Block 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Falling South
Directed by Lorraine Portman
Run Time: 39 minutes, USA
Charlotte puts Rochester in the rear view as she runs away from the life she has known. She has never been on her own and doesn't know if she'll make it as her resources are stripped away. She meets diverse women who offer connection, insight, and laughter on the road to Florida and a possible new life.


'The Other Woman,' Zizi's Dream
Directed by Zizi Rincolisky
Run Time: 16 minutes, Ireland
In Zizi's dream, like in any dream, the logic of time and action as well as cultural censorship is abolished. Bizarre, senseless actions occur simultaneously to 'normal' ones and no one in the dream is taking notice.
*Mature Content


116
Directed by Julia Campanelli
Run Time: 15 minutes, USA
Love ~ no bed of roses.
A woman wakes up in a hotel room with a younger man at her side. She insists he leave, he resists, and the struggle begins. Is it the power of love, or the love of power that bring them together, repeating the same, bizarre ritual, over and over again? The answer can only be found in Room 116.
*Mature Content


Sunday January 14, 2018 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

12:00pm

Student Films Block 2
Limited Capacity seats available

The Scarecrow
Directed by Leah Pollack
Run Time: 3 minutes, USA
A Farmer has something buried beneath his scarecrow. Over time, its features become more human. His days and nights are plagued by sourceless sounds and maddening visions. Soon his entire concepts of reality and fiction blur.


PLAY-TIME
Directed by David Bui
Run Time: 12 minutes, USA
Ted Montgomery, 20 years old, finds himself blindfolded and tied to a chair in a dark room. Just as he is trying to recollect his memory, an all too familiar voice begins to threaten him and his friends to get a secret code. Who kidnapped Ted, and why does he want this code so badly?


Something About the Mundane
Directed by Keegan Luther
Run Time: 6 minutes, USA
A man goes about his everyday life, living by routine. Wake up. Coffee. Work. Sleep. That's how life is for him. But there's something about the mundane that's getting to him.


Broken Solitude
Directed by Robert Herbolich
Run Time: 5 minutes, USA
A man deals with the guilt of killing his girlfriend.


The Reward
Directed by Yunhong Guo
Run Time: 15 minutes, USA
An early teen ages girl meets a strange guy in a ruins place. She realizes that he is the criminal on the wanted poster with rewards. She really wants to get the money so she guides him back to home and wants to call the police to get the rewards.


Writings on the Edge
Directed by Bernardo Candeias
Run Time: 20 minutes, Portugal
A young writer is struggling with a serious problem: there is not a single word on his page. It is almost like his pen is erasing ideas instead of writing them. Suddenly, his writer’s block is interrupted when a girl appears and begins singing and playing her guitar.


Circus
Directed by Shida Ciao
Run Time: 8 minutes, United Kingdom
Circus is a visually and emotionally stimulating short film that features existential themes, the connection of mankind to the cosmos, the theory of afterlife and the acceptance of the absurdity of human existence. 
*Note: Mature content


Viceroy
Directed by Stone Taul
Run Time: 20 minutes, USA
Malcolm and Saul are two brothers living in a motel room together. Malcolm struggles to take care of his mentally challenged brother, Saul, while also dealing with his own sanity.


Sunday January 14, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

12:00pm

FILM MARKET - Day 2
Limited Capacity seats available

International Motion Picture Association is proud to host the first Film Market in Arizona. In addition to the film festival, IMPA Film Market is an event to network and to sell, finance and acquire films.  The goal of attending can be to make production and distribution deals, learn about new products or segments of the industry, or to meet experts within the field. Many different types of professionals attend film markets, including distributors, acquisition and development executives, funders, agents, press, directors, producers, and writers.


Register today and don't miss out on the chance to sell your film!

Sunday January 14, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza 1 N SAN MARCOS PLACE, CHANDLER, AZ 85225

1:00pm

Workshop (3) Screenwriting A-Z: Writing & Selling Great Stories
Limited Capacity seats available

SCREENWRITING A-Z: WRITING & SELLING GREAT STORIES 
Don't know how to write a script, but you've always wanted to try your hand at screenwriting? Let Dov Simens show you how to write a great script in 6 weeks with the proven Hollywood method of Log-Line, Treatment, Outline, Beat Sheet, 1st Draft, Coverage & Final Draft! Find your tickets here!

Panelists
avatar for Dov Simens

Dov Simens

HOLLYWOOD FILM INSTITUTE
Dov Simens is the founder of Hollywood Film Institute in Hollywood, California. He has been voted “America’s #1 Film Instructor” by the National Association of Film Schools and is the bestselling author of “From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Chandler Downtown Library 22 S Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA

1:10pm

International Shorts Block 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Lonely Souls of Microbes
Directed by Mikhail Romanovskiy
Run Time: 35 minutes, Russian Federation
The main character of this movie meets a girl who completely turns his world upside down as he is just beginning to learn how to find his inner peace. Her deliberate loneliness is a reassured protection from all the pain, lost hopes and disappointments. Not quite a love story, but more than just a story of someone's life!


Disoriented
Directed by Lara Mack
Run Time: 32 minutes, Germany and Luxembourg
Orientierungslos tells the story of two young female students going on a camping trip to discover in an emotional chaos that their perception of friendship is very different.


Living Idle
Directed by Ramana
Run Time: 15 minutes. India
This is the story of an artist - a creative sculptor of idols,
that puts life and colour into clusters of mud and clay.
Ironically, he fails to add colour to his own creation- his world, his family, his child.
*Note: Mature Content


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:10pm - 2:45pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

1:35pm

International Shorts Block 3
Limited Capacity seats available

Jerkwater Town
Directed by Lorenz Wetscher
Run Time: 24 minutes, Germany
Post-apocalyptic chaos. Hansi needs to rob his former home, the old shabby village 'Jerkwater Town‘ – much to the dislike of leader Fritz…


Radial
Directed by José Antonio Muela
Run Time: 20 minutes, Spain
Salva witnesses the murder of his mother on his birthday. From that moment he will live through the tragedy and nightmare that comes with revenge.
*Mature Content


Thanks for Everything
Directed by Frank Aron Gårdsø
Run Time: 30 minutes, Norway
After a series of coincidences two strangers happen to meet on a deserted bridge at night. They have little in common but they do share one thing.


A Long Way Home
Directed by Iber Deari
Run Time: 14 minutes, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
Olti has served a long prison sentence for killing a man based on the ancient code of revenge. He wishes to see his mother and help his family but the ancient code prohibits him from entering the village. Now, on his way home, he has to choose between abandoning his family and risking his life just to be with them.


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:35pm - 3:00pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

1:50pm

Short Films Block 2
Ostoja Will Move Your Piano
Directed by Sandra Mitrovic
Run Time: 15 minutes, Serbia
Today is a day when Ostoja, a legendary piano mover from Belgrade gets a special delivery.


Stella Maris
Directed by Kalainithan Kalaichelvan
Run Time: 17 minutes, Canada
A widowed mother, when confronted with her child's illness, seeks solace in the music of God.




About Patience
Directed by Till Gmuer
Run Time: 25 minutes, Switzerland
He scores goals like Ronaldo. Though reading out loud or writing doesn't work as well. But as shy Noah falls in love with a girl, neither nimble feet nor a quick tongue matter and the key to fortune is something else: patience. 




Mimicry
Directed by Aliks Chen and Dylan Simmons
Run Time: 16 minutes, Canada
In the near future, where babies are genetically modified to perfection, a young woman must choose between customizing her baby in vitro, or having a child naturally.




Collide
Directed by Grant Johnson
Run Time: 12 minutes, USA
David is out with friends when his world is turned upside down by the sound of a car accident. They find a young woman who had been hit. As David gives her CPR, he is taken forward in time. The same woman meets him and tells him that they were supposed to be a part of each other’s lives.


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:50pm - 3:15pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

2:50pm

Women Filmmakers Block 1
AXioMA
Directed by Elisa Possenti
Run Time: 15 minutes, Italy
An accident and the inability to walk belong to the protagonist’s past as axioms, postulates that do not need to be explained. Each and every one of us is somehow touched by disability. As the storylines progresses, the finely interwoven threads of the plot unravel, showing how the main character feels like a burden not only to society, but also to his family, and to himself.


Please Read
Directed by Jennifer Marie
Run Time: 13 minutes, USA
A modern day Romeo and Juliet. Chloe loves Dylan, but her love isn't reciprocated until it's too late. Will these star-crossed lovers have their happy ending?


Suicide
Directed by Molly Ratermann
Run Time: 28 minutes, USA
In a desperate attempt to reject reality, a narcissistic suicide planning hobbyist pressures her concerned best friend to help commit a grand suicide.


Condolences
Directed by Karen Veninga-Zaricor
Run Time: 13 minutes, United Kingdom
A short dramatic film focusing on two sisters sharing their grief after the death of their mother.This tragedy brings them closer together they start to believe wounds can heal.


Legacy
Directed by Mark Casadei and Written by Anna Casadei
Run Time: 9 minutes, USA
Tom never had a chance to hold his son before he passed. Haunted by the decision to leave early that week, tom struggles to come to terms with his decision and the death of his infant son. But when another man interrupts his conversation at his sons grave, he finds it hard to concentrate and is determined to confront the man who interrupted his moment with his only son.


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:50pm - 4:15pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

3:00pm

Workshop (4) Distributing A-Z: Marketing & Profiting with 32 Global Film Revenues
Limited Capacity seats available

DISTRIBUTING A-Z: MARKETING & PROFITING WITH 32 GLOBAL FILM REVENUES 
Get your film out there and seen! Learn from Dov Simens how to attend Film Festivals, Hire an Agent, Secure a Distributor and work with Buyers at Film Markets as you maximize On-Demand, DVD, Cable, TV & Merchandising revenues. Get your tickets now!

Panelists
avatar for Dov Simens

Dov Simens

HOLLYWOOD FILM INSTITUTE
Dov Simens is the founder of Hollywood Film Institute in Hollywood, California. He has been voted “America’s #1 Film Instructor” by the National Association of Film Schools and is the bestselling author of “From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Chandler Downtown Library 22 S Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA

3:15pm

Actor/Actresses Shorts
This is Jack
Directed by Darrett Sanders
Run Time: 20 minutes, USA
High School senior Jack is having trouble living in reality. His fantasy life is making it difficult for him to be himself and connect with people his own age, especially Daisy, the object of his affection.


The Truth
Directed by Fahad Olayan
Run Time: 19 minutes, USA
A non-Muslim international organization is plotting to kidnap a Saudi psychiatrist and threaten to recruit his patients for terrorist operations in the name of Islam and the Saudis. But, the Saudi doctor manages to put an end to the terrorist's plan and save peoples lives.


Act of Disappearance
Directed by Dagomir Kaszlikowski
Run Time: 12 minutes, Singapore
A woman opens a box from her Father who disappeared when she was four. What she finds inside brings her to places she struggles to understand.


The Heap
Directed by Thomas Soulignac
Run Time: 16 minutes, France
Simone is a lonesome old lady, whose daily life is punctuated by a strange heap, so imposant in her small apartment that it prevents her from living normally. One day Simone dares to touch it…


Mirror
Directed by Sara Eustaquio
Run Time: 3 minutes, USA
She’s young. She’s in trouble. She’s staring at the mirror looking for answers.
But what she's about to find can change her life.


Sunday January 14, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

3:35pm

Comedy Shorts Block 1
Don't Drink the Water
Directed by Issa Currie
Run Time: 11 minutes, USA
Molly's hesitations about having children are troubling her life and her dreams. Her husband, Danny, is ready for kids, and Molly doesn't want to ruin his excitement. At a barbecue with friends and family, Molly must navigate the gauntlet of pressures from her loved ones, who all have children of their own.


Gustav
Directed by Ken Williams and Denis Fitzpatrick
Run Time: 11 minutes, Ireland
A man wakes up with a strange tune in his head. But what is it? And how did it get there?


My Hero
Directed by Loring Murtha
Run Time: 8 minutes, USA
In The Battle of the Sexes, does anyone win?
Todd and Patricia clash over gender roles and societal expectations after an embarrassing evening out. Belief systems are challenged, however when the night brings an unexpected guest.


The Third Wheel
Directed by Johanny Mota
Run Time: 14 minutes, USA
When Jesse has one of his bad break ups he moves in with his best friend Mary and her boyfriend John. Tension arises between John and Jesse, and a big secret is revealed.


Ellie's Perk
Directed by Kevin Guzewich
Run Time: 12 minutes, USA
Ellie's Perk is about a woman and her love for coffee and how it's coflicting with her current relationship.


Death (And Disco Fries)
Directed by Dennis Cahlo
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
After finding out he is dead, Charlie has a chance to make good on a past regret.


The Love Suckers
Directed by Jim Politano
Run Time: 15 minutes, USA
Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi from "Seinfeld") stars as a marriage therapist who gives some strange advice to a troubled couple


Sunday January 14, 2018 3:35pm - 5:00pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

4:30pm

Experimental Shorts
I AM
Directed by Hira Vin
Run Time: 7 minutes, Canada
I AM is a short experimental art film targeting mental instability derived from the suppression of one’s identity, in this case, gender transsexualism or fluidity. The story is centralized around the male character, the businessman, whose struggle is expressed through visual metaphors.


Shining Eyes 
Directed by Federica Quaini
Run Time: 11 minutes, Italy
A man break up with a girl. She gets sick and develops an eye disease. Her path is an exile in illusion. Lost in the madness of extreme loneliness, the girl can only watch helplessy the perennial mystery of her own grief. But she persists in affirming Love in spite of everything in order to survive.


A Piercing Silence
Directed by Zac Weinstein
Run Time: 13 minutes, USA
A young man struggles with the hardships of life, while confronting his inner demons and discovering his path to happiness.


A Scream That's Trapped Inside
Directed by Savvas Christou
Run Time: 15 minutes, USA
Mara comes back home from her boyfriend's funeral to experience a mind game full of guilt. Jake, her boyfriend, prepared a scavenger game and placed some notes around the house that lead to an anniversary present. Memories and guilt spin around her head as she plays the "game".


40 Seconds
Directed by F.G. Moore
Run Time: 16 minutes, USA
40 Seconds tells the story of Emma (Veronika Hanson), a marketing director of an education company, and Jack (Masi Hasher), a software developer trying to navigate the treacherous waters of their relationship.


Yellow Water
Directed by Emanuele Michetti
Run Time: 8 minutes, USA
Unable to overcome her sister's death after 20 years, "A" is barely surviving, living in denial.
Routine and obsession bind her into a surreal world, isolated from reality.
A message from beyond suddenly forces her to face her demons.


♒︎♏︎ ⬧︎⧫︎□︎□︎♎︎ ⧫︎♏︎♒︎❒︎♏︎ (He Stood There)
Directed by Danial Footen
Run Time: 4 minutes, USA
A surrealist look into a relationship.


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

4:50pm

Feature Film - Dad Where Are You I Am Lost (US Premiere)
Dad Where Are You I Am Lost
Directed by Ahmet Karaman
Run Time: 1 hour, 57 minutes, Turkey
Aşkın, working in movie industry in İstanbul, decides to move back with his mom and sister after his father’s death. Not advancing in his career in Istanbul, he has a hard time carrying out family chores. Stuck in between two worlds- his musts and wishes to be- he gets depressed. Aşkın longs for his father; goes to his father’s regular coffeehouse, meets his friends. Aşkın, Oya, whom he met in a movie, and his schoolmate Ali face an unexpected ending.


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:50pm - 6:50pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

5:15pm

Suspense/Thriller Shorts Block 2
Photokill
Directed by Lance J. Reha
Run Time: 20 minutes, USA
A thief steals a camera that he later discovers contains photos of a hideous crime. Now he and his girlfriend fear they are the next target as the photographer seeks revenge.
*Mature Content


Private Life
Directed by Gregory L. Williamson
Run Time: 22 minutes, USA
When Eric, a young reclusive photographer, secretly follows his boyfriend Chris into the mountains, he hopes to find answers about Chris’s fidelity. Instead, Eric finds a deeper connection to himself and to Chris just as they fall prey to a stranger who targets them, a tragedy that changes Eric forever. Private Life is inspired by an actual hate crime.


Sunday January 14, 2018 5:15pm - 6:15pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

6:00pm

Feature Film - Zelos (US Premiere)
Zelos
Directed by Jo-Anne Brechin
Run Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes, Australia
Bernard is the thirty-something he always planned to be. He has a successful career, a meticulously neat beachside apartment and a hairstyle with just the right amount of gel. He adores his girlfriend Sarah who’s about to move in when she returns from overseas.
But Bernard’s pristine existence is turned upside down when Sarah confesses her holiday romance. To salvage the relationship, Sarah insists they equal the playing field: Bernard should sleep with another woman.
A man who would never cheat is asked by the woman he loves to have sex with someone else in order to save the relationship - a compromise that may ultimately destroy them as love becomes corroded by jealousy.


Sunday January 14, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

6:30pm

Feature Film - The Song of Sway Lake (Arizona Premiere)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Song of Sway Lake
Directed by Ari Gold
Starring: Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Mary Beth Peil,Isabelle McNally,Elizabeth Pena,Jack Falahee, Brian Dennehy
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, USA
“The Song of Sway Lake” is a lush romantic drama about the vanished grace of America, and the spell cast by the melodies of the dead.
It’s summer on Sway Lake, the most glamorous lake in the Adirondacks - former playground of the jazz-age New York aristocracy. Music collector Ollie Sway recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter, to help him steal a 78 record from his own family’s estate. Ollie believes that this mysterious piece of music - recorded at his grandparents’ wedding by Cole Porter’s lover - was hidden for him by his father before his suicide. He believes possessing the record will change his life.
The boys’ mission should be as easy as meeting a pretty girl on the water, but the arrival of the beguiling matriarch herself, Charlie Sway, changes everything. For Charlie has her own plans. And this song that hasn’t been heard in half a century may possess the answer to the deepest riddles about love and death - for whichever of these three lost souls will be the first to find it.


Sunday January 14, 2018 6:30pm - 8:10pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

7:15pm

Feature Film - The Chess Player (Arizona Premiere)
The Chess Player
Directed by LUIS OLIVEROS
Run Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes, Hungary and Spain
The main character, Diego Padilla wins the Spanish Chess Championships, and falls in love with a French Jounalist, Marianne Latour; and they soon marry and have a daughter. But when the Spanish Civil War breaks out, they have to move to France in order to keep alive. However, when the nazis invaded Paris, Diego is once again facing danger and is finally sent to jail, after falsely being accused of spying. In theses circumstances, Chess will be his only option of survival.


Sunday January 14, 2018 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

7:30pm

Premiere of The Mad Whale (Arizona Premiere)
The Mad Whale
Directed by Sonia A. Guggenheim, David Breschel, Jenna Cavelle, Luke Haskard, Ariel Heller, Adam Linzey, Matt McClung, Andrew Wood, Uttera Singh, Andrew Wood
Starring: James Franco, Camilla Belle, Summer Phoenix, Michael Weston, Dominic Rains, Carmen Argenziano
Run Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes, USA
In the early 1900s, inmates at a women’s mental asylum are tasked with staging a theatrical production of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” as a bold new form of therapy.


Red Carpet will start at 7:30, followed by the premiere of "The Mad Whale"


Sunday January 14, 2018 7:30pm - 9:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 4955 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85248, USA

7:45pm

Feature Film - Vermijo (Arizona Premiere)
Vermijo
Directed by Paul Vernon
Run Time: 1 hour, USA and United Kingdom
Vermijo is a character-driven western and touches on some real contemporary subjects - alcohol abuse, bullying, domestic violence.
When their no-good brother is killed in a gunfight with a passing drifter, the sheriff and deputy of a small western town set off with a posse after the killer. But they're not interested in justice, not even revenge. They plan to use the drifter as an example to keep the rest of the town in line. Unfortunately for them, an old man has other ideas ... and when a startling secret is revealed, so does the town itself.


Sunday January 14, 2018 7:45pm - 8:50pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

8:20pm

Feature Film - THE UNWILLING (Arizona Premiere)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Unwilling
Directed by Jonathan Heap
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Dina Meyer, Austin Highsmith, Bree Williamson, Robert Rusler, Jake Thomas, Levy Tran, Charles Gorgano, David Lipper
Run Time: 1 hour, 24 minutes, USA
Six family members arrive for the reading of the will of a wealthy patriarch. All are shocked when an antique wooden box arrives instead. The instructions are simple: one by one the six in attendance must prick their fingers on steel pins which appear from the box to open it and receive their rewards. Once their blood is drawn however events take a turn for the worse as they release a sinister evil no one may leave alive.


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:20pm - 10:00pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

8:30pm

Feature Film - The Father and the Bear (Arizona Premiere)
The Father and the Bear
Directed by John Putch
Starring: Wil Love, David DeLuise, Dendrie Taylor, Charity Farrell, Robert Picardo, Ray Ficca, Alicia Fusting, Kevin M. Horton, Catherine Blaine, Carl Schurr, Dan Poole, Jamie Rose, Ed Gotwalt, Katrina Yaukey
Run Time: 1 hour, 24 minutes, USA
Byron Temple, a retired character actor (Wil Love) with diagnosed dementia, longs to perform at his beloved summer theater one last time. Against his daughter’s wishes (Dendrie Taylor), he accepts a role from the newly installed artistic director (David Deluise) who is unaware of Byron's condition.


Screening at The Local Restaurant is free and open to the public


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
The Local Chandler 55 W Chicago St, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA

10:00pm

VIP After Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Keep the festival going with another round of VIP After Party at the San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza with filmmakers meet and greet, swag bag and complimentary food and beverage!
Get your tickets before they run out!

Sunday January 14, 2018 10:00pm - Monday January 15, 2018 12:00am
San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza 1 N SAN MARCOS PLACE, CHANDLER, AZ 85225

10:30pm

General After Party
Limited Capacity seats available

The night is young! Keep having fun by joining us at The Local Chandler for the general after party and receive complimentary food and beverages!


 Get your tickets now, before they sell out!

Sunday January 14, 2018 10:30pm - Monday January 15, 2018 12:00am
The Local Chandler 55 W Chicago St, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA
 
Monday, January 15
 

12:00pm

International Shorts Block 4
Limited Capacity seats available

Ineffable
Directed by Maxence Cazorla
Run Time: 30 minutes, France
After the tragic death of Helie, Finn's childhood sweetheart, he is overwhelmed by regret and grief. Finn becomes a despondent recluse, sheltering himself in his room for weeks. One night, locked in silent misery, he receives a mystifying phone call from his beloved Helie. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Finn embarks on a journey through time and space in search of Helie, and to restore the very fabric of his life...


The Adolf Factor
Directed by Luigi Il Grande
Run Time: 13 minutes, Italy
Stefano is an idealist who decides to cut his mustache like Hitler, threatening his and his family's reputation, in order to demonstrate how the infamous dictator still continues to restrict people's freedom nowadays.


Monday January 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

12:00pm

Action/Adventure Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Dead West
Directed by Kevin Kittle
Run Time: 7 minutes, USA
The Sherrif of a small Western town witnesses a sickness quickly overtaking the locals. Along with his trusty Deputy Carl and plucky sidekick Annie they try to save the town.
Shot as a true single take in First Person View.


A Town Called Redemption
Directed by James Burns
Run Time: 26 minutes, USA
In the small town of Redemption, the alcoholic Sheriff is shot and a ruthless gang of Outlaws see their opportunity to do him in for good; but when an unlikely hero, the Sheriff's Son, overhears their nefarious plans, he attempts to help save his Father's life and maybe even his soul.


El Patron (The Master)
Directed by Alan Williams
Run Time: 25 minutes, USA
A DEA agent returns from deep cover to catch a traitor, only to find that nothing is what it seems.


Monday January 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

12:00pm

Drama Shorts Block 3
Limited Capacity seats available

Robby
Directed by Steven Dickson Jr.
Run Time: 34 minutes, USA
A young homeless man casts aside his own troubles in order to help a friend battling addiction but at the cost of failing to realize his own struggles with his past.


THE WAY
Directed by Nicolas Jung
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
Max rejects feeling the breadth of loss but soon realizes, with the help of his sister, that the only obstacle harder than holding on is progressing forward.
Seeing Him


Directed by Chris Jones
Run Time: 9 minutes, United Kingdom
In the wake of an ultimatum a middle-aged woman is forced to confront personal boundaries and a disturbing truth about her relationship with her younger lover. Seeing Him is a bittersweet observation of the passion and commitment of two people in love.


Timeline
Directed by Mikhail Romanovskiy
Run Time: 8 minutes, Russian Federation
This is a short drama, about a single, middle-aged woman, who lost both of her sons. Ten years later, and still unable to overcome the pain of her loss, she makes an attempt to bring back her sons through a video editing program to be able to communicate with them. In order to accomplish that, she is seeking help from a young man who is a professional video editor and who's name and age happens to be the same as her youngest son's Alex.


Lily's Secret
Directed by Emanuele Michetti
Run Time: 10 minutes, USA
Lilly lives a seemingly happy life, but she feels empty and out of place. In the middle of a crisis, she ends up having an affair, seeking a missing connection. She now has to make a choice that will change her life forever.


Lost in Memories
Directed by Martino D'Angelo
Run Time: 11 minutes, Italy
Elene is a girl who lost her parents in a fire when she was younger, now she's left alone, the one thing she's left is a diary, where she writes her thoughts day after day, and her dearest friend, Arianna, who tries to get her up to morale  ... But she does not get peace and after a last episode that involved her, with some guys trying to steal her diary, Elene decides to end it. But will it really so ?? Or not??


Monday January 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:20pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

1:00pm

Documentary Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Fading Sands
Directed by STEPHEN LIMKIN
Run Time: 30 minutes, Australia and Solomon Islands
Something is changing in the Pacific Ocean. Tidal levels are increasing, crops are failing, storms are getting bigger and less frequent, and the land is being eroded away. On Australia’s doorstop the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific have nowhere to run as climatic changes bring frequent disaster to their shores.


Doc Middleton: The Unwickedest Outlaw
Directed by David R. Higgins
Run Time: 25 minutes, USA
Horse thief, cattle rustler, business man, Robin Hood....Doc Middleton has a unique life story which crosses both the 19th and 20th centuries. In many ways, his story represents the death of the Old West and the dawn of a new, modern era.


Monday January 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

1:00pm

Feature Film - Inner Court (Arizona Premiere)
Inner Court
Directed by Ricardo Mehedff
Run Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, Brazil
Inspired by true events, a judge finds himself trapped in the Brazilian criminal justice system. In this Kafkaesque environment, the splendor and magnificence of the architecture conceals a labyrinth of crime, corruption and bureaucracy.


Screening at Crust Restaurant is free and open to the public.




Monday January 15, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Crust & The Ostrich Restaurants 10 N San Marcos Pl, Chandler, AZ 85225

1:20pm

Comedy Shorts Block 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Invitation
Directed by Aziz Almughrbi
Run Time: 16 minutes, USA
In Order to ask his Ex-teacher out, Farhan, A Muslim student persuaded his friend to go along with him to a church meeting..


Temporary
Directed by Aaron Seever
Run Time: 14 minutes, USA
Ted and Tonya meet while backpacking in the Arizona mountain wilderness, bonding over beer and a game of "pineball"


My First Time
Directed by Asaf Livni
Run Time: 9 minutes, Israel
Maggie has made up her mind. Tonight she is doing it for the first time.
She meets Kobi a guy cute enough for the purpose. They head for his apartment, Where Kobi will find out Maggie's real intentions: To kill for the first time. An uninvited guest jeopardizes Maggie's Plan.


Milo
Directed by Charlie Budden
Run Time: 10 minutes, United Kingdom
A documentary into the life of a YouTube sensation reveals the star may have a darker side.


Papua
Directed by Johnny Rey Diaz
Run Time: 13 minutes, USA
Twin brothers, along with their childhood best friend, visit their dying father. As they say their goodbyes, secrets are revealed that will change their lives forever.


Life is Horrible
Directed by Rachel Zhou
Run Time: 20 minutes, USA
Life is Horrible is a horror comedy on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist.


Monday January 15, 2018 1:20pm - 2:50pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

1:40pm

Short Films Block 3
Limited Capacity seats available

Doherty
Directed by Luke Malone
Run Time: 31 minutes, USA
Dillon Doherty is torn between preserving his devotion to his family and following in his father’s footsteps as a hit man in the newly established stateside IRA. When the Irish organization receives word that one of their own may be double-crossing them, Doherty is sent out to take care of the situation, but ends up dealing with someone from his past with a similar expertise in the art of killing.


Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times
Directed by Marcus Markou
Run Time: 12 minutes, United Kingdom
Two strangers meet at five key turning points over the duration of their lives. Initial conflict gives way to compassion and eventual friendship.


No Sunday West of Newton
Directed by Spencer Cameron
Run Time: 22 minutes, USA
Mclauskie has killed the outlaw Bailey in self defense. He must get his adopted son with tuberculosis, James Riley and Riley's girl Jane out of Newton before Bailey's brothers get to town to enact their revenge.


Polar
Directed by Samson Alli
Run Time: 17 minutes, USA
After discovering her fiancé’s infidelity, Jessica, a woman with split personality, finds herself evicted from her home with unpaid bills mounting. Now struggling with her other personality—Sonia—Jessica decides to run away to her parents. Sonia fights with Jessica to face reality and be free from depending on others. After a battle for control of their body, Jessica and Sonia come to term with each other. Jessica allows herself to be free and takes her first step towards fixing her problems.


Monday January 15, 2018 1:40pm - 3:00pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

2:15pm

Civil Rights Films
Limited Capacity seats available

Story of Self
Directed by Set Hernandez Rongkilyo
Run Time: 3 minutes, USA
What does it mean to choose, when you only have one choice? What does it mean to be unafraid, when your enemy seems undefeatable? What does it mean to have a story, when you are undocumented? This is my story of self.


Almost Cured
Directed by Tom Dierolf
Run Time: 30 minutes, USA
 Almost Cured is an honest, personalized account about racial integration in a small North Carolina Appalachian community during the thick of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in 1963.


MISSIO: Can I Exist?
Directed by Jeff Ray
Run Time: 5 minutes, USA
Separated during childhood due to the color of their skin, two friends are reunited years later during the Baltimore City race riots of 1968.

Monday January 15, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

3:00pm

New Filmmaker Shorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Fingerprints
Directed by Bill Redding
Run Time: 9 minutes, USA
A woman craves to start a family but first must resolve her secret career.


Chasing Titles Vol.1
Directed by Ryan Egypt
Run Time: 25 minutes, USA
Vol 1: Father, Joe can't get it together to provide for his family. Desperate for money, he runs a side hustle while working for an express mail company. His 12-year-old son, Caleb is fed up with the living standards in his dysfunctional family. When Joe loses his job and screws up his side hustle, he falls into deep depression, turns to cocaine, pain killers and alcohol which then calls for desperate measures. Caleb is then put on the forefront of the most important decision in his life. Vol. 2 feature film coming soon!
*Note: Mature content


Mestizo
Directed by K.B. Karlsson
Run Time: 16 minutes, USA
Two young migrants attempt to cross a deadly stretch of desert known as the "Devils Highway" between the U.S./Mexico border. Unbeknownst to them, they discover that the region holds centuries of secrets. Their journey of survival parallels the story of their ancestors.


Valor
Directed by Danny J. Garcia
Run Time: 6 minutes, USA
A woman who faces challenging obstacles is given a reason to begin again.


Aperture
Directed by Amber Ford
Run Time: 35 minutes, USA
Aperture, a detective sci-fi story, is about an ambitious young detective who's leading an ongoing missing persons case. This case, though, is weird in that the abductees are slowly being returned after 21 days and show no signs of harm or distress. What appears to be a sick game leaves each of the victim's memories wiped clean and they have each developed a strange aversion to water. The pressure is already on when the first girl stolen and returned dies just weeks later, escalating the fear and shortening the time frame for finding the answer to whats actually happening and how to keep the city protected.


Monday January 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

3:15pm

Feature Film - Dirt (US Premiere)
Dirt
Directed by Dylan Levine
Starring: Tatiana Kaptan, Zachary Storey, Aleksandr Loginov
Run Time: 1 hour, 17 minutes, USA and Ukraine
A young couple’s relationship-mending getaway at her family’s remote cabin in Ukraine is sidetracked when they discover a severed finger in the woods. Together, they must overcome old world superstition, solve its mystery and fight for their very survival.


Monday January 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

3:20pm

Student Films Block 3
Limited Capacity seats available

Sick in Africa: Bernad's Story (Part 1) - I Thought I Was Bewitched
Directed by Tim Cowley
Run Time: 19 minutes, USA and Mozambique
Meet Bernad, an elderly Yawo man from northern Mozambique who suffers from a mysterious illness. Travel along with him as he searches for answers while navigating the health care system available to him in his rural African context. In Ciyawo with English subtitles.


The Exit
Directed by Ariel Hsiao Hsuan Liu
Run Time: 6 minutes, USA
A man wakes up in a car crash and finds himself lost in a world without no one else exists.


Sausage Eggs Beans and Chips
Directed by George Pritchard
Run Time: 14 minutes, United Kingdom
Frank's got a lot on his plate...
Dark comedy/drama about an encounter between a suicidal musician and a young prostitute in a small seaside town. Over the course of the night Frank will be invited to review the nature of his final ritual and think differently about what it means to die.


Jury Duty
Directed by Matheus Ronn
Run Time: 19 minutes, USA
Set in New York City, 1941. A controversial starlet actress is mysteriously murdered on stage during the dress rehearsal for an upcoming Broadway play. Police investigations reveal dark secrets about the victim and the people around her as you, the audience, tries to figure out “whodunit'.


Ray's Exotic Animals
Directed by Nick Pollack
Run Time: 15 minutes, USA
Homeless orphan Ray gets more bobcat than he bargained for when he messes with the wrong zookeeper.


Invisible Eyes
Directed by Gustavo Sani
Run Time: 16 minutes, Brazil
The life of a couple is drastically affected after a car accident.
Sofia suffers severe injuries in her face, while her husband André blames himself for the tragic accident and doesn't know how to react and to face it.


Monday January 15, 2018 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

4:45pm

Feature Film - Monsoon (Arizona Premiere)
Monsoon
Directed by Miguel Duran
Starring: Austin Lyon, Katherine Hughes, Yvette Monreal, Eve Plumb, Scott Lowell
Run Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes, USA
In the hot desert monsoon season of Arizona, two best friends have trouble letting go of each other after a tragedy rips them apart.


Monday January 15, 2018 4:45pm - 6:30pm
Palo Verde Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

4:45pm

Feature Film - Suicide Club (Arizona Premiere)
Suicide Club
Directed by Maximilian von Vier
Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, United Kingdom
Locked in her flat for several years, a reclusive and depressed young woman stumbles upon a mysterious web community called Suicide Club. According to an urban myth, the Club can grant death to those wishing for it. But she will soon realise that these "cyber suicides" are actually murders and that she will be forced to become a murderer herself if she wants to survive.


Monday January 15, 2018 4:45pm - 6:30pm
Chandler Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

5:10pm

Sci-Fi Shorts Block 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Growers
Directed by Sierra Tillman
Run Time: 31 minutes, USA
A company that grows people aims to destroy all evidence of their experiments, forcing teenage Burgeon and Olivia to face the consequences.


Strain
Directed by Reynier Molenaar
Run Time: 11 minutes, USA
From award-winning film director Reynier Molenaar (Replay/2007), comes an eerie look at the last days of mankind. STRAIN follows two survivors of the zombie apocalypse who must travel across ground zero -- an abandoned Los Angeles -- to deliver important biological samples.


Switch
Directed by Robin Wang
Run Time: 25 minutes, USA
After a proficient university professor gets sick, his best student returns to the campus seeking to get him out of the impasse, only to find out the professor's place has been taken by a young mysterious woman.


Once Upon a Planet
Directed by Peter J.S. Regan
Run Time: 7 minutes, USA
A young Astronomer frustrated with Earth, finds her calls to the stars answered.


Monday January 15, 2018 5:10pm - 6:45pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

7:00pm

Red Carpet
Have you ever wanted to walk the red carpet at the Oscars? Well here is your chance! Get dolled up and join us for the Red Carpet before the Chandler International Film Festival Awards Ceremony!
*Formal wear required.
Get your tickets now!

Monday January 15, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza 1 N SAN MARCOS PLACE, CHANDLER, AZ 85225

8:00pm

Awards Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

To top off a weekend of festival fun, join us at the Awards Ceremony to celebrate all the filmmakers and their hard work! We will award and honor the winners who have won in each of our 21 categories.
*Tickets and formal wear required.


Get your tickets now and celebrate the world of independent filmmaking!

Monday January 15, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
San Tan Theater, San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza

10:00pm

VIP After Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Its the last day of the festival and the last hurrah! Join us and other filmmakers for one last VIP After Party to network and get your swag bag and complimentary food and beverages.
You don't want to miss this party! Get your tickets now!

Monday January 15, 2018 10:00pm - 11:50pm
San Marcos Resort Crowne Plaza 1 N SAN MARCOS PLACE, CHANDLER, AZ 85225