Best of the Fest

2013 Festival

Sun, May 5 @ 1:30 pm, 6:30 pm, and 9:00 pm

Presented by Big Country, this package includes the best films of the fest as voted on by our audiences. The winning team of the first Youth Film Mentorship Project (Director Nathan Fast, Writer/Producer Imogen Pohl, Cinematographer Chillton Alstad, and Editor Mike Evans) will be introduced by Scott Belyea and their film (HB) will lead off the package. It is presented by Encana and the Stanford Hotel.

Films in this package

Penny Dreadful

Desperate for money, a bungling crook agrees to kidnap a little girl. When things go terribly wrong, he doesn’t know who to fear most: little Penny or the vindictive crime lord who hired him. Won International Audience Prize at the 2013 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival among other awards.

A Senior Moment

Winner of the 2013 Reel Shorts Film Festival Audience Choice Award. Three “hot” elderly women living in a retirement home fumble with modern technology as one of them texts a message to a man she’s interested in.



Presented by Encana and the Stanford Hotel, this film is the result of the first Youth Film Mentorship Project. It’s a comedy about a high school student who tries many crazy and out-of-the-box strategies in an effort to retrieve the pencil that he accidentally drops but desperately needs in order to complete an exam while…

The Horizon Project

Survivors of a biological pandemic find refuge with Horizon Corporation which provides secure transport to the safety of Horizon City. This is the festival-produced film that was shot during Shoot for Reel, a 2-week internship program July 9-20, 2012. There’ll be a Q&A with Director Scott Belyea and Producer Dave Rice after the screening.


An 11-year-old boy is kidnapped by a classmate who has a crush on him in this sweet story of captivity and freedom. Won Audience Award Children’s Film at the 2012 Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival in Germany among other awards.

The Other Side

An unusual friendship forms when a soccer ball becomes the link between a boy on the Israeli side of the West Bank separation wall and someone on the Palestinian side.