Official Selection: Absence

A ghost hunter travels deep into the rural Midwest to investigate an abandoned farm house. With the rest of his team unable to attend he must perform the investigation on his own. Things quickly take a turn for the worst, and the ghost hunter must face the consequences of finding what he’s been hunting for…

From the up and coming local Rochester film group, Shattered Prism Studios, comes their first short film, “Absence”, a chilling supernatural thriller that will leave you questioning if you should ever be alone in the dark.

Official Selection: The Sonatina

While working a dead end job at a thrift store, a young man rediscovers his passion for music.

This film was directed by Kate Balsley. The Sonatina was filmed on location in Hainesville, Illinois. The cast and crew were entirely Milwaukee and Chicago based.

Music Video for “Soldiers” by Wren

This music video was directed by Clare Conway, an emerging artist, writer, and director from Melbourne, Australia. She provided the following statement about the video.

This music video was born through the inspiration Wren handed me with this track ‘Soldiers’. Having a strong, epic, cinematic feel, I knew I could go as big as I wanted (and include some slow motion galloping in amour!). For me it was important to show the range of emotions communicated through the lyrics, but ultimately reveal a strong and powerful individual moving forward – and fighting for this. Jess’s (Wren) performance encapsulated this through and through.

2015 Festival Announcement

Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival will be hosted at C4’s Creative Salon (map) in downtown Rochester, MN this August 29th, 2015. A $10 day pass will get you unlimited access to exclusive, quality short films and music videos from around the world, as well as Q&A panels with filmmakers who attend Apex.

See complete programming details here.

Submissions may win one of these awards:
• Best Music Video
• Best Film (under 10 minutes)
• Best Film (10-20 minutes)
• Best Film (21-45 minutes)
• Best of your genre
• Best Acting
• Best Screenplay
• Best Cinematography
• Best Soundtrack
• People’s Choice

Awards will be announced Sunday, September 20th.