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Official Selection: “Withorwithout” starring Milla Jovovich

Benjamin Howdeshell partners with film icon Milla Jovovich in directing a horror short film-slash-music video for the Berlin-based band Parcels. The all-too-real fears of home invasion create an unexpected and genius backdrop for the track “Withorwithout,” as Howdeshell crafts a film fraught with palpable tension.

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Official Selection: Sunrise

Staying in a hippie village, a city couple tries to rebuild their relationship. The night in a tipi tent will be a journey into a catharsis, and a settlement with problems from the past.

Directed by Korek Bojanowski for Warsaw Film School in Poland.

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Music Video for “Outside” by Daniel Laurent

Touching on salient themes of gun violence, psychological trauma, and racial identity, “Outside” is a nightmarish mirror reflecting our troubled times. Fueled by powerful lyrics, provocative imagery, a meaningful message, and a hopeful ending, “Outside” will stir emotions and light a fire within.

Music video directed by Jeffrey Blake Palmer, an independent filmmaker and an optioned and produced screenwriter based in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Official Selection: Electric Boogaloo

Haunted by his past and surprising circumstances that happen along the way, this will be one night Joaquin will soon not forget.

Directed by DJ Walker of Mesa, Arizona.

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Official Selection: The Bag

On his way to his daughter’s birthday party, a father discovers a taxi at an abandoned gas station with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the trunk.

Directed by Ryan Collier-Woodford of Phoenix, Arizona.

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Official Selection: New Bronx

An impulsive girl’s crush on a boy from her neighborhood becomes an obsession. She’s prepared to do anything to get close to him.

Directed by Filip Ignatowicz of Gdańsk, Poland.

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Announcing the Sixth Annual Apex Film Festival

The annual Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival is returning to sunny Tucson, Arizona on February 22nd, 2020 for its sixth season.

An $8 day pass will get you unlimited access to a red carpet photo shoot, exclusive short films and music videos from around the world, and Q&A panels with filmmakers from across the southwest. Specific programming details will be announced in coming months.

Filmmakers can submit their work through December 22nd.

 

 

We hope to see you again in 2020!

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Apex 2019 in Retrospect

This past weekend was our 5th annual Apex film festival, and it was everything we’d hoped it would be. Keeping in tradition with our name, we screened a day’s worth of independent movies and music videos of the highest caliber. In addition, this marked our first year to include live performances. Award-winning violinist and composer Dr. Immanuel Abraham played on stage in between movies, and Daquan Billions & Co. performed live as their music video played on the silver screen behind them. Many local filmmakers and actors attended, and our furthest traveling guests included a director and an actor from New Jersey, as well as a film enthusiast from New York.

Submissions are now open for next year’s event. Arizona-based filmmakers may use the “Arizona” category when submitting, to take advantage of the discounted rate. Submit online today!

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2019 Award Winners

Last night’s audience ballots have been tallied and weighed, and the results are in. Congratulations to our winners! Thanks so much to everyone in our audience for voting.

BEST FILM:
“Caronte” by Luis Tinoco Pineda of Spain

BEST MUSIC VIDEO:
“Piccola Foglia di Vento” by Giacomo Rossetti of Italy

BEST DRAMA:
“Sidewalk Angels” by Paulo Miranda of Brazil

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
“Transforming Agave” by Bryan Nelson of Arizona

BEST COMEDY:
“The Observer” by Eric Flores of Arizona

BEST ROCK VIDEO:
“The Hurting” by Svavar Knutur of Germany

We’re very proud of the curated selection of films we were able to share this year, and we hope participation in next year’s festival will be just as great. Submissions to the 2020 Apex film festival are now open to short films and music videos under 20 minutes in length. Filmmakers may submit their work here.

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Official Selection: Dark Night of the Soul

A man overcome with the loss of his wife and daughter must also come to terms with a son who needs him, as he struggles to maintain his sanity. A vision from beyond could be either a saving grace, or final destruction for him.

Directed by Derek James Carlson, and starring Rogelio Camarillo.