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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
“Caronte” by Luis Tinoco Pineda of Spain
BEST MUSIC VIDEO:
“Piccola Foglia di Vento” by Giacomo Rossetti of Italy
“Sidewalk Angels” by Paulo Miranda of Brazil
“Transforming Agave” by Bryan Nelson of Arizona
“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.
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.