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Music Video for “Easy” by I’m Not a Band

The music video is telling the story about a girl suffering from anorexia. Fighting with herself she hardly tries to break out.

Music video directed by Toby Wulff.

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Official Selection: Stuck in Mute

The story of a young woman whose Selective Mutism disorder causes her to live in a world of isolation. She struggles to find her way in a society that demands she speak. It’s not until making unlikely friends with a young boy that she begins to realize that every word counts.

Written and directed by Shane Meuwissen of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Official Selection: The Man Crush

You can’t help what the heart wants. For Trevor, he wants the man he’s been waiting for or at least he thinks. In this story, Trevor will confess his emotional feelings toward one guy who isn’t what he expected to be.

Directed by Richard Louprasong, who graduated with an AS degree in Cinema Editing/Post Production at MCTC in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Music Video for “All Over” by Wired Aloud

The dynamic rock-story of the break in relations between the girl and the guy. It’s all over.

Music video directed by Diana Puzikova of Moscow, Russia

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Official Selection: Restart

A woman is trapped in a temporal loop she may not be able to break.

Director Olga Osorio is a media teacher at the Image and Sound School and of Cinematography and Lighting in Spain.

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Music Video for “Save Myself” by Katie Ray

A young girl coming to the realization that she can’t count on the boy in her life to save her so she must learn to save herself.

Music video directed by Harlan Hegna of Bemidji, Minnesota, currently residing in Los Angeles, California.

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Official Selection: Tuyen

A chance encounter with the refugee girl her neighbor is fostering provides new inspiration for a woman on the verge of giving up.

Director Ivana Basic was born in Yugoslavia. At age 18 she came to London to study acting at Mountview Theatre School.

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Music Video for “Offbeat” by Cais Sodré Funk Connection

The first official selection for our May 2016 festival is “Offbeat” by Cais Sodré Funk Connection.

[Our video] shows us the band in a desolate and void industrial location, coexisting with various surreal Gaiman alike characters that personify theirs and ours features, fears, aspirations and more, in a fun and offbeat way.

— Cais Sodré Funk Connection
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Spring 2016 Festival Announcement

The second Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival will be hosted at Studio on Third in downtown Rochester, MN on Sunday, May 1st, 2016. 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. Event highlights are below.

2:45 pm – Red carpet and paparazzi, open to all attendees
3:05 pm – Introduction by Avai d’Amico
3:40 pm – Lucked Out followed by Q&A with filmmaker Rob J. Gooding of Minneapolis
4:15 pm – The Man Crush followed by Q&A with filmmaker Richard Louprasong of Minneapolis
4:40 pm – Mister Massive and the Super Squad followed by Q&A with filmmaker David Mair of Vadnais Heights
5:10 pm – Happy Hunting followed by Q&A with filmmaker Justin Lund of River Falls, Wisconsin
6:20 pm – Stuck in Mute followed by Q&A with actor Gavin Nienaber of Minneapolis
6:55 pm – Down in the Park & David Dalton’s Advice for Life followed by Q&A with filmmaker Avai d’Amico and actors Matt Rud and Brandon Lawrence of Rochester
7:30 pm – Dom & Knox followed by Q&A with filmmakers AJ Feind and Aaron Avalon of Rochester
8:20 pm – “Drive By” from Thugs, the Musical followed by Q&A with animator Greg Bro of Stewartville
9:00 pm – Red carpet and paparazzi, open to all attendees

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2015’s Award Winning Films and Music Videos

We’re thrilled to announce the winners from our inaugural festival which took place last month in Rochester, MN! Ballots from audiences and judges have been tallied, and new laurel graphics have been designed. It was an exciting competition due to the high caliber of submissions we received. We look forward to next year’s festival with even higher expectations!


BEST FILM
Operation A.N.G.E.L.

AUDIENCE CHOICE
Howlong Wolf – I’m Gonna Change One Day

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ludwig Linnekogel, For a Better Dream

BEST DIRECTOR
Michael Forstein, Meat

BEST STUNTS
Jordan Aucella, Late

BEST ROMANCE
The First Date

BEST ANIMATION
Into the Forest

BEST COMEDY
En Route

BEST DRAMA
Intersection

BEST HORROR
Mr. Dentonn

BEST SCI-FI
The Prodigy

BEST THRILLER
Absence

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Wren – Soldiers

BEST HIP HOP
P.O.M.I. ft. Rumble DP – People Need People

BEST ELECTRONICA
Aspired – Walk Away

BEST SOFT ROCK
Lena Katina – An Invitation