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Official Selection: There Will Be Monsters

Monsters exist. They live inside us. And sometimes, they win.

Director Carlota Pereda started her career working in TV fiction. She has been a script supervisor, screenwriter and director on many Spanish TV shows. Her fist short film, THE BLONDES, was selected in over 141 festivals worldwide and awarded in prestigious Spanish film festivals such as Medina del Campo, Semana del Corto or Certamen Internacional de Cortometrajes Ciudad de Soria. “There Will Be Monsters” is her third short film.

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Official Selection: The Killer in Cursed Water

Cindy and Quentin are spending a romantic weekend by a lake. But a killer is prowling, and he could hide a greater threat.

Directed by Laurent Ardoint & Stephane Duprat, who went to film school together in Paris.

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Official Selection: “King”

The music video for Davey La’s “King” is an official selection at our next event. Video directed by Peter Dobson.

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Official Selection: Transcending Time

A time-traveling transgender therapist goes back in time to visit a young trans boy during his darkest hour.

Directed by Julie Ramona Tjalas, who was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.

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Official Selection: “I Hate This Town”

Madison Hudson’s music video “I Hate This Town” is an official selection at our next event. Video directed by Matthew Moores.

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Official Selection: Dreamers

We witness the struggle of DACA documentation process as one woman tries to get her papers approved.

Directed by Maria Juranic, an immigrant from Yugoslavia.

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Submissions Open for Season 7

The annual Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival is returning to sunny Tucson, Arizona in February 2021 for its seventh 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 20th.

 

 

We hope to see you again in 2021!

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2020 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 MUSIC VIDEO:
“Call of the Wild” by Agoria, directed by Loïc Andrieu

BEST FILM:
“Tank Man” by Robert Anthony Peters of Tucson, Arizona

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
“Earth Mother” by Kelly Riot, producer Maria Robles

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
“Streetlights of the Universe” by Bryan Nelson of Tucson, Arizona

BEST DRAMA:
“New Bronx” by Filip Ignatowicz of Poland

BEST ROCK VIDEO:
“Withorwithout” by Parcels of Germany, directed by Benjamin Howdeshell

BEST ACTRESS:
Laura Galán of Spain, in “Piggy”

BEST SCREENPLAY:
“Let’s Go to Antarctica!” by Gonzaga Manso of Spain

BEST POP VIDEO:
“Our Memes” by Namewee of Malaysia

BEST EFFECTS:
“Âmbar” by Felipe Blankenheim of Brazil

BEST BLUES VIDEO:
“Bones” by Freddy Jay Walker of Tucson, Arizona

BEST THRILLER:
“Nightmare” by Jacob Ewing of Tucson, Arizona

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.

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Schedule for Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

We’ll kick off the event with a red carpet photo shoot and introduction, and will have Q&A panels with VIP filmmakers and musicians throughout the day. The following times are approximate.

3:30 – Doors open & red carpet
4:00 – Introduction
4:05 – First block of videos
4:45 – Panel with Sarah Alvis, Maria Robles, DJ Walker, Freddy Walker Jr.
5:00 – Second block of videos
6:30 – Live performance by Kelsey Campbell
6:45 – Panel with Richard Thompson, Jacob Ewing, Casey Zenner, Stephanie Juneau, Kelsey Campbell
7:00 – Third block of videos

Join us at The Screening Room in downtown Tucson, 127 E Congress Street.

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Live Performance: Kelsey Campbell

Kelsey Campbell is an Olympic Wrestler, training and competing full-time for Team USA.

Kelsey was the first female to wrestle for Arizona State University, the twelfth to ever wrestle for a men’s D1 College Team, and only the third female to win back-to-back Olympic Trials in the USA for women’s wrestling. She is a 9x National Team Member, 5x US Open Champion, 3x World Cup Medalist, and she volunteers for the Sunkist Kids Academy.

When not perfecting her athletic craft, Kelsey loves volunteering for the Arizona Humane Society. She is also currently co-producing and recording an EP of original music, with many performances lined up for 2020. She recently accomplished the Regional Title of Ms. Arizona and will participate in the Majestic International Pageant later in 2020.