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.

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

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

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


2015 Festival Wrap-Up

Yesterday was our inaugural event, and it certainly was exciting to have an outlet for short films and music videos in Rochester, Minnesota! Attendees aged 10 to 50+ shuffled in and out through the day. We screened 55 videos and presented 3 Q&A panels with filmmakers who traveled to our festival, and also filmmakers from right here in Rochester.

Our festival was covered by PBS affiliate KSMQ and local documentary series The Rochester Experience.

When asked what the most memorable part of the event was, one of our staff answered, “Hearing kids actually know about a film they saw on our web site, and talking about how excited they were to finally see it.”

The films and music videos alike were all well received. Ballots are still being tallied, but event staff noted that both Intersection and Operation A.N.G.E.L. moved audiences to tears.

Awards will be announced soon!