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- Celebrating female filmmakers –

24 Female Directors, 22 Female Writers, 44 Female Producers -

- 11 World & U.S Premieres, 31 Colorado Premieres –

51 Films -

 OPENING NIGHT FILM: Carrie Pilby  Director:  Susan Johnson (in attendance)  Starring: Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, Jason Ritter


Director:  Susan Johnson (in attendance)

Starring: Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, Jason Ritter

 Vail, CO (February 28, 2017) – Today the Vail Film Festival announced the official selections for the 2017 Festival. The 14th annual Festival will celebrate women filmmakers and will screen a diverse slate of 51 films, including narrative and documentary feature films as well as short and student films. Films include Amanda Sharp’s Sticky Notes, Katie Holmes’ All We Had and the World Premiere of Rachel Wortell and Dan Erickson’s feature, A Sibling Mystery. The Festival will run from Thursday, March 30th to Sunday, April 2nd.

Festival Associate Director, Megen Musegades says, “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on female filmmakers this year. For far too long women working in film have been ignored. The Festival Programmers have loved watching so many incredible and inspiring films by such powerful talent. My only wish is that we had more days to screen more films.”

Passes are currently on sale on the Festival website. In addition to screenings, Festival passes provide access to the Women in Film panel discussion and a series of networking receptions, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. To order passes visit

Narrative Feature Competition:

•             A Sibling Mystery, Dan Erickson, Rachel WortellWORLD PREMIERE

•             All We Had, Katie Holmes – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             The Archer, Valerie Weiss - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Carrie Pilby, Susan Johnson – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Custody, James Lapine - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Like Cotton Twines, Leila Djansi - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Little Pink House, Courtney Balaker - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Sticky Notes, Amanda Sharp - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Some Freaks, Ian MacAllister McDonald - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             The Tree, Stephen Wallace Pruitt – WORLD PREMIERE

Documentary Competition:

•    Be Relentless, Brad Riley - WORLD PREMIERE

•    Burqa Boxers, Alka Raghuram – U.S. PREMIERE

•    City of Joy, Madeleine Gavin - COLORADO PREMIERE

•    The Gateway Bug, Johanna B Kelly - COLORADO PREMIERE

•    Little Stones, Sophia Kruz – WORLD PREMIERE

•    Relocation, Arkansas - Aftermath of Incarceration, Vivienne Schiffer - COLORADO PREMIERE

•    Visions of Warriors, Ming Lai - WORLD PREMIERE

Hong Kong Showcase:

•             I Am Somebody, Tung-Shing Yee - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Sword Master, Tung-Shing Yee - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Three, Johnnie To - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Weeds on Fire, Chi Fat Chan - COLORADO PREMIERE

Shorts Competition:

•             Bird Dog, Katrina Whalen – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Boycott Band: The Return of One More Wish, Habib Yazdi  

•             Faces of Santa Ana, Daud Sani  - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             The Fixxers, Geoff McClelland, Caitlin Norton – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Free to Laugh, Lara Everly – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Hit & Run, Hannah Pike – WORLD PREMIERE

•             I Am Her, Sasha Pezenik

•             Jack and Jill, Nikhil Melnechuk

•             The Julie Stories, Julio Vincent Gambuto – WORLD PREMIERE

•             Losing It, Henry Jinings – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Modern Houses, Matthew Dixon – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Our Iraq, Nathan Fisher

•             Perfect Roast Potatoes, Nick Frew

•             Rising Sons, Erin Heidenreich – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             SafeZone, Jodie Livingston, Marco Bollinger

•             Schmoolie the Deathwatcher, Michael Ray Escamilla

•             Reebok Ragnar Race, Sarah Cordial

•             Think of Calvin, Kelly Amis – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Think Fast, Bridget Stokes – WORLD PREMIERE

•             Quick Fix, Brian Leider – WORLD PREMIERE

•             Valencia, Logan George, WORLD PREMIERE

•             The Visit, Romina Schwedler – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Waste, Justine Raczkiewicz - COLORADO PREMIERE

Student Film Competition:

•             Dark Machine, Sander Van Dijk

•             Gardeners of the Forest, Nicole Jordan Webber, Ceylan Carhoglu – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Icarus, Tom Teller – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             My Cousin Klara, Aviva Neuman – COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Rocket, Brenna Maloy, Sarak Hulsman - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Still Sophie, Chad McClaron - COLORADO PREMIERE

•             Visitors, Alon Juwal - COLORADO PREMIERE



Celebrating its fourteenth year, the Vail Film Festival is widely recognized in the international filmmaking community for supporting emerging and critically acclaimed talent from around the globe.

The festival also features parties, a special panel discussion about Women in Film with accomplished female producers and directors and Q&A’s during the four-day event.

The Vail Film Festival is presented by the Colorado Film Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. 2017 sponsors include Audi, Archaea Mass, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, DigiDay, Silvercar, SAG Indie, Reebok, KermaTDI, Colorado Office of Film, TV, & Media, Colorado Mountain Express, General Assembly, CineBistro, Vail Daily, Justins, Halfpops, Vail Beaver Creek magazine, La Tour, 10th Mountain Whiskey, and Larkspur. Hotel partners include Antlers at Vail, Evergreen Lodge, Lift House Lodge, Marriott Vail, The Sebastian, Simba Run, Sitzmark Lodge, Sun Vail,  and Vail’s Mountain Haus. More information can be found at



The Colorado Film Institute’s mission is to foster independent film through film screenings, panels, workshops, networking events, and educational projects.