2015 Film Program Announced!

Vail Film Festival Announces 2015 Film Program



Feature Films:


  • A Dark Reflection, directed by Tristan Loraine
  • Cut Bank, directed by Matt Shakman
  • Lucky Stiff, directed by Christopher Ashley
  • Manhattan Romance, directed by Tom O’Brien
  • Overheard 3, directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong
  • Rigor Mortis, directed by Juno Mak
  • Slow West, directed by John Maclean
  • That Demon Within, directed by Dante Lam
  • The Grand Seduction, directed by Don McKellar
  • The Great Victory, directed by Stefano Capuzzi Lapietra
  • The Sentimentalists, directed by Nicholas Triandafyllidis
  • Time Lapse, directed by Bradley King



  • Alivio, directed by Carla González Vargas
  • Becoming Bulletproof, directed by Michael Barnett
  • Break Kids, directed by Emily Kassie
  • Broken City Poets, directed by Ariane Wu
  • By Blood, directed by Marcos Barbery and Sam Russell
  • #ChicagoGirl – The Social Network Takes On A Director, directed by Joe Piscatella
  • From Trauma To Peace, directed by Robert C. Stone, Diana Gross and Jo Danieli
  • I Married My Family’s Killer, directed by Emily Kassie
  • I Will Dance, directed by Joseph East
  • My Voice, My Life, directed by Ruby Lang
  • Nerdgasm, directed by Andrew Putschoegl
  • Queen Mimi, directed by Yaniv Rokah


Environmental Showcase:

  • A Bottle’s Odyssey, directed by Nik Kleverov
  • A Wolf’s Place, directed by Annie White
  • Keeper’s Of The Beat, directed by Donald O’Brien
  • Mexico Pelagcio, directed by Jeronimo Prieto
  • Net Positivia, directed by Peter Cambor and Ian McGe
  • The Fire Line: Wildfire In Colorado, directed by Meghan Lyden


Adventure Film Showcase:

  • Lindsay Vonn: The Climb, directed by Steve Trout and NFL Films
  • Snow Day, directed by Erica Milsom
  • The Unrideables: Alaska Range, directed by Derek Westerlund



  • Awkward Expressions Of Love, directed by Trilby Glover
  • B-flat, directed by Mariana Youssef
  • Bodies In Irreversible Detriment, directed by Ben Lazarus
  • D.Asian, directed by Sarah Smith
  • Dead Hearts, directed by Stephen W. Martin
  • EFFED!, directed by Renny Maslow
  • Everything (You Say) I Am, directed by Guillermo Florence
  • Extreme Pinocchio, directed by Pascal Chind
  • Fruitcake, directed by Seth M. Sherwood and Sarah Baker Grillo
  • Goldfish, directed by Elise de Blois
  • Insomniacs, directed by Charles Chintzer Lai
  • Intersection, directed by Brendan Beachman
  • Junked, directed by Gus Berger
  • Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector, directed by Chandler Kauffman
  • Ladybug, directed by Roman Dent
  • Lucy, directed by Zoe Lubeck
  • Martian American, directed by Lee Citron
  • Not Anymore: A Story Of Revolution, directed by Matthew VanDyke
  • Oh Lucy!, directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi
  • Out To Lunch, directed by Nic Reader
  • Picnic, directed by Kim Gualino
  • reConception, directed by Joe Petrilla
  • Secret, directed by Tony Fulgham
  • The Blood Of Love, directed by Jeff Meyers
  • The Stomach, directed by Ben Steiner
  • Vocabulary, directed by Sam Baixauli
  • While You Were In A Coma, directed by Jean Paul Labbe
  • You Have A Problem, directed by Lena Tsodykovskaya


Student Films:

  • Carry On, directed by Yatao Li
  • Full-Windsor, directed by Faraday Okoro
  • Knives, directed by Aaron David DeFazio
  • Minimum Max, directed by Joshua Ovalle
  • Scumbag, directed by Luke Spears
  • Theme Song Rebel, directed by Luke Patton
  • Unspoken, directed by Eric Otten


Family Films:

  • Dogonauts: Behind Enemy Lines, directed by Justin and Shel Rasch
  • Hannah Lost Her Smile, directed by Dani Bowman
  • I Need My Monster, directed by Stephen Baker and Howard Cook
  • The Adventures Of Barty And The Pirate, directed by Mark Chavez
  • The Magic Ferret, directed by Alison Parker
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers' Through the Woods: An Appalachian Adventure, directed by Joe Mailander, Justin Lansing and Jed Anderson

Screenplay Winners Announced and Oscar® Nominated Live Action Shorts to play in Vail

Thank you to all who submitted to the 2015 Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

We are excited to announce the top three winners of the 2015 Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition. The 1st place Feature and Shorts winners will have a reading of their scripts at the 12th Annual Vail Film Festival, March 26th - 29th.


1st Place: Tater Tot & Patton

Writer: Andrew Kightlinger

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Description: Amid a long hot summer, a frustrated millennial is sent to her bullheaded uncle’s South Dakota ranch and both prove to be the exact medicine the other one needed.

2nd Place: The Third Bomb

Writer: Phillip Parker

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Description: In the final days of WWII, when a top U.S. pilot crash lands in Japanese territory, he must stop an ambitious Japanese commander from capturing his secret cargo - the third atomic bomb.

3rd Place: Reckless Hearts

Writer: Corey Bodoh-Creed

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Description: In a near future where guns have been outlawed, the son of the sheriff in a small Montana town finds himself torn between warring factions when he falls for the daughter of a dangerous militia leader.


1st Place: Rule of Law

Writer: Stan Rodman

Description: A public defender, an assistant district attorney, a seasoned judge and a violent defendant all cross paths when a young girl is viciously attacked and killed.  Each has conflicting views of both justice and the rule of law, upon which this country's legal system was founded upon.  Ultimately, the conclusion is most likely popular, and undermines the very foundation of our society.

2nd Place: Something To Regret In The Morning

Writer: Philip T Brewster

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Description: Harry Drake, gumshoe for hire, gets a call from Montague 'Mack' Mackintosh upset over the number of dead bodies stacking in his yard. Someone has slaughtered half of his gnomes! Convinced it's an inside job Drake wants to know more before he points his finger, but is totally unprepared as to the reason why...

3rd Place: All Things Chicken

Writer: Julius Galacki

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Description: A comedy-drama about how NOT to live one's life, yet also a paean to the saving grace of friendship - no matter how dysfunctional.

2015 Oscar® Nominated Live Action Shorts Showcase

Come check out the nominees before the Oscars®.

This Friday, February 13th, at the Vail Mountain School, we will be screening all five nominations for this years Live Action Shorts nominees. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at the door. Hope to see you there!

Screenplay Finalists Announced

We are excited to announce the 2015 finalists. Winners will be announced February 1st. Stay tuned!

2015 Feature-length Screenplay Finalists (in alphabetical order)

Private Air by Billie Bates

Reckless Hearts by Corey Bodoh-Creed

Tater Tot & Patton by Andrew Kightlinger

The Third Bomb by Phillip Parker

Welcome to the Fishbowl by Sheryl Glubok & Donald Rae

2015 Short Screenplay Finalists (in alphabetical order)

All Things Chicken by Julius Galacki

Between Darkness and Light by Jake Teeny

Boomerang the Great by Ana R Dominick

Rule of Law by Stan Rodman

Something to Regret in the Morning by Philip T Brewster

2015 Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalists

Thank you to all who submitted to the 2015 Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition. So many wonderful and unique screenplays were submitted. It made the job of choosing the semi-finalists very difficult.

We are excited to announce the 2015 semi-finalists. The finalists will announced on January 15th. Stay tuned!

2015 Feature-length Screenplays (in alphabetical order)

Comic Book Kings by Amanda Keener

Cupid Kills by T&T Wynn

Grace by Lynda Lemberg & Jeffrey Allen Russel

Private Air by Billie Bates

Reckless Hearts by Corey Bodoh-Creed

Tater Tot & Patton by Andrew Kightlinger

The First Detective by Callie Lane

The Interrogation of Ike Tully by Philip Sedgwick

The Third Bomb by Phillip Parker

War Dogs by Thomas Pace

Welcome to the Fishbowl by Sheryl Glubok & Donald Rae

Zombie Kong by Jason Vaile

2015 Short Screenplays (in alphabetical order)

All Things Chicken by Julius Galacki

Belly Kisses by Lisa Gold

Between Darkness and Light by Jake Teeny

Boomerang the Great by Ana R Dominick

National Pastime by David Lieto

One Reason by Michael Walsh and Ryan Andrew Jones

Rule of the Law by Stan Rodman

Save Kill Father Son by Judy Vann

Something to Regret in the Morning by Philip T Brewster

To Place in all Races by Louise Bylicki

Mockumentary: Road to Pyeongchang with Laura Adkin

Laura Adkin has been working as an actress for awhile now, but has recently begun directing, and producing. This short was shot on an Olympus OM-D E M1 in Whistler during a 72-hour filmmaking contest.

How long have you been directing/writing? This was actually only the second film I’ve directed. I’ve been working professionally as an actor for over a decade and I got the itch to move behind the camera. I’ve been writing seriously for probably 4 years having made three of my short scripts into films and am currently working on a feature.

How many short films have you directed? So far I’ve directed 3 short films but I’ve acted in everything from shorts to features to Network TV to Webseries.

What is your top advice for first-time directors?

  • Get an AMAZING team together. A great DP, First AD, Sound Guy (or girl) and Producer will save your life. Work with people who know what they are doing and trust them in their roles. Be clear with your vision and they will do what they need to do to make it happen
  • PREP! Being prepared beforehand is essential. Work with your team, plan your shots, know what you want to get out of the day and then when you’re on set you will be as efficient as possible.
  • Don’t forget to eat! The Director never leaves set and often forgets to eat. Understand what kind of fuel you need to keep you going and make sure it’s on set (for me it’s Coffee and sandwiches – and when I need that extra boost I need some gummy worms and chocolate).
  • Have fun and don’t be afraid to ask for help – but don’t let people talk you into things that compromise your goals. Know your vision but be open to ideas.

Is there any one part of the process that you enjoy more than the others? I love making movies, the entire process is great! Being on set and getting that perfect shot, when everything comes together is magic. But I also really enjoy the writing process, when your idea finally makes sense and falls into place. I generally do more than one thing on my films– for example on this film I wrote/directed/produced and starred in it, so when I produce, I’d saying doing paperwork is my least favorite thing and getting crew to fill out their paperwork is defiantly the hardest part!

In this mockumentary snowboarder, Gabby Parker, is interviewed on her road to the next Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In this mockumentary snowboarder, Gabby Parker, is interviewed on her road to the next Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

What drew you to wanting to tell this story? We knew we’d be shooting in a mountain location and so I wanted to do my best to utilize our surroundings. Whistler is beautiful and I wanted the scenery to be part of our story. I also wanted to make a mountain culture film and I love doing comedy, so I started to brainstorm ideas of how that could work. I actually watched an amazing documentary called “The Crash Reel” by Lucy Walker about snowboarder Kevin Pearce. It was a really incredible film, and is clearly a different tone from “Road to Pyeongchang”, but it sparked an idea in my head about the snowboard culture and I thought it would be fun to make a mockumentary about someone training for the Olympics. As a bit of an homage to “The Crash Reel” my character wears a “Love Your Brain” (Kevin Pearce’s organization to help promote brain injury awareness) t-shirt during the interview section of the film.

What were some of the challenges in getting this film made and how did you overcome them? We made this film as part of the Whistler 72 Hr Filmmaker showdown so the most difficult part was shooting and editing a film in 3 days! We made it work by being prepared, I knew exactly what I wanted before we started shooting.

If you'd like to learn more about Laura, you can check out her website or find her on twitter @LauraAdkin or facebook at Facebook.com/TheLauraAdkin.

Watch Laura's short NOW!