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- Celebrating female filmmakers –

-37 Female Directors, 34 Female Writers, 50 Female Producers -

-49 Films –


Vail, CO – Today the Vail Film Festival announced the official selections for the 2018 Festival. The 15th annual Festival will celebrate women filmmakers and will screen a diverse slate of almost 50 films, including narrative and documentary features as well as short and student films. Films include the World Premiere of Diane Bell’s narrative feature, Of Dust and Bones, Mary Goes Round, written and directed by Molly McGlynn, starring Aya Cash, Write When You Get Work written and directed by Stacy Cohran, and the US Premiere of Kerry David’s documentary, Bill Coors: The Will to Live. The Festival will run from Thursday, April 5 to Sunday, April 8.

Newly appointed Festival Director, Corinne Hara says, “We are thrilled, once again, to shine a light on the talent and artistry of Women in Film.  Discovering and supporting creative talent is what we're all about, especially when it tilts the scale towards the underrepresented.  This year's program is over-flowing with bold, captivating storylines. I highly recommend coming early and staying late.”

In addition to screenings, Festival passes provide access to the Shoot from the Heart workshop with Diane Bell, Women in Film panel discussion, and a series of networking receptions and the daily hospitality lounge, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community.  General admission tickets to individual films are sold twenty minutes before each film. To order passes visit


Narrative Feature Competition:

Alaska is a Drag, Shaz Bennett – COLORADO PREMIERE

Heaven’s Floor, Lori Stoll – COLORADO PREMIERE

Mary Goes Round, Molly McGlynn - COLORADO PREMIERE

Of Dust and Bones, Diane Bell – WORLD PREMIERE

Sun Dogs, Jennifer Morrison - COLORADO PREMIERE

The Long Dumb Road, Hannah Fidell – COLORADO PREMIERE

Write When You Get Work, Stacy Cochran - COLORADO PREMIERE


Documentary Competition:

Bill Coors: The Will to Live, Kerry David - US PREMIERE

De Colores, Luz Marina Zamora – COLORADO PREMIERE

Dragtivists, Savannah Rodgers, Alex Robinson - COLORADO PREMIERE

Love Wins, Robin Camp - COLORADO PREMIERE

My Tourette’s, Alessandro Molatore– COLORADO PREMIERE

Strike a Rock, Aliki Saragas - COLORADO PREMIERE

Surviving Home, Jillian Moul, Matthew Moul - COLORADO PREMIERE

The Faces of PHACS, Claire Berman, Megan Reznick, Staffan Hildebrand-WORLD PREMIERE

Top Row, Karin Argoud

Tribal Justice, Anne Makepeace

To a More Perfect Union: US v. Windsor, Donna Zaccaro - COLORADO PREMIERE


Shorts Competition:

Bedtime Story, Kevin Alejandro – COLORADO PREMIERE

Bigfoot’s Love Slave, Heather Tom - COLORADO PREMIERE

Cuddle Buddy, Max Barbakow  - COLORADO PREMIERE

Fevah, Randall Dottin

Game, Jeannie Donohoe – COLORADO PREMIERE

Girl of the Sky, Ariel Martin – COLORADO PREMIERE

In Wonderland, Christopher Haydon – WORLD PREMIERE

Internet Gangsters, Sam Friedlander – COLORADO PREMIERE

Love on the Line, Nicole McKinnon – COLORADO PREMIERE

Night Dancing, Barney Cokeliss

Ovum, Luciano Blotta – COLORADO PREMIERE

Pushing Night Away, Jade Hærem Aksnes – COLORADO PREMIERE

Santa Claus, Jeff Man – COLORADO PREMIERE

The Duel, Amanda Barnes, David Speck – COLORADO PREMIERE

The Invaders, Mateo Márquez – WORLD PREMIERE

The Killing Game, Andrej iliev – COLORADO PREMIERE

The Language of Ball, Ramón Rodríguez

The Obituary, Jonathan Thompson – COLORADO PREMIERE

The Real Thing, Brandon Kelley – COLORADO PREMIERE

Uncle Silas, Sayra Player, Rebecca Billhart, COLORADO PREMIERE

Unnatural Selection, Geneviève Delouche – COLORADO PREMIERE

Who Decides, Mylissa Fitzsimmons - COLORADO PREMIERE


Student Film Competition:

Aaron, Aviva Neuman – COLORADO PREMIERE

Bier & Calippo, Paul Ploberger – US PREMIERE

Night Call, Amanda Renee Knox

Phototaxis, Melissa Ferrari – COLORADO PREMIERE

Snowplow, Mia Niebruegge - COLORADO PREMIERE

Sputnik: The Shock of the Century, Summer Royal – WORLD PREMIERE



Screenplay Competition, 1st Place Winners:

Animated: Doodle, Jonathan Medici

Comedy: New Reality, Carolyn Kras

Drama: News Gals, David Dalessandro

Faith: Showdown at Damascus, Don Driscoll

Science Fiction: Pull, Marc Messenger

Thriller: Phantom, Andrea Gibson

TV Series: The Biggest Little, Craig Page




Celebrating its fifteenth 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 Vail Film Festival is presented by the Colorado Film Institute. 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.