9th Annual International Short Film Festival

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce The 9th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film Festival. This popular annual event has an exciting line-up of shorts with films from as far away as Australia, Hungary, England, and from as close as Kent, Ohio. It will include Animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries and more.

The first part of this event will feature short films from around the world. The second part will be made up of films by last year’s People’s Choice winner, Miles Kalbach as well as Juried Choice Winner, Kate Vandevender. The last portion of the night will feature silent films by Mike Hovancsek which will be accompanied live by the off the wall and talented Trepanning Trio music ensemble.

There is something really wonderful about films. They can take us to places that we may not have seen otherwise, including war-torn parts of the globe, the depths of outer space, or places that only exist in the imagination of the individual filmmaker.

Imagine a world where a computer virus threatens the planet, robots toil in post-apocalyptic England , and a racist barber gets his hands on a magic trumpet. We will get to visit all of those worlds and more this year.

Our event will include all the elements that proved to be popular in previous years, including:


We are featuring a wonderful collection of short films in a variety of formats, including animation, documentaries, music videos, comedy, short drama, and abstract collages. The films are from as close as Kent and from as far away as England , Australia , Germany , and Hungary .


Vote for their favorite film. Just take out the ballot form from this program, put a check mark next to the film that you feel was the best of the show, and turn it in at the lobby during intermission. A winner will be announced in the second part of the program. The winning filmmaker will receive a $100 award.


Jeff Ingram (festival producer), Miles Kalbach (guest judge and filmmaker), Cindy Penter (local filmmaker/instructor), and I will be judging films according to originality, technical skill, and cultural relevance. The winning filmmaker will receive a one-of-a-kind certificate.


This year we have two featured filmmakers. Kate VanDevender was our Audience Choice award winner last year and Miles Kalbach was our Juried Award winner last year. This year, they return to show us more of their work.


Closing out this year’s event, Trepanning Trio will provide live musical accompaniment to two short films. All the films in this portion of the event are premieres that were made specifically for the 9th Annual Standing Rock Independent Short Film Festival.

Welcome to the world of Independent Film!

-Mike Hovancsek/Festival Director


We are encouraging our audience to stick around in the lobby after the festival in order to mingle, check out the concession stand, and meet some of the filmmakers whose work was screened.


International Films:

1) Space Travel According to John – Jamie Stone ( Australia ): This beautiful and playful film gives us an animation piece made out of sand to explain space travel as seen by a child. anders@malade.se (3:06)

2) Let the Arts Roam – I Am Los Angeles ( United States ): This is a straightforward documentary about two graffiti artists who collaborate on huge murals around Los Angeles . hello@iamlosangeles.com (4:46)

3) Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus – Patrick Clair ( Australia ): This terrifying but well animated piece tells the story of the world’s most dangerous computer virus (so far). hello@zapruder.com.au (3:21)

4) Shark’s Tooth – Ferry Gouw ( England ). This is a music video for a group that goes by the name The Archie Bronson Outfit. We love the mix of high tech and low tech in this sci-fi journey through modern music. (3:12) http://www.archiebronsonoutfit.com/

5) Robots of Brixton – Kibwe Tavares ( England ): Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London ‘s new robot workforce – robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline. kibwetavares@gmail.com (5:36)

6) Animation Hotline – Dustin Grella ( United States ): We have shown a lot of our friend Dustin’s films in the past and we were not planning on showing any more because we didn’t want to spend too much time on any particular filmmaker. Then, Dustin told us about his Animation Hotline project and it was just too good to pass up. Every day people call a hotline and leave messages. Then, every day Dustin makes a chalkboard animation of one of them. Here are a few highlights. e-mail@dustingrella.com (5:00)

7) Astronaut On The Roof – Sergi Portabella ( Germany ): A comical road movie about two scriptwriters who write a film about two scriptwriters who write a film about a teenage couple who become bank robbers. sergiportabella@yahoo.es

8) As Above, So Below – Ryan Uzilevsky. Light Harvest Studio(USA): “As Above, So Below” is a study in immersive cinema, utilizing multiple locations and monumental scales. The work was 3D projection mapped onto the Manhattan Bridge, in September of 2011. Covering over 30,000 square feet of architecture, it unfolded like a moving modern Botticelli painting, flowing above heads and spreading outward in every direction, “As Above, So Below” immersed both architecture and audience in the story. Created by: Farkas Fülöp, Ryan Uzilevsky, Simon Anaya Sina Taherkhani , John Ensor Parker, Johnny Moreno, Richard Jochum. Sponsors and Production: Light Harvest Studio, Senovva, Inc, Resident Creative Studio, Leo Kuelbs, Anaya Visual Effects, D.U.M.B.O Arts Festival, NYC Department of Transportation. ryanuzi@gmail.com

9) Crosses – DuckEye ( United Kingdom ): A series of mandala-like circles pull us toward eternity. This is a music video for Zero 7. http://duckeye.co.uk/work.html (7:00)

10) Swing of Change – Harmony Bouchard, Andy Le Cocq, Joakim Riedinger, and Raphael Cenzi (France): This story takes place in the New York of the 1930s: Harry, a racist barber is transformed by the arrival of a magical trumpet. contact@swing-of-change.com (6:35)

11) The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln – Drew Christie ( United States ): An animated interpretation of the strange life of Boston Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth. It was animated in charcoal, pastels and crayon on the pages of 12 paperback books. geniuschristie@gmail.com (5:24)

12) Streamschool – Péter Vácz ( Hungary ): A little girl has an adventure with water as she travels from a small brook to the sea. A tale of growing up based on a Hungarian poem. vaczpeter@gmail.com (1:52)

Featured Filmmakers:

1) Miles Kalbach – Miles won our Juried prize last year and he agreed to share more of his quirky animations with us this year. http://www.mileskalbach.com

2) Kate VanDevender – Kate won our Audience Choice award last year and we invited her to share more of her work this year. Last year Kate shared her films about her attempts to break into show business. Her more recent films follow her as she has taken a job at an advertising agency while she maintains a standup comedy career on the side. http://www.actordiaries.com

Live Film Soundtracks:

1) Prizmatic – Film by Mike Hovancsek. It was the result of some experiments with optics to create a collage of organic materials. Live musical accompaniment by Trepanning Trio. http://mikeh.8m.com/ (5:00)

2) 10 Things I Learned As A New Parent – Film by Mike Hovancsek. The nice thing about babies is you don’t have to pay them for their work. Live musical accompaniment by Trepanning Trio. http://mikeh.8m.com/ (3:00)

Updates and Program can be found at http://www.standingrock.net in the near future.


About todd v

Filmmaker, artist and goofball.
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