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FilmQuest is one of the fastest growing genre film festivals on the planet today, named as one of the prestigious MovieMaker Magazine‘s “30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World” and twice named a MovieMaker Magazine “Top 50 Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee,” a “Top 100” Reviewed Festival on FilmFreeway, and twice Utah’s “Best of State” Film Festival (2018 & 2019) winner. Centered in the heart of Utah and its emerging film industry, FilmQuest is one of the must-stop destinations for the best of independent genre cinema, showcasing the hottest up-and-coming talent and projects that demands your attention. Feel free to explore what makes FilmQuest what it is today and where it’s going into the future!
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2019 Festival Grid Schedule
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Opening Night Feature Film with a romantic, Twilight Zone vibe, ‘The Fare,’ accompanied by the spectacular short film ‘Steel Cut Oats.’
Join in the festivities taking place in Downtown Provo, including a live concert by the famous band *Can’t name quite yet!* More info coming soon!
A colorful selection of animated shorts and family friendly fare for the whole family:
‘A Poem in Bamboo,’ ‘Friends & Rivals,’ ‘Giant Bear,’ ‘Good Night Little Knight,’ ‘Kelpie,’ ‘L’Homme e le Poisson,’ ‘Mogu and Perol,’ ‘Rocket Boy,’ ‘Runo,’ ‘Serendipity,’ ‘Teddy Mate,’ ‘The Time Tree,’ and ‘Tiffany’
A delicious selection of Sci-Fi tinted short films from around the globe:
‘Here & Beyond,’ ‘Rain Catcher,’ ‘Scavenger,’ ‘The Beacon,’ and ‘Third Kind’
A workshop from David Wardle, SVP of Business and Legal Affairs for Saban Films.
Bio: David Wardle is Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Saban Films, a boutique movie distributor focusing on commercial, talent-driven pictures. David previously headed the legal department at Millennium Entertainment and worked in the film finance group at law firm Loeb & Loeb. David and partners also built and sold their own distribution company, with a library of 60 pictures. David has done financing or distribution work on more than 300 movies in single picture deals and thousands more in slate and library deals. He holds degrees in economics and law from Brigham Young University.
Quickly paced horror, thriller and comedy horror films get your quick terror fix in! Featuring the short films ‘Ausente,’ ‘Boys’ Club,’ ‘Evstronger,’ ‘Fever,’ ‘Gut Feeling,’ ‘Hear Me,’ ‘Lobisome,’ ‘Murderabiliac,’ ‘Puzzle,’ ‘Siphon,’ ‘Snaggletooth,’ ‘The Desecrated,’ ‘The Friend,’ and ‘The Hidebehind’
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Interviews & Photo Ops highlighting and celebrating the filmmakers and films at the 2019 FilmQuest!
The Animated Horror Feature film, ‘To Your Last Death,’ with an All-Star cast rocks Saturday night along with the hilarious and macabre short film ‘Half-Cocked.’
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A Filmmaker & VIP exclusive luncheon @Downtown Provo’s Marriott Slate restaurant. If you have a festival pass, you’re invited!
A curated selection of some of the hottest music videos from indie bands from around the globe, coupled with selected animated shorts and punk infused films:
‘5th and Main,’ ‘All This Love,’ ‘Burial,’ ‘Car Stealers,” “Chatroom,” “Children of Scotland,’ ‘Cockroach Brain,’ ‘Competitive Mourning,’ ‘Crop Dust,’ ‘Devil’s Level,’ ‘Fly Trap,’ ‘Fuse,’ ‘Gingerfall: Reckoning,’ ‘Mediocrity for Micah Dahl…,’ ‘The Brave Heart…,’ ‘Toe,’ ‘Widdershins,’ and ‘Withorwithout’
Media Strategist and Publicist, Michelle Moore, gives a dynamic presentation on how to best present you and your film throughout all phases production and distribution.
An eclectic selection of short films with a theme centered around the animals within and without, featuring ‘Dead Animals,’ ‘Jonagold,’ ‘Low Tide,’ ‘Oscar’s Bell,’ ‘Supine’ and ‘The Cunning Man’
‘The Sonata’ brings dark musical mysteries and one of Rutger Hauer’s final performances. Accompanied by the must-see short films ‘Dreamcatcher’ and ‘The Blizzard.’
The Utah Premiere of rollicking, pulse pounding southern gothic thriller ‘Swing Low,’ accompanied by the equally impressive short films ‘8’ and ‘Harper Finch.’
A true grab bag of short films, thrown into a blender for variety and surprise in a selection of stellar short films from across the globe. Includes ‘A Wreck in Paradise,’ ‘By Blood,’ ‘ CC,’ ‘Condamnded,’ Deep Clean,’ ‘Limbo,’ ‘Me & Michael,’ ‘Rub Me the Right Way,’ ‘ Salvation,’ ‘Wrong Number,’ and ‘Z-Goat: First Bleat’
A block of short films that take absurd, hopeful, and romantic looks into our presents and futures. Includes ‘Blue Pig,’ ‘Doffice,’ ‘Eternity,’ ‘Fashion Alibi,’ ‘Hello, World,’ and “Swipe Right for Murder’
The mind-bending feature film ‘Volition’ will rock your senses along with its equally thrilling and intriguing counterpart, the short film ‘Alaraph’
The best indie genre series on the planet descend on Utah, which we’ve crafted to highlight the most delicious samples of each in a variety of flavors. You’ll also be able to view any of the series in the entirety in our mini-web series theater throughout the festival:
‘Abracadavers’, ‘Earthy Encounters,’ ‘Hexed,’ ‘Life XP,’ ‘My Death Co.,’ My Helpful Ghost Ancestor Roommate,’ ‘One Hit Die,’ and ‘Wish Weasel’
Immerse yourself into the world of screenwriting and how to improve your screenwriting game with this heralded screenwriting lab & workshop from Crit Killen that is an invaluable experience for any writer from novice to expert.
Some of the world’s very best Fantasy and Fantastic short films will make you believe in what’s beyond the golden hills of the Kingdom of Make Believe! Includes ‘Dispel,’ ‘Llvonija,’ ‘Satelllite,’ ‘The Lossen,’ ‘The Secret Box: The Rise of Paperboy,’ ‘Troll Bridge,’ and ‘When We Dance’
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Utah hosts one of the most advanced state-of-the-art motion pictures studios in the world at the Utah Film Studios. Marshall Moore, manager of the studios, will present a live audio/visual presentation showcasing why you should film in Utah and at the studios on your next project.
The uproarious and incredible true story of the dastardly monster will have you believing in miracles with the life-changing, and soul affirming, ‘Lake Michigan Monster.’ Includes the equally life changing short films ‘Pipe Dream’ and ‘The Seahorse Trainer’
A true southern gothic revenge tale, led by an incredible ensemble and fierce direction, the feature film ‘Burning Kentucky’ shines. Includes the southern flavored horror short ‘Samantha’
Sing your heart out, socialize, and dance the night away in this party that’s sure to be a fun rager! Food and drink will be provided at this Guest List only event at Provo’s major arthouse collective the Boxcar Studios. You must be on the guest list in advance to enter, so get your tickets early. 21+
See THE MATRIX like never before with this special presentation by Professor Nibley that uses the Frank Daniel Method, pioneered at the Sundance Labs, that shows you things you never knew about filmmaker and the movie before. A can’t miss experience for any true film nut!
A glorious selection of short films, all with a thematic message that’s worth taking notice of. Includes ‘Balloon,’ ‘Maggie May,’ ‘Motherhood,’ ‘Progeny,’ and ‘The Hanged Man’
Discover the many incredible films and filmmakers in Utah, with this block made up exclusively of the best Utah genre short films in 2019. Also includes the FilmQuest Express competition and Awards. Films include ‘Anna,’ ‘Gather,’ Night Games,’ ‘Night Sky,’ ‘The Tormenting of Jones,’ ‘The Wreath,’ and the four FilmQuest Express films.
‘Villains’ a star studded, topsy-turvy film that will keep you thrilled through the very end. Includes the incredibly original short film ‘O.I.’
Get to know other FIlmQuest filmmakers and let off some steam with some hatchet throwing at Heber Hatchets in Downtown Provo.
More info coming soon!
Enjoy a second dose of eating and networking with our filmmaker luncheon at Good Thyme Eatery in Downtown Provo.
Some of the best genre flavored short film comedies in the world will tickle your funny bone and have you begging for seconds. Includes the short films:
‘Asparagus Tips,’ ‘Ava in the End,’ ‘ Crap-Man,’ ‘Five Course Meal,’ ‘Keloid,’ ‘My Dinner with Werner,’ ‘Open Wide,’ ‘Proper British Sex,’ ‘Rubbish Robbers,’ ‘ Stop / Eject / Rewind,’ ‘We Got a Monkey’s Paw,’ and ‘Who You Are’
Get to know your fellow filmmakers, make friendships, and pitch each other on your latest projects so you can take home some new collaborators from FilmQuest and cultivate your next potential opportunities. A massive hit in 2018, we had to bring it back for 2019!
Take a journey into the bowels of a demented pig-man haven with the grindhouse flavored ‘Wild Boar.’ Accompanied by the apocalyptic fantasy-western ‘Worship’
Mick Strawn, Production Designer & Art Director for such films and tv series as ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Hercules,’ ‘Xena,’ and more takes us on a fun filled journey through being an art director in Hollywood.
A dynamic, and provocative selection of films from the LGBT community that celebrates love, diversity, monsters, revenge, and the worst therapy session you’ve ever had. Includes the short films:
‘Boo,’ ‘Chasing the Dragon,’ ‘Conversion Therapist,’ ‘Killer Date,’ ‘The Office is Mine,’ and ‘We Die Alone’
A midnight madness delight, the feature film ‘Making Monsters’ will have you seeing internet fame and celebrity in a whole new light! Accompanied by the bombastic Brazilian short film ‘Dead Teenager Seance’
Sci-Fi doesn’t get much better than these great short films from across the globe with ‘Aeranger,’ ‘Article 19-42,’ ‘Hashtag, ‘ Regulation,’ ‘The Automaton,’ ‘Unregistered,’ and ‘Virtually’
“Pet Semetary” writer Matt Greenberg gives a two hour screenwriting lecture and seminar about how to write in Hollywood and keep writing in Hollywood. A can’t miss seminar for all filmmakers looking to take those next steps at any level!
A grab bag of macabre and wonderous delights! Pick and choose your favorite flabors, there’s something in here for everyone! Includes the shorts ‘Attrition,’ ‘Brute,’ ‘Compartmentalization Storage Facility,’ ‘Face Swap,’ ‘For the Love of Kyle,’ ‘God Glitch,’ ‘Gods & Gold,’ ‘The Dishwasher,’ and ‘What Daphne Saw’
Genre festival directors from across the country come together to tell you the ins and outs of the festival circuit, how to prepare your films for long and successful runs, and the inner secrets of running a fest on the big genre stage. Bring your questions, because you will get answers!
It’s time to get your axes. Time to load your shotguns. Time to prepare for the battle against evil! Look no further, horror fans, as this incredible selection of horror shorts and only horror shorts brings you all the horror you need to satisfy your horror cravings on Friday the 13th! Includes the shorts
‘After the Rain,’ ‘Always Listening,’ ‘Exhibit Man,’ ‘In Love,’ ‘Last One Screaming,’ ‘Nepenthes,’ ‘Serial Dater,’ ‘Spitting Image,’ The Reckoning of Darkness,’ ‘The Soul Collector,’ and ‘The Vicious’
Frankie Muniz leads ‘The Black String,’ a must-see horror show on Friday the 13th. Includes the horror short trailer ‘The Muffin Man’ and the rollicking music video ‘Freak Night’
A variety show costume party where you’re invited to be your own weird! Prepare for music and live entertainment and great times ahead! Food and drink will be provided at this Guest List only event at Provo’s major arthouse collective the Boxcar Studios. You must be on the guest list in advance to enter, so get your tickets early. 21+
More info to come!
The final shorts block of 2019 sees an incredible selection of horror themed shorts bringing us down the home stretch with the short films ‘A Purgatory Story,’ ‘Atomic Ed, ‘Rainy Season,’ ‘Re-Home,’ ‘Tingle Monsters,’ ‘You’ll Only Have Each Other,’ ‘Young Blood,’ and the music videos ‘No Going Back’ and ‘The Cicada Tree’
Modern genre filmmaking legends, the directing twin brother duo Michael & Peter Spierig, sit down and give us an in depth look into working in Hollywood, getting their films made, going from indies to studio films and more. Find out the secrets behind their films “Daybreakers,” “Predestination,” “The Winchester House,” and “Jigsaw” and what else they have in store!
“Daniel Isn’t Real” brings the heat. After a stellar debut at SXSW, we present the Utah premiere of one of 2019’s most hyped genre films. Presented with the moody sci-fi Lovecraftian short ‘Prefigured’
The World Premiere of the Australian feature film ‘Blood Vessel’ pits WW2 POW’S vs Vampires on a Nazi Destroyer. What more can you ask for? Nothing! Screens with the short film anthology ‘Fatale Collective: Bleed’ and the timely ‘Lili.’
Walk the carpet one more time as you’re glammed up for the Red Carpet pre-show photo ops for the filmmakers and guests of FilmQuest.
We’ve come to the end of the 2019 FilmQuest, and now it’s time to award the winners and acknowledge the more than deserving nominees, including the secret nominees, in this fun, emotionally packed celebration of all the films that played at the festival.
One last photo op and red carpet walk at the 2019 FilmQuest with your Cthulhu Trophies and plaques and all your new friends. There are no “losers” here, so celebrate together one last time with an epic backdrop and red at your feet!
The films have been played, the awards have been handed out! Now come out and enjoy one last hurray at the Provo Underground for some food and drink to celebrate the 2019 season!
More info to come!