WHAT IS FILMQUEST ?
FilmQuest is one of the fastest growing genre film festivals on the planet today, named as one of 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 Utah’s “Best of State” Film Festival 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
Filmmaker & Ticket Holder Check-In Begins
A selection of dark and brooding short films from around the world:
Be My Guest, Old World, Sound from the Deep, The Dark Room, The Water’s Edge, Transmission, What Leaves Remains
Red Carpet Press & Guests Interviews & Photos
The Premiere of ‘Alive,’ starring ‘Braveheart’s Angus MacFadyen, accompanied by the short film sci-fi spectacular ‘Outpost.’
A colorful selection of animated shorts and family friendly fare for the whole family:
Basics, From Life, iRony, Mariposas, Morfrusis, Paper Beast, The Puppy Trials, To Be Fiona, Wendy, Win
Selected short films from around the globe, from magical realism to humorous to horrific, that explores the mysteries hiding within our homes:
Dual, Foxwood, Girl#2, Hang Up!, Honey, Jamie, Mr. Memento, The Night Delivery
A panel with our documentary filmmakers, their secrets, their tactics, and what draws them in towards documentary storytelling. Moderated by Jonathan Martin.
Discover the legend of the immortal Stephen Groo with the documentary feature ‘The Insufferable Groo,’ produced by Jared Hess (‘Napoleon Dynamite’) and featuring Jack Black. Also paired with the wonderful Utah short film premiere of ‘Honey Do.’
The Utah produced ‘The Appearance,’ starring Jake Stormoen and Kristian Nairn (‘Game of Throne’) makes its Utah premiere with cast and crew in attendance along with the delicious animated short film “Should You Meet a Lady in a Darkened Wood.”
Rock the night away at Utah’s most legendary concert venue, Velour, for FilmQuest’s Opening Weekend Party! The Lovestrange and Mr. Tape will set your night on fire with unforgettable live music and beats that will set the tone for the rest of the 2018 festival. Open to the public. This ticket provides food plus the concert to the ticket holder and can be bought at the door.
*Purchaser needs all members of party present at check-in, ID’s will be verified at the door and wristband provided.
A Filmmaker 7 VIP exclusive luncheon @TBD
A curated selection of some of the hottest music videos from indie bands from around the globe, coupled with selected animated shorts and experimental films, all at Utah’s beating heart of indie rock, Velour:
‘Apex,’ ‘Armchair Dreaming,’ ‘Be My Rebel,’ ‘Cloak the Night,’ ‘Dissimulate,’ ‘Distinct,’ ‘Euphoria,’ ‘Futoro,’ ‘Giant Women, Micro-Budget,’ ‘Ka Ka Ka Ka,’ ‘Omphaloskepsis,’ ‘Paprika,’ ‘Phototaxis,’ ‘Relax, It’s Probably Just a Parasite,’ ‘Run This,’ ‘The League of Steam: The Invitation to Armageddon,’ ‘U.S. Butcher’
Hacking Kickstarter: How To Raise $10k – $100k Without Annoying Your Friends and Family!
Justin Giddings is an award-winning filmmaker who found creative freedom through crowdfunding. After becoming the “go-to guy” for crowdfunding advice, Justin combined his background in marketing with his experience in crowdfunding and launched www.TheKickstarterGuy.com. He regularly teaches at Film Independent, is an official Kickstarter Expert, and travels internationally to speak of film production and financing. To date, he has coached over 100 filmmakers, raised $3.6+ million, and has a 97% success rate.
During this seminar, you will learn:
The 3 Core Components Of A Kick-Ass Campaign
How To Use A.P.P.S. So You Don’t Burn Bridges
How To Organically Get 1000 – 2000 New Active, Engaged, and Niche Followers Per Month
Kickstarter Vs. Indiegogo Vs. Seed&Spark
A Q+A Free-For-All!
Mind-melting Science Fiction at its finest, a series of finely curated short films exploring the Final Frontier… and beyond:
‘Andromeda,’ ‘Compatible,’ ‘Grey Canyon,’ ‘Metta Via,’ ‘Pulsar,’ ‘The Boogeys,’ ‘The Super Recogniser’
FilmQuest filmmakers sit on a panel discussing why making genre cinema is, quite simply, the best! From the vfx to the blood to the monster makeup to the action and the beyond! Moderated by Mario DeAngelis.
The Slamdance Best Narrative Feature winner, ‘Rock Steady Row,’ plays with an eclectic selection of short films in ‘Attack of the Potato Clock,’ ‘Goldblooded,’ “Only a Movie!,” and ‘The Cherry Brothers.’
The Utah Premiere of the topsy turvy, murderously fun feature film ‘The Moose Head Over the Mantel’ with fabulously complimentary short films ‘3 Keys,’ ‘Cut Off,’ and ‘The Order of the Orchid.’
Take a tour of the Utah Film Studios in Park City where some of the hottest films and television series were made, like ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Yellowstone,’ and find out why Utah is a great place to film!
Take the pressure off with this selection of shorts and new media projects that showcase the lighter, and sometime bizarre, side of genre cinema:
‘Blood Shed,’ ‘Bullet Time,’ ‘Good Luck Marc,’ ‘My Monster,’ ‘Night Crosser,’ ‘Stay,’ ‘Stellar Hosts,’ ‘The Music Lesson,’ ‘The Wednesday Sessions,’ ‘Voyage Trekkers’
Have you ever heard of the greatest Japanese detective show ever made? If not, the hilarious feature film ‘Top Knot Detective’ is for you, along with great short films that include ‘Brown Evil,’ ‘Hi-Five the Cactus’ and the two FilmQuest Express competition films.
Prepare for witch filled mayhem with the feature film ‘The Witch Files,’ starring ‘The Americans’ Holly Taylor and a cast of some of the best up and coming actresses in Hollywood, along with some witch themed shorts in ‘Dance Macabre,’ ‘Devil’s Night,’ and ‘Sticks and Straw.’
Enjoy a night of team building with an Escape Room experience @ Get Out Games. Discover your inner Indiana Jones or Lara Croft and discover if you have what it takes to solve the clues and get out in time!
A glorious selection of creepy-fun (or just plain creepy) shorts that prove, beyond a doubt, that your toys would much rather be playing with you:
‘A Doll Distorted,’ ‘Baby Yaga Origins,’ ‘Burn,’ ‘Embers & Dust,’ ‘Fanman’s Basement,’ ‘Fearless,’ ‘Midnight Delivery,’ ‘Porcelain Stare,’ ‘The Baby Whisperer,’ ‘The Dollmaker’
Discover the $8,000 wonder that is the feature film ‘The God Inside My Ear’ along with the crazy creepy short film that will reinforce your fear of clowns with ‘Balloon.’
The creators of the CW series “The Outpost” discuss the making of and behind the scenes story of their fantasy television series, made and filmed entirely in Utah. Presented by the Utah Film Commission. Moderated by Mario DeAngelis.
The best genre shorts from your host state of Utah, highlighting the can’t miss hottest up-and-coming talent in the state today:
‘Companion,’ ‘Dead Air,’ ‘I Love My Robot Boyfriend,’ ‘Out of the Ground,’ ‘Rustlers,’ ‘Star Wars: Dresca,’ ‘Thorn, Thank You for Coming’
The West Coast Premiere of the Spanish fantasy extravaganza ‘The Blacksmith and the Devil’ with the magical short film ‘Ovum’ (Argentina).
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:
‘Galactic Galaxy,’ ‘Geek Lounge,’ ‘In Absentia,’ ‘Love in Translation,’ ‘Multiplex 10,’ ‘Neosho Falls,’ ‘Pushing Skills,’ ‘Springdale,’ ‘The Hunted: Encore,’ ‘The PsyBorgs’
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.
A grab-bag collection of a diverse short films sure to entertain with thrills, chills, and laughs:
‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Theatre,’ ‘Distortion,’ ‘Leviathan,’ ‘Maw,’ ‘Ovum (USA),’ ‘Sight,’ ‘Well’
Filmmaker and Podcaster Christina Barsi present a creative & informative podcasting lab designed for the filmmaker, screenwriter, and industry creative. Centered around the importance of storytelling, inspiration and how to leverage your vision & voice further through this new & compelling medium.
Hilarious horror comedy prevails in the highly entertaining “Dementia Part 2” coupled with the equally uproarious short films ‘Deep Dish Apocalypse,’ ‘Hair Wolf,’ ‘Meeting MacGuffin,’ and ‘Seeing Green.’
Asian zombie action at its finest is presented with the adrenaline filled feature film ‘Lost in Apocalypse,’ FilmQuest’s first Asian feature to date. The film is paired with the equally awesome shorts ‘Canopy,’ ‘Imagine,’ and ‘Wyrmwood: Chronicles of the Dead.’
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+
Enjoy a second dose of eating and networking with our filmmaker luncheon at Good Thyme Eatery in Downtown Provo.
These fun-filled short films selected from a variety of genres are sure to either leave you smiling from delight or from frights:
‘bnb,’ ‘Candyland,’ ‘Delivery,’ ‘Heartless,’ ‘The Adventures of Penny Patterson,’ ‘The Mistress of the Forest,’ ‘Tiger,’ ‘To Catch a Fly,’ ‘You Are The Captain’
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.
Incredibly cinematography, a beguiling concept, and lavish performance highlight this gem of a feature film in ‘You Go To My Head.’
FilmQuest filmmakers who made their first movie that’s playing at this year’s FilmQuest talk about their experiences making their film, how they got it done, and what the journey to FilmQuest has been like. Moderated by Mario DeAngelis.
A dynamic, and provocative selection of films from the LGBT community that celebrates love, diversity, monsters, revenge, and the best pot pie you ever tasted:
‘Brown Fish,’ ‘Lunch Ladies,’ ‘Magic H8 Ball,’ ‘Prenatal,’ ‘The Quiet Room,’ ‘The Spectacular Summer of Weredog and Amy,’ ‘We’re All Mad Here’
An unforgettable and can’t miss experience awaits as we’ve teamed up with the Voodoo Darlings to present a burlesque show unlike Provo has ever seen before. Food and drink available, with other carnival style performers like caricature artists, henna artists, fortune tellers, music and more! A “Land of the Dead” themed event, so get your best “dead face” on! You must be on the guest list in advance to enter, so get your tickets early. 21+
See ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ 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!
Some of our finest fantasy themed short films come together in a can’t miss collection of wooded realms, underground lairs, and alternative worlds:
‘Bullies,’ ‘Caducea,’ ‘Distress,’ ‘Once a Cheater,’ ‘Sylphvania Grove,’ ‘Trauma Industries’
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. 2 of 2 at the festival!
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:
’42 Counts,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Dawn of Man,’ ‘I Baked Him a Cake,’ ‘Latched,’ ‘Malacostraca,’ ‘Requiem,’ ‘Scopaesthesia,’ ‘The Candlelight Witch,’ ‘What Metal Girls Are Into’
Oscar winning makeup artist Joel Harlow (‘Star Trek,’ ‘Black Panther’) gives us a special visit with this special presentation, currently being developed. A must attend for all genre filmmakers, makeup artists, and movie fans in general.
Star power comes to life as Henry Ian Cusack (‘Lost’) and Kathleen Quinlan (‘Apollo 13’) star in the mad scientist feature film ‘Chimera’ accompanied by the incredible short films ‘Laboratory Conditions’ starring Marissa Tomei and Minnie Driver, and ‘Rigor Mortis.’
The wildest, maddest, most audacious, most outrageous, bloodiest, and sickest collection of short films at the festival wage war on your good taste and modest sensibilities with our annual Midnight Madness selections:
‘BFF Girls,’ ‘Claw,’ ‘Conductor’, ‘Goodnight, Gracie,’ ‘Inside the House,’ ‘Mortal Coil,’ ‘Mother Fucker,’ ‘The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds,’ ‘The Last Drop,’ ‘Third Wheel,’ ‘TiCK,’ ‘We Summoned A Demon’
Because no one can ever get enough, we bring you yet another dynamic selection of sci-fi short films that will stimulate and inspire the imagination as it wonders aloud about aliens, malicious experiments, and the stars that number in the billions… and billions… and billions…:
‘Artificial,’ ‘Beauty,’ ‘Elias Black: Fire,’ ‘Look Twice,’ ‘Nadine,’ ‘Paleonaut,’ ‘Power(less),’ ‘Rab.bit,’ ‘Ricochet,’ ‘Skincreepers,’ ‘The Nine Billion Names of God’
Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the Final Destination franchise, and other contributors from #1 best selling horror essay book My Favorite Horror Movie, including its creator Christian Ackerman, sit on a panel and discuss how horror has influenced them for the better. Moderated by Mario DeAngelis.
A near dystopian future awaits in the post-Brexit world of the feature film thriller ‘White Chamber’ starring Oded Feh (‘The Mummy’) and Amrita Acharia (‘Game of Thrones’) while being accompanied by the sure to please shorts ’43 Quintillion’ and ‘The Present™’
Finish the journey with the incredible sci-fi drama ‘Prospect’ starring Pablo Pascal (‘Narcos’ and ‘Game of Thrones’) and Sophie Thatcher in a film you won’t forget along with the outstanding sci-fi action short ‘The Silver.’
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 2018 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 2018 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 Good Thyme for some food and drink with Provo’s backdrop in the night sky in this rooftop event!