11th Annual International Short Film Festival Wrap-up
Held SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2014 at 8:00PM

Independent short films from around the world including animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries, and silent films with live musical accompaniment were shown at The Kent Stage. Enduring a blizzard, a polar vortex, and sea of ice on the streets, a great time was had by all!

And the Winners of the 11th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film Festival are...

Audience Choice

1.  Blessing in Disguise.  By Eric Kissack.  He will be receiving a $100 in prize money.
2.  Leaving Home.  By Joost Lieuwana
3.  Lost and Found.  By Joey Bania

Juried Choice

1.  Andersartig (Different).  By Dennis Stein-Schomburg.  He will be receiving a certificate.
2.  Blessing in Disguise.  By Eric Kissack
3.  Lost and Found.  By Joey Bania

Here's a few links to media that provided publicity.




Thank you to all the film makers and brave audience participants for your part in making this a successful event!

Jeff Ingram/Producer
Standing Rock International Short Film Festival
Standing Rock Cultural Arts

Images from the event

Standing Rock Cultural Arts' 11th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film Festival.  This popular annual event becomes even bigger this year with films from as far away as Germany and China 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 the very organic and creative animator Drew Christie.  The last portion of the night will feature silent films by Brenda Molloy and Mike Hovancsek which will be accompanied live on stage by Mike Hovancsek (koto, sitar), Joe Culley (tabla) and Rex Sheppard (guitar)!


Here is a list of this year's films:

Ruuuun! (China)
This is a collaborative animation piece in which over 100 animators from around the world.  It was created by holding three animation-painting live events and extending an invitation through the internet.


Blessing in Disguise (USA)
Eric Kissack
Katie just found out that she has an incurable venereal disease. Enter the man of her dreams.


Andersartig (Different) (Germany)
Dennis Stein-Schomburg
An animation about an orphan during World War II.


Lost & Found (England)
Joey Bania
In a remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island, tucked away among the last remaining tracts of native forest, lies a little-known place of wonder. It is the life’s work and extraordinary creation of inventor, artist and self-confessed tinkerer, Blair Somerville.  For over ten years Blair has single-handedly owned, operated and ceaselessly expanded the Lost Gypsy Gallery, his wonderland of homegrown wizardry and a playground for kids and adults alike. Using only recycled materials, Blair takes DIY to artistic extremes. His creations are ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical. They take many shapes and forms and share an uncanny ability to amaze, entertain and inspirire.


App Happy (USA)
Josh Forbes
A pitch man offers up apps for every imaginable human need.


Sallie Gardner at a Gallop 2013   (Austria. 01:28)
by Morpho @ Studio Komorebi
Stop motion clay animation and light work, combining 3D figures and 2D silhouettes.
This film is inspired by Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s film of same title from 1878, who was commissioned by a racehorse breeder to determine if a horse at any stage of gallop has all four hooves in the air. He developed a shutter release system and took 16 stills of a galloping horse, of which a famous contact sheet exists and a mini animation (the images put in a row).
This film was created by 16 small scale clay horses each for one stage of motion according to Muybridge's contact sheet.


Ballpoint Barber (USA)
Peter Simon
Tom gets his facial hair drawn on via a magic pen.  300 printed pages to create the effect. Watch the behind the scenes.


The Kinda Sutra (USA)
Jessica Yu
Where exactly do babies come from? And how are they really made?  Mixing humorous animation and interviews, this documentary short poses these questions to a variety of adults and youngsters who explore their earliest understanding of sex, conception and how the two, uh, intersect.  With humor, affection and nostalgia for youth's lost naiveté, our subjects recall some of their earliest experiences with - and misconceptions of - sex and babies and all things thereof. The stork, of course, makes an appearance, as do other less conventional elements, including floating airborne seeds, a tree, pollywogs and an unexpected bathroom fixture. This very personal, Indian-themed riff on the Kama Sutra provides a glimpse into how we think about sex and what we learn along the way.


Trip (Brazil)
A spiritual journey in search of self-knowledge, conscience and love. This short movie was produced independently and recorded during vjsuave's residency at "Shiny toys Festival" in Germany.  Vjsuave is Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga, a new media art duo based in Sao Paulo, as specialists in moving projection they create movies that are poignant, warm and personal, crafted from hand-drawn media, transformed into digital animation then projection-mapped in a way that seems to bring streets alive. Characters walk across the landscape with a convincing blend of movement and real moving projections.


Boats (USA)
Justin Dec
Hot off the success of "Cars" and "Planes", a room full of executives dreams up the next big thing... "Boats"! But is it the story they care about or is it $omething el$$$e...?


Down to Nothing (USA)
Jake Fried
Hand-drawn animation with ink, gouache, white-out and coffee.


Home Cooking (USA)
Josh Forbes
What happens when hipsters take their love of DIY to the extreme? They get strung out on meth and do some freaky s*#t.


Giangrande (Paper Plane) (Italy)

Gianluca Maruotti
Animator and puppet-maker Gianluca Maruotti has created here a moving and fanciful story about love, loss, and animals that play musical instruments.


     I discovered Drew Christie a few years ago when I saw one of his animation pieces that he created by drawing on every page of a paperback book and then flipping it to make an actual sophisticated movie with a storyline and everything.  Drew's work is all hand drawn and made using very meticulous, organic techniques.  The music he uses has a similar, folksy aesthetic that is totally appealing and unique.  We willl be featuring the following films by Drew Christie:
-Allergy to Originality
-Fire Fire, I Heard the Cry
-How to Bring Democracy to the Fish
-Some Crazy Magic.  Meeting Harry
-Song Of The Spindle
-Vanity Fair Decades. 1940



Every year we bring in musicians to create live music for some of our films.  This year we have Joe Culley on tabla (, Rex Sheppard on guitar (, and me on koto and sitar.

Fractal Mandalas (USA)
Brenda Molloy
Brenda makes art using mathematical formulas that generate surprisingly spiritual and beautiful images.  She exhibits her art and has published a book of her images.  This is her first film.
Vesta (USA)
Mike Hovancsek
This film is based on the ancient Roman god Vesta, who kept the home fires burning and, in so doing, kept society alive.  Dance by Amy Unruh.

Process (USA)

Mike Hovancsek
This is a collection of 1,000 still images that I made.  Each one is a progression on the one before it.  It was done in an improvisational manner, with no plan for where it would go.  Instead, I worked my way through a series of processes, each of them changing the images in their own way, and watched where it took me.

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