09-10​​.Sept​​/2016​

Comedy Sportz
420 S 1st St, Milwaukee

18th​​ MKE Short Film Festival

"BEST LOCAL FESTIVAL!"

Award given Opening Night

Wild Wild Horses
Wild Wild Horses

Short film directed by and starring Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time, House). The film is scored to the debut EP, 'Ordinary Life', from the band, Wild Wild Horses. The film also stars Rose McIver (iZombie, Masters of Sex) and Geoff Stults (7th Heaven, Enlisted, Grace and Frankie). The short film captures the tension of a couple who are haunted by a 'ghost' of their past.

Return to Sender
Return to Sender

Gertrude Pepper has spent the last few years shut in her own home, afraid of the world outside her front door. One day a mysterious package arrives up on her door step and begins to challenge her reality.

Cleanse Pest, Rest
Cleanse Pest, Rest

A homophobe waiter not only abuses the clients but also his co-worker; a simpleton and lonely teenager whose job consists in offering snacks, dressed in a chicken costume.

Liquor & Blood
Liquor & Blood

In Top Hat Balloon's Liquor & Blood two thieves are on the run after their latest stick-up. Written and directed by Jordan Johnson and Max Olmsted. Music by Eric Momou. Starring Theo Olmsted, Eric Momou, and Max Olmsted. (Viewer Discretion is Advised)

Sisters
Sisters

Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more. Conjured up by the song to which it’s set, the film represents a sincere vision of inspiration derived from the music of Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray). It is the confluence of a variety of abstract concepts, from the fragility of modern technology, to the cruelty o

3 daYs
3 daYs

Debauchery and happenstance conspire to manifest an accidental hero trapped in a history doomed to repeat itself.

2016 Best Film/Audience Favorite

Gorilla

Hollywood, 1947. Henry Corso performs as a costumed gorilla on horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a cardboard jungle scenery. But scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky for the gorilla man.

2016 Best Cinematography

3 daYs

Debauchery and happenstance conspire to manifest an accidental hero trapped in a history doomed to repeat itself.

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Karen
Karen

A troubled young child’s life is plagued by her, extremely jealous, imaginary best friend, Karen.

The Forgotten Fable of Papa L's .38
The Forgotten Fable of Papa L's .38

Papa Legba has put forth a cursed pistol to wreak havoc.

Snow Bird
Snow Bird

This dance film is a fairy tale about a snow bird which is born in Winter. The bird has lost her way in the forest so due to her confusion and loneliness, she would like to return to the egg, however, the egg is already broken. There is no way for her to get out of the forest and she doesn't know where to go. What she can do is just dance while waiting for something invisible to guide her.

Mikwenim: Remember Your Choices
Mikwenim: Remember Your Choices

The Ojibwe youth learn through the always present aura of an elder that the choices they make do matter. Life on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation presents itself as a wall; that most do not pass. Often during times of trouble, looking to the 7th generation for their teachings is a must. Mikwenim establishes place and identity while exposing our personal comfort in avoiding the issues that affect our community.

Hell Date
Hell Date

The short opens with our protagonist making a sandwich and receiving a call from his friend, inviting him out to a new gay bar in town. The protagonist refuses and insists on going out on a date with someone he just met on the internet, in order to get over his ex. The friend taunts him and warns him to be safe. Our main character gets ready for his date, despite not liking how anything looks on him, and takes a couple drinks to work up the courage. He arrives to “Gymstud’s” home and realizes th

Deserter's North
Deserter's North

Sometime in the future, the war lasted for a long time. In order to runaway the battle, a young deserter hided in the wildness for years. One day, he saw a vague figure in a far distance, so he decide to follow the figure and see whats going on...

ThreeSixFive
ThreeSixFive

Maxine “Max” Collier goes out for her routine morning and normally peaceful jog. Not too long into her jog she gets into somewhat of a verbal altercation with a man and a woman who looks to be harassing another younger woman. Just as the man threatens Max an really good friend from Max's childhood comes to her rescue Jackson “Jack” Ripley as a good friend should, but later on Jackson reveals his true colors.

Two Rivers
Two Rivers

Two Rivers is a story about the destructive relationship between Dirke (Mark Borchardt) and Emma (Melonie Gartner). Dirke is a troubled individual who can’t hold down a job. Haunted by his own demons and coupled with an explosive temper, Dirke is a force to be reckoned with. Dirke’s uncontrollable attitude also spills into his relationship with Emma, a long-suffering woman. Dirke’s abusive way leaves her cold and broken. Emma neither has anything left to give to their relationship nor any place

A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods

Rue takes a walk through the woods and stumbles upon a gruesome discovery that will cause him to have to fight for his life. Will he make it out alive, or will the woodsman seal his fate?

2016  Judges

Intrusion
Intrusion

A troubled, introverted teenage boy has to face the consequences of his inner demons, when a house intruder invades his home.

Summer Texts
Summer Texts

An old guy and a dude half his age taunt each other with text messages that culminate into a face-to-face confrontation.

Our Eagles
Our Eagles

Since its inception in 2009, the Decorah Eagle Cam has become the most-viewed live stream in internet history. Working with the camera's operator—the Raptor Resource Project—this short film explores the phenomenal popularity of a bald eagle family in the small town of Decorah, Iowa.

Forest Products
Forest Products

Tiny parasols sprout up like fungi across a beautiful wooded landscape in this hybrid stop motion/time-lapse short film.

The Quilting Queen
The Quilting Queen

An unexpected artist and their personal journey of self discovery and their race against time.

Summertime in Eternity
Summertime in Eternity

It's about the trap of human drama and maybe transcending it.

Buddies
Buddies

The brief story about my Grandmother, and the pets she has accumulated.

The Master
The Master

Marc, a timid student novelist, seeks to pass his graduate review in order to graduate. Professor Strauss, absolutely unconcerned for Marc's graduation plans, doesn't feel he's ready. Marc must decide to be pushed over or to push back.

Vice
Vice

A Russian pudding addict interrogates a snack pack to discover the faults of his past. A 5 minute short narrative shot as a school project at The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

2016 Festival Film

Frame of Mine

Frame of Mine is a Horror/Suspense film about a naive man who develops an unconventional and unnerving relationship with a subject at work

2016 Festival Film

The Quilting Queen

The unlikely story of an unlikely artist and their creative journey.

Beard Club
Beard Club

An awkward young man and a devious old man are the only guests of an internet meet-up group for men with beards

The Urn
The Urn

Cremate the body, find a spot, spread the ashes. Routine. But for Delilah, her Japanese culture demands she honor the ashes by keeping them for 35 days. What to do with your mother’s remains for 35 days? Delilah and her mother were inseparable: best friends and favorite confidantes. So why should that stop after death? At the film’s outset, you witness Delilah navigate her new life with her dead mother’s ashes: in a beautifully decorative urn. Inseparable, as in life, Delilah and her mother pic

Venus Rising from the Undertow
Venus Rising from the Undertow

In the dynamic 1980's of Eastern Europe, Venus and Julia were a beautiful spy team with the CIA, until a simple pick up job goes horribly wrong. Thirty years later, Julia gets the shock of her life when she spots Venus rising up out of the foaming waters of a Florida beach. Questions from the past come slamming into the now for Julia, who must make the right choice for the both of them. The past is never past.

ThreeSixFive
ThreeSixFive

Based on a true story of a woman's horrifying life changing experience.

Life Outside The Rhyme
Life Outside The Rhyme

We know we’re not supposed to meet our idols, but what about the people who molded our childhood? The ones who helped us fall asleep at night, the ones who our parents introduced us to, to learn life lessons. Surely those characters must be true at heart? Wrong. One journalist goes on a once in a lifetime journey to interview some of the most iconic nursery rhyme stars ever born. But he soon learns that some stories are best left untold. Follow this modern day Narrator into the worlds of belov

The Ringmaster
The Ringmaster

In this episode of 'The Ringmaster' serial, Larry, an everyday schmo retains the services of the mysterious Ringmaster, Luke Coppersmith. Can the mystical Ringmaster put the pathetic Larry Lumpner into Center Ring? Will Larry get the respect and attention he deserves and realize personal and career success? Will the spectral, magical Ringmaster leave him on a tightrope between what is and what could be?

The Life and Times of Thomas Thumb J
The Life and Times of Thomas Thumb J

Thomas Thumb Jr. is unlike any other man. He has a giant thumb for a head and he'll do whatever it takes to achieve the American Dream.

Muscle
Muscle

AMANDA is married to CRAIG, a terminally ill man. She has been by his side, bathing and feeding him for the past seven years. She cares for him day in and day out, the weight of it all taking a toll on her life and her marriage. But their marriage was broken long before the disease, and those cracks have never gone away. Now, frayed by a life in stasis, Amanda realizes it's time to make a choice. A meeting with a stranger becomes Amanda's final chance to regain her hope.

The Dressing Room
The Dressing Room

A young girl growing into adulthood relates a dress-buying experience to a representation of her transition.

Closed Mondays
Closed Mondays

When a reclusive, small town museum guard unwillingly befriends a young patron, their shared appreciation of the museum's modest contemporary art collection sparks an unlikely friendship that forever changes the gallery's low attendance. Filmed on location at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, WI by Marquette University students.

Snow Bird
Snow Bird

This dance film is a fairy tale about a snow bird which is born in Winter. The bird has lost her way in the forest so due to her confusion and loneliness, she would like to return to the egg, however, the egg is already broken. There is no way for her to get out of the forest and she doesn't know where to go. What she can do is just dance while waiting for something invisible to guide her.

Cartolina
Cartolina

After receiving the same postcard in the mail three days in a row we start to question reality and what fate it holds, Is it now or was it then is what you will be asking after delving into this David Lynch inspired take on "Through the Looking Glass". Shot on the Super 8mm Film in the Rare Max 8 format, Cartolina will be a real treat for the film geek in all of us.

Modern Age Amour
Modern Age Amour

Unplug. Connect. Dream.

Screen: Righter
Screen: Righter

On June 10th, Chad Halvorsen brought together a team of Firmament alum and some new friends for the 2016 Milwaukee 48 Hour film Project. What followed was a weekend of indie romance, Michael Bay hero shots, slow-mo running, and cre-a-tivity! This is "Screen: Righter".

The Hodag
The Hodag

It is the story of eleven-year-old Amy, a girl who encounters the mysterious Hodag and believes, at all costs, that it is real. Unfortunately, her father is the kind of man who doesn't believe in magical creatures lurking around the forest. And so Amy sets out to prove that the Hodag really exists.

2016 Best Wisconsin Film/ Best Director/Best Ensemble/Audience Favorite

Screen: Righter

A young woman rushes to her love, but the two woman are having a difficult time coming together as an inspired producer injects his ideas into the story.

2016 Winners

Best Film
Best Film
Best WI Film
Best WI Film
BEST VH FILM
BEST VH FILM
2nd Place
2nd Place
Art Ach
Art Ach
AD FAV GORILLA
AD FAV GORILLA

2016 Sponsors

MKE Production Rental
MKE Production Rental
Lakefront Brewery
Lakefront Brewery
Clark Graphics
Clark Graphics
Trophy Athletic
Trophy Athletic
Beans and Barley
Beans and Barley
Breadsmith
Breadsmith