The Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF) happens the second weekend in May. There is something for every taste. CIFF is a platform for communities to tell their stories and relate to one another through the art of motion pictures. Converging arts, culture and history.
December
5
2014

CIFF 2015 entries now open through March 30, 2015

The 2015 CIFF is May 25 – 30, 2015 in Downtown Cheyenne. You can enter your film for the modest fee of $20 through the end of March 2015. We’re partial to movies that are made by Wyoming people, about Wyoming subjects, shot in Wyoming.

May
15
2014

CIFF converges history with the arts May 19 to 24

The Hynds Building is one of the historic and funky movie screening venues.

The Hynds Building is one of the historic and funky movie screening venues.

One of the sponsors for the Cheyenne International Film Festival is the City of Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board.

The festival has as one of its missions to show movies in unconventional places. The Historic Hynds Building is one of those.

If you’re expecting a traditional movie theater experience? Get ready for a funky space to see all kinds of art, including movies!

The Hynds is the venue May 19 – 21! Opening on Monday is “The One Who Loves You”

Tickets are available at Phoenix Books and Music, 1612 Capitol Avenue or on line.

May
2
2014

CIFF 2014 Schedule: closing night features Dan Junge’s ‘Fight Church’

Dan Junge's latest documentary screens Saturday May 24th.

Dan Junge’s latest documentary screens Saturday May 24th.

The 2014 Cheyenne International Film Festival screens in Downtown Cheyenne May 19 – 24 at the Hynds Building Theater and the Atlas Theatre. The CIFF programs are all in the evening and feature, food, live entertainment and movies. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance to discuss their movies.

The CIFF closes with “Fight Church” the latest documentary by Oscar winner and former Cheyenneite Dan Junge.

Tickets are available online through the website and will be on sale at the Phoenix Books and Music walk up box office on May 8th.

Here’s the program (subject to tweaks):

Program 1 – Monday May 19th (Cosponsored by Bevara Digital)
Doors open 6:30pm
Hynds Building – Capitol Avenue and Lincolnway
7:30pm

“Hemingway’s Suitcase” by Cole Smith (TRT: 7 min)
A lost suitcase found at a train station has so many stories to tell. One of the top Ten Shoot Out Cheyenne films.
“The One Who Loves You” by Katharyn Grant (in person)
It’s 1974. Gloria Bethune faces a bleak existence when she retreats to her small hometown after failing as a singer in New York. She falls for a drifter who claims to be the former manager of a famous Country singer. Through this flawed man’s apparent faith in her, Gloria’s passion for singing is reborn, but she is pushed into uncharted territory.

Program 2 Tuesday May 20th (Cosponsored by the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board)
Hynds Building – Doors open 6:30pm
7:00pm
“First Batch” – by Steve Kline (TRT 7:00)
A dark comedy that chronicles the first batch. Winner of the Shoot Out Cheyenne
“WyoMericana” by Mykal Vanata – in person  (TRT 16:00)
Three bands, four states, thousands of miles of pavement… WYOMERICANA documents this cinematic musical journey through the Rocky Mountain West. Hop on the caravan with Wyoming musicians Jalan Crossland, Screen Door Porch and J Shogren Shanghai’d as they share Wyoming’s Americana roots with audiences in the summer of 2013.
Jay Shogren Shanghai’d  Band live performance

Program 3 Wednesday May 21 (Cosponsored by Cheyenne Sister Cities)
Hynds Building – Doors 6:30pm
Reception and drumming performance sponsored by the Cheyenne Sister Cities program
7:30pm

“20 meters of love in Montmartre”  by Pierre GAFFIÉ (TRT: 5min)
Paris, early in the morning… 4 women, unknown to each other, find a secret link between them through their faces and through their arts…
“The African Guest” by Nkanya Nkwai and Bob Larue. (TRT 89min)
A new independent film about a young African man’s journey to a new life in America. Filmed in Colorado-USA and Bonakanda Cameroon.

The Cheyenne Zombie Fest screens five shorts on Thursday May 22nd.

The Cheyenne Zombie Fest screens five shorts on Thursday May 22nd.

Program 4 Thursday May 22 (Cosponsored by the Cheyenne Zombie Fest)
Atlas Theatre – Doors 6:00pm
Reception Cosponsored by the Cheyenne Zombie Fest
7:00pm
“Lily”
By Jeff Miller – in person (TRT:7 min)
The Hynds Building is the setting for a ghostly encounter in this top 10 film from the Shoot Out Cheyenne.

“The Shivers” – in person
By Shawn Crochet (TRT: 13 min)
A fearless teen is dared into surviving a night inside the historic haunted Atlas Theatre, where he makes some unexpected friends.

“I’m Paranoid”
By Renee Michelle Macey (TRT: 23 min.)
A reality-show interviews a woman who is obsessed with preparing for the zombie apocalypse, much to the embarassment of those around her.

“Junk Food”
By Justin Batson (TRT: 37 min.)
A woman who puts up with her poison-tongued co-workers wonders if she is going crazy, as people begin turning up dead around town.

“Abduction”
By Jerry Steinhour (TRT: 21 min)
A young couple spiral into madness when their young daughter disappears on the morning of her birthday.

DSC_0060Program 5 Friday May 23 (Cosponsored by Body Lines Dance Theatre)
Atlas Theatre – Doors open 6:00pm
Reception Cosponsored by the Body Lines Dance Theatre
7:00pm
Live ballet demonstration by the Body Lines Dance Theatre with Leslie O’Hashi – Bodylines Dance Theatre Performing Group will perform a 5-6 minute narrative and demonstration on Ballet history and the evolution of Modern dance and  Jazz  dance, then the Performing Group will perform Ballet, Modern and Jazz pieces from their repertoire.

8:00pm

“Ballerina”  A portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre know as the Kirov Ballet.  The discipline and rigor is revealed in this film as the five dancers are profiled during rehearsals, onstage and backstage.  Running time: 77 minutes)

Program 6 Saturday May 24 (Cosponsored by Judy Fossum Voice Overs)
Atlas Theatre – Doors 6:00pm
Reception Cosponsored by Judy Fossum Voice Overs and the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board
7:00pm
Wyoming Short Film Contest winner
“Til the Well Runs Dry by Charlie Craighead

“Fight Church, by Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel – in person
FIGHT CHURCH is a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts.

April
6
2014

CIFF 2014 seeks a few good movies

CIFF

2014 seeks Wyoming movies

The sixth Cheyenne International Film Festival is May 22 – 24 in Downtown Cheyenne. The CIFF theme this year is “All About Wyoming”.

We’re showing movies made by Wyoming production companies, those about Wyoming or set in Wyoming.

Also, CIFF is featuring Wyoming live performers to augment what is on the screen.

Contact us via email with links to your movie screeners!

May
6
2013

CIFF rooms at the Holiday Inn

holiday inn pixIf you’re coming into town for the Cheyenne International Film Festival May 16 – 19, the Holiday Inn has rooms for $89 / night. Click on the HI image to be redirected to the reservation page.

The CIFF has 24 films with opening night May 16 at the Paramount Cafe. There’s an opening reception and a group of Wyoming movies, including The Stagecoach: An American Crossroads.

Friday night features the HBO documentary American Winter. Saturday night features the short movie Loaded along with a live magic show by Dan Jaspersen.

Sunday night is not to be missed with a movie about Banjos and a live performance by Beatgrass.

April
24
2013

CIFF 2013 Early Bird special 50% discount

The CIFF program is largely released!

The CIFF program ticket discounts are 50% with promo code halfoffciff13

The Cheyenne International Film Festival is offering an Early Bird Special for tickets to most of the movie programs. Through May 9th at midnight, purchase tickets online and get a 50percent discount on tickets for the the following programs by entering the promo code halfoffciff13:

  • Program 4 – May 18th 10am – Fantasies
  • Program 5 – May 18th 1pm – Long Stories Short
  • Program 6 – May 18th 4pm – Families
  • Program 8 – May 19th 10am – Native Experiences
  • Program 9 – May 19th 1pm – Long Stories Short II

Program 1 – Opening Night and a screening of Stagecoach: American Crossroads are free at the Paramount Cafe

Program 3 – Cartoons and Home Movies at the Paramount Cafe on Saturday morning 10 am is also free.

April
16
2013

CIFF 2013 program released!

The Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF) program is released.

The following films are official selections for the CIFF and also are on the roster for the Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival which pulls out over the next year into other Wyoming communities.

Game Night TRT 12minutes -  USA NY – David Ketterer A family gets a mysterious board game in the mail that forces them to confront a secret they’ve kept quiet for years.

Clouds TRT 12minutes – UK – Gilbert James – Living the life of a writer, Irving Walker’s days are filled with distraction, creative torment, lunch, the occasional smoothie and sometimes writing. But only one story holds the key to him fulfilling his dreams of true creativity.

Breathe Life TRT 18minutes – USA CA – Matthew Jekowsky-  Although the Montelone’s must fight Cystic Fibrosis on a day-by-day basis, their passion for love, life and surfing allows them to get through these uncertain times. Known as the ‘Brady Bunch’ of the Cystic Fibrosis world, the ‘Monte Five’ cherish each moment and truly live life to the fullest. Breathe Life explores the difficulties the family must live with, as well as the love and unbreakable bonds they share.

The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads TRT 57 minutes – USA WY – Jennifer Tennican – Situated beneath the alpine splendor of the Teton Mountains, the Coach has long been welcoming an eclectic and evolving cocktail of characters – from cowboys to millionaires, tourists to extreme athletes, drifters to musicians, disco dancers to two-steppers – both young and old. This film paints an intimate portrait of a roadhouse and crossroads that has been creating its own brand of community for more than 70 years in ways that both define and defy our visions of the Wild West.

Yellow Fever TRT 57 minutes – USA NM – Sophie Rousmaniere – Yellow Fever follows young Navajo veteran, Tina Garnanez on her journey to investigate the history of the Navajo Uranium Boom, its lasting impacts in her area and the potential new mining in her region. She begins as a curious family member and becomes an advocate, lobbyist, activist and vocal proponent for transparency and environmental justice. Tina travels throughout the West to learn about uranium mining and nuclear development. She examines the pros, the cons and the hot debate over Nuclear power, which forces her to consider her own opinions on the subject of energy.

Suicidio Lamprea, la balada de Simon TRT 18minutes – Spain – Bilbao Guillermo Arias-Carbajal – Simon, at last, worked around all the difficulties he came up against his way towards suicide. But, he could never have imagined that Death would make it so difficult for him….

THE DESTRUCTION ARTIST TRT 12minutes – USA NC – Michael Sharpe – A short film based on the monolog THE DESTRUCTION ARTIST by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham. ‘I want to thank you for that remarkable performance. I confess that it was strange, and wonderful, to see the piece done by a gifted actor… It’s remarkable to see it enjoy this ongoing life – a monolog that only existed, was only intended to exist, for a single night. Life continues to surprise us.’ – Michael Cunningham

Manfred and the Waiting Room TRT 9minutes – Canada ON – Joel Breitman – In a doctor’s waiting room a frantic Manfred is thrown into a truly bizarre power struggle with a mysterious sociopath.

Tales from the Organ Trade 72minutes – Canada ON – Ric Esther Bienstock – TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE is a gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking: the street-level brokers, the rogue surgeons, the impoverished men and women who are willing to sacrifice a slice of their own bodies for a quick payday, and the desperate patients who face the agonizing choice of obeying the law or saving their lives. From Manila to Istanbul, from Colorado to Kosovo, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, the film brings to the screen a compelling cast whom fate has brought together where the gift of life meets the shadow of death.

Only Daughter TRT 99minutes – USA NH – Aaron Wiederspahn – 18-year-old Dawn Cowley sets out to find the father she has never known, ultimately discovering a devastating secret known by all except herself.

The NOMADS of OZ TRT 96minutes – Canada QC – Jason Rodi – An experimental Montreal remake of The Wizard of Oz where the Wizard is a father inventing memories of his daughter trapped in her favorite film. A love letter to cinema, child-like imagination, and the places we call home.

Pour la reproduction de l’espece TRT 37minutes – Canada QC – Dominique Rochon – Three couples get together for a weekend in a cabin. Some incidents will force them to question themselves.

Rose, Mary and Time TRT 38minutes – UK – Hardeep Giani – Real is Love – Is life governed by Kismet, or can we change our life path.

Desert Odyssey: A Search for the Final Resting Place of Edward Abbey TRT 15minutes – USA WY – David Keto – Edward Abbey is perhaps one of the most well known western nature writers of the 20th century. This film is a personal journey to explore his legacy and the filmmaker’s connection to his writing, while searching for his unknown grave site in the desert of Arizona.

Ella y el espejo TRT 30 – Spain Bilbao – Hector Dominguez-Viguera – SHE and HE have never spoken to each other because they don’t know language. It seems they are going to spend the rest of their lives together without any setback. But one day, SHE finds an strange object that will change her life forever.

I Love You Alice TRT 4minutes – USA CO – A young woman recounts her relationship with a man during a relaxing bike ride.

Chasing Moonflowers TRT 20 – USA UT – Cortland Wilson Some seek light and others chase moonflowers.’ ‘If you don’t believe it. It doesn’t exist.’

A Fable About Beauty 0:10:46 Canada MB John Barnard A poetic tale about two losers who learn that hot people can’t be trusted.

The Rocky Mountain Experience – Bull Riding TRT 29minutes – USA CO – At the encouragement of their mother, Rick and Brian explore their Wyoming cowboy roots by learning the dangerous sport of bull riding from some of the most seasoned riders in Colorado. With a little training and a lot of guts, the Higgins brothers ride in their first rodeo in their hometown of Aurora, Colorado.

Good Dog TRT 14minutes – USA CO – Don Sniffin – Dog lives with the Person family. Dog has a vision of the future. Dog must change the future. Good Dog!

Vanya TRT 29minutes – USA NM – Scott Milder – On the eve of the detonation of ‘VANYA’ — the largest thermonuclear device ever created — a Soviet soldier isolated in a remote communications bunker finds himself confronted with a strange supernatural threat.

The Branch TRT 7minutes – Australia NSW – Julietta Boscolo – 16 year old Anica and her 13 year old brother Jose live in the country with their father. Anica’s naturally adept at repairing things but Jose finds it difficult, although his father expects him to excel because he is male, while Anica is restricted to household tasks. When Jose takes credit for something that Anica fixed, tension rises between the two and Jose decides to follow in his father’s footsteps by twisting a childhood game.But when Anica decides to play on his terms, they both learn a very adult lesson.

Pepper TRT 10minutes – USA GA – Stephanie Shadden – Two crooks find themselves in line to grab a big payoff and work up a plan in a seemingly secluded bar corner to pull off an easy crime with high stakes. Things get complicated when an extra player enters the picture and adds a pinch of flavor to the heist.

In Her Boots TRT 14minutes – USA CA – Stephen Erdmann Explores the struggles of a military wife working to provide strength for her own growing family while helping other military families through their trying times in her work as a Family Readiness Group leader,

Memories, Dreams, and Shadows TRT 31minutes – USA GA – Jym Davis Dreams, Memories, and Shadows presents six stories of transcendence, despair, and visions of life after death. Through re-creations and interviews with survivors, we are offered a glimpse into life on the edge of existence. One man recounts his out of body experience during a violent car crash. Another man seeks God through the handling of deadly serpents. A young woman tells of her encounter with a dangerous stalker while sleepwalking. Another woman remembers a vision of hell during a fatal overdose. Two men tell of life in the water, one seeks peace through isolation, and another remembers an ocean drowning during a stormy ocean dive.

Twenty Million People TRT 75minutes – USA NJ – Michael Ferrell When Brian’s new girlfriend, a stand-up comedian, suddenly disappears, he enlists the help of his broken-hearted best friend and imaginary characters from a cliche romantic comedy to find her.’Twenty Million People’ is the first feature from writer/director Michael Ferrell, shot in 12 days for 12,000 dollars, raised entirely online through crowd funding on indiegogo.com. It is an indie romantic comedy shot and set in Jersey City, NJ and Brooklyn, NY.

Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry 101minutes – USA FL – David Mech – Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry examines the social, psychological, and economic impacts of performing in adult films. The documentary also examines proposed regulations that would address current industry issues, including workplace health and safety, such as mandatory STD testing and condom use, and job discrimination once performers decide to leave the industry and pursue conventional employment.

Cold Ground TRT 22minutes – Iran – Ali Pour Issa – It depicts apocalypse concentrating on the last days of a family’s catastrophic life in a prevalent winter (nuclear winter) in Iran in 2012. The notions of void and terror are dominant in the film. (The nuclear catastrophe or winter is not specifically mentioned in the short film because of the hard political situation in Iran. However, its implications exist throughout the film like their imprisonment in their claustrophobic place.) Basically, the figures are indifferent in their hard circumstances and are not able to communicate with each other.

Shoot the Moon TRT 27minutes – USA CA – Alexander Gaeta – Marcy Meyers is down on her luck. Faced with piling bills, the remnants of a failed marriage, and now an imminent home foreclosure, she places all of her hope onto a national game show that promises a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win it all.

Mama Picchu 0:16:36 USA CO Ryan Van Duzer – Single mother of four Donna Jobert seeks her first adventure in 30 years. Heart issues and physical fitness are the obstacles standing between her and the summit of Machu Picchu. With two grown sons by her side, hers is a story of overcoming self doubt and recapturing a zest for life.

American Winter TRT 99minutes – USA CA – Joe and Harry Gantz – Social mobility in America is tough with no safety net

Loaded TRT 4minutes – USA CO – Bob Larue A magician has a bad day

Amidah TRT 39minutes – USA CO – Gene Bernofsky For the first time ever, combining archive footage with live interviews – the genocide of the American Indian is integrated with the Jewish Holocaust

The CIFF opens on May 16th with a community reception at the Paramount Cafe. Following the reception, the Wyoming Showcase opens with two shorts from The Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour filmmaking festival and the winner of the Wyoming Short Film Contest.

A documentary by Jackson-based filmmaker Jennifer Tennican rounds out the opening night with a screening of her film “The Stage Coach Bar – An American Crossroads”.

The festival continues on Friday night with the acclaimed HBO documentary “American Winter” about issues facing families displaced from the economy.

Saturday is highlighted by a short movie about magic and a live show by illusionist Dan Jaspersen.

The program is being tweaked and program added, so check back to keep up with the latest. Click on the CIFF laurels to be directed to the program. Patrons can purchase tickets on line and at the walk up box office at Phoenix Books and Music beginning on May 7th.

November
16
2012

Enter CIFF 2013 through withoutabox.com

Click on the Withoutabox logo to enter your film. Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates

The Cheyenne International Film Festival is now accepting entries through Withoutabox. Click on the image for particulars. If you’re a first timer, you’ll be asked to set up an account and get your movie information into the WAB system. When you’re entered, your movie gets an IMDb listing. Here are the basic rules.
GENERAL MOVIE SELECTION GUIDELINES
1. Movies must have been completed on or after January 1, 2009.
2. All movies must be submitted as high-resolution Quicktime Movie H.264/MPG4 video and ACC audio files – either HD or SD. If we can’t play your movie, it won’t be seen.
3. Mark each File with the title, run time, your contact information, entry category.
4. A media kit isn’t required, but remember to include 100 word synopsis of your project.
5. All entries will are the property of CIFF, hard drives will be returned at the producers’ expense.
6. CIFF isn’t responsible for files damaged during shipment. At the discretion of CIFF, a replacement may be requested from the entrant – shipping costs are paid by the entrant.
7. Hard Drives will be returned to the producer at the producer’s expense.
8. CIFF reserves the right to interpret the guidelines and enforce them at its discretion. They can be changed, so keep checking back and changes will be communicated entrants directly.

OPT OUT OF PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION
Entrants agree that all information about their movie or screenplay may be published electronically on the festival web page, on TV, and trailers; and all hard copy materials including but not limited to newspaper ads, programs, posters.

Movies may be shown in part or their entirety on non-commercial or . public TV such as Wyoming Public Television, or in off-season Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival events around under served areas of Wyoming. http://www.whistlestopfilmfest.com

This is an “opt out” system. You may opt out by sending an email to the festival upon notification.
ORGANIZERS
Alan O’Hashi (Festival Producer) ; Windy Kilroy (Associate Producer)

June
6
2012

CIFF ‘Bully’ panelist seeks U.S. Senate seat

Phil Roberts running for US Senate

CIFF screened "Bully" May 17th. One of the Giving Voice panelists Phil Roberts is running for U.S. Senate. Click on the Wyoming PBS image of Professor Roberts and read the Wyoming Tribune Eagle account of his candidacy announcement.

The Cheyenne International Film Festival 2012 opened with a screening of the documentary “Bully”.

The Giving Voice program featured a panel which included Phil Roberts, professor of history at the University of Wyoming.

Following the film screening the panel discussed the issue of bullying from the perspective of a community based approach.

Professor Roberts announced that he is an Independent candidate seeking the U.S. Senate seat this November.

He’ll likely face incumbent Republican Senator John Barrasso and a Democrat from among perennial Democratic candidate Al Hamburg, Tim Chesnut or William Bryk in the general election.

Read an article given by Professor Roberts to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

May
18
2012

Oh,You Cowgirl featured on CIFF Closing Night

SHIRLEY MORRIS Director and Producer, 'Oh, You Cowgirl' Click on the image to get program and ticket information

The Cheyenne International Film Festival closes on Sunday May 20th with a screening of “Oh, You Cowgirl” and a short called “Shy Ann from Old Cheyenne” at the Atlas Theatre.

The program is a Call2ACTion in collaboration with the Cowgirls of the West Museum. Doors Open 6:00pm with a Filmmakers’ Reception – Music by the Peat Bog Mysteries and food by Nana’s House.

Oh, You Cowgirl (TRT: 92min)
Written and Directed by Shirley Morris (Oregon, USA)
Call2ACTion with the Cowgirls of the West Museum and the CFD Old West Museum
For the first time in history this true story unravels the mystery of the greatest untold legend in the west, Prairie Rose Henderson. Stories and books said she died in a blizzard and her bones weren’t found for another seven years.

Find out who the Prairie Rose really was and why she had to leave her legacy buried in a Wyoming blizzard. The film focuses upon the spirit and heart of the wild west show and rodeo cowgirls. The impact these women had in history and their contribution to our western heritage has been overlooked for nearly one hundred years. Take a ride with the unsung heroes of the west!