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.

Meet the CIFF caterer – Nana’s House

Nana's House

Click on the Nana's House logo to learn more about Connie Powell's caterering.

The Cheyenne International Film Festival caterer is Nana’s House.  Owner Connie Powell was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has been baking delicious homemade treats and sweets for 26 years. She has been happily catering for business and personal parties for 10 years.

Nana’s House will be providing appetizers for the opening night Wyoming Showcase May 18th and the closing night Oh, You Cowgirl program on Sunday May 20th.

Nana’s House was the personal chef for Wanzak Construction and Duke energy. If you ask them they will tell you exactly why they chose Nana’s House for all of their catering needs!

Everything is made fresh to order, never frozen for later use, so please allow 1 day for your items to be delivered fresh.  Nana never uses commercial mixes or ovens, everything is made from scratch.

Nana’s House of Goodies recently had the privilege of catering events for a number of well-known guests and special events.

Mayor Rick Kaysen attended the City of Cheyenne Historical division Christmas Party and Governor Matt Mead and other distinguished guests attended the unveiling of the Hathaway Statue.  Both events were catered by Nana’s House of Goodies.

Nana’s House has been a proud sponsor of the following – Bowl for the Cure, East High Spartans, The Shoot Out Cheyenne 24-hour filmmaking festival, and Ducks Unlimited.

And treats from Nana’s House of Goodies was enjoyed on New Years Eve at the Hynds Building fundraiser.


Opening night showcases Wyoming films

Wyoming Triumph

Wyoming Triumph headlines the Wyoming Showcase. Click on the image to get your tickets.

The Wyoming Film Office and Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine are presenting the Wyoming Showcase. The Cheyenne International Film Festival opens with four films produced by Wyoming people and set in Wyoming.

Get $5 off the ticket price through May 11th.

The Peat Bog Mysteries open the evening with their unique blend of bluegrass – celtic – country music and appetizers by Nana’s House of Goodies.

Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine is presenting “Wyoming Triumph” produced by KGB Productions in Jackson, Wyoming. Here’s the evening’s program:

The Bear Switch Project (2011 TRT: 7:00)
Directed by Luana Krause and Susan Vincenzes (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
This short won the Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour filmmaking festival in September 2011.

Wyoming Short Film Contest Winner – “The Summer of ’81″ (2012 TRT: 15min)
Sponsored by the Wyoming Film Office
Preston Randolph, the filmmaker behind “The Summer of ’81.” The short tells the unique story of Wyoming man, Bob Taylor and the spirit and struggles of his life’s journey. From teaching in the city, to being a Cowboy in Wyoming, to raising his family without electricity in the cabin he built by hand, and of course baseball. Randolph will now have the opportunity to produce another film in Wyoming with his $25,000 winnings.

We would also like to congratulate Mark Pedri, the winner of this year’s $5,000 Filmmaker’s Choice Award. This award gave you — our contest entrants — the opportunity to recognize a fellow filmmaker, and Pedri came away with your approval. His short “Western Wandering” follows the filmmaker on a 700-mile mountain bike ride around Wyoming to discover what truly defines the state he was born and raised in.

Wyoming Student Film Festival – Best Film to Be Announced (2012 TRT: 10min)
The Wyoming Student Film Festival held in Casper “Best Film” will be screened as a part of the CIFF Wyoming Showcase.

Wyoming Triumph (2011 TRT: 52min)
Sponsored by Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine
KGB Productions, Directors: Chris Kitchen and Sam Pope
Take a journey deep into the mountains of Wyoming with a group of unique characters, as they explore the state with the most rugged and remote terrain in the lower-48; a place where the ideals of individualism and freedom that founded the West are alive and well.

From the cattle ranch to the backcountry, the crew will push their mental and physical limits to overcome injuries, wild weather and unforeseen circumstances, in the un-skied terrain of remote Wyoming.

With an entirely original score, it will be a movie of exploration, set mostly in towns where more people own an elk rifle than a pair of skis.

Veteran skiers Rob LaPier and Trevor Hiatt are joined in their adventures by the most talented youth freeriders in the region: Tucker Mead, Matt Lucskow, Max Hammer, North Parker and Aidan Sheahan.

A story of grassroots exploration, of pushing the limits in the most remote and unforgiving terrain, of youth versus experience, Wyoming Triumph will captivate and inspire. You will laugh, you will feel the passion, and you may well cry.


CIFF Giving Voice ‘Bully’ tickets FREE thanks to WHC


Bully - Free Screening, but you need a ticket for a head count. Click on the logo for more information.

All tickets are FREE for the Cheyenne International Film Festival screening of “Bully” at the Frontier 9 Theater. Thanks to the Wyoming Humanities Council for underwriting the program including discussions before and after the film. Doors at 6:00pm – movie at 6:30pm.

There is no cost for tickets, but are required for admission to keep a seat count. There may be “Rush” tickets available at the door. Click on the Bully poster to learn more about getting tickets to ensure a seat.

The panel includes University of Wyoming Humanities Scholar Phil Roberts. He’ll be joined by Marc Homer, the director of the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance Kids Count program and Laramie County Judge and Director of the Cheyenne Youth Alternatives Program Ronn Jeffrey. The WHC uses the Giving Voice program to engage the community to discuss issues of concern and how to create a more civil society.

This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. BULLY is the first feature documentary film to show how we’ve all been affected by bullying, whether we’ve been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground.

BULLY opens on the first day of school. For the more than 13 million kids who’ll be bullied this year in the United States, it’s a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school busses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown.

For a lot of kids, the only thing that’s certain is that this year, like every other, bullying will be a big part of whatever meets them at their school’s front doors. Every school in the U.S. is grappling with bullying-each day more than 160,000 kids across the country are absent because they’re afraid of being bullied-but for many districts it’s just one more problem that gets swept under the rug. BULLY is a character-driven film. At its heart are those with the most at stake and whose stories each represent a different facet of this crisis.


CIFF Coupon for $5 savings for opening and closing night

$5 discount - open and closing night tickets

Scan the qr code or click on the image to get a coupon for a discount on open and/or closing night.

Order now and get the early bird special for the Cheyenne International Film Festival Program 1 – Wyoming Showcase and Program 9 – Oh, You Cowgirl. Offer expires May 11th.
Scan the QR code or click on the image. Download the coupon and redeem it at the CIFF Box Office at Phoenix Books and Music 1612 Capitol Avenue. Online, use code ciffprog to get your $5.00 savings.

The Wyoming Showcase are Wyoming films including The Bear Switch Project, The Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour filmmaking festival ‘Best Film” of 2011.

Also screening is the “Best Film” from the Wyoming High School Film Festival. The Wyoming Film Office Short Film Contest winner and recipient of $25,000 will screen.

The evening feature is “Wyoming Triumph” by KGB productions in Jackson. The full CIFF program is available for download.


CIFF Program 2012 complete

Cheyenne Autumn

Cheyenne Autumn - Starring Carroll Baker made its world premiere in Cheyenne back in 1964.

The Cheyenne International Film Festival program for 2012 is completed. The CIFF May 17 – 20 is highlighted by Cheyenne native Daniel Junge and his Oscar-winning documentary “Saving Face”.

He’ll be on hand and in person at a reception taking place on the Mezzanine of the Plains Hotel. The screening takes place across the street at 1615 Lincoln.

Saturday May 19 is full and starts with a return screening of John Ford’s classic western “Cheyenne Autumn” which made its World Premiere at the Lincoln Theater in 1963. Actress Carroll Baker will participate in a live interview via Skype following the movie.

To see the entire program, click on the “Cheyenne Autumn” image to download a .pdf copy.


Long Stories Short: Relationships and Voices of Women

Program 4 - with West Side Girl

Program 4 includes "West Side Girl". Click on the image to find out more and buy tickets.

The Cheyenne International Film Festival is pleased to stay with its past tradition and featuring films made by women.

This year’s program includes films from around the world, as well as from the region. The subject matter is diverse.

Static (2011 TRT: 11min)
Directed by Mel Miskell (Australia)

Sia has returned home in an emotional twilight, paralyzed by a secret she can’t confront. When a friend from the past arrives through their reconnection she is able to find solace and equilibrium.

Ashley Waits (2010 TRT: 13min)
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Directed by Marylee Herrmann (Louisville, Colorado)

Would you have the courage to ask the tough question? With her boyfriend deployed to Afghanistan, young Ashley finds it unbearable. Jane, her best friend, has to summon the strength to confront her before Ashley reaches beyond the breaking point and does the unimaginable.

The Rose Garden (2012 TRT: 15:00)
Written and Directed by Pamela Cuming (Longmont, Colorado)

This bitter sweet story is about a man struggling with deep inner conflict who unexpectedly encounters a complete stranger whom through her compassion, acceptance and kindness, brings about transformation change and possibly even love.

West Side Girl (2011 TRT: 14min)
Produced by Liane Wunderlich and Andrew Serban and Directed by Andrew Serban

Patty Reilly — a devout Catholic, working class Irish, female punk — has lived in the rapidly gentrifying New York City neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen all her life. When she’s evicted in the middle of winter, she solicits the help of a couple of neighborhood friends to exact violent revenge.

when you find me (2011 TRT: 29min)
Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard (Los Angeles)

This story of two sisters whose childhood bond is tested by a tragedy they are too young to understand. Alternating between past and present, ‘when you find me’ is an emotional fable of two people coping with loss in very different ways, and what it takes to find peace within yourself and reconciliation with the ones you love.


Buy One Get One with coupon at the box office

BOGO coupon

Buy one $10 ticket Get one FREE. Get the coupon and redeem it at the Phoenix Books and Music Box Office 1612 Capitol Avenue.

Buy your Cheyenne International Film Festival tickets early. Use the coupon at the Phoenix Books and Music Box Office at 1612 Capitol Avenue and save big.

Buy One and Get One free $10 ticket. Also buy in-person and save the online credit card and processing fees.

The $10 ticket is good for all general screenings, including the controversial film “Bully”. Check out the full program by opening the Program 2012 tab above.

Ticket prices increase at the door. Take advantage of this early bird deal!


CIFF 2012 Trailers available

CIFF Official Selection 2012

The Cheyenne International Film Festival released its program. Click on the "Official Selection" logo to find out about the great lineup

The Cheyenne International Film Festival is providing a Youtube Playlist of its 2012 program film trailers. The playlist will be updated as trailers are received from the filmmakers.

Open the CIFF logo on the left to view the CIFF program for the films screening at the Historic Atlas Theatre and the Lincoln Theater in Downtown Cheyenne May 17 – 20!

You can also view them in the viewer below. If you like what you see, tickets will go on sale on line April 15 and at the Phoenix Books and Music walk-up box office, to be announced.


CIFF 2012 Program features Oscar winner Dan Junge

CIFF Official Selection 2012

The Cheyenne International Film Festival released its program. Click on the "Official Selection" logo to find out about the great lineup

The Cheyenne International Film Festival program features “Saving Face” by Cheyenne native and Oscar-winning producer Daniel Junge.

A reception on the Plains Hotel mezzanine begins at 6:30pm with the films and Daniel Junge interview happening at 7:30 across the street at the Lincoln Theater.

The Cheyenne East High School graduate won the Academy Award for his film “Saving Face” about domestic violence victims in Pakistan and the British physician who gives disfigured women a new life.

A reception, film screening and question and answer session happens at the Lincoln Theater on Saturday May 19th.

Academy Award nominated actress Carroll Baker will also be in attendance. She starred in John Ford’s epic western “Cheyenne Autumn” which had its world premiere in Cheyenne back in 1964. The film will screen on Saturday morning. Miss Baker will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Tribute on Friday night May 18th at the Lincoln Theater.

There are nine programs with a variety of movies from documentaries to shorts produced by filmmakers from Iceland, Germany, and Cheyenne.


Wyo Film Office – WCM hosts SE Wyo filmmaker fam tour

Sunrise, Wyoming is one of the stops on the WFO - WCM southeast Wyoming filmmaker tour

Wyoming Film Office and Wyoming Community Media are hosting a tour for out-of-Wyoming filmmakers of movie locations around southeast Wyoming in conjunction with the Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF).

The CIFF begins May 17 in Downtown Cheyenne with the local filmmaker and festival reception at the Depot Museum before the festival opens Friday evening May 18 and extends through Sunday May 20.

Thursday, May 17

9:30 Depart Cheyenne (Cheyenne to Fort Laramie: 1 hour 44 minutes)
11:30 Fort Laramie (Fort Laramie to Sunrise: 20 minutes)\
12:10 Depart
12:30 Hartville Lunch
1:30 Depart Hartville
1:40 Sunrise, Wyoming
2:15 Depart Sunrise
2:15 Molton Pass towards Laramie (Hartville to Laramie 2 hrs)
4:30 Arrive at Territorial Park in Laramie
5:30 Depart
5:45 Check into Hotel
6:30 Dinner and overnight in Laramie

Friday, May 18

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Tour Laramie locations (see below for ideas)
11:00 Depart for Vedauwoo
12:30 Lunch at The Plains
1:30 Trolley Tour (various historic locations, see below)
4:00 Super Computer (or Terry Bison Ranch)
6:00 CIFF Opening Night Reception – Atlas Theatre

For more information – contact Colin Stricklin at the Wyoming Film Office 307-777-3400; email Alan O’Hashi or call 307-509-0182

Wyoming Film Office and Wyoming Community Media are hosting a tour for out-of-Wyoming filmmakers of movie locations around southeast Wyoming in conjunction with the Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF).

The CIFF begins May 17 in Downtown Cheyenne with the local filmmaker and festival reception at the Depot Museum before the festival opens Friday evening May 18 and extends through Sunday May 20.

For more information – contact Colin Stricklin at the Wyoming Film Office 307-777-3400; email Alan O’Hashi or call 307-509-0182