Wake Forest Film Festival

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Mark your calendars for a cinematic tour de force; the debut of the Wake Forest Film Festival! This inaugural event aims to spotlight passionate, creative and thought-provoking movies by some of today's most promising and accomplished local, national, and international filmmakers. The festival is a three-day film showcase that will engage audiences with films of all lengths and genres that include short and feature, documentary, horror, animation, narrative and student. This festival is intended for both the general public and film professionals. Please review the screening schedule for movie titles, times and film ratings.

Film Package Prices

  • Thursday Night Opening Reception & Movies
  • Film Fest Package - $40 (includes all films, opening reception & award ceremony)
  • Student Film Fest Package (ID required) - $20 (includes all films, opening reception & award ceremony)
  • Films only package - $20 (includes all films on Friday & Saturday only)
  • Films Day Pass – Individual $10 (includes all Friday movies only)

Classes & Workshops

11 am-3 pm - Master Classes
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
All classes are free but registration is required. Spaces are limited.

11 am-Noon  - Everything You Need to Know about Script Writing in 60 minutes 
Presenter: Tony Daniel
This workshop is an overview of writing scripts for film and television. Participants will discuss structure and format, and talk a bit about the business of screenwriting. Tony Daniel is the coauthor of horror film Flu Birds seen on the SyFy Channel, and Chiller Channel film Beneath (directed by Larry Fessenden) in addition to other scripts for film and television. He taught scriptwriting at the University of Texas at Dallas and several of his former students are cutting the rug as television staff writers and movie screenwriters in Hollywood and beyond. Daniel is also a highly regarded science fiction novelist, the author of ten novels, and many award-winning short stories.

1-2 pm - Women in Film
A discussion with Natalie Bullock Brown, Mindy Fuller, Jyoti Singh and Gauri Singh
This discussion features three professional filmmakers who will share their valuable experiences, and successful creative work in film. The panel will share the obstacles they have faced, give insights into what to do to be successful, as well as give advice on the nuts and bolts of what makes a woman pass hurdles in the film industry.

2-3 pm - Your Indie Film: Make It Happen 
Presenter: Rob Underhill
Got a story to tell? In Your Indie Film: Make It Happen we cover all stages of production from that concept doodled on a napkin at the coffee shop to showcasing your finished narrative film to your peers, to the possibilities of your work globetrotting the world and beyond.

Rob Underhill is a Raleigh-based film & media director, producer, editor, writer. His feature films & more than 50 short-films have received over 100 awards, showcased at over 200 screening engagements worldwide, including CANNES & Academy-qualifying film festivals like ST. LOUIS & SEATTLE.

Featured Films ~ 3-9 pm

3 pm - The Graveyard Shift
Filmmaker: Tom Radovich
Category: Short
16 min. 36 sec.
On his first night on the job, a night watchman in an office complex sees a ghost on his surveillance feed. When the ghost goes on a rampage, the same surveillance cameras prove his only chance to survive.

3:20 pm - Radio Lune
Filmmaker: Pierre Gaffié
Category: ShortSibyl is dealing with her decision to end things with Loic, with whom she just spent the night after 5 long years of being apart. How will she handle this moment of weakness? What else can happen on such a night?  While on her way to work as a late night radio host, she is suddenly confronted with an even more unsettling event. Then, while on the air, she takes the heart-rending testimony of a listener she must also find a way to guide. Maybe the pull of the full moon will help Sibyl make all the right decisions…

3:40pm – Sub Rosa
Filmmaker: Thomas Romainville, James McFerron
Category: Student Short
25 min. 36 sec.
Everybody has a secret. A mystery-thriller drama following Claire, her boyfriend Jeremy, and their friends Matt and Sarah as they spend their last spring break at the lake. The vacation takes a dark turn when one of them is found dead, leading to Detective Price investigating the unusual circumstances surrounding the crime, and revealing secrets that challenge the relationships between the three remaining friends. As Claire discovers more and more about the friend she thought she knew, she realizes that sometimes you can’t even thrust the ones you love.

4:10 pm - Looking In 
Filmmaker: Cameron Mitchell
Category: Horror Short
12 min. 5 sec.
Clark, a young man with a history of mental illness, meets Haley, a girl dressed in white who may be real, a ghost, or a figment of his imagination - which would indicate that Clark is not done with his problems after all. Haley insists that people Clark trusts killed her, and that he may be next. Yet can Clark trust his own mind?

4:35 pm - Our Horizon
Filmmakers: Jack Szynaka, Nikki Conero
Category: Animated Short  
6 min. 32 sec.
H The Spectrum follows the perspective and imagination of Garrett, a 17-year-old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder and his journey to find independence.olding in his heart the power to give life to all living things, a magical forest creature finds himself running for his life from a power hungry intent on capturing the heart and taking the magic for himself.

4:45 pm - Warren County: Birth of a Movement
Filmmaker: Michael Pearce
Category: Documentary Short 
27 min. 40 sec.
In the early 1980s, the citizens of Warren County, North Carolina, sparked the birth of the environmental justice movement when they protested the state's dumping of PCB contaminants in local soil. 

5:30 pm - Yellow

Filmmaker: Sarah Deakins
Category: Short
33 min. 46 sec.
Ten characters each experience a crossroads in their lives on one seemingly ordinary afternoon in an art gallery.

6:10 pm - Union Bound

Filmmaker: Michael Davis, Harvey Lowry
Category: Feature
1 hr. 43 min.
Based on a True Story and the actual diary of a Union Soldier: Sargent Joseph Hoover went to war to preserve the Union. After being captured and sent to a prisoner of war camp, he understood what it was to be kept against his will. Together with a friend he escaped and aided by slaves made it to freedom.

Awards Ceremony


After Cinema Soiree

9 pm–midnight
Unwind On White - 153 S White St., Wake Forest


Wake Forest Renaissance Centre