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7th CIFF 2015 now accepting film entries through March 30th

The 2015 edition of the Cheyenne International Film Festival is now accepting films for the May 26 - 30 event in Downtown Cheyenne.

The 2015 edition of the Cheyenne International Film Festival is now accepting films for the May 26 – 30 event in Downtown Cheyenne.

The 7th CIFF 2015 is now accepting entries.

As usual, we’re partial to movies with Wyoming story lines, made by Wyoming people, and/or shot in Wyoming.

Categories include shorts and features length documentaries and narratives as well as animations.

The festival is May 25 – 30, 2015 in Downtown Cheyenne including the Atlas Theatre. The CIFF provides a way for local communities to discuss their issues within the safe haven of the arts.

The entry fee is minimal, so please pay it. Check out the website by opening the CIFF logo on the left.

CIFF 2014 screens May 19 – 24 and closes with Dan Junge’s ‘Fight Church’

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.

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
“The One Who Loves You” by Katharyn Grant
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.

Includes a live performance by Kayti Grant.

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 Vanatta (TRT 16:00)
A short documentary about three bands preparing to go on the WyoMerican Tour.
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.

Atlas Theatre – Doors 6:00pm
Reception Cosponsored by the Cheyenne Zombie Festival
7:00pm
“Lily”
By Jeff Miller
The Hynds Building is the setting for a ghostly encounter in this top 10 film from the Shoot Out Cheyenne.

“The Shivers”
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
8:00pm
“Ballerina” documents five ballerinas from the Kirov Ballet

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

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

WFO – WCM to host filmmaker tour around SE Wyoming

Territorial Prison

The Wyoming Film Office and Wyoming Community Media are hosting a tour for out of Wyoming filmmakers of Southeast Wyoming prior to the Cheyenne International Film Festival May 17 - 20. Space is limited!

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

Cheyenne International Film Festival now accepting entries for 2012

Click on the Withoutabox logo to enter your short or feature film in the Cheyenne International Film Festival

The Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF) is now accepting entries. This year CIFF has partnered with Withoutabox for outreach and processing of film festival entries. We’re big on good stories, in fact, good stories trump production value. The CIFF happens May 17 – 20 in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming at the Historic Atlas Theatre.

As usual, CIFF prefers to receive online screeners to cut down on the number of tapes, DVDs cut, plastic boxes, sleeves, envelopes that are wasted as a result of film festival entries. You can upload for free through Withoutabox.

A great benefit of entering CIFF via Withoutabox is, your film gets an imDb page, which is the gold standard with regards to film cred! CIFF fees are pretty low compared to many festivals. We generally don’t give out fee waivers. There are lots of things you can do to raise the $30 pittance – sell something, have a rummage sale, ask your friends and families for $30, cut back on the number of beers or coffees you drink this month.

I know there are a bunch of broke filmmakers out there, but as you’ll note, we are soft on first time filmmakers. CIFF also has the Wyoming Showcase category. If you have a movie about Wyoming, set in Wyoming, or if you’re a filmmaker, director, writer, photographer involved with a movie with or without a Wyoming connection, that increases your chances for CIFF selection.

CIFF also has a Call2ACTion category. We seek films having to do with women’s issues – domestic / dating violence; Native American issues; service veteran issues; films about life and death; and uplifting stories about people moving themselves out of poverty

The movies are screened by a group of judges consisting of movie fans, producers, writers. Like all film festivals we make no apologies for the films that get selected for screening.

First ‘Lights, Camera, Action! workshop attracts 6 participants

WCM - LCCC Lights Camera Action! workshop

Click on the image of the WCM - LCCC Lights, Camera, Action! workshop to watch Kyle Markley's story.

KGWN TV reporter Kyle Marley was on hand for the WCM – Laramie County Community College Lights, Camera, Action! video production and storytelling workshop recently.

By: Kyle Markley
KGWN News Channel 5
Using video to tell a story can be done in a variety of ways. It can be used to make a commercial, a movie, or possibly a TV show.

Alan O’Hashi started doing community based media training back in 2004, and loves sharing his passion with others. “I live vicariously through other people,” said O’Hashi. “There are folks I know who have been doing this business for quite a number of years, and have shot on film and worked in the business for a long time.”

Saturday’s class was the first of it’s kind that has been taught in Cheyenne. “It was really kind of fun to work with people I would consider non-traditional students. I’ve taught this class before in Laramie and just got back from doing it up in Casper.”

Joseph Goodrich was one of O’Hashi’s students and was looking to make himself more marketable as a professional through this class. “I’m a very experienced photographer,” said Goodrich. “I’m looking to expand my skills and put some more tools in the toolbox and a natural ascension would be to go to video.”

Goodrich learned the right way to tell a story with his work. “I really enjoyed the script writing analysis of it. I found that telling the story from beginning, middle, and end, and thinking the story all the way through is an excellent way to prepare yourself before you get behind the camera.”

Goodrich aspires to shoot a reality TV show, and he found the class to be just what he needed to take that first step. “I think this is an excellent first step. Especially if you have no camera experience because not only do you cover the editing process I described earlier, but we cover lights.”

O’Hashi said he hopes his students have the tools they need to use video to their advantage.”They can pick up a professional camera and do the same type of story telling. Really helping people engage, talk about their differences, talk about what they have in common really in sort of the safe space of video.”

To sign up for classes coming in June, you can visit the Wyoming Community Media Website at wycomedia.com

Wyoming Community Media wishes all a Merry Christmas!

Wyoming Community Media (WCM) wishes all its supporters and volunteers a Merry Christmas. As we move toward the end of 2010 and into 2011, it’s been a very good year for WCM and we can only continue to move forward with continued support from you.

The year began with big plans for the Cheyenne International Film Festival and in five short months, the first annual event was a big success with 35 films screened at the Historic Atlas Theatre in Downtown Cheyenne. Opening night included a documentary film by Cheyenne native Dan Junge.

There was no rest because planning was soon underway for The Shoot Out Cheyenne in mid-October. There were 21 teams from Cheyenne, Riverton, Torrington, Laramie, Denver, Golden and Boulder, Colorado.

The Wyoming Arts Council granted funds for WCM to develop the New Creative Economy around digital media arts which gets underway with a training class at the Wind River Tribal College in Ethete, Wyoming during January 2011. Many thanks to our sponsors: Visit Cheyenne, Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority, Historic Plains Hotel and the Wyoming Film Office for making our season possible.

The Cheyenne International Film Festival is seeking entries for the 2nd event happening May 20 – 22 and hope CIFF2 will be better than the first.

All in all, it was a good year and WCM, the Cheyenne International Film Festival and The Shoot Out Cheyenne with you all a Merry Christmas! One last thing, Wyoming has been the setting for some great movies, including “The Homecoming – A Christmas Story” which was the inspiration for the “Waltons” tv series. Click on the DVD jacket to view the trailer.

Experience the Creative Economy Conference and Expo (E2CE) May 19th – Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! The Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF) begins with an important pre-festival gathering for anyone wanting to learn about and experience the New Creative Economy. It’s not just about the intrinsic nature of arts and culture as community assets, but also how creative thinking is integrated into day to day activities.

So far, Wyoming Community Media (WCM) and Ignite Cheyenne are teaming up to provide a day-long experience. Join the facebook page by clicking on the Creative logo!

The ECE features hands-on seminars presented by experts and practitioners of digital media arts. Students of all ages including businesses owners, their employees and budding entrepreneurs will learn how to tell their stories better. Other ECE partners will be announced as they consent.

  • storytelling – scriptwriting, and story arc
  • basic still and motion pictures – composition, lights, sound and camera operation
  • digital music production – how to compose your own music
  • website design – blogging, email marketing
  • social media – how to maximize networks to increase profits
  • art integration – how educators can add creating thinking approaches in the classroom

Take away experiences that will enhance existing skills on the job, add new skills if you’re reinventing yourself. There will be a small registration fee, that includes lunch and a ticket voucher for a CIFF film program.

ECE will convene from 9am – 5pm the Hynds Building in Downtown Cheyenne – 1604 Capitol Avenue. There is a small small registration fee and two ticket vouchers for CIFF movie programs. Half of your registration is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Stay tuned for more details about seminars and presenters. Even if you don’t plan to attend, please pass the word to your friends and colleagues.