Winners of the 2021 Festival
When Better Letters Met Barbara Enright
Directed by Lewis Eyers-Stott
Directed by Rick Walters
Directed by Barento Taha
Directed by Martin Gerigk
Gon, The Little Fox
Directed by Takeshi Yashiro
Maggie Dave – I’m Not Ready
Directed by Cassie Shao
Women Is Losers
Directed by Lissette Feliciano
Directed by Irina Storozhenko
Directed by Parisa Sedaei-Azar, Ramin Farzaneh
Islamic Republic of Iran
Columbus International Film & Animation Festival
CIF+AF Schedule 2021
Saturday, April 17 2021 On Demand
10:00 am – Opening Remarks
12:00 pm – Live Stream DJ Set
1:00 pm – Filmmaker’s Talkback/Panel
2:00 pm – On Demand Live
8:00 pm – Drive-In Movie at the Park
Saturday, April 17 2021 – Open at 8pm
Drive-In at Scioto Audubon Park
Event starts at Dusk featuring…
Sunday, April 18 2021
10:00 am – Opening Remarks
12:00 pm – Live Stream DJ Set
1:00 pm – Filmmaker’s Talkback/Panel
2:00 pm – Filmmaker Q&A
3:00 pm – Women in Film Panel
5:00 pm – Filmmaker Q&A
6:00 pm – Award Presentation
Ohio Short Films Presented at Drive-In
Ohio Feature at Drive-In:
directed by John Carlucci & Brandon Laganke
Michael (Charlie Tahan) is a recent graduate whose post college plan is derailed when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in New York City. When the bus service hires a security guard to watch over the night shift, Michael comes face to tattooed face with Pineapple, a 300-lb punk rock Samoan who challenges him with a kick in the ass to break from the loop and start living or risk driving in circles forever.
Ohio Shorts at Drive-In
Strike Team Justice
director Jeremy Dubin, Ryan Lewis
Jimmy spends almost every night in his Palace of Isolation, studying his favorite superheroes. But tonight is different. He may have just cracked the storyline for the next big-budget blockbuster.
Probably not, but you never know.
directed by Barento Taha
Risk Factor uncovers the impact of racism in healthcare in the United States, a country with Black infant and maternal mortality rates comparable to those of developing countries. Risk Factor chronicles the experiences of three Black women who’ve suffered an infant loss in Cleveland – a city that has experienced Black infant death at six times the rate of white infants.
The First Noelle
directed by Wendy Faraone
Exhausted with her busy life, Noelle, a publicist from LA, can’t face another holiday season with her overly happy family. She heads to Scotland to a quiet retreat at a manor tucked away from everything. When she checks into the manor, she quickly discovers that the kids who live there create magic, in concert with the house, creating a holiday she didn’t even know she needed.
Dustin Clark: The Humanity in Who We Are
directed by Brandon J. Abbott
Dustin Clark is a musician, an artist, and a man who sees challenges as possibilities. Diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 10, he is in a constant state of reinventing how he approaches each creative endeavor. When it comes to music, his current process involves the tedious clicking of notes on his computer, a guitar suspended from the ceiling, and help from friends and family. Dustin briefly chronicles his history with Muscular Dystrophy, what has inspired him to keep creating, his current musical process, and his hopeful view of the future.
directed by Katie Sponseller
A teenage girl faces her troubling past of sexual abuse the only way she can think of — by joining the boy’s wrestling team.
List of Selections
|Project Title||Submission Categories||Director(s)|
|The Bonefish||Animation Short||Daniel Houghton|
|The Abandoned Block||Animation Short||James Bourne|
|Metro6||Animation Short||Feoff Hecht|
|This Side, Other Side||Animation Short||Lida Fazli|
|Aurora||Animation Short||Jo Meuris|
|Piece by Piece: Ari’s Story of Recovery||Animation Short||Michael Skinner, Jon Michael Shink|
|Tobi and the Turbobus||Animation Short||Verena Fels|
|Homo ErecTattoos||Animation Short||Tae-woo Kim|
|The Parrot Lady||Animation Short||Michalis Kalopaidis|
|Song Sparrow||Animation Short||Farzaneh Omidvarnia|
|Gon, The Little Fox||Animation Short||Takeshi Yashiro|
|Beautiful||Animation Short||Mulan Fu|
|Just for the Record||Animation Short||Vojin Vasovic|
|52 – A Tale of Loneliness||Animation Short||Johnny DePalmo|
|Birth – The Cycles of Life||Animation Short||Arisa Wakami, Azuru Isshiki, Ayaka Kawasaki|
|Mangi Meli Remains||Animation Short||Konradin Kunze|
|Once Upon a Head||Animation Short||A Nuodi|
|The River||Documentary Feature||Rick Walters|
|Alaska Long Hunters||Documentary Feature||Mark Rose|
|Sapelo||Documentary Feature||Nick Brandestini|
|Savage Land||Documentary Feature||Campbell Dalgilsh, Dr. Henrietta Mann|
|When Better Letters Met Barbara Enright||Documentary Short||Lewis Eyers-Stott|
|The Undocumented Lawyer||Documentary Short||Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci|
|Ark of the Apocalypse||Documentary Short||Jeremy Seifert|
|Aine||Documentary Short||Alexandria Cree, Kristen Hilkert|
|Salvage||Experimental/New Media||Christopher Boulton|
|Through Mabel’s Eyes||Experimental/New Media||Marta Renzi|
|Haiku||Experimental/New Media||Martin Gerigk|
|Property is Theft lol||Experimental/New Media||Christopher Thompson|
|Ms. VeRtigo||Experimental/New Media||Rona Soffer|
|Wall Piano||Experimental/New Media, Music Videos||Asma Ghanem, Christopher Marianett, Alexia Webster|
|Husbands “Manhorse”||Music Videos||Lamar + Nik|
|Jack The Radio: Creatures||Music Videos||Justin Zimmerman|
|The Flame You Keep||Music Videos||Andres Useche|
|The Ceiling/Lewis del Mar||Music Videos||Rubberband|
|Maggie Dave – I’m Not Ready||Music Videos||Cassie Shao|
|The Shins – The Great Divide [Official Music Video]||Music Videos||Paul Trillo|
|Parachute||Music Videos||Taisia Deeva|
|Tomorrow||Music Videos||Shaun Parker|
|Lover I surrender||Music Videos||Fiona Cochrane|
|Like Father and Son||Narrative Feature||Bai ZhiQiang|
|Firstness||Narrative Feature||Brielle Brilliant|
|Into the Red Haze||Narrative Feature||Minu Park|
|Women is Losers||Narrative Feature||Lissette Feliciano|
|One Meal||Narrative Feature||Yuechen Hao|
|‘Thaen’||Narrative Feature||Ganesh Vinayakan|
|Her Name Was Jo||Narrative Feature||Joe Duca|
|In Sync||Narrative Short||Eddie Shieh|
|Cocoon||Narrative Short||Yavar Darehzami|
|Keep it Quiet||Narrative Short||Yaya|
|Alone Together||Narrative Short||Katie Sponseller|
|American Bodies||Narrative Short||Rammy Park|
|Alina – 2020||Narrative Short||Rami Kodeih|
|The Painted||Narrative Short||Sasha Sibley|
|The Shepards of Cat Island||Narrative Short||Attila Rostas|
|He’ll Understand||Narrative Short||Francisco Lupini|
|The Sea Swells||Narrative Short||Amir Gholami|
|The Wallet||Narrative Short||Ravid Maimon|
|THe Delivery||Narrative Short||Dogus Ozokutan|
|Signs & Wonders||Narrative Short||Em Weinstein, Josh Akin|
|Echthaar||Narrative Short||Dominic Kubisch|
|Elders||Narrative Short||Parisa Sedaei-Azar, Ramin Farzaneh|
|Edicius||Narrative Short||Uzo Oleh|
|Dustin Clark: The Humanity in Who We Are||Ohio Shorts||Brandon Abbott|
|The First Noelle||Ohio Shorts||Wendy Faraone|
|Risk Factor||Ohio Shorts||Barento Taha|
|Strike Team Justice||Ohio Shorts||Jeremy Dubin, Ryan Lewis|
|PrePAWsterous||Student Competition Short||Areli Quinonez|
|Under the Dark Clouds||Student Competition Short||Kangmin Lim|
|My Tagalong||Student Competition Short||Jerry Wang|
|Once Upon A Time in Hoi Shing Road||Student Competition Short||Jas Pun|
|Polaris||Student Competition Short||Ellen Gordon|
|Big Touch||Student Competition Short||Christopher Tenzis|
|Fragments||Student Competition Short||Adekemi Roluga|
|Goodtime||Student Competition Short||Kang, Dong-in|
|Agadez||Student Competition Short||Ian Barling|
|Cindy||Student Competition Short||Shemer Gaon Baraba|
|Juliet||Student Competition Short||Irina Storozhenko|
|Rubber Gun Club||Student Competition Short||Alex Bendo|
Moderators and Panelists
Filmmaking while Covid Roundtable
Director Adnan Siddique frequently moved between small towns and big cities all his life before settling down in Columbus to attend OSU. After working as a production assistant on a handful of student projects, he made his directorial debut with Secouer in 2019, followed by his second short film, ACT, in 2020. He is currently working on several projects, including his own short film, set to release in 2021. He functions as a director and collaborator for multiple small businesses in the Columbus area.
Independent Film Roundtable
Nella Citino is a media storyteller with over 20 years experience in the broadcast and film industry. She has supervised several national, regional, and local broadcast programs and a variety of online projects. She has produced, directed, and written documentaries, children’s programs, and news segments. Her professional credits include the national children’s programs “Get Real!” and “Zoom” and nationally distributed documentaries covering a variety of social issues. She has received seven regional Emmys, five Gabriel Awards, Special Recognition from the National Association of Broadcasters, several Telly Awards and several Parents’ Choice Awards.
Nella earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and a Master of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University.
Nella continues to direct, produce, and write fiction films and documentaries.
Women in Film Panelist
Festival Director, Producer, Writer, Actor
Jenna Suru started her career at the International Sales Team of 2 top Distributors in Paris, Gaumont and SND (M6 Group). Jenna has been working for Canneseries (Cannes Series Festival) since the kickstart of its first edition in 2018, managing the relationships with French and International Authors and Producers, and kickstarting the In Development Forum co-organized with MIP Markets in the Palais des Festivals. She has been serving as a very humble Juror on the recent edition of Cinequest and at the current edition of Columbus IFF.
She is the Director of the Paris International Film Festival, which presented in February the International Premiere of Kiss The Ground, the environemental documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson, and Cream, Nóra Lakos’s romantic modern tale, which was recently acquired by HBO.
She produced and stars in her directorial debut period drama L’Âge d’Or (The Golden Age), London IFF 2020 Opening Night Winner, with an international cast. The Golden Age is her tribute to the world-changing charms of 60s Saint-Tropez, and the last drama every filmed at Notre-Dame Cathedral before the fires. The Golden Age features a 60s soundtrack, including songs from Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed, and screened for the first time at Cannes in 2019. The film has received multiple awards and honors including at the Columbus IFF and sold-out the Opening Night of London IFF last March.
With her company Belle Époque Films, she has also produced the sold-out Los Angeles Premiere of Happy, published by Samuel French, and two UK shorts. The first, Spitball, was funded by the Northern Ireland Screen, and the second, Bigger Picture, stars BAFTA‐nominated Robert Sheehan (Misfits, The Umbrella Academy) and Rosie Day (Outlander).
Social media and links:
The Golden Age (L’Âge d’Or) Trailer
Festival website : parisintlfest.com
Company website belleepoquefilms.com
Sydnee Crews is a Columbus native, graduating from Ohio State University for Social Work in 2012. While working as a school social worker, Sydnee found writing as an outlet. She began writing poetry, short stories, and a novel; but quickly realized that she wanted to write a script.
Sydnee wrote and directed her first film, “In Our Bed”, in 2018 and had the pleasure of premiering at Gateway Film Center. Her second film, “Immunity” was released on YouTube in 2019. All of Sydnee’s films focus on showcasing people of color as more than a monolith. She has also had the pleasure of working with several of Columbus’ local talent on film projects with various credits such as script supervisor, assistant director, and sound.
Nicolette Swift is the founder and owner of Nicolettecinemagraphics. Her roles include general business operations, production management, cinematography, color grading, editing, and much more. Her background includes a Bachelor of Arts in both Film Studies and Art History from the Ohio State University and a Masters in Library and Information Science with a focus in digital collections preservation and access from Kent State University. Since 2003, Nicolette has been providing an array of media production services to businesses, non-profits, and residents of the Central Ohio area. Nicolette is a well-rounded digital and analog media specialist who handles film photography, digital photography, videography, web and media installation and consultation, as well as producing her own projects which have shown at festivals and competitions across the US and abroad. Over the past decade Nicolette has provided many services to the public offering workshops for the Greater Columbus Arts Council, 4-H, and Adobe Inc. She has a long history of curating moving image programs around Columbus, Ohio as part of organizations such as: The Columbus Moving Image Art Review, The Columbus International Film + Video Festival, Comfest, and the Independents Day Festival.
Awards and Recognition:
2012-2019, Greater Columbus Arts Council Artist in the Community Resources Grant.
2014, Greater Columbus Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship for her work in moving image art.
2018-2019, Adaptation, Integration & the Arts Residency at Bridgeway Academy
2020, Ohio Governor’s Award for Small Business Supporting the Arts by the Ohio Arts Council.
2019-2021, Artist in the Classroom Residency at Arts and College Prep Academy
2020, Those Who Spring of Me (Narrative Feature) Columbus ReelAbilities Film Festival
2021, Columbus In Cuba (Feature Documentary) Socal Film Awards Finalist
Cristyn Steward is the founder and CEO of the Columbus Black International Film Festival (CBIFF). Her debut film, “Chocolate and Lace,” a short-story-turned-short-film tackling society’s ideas about love and sex, premiered at the Gateway Film Center in 2010 as a double bill alongside her second film, “Success It Sucks/Too Much Stress,” an autobiographical experimental short about life after college. In 2016, “Don’t Cover Your Tracks” was officially selected to several film festivals around the country. After returning home, finding success on the film festival circuit, Cristyn noticed that there was a void and a need for Black film presence in Columbus and thus created the Columbus Black International Film Festival. For the past four years CBIFF has received 309 film and screenplay submissions, screened 100 films, with global participation from 15 nations, and has connected hundreds of filmmakers around the world. Cristyn was the recipient of the Spirit of Columbus Award in 2018 and ‘Create Columbus,’ Visionary Award in 2019, and worked as assistant director on the web series “We Fight, We Love” with Artis Creative. For the first time in 2020, Cristyn, exhibited a film installation at ROY G. BIV Gallery, titled, When Black Panthers and the Nation Speaks, focusing on the parallels from the 1960s to the 21st century police brutality. Cristyn is the recipient of the Art Unites Cbus Film and Art grant awarded by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. From the grant, Cristyn wrote and directed Blue Rebellion, a short film about Desiree Reynolds who joins the police force after watching her father die at the hands of the police. Cristyn is currently the Executive Director for the Columbus International Film and Animation Festival.