USDA Prime Certified Shorts

Short film program curated from some of the finest short films from around the globe.  Following the short film program, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in an audience Q & A.

*Some films below may contain strong language and violence.  Some content may not be suitable for viewers under the age of 13.


Ten Years Out (USA 2018)

Directed by: Meredith McKee

When the ultimate tragedy happens to Summers Moore and her family, she turns to art and the outdoors to turn grief into hope. Summers creates an amazing community along her journey of grieving.

*Filmmaker in attendance


Guerilla Wedding (Australia 2018)

Directed by: Shane Emmett

It’s the night before the wedding and The Groom discovers he’s made a huge mistake. 
With the help of his two loyal Groomsmen, can Liam fix it before disaster strikes? Or is it already too late?




Directed by: Robin Layton

Neltje is an 82 year old woman living just outside Sheridan, WY. 
She was born Neltje Doubleday, yet for years she has used no last name and goes solely by Neltje. Her grandfather started Doubleday & McClure Company, which over the years became Doubleday Publishing. 
This film is a companion to her book/memoir, North Of Crazy. It captures a schizoid upbringing where on one hand she is surrounded by wealth and art’s glitterati, but on the other hand she is farmed out to relatives, servants and boarding schools like a child in a Charles Dickens novel. Her mother was trying to make Neltje into a corporate wife and brood mare. Neltje tried to find love by pleasing her family, husbands, and lovers but none of it worked. Although the memoir states it, this film shows that she has found love in nature, beauty, art and of course, dogs.

*Filmmaker in Attendance

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Guns Found Here (USA 2018)

Directed by: David Freid

When there’s a gun crime in America, there’s only one place to go to trace the gun back to its owner: Martinsburg, West Virginia. That’s where the ATF’s National Tracing Center handles roughly 8,000 active traces per day — all while inside a government-mandated technology time-capsule that makes searching a database of gun owners impossible. This is nothing like those cop shows you watch. With more gun stores in the U.S.A. than McDonalds, Starbucks, and supermarkets combined, there’s a lot of paperwork to manually sort through. And it's truly a sight to behold.


Consolation Prize (USA 2018)

Directed by: Joel Jay Blacker

What Cynthia thinks is a perfect first date turns out to be anything but when she finds out she is on a reality dating show.

*Lead Actress in Attendance


Bergfieber "Mountain Fever" (Germany 2017)

Directed by: Frédéric Hambalek

Trapped on a mountain in a terrible snowstorm in the dead of night, one of the climbers reports his tentmate missing. Now they have to embark on a dangerous search.


Wrangling Russia (USA 2017)

Directed by: Ilie Mitaru

n 2011, Russia's largest meat producer, Miratorg, began recruiting American cowboys to help restart a national beef industry that had been destroyed during the Soviet era.

Wrangling Russia follows four of these American cowboys as they attempt to train their Russian counterparts and create new lives for themselves and their families in this new unexpected Russian frontier. 


Lady Luck (Ireland, 2018)

Directed by: Elliot Milofsky & Matthew Roche

An elderly lady wakes up for her favourite show. 
Shot entirely on an iPhone.


Carpe Diem (USA 2018)

Directed by: Jake Gigliotti & Kevin Shiramizu

In a city of people trying to catch a break, one lucky man hooks into an unexpected dream that becomes the roll of a lifetime, reminding him to seize each new day as a chance to do what he loves.



Certain Kind of Man (USA 2018)

Directed by: Mike Overton

Arizona, 1994 - Following a fateful encounter, a seasoned con man grown-reckless with confidence begins to feel the pressure of his criminal past catching up with him. As his paranoia grows and his psyche begins to unravel, Robert Dundley must choose between the secret life he’s built, and the restitution of his neglected family.

*Filmmaker in Attendance