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10 Short films | Local Shorts: Resilience & Award Winners

September 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Dayton Independent Film Festival Screening: 10 Short films | Local Shorts: Resilience & Award Winners

The films will begin at 8:15 sharp, but we suggest arriving by 8 PM in order to park and get snacks. Bring a mask to enjoy the Dixie Twin yummy concessions! Note: Some of the films contain content that is not suitable for children.

Tickets are $5 each. 20% of all ticket sales will go to the YWCADayton!


Bill’s Donuts: Family Run and Community Focused (7 min • Documentary)
Directed by Joe Greenwell
Bill’s Donut Shop has been ranked as the second best donut shop in America. It is a staple of the Centerville community. However, it isn’t just the delicious donuts that make people fall in love with the business. The atmosphere, people and involvement in the community help make Bill’s Donuts stand out.

Kellan: Adventures on the Spectrum (18 min • Documentary)
Directed by Patrick Enright
Kellan is a happy 4-year-old who loves Toy Story, swinging, and playing with his brothers. But Kellan is different from other 4-year olds. He is autistic.

A Timely Death (12 min • Drama)
Directed by Hannah Blair
In an alternate society, where everyone is given a death date, a woman clings to both her relationship with her husband, and her own life, the day before her scheduled termination.

A Heart’s Calling (8 min • LGBTQ, Romance)
Directed by Sam Brooks
A young man is tested once his church and parents find out that he is gay and is instantly isolated and disowned.

Best Local Film Award
Dayton’s Darkest Summer: The Rise From Tragedy (18 min • Documentary)
Dir. University of Dayton Documentary Production Course
During the summer of 2019, Dayton, Ohio faced multiple tornadoes ravaging the city and a mass shooting in the span of 68 days.

Best Fiction Film Award
Don’t Tell Mama (7 min • Comedy, LGBTQ)
Directed by Conrad Alejandro Faraj
A young man with a long-kept secret becomes conflicted about revealing it to his mother.

Best Unconventional Film Award
Division (11 min • Experimental, Comedy)
Directed by Jonathan Reser
A mockumentary set in an alternate world where humans reproduce through body wide division that follows one man’s journey through his reproduction process.

Best of Fest Award
How is this the World (15 min • Sci Fi & Fantasy)
Directed by Sadie Rogers
A mother recruits a burned-out hacker to help search for her son in a virtual world.

Best of Fest Student Award
35 (16 min • LGBTQ, Drama)
Directed by Maggie Zhu
In this social thriller, Tonia Stanwell finds herself on a nightmarish quest through a mysterious government agency to get to her 36th birthday.

Best Documentary Award
Redacted (19 min • Documentary)
Directed by Naeema Jamilah Torres
In this short essay-style documentary, a Black filmmaker reflects on present-day struggles of marginalized people on a tour devoted to challenging conventional historical narratives through the legacy of a slave revolt.


September 28
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Dixie Twin Drive-In
6201 N. DIxie Dr
Dayton, OH 45414 United States