Film Programs

First Look Student Program

The First Look Student Film Section is an exclusive selection of shorts by outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, First Look continues to focus on finding the brightest new international talents in cinema, bringing them and their works to Colorado with the generous support of Liberty Global. These shorts will open your eyes to the incredible work being done at film schools outside the United States. The First Look Student Film Section proudly presents the Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award as well as the Liberty Global International Student Filmmaker Award.

USA 2015 16 min.

An inmate endures long-term isolation within a prison's solitary confinement unit.

USA 2016 21 min.

A Korean Marilyn Monroe wanders the City of Angels and confronts her past.

Carne Seca
USA 2016 11 min.

In rural Mexico, brothers David and Oscar Juarez have until sunset to turn a profit on their father’s business—or face the consequences of his belligerence.

Fade Away
United Kingdom 2016 10 min.

Imagine spending 50 years of your life with someone—only to one day find that they no longer know who you are.

Fairy Tales
China 2016 30 min.

This film explores China's unique Internet and media culture as well as the social expectations facing its working-class women through the lens of an overnight Internet celebrity.

The Fear of Disappearing
USA 2015 3 min.

Director Joshua Seigel tries to find a way to keep himself from disappearing.

USA 2015 21 min.

A former astronaut's adjustment to civilian life is upended by the death of a young test pilot.

Girls and Boys
USA 2015 14 min.

A portrait of a dance instructor with her students in the Polish-American community of North Brooklyn.

United Kingdom 2016 12 min.

An enchanting tale about a lonely young man named Hugo, who was born with uniquely long fingers.

The Impact Point
USA 2016 14 min.

This documentary delves into the world of women's slope-style skiing and the risks its athletes take to pursue what they love.

Jewish Blind Date
Switzerland 2015 16 min.

Unhappy in love, Mary Lou decides to reconnect with her religious roots by marrying a practicing Jew. In order to get married, she has to pass the Shidduch test, which will determine whether her life will be a success or failure.

Mother Tongue
Canada 2016 12 min.

This is a story about a man who risked his life to save his culture, his heritage and his language—only to discover that the sacrifices he has made are neither appreciated nor understood by the younger generation.

Nocturne In Black
Lebanon 2016 23 min.

In a war-ravaged Middle Eastern neighborhood, a musician struggles to rebuild his piano after it is destroyed by jihadists.

Nova Initia
USA 2016 6 min.

A story about hope and new beginnings.

Czech Republic 2015 27 min.

A twisted queer romance set in picturesque 19th-century Bohemia about the birth of one of the most influential writers of the Czech lands.

Please Hold
USA 2016 15 min.

As he waits for his HIV test results, a young gay Asian American befriends a condom company's customer-service representative.

Rust Belt Driven
USA 2016 7 min.

Sometimes respecting heritage is as easy as putting on a scratchy vinyl record; other times it's as difficult as repurposing rusty buildings that once supported an entire nation.

The Search
Argentina 2016 24 min.

This film explores Estela de Carlotto's search for her long-lost grandchild, 37 years after her daughter was kidnapped and murdered during the Argentinean “Dirty War.”

Soul City
USA 2016 20 min.

The story of a group of Black Power activists who attempted to build a multiracial utopia in Klan Country, North Carolina during the 1970s.

Lebanon 2016 21 min.

Under the imminent threat of Lebanon's garbage crisis, Hala, a wild child inside of a woman, is the only one to refuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home.

Tommy and David
Italy 2015 5 min.

Tommy sells “penis shorts” modeled after Michelangelo's David in order to pay tribute to his favorite work of art. More than ten thousand people have purchased them.

Whatever the Weather
Switzerland 2015 12 min.

Wally's life is increasingly turned upside down by her mother's alcohol addiction. Helplessness, excessive demands and desperation shape her childhood—a daily struggle for survival.

Winner Gagnant
Canada 2016 13 min.

Everyone wants to be a winner.

You Made Me Love You
USA 2016 3 min.

A bump in the night causes a man to go searching through his memories.

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