2019 EFPalooza Film Festival

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EFPalooza 2019 is a three-day film festival celebrating the best of the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project, the home of Denver’s independent film scene since 2002. Hosted at the historic Bug Theatre, the event will showcase the work of more than 60 local filmmakers, featuring favorites from 2018 as well as several EFP premieres, with the filmmakers in attendance to take part in a spirited ‘talkback’ with the audience.

The 2019 EFPalooza Film Schedule:

Thursday 2/21 at 8:00pm – the February Emerging Filmmakers Project

Join us as we kick off the three-night event with the EFP debut of several great short films at the February Emerging Filmmakers Project!

Waiting on the Space PoetsJamey Hastings & Travis Duncan (03:54)
The Bug Seat Timelapse – Eileen Agosta (06:08)
Bunny ManJenny Shen & Blaise Bowers (06:02)


Girl AspiringMaureen Lee Maloney (09:19)
I Put the Bi in Bitter (pilot episode) – Marin Lepore (04:30)
Russian GhostsJesus Medina (06:25)
Huevos Adam Rosenberg (11:00)

Friday 2/22 at 7:00pm – Comedy Shorts

Featuring a collection of hilarious shorts and audience favorites from 2018, the Comedy Shorts block is an annual tradition at EFPalooza and not to be missed!

20/20 – Nathan Lloyd Pratt (09:38)
Flushed Andrew Tennison (08:32)
CJ’s Nancy Fingerhood (01:45)
Meddling in Murder – Greg Eakins (15:12)


A Very Consensual Santa Baby – Rebekah Henderson (02:58)
Cardigan Sorrow – Bradley Haag (06:00)
Flutterby – Jenny Urice (10:20)

Friday 2/22 at 9:00pm – Dark, SciFi & Horror Shorts

Our Friday night late block features films with a dark, creepy, or scifi element.

An Outright DogDaniel Eltzroth & Jesse Theilman
Praise the DeadMichael Bliss (03:18)
Abductee Mike Dunn (10:27)
REM Hector Quijano (06:18)
Home – Omar Bitar (04:00)
Runners – Nick Fiorella (03:00)


Mental Lewis Leslie (05:26)
Ruffy Under the Shopping Plaza of the Dead – raoul raoul (13:55)
Terraform – Micah Groenevelt (13:59)
Wakeful SleepAlex Killian (02:43)

Saturday at 1:00pm – A Tribute to Patrick Sheridan

A block featuring the work of Patrick Sheridan, longtime host and Executive Director of the Emerging Filmmakers Project.

Saturday at 3:00pm – Dramatic Shorts & Colorado Sneak Peek

The first half will feature a collection of short dramatic films. Then, in the second half, get a sneak peek at some of the great projects currently in development in Colorado. Featuring sizzle reels, teaser trails, and pilot episodes, this is a great chance to meet the filmmakers who are making the films we’ll see in future festivals!

Tenny Eva MeiLing Pollitt (08:45)
Drown With Me – Chanin Rhttp://www.efpdenver.com/meet-the-filmmaker-chanin-russo-drown-with-me/usso (03:57)
Reimbursement – Wright Hugus, Rick Foster and Rio Rivera (05:30)
Love is Why We Are Here – Rachel Marie Hunter (04:25)
Half Lost Jill Harrigan and Catherine Sullivan (10:00)


The Great Divide (teaser) – Lindsay Sparks (03:49)
XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah’s Witness Religion (teaser) – Scott Homan (05:00)
Silk (teaser) – William Briggs (03:25)
Minerva Black and the Killer Robot Army (preview) – John Aden and Ellen K. Graham (03:27)
Camp Crash Episode 1 Daniel Crosier (10:43)
Lying Together (sizzle reel) – Tim Nolte (06:24)

Saturday at 6:00pm – Experimental & Animated Films

Our Experimental & Animated Film block features a collection of experimental and art films, as well as the best animated shorts from Denver’s large and diverse animation community.

Anthropocene Ben Makinen (03:06)
Ducks ‘A Million!Al Vigil (03:19)
Crack, Skip, Scar – Katie Anhalt (03:19)
Banana Boxing – Emiliano Acevedo (01:53)
Mecha Jonny Mancini (07:05)


Icons – Ronnie Cramer (05:10)
Neck Beard – Patch Polyester Episode II – John Hartman, Johnny Morehouse and Sergei (08:13)
Forever in Red Cardigans – Michael T. Scott (03:30)
To Catch a Snowflake – David Quakenbush (03:05)

Saturday at 8:00pm – Narrative Shorts

We’ll close out the festival with another block of amazing short narrative films!

Barking BraveBrandy Mello & Matthew Kirkman (05:21)
Losing FaithGrant Worden & Shannon Malloy (07:10)
Free – Jamie Oliver (04:12)
Collision Henry Cavalier & Stacy Farrar (13:00)


Gotta Make ItAntoine M. Dillard (10:15)
Patrick Sheridan’s PurposeKaitlin McMullen (05:55)
Lily ‘N’ RoseSheryl Glubok (12:35)
Bump In The RoadBecca Pearce and Brian Kusic (07:00)

Lineup subject to change.

EFPalooza 2019 takes place February 21st, 22nd and 23rd at The Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80232), with screenings at 8:00 p.m. on February 21st, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on February 22nd, and at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on February 23rd. Tickets are $5 for Thursday, $10 a block, or $15 a day, or a full festival pass can be purchased for $25. To learn more visit the EFP website at www.efpdenver.com and The Bug Theatre’s website at www.bugtheatre.org.

The Bug Theatre and EFPalooza 2019 are supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Colorado Creative Industries, National Endowment for the Arts, Film Acting Academy of Denver, Plan 9 Studios, Twelve Monkeys Dancing Films, Nebulus Visions Multimedia, Cutting Room Floor Brewery, and cool cats everywhere.