Films / Programs

First Look Student Film Section

The First Look Student Film Section is devoted to short films made by outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. Started in 2000 as a stand-alone event and dubbed by the Denver Post as “arguably the best niche festival in
Denver,” First Look continues to focus on finding the brightest new talents in filmmaking and bringing them and their works to Colorado. In addition to the Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award, which was established in 2008, we are proud to
announce a partnership with Liberty Global that has allowed us to include three new international shorts packages. These films will open your eyes to the incredible work being done at film schools outside the United States—Mexico, Switzerland,
the United Kingdom, Iran, Germany, South Korea, Chile, Bolivia, The Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Israel, and the Czech Republic are all represented. This year, for the first time, we will award the Liberty Global International Student Filmmaker Award to an exemplary foreign filmmaker.

Sponsored By: Liberty Global

  • Benny


    USA , 2011 , 14 min. An overweight teenager revisits an old friend—who is now a personal fitness trainer.... more
  • Deeper Than Yesterday

    Deeper Than Yesterday

    Australia , 2010 , 20 min. After three months underwater, the sailors have become savages. In the turbulence of the sea, Oleg fears his loss of humanity.... more
  • Abuelas


    United Kingdom , 2011 , 9 min. In Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild. However, a horrific turn of events mean that she must wait for decades to learn of the child’s fate.... more
  • Be Still

    Be Still

    USA , 2011 , 17 min. Seeking redemption for past misdeeds, a loner and petty criminal reaches out to his estranged young son during a trek to the local carnival.... more
  • Big Muddy

    Big Muddy

    USA , 2011 , 15 min. This short follows Andy, a teenage outlaw, forced into a life of crime by his nefarious mother Martha and her ne'er-do-well boyfriend Tommy—until a mysterious drifter, Donovan, shows up to settle a score.... more
  • Come On Down and Pick Me Up

    Come On Down and Pick Me Up

    USA , 2011 , 9 min. This doc paints the portrait of Fred Kress—a man within weeks of dying from terminal liver disease. After receiving the diagnosis, Fred turned his room into a neon hallucination, covering it with fluorescent alien masks... more
  • Commerce


    USA , 2011 , 17 min. A spiraling compulsion threatens to alienate a businessman completely from his family—and leads to a chance meeting that could save or destroy him.... more
  • The Dust Machine

    The Dust Machine

    USA , 2011 , 15 min. A highly imaginative visual journey into a dark, microscopic world—and a meditation on the absurdities of the technological era.... more
  • Eva Is Leaving

    Eva Is Leaving

    Israel , 2011 , 16 min. Eldad, the owner of Eldad's Coffee Shop, suddenly finds religion. When he decides to make his coffee shop kosher to accentuate his newfound awakening, his wife and employee warn that old habits had better not die hard... more
  • Floating


    Israel , 2010 , 30 min. Ruet is fat; Lilach is anorexic. Both have been sent by their parents to a children’s ward for treatment. Will the friendship they forge lead them to accept treeatment? Or will two rebellious girls with serious diseases... more
  • Fragomeni, the Last Round

    Fragomeni, the Last Round

    Italy , 2011 , 13 min. A TV reporter goes to a hospital to interview an old man who has been mugged and injured. But once there, he finds that deadlines may take a backseat to the truth.... more
  • Life Is a Bitch

    Life Is a Bitch

    Czech Republic , 7 min. Being as free as a bird is not necessarily an enviable condition.... more
  • Lifelike


    USA , 2011 , 10 min. A taxidermist coolly goes about his business.... more
  • Little Boat

    Little Boat

    USA , 2011 , 4 min. One little boat, one big journey.... more
  • Living Tiny

    Living Tiny

    USA , 2011 , 7 min. A new vision of home is explored by three Californians who seek an alternative to traditional construction.... more
  • Neve & Sons

    Neve & Sons

    USA , 2011 , 8 min. Four generations after their great grandfather arrived from Italy and opened a flower shop, a family struggles to save the business—and his legacy.... more
  • No Wine Left Behind

    No Wine Left Behind

    USA , 15 min. An Iraq War hero leads a ragtag group of veterans as they try to conquer the wine industry.... more
  • Orbis Minor

    Orbis Minor

    USA , 2010 , 14 min. The effects of technological immersion on humans are contrasted in this experimental film. Through coded imagery, an expansive sound design, and four interviews with members of the Silent, Boomer, and Millennial Gen... more
  • People Involved

    People Involved

    Czech Republic , 2010 , 26 min. After an accident kills her boyfriend, guilt-stricken Emily travels to Prague to confront Petr’s mother and father about their son’s unborn child.... more
  • Rocky Flats: Legacy

    Rocky Flats: Legacy

    USA , 2011 , 22 min. This Colorado documentary is about former Rocky Flats nuclear workers who are fighting for their lives against the government, as well as those who have died waiting for help.... more
  • Safe & Sound

    Safe & Sound

    United Kingdom , 2011 , 27 min. Aman works as a janitor in a luxurious residential building in Iran. When it's time for him to get married back in his village, he decides to borrow a security guard's uniform to impress his fiancé’s family.... more
  • Salar


    Bolivia , 2011 , 19 min. Two paths cross in an isolated Bolivian village: that of a disgruntled American doctor and a Bolivian salt miner who's just been stabbed in the hand.... more
  • Santiago from the Other Side

    Santiago from the Other Side

    Mexico , 2011 , 11 min. Sometimes life has a surprise in store—sometimes two! Lucia is pregnant and wants to find the right moment to tell her longtime boyfriend Santiago. A party seems the ideal moment... more
  • A Scene at the Sea

    A Scene at the Sea

    South Korea , 2010 , 21 min. A father and son whose roles have reversed as junior becomes the caretaker of senior execute a delicate dance at the edge of the sea.... more
  • Shangri-La


    USA , 2011 , 6 min. A Tibetan monk describes his transition into American life and the challenge of setting up a monastery for fellow exiled monks.... more
  • Stick


    Netherlands , 2010 , 11 min. Len is on the playground when he meets a classmate who offers to introduce him to the mysteries of the fairer sex. There’s only one condition: Len must learn what to do with a stick.... more
  • Tasnim


    Israel , 2011 , 12 min. Tasnim, a strong and opinionated 10-year-old, lives with her mother and siblings in a neglected Bedouin village. A surprise visit from her father forces her, for the first time in her life, to confront the conservative norms of the family tribe and the fact that she is no longer daddy's little girl.... more
  • Terrebonne


    USA , 2010 , 14 min. Set on the imperiled coast of Louisiana, this is the meditative story of a brother and sister who encounter unexpected trouble when they venture deep into the swamp in search of the mythic ivory-billed woodpecker.... more
  • Till Summer Comes

    Till Summer Comes

    Italy , 2011 , 16 min. If Nicholas, Daniel, and Lollo join forces, can they save their friendship in the face of divisive fate?... more
  • Topo Gigio Is Dead

    Topo Gigio Is Dead

    Chile , 2010 , 23 min. After meeting unexpectedly at a funeral in Philadelphia, two Chileans seek to come to terms with their parents’ brutal past. Daniela is the daughter of a former political prisoner who was tortured; Tomas is the son of the physician that tortured him.... more
  • Tread Darkly

    Tread Darkly

    USA , 2011 , 13 min. In this short horror film, Ben brings his girlfriend to a seedy motel for a night of cheap, hot sex. Then strange things start happening.... more
  • Under


    Canada , 2011 , 23 min. A love story about city girl Sydney, a relapsed drug addict who is convinced to journey to a country cabin by her fiancé in order to clean up.... more
  • Vending For Change

    Vending For Change

    USA , 2011 , 13 min. In Denver, there are sign-flying homeless people on most street corners downtown. Weaving through them is a different group of homeless people who stand proud with newspapers and ask, “Dollar donation for the... more
  • The Visit

    The Visit

    Germany , 2011 , 8 min. A tragicomic animated short about an old woman, who, to the horror of her son, is cooking up a meal in the middle of the night for her long-deceased friends.... more
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