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Copa Shorts Film Fest


Welcome to Copa Shorts Film Fest



Copa Shorts Film Fest 2018 was a whirlwind of networking, music, and many movies!


The films were phenomenal. Attendees commented that they were all so good!

We are proud to announce that the following received the awards:

AUDIENCE CHOICE – The Chocolate Soldier – Director Jackson Smith

BEST of the FEST – Lion in a Box – Director Melanie Brown

MIDDLE SCHOOL – The Inverted – Director Kaden Rogers

HIGH SCHOOL –  Imaginarium – Directors Robert Carrillo, Taylor Chavez, Danyae Souther

COLLEGE – The Chocolate Soldier – Director Jackson Smith

MILITARY – Lion in a Box – Director Melanie Brown

NATIVE AMERICAN – Waabooz – The Waabooz Group

SCREENPLAY – Privacy Please – Screenwriter Sheri Davenport 

AFTER HOURS – It’s Just a Gun – Producer John Sayage

ANIMATION – Totem – Director Alex Cannon

COMEDY – Girl Meets Roach – Director Alison Zatta

DOCUMENTARY – From the Shadows – Jacques de Vos

DRAMA – Split Ticket – Director Alfred Thomas Catalfo

FOREIGN – Freezer – Director Dimitrios Nakos

HORROR – Mannequin – Director Dante Aubain

From the VIP Feb. 16th VIP Party through the whole weekend of films, events, workshops, and parties, Copa Shorts Film Fest attendees had a great time!

Friday’s VIP Party featured Brian Hammill’s Native Spirit setting the tone for a terrific meet and mingle with Matthew Earl Jones, Director of Arizona’s Film and Digital Media Office, chatting with everyone about the film industry in Arizona.

Everyone who attended came away with a powerful, moving message – from the learning opportunities for a film or screenwriting career, and the possibilities for a community event that showcases the best and brightest local talent, as well as projects from around the world.

Saturday morning, 3 free workshops provided learning opportunities for filmmakers, attendees and community members to gain expertise in filmmaking:

  • Drones with cinematographer Steve Wargo
  • Film Funding with Entertainment Attorney Stephen Wade Nebgen
  • What Arizona Can Do for Filmmakers with Matthew Earl Jones

Starting at noon on Saturday, films were shown in 2-hour film blocks. Any filmmaker who attended was invited to be part of a Q & A.

At 11:00 am on Sunday, the schedule included films, middle and high school films, a screenplay table read coordinated by Cynthia Morgan, a full 2-hours of film with “Best of the Fest” attendees voting for the Audience Choice Award.

And, the Sunday night Wrap/Awards Party with entrancing music by Arvel Bird provided a setting for the awards.  Mayor Christian Price served as emcee.  Jason Isaak, President of the Arizona Production Association, presented opportunities for a career in film in Arizona.

Special thanks to Gina D’Abella who spent countless hours developing the screen slides, recruiting and coordinating the volunteers, and organizing the onsite services and Silent Auction.

And, an extra thank you to Andrew McAleavey who stepped in to photograph our event!

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, sponsored, submitted films and screenplays, and worked to create the 2018 festival!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Onward to 2019!

Suggestions gladly welcomed to make 2019 even better.

Shelley & Roger

Festival Directors




Please consider donating to our film festival!

GO TO “Donate to Copa Shorts Film Fest” via this PayPal link.

It takes the support of many people to make a film festival run. And, what do you get for that generosity?

An opportunity to do good –

  • Maybe give a troubled youth a productive new path
  • Provide an inspired filmmaker a chance to be recognized and launch a career
  • Give a forum for a fledging screenwriter to have his/her work seen and heard
  • Draw a community together
  • An Excellent Event

And a tax deduction because we’re a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit where your contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the IRS laws.

Please be generous!  We need donations to allow us to continue our year-round programming including workshops for community members and students.



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