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2019 Denver Regional Youth Silent Film Festival Winners 


1st Place - Balley's Western Adventure by Johnny White


2nd Place - The Magician Fisherman by Kaelen Becker


3rd place - The Silent Love - Brary by the Open Media Generation

And the Winners are:

1st Place - The Most Magnificent Thing 
Directed by Arna Selznick

2nd Place - Carl's Big Adventure 
Directed by Brett Jubinville

3rd Place - At Maria's 
Directed by Andrew Stennett



September 14th & 15th  
The Bug Theatre

3654 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211

FREE for ages 18 and under.


Historic Elitch Theatre in conjunction with Blissfest333, the Youth International Silent Film Festival, and The Bug Theatre is proud to present the 2nd Annual Historic Elitch Theatre Children’s Day International Film Festival (CDIFF).


CDIFF will be a weekend event featuring unique, intelligent films from across the world for young audiences and their families from 11am-5pm. Each day will bring three blocks of films with brief intermissions. All screenings will take place inside The Bug Theatre.


Children’s Day reflects Mary Elitch’s core mission:  to introduce the cultural arts to our youth, open their minds, stimulate their curiosity, and deepen their compassion and understanding. CDIFF will give them exposure to high-quality films, compelling stories, and diverse perspectives from around the world and their own backyard.  This year’s features will transport the audience into animated worlds to real worlds with beauty, thrilling thought-provoking adventures, friendships and fearless triumphs and tragedies.


Saturday, September 14th 


11am - 11:15pm

Meet Mary Elitch Long (Mary Jane Ontiveroz)


11:15am -1:15pm

"Dumbo" 2019


1:30 - 2:30pm 

Children’s Films Block 1

Children’s Films recommended for All Ages especially young children.



Directed by Luke Snedecor


"Herbie & The Smushies: Bullied at the Dog Park"

Directed bu Heather Lehrman


“Carl's Big Adventure”

Directed Brett Jubinville


“A box of cookies”

Directed by Qisi Xie



2:30 - 3:00pm

Free Children’s Workshop 

Fairy Tale Fun at Children’s Day
with the Curtain Playhouse
Denver’s Award Winning Youth Theatre 


3:00 - 3:50

Children’s Films Block 2

Children’s Films recommended for All Ages especially young children.


“My Shadow” 

Directed by Evan Kimball Plochmann


“Ready, Set, Breathe!”

Directed by Sunny Williams


“The Most Magnificent Thing”

Directed by Arna Selznick


“Bearabbit Beibei”

Directed by Rose (Rong) Luo


“A Day in the Life of a Pig”

Directed by Hannah Collins



Free educator and community event

with the Founder and President of the Youth Silent Film Festival Jon JP Palanuk.

Learn about the Festival and teaching your children how to create a silent film. A great tool for families and for the classroom.



Sunday, September 15th


11am - 11:15

Meet Mary Elitch Long (Mary Jane Ontiveroz)


11:15 - 12:30

Sunday Block 1 Film Screenings Recommended for 10 and up


"They Hunt"

Rhys Byfield

“The Queen of the South Sea”

Directed by Isaac Kerlow


“The School that Time Forgot”

Direcrwd by Amy (Fortier) Hoepfner


“Stop Requested”

Directd by Nick Philomeno



Directed by Dana-Lee Mierowsky Bennett


"At Maria's"

Directed by Andrew Stennett


"The Evolution of the Internet"

Esha Charles


"10 ka 4"

Directed by  Rahul Yadav


"Who Let the Taxidermy Out?"

Directed by Laurence Unger



12:30 - 1:30

FREE Workshop


1:45 - 2:45 

International Youth Silent Film Festival

with Founder and President Jon JP Palanuk.


Silent Films


“Stairway to Heaven”

 Submitted by Austin Bliss


“All in a Day's Work”

Submitted by Emma Murphy


“Balley's Western Adventure”

Submitted by Johnny White


"The Magician Fisherman"

Submitted by Kaelen Becker


"The Magic Microwave"

Submitted by the Elitch theatre Academy 


"The Silent Love-Brary"

Submitted by Clark Oh-Wilke


"Let go"

Submitted by Ethan Hickey




"The Wizard of Oz"

80th Anniversary

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Organizers of the International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF) announced that Denver, Colorado has joined as the newest host city for the festivals worldwide competiton.  


The IYSFF host regional competitions around the world in search of our next generation of great filmmakers.  Filmmakers, who all must be under the age of twenty, create three minute silent movies to compete for cash and experience based prizes.


"We are thrilled to be welcoming Denver as part of our continued expansion across the globe.  We can’t wait to see how young filmmakers from around the region respond to this creative opportunity,” comments Jon JP Palanuk, Creator and President of the festival.


Denver joins other host cities in the United States that include Portland, Oregon, Bozeman, Montana, and Detroit, Michigan.  Host cities in Australia include Adelaide, and Melbourne. Additionally Tauranga, New Zealand, and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates are host cities.


The Historic Elitch Theatre and Bliss Productions are honored to host the Denver Regional of the International Youth Silent Film Festival as part of the Historic Elitch Theatre Children’s Day that reflects Mary Elitch’s core mission:  to introduce the cultural arts to our youth, open their minds, stimulate their curiosity, and deepen their compassion and understanding.


“We are so excited to bring back silent film to Denver. Thomas Edison screened his first films in 1896 at the theatre and what an honor to bring the legacy and history of film to Colorado once again” adds Michael Bliss, Executive Program Director of Historic Elitch Theatre.


Screening finalists will compete for cash prizes, as well as the opportunity to see their films on the silver screen at the Bug Theatre as part of the Historic Elitch Theatre Children’s Day event on September 14th and 15th  (show times will run from 11am-5pm each day). The Bug Theatre is Colorado's most unique live theatre and film screening venue in Denver located at 3654 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211


Not only is the festival FREE for filmmakers to enter, but children 18 and under can attend free as well.  This event will become a family favorite that you won’t want to miss. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Winning filmmakers of the Denver Regional will also be nominated to compete on the international level as part of the be International Awards Screening and Award Week which is held in Portland, Oregon, USA every June.  Nominees enjoy a week of parties, receptions, hiking, meeting fellow filmmakers from around the world, as well as rubbing shoulders with industry professionals. The International Award Show is broadcast live, so hometown fans can see and cheer on their nominees (follow us at and our Facebook page for up to date news).


The submission deadline for the Denver Regional is July 15, 2019.  


The competition is open to all filmmakers aged 20 years or younger as of April 15th.  There is no entry fee. Submissions must be three minutes in length and use pre-recorded music that will be supplied by the festival organizers.  All films must be family-friendly/appropriate for viewers of all ages. Filmmakers must use only original footage and no copyrighted material. Decisions of the jury members will be final.


For more information, visit or contact the organizers at


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