2023 FEST⇗⇗
2022 FEST⇗⇗

Music: "Captain Crunch" by Lost in Ashford | Clips from 2023 Submissions

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024
Doors at 5:30pm

Killingly High School
226 Putnam Pike, Dayville CT

Submissions are closed. Email Dan Durand with questions.

View past winners on the 2023 QCFF site.



Rodrigo Mariano is a Filipino-American film producer, director, and writer born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut. He is a QCFF alum: his film PROM ROCKS was selected in 2018 and his film BESTIE won Best Picture and Best Editing in the 2019. He is a 2021 New York Film Awards Finalist, and a 2021 Mystic Film Festival selected filmmaker. He graduated from Emerson College in 2023 and produced and directed numerous shorts during his time there. Professionally, he worked for Ryan Coogler at Proximity Media after his time at Jason Bateman's Aggregate Films. He also has a credit on Sony/Marvel's MADAME WEB, for which he spent half a year on the project. Based in Los Angeles, he is currently in the middle of producing features, while also working in talent management at Industry Entertainment. He is constantly pursuing a more diverse and inclusive entertainment industry.


Jodee Caruso is Head of Production for Atomic Kid Studios, an award winning production studio based in Milford that specializes in 2D and 3D animation, stop motion, live action videos and large-scale presentations.


Liam Bennett is the Founder & Owner of Solvis Media, a video production company located in New Haven, Connecticut. Over the last 5 years at Solvis, Liam has produced hundreds of corporate and commercial video projects for companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 100s.


Sophie Morganstern is an Associate Producer at the Hartford Film Company, which specializes in the production of narrative films, commercials, and more. She is committed to providing opportunities and education for the next generation of filmmakers, teaching every summer at Real Art Ways' youth film apprenticeship Eye on Video.


2024 Official Selections

In randomized screening order


Benjamin Gagnon & Kyle Pazienza, Woodstock Academy

Nominated for Best Sound Design & Best Cinematograpy

How to Hide a Body

Shylee Emigh, Haddam-Killingworth High

Nominated for Best Sound Design

Modern Education 2

Damen Ridgeway & Mason Mazzotta, Haddam-Killingworth High

Best Performance (Damen Ridgeway)

Nominated for Best Cinematography


Benjamin Gagnon & Nicole Apicelli, Woodstock Academy

Nominated for Best Editing

The Alien

Eva Weitzman-Stangel, Daniel Hand High


Zachary Tuller & Enzo Miglietta, ACT Magnet High

2nd Place Winner

Best Sound Design

Nominated for Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Performance (Enzo Miglietta) & Audience Favorite

Remote Locations

Ava Burdo, Grasso Tech

Best Short Film

Best Editing

Nominated for Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, Best Performance (Caleb McNeill) & Audience Favorite

Closing Time

Shylee K.E. Emigh & Caitlin Kukta, Haddam-Killingworth High

Why Is It So Hard to Say Goodbye?

Evelyn Ho, Woodstock Academy

Nominated for Best Sound Design


The Queen

Lucy Poppleton, ACT Magnet High

Denial, Despair, Escape

Robert Alves, Killingly High

Nominated for Best Performance (Robert Alves)

Ransom of 7, 8, 9

Kyle & Kobe, Woodstock Academy

Baking Bad

Lux Thibodeau, Grasso Tech

A Way Out

Darin Exarhoulias, Killingly High

3rd Place Winner

Audience Favorite

Nominated for Best Editing & Best Cinematography

Candy Craze and Collector's Charm: The Tale of PEZ

Kayla DeLuca, East Haven High

Uncle Jack

Thyme King, ACT Magnet High

2024 Red Carpet Photos