37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 12-28, 2018Documentary Shorts Competition

This juried competition recognizes national, international and local documentary short form filmmaking that exemplifies the very best in presentation, diversity, innovation and powerful storytelling.




  • Simon Edery
    Producer, Edery Film, Inc
    Simon Edery is a versatile and successful Producer/Line Producer affiliated and a voting member at the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, (BAFTA) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

    Simon Edery has realized over 20 feature films, television series, miniseries, documentaries, short films and multi-screen performances, for Paramount, Warner Bros., Buena Vista, Showtime, HBO, PBS, American Zoetrope, Mirage Films and a number of independent production companies. These film projects have appeared on major networks and as theatrical releases, museums and film festivals worldwide.

    Mr. Edery Associate-produced Graffiti Bridge with Prince for Warner Bros. and has since produced, line produced and executive produced all over the world. In China, Mr. Edery produced Pavilion of Women with Willem Dafoe for Universal Pictures and Flatland, the television series with Dennis Hopper for Ruddy Morgan Production in Shanghai. In Chile, produced and 2nd unit directed Southern Cross with Malcolm McDowell and Esai Morales. In Egypt, he produced Legend of the Lost Tomb with Stacy Keach. For American Zoetrope, The Spirit of 76 with David Cassidy, Olivia D’Abo, Carl Riener and Rob Riener. Recently, in Canada Mr. Edery co-produced for Happy Madison Productions, Star Entertainment, and Overture Films in association with Leomax Entertainment. At the present Edery Film is developing project for both Television and theatrical releases.
  • Selina Lewis Davidson
    Selina Lewis Co-founded GreenHouse Pictures in 2003, a documentary production company dedicated to telling diverse stories from a variety of perspectives that enlighten, educate and entertain. She has produced more than 12 nationally broadcast documentaries exploring a wide range of topics. Her films include Hard Road Home, about the formerly incarcerated (director: Macky Alston) premiered on PBS, Independent Lens, and was nominated for an Emmy; Occupation: Dreamland, a cinema verite portrait of American infantrymen serving in Fallujah, Iraq, (directors: Garrett Scott and Ian Olds), won the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction award, aired on the Sundance Channel; George Ratliff’s critically acclaimed Hell House, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, won the San Francisco International Film festival and was released theatrically by Seventh Art Releasing; Macky Alston’s Questioning Faith aired on Cinemax/Reel life; Family Name (director: Macky Alston) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Freedom of Expression Award. The film was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming after it aired nationally on the PBS.

    Selina is currently producing two documentaries: Maya Washington’s Through the Banks of the Red Cedar (currently in post-production), James Weeks’s Across The King’s River (currently in production)
  • Kim Rogers
    Kim Rogers is a documentary producer, filmmaker and activist who divides her time between her hometown of Minneapolis, far-flung island locations, and life on the road. Kim has helped to produce several independent feature documentaries and short films focusing on social and environmental issues, travel and tourism, and was part of the producing team for the Oceanic Preservation Society’s 2010 Oscar winning documentary, The Cove.