39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 9-25, 2020Narrative Shorts Competition

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




  • Paul Aaron
    Producer, Suntaur Entertainment
    Paul Aaron has been creating successful productions since he began his professional career as the youngest director in Broadway history, discovering a young Bette Midler and casting her in his rock musical hit, Salvation. Upon moving to Hollywood, he was hired to direct his first feature film A Different Story, recognized as a groundbreaking independent comedy classic. Then, for a change of pace, he rewrote and directed A Force of One, the hit domestic martial arts film that launched the career of Chuck Norris as an action film star. Paul then turned his attention to the small screen when he adapted and directed William Gibson’s classic The Miracle Worker for NBC. The film was nominated for four Emmys and won three, including the top award for Outstanding Dramatic Special, and also garnered Paul a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for best director of the year. With successes in three different media under his belt, Paul continued to build one of the first major production/management companies in Hollywood under the banner of his Elsboy Entertainment and later founded his second production company, Suntaur Entertainment. Paul Aaron and Suntaur Entertainment have recently closed financing for a slate of feature films, TV series and transmedia projects, which promises to make 2016 as busy and prolific as ever for the Entertainment Company.
  • Alan Blomquist
    Producer Alan Blomquist, has been working in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He recently completed A Dog’s Purpose for Dreamworks. This film reunited Blomquist with director, Lasse Hallstrom, with whom he Executive Produced Chocolat, which garnered five Academy Award nominations, The Cider House Rules (nominated for seven Academy Awards) and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

    Blomquist has also executive produced the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line, Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke, Bounce for Don Roos, What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams as well as Spawn, A Little Princess, Beautiful Girls, Of Mice and Men and Everybody’s All American.

  • Eric D. Howell
    Eric D. Howell is an international award winning writer and director. After working his way through technical filmmaking, he joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1992 as a stuntman and actor. This experience propelled him into stunt coordination and 2nd unit directing. Feature credits include North Country, Joe Somebody, A Simple Plan and A Serious Man, among others. Howell was dubbed by Shoot! Magazine "as one of the industry’s crop of new directors to watch" and won the Fade In Magazine 2012 Grand Prize. His short, Ana’s Playground, won top honors at over twenty international film festivals and was short listed for an Academy Award nomination. Howell’s latest short film Strangers starring James Denton and Marta Milans qualified for 2015 Academy consideration his debut feature film Voice From The Stone starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) is set for release later in 2016. Howell is represented by United Talent Agency and managed by Anonymous Content.