Skip to Content

Dreams of Ambivalence

Directed by Ren Collantes

Roger is a widowed father to his young son Rafael. Rafael is often surrounded by his dad’s quirky knack and talent for playing the guitar. Though Roger displays a very goofy exterior, deep down, he works night and day to support his son. As per tradition on Rafael’s 10th birthday, Roger plays his special birthday song. Rafael later messes around with his dad’s guitar and teaches himself the birthday song to a surprised Roger. They jam together frequently and Rafael later expresses an interest in a music career. Roger dedicates his efforts into ensuring Rafael can enroll into a prestigious music school. Now
nearing high school graduation, Rafael is going to attend Berklee College of Music, but is now having second thoughts. He then works up the courage to finally express to his father what his aspirations truly are, and confront Roger’s vicarious dream.

Hello! My name is Ren Collantes and I am a filmmaker based in Fullerton, CA. Ever since I was very little I had always been creating little skits, videos, and films in my past time. Later on, I attended Orange County School of the Arts, enrolling in their Film and Television Conservatory to further my film education. There I got to collaborate with many different talented filmmakers and really get hone in on my craft. Currently, I am now freelancing and working in the industry in the camera and lighting departments while attending Saddleback College.

Plays in

Audience Award Winners: Short Films (Narrative and Documentary)

With utmost pride, we present to you the audience favorites from the festival. Congratulations to all the 2nd…

Dates & Times


AMC, Otay Ranch Town Center

Tue, Oct 18
6:30 pm

AMC, Otay Ranch Town Center

Sun, Oct 16
2:30 pm