22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

The Artifice Girl

United States, 2022: 93 minutes: Alberta Premiere
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
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When an internet vigilante develops a revolutionary new computer program to combat online predators, its rapid advancement leads to serious questions of autonomy, oppression, and what it really means to be human.

Gareth has created a hyper-realistic digital computer model of a twelve-year-old girl named Cherry, which uses a basic form of artificial intelligence to combat online predators. Twenty years later, Gareth, now a special operative, finds himself questioning Cherry’s evolving sentience, as his colleagues argue that her A.I. has advanced to the point where she can self-navigate her continuing evolution. Decades later, Gareth and Cherry grapple with the morality and consequences of A.I.'s future.

Fantasia International Film Festival 2022
SXSW 2023

Franklin Ritch is an independent filmmaker, writing, directing, and editing with a passion for unique ideas and sharp storytelling. Since high school, Franklin has developed a vast filmography of short films, web series, features, and other anomalous explorations into the medium of film. In 2022, Franklin premiered his debut feature film, THE ARTIFICE GIRL, at Fantasia International Film Festival. Franklin has been named one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. Franklin is currently developing an ambitious follow-up feature film, with several more projects on the horizon.

press for The Artifice Girl

"A stroke of science-fiction genius, Franklin Ritch’s The Artifice Girl is a commanding analysis of the murky waters that AI development presents."
- The Hollywood News
"It's a complex and captivating sci fi fable... but told with touching intimacy."
- Austin Chronicle

screened with a short film


Frankie And The Doll


Narrative / Sci-Fi / Drama / Thriller / Suspense / First Feature

93 minutes


Franklin Ritch

Executive Producer
Peter Kuplowsky

Aaron B. Koontz
Ashleigh Snead

Franklin Ritch

Britt McTammany

Tatum Matthews
Lance Henriksen
Sinda Nichols
David Girard
Franklin Ritch

Alex Cuervo



Winner, Audience Award Gold, Best International Feature, Fantasia Film Festival 2022

Winner, Asteroid Award Best Film, Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2022