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City & State

Ranging from comedy to horror to emotional documentaries, the year’s stories from the brightest local talents compete for the Chicago Award.


All Happy Families

Haroula Rose  |   United States
Comedy, Drama, Family Affairs

In this delightful Chicago-set comedy, an aspiring actor grapples with the arrival of his more successful brother at his dysfunctional family’s crumbling two-flat.

Two black cyclists, in full kits, ride past camera on a flat road.

Bike Vessel

Eric D. Seals  |   United States
Documentary, Social Commentary, Sports

A father and son embark on an epic bike ride from St. Louis to Chicago in this stirring documentary that takes a hard look at health disparities in the Black community.

A trippy, almost 3D colored image of a boy staring fearfully right into the camera.

Departing Seniors

Clare Cooney  |   United States
Comedy, Horror, LGBTQ

In this Chicago-set update on the teen slasher, a gay Latinx high school student becomes an unlikely vigilante when he develops psychic powers.

A colorful truck weaves through winding mountain roads, two people sit on its roof observing the passing scenery.

Food Roots

Michele Josue  |   United States, Philippines
English, Tagalog  
Culinary, Documentary, Family Affairs

This heartfelt tribute to food, family, and cultural identity charts Chicago restaurateur Billy Dec’s journey to reconnect with his Filipino heritage.


Shorts 1: City & State – Revelations

Various  |   United States, Japan
Canronese, English, Khmer, Vietnamese  
Animation, Documentary, Drama, Experimental

The six shorts in this program represent distinct modes of storytelling through film, while reflecting the diversity and creativity of our region.

A young boy smiles, his back to the bright blue sky, with his arms and legs spread as if tossed in the air.

We Grown Now

Minhal Baig  |   United States
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs

In this heartfelt story set in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green projects in the early 1990s, two boys come of age amid change in their community.