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Shorts 1: Expanding Sensibilities (City and State)

Amrita Singh, Akanksha Cruczynski, Curtis Matzke, Ashley Thompson, Simo Ezoubeiri, JP Olsen, Kristen Nutile, and Brian Zahm, Meg Walsh, Danny Carroll  |   United States

This eclectic showcase highlights the vibrancy of the Chicago and Illinois filmmaking communities across an array of forms and genres.

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Shorts 2: Shifts and Rifts (Animation)

Alex Cardy, Tali Polichtuk, and Kitty Chrystal, Paula Ziółkowska, Kim Kang-min, Joanna Quinn, Christopher Chan, Kristian Mercado, Ayce Kartal, Lina Kalcheva  |   Australia, Poland, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

The creative conjurings of dreams, psychedelic adventures, and familial reconnections run throughout this set of animated wonders from around the globe. This transcendent program is packed with a variety of animation styles.

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Shorts 3: Unexpected Terrors (After Dark)

Annalise Lockhart, Murat Emir Eren, Johan Tappert, Gustav Egerstedt, Matthew Avery Berg, Mitzi Sair Martinez, Alexandra Pechman  |   Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, United States

These six shorts spanning four countries show the real world is just as terrifying as the supernatural, highlighting how the uncanny and the unexpected can be found even in mundane situations.

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Shorts 4: Abstract Reflections (Documentary)

Whitney Skauge, Maxime Jean-Baptiste and Audrey Baptiste, Eliana Esther Bots, Lorraine Price, Sunniva Sundby and Andreas J. Riiser, William A. Kirkley  |   Canada, France, Norway, The Netherlands, United States

These non-fiction films include intimate portraits and daring confrontational works that exhibit the myriad textures of everyday life. Autobiographical memories and reimagined histories shape new perspectives.

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Shorts 5: Disorientation & The Familiar (Drama)

Eddie Alcazar, Jerry Carlsson, Pom Bunsermvicha, Lin Que Ayoung, Adrian Moyse Dullin, Sara Mokhavat  |   France, Iran, Sweden, Thailand, United States

These innovative shorts articulate moments of emotional transformation and depict how obstacles of love plague characters amid societal upheaval.

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Shorts 6: Side-Splitting (Comedy)

Carlos Segundo, Zoey Martinson, Julian Joslin, Rafael Manuel, Fawzia Mirza and Kausar Mohammed, Annsi Maatia  |   Brazil, Finland, Philippines, United States

Defying conventions, these comedic films brim with humorous and quirky idiosyncrasies.

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Shorts 7: Illuminating Gazes (Black Perspectives

Nina Lee, Juliana Kasumu, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Adeyemi Michael, Michael Omonua, Topaz Jones and rubberband  |   Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States

This suite of shorts offers nuanced approaches to storytelling, delving into self-discovery, cultural legacies, and the creation of safe spaces.

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Shorts 9 : Site-Specific (Architecture)

Jimmy Goldblum, Bêka & Lemoine, Nora Longatti, Tsai Ming-Liang, and Suniel Sanzgiri  |   France, India, Italy, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States

Reacting to architecture, manufactured public spaces, and psychogeographies, this program, ranging from abstract cinema to emotive documentary, unpacks the ways that the buildings, cities, and spaces where we live ultimately affect every facet of our lives. 

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Shorts 8: Discursive Proclivities (Experimental)

Allison Chhorn, Kwa, Michael Robinson, Tulapop Saenjaroen, Sahar al-Sawaf and Thomas Helman, and Wang Yuyan  |   Australia, France, Thailand, United States

This program of experimental films challenges the conventional concepts of fiction and documentary filmmaking and expands the medium in formally exciting and boldly innovative ways.

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Shorts 10: Drawn Together (Family-Friendly Animation)

Geoff Bailey and Lucy Struever, Hugo de Faucompret, Joe Mateo, Evie Metz and Nicholas Daly, Mari Miyazawa, Paulina Muratore, and Mélanie Berteraut, Yasmine Bresson, Léo Coulombier, Nicolas Grondin, Maxime le Chapelain, and Louise Massé  |   Argentina, France, Japan, United States

This group of fun, energetic, emotional, and beautifully made animated works will capture the imaginations of audiences of all ages.