Succinct yet mighty films that demonstrate the virtuosity and craft of the short format.
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Shorts 1: Dimensional (City and State)
These shorts reflect the makeup of Chicago in unique visual styles that together form a creative local landscape.
Shorts 2: Expansions (Animation)
This group of animated shorts stirs the imagination and offers heroic stories of rituals.
Shorts 3: Things Aren’t What They Seem (After Dark)
This spine-tingling collection of shorts feels like a fever dream, taking viewers on a harrowing journey of crisis and mischief. Questioning everything becomes a means of survival.
Shorts 4: Traditions (Documentary)
These powerful non-fiction shorts highlight ambitious missions, modern artistry, and regional heritage.
Shorts 5: Moments (Drama)
These five shorts spanning five countries are bursting with precarious circumstances and unexpected happenings.
Shorts 6: Risible (Comedy)
These impressive comedic shorts pack a punch and make it hard to hold in your laughter.
Shorts 7: Sudden Waves (Black Perspectives)
This suite of films revels in themes of memory, grief, and joy.
Shorts 8: Whirlwinds (Experimental)
Radical tools are at play in this daring collection of shorts that take viewers on an experience like no other.
Shorts 9: Outside the Lines (Family Friendly Animation)
This group of fun, energetic, emotional, and beautifully made animated works will capture the imaginations of audiences of all ages.