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Shorts 1: What We’re Made Of (City and State)

Various  |   United States
English, No Dialogue  
Streaming SOLD OUT

These innovative shorts showcase the very best in Chicago and Illinois filmmaking across a wide variety of genres and forms. Featuring works by Andre Muir and Danielle Alston, Jennifer Boles, Hannah Welever, Orlando Leroi, Lisa Barcy, Ian Bertorelli, Alex Heller, and Ben Strang.

Shorts 2: Disconnect the Dots (Animation)

Various  |   France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom
Chinese, English, Spanish  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Surreal visions, distant memories, and fantastic underworlds teem with life in this program of animated films from around the world. A wide variety of styles gives voice to the depth and wonder of memory, character and landscape. Featuring works by Yngwie Boley, J.J. Epping, Diana van Houten, Frédéric Schuld, Alberto Vázquez, Josephine Lohoar Self, Weija Ma, Alexandra Ramires, and Renee Zhan.

Shorts 3: A Creeping Chill (After Dark)

Various  |   Canada, France, The Netherlands, United States
Dutch, English, French  
Streaming SOLD OUT

From bodily fluids to walking nightmares, grave peril abounds in this program of audacious late-night fare. Triumphs of mood and tone, these films give voice to persistent feelings of dread and unease. Featuring works by Santiago Menghini, Ariel Zengotita, Jennifer Lumbroso, Parker Finn, Jasper De Bruin, and Ariane Boukerche.

Shorts 4: The World As We Know It (Documentary)

Various  |   Austria, Hong Kong, Morocco, Poland, United Kingdom, United States
Cantonese, Darija, English, Polish  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Personal, political, philosophical, and emotional, this collection of films showcases the very best in documentary form—from essayistic meditations to vérité assemblages and deeply-felt human portraits. Featuring works by Kanas Liu, Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone, Katarzyna Warzecha, Carmine Grimaldi, Erica Beebe, and Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner and Michael Stumpf.

Shorts 5: The Life of the Mind (Drama)

Various  |   Greece, Iran, Israel, Laos, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vietnam
Arabic, English, Greek, Persian, Vietnamese  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Deeply-felt characters and stirring performances are featured in this program of films that reckon with humanity, history, and time. An eclectic mix of styles and subjects is united by their expertly-rendered observations about lives past and present. Featuring works by Baran Sarmad, Omer Sterenberg, Kathy Esquenazi Mitrani, Phạm Ngọc Lân, Nawaf Al Janahi, and Thelyia Petraki.

Shorts 6: It Hurts to Laugh (Comedy)

Various  |   Canada, Estonia, Macedonia, Norway, United States
Comedy
English, Estonian, Macedonian, Norwegian  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Pitch-black comedies, absurd deadpan oddities, and farcical send-ups are featured in this program of films that revel in the hilarity of life’s stresses and contradictions. Featuring works by Bridget Moloney, Gunhild Enger, Georgi M. Unkovski, Zach Woods, Kerli Kirch Schneider, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson.

Shorts 7: Evidence of Things Unseen (Black Perspectives)

Various  |   Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, United States
English, Zulu  
Streaming SOLD OUT

This program showcases the talents of Black filmmakers from across the diaspora, painting a sweeping image of Black life in the United States and abroad. A collection of varied genres and styles, these films are reflective, observant, and sometimes hilarious. Featuring works by Terrance Day, Nico Opper and Shannon St. Aubin, Kantarama Gahigiri, Amina Sutton, Maya Tanaka, Tebogo Malebogo, and Pat Heywood and Jamil McGinnis.

Shorts 8: Realms Unknown (Experimental)

Various  |   Belgium, Greece, Russia, United States
English, Greek, Russian  
Streaming SOLD OUT

This collection of aesthetically bold works envisions new worlds both personal and cosmic. Masterfully crafted and elegantly composed, these experiments in science fiction embark on an odyssey toward the outer reaches of human experience and cinema. Featuring works by Jacqueline Lentzou, Dorian Jespers, and Ben Rivers.

Shorts 9: Daydreams (Family-Friendly Animation)

Various  |   Belgium, Brazil, France, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, United States
English, French  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Outrageous animals, sentimental memories, and mysterious creatures are featured in this program of animated films. From stop-motion wonders to handdrawn oddities, this collection is hilarious, sentimental, and sweet. Featuring works by Taylor Meacham, Benoit Chieux, Gil Alkabetz, Helena Hilario and Mario Pece, Atsushi Wada, Cristina Vilches Estella and Paloma Canonica, Marjolaine Perreten, and Aline Höchli.

Shorts: Best of the Fest

Various  |   Austria, China, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, United States
Chinese, English, French, Greek, Polish  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Otherworldly. Transcendent. Heartwarming. Insightful. Powerful. These six Hugo Award-winning short films have been selected by our juries as the best of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival.