Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
We are converting this playhouse to a movie theater with help from our amazing sponsors, SPL Chicago.
The theater is a short walk from the Fullerton Red/Brown/Purple Line stop. Parking in this area can be difficult, so we recommend taking the good ol’ CTA.
– Feature Film
– Festival Event
Thursday, July 12th5:00pm Opening Night Red Carpet Event
7:00pm Chicago Shorts Vol. 1
9:30pm Feature Film: Double Major
Friday, July 13th1:30pm Screenplay Finalist Table Read
3:00pm Family-friendly Short Films
4:30pm Acting in Chicago Panel
6:00pm Chicago Shorts Vol. 2
8:30pm Friday the 13th “WTF” Shorts
Saturday, July 14th12:30pm Documentary Shorts
2:15pm Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shorts
4:10pm Drama Shorts
6:00pm Mama Drama (Mixed Genre)
8:10pm Comedy Shorts
Sunday, July 15th2:30pm Awards Ceremony
4:15pm Feature Film: Skippers
6:00pm Chicago Shorts Vol. 3
Thursday, July 12th
Chicago Shorts Vol. 1 – 7:00-9:02PM
Mixed-genre. Made in Chicago.
Feature Film: “Double Major” – 9:30-11:08PM
Drama. Made in Chicago.
Friday, July 13th
Family Shorts – 3:00-4:05PM
Bring the kids! All ages will enjoy these family-friendly short films, rated PG.
Chicago Shorts Vol. 2 – 6:00-8:01PM
Mixed-genre. Made in Chicago
WTF Shorts – 8:30-10:10PM
Celebrate Friday the 13th with these chilling, twisted, and wonderfully weird films.
Saturday, July 14th
Documentary Shorts – 12:30-1:48PM
Real people doing interesting things.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shorts – 2:15-3:43PM
Get your nerd on with this interesting mix of films.
Drama Shorts – 4:10-5:30PM
Films that touch on human connection and the drama it brings.
Mama Drama – 6:00-7:35PM
Comedies and dramas that explore parenthood. This block will blow your socks off and take you on a roller coaster of emotions.
Comedy Shorts – 8:10-9:45PM
Sunday, July 15th
Feature Film: “Skippers” w/ “Encantado” – 4:15-5:28PM
Comedy. Made in Chicago.
Chicago Shorts Vol. 3 – 6:00-7:36PM
Mixed-genre. Made in Chicago.
Top 25 Feature Screenplay Finalists
Cleaning out her deceased father’s farmhouse, Piper discovers a meth lab and is forced to defend her life against a terrifying onslaught of attacks from sadistic meth cookers hell bent on protecting their secrets, while she uncovers the truth about a father she never knew.
Ben loses his wife. Ben finds Ben.
A young man tracks down the little girl his father rescued from a car accident 18 years ago, only to discover his father died saving someone who grew up to become a heroin addict.
On New Year’s Eve, a Franco-Moroccan jihadist is about toblow up the Arc-de-Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. His non-radicalized sister goes as far as risking her own life to prevent him from carrying out the attack.
Mired in what little he’s made of his life, Bobby Burnham returns to his hometown to care for his dying mother where he rekindles a romance with his married high school sweetheart and long-buried sibling tensions resurrect a secret that threatens to undo the Burnham clan.
Eighteen chases two teens as they inch closer to adulthood while learning to handle mounting pressure, escalating feelings, and seemingly insurmountable loss.
Lee Neal-Shaw, a homeless painter, struggles to achieve artistic success while adapting to the pressures of the streets.
Three therapists find it easy to help others to recover from high school trauma, yet are completely stuck when it comes to healing their own pain.
A ragtag battalion of Polish soldiers must dig in around the home of a mysterious old man, as they await the onslaught of the Nazi SS in the earliest days of World War 2.
Meredith Singler is a brilliant writer, who becomes embroiled in a homegrown terrorist group that threatens to destroy the tranquil, spiritually grounded life she has worked so hard to build.
The journey follows Maire, a 23-year-old cancer patient, as she battles a rare heart cancer. Maire faces end of life issues and questions about where we go when we die.
Hollywood’s most powerful producer tries to rectify his secret personal past while simultaneously shepherding a young director through a film shoot run amok and over budget, a situation that threatens to financially hemorrhage his studio.
A young woman, who watched her parents die tragically, struggles to navigate burgeoning adulthood in a small town while providing for herself and her brothers.
An eccentric musician recruits his old band to help steal a legendary guitar, unaware that competing militaries, trying to avert WWIII, are after his bass-player’s rare, vintage gear.
The slave girl who became a monster. The monster who became a hero. The origin of Red Cricket, protector of the innocent in 1890 Chinatown, San Francisco.
A bitter, arrogant news reporter must decide whether to withhold information on a story for his own glory or give away the truth to settle a serious clash between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Health issues are finally forcing Myrtle out of her house. In her nineties, she’s foul-mouthed and bigoted to everyone, including Season, her latest fresh-out-of-school caregiver.
After his mother is killed in a tragic car accident the evening of Halloween, an eight-year-old boy — believing he’s responsible — refuses to leave the house unless he is wearing the caterpillar costume she had made for him.
A cop and a reporter attempt to solve a police shooting in the middle of the mayoral primary.
Tad McGreevy, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, meets a clown at his birthday party who has “the color of evil.”
In 1976 an experiment in love leads to the most unexpected of results.
A pair of weary sorority sisters find themselves outgrowing not only their reputations, but one another as well. Not long after controversy pulls them further apart does tragedy create a stronger than ever need for one another.
A soon to be divorce mother makes revelation future disappointments are inevitable but hope is also around the corner.
Top 20 Short Screenplay Finalists
A granddaughter hears a fantastical WWII story from her grandfather to learn a life lesson on the importance of teamwork.
Since the death of her dad and her little sister, Selena locks herself into her own world to forget her problems.
A comedy in which a mysterious stranger orders the most bizarre cake from two seemingly sweet bakery ladies who pay a steep price when they refuse to make the cake.
A strange artifact found on Mars, leads the United States and the world itself to focus on what’s important.
A crime boss is forced to get her hands dirty to clean up her subordinates mess when they fail to handle a job.
A bitter, unemployed blue-collar worker takes his frustrations out on his white-collar best friend in a philosophical confrontation that turns violent.
4 friends get together for a guys’ night and discuss their sex lives to the shocking horror of one of them.
Dougie Dog is a comedy about a dog dropped off at an animal shelter who desperately wants to break free.
The last two people on Earth, who have been stuck in a room for over thirty years, get an unexpected visitor.
The truth about a young man’s marriage comes to surface moments after a car crash.
It is a story about a man who struggles to be the father he never thought he had. It will take his son’s genuine heart and the wisdom of an unlikely friend to show him the way.
When a moody princess demands assistance, one of her un-loyal subject’s responds with some underhanded revenge.
In a response to the Women’s March, a monthly book club is turned on it’s ear when it’s members decide to take the law into their own hands and get down to the bottom of what is going on with our country.
Two ambitious writers. One big town. The town wins.
An average Joe is ready to jump back into the world of dating… or he will be once he extricates himself from the narrator “telling” his story.
Rodney is thrust into a bizarre situation when his older self arrives to try to change time and prevent millions from dying, including himself.
After a brutal attack, a woman and her husband move into a new home with hopes of creating harmony in their lives, but an unlikely neighbor has sinister plans.
After seeing a grotesque statue dedicated to her comedic idol, Lucille Ball, a risk averse comedienne with breast cancer makes it her mission to destroy Scary Lucy.
If you hear the blood curling scream in the woods…BEWARE. Four friends are on a camping trip to an area that is haunted by “The Screamer”.
Tyranno Steed and Chopsocky Alcoa, dinosaur champions in separate weight divisions of the M.M.S.A. (Mixed Martial Sex Association) are an item outside of the ring.