Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

For the second year in a row, we are converting this playhouse to a movie theater with help from our amazing sponsors, SPL Chicago. These guys really know how to make the big screen look fantastic!

Address:

2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

Getting here:

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.

Navigator Taproom

We’re trying something new this year that we’re calling the "Chicago Encore". We were so inundated with wonderful Chicago-made content that we wanted to find a way to squeeze even more hometown films into one final block. Enter Navigator Taproom and their tap wall of 48 beers and ciders! On Sunday morning, we’ll treat our filmmakers to our signature free mimosas and brunch while we dish out the awards and prizes to our favorite films. Then, we’ll be saying farewell by screening our "Chicago Encore" block in a social atmosphere with plenty of booze! It’s guaranteed to be a blast! And stick around afterwards for our closing party where we can all let loose and say goodbye to the new friends that we’ve made over the weekend.

Address:

2211 N. Milwaukee Ave. #100, Chicago, IL 60647

Key

  – Short Films
  – Feature Film
  – Festival Event

Thursday, July 18th

5:00pm Happy Hour Kick-Off Party
6:30pm Chicago Shorts, Vol. 1
8:45pm “Spaced Out” Shorts

Friday, July 19th

10:30am Breakfast Social & Screenplay Reading
1:00pm Drama Shorts
3:00pm TV Pilots
4:30pm Happy Hour & Seminar
6:00pm Chicago Shorts, Vol. 2
8:00pm Feature: This World Alone
9:45pm WTF Shorts
 

Saturday, July 20th

11:00am “Growing Up” Shorts
1:00pm Feature: Ginger
3:00pm Comedy Shorts
4:45pm “Wanderlust” Shorts
7:00pm Feature: Banana Season
9:10pm Chicago Shorts, Vol. 3

Sunday, July 21st
@ Navigator Taproom

10:30am Awards Ceremony & Brunch
1:00pm Chicago Encore
3:00pm Closing Party

Thursday, July 18th

Chicago Shorts, Vol. 1 – 6:30-8:15PM

Inspiring films about identity
SHORT
USA
BLUE TOES
Drama
SHORT
USA
SUMMON A FIEND
Comedy
SHORT
USA
THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU
Dramedy
SHORT
USA
SELFIE
Drama
SHORT
USA
SUNRISE
Drama
SHORT
USA
THE SUM OF HER PARTS
Documentary
SHORT
USA
FAMILY
Drama
SHORT
USA
LIMBO
Animation
SHORT
USA
A PERFECT FIT
Comedy
SHORT
USA
BOB & EDGAR
Drama
SHORT
USA
KIM'S BIG DATE
Comedy

“Spaced Out” Shorts – 8:45-10:15PM

A charming group of shorts that examine love and out of this world destinations
SHORT
USA
DESTINATION: UNKNOWN
Animation
SHORT
JAPAN
PALEONAUT
Sci-Fi
SHORT
USA
MY MOON
Animation
SHORT
USA
NOWHERE BAND
Romance
SHORT
USA
ANYTHING FOR YOU, ABBY
Comedy
SHORT
CANADA
GLORIA
Comedy
SHORT
USA
SHELL
Animation
SHORT
USA
DEBBIE & DOUG DROP ACID IN THE DESERT
Comedy

Friday, July 19th

Drama Shorts – 1:00-2:35PM

Films that explore loss, and the light found at the end of the tunnel
SHORT
USA
IGNITING HOPE
Documentary
SHORT
USA
LIVING IN THE STORY
Documentary
SHORT
USA
GUEST OF HONOR
Drama
SHORT
USA
ALMOST HOME
Drama
SHORT
USA
WE BE THE SAME
Drama
SHORT
USA
SWAGGER BACK
Drama
SHORT
USA
KNEE HIGH
Drama
SHORT
USA
NO BETTER, NO WORSE
Drama

TV Pilots – 3:00-4:15PM

These clever episodics may just be your next binge-worthy series!
SHORT
USA
5A5B
TV Pilot
SHORT
USA
#BROWNBRIDGETMD
TV Pilot
SHORT
USA
NEITHER HERE NOR THERE
Web Series
SHORT
USA
DAD MAN WALKING
TV Pilot

Chicago Shorts, Vol. 2 – 6:00-7:35PM

A batch of films that explore friendships – the ones found in unlikely places, and the ones we need the most
SHORT
USA
BEING HERE
GENRE
SHORT
USA
CALLS FROM HOME
Documentary
SHORT
USA
DEAR FRANKIE
Drama
SHORT
USA
BITTER GROUNDS
Comedy
SHORT
USA
TEN HOURS
Comedy
SHORT
USA
DEGUELLO
Drama
SHORT
USA
SITTING SHIVA
Comedy

Feature Film: This World Alone – 8:00-9:30PM

A female-centric post-apocalyptic thriller
FEATURE
USA
THIS WORLD ALONE
Thriller

“WTF” Shorts – 9:45-11:15PM

Chilling, twisted, and wonderfully weird films
SHORT
USA
JUST KILL IT
Comedy
SHORT
USA
TOE
Animation
SHORT
USA
PSYCHOSIS
Thriller
SHORT
SPAIN
NDE
Drama
SHORT
USA
DITCHED
Drama
SHORT
USA
PEEP
Horror
SHORT
USA
ROSE
Sci-Fi
SHORT
USA
TAKEN FROM ME
Horror

Saturday, July 20th

“Growing Up” Shorts – 11:00AM-12:30PM

Powerful stories told through children’s perspectives
SHORT
NEW ZEALAND
TRAP
Animation
SHORT
IRAN
HEDIEH
Drama
SHORT
USA
TOKEN
Drama
SHORT
CANADA
MOTHER'S DAY
Drama
SHORT
USA
DREAMWISHER
Fantasy
SHORT
USA
15 DOWN
Drama
SHORT
USA
ON ICE
Drama
SHORT
USA
INHERIT THE EARTH
Documentary

Feature Film: Ginger – 1:00-2:40PM

A 23 year old woman’s pretty funny, slightly sad, powerfully emotional guide to breast cancer. Made in Chicago
FEATURE
USA
GINGER
Drama

Comedy Shorts – 3:00-4:20PM

An eclectic mix of films to make you lol!
SHORT
SWEDEN
HOW IT FEELS TO BE HUNGOVER
Comedy
SHORT
CANADA
J BURG
Comedy
SHORT
USA
BIRDEO + LIMET
Comedy
SHORT
USA
OUTCOME NOT SO GOOD
Micro-Short
SHORT
USA
MR. GOODY
Comedy
SHORT
USA
PRETTY DEAD
Comedy
SHORT
USA
POLLY/DOLLY
Documentary
SHORT
USA
CAFE ABUNDANCE
Comedy
SHORT
USA
PEGGY
Comedy
SHORT
USA
LUKEWARM
Comedy

“Wanderlust” Shorts – 4:45-6:25PM

Films that take you to far-away places
SHORT
USA
GRYPHON ANIMO
Animation
SHORT
UNITED KINGDOM
NEW MARS
Sci-Fi
SHORT
USA
SOMBRA CITY
Sci-Fi
SHORT
USA
AMERICAN LOVE
Drama
SHORT
USA
WHAT GOES UP
Drama
SHORT
NETHERLANDS
SKOGAFASS
Drama
SHORT
USA
EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE FINE
Documentary
SHORT
USA
PANIC BUTTON
Comedy
SHORT
ARGENTINA
MY TRIP TO JAPAN
Animation
SHORT
USA
ALPACA FARM
Comedy

Feature Film: Banana Season – 7:00-8:45PM

A tale of true friendship and taking flight. Made in Chicago
FEATURE
USA
BANANA SEASON
Drama

Chicago Shorts, Vol. 3 – 9:10-10:20PM

These shorts shine a light on human creativity and our past, present, and future
SHORT
USA
REDLINING
Comedy
SHORT
USA
ROANO MORENO'S COLORFUL CANVASES
Drama
SHORT
USA
FEET
Drama
SHORT
USA
BITTERSWEET
Comedy
SHORT
USA
LIMBS
Drama
SHORT
USA
KING, HEREAFTER
Drama

Sunday, July 21st

Chicago Encore – 1:00-2:15PM @ Navigator Taproom

Join us at the Navigator Taproom for this encore of wonderful mixed-genre Chicago-made films
SHORT
USA
DISSIDENCE (2084)
Sci-Fi
SHORT
USA
ABI
Sci-Fi
SHORT
USA
RICHIE BEYOND
Animation
SHORT
USA
JUST GIVE ME A MINUTE TO CHANGE
Comedy
SHORT
USA
STAGE FOUR
Comedy
SHORT
USA
BROKEN
Drama
SHORT
USA
THE IMPERFECT MACHINE
Documentray
SHORT
USA
COUNTER BALANCE
Documentary

Feature Screenplay Finalists

Short Screenplay Finalists