The Curtain Has Closed

on the 2016 Chicago Shorts Festival


Theater lights came back on.

The awards were presented.

Scroll down to see the winners.



Prizes provided by

April 27, 2016: Gene Siskel Film Center

Fifteen short films created by students from around the city, country and world were screened to a full theater at the Gene sickle Film Center in Chicago. The following winners were then presented with their awards. Prizes were provided by Robert Morris University, Boston Bureaus Productions and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.

Thank you to all of the filmmakers who submitted work, to our judges, our sponsors, our volunteers and to all who who attended!

Winning films may be viewed at our Vimeo album


Complete List of Winners:

ANIMATION


1ST PLACE - ANIMATION
Madeleine
Michaela Lovecka
Tomas Bata University, Zlin, Czech Republic
Judges comments: "Breath-taking, full of angst, and deceptively cartoonish... This is like the combined dreams of old noir and horror films of the '40s, set in modern day."

2ND PLACE - ANIMATION
TV
Jens Ericson
DePaul University, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "I always wondered if Gumby had a temper, and now I know what that might look like! Great build to an extreme punchline."

3RD PLACE - ANIMATION
Blockbuster
Chaz Bottoms
DePaul University, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "Outstanding color and speed. Silly, spirited, and fun subject matter! Chaz Bottoms has the making of the next Sally Cruikshank!"

COMEDY


1ST PLACE - COMEDY
Fish
Saman Hosseinpuor
Elmi Karbordi Sanandaj, Tehran, Iran
Judges comments: "A little film that puts a big smile on one’s face."

2ND PLACE - COMEDY
Best Man
Tomer Werechson
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Judges comments: "Cute scam story right here. A short where silliness is aided by the succinct story. The end is worth the wait."

3RD PLACE - COMEDY
Entierro
Alvaro Martín
University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
Judges comments: "At first I thought this was Tarantino. Then Hitchcock. Then Romero!? Such a strange, intriguing caper."

DRAMATIC NARRATIVE


1ST PLACE - DRAMATIC NARRATIVE
Novocaine
Shanice Allen
Columbia College, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "This thing’s so intense, yet so fragile, but it’s consumingly emotional. I hope to see more work from Shanice Allen in the future."

2ND PLACE - DRAMATIC NARRATIVE
Don’t Forget Me
Shanice Allen
Columbia College, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "A peaceful, powerful, and painful work."

3RD PLACE - DRAMATIC NARRATIVE
Jackie
Irene Yang
Columbia College, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "A quiet call of hope for anyone struggling to find acceptance for their true selves."

DOCUMENTARY


1ST PLACE - DOCUMENTARY
Candela
Maria Clara Dantas
Columbia College, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "It moved me to TEARS!"

2ND PLACE - DOCUMENTARY
The Journey of a Refugee
Kayla Dutton
Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "This is a fascinatingly humane look at refugees. I wanted more."

3RD PLACE - DOCUMENTARY
Road Elegy
Linnea Langkammer
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA USA
Judges comments: "Luscious tone poem of a documentary that was see deeply felt. This was about moods, not modes of filmmaking. A film composed of roads, windows, ethereal narration, and a sense of intimate mystery that read profoundly, that didn’t spell its observations, but actually presented them and allowed them to be shared."

EXPERIMENTAL


1ST PLACE - EXPERIMENTAL
The Arrival
Terrian Williams
DePaul University, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "Reminiscent of PC games of the '90s, Matrix-like sci-fi, and more, "The Arrival" feels like it’s all its own. It weeps for the future."

2ND PLACE - EXPERIMENTAL
Inventory
Joseph Shelleh
Columbia College, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "Inventory is like the result of mixing Monty Python, Wes Anderson, Rod Serling, David Lynch, and Wes Anderson and Edgar Wright and, and... "Inventory" gives whispers of other work, but this is something special all its own."

3RD PLACE - EXPERIMENTAL
Rocksteady in Dimension X
Ryan Tynan
Columbia College, Chicago, IL USA
Judges comments: "A work that I enjoy immensely, and struggle to explain why. Perhaps its the strange confidence and diversity in the images being given, but more importantly, this feels like it’s trying new things. Like it’s being experiment."

PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARD

Inventory
Joseph Shelleh
Columbia College, Chicago, IL USA

 

 

 


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