ICFilmFest Summer 2022!

12 Imaginative Short Films from 12 Countries

ICFilmFest kicks off the summer festival seasons with four screenings of 

Seeing the Best in Others

This imaginative collection of twelve short films from twelve countries spotlights the champion in us all. Be awed by a high-dive that saves the day in Belly Flop (South Africa), cheer as two competitors form an unlikely team in Little Bird & Squirrel (Switzerland), and join a brave little girl as she outsmarts some young bullies in Freeze (Netherlands).

ICFilmFest Summer 2022 Schedule: 

Thursday, July 21st: 6th Annual ICFF at Pedersen McCormick Boys & Girls Club – 4835 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60640.

Thursday, July 28th: 2nd Annual ICFF at CYC Sidney Epstein Youth Center – 3415 W. 13th Pl., Chicago, IL. 60623.

Monday, August 1st: 6th Annual ICFF at True Value Boys & Girls Club – 2950 W. 25th St., Chicago, IL 60623.

Best of the Fest


Freeze (Netherlands)

Directed by Maria Peters

Pedersen McCormick Boys & Girls Club

True Value Boys & Girls Club

Best of the Fest


Belly Flop (S. Africa)

Directed by Jeremy Collins & Kelly Dillon

Albany Park Community Center

Chicago Youth Center’s Sidney Epstein Center

The Films

Belly Flop (South Africa)

2018, 5 Minutes

Directors: Jeremy Collins, Kelly Dillon

A young girl sets her sights on the high dive at her local pool. Nonverbal.

Lynx and Birds (UK)

2017, 3 Minutes

Directors: Francesco Mazza, Simone Giampaolo

A mother bird rushes to protect her baby from a predator, who surprises them with kindness. In English.

Bearing (Czech Republic)

2019, 2 Minutes

Director: Daniela Hýbnerová

While strolling through the woods, a baby bear gets separated from its mother. Nonverbal.

Kiri and Lou (New Zealand)

2019, 5 Minutes

Director: Harry Sinclair

Kiri and Lou are two best friends who like to laugh, sing, and play while learning about new feelings and other friends. In English.

Little Bird & Squirrel (Switzerland)

2015, 4 minutes

Director: Lena von Döhren

When a bird and squirrel have a disagreement, a sneaky fox forces them to work together. Nonverbal.

Transmitter Receiver (Canada)

2017, 9 Minutes

Director: Vincent Wilson

A young boy builds a device that he hopes will allow him communicate with strangers beyond the earth. The truth is somewhat closer to home. In English.

Tiger (Germany)

2015, 4 minutes

Director: Kariem Saleh

A tiger imprinted on a child’s dinner plate becomes impatient and roams the kitchen table in search of food. Nonverbal.

The Pig on the Hill (USA/Serbia)

2018, 6 Minutes

Directors: John Helms, Jamy Wheless

A pig is living a quiet life until a noisy new neighbor moves in. In English.

Dreams into Drawing (Japan)

2019, 10 Minutes

Director: Koji Yamamura

When an artist falls asleep, he dreams of being a carp that interacts with the creatures and humans around him. In English.

Game Changer (USA)

2018, 3 Minutes

Director: Aviv Mano

A toy at an arcade tries to sabotage an unlikely player who wants to win him as a prize. Nonverbal.

C’est Moi Le Plus Beau (France/Belgium)

2018, 6 Minutes

Directors: Anaïs Sorrentino, Arnaud Demuynck

A vain wolf scours the forest for other animals to tell that he is the most handsome creature of them all. In French with English subtitles.

Freeze (Netherlands)

2014, 15 minutes

Director: Maria Peters

A young girl attempts to protect herself and others in her town when a magical spell falls into the wrong hands. In Dutch with English subtitles.

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