ICFilmFest Summer 2023!

12 Imaginative Short Films from 10 Countries

ICFilmFest kicks off the summer festival seasons with four screenings of 

Imagination Station

Jump on board at Imagination Station and enjoy twelve inventive films from ten countries! Discover how music helps a young girl harness her energy in Kenya’s Symphony (USA), join a feisty cat who thinks he’s a dog in A Cat Called Jam (Ireland), and cheer for a talented dancer in Caught Off Guard (Singapore).

Best of Fest WINNER

Sea Shadow (Netherlands)

Directed by Vincent Bal

ICFilmFest Summer 2023 Schedule: 

Thursday, July 6: 7th Annual ICFF at Pedersen McCormick Boys & Girls Club – 4835 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60640.

Tuesday, July 11: 3rd Annual ICFF at CYC Sidney Epstein Youth Center – 3415 W. 13th Pl., Chicago, IL. 60623.

Thursday, July 13th: 11th Annual ICFF at Carole Robertson Center for Learning – 5101 N. Kimball Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

Tuesday, July 18: 7th Annual ICFF at True Value Boys & Girls Club – 2950 W. 25th St., Chicago, IL 60623.

The Films


South Korea, 2020 4min.

Directed by: Lee Bo-reum

A little bird and a frisky squirrel learn a valuable lesson about covering their sneezes. Non-verbal.

Kenya’s Symphony

USA, 2019 5 min.

Directed by: Carlos Douglas Jr.

A rowdy, playful young girl discovers a passion for music after her mother takes her to hear to a symphony. Non-Verbal.


UK, 2020 3 min.

Directed by: Bethany Powell
The animals of the savannah are afraid of strong, husky Rhino. But after seeing Rhino’s selflessness and kind heart, they band together to help out their new friend. Non-verbal.

The Peak

Japan, 2019 5 min

Directed by: Satoshi Takahashi

A young girl must overcome her fear of the dark as she embarks on a journey to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Non-verbal.

El Monociclo en Cuba

USA, 2020 6 min.

Directed by: Nathan Ward & Kian Ward

A short documentary about a talented young boy who rides a unicycle, taking him on adventure through the streets of Cuba. In English.

A Cat Called Jam

Ireland, 2019, 8 min

Directed by Lorraine Lordan

A scrappy kitty identifies as a dog until he meets a wise cat who helps him realize his true self. In English.

Space Girls

UK, 2018, 10 min.

Directed by Carys Watford

Four friends use their imagination to leap into the unknown adventures of space. In English.

The Little Bird and the Bees

Switzerland 2020 4 min.

Directed by: Lena von Dohren

A bird and bees help leaves grow in the spring, but a nearby fox is on the hunt. Non-verbal.


Germany, 2019 7 min.

Directed by: Jerry Hoffman

A young boy tries to steal a mermaid doll while shopping with his family. When he is caught, his father has an unexpected reaction. In German with English subtitles.


France, 2020 7 min.

Directed by: Marie Gauthier, Léopoldine Perdrix, Margo Lopez, Vinecnt Carrette, Rachel Bosc-Bierne, Flore-Anne Victor, Simon Fabbri.

A lonely girl living in the sky gets an unexpected visit that turns her world upside down. Non-verbal.

Caught Off Guard

Singapore, 2019 6 min.

Directed by: Paul Ng

A security guard who dreams of becoming a dancer gets caught dancing on camera by one of his coworkers. Non-verbal.

Sea Shadow

Netherlands, 2020 10 min.

Directed by: Vincent Bal, Marlon Nowe
While stuck at home, young Max befriends and helps a shadow man who comes to life from one of his drawings. In Dutch with English subtitles.

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